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.

Grey Phal image - SCB

Grey Phalarope at Brogborough Lake 22nd Sept – found and photo by Steve Blain

Wood Sandpiper - Peter Tomlinson

Wood Sandpiper at Brogborough Tip pools by Peter Tomlinson

 

THE HOBBY –  our club magazine. Latest edition being printed… with electronic copy sent to members on 20th November

Articles include September/October 2018 Bird News, Programme Matters,  update on BTO Project Owl, Grey Phalaropes in Bedfordshire, Hawfinch thoughts, Birdtrack recording info and a short travelogue on the  Highlights of the Seychelles

 

 

Winter Garden Bird Survey starts October 7th, download form here

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

Meetings − dates for your diary

TUESDAY 27th NOVEMBER – INDOOR MEETING

The detailed study of nocturnal migration has only come into focus in the last few years. Dr Simon Gillings, Head of Population Ecology and Modelling at the BTO, joins us to explain more about this fascinating aspect of bird behaviour.

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 9th DECEMBER 

Morning birding around Stockgrove and Rushmere Country Parks, Heath and Reach, for a good variety of woodland birds.  Meet in Stockgrove car park, SP920293, at 9.00am.  Parking £3 (coins).  (BNHS Joint Meeting).

Leader:  Sheila Alliez

What to look for in Bedfordshire

November

November in Bedfordshire is a month of continuing arrival and settling in of our winter visitors. Increasing numbers of the more familiar visitors become noticeable in woods, fields and on our water-bodies. More unusual visitors can be found though inclement weather is often required to provide the highest probability of a county rarity….  more

What’s about at the moment and recent reports

A few Crossbill were recorded at suitable sites during visible migration watches on both weekends 3rd/4th Nov and 27th/28th Oct suggesting some influx into the UK this year. Odd Hawfinches have also been picked up on watches since 20th October, with majority of reports of single birds or pairs. Also noted this year is a higher number of Bramblings than usual so all hints suggest that it could be a good winter for a number of our more scarce passerine visitors.

A Yellow-browed Warbler was found in Hulcot Wood on 3rd November, the second of the autumn in the county.

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.