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 22nd JULY

A joint meeting with the BNHS. Morning birding and looking for some interesting butterflies in Chicksands Wood. Park and meet at entrance to wood, at Standalone Warren, MK45 3QQ, (TL106411) at 9.30am. Finish around 1.00pm.

Leaders: Kevin Sharpe for birds and Peter Glenister, Joint County Butterfly Recorder

FRIDAY 10th AUGUST

Evening visit to Dunstable Sewage Treatment Works for a variety of wetland species. Meet in Birdwatchers’ car park, off Thorn Road, (TL004242) at 7.00pm.

Leader: Peter Marshall

*NEW* Full Bird Club Summer Programme 2018  available for download

 

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… more

What’s about at the moment and recent sightings

Birding in July has picked up towards the middle of the month with a few waders appearing at the few suitable sites in the county including a group of Avocet on 13th at Broom GLE pits and a few Black-tailed Godwits and Dunlin at Grovebury where a Caspian Gull was found in a roost also including up to 40 Yellow-legged Gulls and two juvenile Mediterranean Gulls on 19th.

Two juvenile Black Redstarts were found at either side of the county on the 10th with a record of breeding coming from Luton, so maybe there are more to be found.

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.