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

Whitethroat at Panshanger on 17 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

Fancy a change from birds?
Get involved with our new countywide survey of mammals, amphibians and reptiles and submit your sightings and signs to our Herts Mammals Atlas.

Please help with the BTO's 2015 House Martin survey  - details here

 

Hertfordshire Bird Report 2013
now published and distributed to Herts Bird Club members
buy a copy for £10

 

 

Please help with our 2015 Rookery Census - starting now - details here
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Our brilliant new book
Birds of Hertfordshire
by Ken Smith, Chris Dee, Jack Fearnside and Mike Ilett
- published on 24 February
- review by Andrew Moon
- buy now direct from Herts Bird Club for only £34 (or £39 by post).

Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers - getting better nest records

 

 

Last call for 2014 records

The Hertfordshire Bird Report 2013 .

Herts Wetland Birds Survey (WeBS) 2013 results

Hertfordshire Bird Atlas 2007-12 - all the results

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.

Hobby at Coopers Green GPs on 13 May, image by Yves Gisseleire

Tufted Ducks at King's Meads on 12 May, image by Tom Speller

Tawny Owl chick at Fairlands Valley Park on 10 May, image by Richard Pople

Kestrel at Rye Meads on 04 May, image by Ray Kilham

House Sparrow in Stevenage on 07 May, image by Gary Sanderson

Yellow Wagtail at Redbournbury on 04 May, image by Nick Hunter

Reed Warbler at Amwell on 04 May, image by Ron Baber

Garden Warbler at Amwell on 01 May, image by Alan Reynolds

A record shot of an Osprey over Amwell on 15 May, image by Jay Ward

Sedge Warbler at Amwell on 07 May, image by Rob Stubbs

Turnstone at Wilstone reservoir on 12 May, image by Phill Luckhurst.

Roseate Tern at Amwell NR on 12 May, found by Adrian Hall, the bird was ringed on Coquet Island, image by Jason Ward. This is the second record for Herts, the first was at Tring Res on 18 May 1969 (reference: Birds of Hertfordshire). Below is a photo of the bird in flight, image by Simon West

Little Egret in the River Colne at Watford on 04 May, image by Hilary Weston

 

​​ 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.

22ND MAY: Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), Hobby (Pyrah)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), Cetti's Warbler (Pyrah)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 2 Egyptian Goose (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 2 Red Kite (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 5 Swallow (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 6 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steve Carter)
Oughtonhead nr Hitchin, 2+ House Martin, in amongst Swifts (Rob Stubbs)
Oughtonhead nr Hitchin, c20 Swift (Rob Stubbs)
Panshanger Park, 2 Hobby (Jennifer Gilbert)
Panshanger Park, 2 Little Egret, on Osprey Lake island (Jennifer Gilbert)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), Red-crested Pochard, male (Pyrah)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Grey Wagtail, ad + 2 juvs (Pyrah)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 5+ Red Kite (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Little Ringed Plover (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Little Egret (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Little Ringed Plover (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Cuckoo (S Blake)
Ware, Grey Wagtail, by GSK site (Rob Stubbs)
Welham Green, Yellow Wagtail, in bean field behind Potterells GP surgery
Willows Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 5+ Yellow Wagtail (S Blake)
Willows Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 2 Oystercatcher (S Blake)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Other, Black Swan (Pyrah)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 4 Hobby (Pyrah)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Oystercatcher (Pyrah)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Egyptian Goose (Pyrah)

21ST MAY: Amwell GP/NR (exact water not specified), 2 Hobby, in flight over woods to back of the reserve 13:00 (Steve Hughes and Rob Stubbs)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Redshank (Steve Hughes and Rob Stubbs)
Heartwood Forest - Hillend Farm, 3 Swallow (Robin Hilton)
Maple Cross, 4 Swift (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 4 Egyptian Goose (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 2 Swallow (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 2 Common Tern (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 2 Red Kite (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 6 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steve Carter)
Northaw Great Wood, Cuckoo, along Woodfield Lane, near Coldharbour Farm, Northaw Great Wood (Steven Pearce)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, Wheatear, female (Tom Speller)
Sherrardspark Wood nr WGC, 2 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, both feeding young at the nest (Ken Smith)
Stocker's Lake, 4 Oystercatcher, Pair + 2 young (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, 2 Red-crested Pochard, pair (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, 13 Common Tern (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, 11 Little Egret (G Lapworth)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), Little Ringed Plover (Terry A Smith)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), Red Kite (Terry A Smith)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Oystercatcher, a pair: one appeared to be on nest (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Little Egret, along River Colne (Steven Pearce)
Wadesmill nr Ware, Honey Buzzard, probable female flew South above tree level over the A602 1 mile South of Wadesmill at 10.20am. (Ross Facer)

20TH MAY: Hall's Green nr Stevenage, Red Kite, W of village (Steve Akrill)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, Short-eared Owl (Murray Brown)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 2 Common Tern, West pool (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Little Ringed Plover, Park Mead (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 20 Swift (Rob Stubbs)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 2 Redshank, Park Mead (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Red Kite (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Cuckoo, male (Simon Knott)
Panshanger (Welwyn Garden City), Ring-necked Parakeet, 19.30 (Keith Smith)
Stocker's Lake, 2 Oystercatcher, pair with young (Paul Lewis)
Stocker's Lake, 3 Red-crested Pochard (Paul Lewis)
Stocker's Lake, Hobby, hawking insects (Paul Lewis)
Thorley Wash nr Bishop's Stortford, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Simon West)
Thorley Wash nr Bishop's Stortford, Cuckoo (Simon West)
Thorley Wash nr Bishop's Stortford, Red Kite (Simon West)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 5 Tree Sparrow (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Ringed Plover (Steve Blake)
Ware, Cuckoo, river lea navigation, by GSK (Rob Stubbs)
Ware, Common Tern, river lea navigation, by A10 viaduct (Rob Stubbs)

19TH MAY: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Marsh Harrier, female type south towards Rye Meads at 06:50 (Phil Ball)
Frogmore Lakes nr Radlett, Cuckoo, chased by passerine over island lake (Alan Winn)
Hatfield Aerodrome (disused), 15 Swift, over (John Coleman)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 2 Common Tern (Simon Knott)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Little Egret (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Common Sandpiper (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Little Ringed Plover (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Redshank (Vicky Buckel)
Stevenage, 2 Peregrine Falcon, until 6.05am at least. Southgate House (Tom Speller)
Thorley nr Bishop's Stortford, Grasshopper Warbler, reeling in field to W of Thorley Wash NR (Jenny Sherwen)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Oystercatcher (S Blake et al)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Redshank (S Blake et al)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Little Ringed Plover (S Blake et al)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Yellow Wagtail (S Blake et al)

18TH MAY: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 50+ House Martin (Allan Meadows et al)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Little Ringed Plover (Allan Meadows et al)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 50+ Swift (Allan Meadows et al)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 4 Redshank (Allan Meadows et al)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 3 Hobby (Allan Meadows et al)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Mediterranean Gull, 1st summer (Allan Meadows et al)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Red Kite (Allan Meadows et al)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 3 Ringed Plover (Allan Meadows et al)
Chipping nr Buntingford, Hobby (Paula Moore)
Chipping nr Buntingford, Yellow Wagtail (Paula Moore)
Coopers Green GPs - Beech Farm GP, Oystercatcher (Brian Harper)
Coopers Green GPs - Sutton Farm GP, 2 Mandarin, pair (Brian Harper)
Coopers Green GPs - Sutton Farm GP, 13 Hobby, catching mayfly. (Brian Harper)
Frogmore Lakes nr Radlett, Little Egret, flew into 'heronry' this morning (Alan Winn)
Stevenage, Peregrine Falcon, 8.40pm. Southgate House lettering (Tom Speller)
Stocker's Lake, 30+ Swift, over and around the lake (Peter Tallantire)
Stocker's Lake, 4 Red-crested Pochard, two males and two females (Peter Tallantire)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 2 Yellow Wagtail, pair on the horse paddock (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Little Ringed Plover, north shore of lake closest to Willows farm (St Albans RSPB group)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Yellow Wagtail (St Albans RSPB group)

17TH MAY: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 4 Ringed Plover (Jay Ward)
Colliers End nr Standon, Common Crane, seen whilst driving south on A10. Crane was in flight, north, barely at tree top level 10:40am. May have just taken off just to west of A10 (Colin Maynard)
Coopers Green GPs - Sutton Farm GP, 3 Hobby (Alan Gardiner)
Coopers Green GPs - Sutton Farm GP, Mandarin, drake (Alan Gardiner)
Croxley Common Moor, 2 Cuckoo (G Lapworth)
Croxley Common Moor, 2 Common Tern (G Lapworth)
Hampermill Lake nr Watford, 2 Egyptian Goose (Joan Thompson)
Hampermill Lake nr Watford, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Joan Thompson)
Hatfield Park - Home Park, Hobby
Hatfield Park - Home Park, Spotted Flycatcher
Hatfield Park - Home Park, Red Kite
Hilfield Park Reservoir, c60 Swift, one had white areas of plumage though definitely common swift. White rump; and irregular white on back and underparts. (Tony Blake)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 2 Cuckoo, two males (Simon Knott)
Lower Woodside nr Hatfield, Ring-necked Parakeet, from Lower Woodside Farm towards Bell Bar. (Steven Pearce)
Lynsters Lake nr Maple Cross, 2 Oystercatcher (G Lapworth)
Lynsters Lake nr Maple Cross, 4 Hobby (G Lapworth)
Panshanger Park, 2 Egyptian Goose, with group of mallards by small lake (Madeleine Harding)
Royston, Nightingale, singing male just off A505/Tescos roundabout (TL3525 4210), 21:00 in deep tall hawthorn hedge (Gareth Rees)
Sopwell nr St Albans, Kingfisher, on river beneath A414 bridge (Alan Winn)
Therfield nr Royston, Marsh Harrier, male hunting between Theirfield and Deadmans Hill (Roland Power)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 6+ Tree Sparrow (Dan Fletcher)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), Cuckoo, calling (Dan Fletcher)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Kingfisher (Dan Fletcher)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Little Ringed Plover (Dan Fletcher)
Verulamium Park, Little Egret, in Willow on heronry island (Alan Gardiner)
Ware, Red Kite (Ian Whitng)
West Hyde, 5 Hobby (Andrew Moon)
Willows Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 2 Oystercatcher, in field near Amaizing Maze (Dan Fletcher)
Willows Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 adults and juvenile-looking bird in wheat field by Amaizing Maze (Dan Fletcher)
Wormley Wood, Cuckoo, calling most of morning. (Roger Buxton)

16TH MAY: Amwell GP/NR (exact water not specified), Hobby (Andrew Coates)
Amwell GP/NR (exact water not specified), 2 Little Egret (Andrew Coates)
Amwell GP/NR (exact water not specified), 2 Little Ringed Plover (Andrew Coates)
Berkhamsted, 2 Redwing, on town cricket pitch (Mike Spittles)
Bowyers Water (Cheshunt GPs), 2 Turtle Dove, 2 flew over Cheshunt Station at 10.15 (Mike Oakland)
Coopers Green GPs - Sutton Farm GP, 12 Hobby (Steven Pearce)
Hertford, 2 Swift, Ssecond swift joined its mate in nest box this morning (Clive Chapman)
OTHER (give details in comments box), 2 Grey Partridge, m & f - Woodcock Hill field opp Fairfold's Farm TL18791019 (Jennifer Gilbert/Ian Carle)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, Cetti's Warbler (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, Little Egret (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, Hobby (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, 2 Kingfisher (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, Oystercatcher (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, Common Sandpiper (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, 2 Swift (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, 7 Common Tern (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, 2 Grey Wagtail (Jane Free)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 2 Yellow Wagtail (Steve Blake et al)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Oystercatcher (Steve Blake et al)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Little Ringed Plover (Steve Blake et al)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Osprey, heading south (Steve Blake et al)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Redshank (Steve Blake et al)

15TH MAY: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Red Kite (Allan Meadows)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 3 Hobby (Allan Meadows)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Oystercatcher (Allan Meadows)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 3 Redshank (Allan Meadows)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Little Egret (Allan Meadows)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Osprey, over 15:55pm. (Jay Ward)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Little Ringed Plover (Allan Meadows)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Dunlin (Allan Meadows)
Buntingford, Grey Wagtail, (Andy Brown)
Coopers Green GPs - Sutton Farm GP, 2 Mandarin, pair (David Wheatcroft)
Coopers Green GPs - Sutton Farm GP, Hobby (David Wheatcroft)
East Hyde, Little Egret (Clifford Smout)
East Hyde, Yellow Wagtail (Clifford Smout)
Ellenbrook Fields nr Hatfield Garden Village, 2 Cuckoo, male calling/seen + female calling from woods (David Wheatcroft)
Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, Grey Wagtail, by Pre Mill (John Fisher)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 15 Swallow (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, Red Kite (Steve carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 6 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 2 Egyptian Goose (Steve Carter)
Panshanger Park, Osprey (Clive Chapman)
Redbourn, Little Egret, on Ver east of bypass (John Fisher)
Redbournbury, Grey Partridge, south of Punch Bowl lane (John Fisher)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Little Ringed Plover (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Redshank (Vicky Buckel)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Cuckoo, heard then seen over water meadows (John Fisher)
South Oxhey, 11 Ring-necked Parakeet, In my oxhey hall gdn (Joan Thompson)
Stocker's Lake, Egyptian Goose (Joan Thompson)
Stocker's Lake, Oystercatcher (Joan Thompson)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 4 Red Kite (R Coombes/S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Oystercatcher (R Coombes/S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Common Sandpiper (R Coombes/S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 3 Grey Wagtail, inc at least one recently fledged young (DavId Booth)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Cuckoo (R Coombes/S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2+ Yellow Wagtail (R Coombes/S Blake)

14TH MAY: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, c100 Swift (Jenny Sherwen)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Hobby (Jenny Sherwen)
Hitchin, Grey Wagtail, St Mary's Churchyard TL18472914 (David Inward)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Little Ringed Plover, from the Draper Hide (Stuart Harrison)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Redshank, from the Draper Hide (Stuart Harrison)
Verulamium Park, c100 Swallow, feeding over lake in rain (Bill Free)
Whitwell, 2 House Martin, gathering mud (Brian Sawford)

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