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

Pied Wagtail by Tim Hill

Pied Wagtail at Redbournbury on 29 May, image by Tim Hill.

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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

New Herts Bird Recorder, HNHS Secretary and Membership Secretary announced

House Martin Nest survey

How to join the 2016  survey


Hertfordshire rep for London Bird Club – this position has now been filled by Roger Payne, contact details are available here.

Please renew your membership of HNHS and Herts Bird Club for 2016, details here

The Hertfordshire 2014 Bird Report – was published and sent to Herts Bird Club members in November 2015.

 

Heartwood Forest site guide added

 

A must for all bird lovers
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).

Herts Invertebrate ProjectHerts Invertebrate Project
– how to join this new recording initiative

Please submit sightings and field signs of mammals, amphibians and reptiles to our countywide survey, full details Herts Mammals, Amphibians & Reptiles Atlas.

Herts Wetland Birds Survey (WeBS) 2014 results

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

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.

Great Spotted Woodpecker by Andrew Moon

Great Spotted Woodpecker in a Rickmansworth garden on 21 May, image by Andrew Moon.

Mallard by Peter Clarke

Aberrant Mallard at Fairlands Valley Lakes on 27 May, image by Peter Clarke.

Whitethroat by Simon Radcliffe

Whitethroat at Panshanger Park on 27 May, image by Simon Radcliffe.

Sedge Warbler by Rob Stubbs

Sedge Warbler at Amwell NR on 24 May, image by Rob Stubbs.

Egyptian Geese by Steve Carter

The family of seven gosling reduced to one young at Moor Park on 26 May, image by Steve Carter.

Rook by Andrew Steele

A juvenile Rook at Wheathampstead on 25 May, image by Andrew Steele.

Goldeneyes by Steve Carter

Part of the family of seven Goldeneye duckings at Mill End on 25 May, image by Steve Carter.

Whitethroat by Allan Meadows

Whitethroat at Amwell NR on 21 May, image by Allan Meadows.

Spotted Flycatcher by Alan Reynolds

Spotted Flycatcher at Wallington on 23 May, image by Alan Reynolds.

Pied Wagtail by Tom Speller

Juvenile Pied Wagtail at Fairlands Valley Park on 23 May, image by Tom Speller.

Kingfisher by Ray Kilham

Kingfisher at Rye Meads on 23 May, image by Ray Kilham.

Coots by Gary Sanderson

Coots at Walkern Ford on 22 May, image by Gary Sanderson.

Long-tailed Tit by Claire Smith

A juvenile Long-tailed Tit at Rye Meads on 21 May, image by Claire Smith.

Grey Wagtail by David Lyons

Grey Wagtail at East Hyde on 15 May, image by David Lyons.

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.

30TH MAY: Garden Wood (Tyttenhanger area), Cuckoo, Calling (Alan Gardiner)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, Common Tern (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 2 Red Kite (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 6 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 3 Egyptian Goose, 2ads plus 1juv (Steve Carter)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Hobby, low over harassing hirundines (John Pritchard)
Westland Green nr Standon, Spotted Flycatcher, carrying food into bramble patch. (Jono Forgham)

29TH MAY: Batch Wood nr St Albans, 3 Red Kite (Bill Free)
Bernards Heath (St Albans), Red Kite (Mike Rathjen)
Hinxworth, Yellow Wagtail, on rec (R Holdsworth)
Hoddesdon, Peregrine Falcon, chasing pigeons over John Warner school (Roland Power)
Redbournbury, Yellow Wagtail, Male in meadow near Veolia works. (John Pritchard)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Garganey, Pair at Draper (Clifford Smout)
Stanstead Abbotts, Little Egret, over my garden (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, 4 Ring-necked Parakeet (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, Kingfisher (Jane Free)

28TH MAY: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Little Ringed Plover, from viewpoint (William Bishop)
Fairlands Valley Park (Stevenage), 2 Common Tern, on the pontoon on the sailing lake 5pm (Ian Harris)
Flamstead village, 6 Swift (David McGrath)
Hitchin, Swift, Sturgeons Way TL196306 (David Inward)
Hitchin, 3 Swift, Rail Station TL194297 (David Inward)
Maple Cross, Osprey, 10am Circling higher and higher, mobbed by a Red Kite. (Chris Bessant)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 3 Egyptian Goose, 2ads 1juv (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 2 Red Kite (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 6 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steve Carter)
Oakmere Park (Potters Bar), Mandarin, male moulting (Robert Callf)
Oughtonhead nr Hitchin, 2 Grey Partridge (D Keech)
Oughtonhead nr Hitchin, Nightingale (D Keech)
Redbourn, 4 Red Kite, 3 Kites chased off a Stellers Sea Eagle being flown as a demo at the Herts Show .Now lost (Ernest Leahy)
Stevenage, Red Kite, low over pin green stevenage 8.45am (Ian Harris)
Stocker's Lake, Red-crested Pochard, male (Joan Thompson)
Stocker's Lake, Cetti's Warbler, seen singing (Joan Thompson)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 2 Tree Sparrow (Alan Gardiner)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), Little Egret, along river (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - Coursers Road GPs, Red Kite (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - Willows Farm Lake, 4 Oystercatcher, two adults and two chicks: now off island an on banks of pit (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - Willows Farm Lake, Yellow Wagtail, male (Steven Pearce)
West End nr Essendon, Hobby (Ken & Linda Smith & Virginia Kennard)
Willows Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 3 Barnacle Goose, with Greylags and Canada Geese (Alan Gardiner)

27TH MAY: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Cuckoo (Rob Stubbs)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Little Ringed Plover, from viewpoint (Rob Stubbs)
Aston End, Little Egret, On River Bean at Aston Ford (Ray Hooper)
Ayot St Lawrence, Spotted Flycatcher, West end High St (Clifford Smout)
Colney Heath, 6 Swift (Steve Evans/Ann Lee)
Coopers Green GPs - Stanborough GP, Little Ringed Plover (Steven Pearce)
Coopers Green GPs - Sutton Farm GP, 2 Hobby (Robin Pearson)
Little Wymondley nr Stevenage, 2 Peregrine Falcon, One bringing food to second bird at Substation (Michael Hooper)
Maple Cross, Peregrine Falcon, chasing large flock of recently fledged Starlings over fallow headland south of Hornhill Road (Chris Bessant)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 4 Egyptian Goose, 3 ads, 1juv (Steve Carter)
Redbournbury, 2 Little Owl (David, Susan & Sarah Lyons)
Stocker's Lake, Goldeneye, male (Barry Trevis)
Stocker's Lake, Kingfisher (Joan Thompson)
Stocker's Lake, 7 Ring-necked Parakeet (Joan Thompson)
Stocker's Lake, 10 Little Egret (Joan Thompson)
Stocker's Lake, Cetti's Warbler, singing (Joan Thompson)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 2 Grey Partridge
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 5 Oystercatcher, 2 ad 3 young (David Booth)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Black-necked Grebe, on scrape, near flooded causeway. Still at 16:55pm (David Booth et al)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, c20 Swift (David Booth)
Watton at Stone, 3 Red Kite, over Blue Hill. (Nigel Denison)

26TH MAY: Dane End, Cuckoo, Calling in the woods next to Whitehills Golf Club (Nigel Denison)
East Hyde, Little Egret (David Lyons)
Hitchin, Swift, Walsworth Common (David Inward)
Lamer Park nr Wheathampstead, Raven
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 9 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steve. Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 2 Red Kite, adults (Steve. Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 3 Egyptian Goose, 2 adults with 1 juv left from brood of 7 (Steve Carter)
Redbournbury, 3 Little Owl (David, Susan & Liz Lyons)
Sandridge nr St Albans, Cuckoo, male calling between Woodcock Hill and House Lane, 8.30pm (Dan Fletcher)
St Albans, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Brendon Fagan)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), Cuckoo (Anders Gray)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), Yellow Wagtail, female on island mesh. (Anders Gray)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2+ Hobby (Anders Gray)
Stocker's Farm, Oystercatcher (Joan Thompson)
Stocker's Farm, 2 Egyptian Goose (David Neal)
Stocker's Lake, Kingfisher, over causeway to Bury Lake (David Neal)
Stocker's Lake, 2 Cetti's Warbler, calling (Charlie Ramsay)
Walkern, Little Egret, On River Bean nr playing fields (Ray Hooper)
Watford, Red Kite (Joan Thompson)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 25+ Common Tern (Anders Gray)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Hobby (Anders Gray)

25TH MAY: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 60+ Swift (David Booth)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Cuckoo (Allan Meadows)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Redshank (Allan Meadows)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Ringed Plover (Allan Meadows)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Hobby, over viewpoint (David Booth)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Little Ringed Plover (Allan Meadows)
Dane End, Cuckoo, White Hills Golf Club (Michael Hooper)
Hitchin, 2 Swift, Woolgrove Road TL198301 (David Inward)
King's Meads nr Hertford, c40 Sand Martin, over west lagoon 4pm (Barrie Stockwell)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 6 Swift (Barrie Stockwell)
Mill End (Rickmansworth), 8 Goldeneye, 1 female with 7 juveniles (Steve Carter/Joan Thompson)
Mill End (Rickmansworth), Cetti's Warbler, Heard (Steve Carter)
Stocker's Farm, Oystercatcher (Joan Thompson/Anna Marett)
Stocker's Lake, 3 Red-crested Pochard, 2 males (Joan Thompson/Anna Marett)
Stocker's Lake, 200 Swift (Joan Thompson/Anna Marett)

24TH MAY: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Hobby, James hide (Rob Stubbs)
Bishop's Stortford, Cuckoo, heard calling and later seen in Hoggates Wood pasture. (Paul Melarange)
Hatfield Aerodrome (disused), Cuckoo, female, calling (Anders Gray)
Mill End (Rickmansworth), 8 Goldeneye, fem with 7 young on Springwell Lake (G Lapworth et al)
Sandon, Little Owl, perched on sign for Sandon Bury Farm, 19:35 (Steve Hughes)
Stocker's Lake, Hobby (Charlie Ramsay)
Stocker's Lake, 12 Common Tern (Charlie Ramsay)
Stocker's Lake, Cetti's Warbler, calling (Charlie Ramsay)
Stocker's Lake, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Charlie Ramsay)
Stocker's Lake, Oystercatcher (Charlie Ramsay)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Kingfisher (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - Willows Farm Lake, 5 Oystercatcher, 2 adult + 3 fledgling (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - Willows Farm Lake, 2 Egyptian Goose (S Blake)
Weston, Little Owl (Andrew Coates)
Willows Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 2 Yellow Wagtail (S Blake)
Willows Farm (Tyttenhanger area), Red Kite (S Blake)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Cuckoo, calling from an area near the dry canal. (Adrian Bayliss)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 6 Hobby, over reed bed in cemetery corner. (Adrian Bayliss)

23RD MAY: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Common Sandpiper, from view point (Ade Hall)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Yellow Wagtail (Ade Hall)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, 60+ Swift, over Pudler's Wood (Rupert Evershed)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, Hobby, hunting Meadow Pipits next to B651 (Rupert Evershed)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, Cuckoo, flew into Well Wood (Rupert Evershed)
Hemel Hempstead, 2 Hobby, appeared over garden after heavy thunderstorm attacking a Mallard at 7.40pm (Ian Bennell)
Hollingson Meads nr Harlow, Turtle Dove, purring at 11.10am, c50-100 yds south of Latton Lock from towpath on R. Stort, Herts side (Peter Oaks)
Panshanger Park, Cuckoo (Keith Smith)
Panshanger Park, Little Owl (Keith Smith)
Plashes Wood nr Standon, Cuckoo, heard (Dave Jenkinson)
Roydon (Herts/Essex), Cuckoo, along railway line between Marina and sewage farm. (Andy Hawksworth)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 2 Tree Sparrow, in usual hedge (T.Wood)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Hobby, over scrape (T.Wood)

22ND MAY: Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, Red Kite, over village (G Hinton)
Cole Green Tip, Cuckoo (Adrian Bonner)
Coopers Green GPs - Stanborough GP, Yellow Wagtail (Steven Pearce)
Coopers Green GPs - Sutton Farm GP, 3 Hobby (Steven Pearce)
Ellenbrook Fields nr Hatfield Garden Village, 2 Grey Partridge (Steven Pearce)
Ellenbrook Fields nr Hatfield Garden Village, Cuckoo (Steven Pearce)
Gosmore Hill nr Hitchin, 4 Raven, probable family group (Clive Harding)
Harpenden, 3 Raven, mobbing unidentified raptor at very high altitude then descending and rolling before heading off to south. (Alan Jackson)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, 4 Black-necked Grebe (Simon Priestnall)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), 4 Common Tern (G Hinton)
Oughtonhead nr Hitchin, Spotted Flycatcher, TL17003061. Briefly this morning in trees along river Oughton near the 'waterfall'. Oughtonhead common (Tom Speller)
Oughtonhead nr Hitchin, Cuckoo, TL16903029. Grazing common. Oughtonhead common (Tom Speller)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 12 Common Tern (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 5 Oystercatcher (Vicky Buckel)
Sandon, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, In churchyard near compost heap (D Coates)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, 7 Ring-necked Parakeet (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, 3 Little Egret, flying over late afternoon (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, Cuckoo (Jane Free)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), Red-crested Pochard, female
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Common Tern (G Hinton)
Whitwell, Cuckoo (Robin Hilton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Cuckoo
Wood Hall Farm/Estate nr Borehamwood, Cuckoo (Robert Hopkins)
Wood Hall Farm/Estate nr Borehamwood, Barn Owl (Robert Hopkins)
Wood Hall Farm/Estate nr Borehamwood, Little Owl (Robert Hopkins)

​​​2014 Hertfordshire Bird Report – now available

All current members of the Herts Bird Club and Natural History Society get a copy as part of membership. Join Herts Bird Club today and get your copy.
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