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.
Hawfinch – one of over 200 reported on vis-mig watches in the second part of October, part of an extraordinary influx with birds continuing to be located – photo Jim P
Articles include September/October 2017 Bird News, Programme Matters and Upcoming Events, Hawfinch influx into Bedfordshire, History of the Hawfinch in Bedfordshire Read it here (No.154) – November 2017
The Winter Garden Bird Feeding Survey – starts 1st October. Download form HERE
The Bedfordshire Bird Report 2015 – read about the latest bird report published December 2016
Bedsbirds email group – keep up-to-date with the latest messages.
Bedsbirds blogspot – view the latest county bird photos.
Meetings − dates for your diary
SUNDAY 3rd DECEMBER – FIELD TRIP
Morning walk round East Beds area for wintering species. Park and meet at Henlow Bridge Lakes, (TL188379), at 8.30am.
Leader: Greg Nunn
TUESDAY 19th DECEMBER 2017 – INDOOR MEETING
‘The Birding Year – 2017’ by Richard Bashford. A review of the birds recorded in Bedfordshire on video by our own photographers. DVDs will be available to purchase but seasonal refreshments will be free.
What to look for in Bedfordshire
December is a month in which most winter visitors have arrived but surprises are still to be found as birds move around to seek best feeding and sheltering areas, particularly in response to adverse weather conditions. The holiday season gives an opportunity for many birders to spend some more time in the field with the Christmas Bird Hunt and maybe filling the last gap on the year list when weather and daylight allow…. more
What’s about at the moment and recent sightings
Continuning highlight of what has been an otherwise quiet autumn and early winter season has been the extraordinary passage and arrival of Hawfinches that was first noted on 13th October with vismig birds still being found on 28th and a total of over 200 logged. Wintering flocks have now been found in woodland and parkland habitats around the county such as Wrest Park, Woburn and The Lodge RSPB. Anywhere with suitable trees would seem a good place to look for more.
Other sightings of interest have included a Great Northern Diver in the Marston Vale, and returning wildfowl including two Pink-footed Geese found with Greylags. A few potentially wintering Stonechats, Bramblings and a couple of Crossbill sightings were the only other small birds of note.
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.