Outings

PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION ON CORONAVIRUS PRECAUTIONS ON THIS PAGE

2021

Sunday 18 April 7.00 am - Pimpama River Conservation Area
Tues 27th April 2021 7.00 am - Oxley Creek Common
Saturday 22 May 7:00 am - Gold Creek Reservoir
Thurs 27 May 7:30 am - Tingalpa and Buhot Cks, Bris Koala bushlands

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

During 2020 the Birds Queensland management committee approved a Birds Queensland 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.

Sunday 18 April 7.00 am - Pimpama River Conservation Area

Leader: Frank Burch
Phone: 0427 886 636
or

Grade: 2

This is a lovely conservation area on the northern Gold Coast bordering the sugar cane fields and twice previously visited by a BQ walk group with over fifty species observed each time. There are no facilities here, though the quaint seaside village of Jacobs Well is very close by and where toilet facilities and cafés etc are available if anyone would like to visit there after the walk is completed.

The walking is flat and easy and well defined; initially skirting the Pimpama River and en-route taking in salt-pan, wetland, mangrove, bushland and grassland areas.

Walking distance around the conservation area would be estimated at around 5kms and there are typically good and varied raptor sightings in this area.

Sunscreen, insect repellent, hand santiser, and a hat are absolutely necessary and please bring a chair for morning tea and bird call.

Directions:We’d park and meet at 7.00 am at the entrance of Green Meadows Road (off Kerkin Road Nth), and walk in from there.

UBD Map Reference: 307 J20

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Tues 27th April 2021 - Oxley Ck Common

Leader: Lynda Litz-Tyne
Phone: 3379 5230
or

Grade: 2

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).

Directions: We will meet at The Red Shed picnic shelter at Oxley Creek Common, Sherwood Road, Rocklea, at 7:00am where there are good facilities and toilets. Please bring sunscreen, hand sanitiser, insect repellent and morning tea.

UBD Map Reference 179 B20

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Saturday 22 May 2021 7.00 am - Gold Creek Reservoir

Leader: Scott Fox
Phone: 0479 178 766

Grade: 1

Description: I thought we might predominantly stick to the road, aiming to walk 1.5 to 2km back from the carpark before returning to explore the picnic area and, for those who don’t mind a bit of hill work, there would be the option of strolling up to the top of the dam wall for a look at what is swimming or stalking about below. The walk along the road will pass through and beside lowland rainforest, riparian scrub and some open pasture, crossing the creek a few times. We will have to keep an eye out for MAMILs (Middle-Aged Men In Lycra) but the road is usually fairly quiet traffic-wise. Rainforest birds such as Regent Bowerbirds, Noisy Pitas and Emerald Doves are sometimes seen near the carpark. White-eared monarchs and Azure Kingfishers can be sighted along the creek. The pastureland and telephone wires nearby can be a good spot to look for Egrets, Pardalotes, Finches and Fairywrens.

Birdcall and BYO morning tea will be in the Picnic Area, about 250m into the Reserve from the Carpark. There are public restrooms at the Picnic Area.

Remember sun safety, hand santiser, and insect repellent

Directions: Gold Creek Rd starts at the roundabout at Brookfield Showgrounds and winds its way past farms and acreage for 6km to the Reservoir carpark where we will meet.

UBD Map Reference 136 M15

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Thursday, 27 May 2021 7.30 am Tingalpa and Buhot Creeks, Burbank, Brisbane Koala Bushlands

Leader: Thursday, 27 May 2021 7.30 am Tingalpa and Buhot Creeks, Burbank, Brisbane Koala Bushlands
Phone: 0409 581 338

Grade: 3

Description: We will walk along the gravel tracks near Tingalpa Ck returning via Buhot Ck. There is a table and seating (about 50 m from cars) where we can have morning tea, but no toilets. The closest toilets are at the Alperton Rd Koala Bushlands entrance (UBD203 D16) which is listed in the Bird Places of Brisbane brochure (available on the Birds Queensland website). Our walk provides closer access to Tingalpa Ck. As the track can be rough and we will go a small way off the path, it is best to wear sturdy footwear. Please bring sun protection, insect repellent, morning tea and hand sanitiser.

Directions: Meet at Longton Ct, Burbank. Park at the end of Longton Court near the entrance to the reserve.

UBD Map Reference 223 1H

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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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