We are delighted to announce that our first BirdLife Castlemaine District Branch bird walk this year will be held on Saturday 4 February 2023 at the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park. We are going to be at the north-east section of the park near Chewton. The walk will be preceded by “Breakfast with the Birds”. Please bring your own food, drinks, cutlery, table, chairs etc.
Breakfast can begin from 8:00am with the walk following from around 9:00am. Birds that may be seen include Common Bronzewing, Brown and White-Throated Treecreepers, Rufous and Golden Whistlers, Dusky Woodswallow, Eastern Spinebill, Scarlet and Eastern Yellow Robin, Speckled Warbler, Silvereye, various Thornbills and Honeyeaters.
Our walk leaders will be Tavish and Joel Bloom.
Water, snacks, binoculars, sunscreen, hat, sturdy shoes. As it is now snake season, we also strongly recommend that you wear long trousers and closed-in shoes.
Note, there are no toilets available at the site.
Please note that walks will be cancelled if severe weather warnings are in place, persistent rain is forecast, the temperature is forecast to be 35C or above during the walk period, and/or a Total Fire Ban is declared. Please check our Facebook page the day before the event in case there is a cancellation.
Outing location: The Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park, Chewton.
Meeting place: We will meet at the old council tip site on Railway Street, Chewton.
Getting there: From the Castlemaine centre, travel 4.5k east along the Pyrenees Highway (B180) toward Melbourne. At Chewton, turn right into Railway Street drive 650 meters and you will see the entrance on the right. If coming from the Calder Freeway, Railway Street is about 8k from when you join the Pyrenees Highway. GPS: -37.08589, 144.26289.
Birdlife Castlemaine acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land where we are holding our walk, the Dja Dja Wurrung people and we pay our respects to their Elders past and present. We recognise and are grateful for the immense contribution of Indigenous people to the knowledge and conservation of Australia’s birds.