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Marsh Tit at Amwell NR on 26 November, image by Tom Speller.

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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

Warblr: an app that recognises birds from their songs.

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 early 2015.

How to join or renew your membership

Herts Bird Club conference - 21 March 2015

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.

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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.


​Redwing at Great Amwell on 25 November, image by Rob Stubbs.


​Great Spotted Woodpecker at Croxley Common Moor on 5 November, image by Paul Boult.


​Male Kingfisher at Rye Meads on 24 November, image by Katy Smith.


​Water Rail at Rye Meads on 24 November, image by Katy Smith.


​This leucistic thrush has been present at Kings Meads since 21 November. Image by Simon Knott, who says 'The structure is wrong for Blackbird (too short a tail) and the streaking on the belly suggests Redwing rather than Song Thrush'.


Green Woodpecker in her garden at Bennington on 23 November, image by Kathy Sharman.​


​Yellow-legged Gull at Amwell NR on 22 November, image by Simon Knott.​


​A 1st winter Caspian Gull at Amwell NR on 22 November, images by Barry Reed (above) and Simon Knott (below).​


​Nuthatch in Pryors Wood, Stevenage on 19 November, image by Gary Sanderson.​


​Ring-necked Parakeets in Derrick Davies' garden on 12 November.​


​One of four Green Sandpipers at Lemsford Springs (HMWT) NR on 18 November, image by Ron Baber.​


​Water Rail showing well at Lemsford Springs (HMWT) NR on 18 November, image by Ron Baber.​


​Murmuration of Starlings (estimate 1000 birds) at Marsworth Reservoir, Tring on 15 November, image by Peter Brazier, FoTR.​


​Stonechat at Norton Green, Stevenage in the early morning on 16 November, image by Tom Speller.​


​House Sparrow in Andrew Moon's Rickmansworth garden on 15 November, his first for 8 years.​


​Short-eared Owl at Hay Street, Braughing on 9 November, images by Paul Rowe.​

​Song Thrush at the Watercress Beds NR St Albans on 10 November, image by Andrew Steele.​


​Red Kite along Nettleden Road on 10 November, image by Paul Higgs.​

​ 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.

28TH NOV: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Yellow-legged Gull, adult in the roost (Laurence Drummond)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, 2 Stonechat (Alan Gardiner)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, 60 Fieldfare (Alan Gardiner)
Lynsters Farm nr Maple Cross, Green Sandpiper, by muddy pool (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, 12 Goldeneye, 4m,8f (G Lapworth)
West Hyde, 2 Stonechat, pair (Paul Lewis)
West Hyde, Peregrine Falcon (Paul Lewis)

27TH NOV: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Goldeneye, m & f seen from Gladwin hide (Jenny Sherwen)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Water Rail, seen from James Hide (Jenny Sherwen)
Flamstead village, Blackcap, male (Connor and David McGrath)
Hadham Hall, 2 Raven, heading south east towards Bishop's Stortford (Jono Forgham)
Hadham Hall, 10 Siskin, in trees around the hall. (Jono Forgham)
Redbourn, Barn Owl, Flamsteadbury Lane @ 10.30pm (Rupert Evershed)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), Cetti's Warbler (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), Goldeneye, male (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Jane Free)
Stocker's Farm, Little Owl (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Farm, Stonechat, fem (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, 6 Goldeneye, 3m,3f (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, 2 Red-crested Pochard, pair (G Lapworth)
Tewinbury Reserve, 2 Redwing (Murray Brown)
Tewinbury Reserve, Chiffchaff, calling (Murray Brown)
Tewinbury Reserve, Grey Wagtail (Murray Brown)
Tewinbury Reserve, Kingfisher (Murray Brown)
Verulamium Park, Kingfisher (Alan Gardiner)
Verulamium Park, Ring-necked Parakeet, calling (Alan Gardiner)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, 5 Red Kite (Steve Carter)

26TH NOV: Amwell GP/NR (exact water not specified), Water Rail, James hide (Tom Speller)
Amwell GP/NR (exact water not specified), Marsh Tit, Regularly at feeders at James hide (Tom Speller)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Goldeneye, male in front Gladwin hide (Tom Speller)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Caspian Gull, 2nd winter (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Yellow-legged Gull, adult (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 5 Common Snipe (Tom Speller)
Bowyers Water (Cheshunt GPs), Chiffchaff (Terry Smith)
Colney Heath, 2 Little Egret (Steve Blake)
Graveley nr Stevenage, Barn Owl, alongside the Wymondley to Gravely road, c6.40am (Rob Stubbs)
Lynsters Farm nr Maple Cross, Green Sandpiper, at muddy pool (G Lapworth)
South Oxhey, 20 Ring-necked Parakeet, over my Oxhey Hall Gdn (Joan Thompson)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Water Rail (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 4 Wigeon, two pair (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Kingfisher (Steve Blake)

25TH NOV: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Little Egret (Rob Stubbs)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, c8 Redwing (Rob Stubbs)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Marsh Tit, on Amwell walkway (Martin Johnson)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Goldeneye, m+f (Rob Stubbs)
Berkhamsted Common, 50+ Lesser Redpoll (Mike Spittles)
Braughing, Rough-legged Buzzard, 9 am 1 mile north on the road to Furneux Pelham (Andy Brown)
Harpenden, Blackcap, male in garden (Ann Doubleday)
Hatfield, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet, on peanut feeder in garden (Jennifer Witt)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 41 Wigeon, Park Mead (Simon Knott)
Panshanger (Welwyn Garden City), Blackcap, Female in garden (Lee Fitz)
Puckeridge, Red Kite (Murray Orchard)
Royston, Brambling, Layston Park on feeder. (Gordon Fuller)
Tewinbury Reserve, Grey Wagtail
Tewinbury Reserve, Kingfisher
Tewinbury Reserve, Green Sandpiper
Thundridge, Little Egret, in flooded field by old church (Christopher Benton)
Waterford Heath GP, Red Kite, over south heath (Andy Brown)
West Hyde, Stonechat, male (Paul Lewis)

24TH NOV: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Goldeneye, at southern end of lake (Nigel Agar)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Little Egret (Nigel Agar)
Bengeo (Hertford), Red Kite (Simon Knott)
Bourne End, Redwing, along canal from Winkwell. (Lee Batten)
Bovingdon, 5 Fieldfare, Brickworks site (L. Flower)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, Little Egret (Lee Batten)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, 2 Stonechat (Albert Callewaert)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, 2 Red Kite (Albert Callewaert)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 36 Wigeon (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Stonechat, female (Simon Knott)
Lynsters Farm nr Maple Cross, Green Sandpiper (G Lapworth)
Lynsters Farm nr Maple Cross, Grey Wagtail (G Lapworth)
Maple Cross, Peregrine Falcon, on pylon west of the M25 (Chris Bessant)
Puckeridge, 9 Yellowhammer (Murray Orchard)
Puckeridge, 30 Fieldfare (Murray Orchard)
Puckeridge, 20 Redwing (Murray Orchard)
Royston, 3 Red Kite, Wicker Hall (Gordon Fuller)
Stevenage, Peregrine Falcon, Southgate House - 7am (Rob Stubbs)
Stocker's Farm, 2 Stonechat, pair (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, Kingfisher, from causeway. (Geoff Young)
Stocker's Lake, 12 Goldeneye, 4m,8f (G Lapworth)
Therfield Heath, 2 Brambling, Fox Covert (Gordon Fuller)
Therfield nr Royston, 280 Golden Plover, Greys Farm (Martin Johnson)
Therfield nr Royston, 30 Linnet, Feeding in stubble field E of village with buntings (Murray Orchard)
Therfield nr Royston, 125 Fieldfare (Martin Johnson)
Therfield nr Royston, 330 Golden Plover, in flight over A10 (Murray Orchard)
Therfield nr Royston, 400 Fieldfare, Mostly in trees by Greys Farm late pm, flying off N, plus flock of 105 along Icknield Way (Murray Orchard)
Therfield nr Royston, 33 Grey Partridge, four Coveys off the Icknield Way (Martin Johnson)
Therfield nr Royston, 2 Red Kite, E of village (Murray Orchard)
Therfield nr Royston, 11 Corn Bunting, Park Farm (Martin Johnson)
Therfield nr Royston, 80 Corn Bunting, Gathering in bush/hedge on hilltop E of village, feeding in stubble field (Murray Orchard)
Therfield nr Royston, 35 Yellowhammer, About 30 feeding in stubble field E of village with Corn Buntings and 5 along Icknield Way (Murray Orchard)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 6 Tree Sparrow (Alan Gardiner)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Kingfisher (Steve Blake)
Willows Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 3 Common Snipe (Steve Blake)
Willows Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 26 Skylark (Steve Blake)
Willows Farm (Tyttenhanger area), Barnacle Goose, escape (Steve Blake)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 5 Black-tailed Godwit (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 15 Common Snipe (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 160 Golden Plover (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Little Egret (Jeff Bailey)
Wormley Wood, 3 Marsh Tit (Ken & Linda Smith)

23RD NOV: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Yellow-legged Gull, adult (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 3 Caspian Gull, adult, 2nd winter & 1st winter (Barry Reed)
Benington, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, Adults on grazed field. One colour ringed from Stoke Orchard Landfill site in Gloucestershire on 24/11/07 - the first sighting of this bird since it was ringed.
Hitchin, Little Egret, Walsworth common NR (Rob Stubbs)
Lemsford Springs, Water Rail (Murray Brown)
Lemsford Springs, Little Egret (Murray Brown)
Lemsford Springs, Grey Wagtail (Murray Brown)
Lemsford Springs, Kingfisher (Murray Brown)
Lemsford Springs, Green Sandpiper (Murray Brown)
Marshalswick (St Albans), Ring-necked Parakeet, above St Albans Tennis Club (Anthony Townsend)
South Oxhey, 11 Ring-necked Parakeet, in my Oxhey Hall gdn (Joan Thompson)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), 2 Goldeneye, 2m (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), Cetti's Warbler (Jane Free)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Little Egret (Lee G R Evans)
Tringford Res (Tring Reservoirs), 12 Redwing (Lee G R Evans)
Tringford Res (Tring Reservoirs), 6 Red-crested Pochard (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 31 Common Snipe (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Kingfisher (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 330 Wigeon (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Knot, flew off east with single Dunlin at 0950 (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 410 Golden Plover (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Dunlin (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Black-tailed Godwit (Lee G R Evans)

22ND NOV: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Mediterranean Gull, 1st winter (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Caspian Gull, 1st winter (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Yellow-legged Gull, adult (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 25 Great Black-backed Gull (Barry Reed)
Broxbourne Woods - Danemead Wood, 60 Lesser Redpoll (Barry Reed)
Bury Lake nr Rickmansworth, 13 Red-crested Pochard, 9m,4f (G Lapworth)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, 2 Goldeneye (Lee G R Evans)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 6 juveniles present in the gull roost until dusk (Lee G R Evans)
Newgate Street nr Cuffley, Grey Wagtail
Newgate Street nr Cuffley, 32 Linnet
Nomansland nr Wheathampstead, Lesser Redpoll, Dead bird, probably about 2 day old corpse. (Herts BNA)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Stonechat (John Pritchard)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, 28 Fieldfare (John Pritchard)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, 2 Little Egret (John Pritchard)
South Oxhey, 20 Ring-necked Parakeet, over my Oxhey Hall Gdn (Joan Thompson)
Standalone Farm nr Letchworth, Water Rail (James Walsh)
Standalone Farm nr Letchworth, 5 Common Snipe (James Walsh)
Standalone Farm nr Letchworth, Kingfisher (James Walsh)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), Kingfisher (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), Goldeneye, male (Jane Free)
Stocker's Lake, 4 Goldeneye, 1m,3f (G Lapworth)
Therfield Heath, 5 Red Kite (Mike Ilett)
Therfield Heath, 2 Raven (Mike Ilett)
Therfield Heath, 6 Golden Plover (Mike Ilett)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Ringed Plover (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Dunlin (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Common Snipe (Steve Blake)
White Hall Farm nr Stevenage, Little Egret (Alan Ford)

21ST NOV: Benington, 2 Barn Owl, over usual field 6.50am (Kathy Sharman)
Bricket Wood, Ring-necked Parakeet, on feeder (P.Delaloye)
Furneux Pelham, Red Kite, near the Bragging road (Andy Brown)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, 93 Fieldfare, one flock of about 70 plus smaller groups (Ken & Linda Smith)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, 4 Stonechat, two pairs, (Ken & Linda Smith)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, 35 Skylark, individuals across the areas with young trees (Ken & Linda Smith)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, 27 Yellowhammer, in small groups in the hedgerows (Ken & Linda Smith)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, Corn Bunting (Ken & Linda Smith)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, 80 Redwing, in two flocks of about 40 and 30 plus individuals (Ken & Linda Smith)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, Red Kite (Ken & Linda Smith)
Hemel Hempstead, Grey Wagtail (Jeff Bailey)
Hitchin, Little Egret, Walsworth Common (David Inward)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Stonechat, The causeway female (Simon Knott)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), Grey Wagtail (Lee G R Evans)
Nomansland nr Wheathampstead, 90 Redwing, in two flocks of 30 and 50 moving though (Ken & Linda Smith)
Nomansland nr Wheathampstead, Red Kite (Ken & Linda Smith)
Nomansland nr Wheathampstead, c50 Fieldfare, in a flock feeding on berries (Ken & Linda Smith)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 10 Wigeon (Lee G R Evans)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Grey Wagtail (Lee G R Evans)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), Little Egret (G Hinton)
Tringford Res (Tring Reservoirs), 8 Red-crested Pochard, 4 pairs (Lee G R Evans)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Kingfisher (Steve Blake/Richard Coombes)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Dunlin (Steve Blake/Richard Coombes)
West Hyde, 2 Stonechat, Pair (Paul Lewis)
West Hyde, C150 Skylark, Flushed from oil seed crop. (Paul Lewis)
West Hyde, Peregrine Falcon (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 12 Fieldfare (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 5 Dunlin, with Golden Plover flock (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 432 Golden Plover (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Goldeneye (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 204 Wigeon (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Scaup, juveniles (Lee G R Evans)

20TH NOV: Broxbourne, 11 Ring-necked Parakeet, south east over woodstock road at 15.20 (Laurence Drummond)
Flaunden, Raven, cronking in flight (Jill Saunders)
Hatfield Aerodrome (disused), Red Kite (David Wheatcroft)
Hatfield Aerodrome (disused), Common Snipe, flushed by side of track (David Wheatcroft)
Hatfield Aerodrome (disused), 27 Redwing (David Wheatcroft)
Hitchin, Grey Wagtail, along the brick channel of the Hiz (Nigel Agar)
Hitchin, Little Egret, Walsworth Common (David Inward)
Lemsford Springs, 2 Grey Wagtail (Bob Harris)
Lemsford Springs, 2 Lesser Redpoll, in small Siskin flock (Bob Harris)
Lemsford Springs, 6 Green Sandpiper (Bob Harris)
Lemsford Springs, 2 Little Egret (Bob Harris)
Maple Cross, Peregrine Falcon, on pylon west of the M25 (Chris Bessant)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Blackcap, male (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Kingfisher (Vicky Buckel)

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