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 24th MARCH 2019 – FIELD TRIP

The Brecklands – visiting Cavenham Heath & RSPB Lakenheath, looking for local specialities.  A joint meeting with The Bedford RSPB Group. Meet in the lay-by of the A1065 just past the A11 Barton Mills Roundabout, IP28 6AE, (TL728743) at 8.30am.

Leader:  Kevin Sharpe

TUESDAY 26th MARCH 2019 – INDOOR MEETING

Join us for a thought provoking evening as our speakers, Dr Rob Lambert and Lucy McRobert ask ‘What have Ospreys ever done for us?’

What to look for in Bedfordshire

March

March sees the change of the season in the county as bird song begins in earnest and the first summer visiting species start to appear. This is a good month for finding some scarce species as they pass through the county or become less elusive as they begin breeding activity…  more

What’s about at the moment and recent reports

A Brent Goose near Broom GP on 9th March and a Kittiwake briefly at Stewartby Lake on 12th were the only notable records from the recent wet and windy spell. A Wheatear near Willington on the 8th was the first proper summer visitor recorded, and a couple of Sand Martin have also been noted at Priory CP. A Firecrest was singing at The Lodge on the 15th.

A Chiffchaff with some resemblance to the Siberian form “tristis” at Stotfold from 11th until the end of Feb at least has attracted some interest. First wetland birds returning for the spring have been noted with Ringed Plover at Broom and Redshank, Shelduck and Oystercatcher at a few sites, with two reports of flypast Curlews and Dunlin also at three sites.

Single 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 while a pair of Ruddy Shelducks was noted again at Marston Vale CP on 11th March.

Seven Whooper Swans remained until 7th March at least between Broom and Southill having been first found on 19th January.  Two Great Northern Diver at Stewartby Lake from the start of the month were also still present to 6th March with at least one still present to 11th.

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.