Bird Observers' Club

Visitors are always welcome at Cumberland Bird Observers' Club

Birdwatching in Sydney since 1979

Outings - seeing Australia's beautiful birds

All outings have been cancelled until the end of June

Birdwatching outings are heaps of fun. The Cumberland Bird Observers' Club holds at least 40 outings every year all over the greater Sydney area. Outings usually start at about 8.30am and go into the afternoon (if the birding is good and participants willing, sometimes very late). There is no compulsion to stay until the very end and some people choose to leave at lunch time. Transport to most outings is by car although occasionally there are bus trips.

Field outings are informal, catering for birdwatchers of all capabilities, and helpful, friendly advice on all aspects of birding is always available. Typically, stops for birdwatching are made at a number of locations during the day, with breaks for morning tea and lunch.
Birding with Cumberland Bird Observers

Things to bring: All you need to bring are binoculars, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, food, drink, a chair and comfortable shoes. Take the leader's phone number with you in case you need to contact them. Some outings are on rough dirt tracks so you may need walking boots. A small backpack can be handy, especially if lunch is to be eaten some distance from the cars. A field guide for identifying birds is also handy but not essential.

Outings will proceed irrespective of the weather (leaders always turn up, even if no-one else does!), except for venues at risk during high fire danger warnings. If in doubt, phone the leader.

It's not uncommon to see about 50 species of birds on an outing, even in winter when most of the migratory birds are still in the northern hemisphere. On very good days, 75 species can be seen or heard, and on really bonza birding days, over 100 species can be located. There are no guarantees. Anything could turn up! That's part of the fun of birdwatching.

No bookings are required (except for bus trips and any special outings where breakfast is supplied) - so just turn up. Outings are on Saturdays, Sundays and mid-week. Details of outings are published in the bi-monthly CBOC Newsletter and on this website.


When attending field outings ensure that you are wearing appropriate clothing, including wet weather gear in inclement weather and suitable footwear. It is advisable to bring a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and to carry water.

Please sign the attendance register at field outings and also at the meetings.

If you leave the outings early please let the leader know before you go.

Participants attend at their own risk and should refrain from any behaviour that might put themselves or others at risk. That includes assessing whether they have a level of fitness required for the advertised outings. If in doubt contact the outing leader beforehand.

If you have any questions about any outing email or contact the leader of the outing you are interested in.

Click here for the Field Outings 2020 pdf leaflet.



Upcoming outings are:

All outings have been cancelled until the end of June

July 8, 2020
Wednesday 8.30am
Cattai National Park/Mitchell Park
Meet at the second picnic table in Mitchell Park. Enter via Mitchell Park Rd, Cattai. National Park entry fee of $8 applies unless you have a NP pass. Leader Adrian Dick 0451 825 403.
Map: Mitchell Park
July 18, 2020
Members' BBQ at Sydney Olympic Park
See Newsletter for details
July 25, 2020
Saturday 8.30am
Annual Raptor Count - Hawkesbury area
Meet at Maraylya Park, corner of Dunns and Boundary Roads, Maraylya. Leader - Trevor Waller 0467 977 508.
Map: Maraylya Park
August 1 and 2, 2020
Regent Honeyeater and Swift Parrot Surveys
See Newsletter for details.
August 2, 2020
Sunday 8.30am
Warriewood Wetlands
Meet in the carpark at Katoa Close, North Narrabeen. Leader - Heather Pearce 0412 051 951.
Map: Warriewood Wetlands
August 12, 2020
Wednesday 8.30am
West Head, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Meet at the lookout at the end of West Head Road. National Park entry fee of $12 applies unless you have a National Park pass. Leader - Heather Pearce 0412 051 951.
Map: West Head
August 22 and 23, 2020
Capertee Tree Planting
See Newsletter for details.
August 22, 2020
Saturday 9.00am
Beginners and New Members - Crosslands Reserve, Hornsby Heights
Meet at Crosslands Picnic area at the very end of Somerville Road, Hornsby Heights. Leader - Trevor Waller 0467 977 508.
Map: Crossland Reserve
August 30, 2020
Richmond Lowlands
September 4 to 6, 2020
Forbes - Members' Weekend Away
See Newsletter for details.
September 9, 2020
Wednesday 8.30am
Sydney Park, St Peters
Meet at the Kiosk next to the children's playground which is close to the carpark in Barwon Park Rd, which is next to the tall chimneys. The park includes small hills landscaped with grass and native trees. A series of storm-water harvesting ponds have been established to purify and recycle rain water runoff and provide wetland habitat for birds and other wildlife. Leader - Dana Murty 0411 134 528.
Map: Sydney Park
September 19, 2020
Saturday 8.30am
Western Sydney Parklands
Meet at the Colebee Centre, Nurragingy Reserve, Knox Road, Doonside. Leader - Edwin Vella 0402 067 619.
Map: Western Sydney Parklands
September 27, 2020
Sunday 8.30am
Windsor Downs Nature Reserve
At Windsor Downs, turn off Richmond Road into Sanctuary Drive and proceed slowly along this narrow roadway through the estate to the Meeting Point at the far end of the Drive. Morning tea and lunch at the cars. Leader - Gabrielle Rees 0414 947 138.
Map: Windsor Down Nature Reserve
October 21, 2020
Wednesday 8.30am
Blue Gum Swamp, Winmalee (Joint outing with BMBO)
Meet at the end of Whitecross Road at Winmalee. Leader - Mark Ley 0416 199 638.
Map: Winmalee
October 24, 2020
Saturday 8.30am
Sydney Olympic Park
Meet by the Cafe at the Waterview Convention Centre overlooking Lake Belvedere. Leader - Judy Harrington 0403 026 660.
Map: Sydney Olympic Park
November 1, 2020
Boat Harbour, Kurnell and Botany Bay
November 11, 2020
Wednesday 8.30am
Nurragingy Reserve, Western Sydney Parklands
Meet at the Colebee Centre, Nurragingy Reserve, Knox Road, Doonside. Leader - Daniel McDonald 0403 374 362.
Map: Nurragingy Reserve
November 21, 2020
Bus Trip
November 29, 2020
Dawn Chorus - Mitchell Park, Cattai
December 9, 2020
Photographic Outing - Centennial Park, Randwick
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