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.
Black Redstart in Leighton Buzzard 2nd Feb by Sean D’Arcy
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
*NEW* Updated Page on Rookeries Survey by Roger Hicks
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
*NEW* Notice of AGM 27th 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 25th FEBRUARY – OUTDOOR MEETING
A morning walk to Harrold-Odell CP for local wildfowl. Meet in the car park on Carlton Road, Harrold, MK43 7DS (SP957567), at 8.30am.
Leader: Richard Bashford
TUESDAY 27th FEBRUARY 2018 starting at 7.45pm – INDOOR MEETING AND AGM
Bird Club AGM followed by ‘The IUCN Red List of Birds’ by Dr Ian Burfield, Global Science Coordinator, Birdlife International.
SUNDAY 11th MARCH – FIELD TRIP
Rye Harbour & Pett Levels, E. Sussex for early spring and late winter migrants. Meet in car park on Rye Harbour Rd, TN31 7TX (TQ942189), at 9.00am.
Leader: Carolyn & Malcolm Hawkes
What to look for in Bedfordshire
February is the depth of winter for some species as food becomes scarcer and continuing cold weather puts a strain on survival for winter visitors and residents alike. The gradual increase in day length gives an indication of the spring to come and warmer days towards the end of the month will encourage a significant increase in bird song from many resident birds as they establish new territories. Some early nesters may already be on eggs at the end of the month. Cold weather spells will encourage more movement and new visitors to the county… more
What’s about at the moment and recent sightings
Two Black Redstart sightings in Luton on 31st January and Leighton Buzzard on 1st February were unusual for the season. The second these was still present on 18th Feb at least. Both birds were found in unremarkable suburban locations, and given the fact that the vast majority of this habitat is not observed by birders, who knows how many more might have arrived ?
Wintering flocks of Hawfinch are still being noted, mostly in parkland habitats around the county, biggest groups have been in Wrest Park, Woburn and Southill Park areas but numbers now seem to be dwindling, compared with the first few weeks of the year. Anywhere with suitable trees would seem a good place to look for more, they are favouring particularly yews.
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.