Saturday 6 February 7 am - Sheepstation Creek Conservation Park
Wednesday 17 February 6:30 am - Samford Eco-Corridor

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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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.

Saturday 6th February at 7am - Sheepstation Creek Conservation Park, Phelps Rd, Upper Caboolture

Leaders: Patrick and Wendy Shanley
Phone: 0488 138 995

Grade: 3

We will meet at 7 am at the Phelps Rd entrance to Sheepstation Creek Conservation Park. The closest toilets are at The Upper Caboolture Farmers Assembly Hall on Caboolture River Rd approx. 1 km before the Phelps Rd turnoff.

Sheep Station Creek Conservation Park lies within the Moreton Bay Region. The park consists of 231 ha of open forest providing an ideal habitat for different species of birds, reptiles, butterflies, and marsupials. The eBird list records 163 species for the site and can be seen at https://ebird.org/hotspot/L978641

Our planned walk is approximately 4 kms long. After entering the park we turn left onto Grey Gum Circuit. We follow this circuit around until we turn right into Spotted Gum Trail and continue on this path back to the start. Click on this link for a PDF map of the park and trails

Morning tea and Bird Count will be at Rocksberg Heritage Park after our walk. Bring morning tea, a chair, water, personal hand sanitiser, insect repellent and sunscreen. There are toilets at the Rocksberg Heritage Park and a large, shady, grassy area to enjoy.

Directions to meeting place for walk: We will meet at the Phelps Rd entrance to the Park. From Morayfield Rd (State Route 60) turn onto Caboolture River Rd at the Morayfield State Primary School and head west along it for approx. 8 kms then turn left into Phelps Rd. Continue 600m to the end of the road.
UBD Map Reference: 46 N20

Directions to meeting place for morning tea: Rocksberg Heritage Park, McNamara Rd, Rocksberg From Phelps Rd turn left and continue along Caboolture River Rd for 8.5 kms until the end of the road.
UBD Map Reference: 46 B13

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Wednesday 17 February 6:30 am - Samford Eco-Corridor

Leader: Peter Storer Phone: 0444 563 113 or

Grade: 2

The Samford Eco-Corridor is a revegetation and rehabilitation project along the South Pine River in Samford Parklands (the old CSIRO property) just north of Samford. The site contains a narrow belt of remnant riverine forest, rank grassland, mown areas and extensive revegetation with gallery rainforest and grassy eucalypt woodland. It is an eBird hotspot with 50 species regularly seen and 143 species recorded in total (https://ebird. org/hotspot/L5616101). BQ first visited in June 2019 when 65 species were encountered. The area is mostly flat, with one short steep hill to climb and the ~1.5 km walk should take about 2–2.5 hours.

Directions: Coming from Ferny Grove, take the third exit at the roundabout at Samford and drive through the village towards Dayboro. After ~1 km, look for the tennis courts on your left and turn left after the green sign and then immediately right, leading into the large carpark on the left next to the netball courts.

For those coming from Dayboro or via Eatons Crossing Road, head towards Samford along Mt Samson Road until you cross the South Pine River and take the next right turn just past the Bowls Club, then park as above. There are toilets on site for which I will have the key. There is a single picnic table for bird call afterwards, so bring morning tea, and your personal hand santiser, please.

Beware: some GPS apps may send you to Curlew Road, which is on the wrong side of the river. The location is off Mt Samson Road.

UBD Map Reference 106 L11

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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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