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.

Penduline Tit by Martin Hickman

Penduline Tit at Dunstable STW by Martin Hickman

Hawfinch - Roy Mcdonald

Hawfinch – following this autumn’s extraordinary influx, birds continue to be seen with The Lodge currently one of the most reliable locations to find birds with regular sightings of birds in the gardens and yew trees –  photo Roy Mcdonald

The Beds Great Duck Hunt is fast approaching! Please click here to find a site to count and take part *NEW*

 

THE HOBBY –  our club magazine. Latest edition uploaded on 12th January…

Articles include November/December 2017 Bird News, Programme Matters and Upcoming Events, Changes to the Bedfordshire List, Great Duck Hunt, Great White Egret in Bedfordshire, Obituary – Don Green  Read it here (No.155) – January 2018

 

Subscription Rates and Membership Renewal Form 2018

*NEW* Notice of AGM 25th February and Nomination Form for Committee Members

*NEW* Data Protection Form - all members please return

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 14th JANUARY

Rutland Water, Leicestershire, for wintering wildfowl.  Meet in the Egleton Reserve car park, LE15 8BT (SK878073), at 9.00am.

Leader:  Sheila Alliez

SATURDAY 20th -SUNDAY 21st JANUARY

The Beds Great Duck Hunt. Please click here for more details and how to take part

Contact:  Steve Blain, County Recorder

TUESDAY 30th JANUARY 2018                                                                                             

‘The Magic of Spurn’ by Lizzie Bruce, FSBO Committee Member. Find out why Spurn Bird Observatory claims to be the UK’s mainland migration hotspot.

What to look for in Bedfordshire

January

January is a month for searching out the scarcer or more elusive winter visitors, either for a new year-list or maybe just purely the pleasure of discovery and observation and having a reason to get outdoors during the potentially cold or gloomy month.
Adverse weather conditions may encourage some interesting birds to take up temporary residence in the county with most focus from birders on the water bodies. A sheltered corner, even a local garden, may hold the biggest surprise though, as national rarities have been reported from neighbouring areas in recent winters…  more

 

What’s about at the moment and recent sightings

A Penduline Tit at Dunstable STW on the 19th and 20th December was the sixth record and eighth bird in the county. This is one species where Bedfordshire has done better than neighboring counties so far. Just as scarce in recent years was a Red-throated Diver which arrived at Brogborough Lake on 21st after a short rest near Bletchley and was still present into the first days of January so making it on to the Christmas Bird Hunt list and birders 2018 county lists

Other highlights have been sightings of unprecedented numbers of wintering Hawfinch most notably in woodland and parkland habitats around the county, recent records include flocks of 16 at Wrest Park while both Woburn and Southill have seen flocks of 40  reported. Anywhere with suitable trees would seem a good place to look for more, they are favouring particularly yews.

Great White Egrets are being regularly reported from around Harrold & Odell CP with one at Willington mid-December and another at Marston Vale on 22nd and Stewartby Lake on 23rd/24th then presumed same at Brogborough Lake on 26th through into the new year. Observations on the 24th confirmed that all three were present at the same time.

Other sightings of interest in mid-December have included a Great Northern Diver in the Marston Vale, and returning wildfowl including two Pink-footed Geese found with Greylags.

A few wintering Stonechats, Bramblings, a Firecrest and a couple of Crossbill sightings were the only small birds of note. Maybe there is a Parrot Crossbill out there somewhere ?

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.