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Birdlife Castlemaine Birdwalk at Harcourt – 1 June 2019

Posted on 30 May, 2019 by Ivan

Birdlife Castlemaine has provided details for their monthly bird walk, this weekend at Harcourt.  If you have questions about the walks program, you can email them at:

June Bird Walk

Saturday 1 June – Barkers Creek Reservoir, Harcourt VIC

We’ll start on the eastern side, hoping for reasonable sightings of bush birds in the woodlands, where we will do a 20 minute 2 hectare survey, then walk across to look for the water birds and raptors (there were three Whistling Kites there recently). If you have a spotting scope, please bring it. We’ll then drive to the parking area on the west side, off McIvor Rd.  Damian Kelly’s ‘Castlemaine Bird Walks’ book has further details and a useful map (see page 62).  Bring morning tea and a stool or chair.  There are new information boards near the car park about the Coliban water supply system and the use of canoes and kayaks on the reservoir.

Location and directions: Travelling from Castlemaine, turn right off the Old Calder Highway in Harcourt, and follow Market St towards Mt Alexander.  At the junction with Reservoir Rd follow the bitumen as it turns left, and continue to T-junction at McIvor Rd. Turn right, then left onto North Harcourt Rd and park on the left, just past the Harcourt-Sutton Grange Rd intersection.

Time: Meet at Barkers Creek Reservoir at 8:45 am, or to carpool from Castlemaine meet at 8:30am outside Castlemaine Community House (formerly Continuing Ed), Templeton St, Castlemaine VIC.

Important information about walks: Bring water, snacks, binoculars, hat, sunscreen, sturdy shoes, long pants during snake season, and other weather-appropriate gear.

Walks will be cancelled if the temperature is forecast to be 35 degrees or more during the walk period, severe weather warnings are forecast, and/or if the day has been declared a Total Fire Ban.

Questions?: If you have questions about our walks program, you can email Birdlife Castlemaine at, or call Judy Hopley (0425 768 559) or Asha Bannon (0418 428 721).

Jacky winter. Photo: Peter Turner

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