LONG WEEKEND CAMP

Saturday 5 October  – Monday 7 October

Our camps are for club members; however, you can join HBOC at the camp. We’ll be camping at our usual spot at Honeyeater Flat.

First, get yourself to Wollar. You have three options for doing that, from the Golden Highway:

  1. Continue west through Merriwa, until reaching Ulan Rd near Cassilis after ~40 km. Turn left here, and then left again just before Ulan. There’s 5-10km of gravel road between Ulan and Wollar, the rest of the overall route is sealed. Best birding stop options – Cassilis Rest Area (sadly still recovering from a fire) and The Drip (shortly before Ulan).
  2. Take the Bylong Valley Way from just before Sandy Hollow, drive through Wollemi NP. At ~3km before Bylong, turn right towards Wollar. This route has some unsealed sections, and a mountain climb after Murrumbo. Birding stop options: Honeysuckle Creek in the NP, or detour into the Widden or Baerami valleys.
  3. Continue west through Merriwa, until reaching Ringwood Rd after ~7km. This road, which is unsealed after ~10km, takes you through Goulburn River NP with lots of options for birding stops. Turn right towards Wollar when you get to the T-intersection. This route has the most unsealed roads and the best birding.

From Wollar, take the sealed road towards Mudgee. You encounter the nature reserve after ~15 km. Honeyeater Flat is a bit further along, on the left. There is a gate, with a combination lock that will be left open for us. Look for the HBOC signs.

If you are intending to arrive on the Friday, contact Alan Stuart for details about how to get into the site.

MIDWEEK CAMP – GLOUCESTER

Monday September 23 – Wednesday 25

Book early at Gloucester Holiday Park, Denison Street, Gloucester, Ph 6558 1720, https://www.gloucesterholidaypark.com   They have cabins, powered sites and tent sites.  Remind them you’re there with the Club and they’ll give you a good discount.

We’ll go to Woko National Park early Monday morning where there is a lovely large area where you can walk or drive, as well as a bush walk for further birding.  Take a picnic lunch so that we can drop in to Barrington River Reserve on our way back to town.  Next morning the main outing will be a walk at Copeland Tops State Conservation Area, with a stop off at Copeland Common on our way back.  For those wanting a more relaxed visit, there will be information on four birding sites to visit around town, plus the wonderful caravan park – this is a favourite nesting site for several species and is located next to a lovely river walk through the adjoining park.  You needn’t actually go anywhere if you don’t feel like it!  Or you can explore some of these sites on Sunday afternoon and Wednesday morning.  A visit Weds morning is planned to an organic farm – approx 2 kilometre walk, some rough gullies, morning tea at the river.  Will appeal to the energetic.

Tuesday evening we’ll go out for dinner at The Kitchen.

For those interested in classical music, there’s a festival in the area that weekend that I’m reliably informed is great – you might want to extend your visit with some culture – https://www.cravencreekmusic.com/about.  There’s a concert Sunday morning and another Saturday  and Sunday afternoon, finishing by 4.30 pm.

For more information contact Helen McCall on treasurer@hboc.org.au

Sat 21st Sep Snipe survey Contact Peter re preferred site or for a site location Peter Weinstock 0417 415 738

DATE EVENT MEETING PLACE & TIME CONTACT
September 2019
Sat 21st Sep Snipe survey Contact Peter re preferred site or for a site location Peter Weinstock 0417 415 738
Sun 22nd – Wed 25th Sep Mid-Week Camp – Gloucester Gloucester Holiday Park, ph 6558 1720, details on HBOC web site Helen McCall 0414 385 308 See directions above  treasurer@hboc.org.au
Mon 23rd – Wed 25th Sep Rufous Scrub-bird surveys Meet – 11.00am, Sharpes Creek camp area, Gloucester Tops NP Alan Stuart 0409 978171
School Holidays Sat 28th September to Sun 13th October 2019
October 2019
Tue 1 Oct Midweek Outing – Old Brush Meet – 8.00am Meet at Oval, Child St, Mulbring to car pool Dinah Stehr 0402 091 951
Wed 2 Oct Management Committee Meeting 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Hunter Wetlands Centre
President – Robert Stewart
All members welcome
Thu 3rd Oct Biodiversity Day Blue Gum Hills Regional Park 10:00am-3:00pm Mick Roderick 0421 761237
Robert McDonald 0408877827
Sat 5 – Mon 7 Oct October Long weekend camp – Munghorn Gap Meet – Munghorn Gap campsite Honeyeater Flat Alan Stuart 0409 978 171. See directions above.
Wed 9th Oct Club Meeting 7.00pm The Wetlands Centre Speaker: Bill Boyd – Belmont Birding in the 1950’s/60’s
Bird of the Evening: Tom Kendall
Fri 11th Oct Survey: Earthcare Park, Tenambit Meet – 7.00am, main gate Leader Marg Clarke 0412 616030
Sat 12th Oct Hunter Wader Survey HT-8.25am, 1.53m 7.30am Ash Island and Tomago
8.00am Various locations as directed
Alan Stuart 0409 978 171 – Ash Island
Dan Williams 0408 023 262 – Kooragang
Jack Adams 4971 5334 – Swansea
Jenny Powers 4944 7274 – Stockton
Sue Hamonet 4958 1023 – Swan Bay
Steven Cox 0409 848 390 – Tomago
Tue 15th Oct Tomago Wetlands Survey 7.30am Entry to Tomago House Ann Lindsey 4951 2008
Please ring to confirm
Sun 20th Oct Field Outing –
Bingleburra or Main Creek
Meet – 8.00am Hollywood Hill on right as you enter Dungog.
Car pooling.
David Stuart
Fri 25 – Sun 27 Oct
(b/up 1-3 Nov)
Broughton Island
bird banding
Nelson Bay NPWS TBA
Fit only, numbers very limited: contact Alan for waiting list
Greg Little 0414 562169
Alan Stuart 0409 978 171
Sat 26th – Sun 27th Oct TWITCHATHON / BIRDATHON
Join a team & help raise money
Various races over the weekend (details TBC). Mick Roderick  0421 761 237
mick.roderick@birdlife.org.au
November 2019
Tue 5th Nov Midweek outing – Green Point Meet – 7.00 Carpark at the bottom of  Shores Way, Belmont. Maps will be available with walking routes/areas to visit. Morning tea at 10:30am Gary Tong 0419753397
Wed 6th Nov Management Committee Meeting 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Hunter Wetlands Centre
President – Robert Stewart
All members welcome
Fri 8th Nov Survey: Earthcare Park, Tenambit Meet – 7.00am, main gate Leader Marg Clarke 0412 616030
Wed 13th Nov Club Meeting 7.00pm The Wetlands Centre Speaker: Sarah Legge- Impact of Feral Cats
Bird of the Evening: Rowley Smith
Sat 16th Nov Snipe survey Contact Peter re preferred site or for a site location Peter Weinstock 0417 415 738
Sat 16th Nov Hunter Wader Survey HT-11.29am, 1.82m 10.30am Ash Island and Tomago
11.00am Various locations as directed
Alan Stuart 0409 978 171 – Ash Island
Dan Williams 0408 023 262 – Kooragang
Jack Adams 4971 5334 – Swansea
Jenny Powers 4944 7274 – Stockton
Sue Hamonet 4958 1023 – Swan Bay
Steven Cox 0409 848 390 – Tomago
Ann Lindsey 4951 2008 – Hexham
Sun 17th Nov Field Outing –
Mangoola
Meet – 7.30am Mangoola Mine Lucas Grenadier 0427 213 796
Tue 20th Nov Tomago Wetlands Survey 7.30am Entry to Tomago House Ann Lindsey 4951 2008
Please ring to confirm
December 2019
Tue 3 Dec Mid-Week Outing – Minmi/Pambalong Meet – 7.30 am

Blue Gum Hills Regional Park, Minmi
Lunch after at Minmi Pub.

Bob Stewart
4963 2029 or 0401 283 305
Wed 5th Dec Management Committee Meeting 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Hunter Wetlands Centre
President – Robert Stewart
All members welcome
Wed 11th Dec Xmas Club Night 7.00pm The Wetlands Centre Topic: Members’ Night – bring your slides, anecdotes, videos and a plate to share the festive spirit
Sat 8th Dec Hunter Wader Survey HT-10.30am, 1.94m 9.30am Ash Island and Tomago
10.00am Other locations as directed
Alan Stuart 0409 978 171 – Ash Island
Dan Williams 0408 023 262 – Kooragang
Jack Adams 4971 5334 – Swansea
Jenny Powers 4944 7274 – Stockton
Sue Hamonet 4958 1023 – Swan Bay
Steven Cox 0409 848 390 – Tomago
Ann Lindsey 4951 2008 – Hexham
Fri 13th Dec Survey: Earthcare Park, Tenambit Meet – 7.00am, main gate Leader Marg Clarke 0412 616030
Tue 17th Dec Tomago Wetland Survey 7.30am Entry to Tomago House Ann Lindsey 4951 2008
Please ring to confirm
School Holidays Thursday 19 Dec 2019 to Tue 27 Jan 2020