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.

Spotted Flycatcher Pegsdon 9th Sep 17

Spotted Flycatcher – a poor year for breeding birds in the county but a few turning up as migrants – this one at Pegsdon on 9th Sept – photo Andy Grimsey

 Turtle Dove

Turtle Dove Biggleswade (not this year unfortunately) – image Steve Blain – all records please

THE HOBBY –  our club magazine. Latest edition uploaded on 16th September… *NEW*

Articles include July/August 2017 Bird News, Programme Matters and Upcoming Events, How to add photos in Birdtrack, Is Bedfordshire that much different to Minsmere?, The Turtle Dove Jigsaw, Cattle Egret – new to Bedfordshire, Report on Accepted Rarities Jan-Mar 2017                                         Read it here (No.153) – September 2017

 

*NEW* The Winter Garden Bird Feeding Surveystarts 1st October. Download form HERE

 

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

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.

 

*NEW* Notice of Special General Meeting of the Bird Club 31st October 2017 – more details here

Meetings − dates for your diary

SUNDAY 8th OCTOBER

Wells Woods & North Norfolk coast for autumn migrating birds. Meet in the Beach Rd car park, NR23 1DR (TF914454), at 9.00am.

Leader:  Kevin Sharpe

TUESDAY 31st OCTOBER 2017

‘The Complete Owl’ by Dr Michael Leach, Professional wildlife photographer, revealing the life of our resident British Owls including dramatic high-speed in flight photography.

This meeting will be preceded by a Special General Meeting of the Bird Club – more details here

What to look for in Bedfordshire

October

October in Bedfordshire is a month characterised by the movement and arrival of our winter visitors. Observations of visible migration give a glimpse of this movement for those who find a suitable watch-point early morning and with favourable conditions, while overnight changes in the number of birds on our water bodies may also be notable. The month also offers the potential for a real county rarity, with a rare species list larger than other months of the year….  more

 

What’s about at the moment and recent sightings

After a quiet autumn so far for migrants, two Yellow-browed Warblers have been found in the last few days of September. One on 27th at Biggleswade Common and another on 30th in Pegnut Wood represent only the fifth and sixth records for the county of the relatively numerous coastal visitor.

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.