Upcoming Activities

Sunday 29 May, Barren Grounds

8.30am, Leaders: Michelle and Dave Rower, Mobile 0421
335 037
Meet in the picnic area at Barren Grounds Nature Reserve
9km from the township of Jamberoo along Jamberoo
Mountain Road. Turn off Jamberoo Mountain Road to the
left just after the ‘Concealed Driveway’ sign and follow the
dirt road for approximately 600 metres to the picnic
area/car park. Bring carry morning tea, lunch, hat,
sunscreen and plenty of water. We will have lunch in the
picnic area after the walk. Please wear sturdy shoes and
dress appropriately as there have been plenty of reptiles
seen in this area recently.

Thursday 2 June, Lunch Time Walk in Botanic Gardens

12.30-1.30pm, Leader: Martin Potter, Mobile 0437 683
Lunch time bird walk. Meet at the Discovery Centre. We
have permission to use the nearby car park on Madoline
Street (off Irvine Street) as long as a car park pass is
obtained from the Discovery Centre on arrival and
displayed on your dashboard.

Friday 3 June, Social Dinner, 7.00pm at the Coniston
Hotel, 28 Bridge Street Coniston

If you would like to attend our social dinner on Friday 3
June please contact Nerida Hudspith for details and to
book a place; tel: 0424 417 484.

Sunday 5 June, Wader Count, Windang
8.30am, Leader: Martin Cocker, Mobile 0418 429 132
Meet under the pines by Windang Surf Club for the wader
survey.  A count that is part of the national “Shorebirds
2020” programme that will include: Windang Estuary, Why
Juck Bay, Purry Burry Point. Bring morning tea.

Tuesday 7 June, Evening Meeting - Coniston Community
7.30pm, Speaker: Carol Proberts, ‘Counting honeyeaters at
a migration bottleneck’The autumn migration of Yellow-
faced and White-naped Honeyeaters (among other species)
is one of the great spectacles of Australian nature, yet very
little is known about it. Carol has been watching the
migration for over 30 years and co-ordinates Blue
Mountains Bird Observers’ project to monitor their
numbers. Carol will describe the challenges involved in
counting them and share this year’s exciting results.  Please
bring a plate to share.

Saturday 18 June, Bargo River Walk 
8.30am, Leaders: David and Michelle Rower, Mobile 0421
335 037
Access from Bargo River Road (Off Remembrance
Driveway). Turn into Bargo River Road and cross the railway
line. Take the next turn left-Fire Road and park on the grass
beside the river on the left.
Bring morning tea.  Bring food and drink for the day.

Wednesday 22 June, Budderoo
8.30am, Leaders: David and Michelle Rower, Mobile 0421
335 037
Meet at the car park for Budderoo Fire Trail approximately
2.6km north of the turn-off to Barren Grounds along
Jamberoo Mountain Road.  Please turn off to the left at the
Budderoo National Park (plus Budderoo Plateau) sign and
drive approximately three hundred metres along the dirt
road to the car park beside a gate blocking the road.  Bring
morning tea.

Interested ?

If you want to find out more about the Illawarra’s amazing bird life, please come along to any of the events listed below . Club members will be happy to answer your questions and help you find wild birds - without obligation.

Welcome to the Illawarra!

The Illawarra is the name given to that part of New South Wales, Australia which is located south of Sydney, stretching from Stanwell Park in the north through the council areas of Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama. Its eastern boundary comprises the multitude of pristine beaches, cliffs and headlands where it meets the Tasman Sea. In the west the Illawarra escarpment rises, giving dramatic views over the landscape.  The wide range of habitats over a relatively small area results in a great diversity of birdlife. The waters off the Illawarra coast are also renowned as a world-class location for observing seabirds.

Illawarra Birders Inc. is a birding organisation based in the Illawarra. As well as providing a full programme of birding outings and other events, it has a particular interest in bird-related conservation and education. It is also building strong networks with other groups with an interest in birds (see ‘About Us’ for more).

Illawarra Birds - A Photo Guide: Brochure Now Available!

The Brochure has now been received from the printers and is
being distributed to outlets around the Illawarra.
Pick up your copy at the following outlets (more to follow):

Wollongong City Council offices, Burelli Street

Southern Gateway Centre, Bulli Tops

ABC Radio Illawarra 74 Kembla Street Wollongong

Futureworld Eco-technology Centre Northcliffe Dr Warrawong

Kiama Tourist Information Centre, Blowhole Point

DECC (NPWS) Office Crown St Wollongong

Visitor Centres, Minnamura Rainforest & Fitzroy Falls
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What we have done lately

Please submit your sightings to our atlas
Some interesting local sightings

Southern Emuwren, White-cheeked & Tawny-crowned Honeyeaters, Maddens Plains power pylon track south of model aircraft field.
Thanks Graham Barwell

Bell Miners and Bar-shouldered doves. Farmborough heights fire station
Thanks Andrew Wood

Double banded plovers, Spotless Crake, 13 Freckled Ducks musk ducks and over 150 Pink-eared Ducks at Tallawarra
Thanks Carla Jacket with Illawarra birders
Two white headed pigeon - Columba Leucomela
Thanks Carol Benjamin

16 x sooty oystercatchers 5 islands today
Thanks terrill nordstrom

10 species of ducks including 10 Freckled, 100+ Pink-eared, 2 Blue-billed, 1 Musk & 40+ Australasian Shoveler at Tallawarra Sunday. Also 2 Osprey, 1 Swamp Harrier & 1 Whistling Kite at its nest tree.
Thanks Graham Barwell (remember this is private property see a commitee member to organise access)

Lake Wollumboola last Saturday 7/5 Black-tailed Godwit.
Thanks Alan Morris and Jill Molan