Herts Bird Club ~ A section of the Hertfordshire Natural History Society
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Herts Bird Club – making the most of local birdwatching

Redshank at Fairlands Valley Park, Stevenage on 25 July, image by Julian Evan-Hart

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Welcome to the Herts Bird Club website. We promote the study and recording of birds in Hertfordshire and encourage a wider interest in natural history including the conservation of wildlife habitats.


Website updates - news pages

Our brilliant new book
Birds of Hertfordshire
by Ken Smith, Chris Dee, Jack Fearnside and Mike Ilett
- published on 24 February
- review in British Birds
- buy now direct from Herts Bird Club for only £34 (or £39 by post).

Ken Smith's House Martin challenge.
See the first results - more to do - can you help?
BTO/Herts House Martin survey - please visit your allocated squares now.

The Hilfield Park reservoir wildlife report for 2013 is now available here for download

 

 

 

 

Have you seen a rabbit, mole hill, deer, hare, fox, squirrel, badger, frog or slow worm? Then please submit these and any other sightings and field signs to our new countywide survey of mammals, amphibians and reptiles, full details Herts Mammals Atlas.

The Hertfordshire Bird Report 2013

buy a copy for £10

 

Herts Wetland Birds Survey (WeBS) 2013 results

Hertfordshire Bird Atlas - all the results from the most recent Atlas (2007-12) and both previous atlas surveys available here

BTO Hertfordshire news and information from our Regional Rep, Chris Dee.

How to join or renew your membership

Diary of events – field trips, walks, meetings – organised by local groups

Bird records

Please send us your Herts bird sightings through the records submission page. The latest sightings of interest will be listed automatically on the right hand side of this page, once they have been checked by a moderator. After a few days records transfer to the sightings archive.
The Herts Gazeteer lists site names and grid references for bird recording.

Yahoo Herts Birding group at Hertsbirding.

Visit some great places in Hertfordshire.

Take part in our  projects and surveys.

Buy a book, most HNHS books are now for sale at half price or less.

The success of the site depends on you, the users, entering your records and sending in interesting information, not only sightings which can be entered online but also reports on trips and additional site guides. We also welcome feedback on what you would like to see on the site, email.

Injured or orphan birds – advice here.

The Herts Bird Club is part of the Hertfordshire Natural History Society and our websites are integrated. We hope this will encourage those of you who have not investigated other aspects of wildlife in Hertfordshire to have a look around the HNHS website, discover what is available. Please submit your records of other wildlife, including mammals, amphibians, reptiles and dragonflies through the HNHS website.

Who's who in the Herts Bird Club

Taken a good photograph?

Please send us your Herts bird photos for display on the website, email them to the Bird Club photos team at Herts Bird Photos. with a note of where and when they were taken. A selection will be displayed on this page, added to the photo gallery and/or chosen to illustrate the annual Herts Bird Report.

Pectoral Sandpiper at Startops Reservoir, Tring on 25 July, image by Ian Williams

Common Tern at Rye Meads on 21 July, image by Alan Reynolds

Green Sandpiper at Wilstone reservoir on 17 July, image by Andrew Steele

 

One of the two juvenile Redshanks raised at King's Meads this year on 20 July, image by Simon Knott

Ring Ouzel at the Affinity Water site at Weston Hills  on 16 July, an unusual date for the species, image by Susan Walsby

Yellow Wagtail near Pirton on 14 July, image by Tom Speller

Green Woodpecker at Southern Green on 13 July, image by John Dingemans

Great Crested Grebes at Tyttenhanger GPs  on 9 July, image by Ann Doubleday

Spotted Flycatcher at Startop's End reservoir on 4 July, image by Paul Higgs

Kingfisher at Rye Meads on 23 June, image by Brian Gleeson

Common Sandpiper at Startop's End reservoir on 08 July, image by Paul Higgs

Ringed Plover at Startop's End reservoir on 02 July, image by Paul Higgs

Two record shots from near Wallington, the upper photo is of a male Hen Harrier on 07 July, image by Rob Stubbs, the lower photo is of the female Montagu's Harrier on 05 July, image by Simon West

Garganey at King's Meads on 03 July, image by Drew Lyness

Mandarin at Lemsford Springs on 02 July, image by Drew Lyness

A record shot of a female Montagu's Harrier near Wallington on 04 July, image by Mike Ilett

A record shot of a Mediterranean Gull at Amwell on 01 July, image by Allan Meadows

A Swallow's nest in Dave Jenkinson's car port at Long Marston in late June, image by Sarah Murrell

 

​​ For more photographs, visit the gallery

Latest sightings

Interesting recent records submitted through the website are listed here, older records are in the sightings archive.

27TH JUL: Batford, Marsh Harrier, male over crop field then through farmers field (Darin Stanley)
Batford, 2 Raven (Darin Stanley)
Hertford, Red Kite, low over A414 (Allan Meadows)
Hitchin, Red Kite, Purwell Estate TL201299 (David Inward)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), Mandarin (G Hinton)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Swallow (G Hinton)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), 15+ Sand Martin (G Hinton)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), Grey Wagtail (G Hinton)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), Kingfisher (G Hinton)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Common Tern (G Hinton)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 4 Green Sandpiper, from Draper hide (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Little Egret, from Draper Hide (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 3 Oystercatcher, from Gadwall hide (Allan Meadows)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 10+ Swallow (G Hinton)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 25+ Sand Martin (G Hinton)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), Red Kite (G Hinton)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 10+ House Martin (G Hinton)
Stocker's Lake, 3 Egyptian Goose, 2 adults 1 young on canal (Charlie Ramsay)
Stocker's Lake, Hobby (Charlie Ramsay)
Tringford Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Common Tern (G Hinton)
Tringford Res (Tring Reservoirs), Kingfisher (G Hinton)
Tringford Res (Tring Reservoirs), 10+ Swallow (G Hinton)
Watton at Stone, Red Kite (Tony Barrett)
Watton at Stone, Raven, over garden and allotments (Tony Barrett)
Watton at Stone, Kingfisher, River Beane (Tony Barrett)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Red Kite (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Common Tern (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Green Sandpiper (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 5 Little Egret (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 25+ House Martin (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 25+ Sand Martin (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 35+ Swift (G Hinton)

26TH JUL: Coopers Green GPs - Stanborough GP, Green Sandpiper (Steven Pearce)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 3 Redshank (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Kingfisher (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 6 Sand Martin (Simon Knott)
Rusling End nr Langley, Hobby (Julie Wise)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, 2 Egyptian Goose (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, 6 Common Tern (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, Cetti's Warbler (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, 6 Ring-necked Parakeet (Jane Free)

25TH JUL: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Siskin (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Turnstone (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 3 Oystercatcher, from view point (Ade Hall)
Bovingdon, Red Kite, Brickworks (Box Moor Trust) (L. Flower)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 8 Swift (G Hinton)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, Red Kite (G Hinton)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 35+ Swift, over village (G Hinton)
Dancers Hill nr Potters Bar, Red Kite
Fairlands Valley Park (Stevenage), Redshank, northern end of main lake until 1830 at least (Tom Speller)
Hemel Hempstead, Red Kite, Adeyfield area (David Lyons)
Hitchin, Little Egret, Purwell Meadows (David Inward)
Pigeonswick (Knebworth Woods), Marsh Tit (Alan Ford)
Plashes Wood nr Standon, 2 Marsh Tit, calling and feeding near the Latchford entrance (Laurence Drummond)
Rickmansworth, 3 Oystercatcher, over high street (Charlie Ramsay)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, 25 Swift (Jane Free)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), Pectoral Sandpiper, until 8.30pm then flew off (Ian Williams)
Stocker's Lake, 9 Common Tern, including one flightless juvenile (Charlie Ramsay)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 9 Black-tailed Godwit, circled pit then flew east (Terry A Smith / R Flesher)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 8 Common Tern (Terry A Smith / R Flesher)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 3 Little Egret (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - Willows Farm Lake, 2 Oystercatcher, Adult and juvenile on island. (Steven Pearce)
Watery Grove (Knebworth Woods), Marsh Tit (Alan Ford)
Watford, Ring-necked Parakeet, in back garden perched on washing line (Hilary Weston)
Watton at Stone, 2 Red Kite (Aaron Clements-Partridge)
Welwyn Garden City, Peregrine Falcon, high over Howlands heading west (Keith Smith)

24TH JUL: Chiswell Green nr St Albans, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet, over (Alan Gardiner)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, Egyptian Goose (Steve Carter)
Pitstone No 2 Quarry, Common Snipe (Lee G R Evans)
Pitstone No 2 Quarry, Dunlin, summer-plumaged adult (Lee G R Evans)
Pitstone No 2 Quarry, 6 Little Ringed Plover (Lee G R Evans)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 4 Green Sandpiper (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Little Egret (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Garganey (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Greenshank (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Common Sandpiper (Vicky Buckel)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), Shelduck, juvenile (Lee G R Evans)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), Oystercatcher, adult on mud (Lee G R Evans)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 80 Sand Martin (Lee G R Evans)
Tringford Res (Tring Reservoirs), Little Egret (Lee G R Evans)
Tringford Res (Tring Reservoirs), 60 Sand Martin (Lee G R Evans)
Waterford Marsh, 2 Kingfisher (Andy Brown)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 13 Little Egret (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Hobby (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 185 Sand Martin (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Green Sandpiper (Lee G R Evans)

23RD JUL: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Little Ringed Plover, from view point (Ade Hall)
Bovingdon, 2 Red Kite, brickworks (L. Flower)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 35+ Swift, over village @ 21:12 (G Hinton)
Cassiobury Park, Little Owl, calling by hurling pitch (Ian Bennell)
Goffs Oak, Red Kite, over Goffs Lane (Richard Wistow)
Goffs Oak, Hobby, over Goffs Lane (Richard Wistow)
Goffs Oak, 30+ Swift, over Goffs Lane (Richard Wistow)
Hatfield, 4 Spotted Flycatcher (Keith Smith/Pete Oakenfull)
Hitchin, 50c Swift (Stefan Baltruschat)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 2 Common Tern (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 3 Redshank (Simon Knott)
Maple Cross, 8 Swift (Steve Carter)
Maple Cross, Red Kite (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, Red Kite (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 3 Swallow (Steve Carter)
Stevenage, Peregrine Falcon, Inside the "U" of Southgate, Southgate House 16.30 (Alan Ford)
Stocker's Lake, 2 Little Egret (Charlie Ramsay)
Stocker's Lake, 15 Common Tern, 7 adults 8 young on raft (Charlie Ramsay)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 5+ Tree Sparrow, around feeder inc 3 unringed juveniles (P.Delaloye)
Watton at Stone, Red Kite (Nigel Denison)

22ND JUL: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 20 Siskin, flew south (Barry Reed)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, Red Kite, over Horsecroft Rd 13:40 (G Hinton)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 11 Swift, over Horsecroft Rd 13:40 (G Hinton)
Harpenden, 33 Swift, over Lambourn Gardens at 8.30pm (Alan Jackson)
Hatfield, 15+ House Martin, over Salisbury Village & adjacent Ellenbrook Field (John Moss & Alfred Moss)
Letchworth, Red Kite
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 8 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steve Carter)
Redbournbury, Little Owl (David & Liz Lyons)
Rusling End nr Langley, 30+ Swallow, feeding over and in garden (Julie Wise)
Standon, Red Kite, from the A10 near St. Edmunds College. (Dr Richard Melarange)
Stanstead Abbotts, 25 Swift (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, 2 Egyptian Goose (Jane Free)
Tonwell nr Ware, Red Kite, from the A602. (Dr Richard Melarange)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 12+ Tree Sparrow (Alan Gardiner)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Little Egret (Alan Gardiner)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Green Sandpiper, right of hide 15:09 (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 30+ House Martin, 14:35 (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Common Sandpiper, Left of hide 14:54 (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 13 Little Egret (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Grey Wagtail, near overflow (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Hobby (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Red Kite (G Hinton)

21ST JUL: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 3 Oystercatcher, from viewpoint (Ade Hall)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Little Ringed Plover, from second viewpoint (Ade Hall)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Green Sandpiper, on pool in front of second view point (Neal Hydder/Ade Hall)
Buntingford, 2 Kingfisher (Andrew Coates)
Buntingford, Grey Wagtail (Andrew Coates)
Hertford, Red Kite, over County Hall (Jane Free)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 3 Redshank (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Common Sandpiper, East pool (Simon Knott)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, Egyptian Goose (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 6 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steve Carter)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, 2 Grey Partridge, pair (Tom Speller)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, Yellow Wagtail, juvenile near western boundary (Tom Speller)
Stevenage, Red Kite, over Grace Way, 10.00am (B M Wright)
Welwyn Garden City, 50+ Swift, over Knightsfield at 10:45 (Allan Meadows)

20TH JUL: Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 6 Swift, over village 16:55 (G Hinton)
Hitchin, Red Kite, high over School (David Inward)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Kingfisher (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 2 Common Snipe, East pool (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 3 Redshank, parent + two juveniles (Simon Knott)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), Mandarin, on bank between startops & marsworth (G Hinton)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), 4 Common Tern (G Hinton)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 4 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 7 Swift (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, Egyptian Goose (Steve Carter)
Pitstone No 2 Quarry, 5 Swift (Lee G R Evans)
Pitstone No 2 Quarry, 15 Little Ringed Plover (Lee G R Evans)
Pitstone No 2 Quarry, Avocet, juvenile showing well same bird earlier at College Lake until 4pm at least (Lee G R Evans/Steve Rodwell)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 8 Green Sandpiper, from Draper (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Garganey (Vicky Buckel)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), Common Sandpiper (G Hinton)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 6 Common Tern (Lee G R Evans)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 7 Common Tern, including a young bird (G Hinton)
Stocker's Farm, 26+ House Martin (Charlie Ramsay)
Stocker's Lake, 2 Red Kite (Anna Marett)
Tringford Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Mandarin (Lee G R Evans)
Tringford Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Kingfisher (Lee G R Evans)
Tringford Res (Tring Reservoirs), Grey Wagtail (Lee G R Evans)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Little Egret (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Oystercatcher, adult + Juv (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Yellow-legged Gull, adult (Steve Blake)
Willows Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 2 Little Owl (Steve Blake)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 8 Common Tern (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Osprey, adult circled Wilstone from 1237-1245 (Lee G R Evans/Steve Rodwell/Johnny Lynch)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Red Kite (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Common Sandpiper (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Little Ringed Plover, left of hide (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Green Sandpiper, by hide (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Grey Wagtail (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 8 Little Egret (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Other, Black Swan (G Hinton)

​​2013 Hertfordshire Bird Report – now available

The 2013 Bird Report available to buy for £10, you can now order on line and pay with your debit or credit card. All current members of the Herts Bird Club and Natural History Society get a copy free. Join Herts Bird Club today and get your free copy.
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