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

​Oystercatcher at Stockers Lake on 21 July, image by Paul Higgs.

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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

The Festival of Wildlife - 9th - 17th August
To celebrate the Trust's 50th anniversary, Herts Bird Club, Herts Natural History Society and Herts & Middx Wildlife Trust are joining forces to bring you a week long festival of events and talks. Details here

The Hertfordshire Bird Report 2012 is now available.
Including the rarities and our more common favourites.
Copies are being posted to all 'paid up' Herts Bird Club/HNHS members from 30 June.
More details about the report and how to buy a copy.

 

Birds of Hertfordshire - to be published later this year - will cover all the bird species commonly seen in the county plus information on every species ever recorded in Hertfordshire, the results of the most recent Atlas surveys and comparison with previous atlas work. More information....

Make a donation using Virgin Money GivingPlease renew your Herts Bird Club membership for 2014.
Follow this link to the Virgin Money Giving website and use your debit or credit card to make a donation for your yearly subscription.
Please add Gift Aid if you can.
Other ways to renew membership

Hertfordshire Wetland Birds Survey (WeBS) 2012 results

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

Local Bird reports – the Tyttenhanger 2012 bird report has been added. 

Hertfordshire Bird Atlas - all the results

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.

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

Keep up to date with the latest news from theYahoo Herts Birding group at Hertsbirding.

Visit some great places in Hertfordshire – click here to see the trip reports.

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.

​Red Kite at Bennington on 21 July, image by Kathy Sharman.

​Mallards and ducklings at Rye Meads on 20 July, image by Paul Whiteman.

​Green Sandpiper at Rye Meads on 18 July, image by Rob Stubbs.

​Cormorant at Rye Meads on 18 July, image by Rob Stubbs.

Swallow collecting material for a late nest at Walnut Tree Farm, Luffenhall, Cromer on 19 July, image by David Hawkins.

​Grey Wagtail on River Hiz at St Mary's Church in Hitchin town centre on 20 July, image by David Hawkins.

​Reed Bunting with food at Amwell NR on 19 July, image by Matt Livesey.

​Wren feeding young in a Datchworth garden on 12 July, image by Jane Robinson.

​Corn Bunting seen at Reed during his survey of the area on 16 July, image by Martin Johnson.

​Marsh Tit at Norton Green on 14 July, image by Tom Speller.

​Two of the four juvenile Grey Partridges at Norton Green on 14 July, image by Tom Speller.

Little Egret at Springwell Lake, Rickmansworth on 13 July, image by Matt Livesey.

​Tufted Duck family at Springwell Lake, Rickmansworth on 13 July, image by Matt Livesey.

​Kingfisher making a splash at Rye Meads on 7 July, image by Alan Reynolds.

​Corn Bunting at Deadman's Hill on 12 July, image by Ray Hooper.
Reminder - there is just a week left to complete the Corn Bunting survey so please make every effort to get it done.

​Juvenile Whitethroat at Rye Meads on 10 July, image by Paul Hackett.

​Juvenile Kestrel at Rye Meads on 10 July, image by Paul Hackett.

​Juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker in Andrew Moon's garden in Rickmansworth on 26 June.

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.

23RD JUL: Colney Heath, 2 Tree Sparrow, by horse paddocks (DavId Booth)
Digswell Meadow, Little Egret (DavId Booth)
Hitchin, 3 Swallow, on telephone lines, road to Little Wymondley (Rob Stubbs)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 3 Little Egret (P Cutler)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Garganey (P Cutler)
Stevenage, Peregrine Falcon, On the 'G' of Southgate house, 6.45am (Rob Stubbs)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 11 Common Tern, inc 2 juvs, one being fed by adult (DavId Booth)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Little Egret (DavId Booth)
Ware, 2 Little Egret, Kingsmead, east pool (Rob Stubbs)

22ND JUL: King's Meads nr Hertford, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet, West pool flying west at 8:25am (Simon Knott)
Letchworth, 13 Swift, Southfields (Steve Akrill)
Maple Cross, Other, Cackling Goose over with small group of Greylag geese at 19:55 heading north east (Paul Lewis)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 12 Green Sandpiper, Draper hide (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Little Egret (Vicky Buckel)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), 4 Common Sandpiper, flew in to roost at 8.45pm on dead wood opposite island (Jane Free)
Tewin, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, family group in paddocks at Marden Hill House. (Mike Oakland)
Tewinbury Reserve, Kingfisher (Mike Oakland)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 10 Tree Sparrow (Alan Gardiner)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Little Egret (Alan Gardiner)
Ware, Hobby, over Lime Close at 19:45 (Derrick Ling)
Weston Park, Little Owl
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 4 Raven (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Mediterranean Gull, juvenile commuting between bales and Cemetery Corner fields (found by Steve Rodwell) (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 18 Little Egret, including the nesting pair (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 32 Common Tern (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Hobby (Lee G R Evans)

21ST JUL: Barley, Quail, calling, north of Barley to Royston road (B1039), opposite black barn TL385398 (Chris Dee/Lee Evans)
Broxbourne Woods - Broxbourne Wood, Hobby, circled briefly over the cleared area. c15.00hrs (Nige Agar)
Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, Common Snipe, on Pool near Pre Mill (Ernest Leahy)
Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, Spotted Flycatcher (Paul Thrush)
Harpenden, Ring-necked Parakeet, over Crabtree school at 7:45 (Robin Hilton)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Kingfisher, East pool (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 2 Garganey, East pool (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 2 Little Egret, East pool (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 3 Common Tern, New River 2 adults + juv (Simon Knott)
Maple Cross, Other, Cackling Goose (1) over with Canada Geese heading north at 20:29 (Paul Lewis)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, Little Egret (Joan Thompson)
Oxhey Park, Peregrine Falcon, towards football ground at 10.45am (Ian Bennell)
Radwell nr Baldock, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, near to small metal footbridge over river at Radwell Meadows (Phoebe Holdsworth)
Redbournbury, 5 Yellow Wagtail, over the Ver (Ernest Leahy)
Redbournbury, 2 Little Egret (Ernest Leahy)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 8 Green Sandpiper, Draper Hide (Derrick Ling)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Little Owl (Ernest Leahy)
Stevenage, Corn Bunting, Potters Spring (West of the A1m) (Alan Ford)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Kingfisher, over causeway 11:30 (T.Wood)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Little Egret (T.Wood)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Common Tern (T.Wood)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 4 Common Sandpiper (DavId Booth)
Watford, Red Kite, over Town Hall (Joan Thompson)

20TH JUL: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Yellow Wagtail (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 9 Common Sandpiper (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Green Sandpiper (Barry Reed)
Aston, Corn Bunting, New Park Lane (Alan Ford)
Batford, Kingfisher (Robin Hilton)
Heartwood Forest - Well & Pudler's Wood, Red Kite (Andrew Steele)
High Wych nr Sawbridgeworth, Turtle Dove, Purring from thicket north of Rivers hospital (Laurence Drummond)
Panshanger (Welwyn Garden City), 25 Swallow (Keith Smith)
Prae Wood nr St Albans, 7 Red Kite (Alan Gardiner)
Redbourn, 50+ Swift, group feeding over fields around Nicholls Farm (Peter Tallantire)
Redbournbury, Little Owl, Calling (Charlie Farrell)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Greenshank, Draper Hide (P Cutler)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Little Owl (Alan Gardiner)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), Ring-necked Parakeet (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), Kingfisher (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), Peregrine Falcon (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), Common Sandpiper, sailing club (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), 2 Grey Wagtail (Jane Free)
Stocker's Lake, 2 Common Sandpiper, resting on Tern Raft (Paul Lewis)
Watford Link Road, Kingfisher, In the Reedbed. (Hilary Weston)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Turtle Dove, bird singing 7am to 12.30 (John Taylor)

19TH JUL: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Garganey (Barry Reed)
Chiswell Green nr St Albans, Ring-necked Parakeet (Alan Gardiner)
Hitchin, Corn Bunting, from Icknield Way (Roger Broadie)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Green Sandpiper, Draper Hide (David Lyons)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Cuckoo, heading north (John Pritchard)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Little Egret (John Pritchard)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Green Sandpiper (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Little Egret (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Cuckoo, juv (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Common Sandpiper (S Blake)
Watton at Stone, Red Kite (Nigel Denison)

18TH JUL: Ashwell, Little Owl, Perched on roadside wires about 2 km west of Ashwell at dusk. (Jonathan Jack)
Balls Wood nr Hertford Heath, Red Kite (Aaron Clements-Partridge)
Chipperfield, Woodcock, calling over The Boot pub on Tower Hill at 8.45pm (Ian Bennell)
Loudwater nr Rickmansworth, Red Kite (S.Topham)
Maple Cross, 3 Little Egret, Over heading south (Paul Lewis & Emily Lewis)
Oughtonhead nr Hitchin, Kingfisher, Calls heard along the river (Jonathan Jack)
Rusling End nr Langley, Little Owl, on roof of house c10pm (Julie Wise)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 5 Green Sandpiper, Draper hide (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Black-necked Grebe, 1 adult 1 chick (Vicky Buckel)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), 2 Little Egret (Jane Free)
Stocker's Lake, Goldeneye, female this evening on Springwell lake (S.Topham)
Therfield Heath, Barn Owl (Martin Johnson)
West Hyde, 100+ Swift (Chris Bessant)
West Hyde, Hobby (Chris Bessant)
West Hyde, Red Kite (Chris Bessant)
West Hyde, Corn Bunting (Chris Bessant)
West Hyde, 100+ Swallow (Chris Bessant)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 12 Little Egret (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Redshank, from hide (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Kingfisher (Jeff Bailey)

17TH JUL: Chess Valley N (NW of M25), 3 House Martin, active nests on Waterworks site North Hill (Joan Thompson)
Little Wymondley nr Stevenage, 2 Swallow (Rob Stubbs)
Loudwater nr Rickmansworth, Red Kite (S.Topham)
Loudwater nr Rickmansworth, Little Egret (S.Topham)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Kingfisher (Alan Gardiner)
St Albans, 3 Red Kite, A414 Park Street (Steve Evans/Ann Lee)
Stevenage, Peregrine Falcon, male on Southgate House (Alan Ford)
Stocker's Lake, 4 Little Egret (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, Kingfisher, male (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, Goldeneye, juv on springwell lake (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, 3 Oystercatcher, 2ads & 1juv (G Lapworth)
Therfield Heath, 5 Spotted Flycatcher, family goup; 2 juv and separate adult in Fox Covert (Martin Johnson)
Ware, 2 Grey Wagtail, Ware Lock (Allan Meadows)

16TH JUL: Cuffley, Ring-necked Parakeet (Jonathan Jack)
Essendon, 4 Red Kite, adjacent to Essendon Hill (Mike Stenson)
Hitchin, Grey Wagtail, river Hiz town centre (Nigel Agar)
Pye Corner nr Harlow, 3 Turtle Dove, adult and two juvs on wires over rape field at west end of Redricks lane this evening. (Alan Harris)
Reed, 25+ House Martin, nesting at Hatchpen new-build Farmhouse (Martin Johnson)
Reed, 4 Corn Bunting (Martin Johnson)
Reed, 3 Yellow Wagtail, including 2 Juveniles; Hatchpen (Martin Johnson)
South Oxhey, 11 Ring-necked Parakeet, over my Oxhey Hall gdn (Joan Thompson)
Stevenage, Peregrine Falcon, immature male on the 'S' of Southgate House at midday (Mike Harris)
Stevenage, Grey Wagtail, in town centre (Ivana Angel)
Ware, 2 Grey Wagtail, on the river Lea navigation (Rob Stubbs)
Watford, 2 House Martin, occupied nests Cassiobury Pk Ave (Joan Thompson)
Watton at Stone, Red Kite, Over newly mown fields at Blue Hill (Nigel Denison)
Welwyn Garden City, 30+ Swift, Cranborne Gardens (nesting site)

15TH JUL: Buckland, Corn Bunting, TL373333 (Ted Fletcher)
Codicote Bottom, 3 Red Kite (Alan Jackson)
Cold Christmas nr Ware, Little Owl, 21:00 (Derrick Ling)
Hinxworth, Hobby, hunting over Blue Gates Farm (Ken & Linda Smith)
St Albans, Swift (S Chalmers)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), Little Egret (Jane Free)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), Common Sandpiper (S Richards)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 4 Tree Sparrow, at feeder (Peter Delaloye)

​2012 Hertfordshire Bird Report – now available

The 2012 Bird Report was mailed to all current members of the Herts Bird Club and Natural History Society from 30 June 2014. Copies are available to buy for £10, post free, you can now order on line and pay with your debit or credit card.
Click here to buy a copy and see the contents list.

Why not join us?

Herts Bird Club membership only costs  £1 a month, less than buying a cup of coffee. Support the Bird Club and take a full part in our activities, your yearly subscription entitles you to a free copy of the annual Herts Bird Report and also contributes to the costs of running the website and the Club's activities. How to join.