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.

Avocets Broom SCB

Avocets at Broom GP GLE by Steve Blain

Dunnock juvenile

Dunnock juvenile by Andy Grimsey – please let us have your records of breeding success, info can be included with records in Birdtrack

Focus On Spotted Flycatcher – as published in Bird reports from 2002 and 2003 by Richard Bashford

THE HOBBY –  our club magazine. Latest edition uploaded on 19th July…

Articles include May/June 2018 Bird News, Programme Matters,  Report of the Winter 2017/18 Garden Bird Feeding Survey, BTO Project Owl, Accepted County Rarities

Read it here (No.158) – July 2018

 

*NEW* Bedfordshire Swifts Leaflet download here

Swift Survey 2018, please download the 2018 Swift Survey Form and see the dedicated page here

Program for Summer season 2018 can be downloaded as pdf:  Bird Club Summer Programme 2018

 

Updated Page on Rookeries Survey by Roger Hicks

The Bedfordshire Bird Report 2016 – read about the latest bird report published December 2017

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

Meetings − dates for your diary

SUNDAY 9th SEPTEMBER

North Norfolk Coast, for passage migrant birds. Meet in the Car Park at Titchwell RSPB, PE31 8BB, (TF750438) at 9.00am.

Leaders: Carolyn & Malcolm Hawkes

TUESDAY 25th SEPTEMBER – INDOOR MEETING

First event of our Winter Programme – ‘Birding in Paradise’. A travelogue from club member and keen traveller, Martin Palmer. Join Martin as he takes us on a journey through Trinidad & Tobago – Truly Birding in Paradise!

Maulden Village Hall at the junction of Ampthill and Flitwick Road, Maulden MK45 2DN (TL 049381), commencing at 8.00pm sharp. Doors open 7.30pm. Refreshments will be available. Visitors and non-members are always welcome! (Donations  from non-members attending would be appreciated)

SUNDAY 14th OCTOBER

Isle of Thanet Area and Oare Marshes, Kent, for passage migrants and local specialised birds. Meet in Car Park on Palm Bay Road, Margate, CT9 3PP, (TR379712), at 9.00am.

Leader: Kevin Sharpe

What to look for in Bedfordshire

August

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

The start of August has noted a few waders continuing to appear at the few suitable sites in the county with Grovebury proving the most productive site so far, the highlight there was a Wood Sandpiper on 4th. At the same location, at least three Caspian Gull have been seen in an evening roost with up to 50 Yellow-legged Gulls and two juvenile Mediterranean Gulls. A Common Scoter at Broom GLW pit was somewhat unseasonal on 1st.

Exciting news of a pair of Nightjars breeding at The Lodge RSPB has been supported with evening events to be able to watch these birds without disturbance.

A juvenile Garganey was noted at Millenium Park on 4th August.

Signs of autumn passerine migration have been reports of Wheatear and Whinchat on the 11th/12th.

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.