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 Broom 2nd December – image Steve Blain
Velvet Scoters at Arlesey 24th November – image Andy Grimsey
White-fronted Geese at Cainhoe – image Jim P
Articles include September/October Bird News, Programme Matters, BTO Breeding Codes, Notes on Blackbird Re-using Nest and Rook Behaviour, Filling in some gaps – Richard Bashford’s tale of US birding, Request for Support with Bird Club Publications No.148 – November 2016
Winter Garden Bird Feeding Survey – Form for 2016/17 available from link.
This season the survey has been kindly sponsored by G&M Growers of Upper Caldecotte – Farm Shop and Bird Food
The Bedfordshire Bird Report 2014 – read about the latest bird report published December 2015. – updated link
Bedsbirds email group – keep up-to-date with the latest messages.
Meetings − dates for your diary
SUNDAY 11th DECEMBER 2016
Day visit to Welney and Wicken Fen for wildfowl and other wetland species. Meet at WWT Welney Reserve car park, TL547944, at 10.00am. Visit Wicken Fen NT Reserve later. Admission fees apply.
Leader: Peter Soper
TUESDAY 20th DECEMBER 2016 – Indoor Meeting
‘The Birding Year – 2016’ by Richard Bashford. A review of the birds in Bedfordshire recorded on video by our own talented photographers with free seasonal refreshments plus raffle.
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… more
What’s about at the moment and recent sightings
A Grey Phalarope at Peacocks Lake, Broom, on December was the best bird so far in December while the two Velvet Scoters found at Arlesey Blue Lagoon on 23rd have remained there until 2nd December at least with occasional return trips to Broom GLW pit where they were originally noted on 22nd November.
Other highlights in late November are a Great Northern Diver at Grovebury SP from 23rd to 27th which was joined by five Common Scoters on 27th and an Avocet was there also on 26th. The group of four White-fronted Geese lingering with Greylags near Cainhoe Lakes were also still present after three weeks and into December while a female Hen Harrier has been seen on a few occasions in Kensworth Quarry.
Three Waxwings over Houghton Regis on 6th November were the first of the winter with records elsewhere in big numbers in the north and on the coast suggesting that this year should see plenty more around over the coming months.
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.