Belmont Wetlands State Park is a wonderful place to go birdwatching because seeing birds is easy, they are everywhere you look. The beauty of birdwatching is its free to be done anywhere and anytime you feel like it.
Watching birds can take on many different forms. For most people it is a relaxing pastime which allows them to head out into the fresh air and visit places they may not usually go. Some enjoy the freedom of solitude it can provide while others see it as a social experience, meeting with people who share a common interest. For others it is the lure of the chase which ignites their passion. Still others look upon birds as environmental indicators and use them to understand how the natural world is faring.
Belmont Wetlands is a flutter of activity with some uncommon bird species 🐦 appearing as spring-summer visitors but, sadly 😢not all migratory bird species reach the shores.
Compared with survey records at the Lagoon from August to mid-October there’s been more woodlands species.
On a less chirpy note recent news reports are of hundreds of dead birds 💔(mostly Sharp-tailed Shearwater) washed up on Central Coast and Newcastle beaches. Some experts suggest that extreme bad weather and ocean warming are to blame; others say such ‘wreck events’ are normal.
Click the link below 👇 to read the full November 2023 bird report courtesy of Hunter Bird Observers Club. Also find out about joining the Club or attending monthly meetings.🤗
The Belmont Wetlands State Park (BWSP) Birdwatching Walk held on 20th April 2023 was well attended despite the rainy conditions. 18 keen local birdwatchers set out to enjoy the free and informative walk around the northern area of BWSP.
A big thanks to our local guides led by Grahame Feletti and BWSP staff who provided commentary on the birds spotted and local history of the area.
Future events will be scheduled and timed around when migration occurs in the Park and will hopefully become a quarterly event.
So watch out for the next one and come along.