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.
Knot at Lodge Farm Lake by Dave Parsons
Turtle Dove Biggleswade (not this year unfortunately) – image Steve Blain – all records please
Articles include May/Jun 2017 Bird News, Programme Matters, Report of the Winter 2016/17 Garden Bird Feeding Survey No.152 – July 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
Bedsbirds email group – keep up-to-date with the latest messages.
*LAST CALL FOR MEMBERS TO GET TICKETS*
Bedfordshire Bird Club’s 25th Anniversary Celebration
A talk by Mr Iolo Williams on Birds of Prey
To be held in Maulden Village Hall on Tuesday 26th September 2017 starting at 8.00pm, doors open 7.15pm. Admission by ticket only, price £5.00 for paid-up Bird Club/BNHS members, £8.00 for non-members.
To apply for tickets please send your cheque, payable to BNHS to: Don Green, Red Cow Farm Cottage, Bidwell, Dunstable, LU5 6JP, together with a postage stamp and your address. Envelope supplied.
If applying for other members please give their names. We intend to put any remaining tickets available to selected other groups at the end of the July.
Meetings − dates for your diary
WEDNESDAY 9th AUGUST
Evening visit to Dunstable Sewage Treatment Works for a variety of wetland species. Meet in Birdwatchers’ car park, off Thorn Road, TL004242, at 7.00pm.
Leader: Rob Dazley, Hon Warden
What to look for in Bedfordshire
August sees the start of the autumn birding season as passerine migrants from northern parts of Britain and Scandanavia mix with locally fledged youngsters in our scrub and hedgerows while waders from further north can be found moving through where suitable habitat exists… more
What’s about at the moment and recent sightings
First “good” waders of the autumn were two Knot that were found at Lodge Farm Lake (private) on 25th July. Elsewhere a couple of Greenshanks have been reported and the first Redstart of the season was at Pegsdon on 23rd.
Early signs of autumn had included a Garganey and Black-tailed Godwit at Broom GP on 6th July with a Sandwich Tern there the following week while the earliest of a few returning Green Sandpipers was a bird at East Hyde, that was back already on the weekend of 17/18th June.
Please ensure all records or scarce and rare breeders that are located are noted and share with the County Recorder either directly or through Birdtrack noting breeding code information as applicable. Also all contributions to the Swift survey are welcome on the respective forms.
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.