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Herts Bird Club – making the most of local birdwatching


​Buzzard and Crow in a scrap against a cear sky over Martin's Wood, Stevenage on 27 October, image by Gary Sanderson.

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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

Corn Bunting survey 2014 preliminary results.

The Hertfordshire Bird Report 2012 .

Herts Wetland Birds Survey (WeBS) 2012 results

Hertfordshire Bird Atlas 2007-12 - all the results

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

Birds of Hertfordshire to be published soon.

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.


​Record shot of Mandarin ducks on the river Mimram near Welwyn Garden City on 23 October, image by Anthony Cooper.


​Little Egret from the main hide at Lemsford Springs NR on 28 October, image by Neil Beadle.


​Kingfisher from the main hide at Lemsford Springs NR on 28 October, image by Neil Beadle.


​Sparrowhawk at Maple Lodge NR on 26 October, image by Jackie Brunt.


​Leucistic Ring-necked Parakeet feeding on apples in Valley Road, Welwyn Garden City on 26 October, image by Yves Gisseleire.


​Two of the six Green Sandpipers at Lemsford Springs NR on 25 October, image by Tom Speller. Note the regurgitated pellet in front of the bird on the right.


​Ring-necked Parakeets in his Harpenden garden on 25 October, image by Robin Pearson.


​Black Redstart at Water End, Potten End on 22 October, image by Ian Williams.

Meadow Pipit by Andrew Moon
​A juvenile Meadow Pipit at Stocker’s Farm on 23 October 2014, image by Andrew Moon.

Sparrowhawk by Martin Parr
​Sparrowhawk at Maple Lodge NR on 23 October 2014. Image by Martin Parr.


​Female/juvenile Black Redstart on a roof in Wheathampstead on 22 October 2014, image by Ann Doubleday.

Black Redstart by Dan Forder
​Black Redstart at Waterend, Great Gaddesden on 22 October 2014, accompanied by the Stonechat below. Images by Dan Forder.

Stonechat by Dan Forder

Stonechat by Dan Forder

Green Woodpecker by Keith Overall
​Green Woodpecker at Much Hadham on 22 October 2014, image by Keith Overall.


​Grey Wagtail from the hide at Tewinbury on 15 October, image by Gary Sanderson.


​Stonechat at Amwell NR on 20 October, image by Keith Overall.


​Yellow-browed Warbler - the second bird (the one by the picnic site) - at Amwell NR on 19 October, image by Mike Ilett. Note the more prominent wing bars than the first bird photographed by Phil Bishop.


​One of two Yellow-browed Warblers at Amwell NR on 19 October, images by Phil Bishop.


​Sparrowhawk in a Rickmansworth garden on 18 October, image by Ian Howarth.......explains the pile of wood-pigeon feathers at the bottom of the garden.


​Cormorant at Rye Meads NR on 17 October, image by Alan Reynolds.


​Lapwings in flight over Amwell NR on 16 October, image by Rob Stubbs.


​Ring Ouzel in a garden at Weston on 17 October, image (taken through her window) by Susan Walsby.

​ 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.

31ST OCT: Amwell GP/NR (exact water not specified), Kingfisher (Gillian Price)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Ring-necked Parakeet (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Garganey, East pool (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 20 Common Snipe (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Simon Knott)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 8+ Tree Sparrow (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 4 Common Snipe (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Little Egret (Steve Blake)
Willows Farm (Tyttenhanger area), Stonechat, male, by pumpkin field/fishing lake. (Steve Blake)

30TH OCT: Braughing, Red Kite (Andy Brown)
Cuffley, 4 Ring-necked Parakeet (Keith Smith)
Hitchin, Little Egret, flying near Walsworth Common (David Inward)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 3 Water Rail (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Kingfisher, New River (Simon Knott)
Lemsford Springs, 3 Green Sandpiper (Barry Trevis)
Lemsford Springs, 4 Little Egret (Barry Trevis)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), 5+ Shelduck, 3m 2 f at 16:25 (G Hinton)
Stocker's Farm, 2 Siskin (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Farm, 2 Stonechat, pair near dung heap (G Lapworth)
Thorley Wash nr Bishop's Stortford, Water Rail (Jenny Sherwen)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 8 Tree Sparrow (Alan Gardiner)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Bar-tailed Godwit, seen for 10 mins (Alan Gardiner)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, Red Kite (G Hinton)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, 2 Yellowhammer, on hedge opposite Crossways yard (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 120 Golden Plover (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Ringed Plover (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Black-tailed Godwit, cemerty corner area (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Whooper Swan, together on bund, flew off to the NE shortly after I got there. (Joan Thompson)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Grey Wagtail (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Whooper Swan (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Scaup (Lee G R Evans)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, Grey Wagtail (G Lapworth)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, 120 Golden Plover, field between M25 & Mill End houses. TQ037943 (G Lapworth)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, 2 Red Kite (G Lapworth)

29TH OCT: Amwell NR - Bittern Pool, Yellow-browed Warbler, in willows between James hide and the water vole information board at 7 am (Barry Reed)
Hanbury Manor nr Ware, 2 Red Kite (Nigel Denison)
King's Walden, Barn Owl (Martin Ketcher)
Stocker's Lake, 6+ Siskin, NW corner of lake by River Colne. (David Neal)

28TH OCT: Amwell GP/NR (exact water not specified), Bittern, seen 3 times around the reedbeds from the James Hide.
Amwell GP/NR (exact water not specified), Little Egret (Rob Stubbs)
Amwell GP/NR (exact water not specified), Common Sandpiper (Rob Stubbs)
Croxley Common Moor, Grey Wagtail (Albert Callewaert)
Cuffley, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Keith Smith)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, 2 Mediterranean Gull, adult winters in roost. (Tony Blake/Steve Murray)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Garganey, East pool but elusive (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 2 Water Rail (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Cetti's Warbler (Christopher Benton)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Red Kite (Christopher Benton)
Mill End (Rickmansworth), 100 Golden Plover, on field at OS ref TQ03059405 east of M25. (Roger Dewey)
Stevenage, Peregrine Falcon, Southgate House (Rob Stubbs)
Stocker's Farm, 2 Stonechat, (a pair) (Andrew Moon)
Ware, 3 Red Kite (Simon Knott)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 100+ Golden Plover (Adam Booth)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, 55 Golden Plover, high over the fields (Andrew Moon)

27TH OCT: Amwell GP/NR (exact water not specified), Bittern (Gillian Price)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 2 Kingfisher, Harding's Moor. Parent (m) trying to encourage youngster (f) off territory (L.Flower)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, Little Egret, Station Moor (L.Flower)
Braughing, 4 Redwing, over Pentlows Hill (Paula Moore)
Braughing, 2 Brambling, Pentlows Hill (Paula Moore)
Braughing, Kingfisher, at Quinbury (Paula Moore)
Cuffley, 4 Ring-necked Parakeet (Keith Smith)
East Hyde, 2 Red Kite (John Kendrick)
East Hyde, Kingfisher (John Kendrick)
Flamstead village, 3 Raven, soaring over Majestic Trees (Tim Hill)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, 3 Whinchat, 3 juv. (B.Harper)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, 2 Stonechat, adult pair. (B.Harper)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, 30+ Linnet (B Harper)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, 40+ Redwing (B.Harper)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Stonechat, female on the causeway (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Lesser Redpoll (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Kingfisher, West pool (Simon Knott)
Nomansland nr Wheathampstead, 2 Whitethroat, 2juv (B.Harpers)
Panshanger (Welwyn Garden City), 2 Fieldfare, over
Redbourn, c50 Linnet, flock feeding on winter wheat at Nicholls Farm (Peter Tallantire)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Kingfisher (R Coombes/S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Common Sandpiper (R Coombes/S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Mediterranean Gull, 2ndW (R Coombes/S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Common Snipe (R Coombes/S Blake)
Watton at Stone, Red Kite, over garden (Tony Barrett)
Wyddial, Merlin, female over arable fields (Steve Austin)

26TH OCT: Brocket Park, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet, Vocal pair investigating tree hole (Clifford Smout)
Cooters End Lane nr Harpenden, 2 Red Kite (Alan Jackson)
Deadman's Hill nr Sandon, Merlin, In flight then perched from bottom of hill (Mike ilett)
East Hyde, 2 Red Kite (David Lyons)
East Hyde, Little Egret (David Lyons)
East Hyde, Grey Wagtail (David & Liz Lyons)
Harpenden, Red Kite, Derwent Road (David Lyons)
High Wych nr Sawbridgeworth, Ring-necked Parakeet, Over my garden calling loudly (Laurence Drummond)
Hitch Wood nr St Paul's Walden, 2 Raven, Flying over. (Herts BNA)
Hitchin, Little Egret, Along the Ippollits Brook at the back of Brook View (Nigel Agar)
Hoddesdon, 20+ Ring-necked Parakeet, on feeders Stanstead Road, 9.10am (Roland Power)
Nash Mills nr Hemel Hempstead, Red Kite (Lee Batten)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, c40 Redwing (Tom Speller)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, Woodcock, flushed from the 'dip' near centre of the site. flew east (Tom Speller)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, Stonechat, nr traveller site (Tom Speller)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, 8 Grey Partridge, nr traveller site (Tom Speller)
Oughtonhead nr Hitchin, Red Kite (Nigel Agar)
Radwell nr Baldock, 3 Little Egret, In evening roost (Mike ilett)
Redbournbury, Stonechat, male on fence post by the river Ver (John Pritchard)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Kingfisher (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Stonechat (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Pintail, immature drake, Gadwall hide (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Green Sandpiper (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Water Rail (Vicky Buckel)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Kingfisher (John Pritchard)
Therfield nr Royston, 200 Golden Plover (Barry Reed)
Welwyn Garden City, 7 Ring-necked Parakeet, including one leucistic individual, feeding on apple in Valley Road garden (Yves Gisseleire)

25TH OCT: Amwell NR - Hollycross Lake, Peregrine Falcon, adult (Barry Reed)
Cassiobury Park, Kingfisher (Hilary Weston)
Chesfield Park nr Stevenage, Red Kite (Frances Hurst)
Flamstead village, Little Egret, river Ver off Hollybush Lane (David McGrath)
Harpenden, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet, in back garden. (Robin Pearson)
Hemel Hempstead, Lesser Redpoll, over my Bennetts End garden this afternoon (Ian Bennell)
Hertford, 4 Ring-necked Parakeet, Balls Park around 11.30am (Nicola Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Stonechat (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Simon Knott)
Lemsford Springs, Grey Wagtail (Andrew Steele)
Lemsford Springs, 6 Green Sandpiper, R white over green, L ? R blue over white, L blue R red over blue, L yellow R green over orange L yellow R blue over red, L blue unringed Possible 7th R green over white, L? (Tom Speller)
Lemsford Springs, Water Rail (Andrew Steele)
Lemsford Springs, 2 Kingfisher, m & f (Tom Speller)
Lemsford Springs, Redwing (Tom Speller)
Lemsford Springs, 3 Little Egret (Tom Speller)
Letchworth Sewage Treatment Works, Little Egret (Gareth Dagnall)
Letchworth Sewage Treatment Works, Green Sandpiper (Gareth Dagnall)
Letchworth Sewage Treatment Works, Water Rail (Gareth Dagnall)
Nash Mills nr Hemel Hempstead, Ring-necked Parakeet (Lee Batten)
Redbourn, Peregrine Falcon, Driven off kill at Nicholls FM by Red Kite (Peter Tallantire)
Rickmansworth, Grey Plover, flew low west over Highfield Way calling constantly at 08.45 (Andrew Moon)
Stocker's Farm, Stonechat, fem, by dung heap (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Farm, Lesser Redpoll (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Farm, Grey Wagtail (G Lapworth)
Stocking Pelham, Red Kite (Andy Brown)
Welwyn Garden City, 10 Mandarin, five males and five females bathing in Mimram at 7.45. (Anthony Cooper & Simon Priestnall)

24TH OCT: Amwell GP/NR (exact water not specified), Yellow-browed Warbler, calling near the picnic tables, between the Lee Navigation and the railway, just prior to dusk (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Grey Wagtail (Allan Meadows)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Yellow-legged Gull, adult (Allan Meadows)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Kingfisher (Allan Meadows)
Astonbury Wood nr Stevenage, Marsh Tit (Alan Ford)
Brocket Park, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet, in large trees by river (Ken & Linda Smith)
Chiswell Green nr St Albans, 20 Redwing, over (Alan Gardiner)
Hemel Hempstead, Mediterranean Gull, adult winter over my Bennetts End garden (Ian Bennell)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, 13 Redwing, over (Derek Turner)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, Siskin, over (Derek Turner)
Hitchin, Little Egret, Old Hale Way, allotment site (Nigel Agar)
Hitchin, Little Egret, Walsworth Common (David Inward)
Hoddesdon, 4 Ring-necked Parakeet, over John Warner school (Roland Power)
Lemsford Springs, Kingfisher (Ken & Linda Smith)
Lemsford Springs, Little Egret (Ken & Linda Smith)
Lemsford Springs, Water Rail (Ken & Linda Smith)
Lemsford Springs, 4 Green Sandpiper (Ken & Linda Smith)
Moor Lane nr Rickmansworth, Grey Wagtail, garden pond (Anna Marett)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 6 Redwing (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 6 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 2 Egyptian Goose (Steve Carter)
Panshanger Aerodrome, Barn Owl (Keith smith)
Tewinbury Reserve, Water Rail (Keith Overall)
Tewinbury Reserve, Kingfisher (Keith Overall)
Tewinbury Reserve, Grey Wagtail (Keith Overall)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 8 Tree Sparrow (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 4 Common Snipe (Steve Blake)
Watton at Stone, Red Kite (Nigel Denison)
White Hall Farm nr Stevenage, Little Egret (Alan Ford)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Scaup, juvenile still (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 75 Golden Plover (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Whooper Swan (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Grey Wagtail (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Red-crested Pochard (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Pintail (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Shelduck (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Little Egret (Lee G R Evans)

23RD OCT: Amwell GP/NR (exact water not specified), Redpoll sp., heard flying over (Murray Orchard)
Amwell GP/NR (exact water not specified), 2 Marsh Tit (Allan Meadows)
Amwell GP/NR (exact water not specified), 2 Cetti's Warbler, singing males (Murray Orchard)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Stonechat (Allan Meadows)
Coopers Green Lane nr St Albans, Green Sandpiper, Sutton Farm GP (David Wheatcroft)
Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, Stonechat, female (Jennifer Gilbert/Ian Carle)
Hampermill Lake nr Watford, 12 Redwing (Joan Thompson)
Hampermill Lake nr Watford, Grey Wagtail (Joan Thompson)
Hampermill Lake nr Watford, Fieldfare (Joan Thompson)
Hatfield Aerodrome (disused), 2 Stonechat, m+f by mounds (David Wheatcroft)
Hatfield Aerodrome (disused), 12 Redwing (David Wheatcroft)
Hemel Hempstead, 2 Red Kite (Michael Howard)
Hoddesdon, Peregrine Falcon, flying over Stanstead Road towards Rye Meads (Roland Power)
Lemsford Springs, 3 Little Egret (Barry Trevis)
Lemsford Springs, Kingfisher (Barry Trevis)
Lemsford Springs, 6 Green Sandpiper (Barry Trevis)
North Watford, Lesser Redpoll, flew west (Ian Bennell)
Puckeridge, Grey Wagtail (Murray Orchard)
South Oxhey, 16 Ring-necked Parakeet, my Oxhey hall gdn (Joan Thompson)
Stevenage, Peregrine Falcon, On the, "S" of Southgate House at 16.30. (Alan Ford/David Inward)
Stocker's Farm, 2 Stonechat, pair by dung heap (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Farm, Grey Wagtail (G Lapworth)
Therfield Heath, Barn Owl, Wicker Hall. (Tony Cobb)
Watford, 44 Ring-necked Parakeet, KGV playing fields (Ian Bennell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Shelduck (S Blake)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Curlew (S Blake)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Whooper Swan (S Blake)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), c80 Golden Plover (S Blake)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Pintail, m+f (S Blake)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Red-crested Pochard, female (S Blake)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Peregrine Falcon (S Blake)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Black-tailed Godwit (S Blake)

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