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.

Grey Phal image - SCB

Grey Phalarope at Brogborough Lake 22nd Sept – found and photo by Steve Blain

Wood Sandpiper - Peter Tomlinson

Wood Sandpiper at Brogborough Tip pools by Peter Tomlinson

 

THE HOBBY –  our club magazine. Latest edition uploaded on 20th September…

Articles include July/August 2018 Bird News, Programme Matters,  Report of Bird CLub trip to Strumpshaw Fen, Birding Henlow as a local patch, update on BTO Project Owl,

Read it here (No.159) – September 2018

 

*NEW* Winter Garden Bird Survey starts October 7th, download form here

Program for Winter season 2018/2019 available for download: Bird Club Winter Programme 2018/19 includes details of our program of seven indoor meetings and thirteen field meetings from Sept 2018 to May 2019 *NEW*

 

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 14th OCTOBER

Isle of Thanet Area and Oare Marshes, Kent, for passage migrants and local specialised birds. Meet in Car Park on Palm Bay Road, Margate, CT9 3PP, (TR379712), at 9.00am.

Leader: Kevin Sharpe

TUESDAY 30th OCTOBER – INDOOR MEETING

Gary Prescott. Green Birding and the Biking Birder Adventure. Gary will talk about Green Birding, what it is, who does it and why. He will then explore the Three UK Biking Birder years and finally his most recent challenge entitled Peru Adventure.

Maulden Village Hall at the junction of Ampthill and Flitwick Road, Maulden MK45 2DN (TL 049381), commencing at 8.00pm sharp. Doors open 7.30pm. Refreshments will be available. Visitors and non-members are always welcome! (Donations  from non-members attending would be appreciated)

SUNDAY 11th NOVEMBER

A Visit to RSPB Pulborough Brooks in West Sussex for early wintering wildfowl.  Meet in car park on the reserve at Wiggonholt, Pulborough, RH20 2EL off the A283 (TQ058164) at 9.00am.

Leader:  Kevin Sharpe

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

What’s about at the moment and recent reports

A Yellow-browed Warbler was found in Sandy on 8th October and seen also on the 9th. The first decent visible migration was noted on Sunday 7th, when more than 1600 were counted over The Pinnacle with smaller but good numbers also recorded at other watchpoints. Also noted were first Fieldfares, a good movement of Skylarks and some Bramblings.

At the end of September, strong westerly winds deposited two Grey Phalaropes in the county, both found on 22nd  at Brogborough Lake and Grovebury, the second of these remaining present to 30th  at least. A Pectoral Sandpiper spent an evening at Grovebury on 25th and a Water Pipit was noted at Broom GLE pits on 27th.

On the 30th September, three Pintails were noted at Stewartby, two Ruddy Shelducks at MCP Wetlands and a couple of passage Stonechats.

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.