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

Black Swan by Katy Smith

Black Swan at Fairlands Valley Lakes on 25 July, image by Katy Smith.

More photographs, here, on our Flickr page, in our Photo Gallery and Facebook. Follow 'Herts Bird News' on Twitter (@Hertsbirds) and Herts Dragonflies @DragonHerts

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.

Little Grebe by Mary Smith

A young Little Grebe at Rye Meads on 23 July, image by Mary Smith.

Tufted ducklings by Mary Smith

Tufted Ducklings at Rye Meads on 23 July, image by Mary Smith.

Moorhen chick by Tom Speller

One of six Moorhen chicks encountered during the WeBS count at Fairlands Valley Lakes on 24 July, image by Tom Speller.

Grey Heron by Katy Smith

Grey Heron at Amwell NR on 24 July, image by Katy Smith.

Little Grebes by Alan Reynolds

Little Grebes at Rye Meads on 21 July, image by Alan Reynolds.

Green Sandpiper by Alan Reynolds

Green Sandpiper at Rye Meads on 1 July, image by Alan Reynolds.

Garganey by Alan Reynolds

Garganey and Gadwall at Rye Meads on 21 July, image by Alan Reynolds.

Common Terns by Alan Reynolds

Adult and juvenile Common Terns at Rye Meads on 21 July, image by Alan Reynolds.

Mediterranean Gull by Alan Reynolds

Flight view of the juvenile Mediterranean Gull at Rye Meads on 21 July, image by Alan Reynolds.

Yellow Wagtail by Paula Moore

Yellow Wagtail at Braughing on 22 July, image by Paula Moore.

Mediterranean Gull by Alan Reynolds

Juvenile Mediterranean Gull at Rye Meads on 21 July, image by Alan Reynolds.

Kingfisher by Katy Smith

Juvenile Kingfisher at Rye Meads on 19 July, image by Katy Smith.

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.

26TH JUL: Apsley, Common Tern, over grand Union canal (G Hinton)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 30+ Swift, over and around village 20:30 (G Hinton)
Chesfield Park nr Stevenage, 12 Grey Partridge, covey of nearly fully grown birds approx ten young + pair of adults (Clive Brackenbury)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, Red Kite (Rupert Evershed)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, Ring-necked Parakeet (Rupert Evershed)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, Stonechat, In fields next to Round Wood (Rupert Evershed)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, Little Owl (Rupert Evershed)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Garganey (Clifford Smout)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 9 Green Sandpiper (Clifford Smout)
Stocker's Lake, Goldeneye, male in eclipse (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, Kingfisher, male taking fish into nest (G Lapworth)
Thorley Wash nr Bishop's Stortford, Grasshopper Warbler (Jenny Sherwen)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 12 Common Tern (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Kingfisher (S Blake/T Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Little Egret (S Blake/T Kavanagh)
Watton at Stone, Red Kite (steve Akrill)

25TH JUL: Berkhamsted, 25+ Swift (Mike Spittles)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, Little Egret, Station moor 15:35 (G Hinton)
Jersey Farm (St Albans), Red Kite (Tony Kavanagh)
Oxhey, 4 Red Kite (Geoff Young)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 3 Garganey, 3 still from Draper mid morning (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 10 Green Sandpiper, Draper mid morning (Allan Meadows)
Tewin, 5+ Hobby (Ian Taylor)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Oystercatcher, adults (Tony Kavanagh/Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Green Sandpiper (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 4 Little Egret (Tony Kavanagh/Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Common Sandpiper (Tony Kavanagh/Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Common Tern (Tony Kavanagh/Steve Blake)

24TH JUL: Black Bridge Landfill site near Wheathampstead, Wheatear (Darin Stanley)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 45+ Swift, over and around village area screaming (G Hinton)
Brookmans Park, 4 Red Kite
Brookmans Park, Hobby
Coopers Green GPs - Stanborough GP, Green Sandpiper (Steven Pearce)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, Redshank, one flying over then seen later on the dam (Jack Fearnside)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 3 Garganey
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 7 Green Sandpiper
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Hobby (John Pritchard)
Stevenage, Red Kite, Pin Geen (Ian Harris)
Stocker's Farm, Little Owl (George Moreton)
Stocker's Lake, Egyptian Goose (George Moreton)
Thorley Wash nr Bishop's Stortford, Grasshopper Warbler (Jenny Sherwen)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Green Sandpiper (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Oystercatcher (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 9 Common Tern (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Little Egret (Tony Kavanagh)
Wallington, Corn Bunting, SW of village by Icknield Way path (Steve Akrill)
Watford, Ring-necked Parakeet, in a pine tree in garden (Hilary Weston)

23RD JUL: Ashwell, Turtle Dove, purring from roof of Chain Cottage (R Holdsworth)
Ashwell, 30+ Swift, over village (R Holdsworth)
Buntingford, Barn Owl, 9.30pm (David & Susan Lyons)
Hitchin, 12 Swift, St Faiths Close TL198302 (David Inward)
Hitchin, Red Kite (Nigel Agar)
Hollingson Meads nr Harlow, Turtle Dove (Barry Reed)
Jersey Farm (St Albans), 3 Ring-necked Parakeet, House Lane (Dan Fletcher)
Oughtonhead nr Hitchin, Water Rail (James Walsh)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 8 Green Sandpiper, from Draper Hide (Derrick Ling)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Garganey, from Draper Hide (Derrick Ling)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - S lake, Kingfisher (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - S lake, Green Sandpiper (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, 2 Kingfisher (Jane Free)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 10+ Common Tern, main pit, fishing & willlows farm lakes. (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Common Sandpiper (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Green Sandpiper (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Red Kite (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Peregrine Falcon (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Kingfisher (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Oystercatcher (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 5 Little Egret (Steve Blake)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, Kingfisher (George Moreton)

22ND JUL: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Yellow-legged Gull, 2nd summer (Barry Reed)
Berkhamsted, 30+ Swift (Mike Spittles)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 39+ Swift (G Hinton)
Braughing, 15+ Yellow Wagtail, in pea field off Friars Road (Paula Moore)
Buntingford, c20 Swift (Ted Fletcher)
Hitchin, Little Egret (David Inward)
Hitchin, 15 Swift (David Inward)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, Common Tern (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 2 Red Kite (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 8 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steve Carter)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 3 Little Egret, from Draper Hide (Derrick Ling)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 8 Green Sandpiper, all from draper hide (Jeff Bailey)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 3 Garganey (Jeff Bailey)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - S lake, Wigeon (Barry Reed)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - S lake, 3 Green Sandpiper (Barry Reed)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Egyptian Goose (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Oystercatcher (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Little Egret, one ringed, faded red on left; black with wite '6' on right. (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Green Sandpiper (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Common Sandpiper (Steven Pearce)

21ST JUL: Brookmans Park, 151 Swift, parties of 117 + 34 flying south
Charlton nr Hitchin, 3 Corn Bunting, 1 Maydencroft Lane, 2 Windmill Lane (Michael Hooper)
Colney Heath, Red Kite (Steve Evans)
Fairlands Valley Park (Stevenage), 2 Other, Black Swan (Alan Ford)
Hatfield Garden Village, 70+ Swift (Ian Taylor)
Hertford, c40 Swift (Jenny Sherwen)
Hitchin, 3 Swift, Radcliffe Road TL190295 (David Inward)
Hitchin, 8 Swift, Woolgrove Road TL197302 (David Inward)
Hitchin, Little Egret, Purwell Meadows west TL198298 (David Inward)
Hitchin, 4 Swift, High Dane TL193304 (David Inward)
Hitchin, 6 Swift, Sturgeons Way TL196305 (David Inward)
Marshalswick (St Albans), c20 Swift (Tony Kavanagh)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Mediterranean Gull, Juvenile Draper's Hide (Alan Reynolds)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Garganey, Draper's Hide (Alan Reynolds)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 7 Green Sandpiper, Draper's Hide (Alan Reynolds)
Stocker's Lake, 2 Kingfisher, pair taking food to nest (Joan Thompson)
Temple End nr Hitchin, Little Owl (Michael Hooper)
Tewin, 5 Hobby (Ian Taylor)

20TH JUL: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Kingfisher (Rob Stubbs)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 25+ Swift, around and over village 20:50 (G Hinton)
Braughing, 2 Yellow Wagtail (Paula Moore)
Marshalswick (St Albans), c18 Swift (Tony Kavanagh)
Oughtonhead nr Hitchin, c50 Swift, over Redhill Raod, Kings Hedges area (Rob Stubbs)
Panshanger (Welwyn Garden City), Ring-necked Parakeet, pale grey. Not been seen this year, but now back (Keith Smith)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Mediterranean Gull, juv on Draper scrape (Vicky Buckel)
Stocker's Lake, 10 Little Egret (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, 2 Kingfisher, Pair (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, Goldeneye, male (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, 16 Common Tern, Adults + 8 juvs (G Lapworth)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Egyptian Goose (Steven Parce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Common Sandpiper (Steven Parce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Common Sandpiper (Alan Gardiner)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Little Egret (Alan Gardiner)
Wood End nr Buntingford, Turtle Dove (Clive Brackenbury)

19TH JUL: Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 20+ Swift, over and around village 12:00 (G Hinton)
Flamstead village, 20+ Swift (David McGrath)
Hampermill Lake nr Watford, Little Egret (Joan Thompson)
Hertford, 4 Swift, adults and their two chicks left nest box yesterday (Clive Chapman)
Hertford, Red Kite (Clive Chapman)
Marshalswick (St Albans), c20 Swift (Tony Kavanagh)
Oughtonhead nr Hitchin, Cuckoo, heard 5.30am (Rob stubbs)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 13 Black-tailed Godwit (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 4 Green Sandpiper (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Garganey (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Little Egret (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 4 Kingfisher, pair feeding 2 fledged young plus 1 seen at draper (Vicky Buckel)
Southridge nr Shenley, 2 Red Kite (Steven Pearce)
Tewin, 3 Little Owl, one fledged chick (Keith Smith)
Tewin, 5 Hobby (Ian Taylor)
Tewin, Barn Owl (Ian Taylor)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Oystercatcher (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Little Egret (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Greenshank (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Kingfisher (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Common Tern (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Little Egret (Steven Pearce)
Watton at Stone, Red Kite (Nigel Denison)

​​​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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