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.

Garganey Priory

Garganey at Priory CP – image Sean D’Arcy

Blackwit

Black-tailed Godwit at GLE pit Broom GP – image Jim P

 

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

Articles include Jan/Feb 2017 Bird News, Programme Matters,  Report of the AGM, Research Committee Report, Club visit to East Norfolk, Bedfordshire Rookeries, Report of the Rarities Committee, BTO House Martin Survey 2017      No.150 – March 2017

 

*NEW* Bird Club Summer Programme 2016/2017

Summer Garden Bird Feeding Survey 2017 Form available from link – started 5th March 2017

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

Roger Hicks Rookeries Survey. Roger’s county surveys since 2013 can be seen here and for wider coverage on his new dedicated site at www.rookeries.uk

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

WEEKEND 29th APRIL – 1st MAY 2017

10X10 challenge.  See website page HERE for details of how to join in the fun.

Organiser:  Steve Blain

SUNDAY 30th APRIL 2017

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.

Leader:  John Tomlin

SUNDAY 7th MAY 2017 – CANCELLED

Annual Dawn Chorus in Maulden Wood.

Unfortunately this event will NOT go ahead as planned.

SUNDAY 14th MAY

Day trip to Wyre Forest, Worcestershire for summer migrant woodland birds.  Meet in car park on Dry Mill Lane, SO772763, at 9.00am.

Leader:  Kevin Sharpe

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

May

May has proved over recent years to be a superb time for birding in Bedfordshire with the last summer visitors arriving and a fine array of scarce and rare visitors recorded. The long, warmer days and peak of bird song also ensure it is one of the most pleasurable months for spending time in the field. Birding time is split between the commitments of survey activity and the desire to continue the search for migrants, with waders and birds from the south and east being the main attractions….  more

What’s about at the moment and recent sightings

A Wood Warbler for two days at least at The Lodge represented a rare opportunity to catch up with this species in the county on 26th and 27th.

Despite adverse winds spring passage is picking up as we approach the end of April with reports of waders including odd Whimbrel, Greenshank, a Turnstone and a few Dunlin passing through though numbers have been small and no notable terns have yet been recorded other than three Arctics. Highlight was a trip of four Dotterel near Henlow Camp on Easter Sunday which were present for a couple of hours allowing a few to catch up with a species that has been rare in recent springs in the county. As is usual this time of year, most records have been of birds on the move or being presented for minutes rather than hours…

Ring Ouzel, Whinchat and Redstarts have been noted but unfortunately in limited numbers. Yellow Wagtails have been present in good size flocks at Broom GP and Stewartby Lake where an individual of the Blue-headed subspecies was noted. Also well recorded so far have been Grasshopper Warblers.

Other notable records include a Garganey which lingered at Priory CP from 8th until 15th  and a pair of Avocets at Broom GP on 13th April with two more on 21st that returned after initially leaving the site while a Great Gery Shrike near Great Barford on 23rd was unseasonal.

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.