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.

Little Bunting SCB

Little Bunting on seed at Great Barford – image Steve Blain

Waxwing

Waxwing – small numbers now in the county

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

TUESDAY 28th MARCH 2017 – INDOOR MEETING

‘Making your records count’ by Nick Moran, BTO, organiser of BirdTrack.  The system expounded and your questions answered.

SUNDAY 2nd APRIL 2017

Morning visit to Marston Vale Millennium CP for early migrants and resident species.  Meet in car park, TL004417, at 8.00am.  Entrance fee £2.50 for non-permit holders.

Leader:  Bob Hook

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

March

March sees the change of the season in the county as bird song begins in earnest and the first summer visiting species start to appear. This is a good month for finding some scarce species as they pass through the county or become less elusive as they begin breeding activity. One scarce summer visitor that is regular on passage in March is the Black Redstart… more

What’s about at the moment and recent sightings

The first Sand Martins, Wheatears and Little Ringed Plovers have been sighted by 24th with a Ring Ouzel on that date briefly near Broom. Three passing Marsh Harriers were also noted on the 25th.

New on the 15th was a Great Grey Shrike on our northern border with Cambridgeshire at Little Staughton which was present on 25th. The Twite that was lingering with Redpoll near The Lodge RSPB was seen most days up to 15th at least but is proving mobile and elusive.

The Little Bunting at Great Barford is still being seen regularly as it comes down to seed that has been strategically placed by birders. It is with a large group of Reed Buntings and was still present on 24th March at least.

Despite flocks being seen now around the southern part of Britain, very few Waxwings have been located in county but twenty in Flitwock on 24th March and four in Biggleswade on the 4th March were the first since three in Potton on weekend of 18/19th February, the only group reported in February.

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.