Wednesday 25 August 7.30 am - Ewen Maddock Track, Day Outing
Tuesday, 14 September 7:30am - Sandy Camp Rd Wetlands Reserve
Sunday 19 September 7.00 am - Mungarra Reserve, Petrie
Sunday 10 October 7.00 am - J C Trotter Memorial Park, Burbank

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 25 August 7.30 am - Ewen Maddock Track, Day Outing

Leaders: Rae Clark & Maggie Overend
Phone: 07 3391 1642, or, on the day only, Maggie's mobile:0439 530 704
Grade: 2

Description: Ewen Maddock Track was popular last year when Red-backed Buttonquail were being seen. While the Buttonquail aren’t being reported now, the track is good for a variety of birds including Emerald Dove, White-throated Treecreeper, Forest Kingfisher, Golden and Rufous Whistlers and honeyeaters. The track is easy walking and passes through bushland and ti-tree swamp, some acreage properties and comes out along the shoreline of Ewen Maddock Dam.

We will visit other sites in the Landsborough and Mooloolah areas and have morning tea and lunch at parks with facilities. While Ewen Maddock Track does not have toilets, there are facilities available in Pioneer Park just after turning off the Steve Irwin Way to the Caloundra Street entrance to Landsborough. Other facilities are on Old Landsborough Road immediately to the left after you go over the railway line at the intersection with Caloundra Street and at Peace Park just after the roundabout at Gympie Street and Maleny Road.

Further details on the birding sites to be visited will be in the August newsletter.

The eBird link to the Ewen Maddock track hot spot is at https://ebird.org/australia/hotspot/L12528755.

Directions: Depending on where you enter Caloundra Street, Landsborough, turn right or left at Tytherleigh Avenue, then right into Gympie Street north and continue along that road (do not go around the bend into Tunnel Ridge Road) until you reach the entrance gate to the track. Parking is to the right of the gate.

Please notify Rae Clark if you are planning to come and indicate if you would like to carpool and whether you can take others with you or would like to get a lift.

Bring morning tea, lunch, water, personal hand sanitiser, sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat and a folding chair.

UBD Map Reference 96 K15 (Sunshine Coast)

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Tuesday, 14 September 7:30am - Sandy Camp Rd Wetlands Reserve

Leader: Robert Bush
Phone: 0404 805 558
Grade: 2

Description: The walk will be for about 2 hours along a flat and easy-going trail. We can expect to see waterbirds and lowland forest birds plus a nesting Osprey.

There is no toilet at the site.

Please bring sunscreen, insect repellent, hat, hand santiser, a chair and refreshments and please observe social distancing.

Directions: We’ll meet at the carpark on Sandy Camp Road opposite the school sports fields.

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Sunday 19 September 7.00 am - Mungarra Reserve, Petrie

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

Description: Mungarra Reserve is situated on the banks of the North Pine River and has a variety of habitats including open recreational areas, remnant eucalypt forest, revegetated native bushland, two small lakes and mangroves. The walk will follow well designated pathways leading through these habitats where we should see a good range of bush birds and some water birds.

Walk length will be approximately 2kms.

Picnic facilities and toilets are available. Please bring water, morning tea, hand santiser, a chair, and insect repellent.

Directions: The walk will start from the northern carpark located in the reserve and accessed from Affleck Avenue.

UBD Map Reference: 98 D4

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Sunday 10 October 7.00 am - J C Trotter Memorial Park, Burbank

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

Description: 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 sites carpark but please bring your chairs, sunscreen, 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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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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