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.

Rosy Starling

Rose-coloured Starling in Caddington by Steve Blain

Turtle Dove

Turtle Dove near Marston Thrift by Andy Grimsey *ALL RECORDS OF TURTLE DOVE PLEASE*

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

Articles include May/June Bird News, Programme Matters, BNHS Conference invite, Field trip report to Breckland, Species Confidentiality Policy and Wildlife Site Bird Criteria Documents, 2016 Surveys, Discussion on “Armchair Ticking”  No.146 –  July 2016

 

*NEW* House Martin and Swift Survey page

House Martin Survey Form 2016

Swift Survey Form 2016

 

Bird Club Summer Programme 2016

*UPDATE* Roger Hicks has been busy surveying rookeries for the Birdclub. Roger has recently updated the dataset to include 2015 data which can be seen on our special page at Bedfordshire Rookery Survey. See also article in The Hobby 138

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.

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.

 

WHERE TO SEE THE LADY AMHERST PHEASANT 2016 photo Josh Jones

Meetings − dates for your diary

SUNDAY 17th JULY 2016

Day trip to RSPB Otmoor Reserve, Oxfordshire, for mainly wetland species. Meet in the reserve car park, SP570126, at 9.00am.

Leader:  Mike Bird

What to look for in Bedfordshire

July

Early July is still a good time to collect sightings of breeding activity for the county records with plenty of fledglings around and birds carrying food often for second broods.

In terms of scarce breeding birds in the county, end of June and through July represents the optimum time for locating Quail. The distinctive call can be picked up especially in the evening and local birds seem to have a preference for barley fields, though wheat and other long grass crops may be favoured.

Migrants are sparse through most of the month but some quality county rarities have turned up… more

What’s about at the moment and recent sightings

First returning waders include Green Sandpipers and Black-tailed Godwit, individuals have appeared at Broom, Meadow Lane and Dunstable STW in the second week of July.

A small influx of Quail was noted mid-June with minimum of six birds reported around the slopes in the south of the county but few subsequent reports have been noted in the following three weeks. A few odd Crossbill sightings around The Lodge and other pine woods into July may also suggest a small arrival.

Star bird of June was the Rose-coloured Starling in Caddington which was enjoyed by many thanks to the generosity of some of the local residents who allowed access to the birds favoured gardens.

Otherwise few interesting  reports have been received in June other than an unseasonal Kittiwake which was seen at Priory CP on 2nd during northerly winds while a Great White Egret was reported near Stotfold on the 1st.

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.