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.

Waxwing

Waxwing – small numbers now in the county

Gadwall Wardown Park

Gadwall – widespread in the county – how many will be found on this year’s Duck Hunt ? – image Andy Grimsey

THE HOBBY –  our club magazine. Read the latest edition here

Articles include Nov/Dec 2016 Bird News, Programme Matters,  The Garden Bird Feeding Survey Summer 2016, Siskins in Gardens, 2017 Survey – Waterways Breeding Birds, , Marston Vale Country Park News, Velvet Scoters in Bedfordshire No. 149 – January 2017

 

Bird Club Winter Programme 2016/2017

**NEW** Summer Garden Bird Feeding Survey 2017 Form available from link – starts 5th March 2017

The Bedfordshire Bird Report 2015 – read about the latest bird report published December 2016

 

The Christmas Bird Hunt 2016. See the results here

 The Great Duck Hunt Jan 14th/15th 2017 Enter your results here

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

Bedsbirds blogspot – view the latest county bird photos. To create a little more excitement to inland county birding, keep an eye on the SFYL or self found year list blog.

 

Meetings − dates for your diary

SUNDAY 15th JANUARY 2017

The Great Duck Hunt Enter your results here

SUNDAY 29th JANUARY 2017

Morning birding around Stockgrove and Rushmere Country Parks, Heath and Reach, for a good variety of woodland birds.  Meet in Stockgrove car park, SP920293, at 9.00am. Parking £2 (coins).

Leader:  Sheila Alliez

TUESDAY 31th JANUARY 2017 – INDOOR MEETING

‘Saving Nature abroad – the RSPB’s international work’ by Dr Tim Stowe, Director International Operations.  A privileged insight into some of its vital projects around the globe.

SUNDAY 12th FEBRUARY 2017

Day visit to Summer Leys LNR and Ditchford Lakes and Meadows NR, Northants mainly for wetland birds.  Meet at Summer Leys, SP886634, at 8.30am.

Leaders:  Malcolm & Carolyn Hawkes

What to look for in Bedfordshire

January

January is a month for searching out the scarcer or more elusive winter visitors, either for a new year-list or maybe just purely the pleasure of discovery and observation and having a reason to get outdoors during the potentially cold or gloomy month.
Adverse weather conditions may encourage some interesting birds to take up temporary residence in the county with most focus from birders on the water bodies. A sheltered corner, even a local garden, may hold the biggest surprise though, as national rarities have been reported from neighbouring areas in recent winters… more

What’s about at the moment and recent sightings

The Christmas Birdhunt turned up some decent wintering birds including Bittern, Brent Goose, Short-eared Owl, Bearded Tits, at least two Merlins and the continuing White-fronted Goose family at Cainhoe which were first noted at the end of October. After a mass arrival in the northern counties and Scotland, Waxwings have finally arrived in the county as they filter south with birds found in Luton, Leighton Buzzard, Sandy, Meppershall and Everton in the first four days of the year with a well watched group in Bedford over the weekend of 7th/8th

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.