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


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

Photographers: please send your images for the website to Herts Bird Photos. More photographs, here, on our Flickr page and in the Photo Gallery. Follow 'Herts Bird News' on Twitter (@Hertsbirds)

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.

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.


​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.​


​Short-eared Owl at Hay Street, Braughing on 14 November, image by Keith Overall.


​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.​


​Fieldfare adding interest at Hay Street on 11 November, image by Ron Baber.​

​ 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 NOV: Bury Lake nr Rickmansworth, 13 Red-crested Pochard, 9m,4f (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, 4 Goldeneye, 1m,3f (G Lapworth)

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, 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)
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)
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, Peregrine Falcon (Lee G R Evans)
West Hyde, 2 Stonechat, Pair (Paul Lewis)
West Hyde, C150 Skylark, Flushed from oil seed crop. (Paul Lewis)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 204 Wigeon (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Scaup, juveniles (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)

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, Little Egret, Walsworth Common (David Inward)
Hitchin, Grey Wagtail, along the brick channel of the Hiz (Nigel Agar)
Lemsford Springs, 2 Little Egret (Bob Harris)
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)
Maple Cross, Peregrine Falcon, on pylon west of the M25 (Chris Bessant)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Kingfisher (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Blackcap, male (Vicky Buckel)

19TH NOV: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Kingfisher, on river by White hide (Allan Meadows)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Red-crested Pochard, male and female (Rob Stubbs)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Little Egret (Rob Stubbs)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 3 Goldeneye, 2 male, 1 female (Allan Meadows)
Benington, Barn Owl (Kathy Sharman)
Burnham Green nr Welwyn, Barn Owl, across Burnham Green Road at dusk (David Booth)
Bury Lake nr Rickmansworth, 8 Red-crested Pochard (Alan Gardiner)
Hitch Wood nr St Paul's Walden, Red Kite (Tom Speller)
Hitch Wood nr St Paul's Walden, 3 Marsh Tit (Tom Speller)
Hitchin, Little Egret, Purwell Meadows (David Inward)
St Albans, Raven, calling over town centre (Andrew Steele)
Stocker's Farm, 2 Stonechat, pair (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, 2 Red-crested Pochard, males (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, Kingfisher (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, 4 Siskin (Alan Gardiner)
Stocker's Lake, Water Rail, heard (Alan Gardiner)
Stocker's Lake, 7 Goldeneye, 2m,5f (G Lapworth)
Thorley Wash nr Bishop's Stortford, 2 Raven (Jenny Sherwen)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Scaup, female (Anna Marett+Joan Thompson)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Goldeneye, female (Anna Marett+Joan Thompson)

18TH NOV: Amwell GP/NR (exact water not specified), 4 Common Snipe, in konik field between railway and lee navigation (Jenny Sherwen)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Water Rail, from James hide (Rob Stubbs)
Ashwell, Ring-necked Parakeet (Andrew Coates)
Brent Pelham, Red Kite, just to the west of the village (Andy Brown)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Kingfisher, New River (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Stonechat, Broad Mead female (Simon Knott)
Lemsford Springs, Water Rail, From first hide (Ron Baber)
Lemsford Springs, 4 Little Egret (Ron Baber)
Lemsford Springs, 4 Green Sandpiper (Ron Baber)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, Stonechat (Alan Ford)
Sherrardspark Wood nr WGC, Marsh Tit (Murray Brown)
Tewin Fish Farm, Little Egret, flying over Mimram (Christopher Benton)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 4 Tree Sparrow (A Gardiner et al)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, c60 Linnet (A Gardiner et al)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Kingfisher (A Gardiner et al)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 9 Common Snipe (A Gardiner et al)
Willows Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 26 Skylark (Steve Blake)

17TH NOV: Bury Lake nr Rickmansworth, 4 Red-crested Pochard, 2m,2f (G Lapworth)
Kimpton Mill, 2 Egyptian Goose (Terry Edwards)
Rusling End nr Langley, 2 Marsh Tit, feeding on sunflower hearts in garden (Julie Wise)
Stocker's Farm, 2 Stonechat, pair (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, Kingfisher (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, 5 Goldeneye, 2m,3f (G Lapworth)
Ware, Red Kite, over river Lea navigation (Rob Stubbs)
Welwyn Garden City, 2 Siskin, over (Murray Brown)

16TH NOV: Coursers Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 2 Golden Plover, over
Coursers Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 2 Tree Sparrow
East Hyde, 2 Little Egret (David Lyons)
East Hyde, Red Kite (David Lyons)
East Hyde, Kingfisher (David Lyons)
Hay Street nr Puckeridge, Rough-legged Buzzard, Sitting on post at usual site then flew off into fog towards house at bend in road at 11.00. (Maureen Tindall)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 4 Water Rail (Simon Knott)
Lower Woodside nr Hatfield, 4 Mandarin, 2m & 2f ref 253061. (Steven Pearce)
Lower Woodside nr Hatfield, Ring-necked Parakeet, Westfield Lodge, ref 267060 (Steven Pearce)
North Mymms Park, c135 Fieldfare
Norton Green nr Stevenage, Stonechat (Tom Speller)
Redbournbury, 30+ Golden Plover (John Pritchard)
Redbournbury, Little Egret (John Pritchard)
Redbournbury, Little Owl (John Pritchard)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Great White Egret, flew North at 0656 (Jan Swan)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, 3 Stonechat (John Pritchard)
Stocker's Lake, Water Rail (Ben Norcott)
Stocker's Lake, 20 Siskin (Ben Norcott)
Welwyn, Little Egret, River Mimram from A1000 (Murray Brown)

15TH NOV: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Yellow-legged Gull, 1st winter in the roost this afternoon. (Laurence Drummond)
Coopers Green Lane nr St Albans, Green Sandpiper, Sutton Farm GP (Steven Pearce)
Hay Street nr Puckeridge, Merlin, In hedge in middle of the two fields at 2.55 (Andrew Steele)
Hay Street nr Puckeridge, Rough-legged Buzzard, from 2.45pm. Trees at the back of field looking from the house on bend in the road (Tom Speller)
Hay Street nr Puckeridge, Short-eared Owl, 4.35pm. flew low across the road near house on bend in road (Tom Speller)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 40 Common Snipe, Park Mead (Simon Knott)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 2 Egyptian Goose (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 6 Redwing (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 4 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steve Carter)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Great White Egret, 1 flew south towards Netherhall GP heron roost at 1610 (Alan Harris)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 10 Lesser Redpoll, feeding on Silver Birch (Terry Smith)
Standalone Farm nr Letchworth, 2 Green Sandpiper (G Harris)
Standalone Farm nr Letchworth, Kingfisher (G Harris)
Standalone Farm nr Letchworth, 2 Little Egret (G Harris)
Stocker's Lake, 4 Goldeneye, 3m and 1f (Gordon Cox)
Stocker's Lake, 8 Egyptian Goose (Gordon Cox)
Welwyn, Little Egret, river Mimram (Murray Brown)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 17 Common Snipe, to the right of the hide. (Adam Booth)

14TH NOV: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Great Black-backed Gull, adult (S Blake/R Coombes)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 3 Common Snipe (S Blake/R Coombes)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Kingfisher (S Blake/R Coombes)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 3 Little Egret (S Blake/R Coombes)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 3 Goldeneye, 2m 1f (S Blake/R Coombes)
Ashwell, Barn Owl, 19.30 Ashwell to Slip End road (Phoebe Holdsworth)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 2 Little Egret (Peter Griffin)
East Hyde, Kingfisher (Janet Dowley)
Harpenden, 15 Golden Plover, Thrales End Lane (Janet Dowley)
Harpenden, Red Kite, Thrales End Lane (Janet Dowley)
Hay Street nr Puckeridge, Rough-legged Buzzard (Keith Overall)
Hay Street nr Puckeridge, Short-eared Owl, Flying high with Red Kite at one point. (Keith Overall)
Hay Street nr Puckeridge, Red Kite (Keith Overall)
Hay Street nr Puckeridge, c12 Redwing (Keith Overall)
Heartwood Forest - E of B651, 50 Linnet, flock in area where trees are being planted (Ken & Linda Smith)
Heartwood Forest - E of B651, 30 Skylark (Ken & Linda Smith)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, Red Kite (Ken & Linda Smith)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, 30 Yellowhammer, in hedge near car park (Ken & Linda Smith)
Knebworth, Ring-necked Parakeet, football club car park (Deborah Dean)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), 3 Siskin, Stock Pit (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), 2 Kingfisher (Jane Free)
Stocker's Farm, 2 Stonechat, pair (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, 5 Goldeneye, 2m,3f (G Lapworth)
West Hyde, Stonechat, male late afternoon (Paul Lewis)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), c300 Golden Plover (Ernest Leahy)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Dunlin (Ernest Leahy)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Goldeneye (Ernest Leahy)

​2012 Hertfordshire Bird Report – now available

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