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 Nov/Dec 2016 Bird News, Programme Matters,  The Garden Bird Feeding Survey Summer 2016, Siskins in Gardens, 2017 Survey – Waterways Breeding Birds, , Marston Vale Country Park News, Velvet Scoters in Bedfordshire No. 149 – January 2017

Bird Club Winter Programme 2016/2017

**NEW** Summer Garden Bird Feeding Survey 2017 Form available from link – starts 5th March 2017

The Bedfordshire Bird Report 2015 – read about the latest bird report published December 2016

The Christmas Bird Hunt 2016. See the results here

The Great Duck Hunt Jan 14th/15th 2017 Enter your results here

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 FEBRUARY 2017 starting at 7.45pm – INDOOR MEETING

Bird Club AGM followed by ‘Birding Israel’ by Mike Alibone, Northants Bird Recorder and optics guru.  A supreme avian hotspot and so accessible.

SUNDAY 12th MARCH 2017

Day trip to Walberswick NN Reserve, Suffolk, for a variety of wintering and resident species.  Meet in car park off B1125, TM450726, at 9.00am.

Leader:  Kevin Sharpe

TUESDAY 28th MARCH 2017 – INDOOR MEETING

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

What to look for in Bedfordshire

February

February is the depth of winter for some species as food becomes scarcer and continuing cold weather puts a strain on survival for winter visitors and residents alike. The gradual increase in day length gives an indication of the spring to come and warmer days towards the end of the month will encourage a significant increase in bird song from many resident birds as they establish new territories. Some early nesters may already be on eggs at the end of the month. Cold weather spells will encourage more movement and new visitors to the county… more

What’s about at the moment and recent sightings

After initially being very elusive, the Little Bunting at Great Barford is now more easily seen as it comes down to seed that has been strategically placed by birders. It is with a large group of Reed Buntings. Elsewhere, a Lapland Bunting was seen on a few occasions with the Skylark flock near Upper Caldecotte on 14th February.

Wintering birds remain in the county with three Waxwings in Potton on weekend of 18/19th the first reported in the month after small numbers seemed widespread in January. The White-fronted Goose family was still present at Cainhoe into February while an influx around the south-east had led to other birds being located at the beginning of the month at Radwell, Blunham, Broom and Grovebury though most have moved on quickly though two birds remained at Radwell on 19th February. Elsewhere in the last few days of January a build up of ice had revealed possibly four different Bitterns in the brick pits.

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.