Wednesday 17 November 2021 7.00am - Golds Scrub Lane, Lake Samsonvale
Sunday 28 November 2021 6:30am - Eagleby Wetlands
Wednesday 15 December 7.00am - Lake Samsonvale/Forgan Park, Joyner
Saturday, 11 December 2021 7:00 am - Tarcoola St., St. Lucia

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.

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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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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Wednesday 17 November 2021 7.00am - Golds Scrub Lane, Lake Samsonvale

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

Description: Lake Samsonvale is the property of Seqwater the local water authority. The lake is situated north west of Brisbane in the Samford / Dayboro area and has various good birding spots. Golds Scrub Lane is one of the better known locations and highly productive in number of species.

The walk will commence at the car park next to the cemetery, end of Gold’s Scrub Lane at 07:00 am. Wednesday 17 November 2021. We have a BQ members Access Deed allowing access to Seqwater catchment at Lake Samsonvale. The water in the lake has decreased in recent months, but there still remains a variety of waterbirds; Little Black Cormorants fishing, Black Swans and Great Crested Grebes seen recently. In bushland expect to catch a view of honeyeaters, fairy wrens and whistlers. Several species of Raptor can be observed at Samsonvale. King Quail are possible if we are lucky.

Directions: Note, some electronic maps name it "Gold Scrub Lane". From Brisbane, take the Samford Road through Ferny Grove onto Samford Village. At the roundabout before the village turn right into Main Street then follow Mount Samson Road for about 13 km. Turn right into Gold’s Scrub Lane. Bring morning tea, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, hand sanitiser and please wear walking boots or trainers as the grass can be thick and wet, the tracks rough and the residents venomous. Social Distancing and any other Covid 19 requirements at the time will be required. Nearest toilet facilities are in Main Street Samford.

UBD Map Reference 86 F 11

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Sunday 28 November 2021 6:30am - Eagleby Wetlands

Leader: George Chapman
Phone: 0432 975 825
Grade: 2

Description: 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. Last year there were 78 species seen and 9 heard. It is less than 45 minutes from the CBD by car!

Directions: From the north, exit the Pacific Motorway at Junction 34 and take the second exit at the roundabout (Saverin Rd). Follow this road into Logan St, through the traffic lights and 1.5km later turn left into Oliver Sports complex (the access road is only marked in recent editions of the UBD). After 200m turn right and right again into the car park.

We meet there at 6.30am. There are toilet facilities on the complex. As always, bring sunscreen, insect repellant, hand santiser, a chair, and morning refreshments.

UBD Map Reference 264 N18

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Wednesday 15 December 7.00am - Lake Samsonvale/Forgan Park, Joyner

Leader: Vernon Kretschmann
Phone: 0488 211 277
Grade: 2

Description: We can expect to see a good range of bird species comprising a mix of water and bush birds. The lake track is an enjoyable and rewarding area with the walk passing through eucalypt forest along the shores of Lake Samsonvale (North Pine Dam).

Limited picnic facilities are available at Forgan Park where we will have morning tea and bird call. Bring morning tea, ample water, hand sanitiser, and insect repellent. Toilet facilities are available at Forgan Park picnic area

Directions: This walk will commence at 7.00am at Forgan Park Picnic Area located off Forgan Road, Joyner.

UBD Map Reference: 97 K5

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Saturday, 11 December 2021 7:00 am - Tarcoola St., St. Lucia

Leader: Lynette Cole
Grade: 2

Description: The track crosses Sandy Creek and then moves along between the Brisbane River (Long Pocket Reach) and the St Lucia Golf links, towards Meires Rd. Birds range from raptors, river waders, wrens, orioles, fig birds, honeyeaters.... and more

We return on the same track. Please bring sunscreen, hat, hand sanitiser, a chair and morning tea.

Directions: We’ll meet at the T junction of where Hillside Tce becomes The Esplanade and Tarcoola joins in. Tarcoola St is a divided road with an 'upside’ and a 'downside'. There is parking on the down side which comes down from Hawken Drive, since there is limited parking space on The Esplanade.

UBD Map Reference: 179 D7

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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:

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 email Anne at jones.oz@gmail.com.

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.

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'.

Noosa Parks Association Inc Bird Observers Group

An interpretive bird walk takes place every Friday, except Public Holidays, before the Friday Environment Forum (FEF). Meet in the Environment Centre car park at Wallace Park, Eumundi Road, Noosaville beside the library at 8.30 a.m. Contact the coordinator – Valda McLean 5476 2123 braelochen@bigpond.com The program is on the Noosa Parks website www.noosaparks.org.au and will be updated as necessary.

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 Andy Anderson on 0476 167 713 for details if you are interested in attending a walk.

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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