Outings


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2022

Tuesday 7th June 2022, 7:00 am - Ross Rd Parklands, Upper Kedron
Sunday 12 June 2022 7.30 am - J C Trotter Memorial Park, Burbank
Tuesday 12 July 2022 7:00 am - Toohey Forest, Tarragindi
Sunday 31 July 2022 7.30 am - Brisbane Valley: Full Day Outing

Outings elsewhere

General information

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Rainbow Bee-eaters
A. Parmiter

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.

Campouts and Day Walks are intended to be enjoyable occasions for all BQ members. Belonging to BQ is a voluntary leisure activity where participants can observe birds to whatever degree of expertise they wish, relax and interact with like-minded fellow birdwatchers. Thank you to our members for contributing positively to this ethos.

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 described below 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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Noisy Friarbird M. Gilpin

Walking Track Grading system

Birds Queensland uses a Walking Track Grading System, which is based on Queensland National Parks grading system.

Walk leaders are asked to identify a grade level for their walks in the announcements. Walk participants are asked to consider which walks suit them best.

Grade 1:
Flat, well-formed track, no steps. Suitable for wheelchairs with assistance.
Grade 2:
Formed track. May have gentle hills and some steps. No bushwalking experience required.
Grade 3:
Formed track, some obstacles. May have short steep hills and many steps. Bushwalking experience and a moderate fitness level recommended.
Grade 4:
Rough track. May be long and very steep; for experienced, fit bushwalkers.

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Tuesday 7th June 2022, 7:00 am - Ross Rd Parklands, Upper Kedron

Leader: Alan Boardman
Phone: 0423 549 518
Grade: 2

Description: This weekday morning walk is at a parkland purchased by Brisbane City Council as a “buffer” to the considerable residential development in the Upper Kedron area in the west of Brisbane. However, the number of bird species that visit the Parkland has been a pleasant surprise with over 150 species now recorded. The section of this parkland we will visit follows a creek, and has 3 dams as the area was previously a dairy farm. BCC have removed weeds and carried out a considerable amount of replanting which has survived the recent flooding events. It will be interesting to compare the bird species recorded with that of the first year of the parklands opening now the more natural habitat has been restored in the planted areas.

The parkland adjoins to the southern section of the D’Aguilar National Park at Bellbird Grove. The walk is 2 to 3 km return mostly flat and depending on how we go can include part of the national park

Directions: Toilets are located at the beginning of Upper Kedron Road just past the turn off from Samford Road and at Bellbird Grove. Park at the end of Ross Road. If using a GPS app ensure that the following directions are typed in: “Ross Road Upper Kedron”. Some apps can lead you in the wrong direction if you do not input as stated. Ross Road is to the left off Cedar Creek Road. Call me on mobile if lost amongst the housing estates.

Please bring morning tea, a hat, insect repellent, and hand santiser.

UBD Map Reference 137 A10

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Sunday, 12 June 2022 7.30 am - J C Trotter Memorial Park, Burbank

Leader: Frank Burch
Phone: 0427 886 636
or
Grade: 2

Description: A quite flat, easy and pleasant walk of around 3.5kms bordering the Tingalpa Reservoir. We’ll follow the shorter Tingalpa Trail which is accessed via the park entrance off Cherbon Street.

The Tingalpa trail passes through eucalypt woodland dotted with scribbly gums and an understory typically rich in grass trees and banksias and a good day here can show up 50+ species, so we’ll hope for a good day. The Tingalpa Reservoir can be viewed along one side of the trail and with a bit of luck there’ll be a reasonable number of waterbirds in attendance here on the day.

Please note that there are no toilet facilities here and insect repellent and sun block are recommended.

There is some limited seating adjacent to the site's carpark but please bring your chairs, hand sanitiser, and morning tea as usual for bird count.

Directions: Entrance off Cherbon Street, Burbank

UBD Map Reference: 203 K8

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Tuesday 12 July 2022 7:00 am - Toohey Forest, Tarragindi

Leader: David Niland
Phone: 0477 481 331
Grade: 2

Description: This walk will start and end along the Bloodwood Track which leaves from Isabella Street. It will include a circuit and covers about 4km with some gentle rises and falls, and should take about 2-3 hours. It traverses mainly open forest with a few patches of scrub and heath, and is on well-formed paths with some bitumen sections.

There are no facilities at this entry (except a tap), so bring a chair and morning tea if necessary. Also insect repellent, a hat and sunscreen.

UBD Map Reference: 200 J1

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Sunday 31 July 2022 7.30 am - Brisbane Valley: Full Day Outing

Leader: Rae Clark, Scott Fox, Paul Marty
Phone:(Rae Clark): 07 3391 1642
Mobile:only on the day 0418 899 967 (Paul Marty) or 0479 178 766 (Scott Fox
or
Grade: 2

Description: We had such a good time in the Lockyer Valley last year, that it has been decided to offer a walk in the Brisbane Valley, travelling from Wivenhoe Dam and further along the Wivenhoe-Somerset Road. This area is well worth a visit and on a recent recce, we saw 11 different raptor species. It will be a full day outing and to help with organising, please express interest/book by emailing or phoning Rae Clark.

If you need transport, please let Rae know and we will try to help. There may be an opportunity to carpool from Cormorant Bay so please advise if you are interested.

There has been recent rain and flooding in the Valley, but the various sites are now recovering. While at present there aren’t a lot of water birds on Lake Wivenhoe itself, this may change as winter approaches. In any event, our recce trip did find numbers of Great Egret fishing on the Wivenhoe spillway and a large group of Great Crested Grebe at another of the sites we will visit. Some good bush birds were seen as well as the raptors mentioned.

Directions: The meeting place at 7.30 am will be at Cormorant Bay, Wivenhoe – entrance to the right just before the road from Brisbane crosses the dam wall. Turn to the right after entering and drive through to the main recreation area with the toilet facilities. This will be a starting point before we travel to the Spillway Common which will be one of the main sites of the day. After morning tea at the Spillway, we will move on to other sites some of which will have facilities.

The July newsletter will have more details of the day’s program with eBird links to the various hot spots we plan to visit.

GPS for Cormorant Bay, Wivenhoe is -27.400392, 152.620087 and you can find more details on the this Seqwater information guide and map (PDF).

Please bring morning tea, lunch, water and a chair plus sunscreen, insect repellent, hand sanitiser and a hat. It can be cooler in the Brisbane Valley at this time of the year so consider bringing an extra pullover or jacket, just in case.

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Outings Elsewhere

To connect with other bird groups around Queensland, we are alerting you to other places and times where you will be very welcome to join a local group:

Noosa Parks Association Inc - Bird Observers Group

Longer outings occur about every second month. An interpretive bird walk takes place each 2nd and 4th Friday, except Public Holidays, before the Friday Environment Forum (FEF). The 2022 program can be downloaded here. Contact the coordinator (Valda McLean) 5476 2123 or if you wish to attend. The program and more details are on the Noosa Parks Assoc. website www.noosaparks.org.au.

Sunshine Coast Bird Outings

Every LAST Wednesday of the month at Fairhill Native Plants and Botanic Gardens, 114-132 Fairhill Road, Ninderry and every second Thursday of the month at 371 Kureelpa Falls Road, Kureelpa. Starting time is 7 a.m. every month except May, June, July and August when we start at 8 a.m. Contact John and Lyla Hansen on 07 5441 7971 or you may just 'turn up'.

BirdLife Northern Rivers

Covering the Tweed Valley to Byron Bay area in northern NSW, BirdLife Northern NSW advertises its outings on http://www.birdlife.org.au/group-events/birdlife-northern-nsw/. If you are attending for the first time or have any questions about the group's outings, please contact Anne Jones on 0418 244 262 or

BirdLife Gold Coast

A local outing every Thursday starting at 7.30 a.m. Contact Beth Hall 5534 2049 or Jim Lucas 5580 0013 for details on the next week's outing.

Birdlife Southern Queensland – other branches

Using the following link, discover outings which may be arranged by other BSQ branches http://www.birdlife.org.au/group-events/birdlife-southern-queensland/

Toowoomba Bird Observers

A very active group with monthly outings. Contact the president, Sandy Robertson, on 4697 2133 or 0415 277 145.

Bird Watchers of Hervey Bay

This local group has regular weekly walks – every Wednesday from 7 a.m. in summer and 7.30 a.m. in winter. They select a different venue the week before so contact John Knight on 4125 2372 for details of the next outing.

Cairns Birding

A regular bird walk is held at Centenary Lakes, Cairns on the first Sunday of the month. Field trips are organised for every Sunday in the Cairns, Tablelands or Innisfail areas. Please contact Shane Kennedy (on 0417 520 089) or David and Anne Anderson (on 0405 437 600) for details if you are interested in attending a walk. Alternative contact is

Bell Birdwatching Group

This is a very active 'Outing and Information Session' with Bernice Seton (Honorary Life Member of Birds Queensland). The group meets every third Friday of the month and travels to various places around the Bell district (in the foothills of the Bunya Mountains). The Group produce a monthly newsletter of their ventures. For further information, contact Bernice Seton 0427 631 080.


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