Welcome to the Bedfordshire Bird Club

The Bedfordshire Bird Club was formed in 1992 to enhance the recording of birds in the county and bring together people with a shared interest in birds and birding.

*NEW* WINTER PROGRAM DATES ANNOUNCED – SIX ZOOM EVENTS CURRENTLY SCHEDULED

For more info about membership please click the link

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Pectoral Sandpiper at Brogborough TIp Pools on 19th September 2021 – photo by Trevor Ellery

 

THE HOBBY –  our club magazine. Latest edition distributed in October 2021… electronic copy sent to members on 21st (if anyone does not get copy pls contact editor@bedsbirdclub.org.uk)

Articles include Bird News July – September 2021, details of the three Zoom meetings for 2021, note on Barnacle Goose in Bedfordshire

Winter Garden Bird Feeding Survey 2021/22 – starts 3rd October. Form for download, please click preferred format  PDF  XLS

Bedfordshire – our changing habitats and wildlife”   – a new book now published from BNHS – more details on the link and also printable Order Form

Bedsbirds email group – keep up-to-date with the latest messages.

Bedsbirds blogspot – view the some of the latest county bird photos.

Bedsbirds Flickr page – lots more photos here, both common and scarce species

The Bird Report for 2019 was published in January 2021 and distributed free to all Bird Club members at the end of that month, comprising 136 pages and in full colour throughout and with a stunning photo by Mark Rayment of our Black-throated Thrush on the front. More details on content and how to get a copy HERE.

Events − dates for your diary

TALKS FOR WINTER SEASON 21/22 – ON ZOOM – We have finalised a winter program of talks  for the 2021/22 season, all of which are currently planned to be delivered on Zoom.

Tuesday October 26th 2021 – Yunnan by Jeff Blincow.

This talk highlights the superb birds seen on a trip to south-west China in the winter. Yunnan has a varied landscape with snow-capped mountains, lakes, deep gorges and rich sub-tropical forest in the south. At first, visiting in winter would appear an unusual idea, but the lowland forests along the Burmese border hold a strong resident avifauna and the region is the wintering ground for migrants from nearly all points of the compass.

Jeff Blincow has been lecturing on wildlife since 1980 on such topics as Ecuador, New Zealand, Australia and bird families. He has travelled widely and his focus on South America in the 1990s led him to be one of the founder committee members of the Neotropical Bird Club.

Further dates will be: November 30th and December 21st 2021 and for 2022, January 25th, February 22nd, March 29th. We may have an extra talk put in to the program if the opportunity arises. For more details click on “Events Programme” on the left menu bar

What to look for in Bedfordshire

October

October in Bedfordshire is a month characterised by the movement and arrival of our winter visitors. Observations of visible migration give a glimpse of this movement for those who find a suitable watch-point early morning and with favourable conditions, while overnight changes in the number of birds on our water bodies may also be notable. The month also offers the potential for a real county rarity, with a rare species list larger than other months of the year…. more

Latest sightings

On Twitter we have adopted the Rare Bird Network hashtag system for bird news. Check out the Twitter feed below for the latest sightings. Twitter users, please add the hashtag #rbnBDF to your tweets to share your Bedfordshire bird sightings with others and for your tweet to appear in this feed. Details of how to use the Rare Bird Network hashtags can be found here.