Thursday 18 October 6.45am - Schumanns Rd, Mount Marrow & (Optional) Bremer Rd Wetland
Sunday 28 October 7.00am - Bribie Island Outing
Sunday 25 November 6.45am - Eagleby Wetlands

Outings elsewhere

General information

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Rainbow Bee-eaters
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Birds Queensland has two main outings each month, one on a weekend, and the other in mid-week. The Photogroup usually has an outing each month on the weekend, mostly in the morning, though the tide influences the timing if waders are the target. Details for these outings over the next few months are recorded on this page below.

In addition, there are Easy Start walks for new members, on the fourth Sunday of each month (except December). Interested persons should contact Dawn Muir by telephone 3870 8076 or by for details of locations and timing.

The Queensland Waders Study Group usually has a monthly outing (for Wader counts and other wader related activities), timed to suit the tide on a Sunday early in each month. Details are given on their web page.

Outings organized by the Noosa Parks Association are included here for those who would like to participate. Please contact the organizers if you intend to participate in these activities.

The details of some of the following outings listed may need to be confirmed, and additional outings may be added as the year progresses, so keep checking here at least each month. If the details of the meeting place, etc. given are insufficient, please call the nominated Leader for more precise directions. It is also important to notify the Leader to confirm your attendance. We encourage car-pooling wherever possible.

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Thursday 18 October 6.45am - Schumanns Rd, Mount Marrow & (Optional) Bremer Rd Wetland

Leader: Meg Gordon Phone: 3202 3732; Mobile: 0427 766 234

Schumanns Rd, Mount Marrow, in the scenic hills behind Rosewood, is an 'old' BQ road walk site to which there has not been a BQ outing for some years but it has been surveyed in the last couple of years by individual birdwatchers. It is one of Ipswich's good mixed habitat sites, with vine scrub along an unmaintained (4WD only) section of track; and there is open farmland with clumps of trees and also dams, and well vegetated road verges along the graded section of the road. Some species of dense habitat occur at this site, as well as open forest birds, grassland and water birds. Rainbow Bee-eaters swarm in spring and summer, nesting in the exposed banks from past quarrying on the high section of the hill. See eBird hotspot 'Schumanns Road, Mount Marrow, Ipswich' for the full range of species.

Most of the walk involves a mild-moderate gradient hill on a quiet, smooth graded gravel road. There is a fairly flat track but with quite an uneven, rutted surface in the 4WD only section.

We will have morning tea at Johnston Park, 61 John St, Rosewood (picnic benches and shelters, toilets). Following morning tea, we will drive a short distance to Bremer Rd, Jeebropilly where a wetland formed by coal mining activities has become a well known freshwater wetland in the Ipswich area: water birds, grassland birds, raptors in the environs. Spotting scopes are useful but not essential. eBird hotspot is: 'Bremer Rd-Rosewood Wetland, Ipswich'.

Individuals may choose not to go to Bremer Rd and are free to explore the historic Rosewood village, with several heritage-listed buildings; and/or take scenic drives in the nearby hills to high sites with panoramic views, such as Paidley Rd (Marburg radar station) and Tallegalla Cemetery on the Rosewood-Marburg Rd.

Directions to meeting place: Meet in Schumanns Rd near intersection with Thagoona-Haigslea Rd and Hoopers Rd, and adjacent to Mount Marrow State School. From Brisbane, travel west on the Ipswich Motorway, from which there are optional routes via Warrego Highway to Haigslea-Malabar Rd turnoff, or via Cunningham Highway to the Ipswich Rosewood Rd turnoff: check maps, Google Maps or GPS for details.

Map reference: UBD 210 G5

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Sunday 28 October 7.00am - Bribie Island Outing

Leader: Paul Marty Mobile: 0418 899 967

This will be BQ's 34th outing to the island since 1970, and will be a full day's outing visiting a number of areas on the island. The Island is a wonderful place to see a large variety of bird species and currently boasts an impressive list of around 336 species recorded there. Last year the outing produced 105 species seen, please come along to help us keep the >100 tally intact this year. The large number is due to the variety of habitats the island supports. We will re-visit the sites we have been to before, giving us a comparison for the database on species recorded from previous outings.

We will meet at Buckley's Hole and have a brief look at the waterbirds in the lagoon before we leave early (7.15 am) to walk along The Boulevarde and down Red Beach Road while the birds are still calling. The tide should still be low enough for an optional return along the beach (for those who don't mind soft sand, and possible wet feet). Everyone else will return along the road to the lagoon for an extended morning tea to allow time to check out the waterbirds and the bird-hide. Other areas we will cover include the road approaching the sewerage works, Banksia Beach (where we will lunch), Wright's Creek, White Patch, the entrance to the National Park and the lagoons in Bellara (Bibimulya).

The whole outing is easy walking and suitable for all ages although it is a full day for those who stay to the end around 4pm. Bring morning & afternoon tea, lunch, chair, scope if you have one, slip, slap, slop and insect repellent. Meet at 7am at the corner of McDonald St. and The Boulevarde, Bongaree.

Map Reference: UBD 63 E4

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Sunday 25 November 6.45am - Eagleby Wetlands

Leader: George Chapman Phone: 3459 2321 Mobile: 0423 965 002

This has become a regular annual outing in November. Eagleby Wetlands consists of lagoons and bushland bordered by the Oliver Sports Complex, Albert River, and the local sewage treatment works. It has a great variety of bush and water birds in an area easily covered without too much exertion. For the past 5 years we have averaged more than 80 birds at each outing, including two years ago, when the lagoons were dry. And it is less than 45 minutes from the CBD by car!

Directions: From the north, exit the Pacifc Motorway at Junction 34 and take the second exit at the roundabout (Saverin Rd). Follow this road into Logan St, through the traffc lights and 1.5km later turn left into Oliver Sports Complex. After 200m turn right and right again into the car park. We meet there at 6:45am. There are toilet facilities on the complex. As always, bring sunscreen, insect repellent, a chair and morning refreshments.

Map Reference: UBD 264 N18

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Outings Elsewhere

As part of a greater effort to connect with the various bird groups around Queensland, we are alerting you to other places and times where you will be welcome to join the local birders:

Bell Birdwatching Group

This is a very active 'Outing and Information Session' with Bernice Seton (Honorary Life Member of Birds Qld). The group meets every third Friday of the month and travels to various places around the Bell district (at the foothills of the Bunya Mountains). They produce a monthly newsletter of their ventures. For further information contact Bernice Seton 0427 631080

BirdLife Gold Coast

A local outing every Thursday starting at 7.00 a.m. in summer and 7.30am in winter. Contact: Colin Collins on 07 5535 5499, Beth Hall on 07 5534 2049 or Jan Clogan on 07 5563 1754 for details on the next outing (where to start and places to be visited).

BirdLife Northern Rivers

Covering the Tweed valley to Byron Bay area in northern NSW, with outings on the second Sunday of each month. Contact Linda Brannian or view details on the website which is currently http://tweedbirdobservers.wordpress.com

Birdlife Southern Queensland

Use the following link to discover the outings and other activities offered by this group. http://www.birdlife.org.au/group-events/birdlife-southern-queensland/

Cairns Birding.

Holds regular walks each month- first Sunday at Centenary Lakes, third Sunday a field trip to various locations, and last Friday to the Crocodile Farm. Contact John Seale on 4052 1195 or check their website at www.cairnsbirding.blogspot.com.

Bird Watchers of Hervey Bay

Another local group with regular weekly walks. Contact John Knight at 4125 2372 for details of the next outing.

Noosa Parks Association - Bird Observers Group

Every second month an interpretive walk takes place before their Friday Forum with a guest speaker. Meet in the Environment Centre car park, Wallace Park, Eumundi Road, Noosaville, beside the library, at 8.30am. Contact Valda McLean 5476 2123 for details.

Sunshine Coast Bird Outings

Every LAST Wednesday of the month at Fairhills Native Plant Nursery at Fairehill Rd. Yandina & every 2nd Thursday of the month at 371 Kureelpa Falls Rd. Kureelpa. Starting at 7am every month except May, June, July & August when we start at 8am. Contact Lionel & Brenda Findlay 0754912316 or John & Lyla Hansen 0754417971 or you may just 'turn up'.

Toowoomba Bird Observers

A very active group with regular outings - Contact: Kay Williams at 4659 5475 or mob. 0429 465 954.

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