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.

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“Siberian” Chiffchaff at Stotfold by Steve Blain

Brent Goose GLE 9 Mar 19

Brent Goose near Broom GP by Jim P

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Waxwing, one of a pair in Flitwick by Andy Grimsey

THE HOBBY –  our club magazine. Latest edition distributed in March… with electronic copy sent to members on 14th March

Articles include January/February 2019 Bird News, Programme Matters, Notice of the BTO English Farm Woodland Bird Survey and report on the Garden Bird Feeding Survey of Summer 2018

Membership Application Form for new members can be downloaded here

 

Summer Garden Bird Feeding Survey 2019 form can be downloaded here *STARTS 10th MARCH*

 

Program for Winter season 2018/2019 available for download: Bird Club Winter Programme 2018/19 includes details of our program of seven indoor meetings and thirteen field meetings from Sept 2018 to May 2019

Bedsbirds email group – keep up-to-date with the latest messages.

Bedsbirds blogspot – view the some of the latest county bird photos.

Bedsbirds Flickr page – lots more photos here, both common and scarce species

 

Maybe of Interest to Members:- CJ Wildlife Book Clearance

Meetings − dates for your diary

SUNDAY 14th APRIL 2019

Morning walk over Pegsdon Hills for spring migrants.  Park and meet in car park of Live and Let Live Inn, Pegsdon, (TL121303) at 8.00am.  Finish around 11.00am (BNHS Joint Meeting).

Leader:  Jon Palmer

SUNDAY 28th APRIL 2019

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.  Finish by 11.00am (BNHS Joint Meeting).

Leader:  Stefan Baltruschat

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

What’s about at the moment and recent reports

A passage of Little Gulls through the middle of the county was recorded predominantly at two sites with maximum 23 at Grovebury SP on 8th and 15 at Stewartby the same day, with another five there on 9th, when an Arctic Tern was also noted.

First reports have now been received of Yellow Wagtail and Redstart. Summer visitors are noted arriving in the first weekend of April included two Ring Ouzels at Blows Downs, first Willow Warblers, Common Tern, Swallow, a selection of reports of Wheatear and large numbers of Sand Martin.

A Short-eared Owl has been noted around Broom’s Gypsy Lane East pit on four evenings so far in April. A Little Gull was noted on  the evening of 5th at Stewartby Lake.

Great White Egrets are being regularly reported both in the brick pits and around Priory/Willington suggesting that probably two birds are presently resident in the county with another being seen regularly at the start of the month around Leighton Buzzard.

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.