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 – 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 Biggleswade (not this year unfortunately) – image Steve Blain – all records please
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 Survey – starts 1st October. Download form HERE
The Bedfordshire Bird Report 2015 – read about the latest bird report published December 2016
Bedsbirds email group – keep up-to-date with the latest messages.
*NEW* Notice of Special General Meeting of the Bird Club 31st October 2017 – more details here
Meetings − dates for your diary
TUESDAY 26th SEPTEMBER – INDOOR MEETING
Bedfordshire Bird Club’s 25th Anniversary Celebration
A talk by Mr Iolo Williams on Birds of Prey
Maulden Village Hall on Tuesday 26th September 2017 starting at 8.00pm, doors open 7.15pm. Admission by ticket only, price £5.00 for paid-up Bird Club/BNHS members, £8.00 for non-members. To apply for tickets please send your cheque, payable to BNHS to: Don Green, Red Cow Farm Cottage, Bidwell, Dunstable, LU5 6JP, together with a postage stamp and your address. Envelope supplied.
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
September is an excellent birding month in Bedfordshire with a large diversity of species on the move and plenty of opportunity to find scarce birds. Many of these birds will linger long enough around our wetlands or scrub to be accessible to observers who are able to take the opportunities. Time in the field will be certain to bring rewards… more
What’s about at the moment and recent sightings
Wader migrant movements in late August and early September so far have consisted primarily of reports of Common Sandpipers, a handful of Greenshanks and Dunlin. Two reports in August of Great White Egret demonstrate their increasing frequency but none have yet lingered while a Cattle Egret at Harrold for two days on 23rd/24th August was only the second record for the county. On the hills, a few Redstarts have been noted and returning Spotted Flycatchers and Whinchats are being found across the county.
We welcome last reports of our summer migrants now that some like our Swifts have sadly all but departed until next April. Please ensure all records or scarce and rare breeders that have been located this year are noted and shared with the County Recorder either directly or through Birdtrack noting breeding code information as applicable.
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.