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 Phalarope at Brogborough Lake 22nd Sept – found and photo by Steve Blain
Wood Sandpiper at Brogborough Tip pools by Sean D’Arcy
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*
Updated Page on Rookeries Survey by Roger Hicks
Focus On Spotted Flycatcher – as published in Bird reports from 2002 and 2003 by Richard Bashford
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
TUESDAY 25th SEPTEMBER – INDOOR MEETING
First event of our Winter Programme – ‘Birding in Paradise’. A travelogue from club member and keen traveller, Martin Palmer. Join Martin as he takes us on a journey through Trinidad & Tobago – Truly Birding in Paradise!
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 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
What to look for in Bedfordshire
September is an excellent birding month in Bedfordshire with a large diversity of species on the move and plenty of opportunity to find scarce birds. Many of these birds will linger long enough around our wetlands or scrub to be accessible to observers who are able to take the opportunities. Time in the field will be certain to bring rewards… more
What’s about at the moment and recent sightings
Strong westerly winds deposited two Grey Phalaropes in the county, both found on 22nd at Brogborough Lake and Grovebury, the second of these also present on 23rd.
Otherwise westerly winds and relatively stable weather have restricted the finding of more interesting passage birds, though notable have been a few waders including a few Ruff and a Little Stint at Grovebury, and Wood Sandpipers at Brogborough Tip and Millenium Country Park. Elsewhere a few Spotted Flycatchers, Redstarts, Whinchats and flyover Tree Pipits have been located in the first half of the month. A Great White Egret continues to be recorded at various sites around the brick pits. Flyover Marsh Harriers, at least one Osprey, a Honey Buzzard and a Pallid Harrier nearby in Hertfordshire were all noted in the last few days, 19th to 21st.
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.