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.

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Wheatear by Andy Grimsey

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Ring Ouzel at Pegsdon Hills by Steve Blain

THE HOBBY –  our club magazine. Latest edition uploaded on 16th March…

Articles include January/February 2018 Bird News, Programme Matters and Upcoming Events, Key Breeding Species to record this year, Searching for Turtle Doves, 10×10 Challenge – The New Bird Race, Garden Bird Feeding Survey Summer 2017

Read it here (No.156) – March 2018

 

*NEW* Program for Summer season 2018 has now been published and can be downloaded as pdf:        Bird Club Summer Programme 2018

 

Updated Page on Rookeries Survey by Roger Hicks

The Bedfordshire Bird Report 2016 – read about the latest bird report published December 2017

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

Meetings − dates for your diary

SUNDAY 22nd APRIL

Morning walk over Pegsdon Hills for spring migrants.  Park and meet in car park of Live and Let Live Inn, Pegsdon, (TL121303), at 8.00am.  Finish around 11.00am.

Leader:  Jon Palmer

SUNDAY 29th APRIL

Early morning birding around Broom Gravel Pits for spring migrants.  Park and meet at end of Kings Road, off High Street, Broom, (TL172433), at 7.00am.  Finish by 12.00 noon.

Leader:  Stefan Baltruschat

*NEW* Bird Club Summer Programme 2018  available for download

 

What to look for in Bedfordshire

April

April is a very exciting time for birding in Bedfordshire as a trickle of summer visitors at the beginning of the month becomes a flood by the end of the month. New birds and year ticks are around every day and with birds on the move hastily returning to their breeding areas there are lots of opportunities to find a scarce or rare visitor, but records show that they generally do not hang around for long…  more

What’s about at the moment and recent sightings

Migrants on 19th included a Black-necked Grebe at Brogborough with first Nightingale also reported that day. Weekend of 15th April saw the start of many migrant arrivals with a turn in the weather that included first Whitethroat, Grasshopper Warbler, Cuckoo and Reed Warbler.

Poor weather on the 8th-10th April was responsible for records of Common Scoter at five locations, Kittiwake at Brogbough and Little Gull at Broom, and possibly also the group of ten Spoonbills seen in flight near Biggleswade. Up to six Ring Ouzel were noted at Pegsdon Hills with Hawfinch and Brambling still around at a few locations.

Two Cranes seen over MVCP on 7th were also noted 30 minutes later over Wingrave in Bucks, following thee Cranes seen in flight on 5th near Potton

April started with first records of Ring Ouzel, Common Tern and a handful of Wheatears while best waders were two Grey Plover in Rookery South pit. At least two Great White Egrets were in the county and White Stork was seen in flight having previously been seen in Hertfordshire and noted to have a ring suggesting it was from a European reintroduction scheme.

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.