Monday 30 September 7.00 am - Oxley Ck Common
Sunday 20 October 7.00 am - Bribie Island Outing - Start at Buckley's Hole
Wednesday 23 October 7.00 am - Shelley Road Park, Lake Manchester Rd, Kholo

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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Monday 30 September 7.00 am - Oxley Creek Common

Leader: Lynda Litz-Tyne Phone: 3379 5230

Despite its proximity to the city, this area boasts a good bird list due to its variety of habitats which include riparian scrub, open forest, grassland, mangroves, dense forest, ephemeral wetlands and a lake.

The track is mainly even ground and the ant-bed surfacing underfoot affords an undemanding ramble. Native tree plantings on both sides of the walking track over the past decade or so now provide an avenue and filtered shade for the first 1.5 km.

The main part of the track follows the creek line so on that side there is a wooded bank. Much clearing of weed species and replanting of indigenous trees, shrubs and ground covers undertaken as part of the "Urban riparian corridor restoration" project by Friends of Oxley Creek Common and The Oxley Creek Catchment Association has enhanced the quality of bird habitat. On the other side are grassy paddocks where a strip of land has been reclaimed for planting of experimental plots, now in various stages of development.

The track branching off to the left after about 1.5 km, leads down through open fields to ephemeral wetlands mainly on the right and Pelican Lagoon at the end on the left. The original path back at the junction affords less cover than the first part of the track and leads up to a Hoop Pine Forest. (just over 2 km from The Red Shed).

We will meet at The Red Shed picnic shelter at Oxley Creek Common where there are good facilities and toilets. Please bring sunscreen, insect repellent and morning tea.

UBD Reference: 179 B20

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Sunday 20 October 7.00 am - Bribie Island Outing - Start at Buckley's Hole

Leader: Paul Marty Mobile: 0418 899 967

Come and celebrate our 50th year with our 35th outing to Bribie.

This will be BQ's 35th 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 116 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 7.00 am 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, Star Marina (if time permits) and finish at the lagoons in Bellara (Bibimulya). The whole outing is easy walking and suitable for all ages although it is a very 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

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Wednesday 23 October 7.00 am - Shelley Road Park, Lake Manchester Rd, Kholo

Leader: Rod Gardner Mobile: 0437 596 828

Directions: Lake Manchester Rd., 7.8km past the intersection with Swenson's Rd. and past the intersection with Kholo Rd. Keep going west along Lake Manchester road. You'll come to a well-maintained gravel road for the last couple of kilometres. Keep going past the entrance to Lake Manchester itself for a couple of hundred metres, and you'll see a large paddock on the left. Drive to the western (far) end of the paddock where you can park on the grassy verges. If you pass a creek crossing, you've gone too far.

There are toilets at the Lake Manchester car park/picnic ground, but no drinking water.

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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 Lionel and Brenda Findlay on 07 5491 2316 or John and Lyla Hansen or 07 54417971 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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