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.

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Waxwing, one of a pair in Flitwick by Andy Grimsey

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Great Northern Divers at Stewartby by Steve Blain

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Whooper Swans near Broom by Jim P

THE HOBBY –  our club magazine. Latest edition distributed in January… with electronic copy sent to members on 13th January

Articles include November/December 2018 Bird News, Programme Matters,  Slavonian Grebes in Bedfordshire, Red-list of Breeding Birds in Bedfordshire, Latest accepted rarities

Membership Application Form for new members can be downloaded here *NEW*

2019 Subscription Renewals Form for current members can be downloaded here *NEW*

Notice of AGM and Nomination Form for Committee 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

The Great Duck Hunt was undertaken on 19th/20th January.  See dedicated page HERE to add and view results

Meetings − dates for your diary

TUESDAY 26th FEBRUARY 2019 – starting at 7.45pm INDOOR MEETING

Bird Club AGM followed by: Blakeney Point is probably the most exciting venue in Norfolk to bird watch during Spring and Autumn, plus breeding terns in Summer. Paul Laurie has been studying and photographing birds for 46 years the last 20 at Blakeney.

What to look for in Bedfordshire

February

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.

Attention of many birders will remain with the larger water bodies with the possibility of finding…  more

What’s about at the moment and recent reports

A Chiffchaff resembling the Siberian form “tristis” at Stotfold from 11th has not yet been heard to call. A Great Grey Shrike was noted at Thurleigh on 16th though not located the next day. First birds returning for the spring have been noted with Ringed Plover at Broom and Shelduck and Oystercatcher at a few sites.

Seven Whooper Swans remained on 17th February at least between Broom and Southill having been first found on 19th January.  Two Great Northern Diver at Stewartby Lake from the start of the month were also still present on 17th February.

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.