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Spotted Flycatcher by Jono Forgham

​Spotted Flycatcher in Jono Forgham’s Little Hadham garden on 21 August 2014.

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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 Hertfordshire Bird Report 2012 is now available.
Including the rarities and our more common favourites.
Copies have been posted to all 'paid up' Herts Bird Club/HNHS members. Join now and get your copy.
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....

 

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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.

​Linnet at Heartwood Forest, Sandridge on 20 August, image by Andrew Steele.

​Whinchat at Water End, Hemel Hempstead on 19 August, image by Dan Forder.

​Spotted Flycatcher at Amwell NR on 17 August, image by Alan Reynolds.

​Spotted Flycatcher at Amwell NR on 17 August, image by Jay Ward.

​Great Tit in a Hitchin garden on 14 August, image by Rob Stubbs.

​Black-tailed Godwit at Rye Meads on 17 August, image by Alan Reynolds.

​Some of the Spotted Flycatcher family party, 2 adults and 3 juveniles, at Holycross Lake, Amwell NR on 16 August during the BioBlitz, image by Simon West.

​Green Sandpipers at Lemsford Springs NR on 16 August, image by Yves Gisseleire.

​Egyptian Geese at Rye Meads on 16 August, image by Kathy Sharman.

​Black-tailed Godwit at Rye Meads on 16 August, image by Kathy Sharman.

​Black-tailed Godwit seen from Draper hide at Rye Meads on 16 August, image by Ron Baber.

​A Grey Wagtail feeding on a male Banded Demoiselle at Lemsford Springs on 16 August, image by Yves Gisseleire.

​A flock of Canada Geese flying through complete rainbow at Stocker's Lake at sunset on 12 August, image by Andrew Moon.

​Spotted Flycatcher at Hitch Wood, St Pauls Walden on 13 August, image by Tom Speller.

​Female Mandarin at Lemsford Springs NR on 13 August, image by Drew Lyness.

​Wheatear in the car park at Willows Farm, Tyttenhanger on 9 August, image by Simon West.

​Cormorant at Rye Meads on 7 August, image by Rob Stubbs.

​Moulting adult Black Tern at Tringford Res on 8 August, image by Mike Wallen.

​Common Tern, one of about 20 at Tringford Res on 9 August, image by Huw Lewis.

​Greenshank at Wilstone Res, Tring on 9 August, 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.

22ND AUG: Batford, Redstart, In S side of hedge just outside Batford, view from small layby on Lower Luton Road (B653). (Robin Pearson)
Fanhams Hall nr Ware, Red Kite, caught a rat in the corn stubble (Andy Catchpole)
Hatfield Aerodrome (disused), Redstart, male in bushes - calling. TL201085 (David Wheatcroft)
Hatfield Aerodrome (disused), 2 Swift (David Wheatcroft)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, Spotted Flycatcher, south west corner (Darrel Bryant/Tony Hukin)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, 4 Yellow Wagtail, adult and 3 juv in stubble field to south of main footpath (Darrel Bryant/Tony Hukin)

21ST AUG: Amwell NR - Bittern Pool, Kingfisher, close to the viewing area (Alex Quig)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Common Sandpiper (Alex Quig)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 3 Common Snipe, on the scrape island (Alex Quig)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Black-necked Grebe, by spit to right of viewing platform on way to Gladwin Hide (Alex Quig)
Amwell NR - Hollycross Lake, Hobby (Drew Lyness)
Amwell NR - Hollycross Lake, 2+ Spotted Flycatcher, dragonfly trail (Drew Lyness)
Ashwell, Swift (Andrew Coates)
Batford, Redstart, in the (magical) hedge running through horse field by the layby on B653 opposite the weedy field. TL152148 (Darin Stanley)
Fairlands Valley Park (Stevenage), 5 Common Tern, 3 adults am, 2 juveniles pm (Alan Ford)
Hemel Hempstead, 15 House Martin, over town cricket ground (Derek Pratt)
Little Hadham, Spotted Flycatcher, in buddleia tree in my garden. (Jono Forgham)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 4 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steve Carter)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, Yellow Wagtail (David Booth)
Picotts End nr Hemel Hempstead, 3 Little Egret (Lee G R Evans)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Common Snipe, from Draper Hide (M. Fanning & J. Mackie)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 5 Green Sandpiper, from Draper Hide (M. Fanning & J. Mackie)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Wheatear, female seen from Draper Hide. (M. Fanning & J. Mackie)
Verulamium Park, 8+ Swift (Glen Barnes)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, Wheatear, at horse paddock at W end of Nettleden Road - flew in from stubble field to N (Dan Forder)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 8 Little Egret (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Green Sandpiper (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 160 Sand Martin (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Dunlin, juvenile (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 45 House Martin (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 13 Black-tailed Godwit, all juveniles (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Hobby (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Mandarin, eclipse drake (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Greenshank (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Shelduck, juveniles (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 6 Common Sandpiper (Lee G R Evans)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, 2 Little Owl (G Lapworth)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, 4 Red Kite (G Lapworth)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, Wheatear, on dung heap (G Lapworth)

20TH AUG: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Green Sandpiper, from viewpoint (Phil Ball)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Black-necked Grebe, still present toweards the southern end of the pit - best viewed from Gladwin Hide (Phil Ball)
Amwell NR - Hollycross Lake, Spotted Flycatcher, at least one of family party still present near main gate (Phil Ball)
Amwell NR - Hollycross Lake, Marsh Tit, feeding in same area as Spotted Flycatcher (Phil Ball)
Fairlands Valley Park (Stevenage), 2 Common Tern (Peter O'Connor)
Hemel Hempstead, 7 Swift, over between Boxmoor & Two Waters 17.25 (Dan Forder)
Hoddesdon, Montagu's Harrier, ring tail above Stanstead Road at 1.30 then at the open field next to Hailey garage at 1.40 flying north west (Roland Power)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, Hobby (Steve Carter)
Stocker's Farm, Little Owl (Joan Thompson)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), Little Owl, In nest box at back of pumping station (David Booth)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Grey Wagtail, Willows Farm Lake (David Booth)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 4 Green Sandpiper (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Kingfisher (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Common Sandpiper (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Dunlin (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Black-tailed Godwit (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Shelduck, juveniles (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Greenshank (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 5 Little Egret (Jeff Bailey)

19TH AUG: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Black-necked Grebe, juvenile close to the island opposite the Gladwin hide at 2.40pm (Ron Cousins/Alex Quig)
Batch Wood nr St Albans, Swift, over St Albans ring road (David Utting)
Clothall Common, Red Kite, low over houses (Alice Porter)
Fir & Pond Woods nr Potters Bar, 4 Swift (Jenny Sherwen)
Garston nr Watford, 3 Sand Martin, Garston Park (Ian Bennell)
Garston nr Watford, 5 Swallow, Garston Park (Ian Bennell)
Garston nr Watford, 2 Swift, Garston Park (Ian Bennell)
Hemel Hempstead, Kingfisher (G.Hinton)
Hemel Hempstead, 10+ House Martin (G.Hinton)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), Mandarin, tame female still (Drew Lyness)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 8 Green Sandpiper, in front of Gadwall Hide (Toby Spall)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 9 Swift (Toby Spall)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 40 Swallow, came into roost (Toby Spall)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 100 Sand Martin, came into roost (Toby Spall)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), 9 Swallow (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), 2 Egyptian Goose (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), Cetti's Warbler (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), 2 Kingfisher (Jane Free)
Stocker's Lake, 12 Sand Martin (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, 8 House Martin (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, Little Egret (G Lapworth)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 2 Little Owl (S Blake)
Ware, Hobby, over Musley area (Ian Edwards)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, Wheatear, at horse paddock at W end of Nettleden Road (Dan Forder)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Dunlin (Drew Lyness)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Common Sandpiper (Drew Lyness)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Red-crested Pochard (Drew Lyness)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Black-tailed Godwit (Drew Lyness)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Whooper Swan, feral pair (Drew Lyness)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Greenshank (Drew Lyness)

18TH AUG: Chells Manor (Stevenage), Swift (Ray Hooper)
Great Gaddesden, Little Egret, S of Hemel Garden Centre (Dan Forder)
Great Gaddesden, Yellow Wagtail, S of Hemel Garden Centre (Dan Forder)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, Swift, still several low over with hirundines (Murray Brown)
Heartwood Forest - Well & Pudler's Wood, Red Kite (Murray Brown)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, 5 Yellow Wagtail, adult & juvs (Ray Hooper)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), c10 Tree Sparrow (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Hobby (S Blake)
Ware, Swift, over breeding site late afternoon (Ian Edwards)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, Hobby, drifting south (Dan Forder)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, Yellow Wagtail, over horse paddock at W end of Nettleden Road (Dan Forder)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, 3 Red Kite (Dan Forder)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, 2 Wheatear, at horse paddock at W end of Nettleden Road (Dan Forder)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, Whinchat, at horse paddock at W end of Nettleden Road (Dan Forder)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, Swift (Dan Forder)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, Raven, over horse paddock at W end of Nettleden Road towards Highpark Wood (Dan Forder)
Weston, Whinchat, by the side of Hertfordshire Way north of village (Steve Austin)
Weston, 2 Corn Bunting, flushed from stubble field nr Green End (Steve Austin)

17TH AUG: Aldbury nr Tring, Caspian Gull, adult in ploughed field in mixed gull flock, alongside Beggar's Lane, nr Cow Roast. Photographed. (Ben Miller)
Aldbury nr Tring, Yellow-legged Gull, adult in same field as Caspian Gull (Ben Miller)
Braughing, Red Kite (Ted Fletcher)
Brocket Park, 10 Swift (Jane Free)
Essendon, Tree Pipit, flushed from driving range
Hare Street nr Buntingford, 5 Grey Partridge, flushed from cereal crop (Ted Fletcher)
Hatfield Garden Village, Peregrine Falcon, at Stanborough GP (Steven Pearce)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, c15 Swift (Tony Blake)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, Wheatear, on dam until late morning (Tony Blake)
Nomansland nr Wheathampstead, Hobby (Robin Hilton)
Panshanger Park, 8 Common Tern (Allan Burrows)
Panshanger Park, 4 Swift, with martins that included a House Martin with white primaries! (Allan Burrows)
Redbournbury, 4 Little Egret (John Pritchard)
Redbournbury, Hobby (John Pritchard)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Little Owl (John Pritchard)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Osprey, Over at 13.30 heading South towards Gorhambury (John Pritchard)
St Ippollitts nr Hitchin, 8 Swift (Michael Hooper)
Standalone Farm nr Letchworth, 5 Green Sandpiper (James Walsh)
Ware Park, Hobby (Derrick Ling)
Welwyn Garden City, Swift, over our garden (Ken Smith)

16TH AUG: Amwell NR - Hollycross Lake, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, near dragonfly trail entrance gate (Jenny Sherwen)
Ayot St Peter, Marsh Tit, on garden feeder (Mike King)
Ayot St Peter, 2 Raven, calling from top of conifers by Gamekeepers house. (Mike King)
Berkhamsted, Wheatear, on town cricket pitch (Mike Spittles)
Berkhamsted Common, Hobby (Mike Spittles)
Berkhamsted Common, 4 Raven, 2 adult 2 juv (Mike Spittles)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 2 Swift (G.Hinton)
Cole Green Tip, Hobby (Kevin Hornby)
Lemsford Springs, 3 Little Egret (Yves Gisseleire)
Lemsford Springs, 4 Green Sandpiper (Yves Gisseleire)
Lemsford Springs, 2 Spotted Flycatcher (Yves Gisseleire)
Lemsford Springs, Kingfisher (Yves Gisseleire)
Oaklands nr St Albans, Yellow Wagtail, Juvenile with 12 juv and 1 adult Pied Wags on Oaklands playing fields (Dan Fletcher)
Redbournbury, 3+ Little Egret (John Fisher)
Redbournbury, 6 Yellow Wagtail, field opposite Mill with a herd of Cows (Charlie Farrell)
Redbournbury, Kingfisher, flying downstream (John Fisher)
Redbournbury, 2 Red Kite (Charlie Farrell)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Black-tailed Godwit, From Draper Hide, 11.45am (Ron Baber)
Tewinbury Reserve, Little Egret (Roger Jones)
Tewinbury Reserve, 3 Kingfisher (Roger Jones)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Little Egret (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Greenshank (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Green Sandpiper (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Common Sandpiper (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Hobby (S Blake)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, 3 Wheatear, at horse paddock at West end of Nettleden Road (Dan Forder)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, Yellow Wagtail, over Nettleden Road (Dan Forder)
Welwyn Garden City, Swift, over Peartree area of WGC. (Mike King)
Weston, Swift (Andrew Coates)
Weston, Red Kite (Andrew Coates)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Greenshank (Jason Chapman)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Dunlin (Jason Chapman)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Shelduck (Jason Chapman)

15TH AUG: Amwell NR - Hollycross Lake, 2 Spotted Flycatcher (Darren Bast)
Baldock, Red Kite, low over centre of town 4pm (Alice Porter)
Coopers Green Lane nr St Albans, Green Sandpiper, Sutton Farm GP (David Wheatcroft)
Coopers Green Lane nr St Albans, 2 Red Kite, Sutton Farm GP (David Wheatcroft)
Deadman's Hill nr Sandon, Marsh Harrier, male, from green gate (David Booth)
Hemel Hempstead, Tree Pipit, flew south calling over garden in Bennett's End at 9.10am. (Ian Bennell)
Hemel Hempstead, 6 Swift, W over Two Waters & Boxmoor (Dan Forder)
Hemel Hempstead, Little Egret, Juvenile N through Gadebridge Park am (Dan Forder)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), Barnacle Goose (Lee G R Evans)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Egyptian Goose (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Green Sandpiper (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Black-tailed Godwit (Vicky Buckel)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, 2 Hobby, 2 harassing hirundines early evening (John Pritchard)
Sopwell nr St Albans, 6 Little Egret, River Ver 13.00, 3 still there at 16.30 (Catherine mackenzie Davies)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), c50 Swallow, including at least 2 sand martins (Jane Free)
Tringford Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Red-crested Pochard (Lee G R Evans)
Verulamium Park, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Mike Ilett)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 11 Dunlin, 3 on the mud all afternoon whilst Steve Rodwell had a flock of 8 fly west (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Hobby (Clifford Smout)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 4 Green Sandpiper (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Common Sandpiper (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Black-tailed Godwit (Clifford Smout)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 9 Little Egret, including 4 still at the nest site (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Greenshank (Clifford Smout)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Shelduck, juveniles (Clifford Smout)

14TH AUG: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Tree Pipit, flew south at 06.35 (Barry Reed)
Braughing, Wheatear (Paula Moore)
Bury Lake nr Rickmansworth, 2 Egyptian Goose (Joan Thompson)
Hemel Hempstead, Little Egret, Juvenile at Gadespring Cress beds (Dan Forder)
Hoddesdon, Wood Duck, female on lake in Barclay Park, Hoddesdon (Peter O'Connor)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Black-tailed Godwit, Draper hide (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Black-necked Grebe, juv still present (Vicky Buckel)
Stanstead Abbotts, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet (Jane Free)
Stevenage, Peregrine Falcon, on the 'o' of Southgate house this morning, 6.45am (Rob Stubbs)
Stocker's Farm, 60+ Swallow (Joan Thompson)
Stocker's Lake, 5 Little Egret (Joan Thompson)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), Water Rail (Brendon Fagan)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), Green Sandpiper (Phil Rhodes)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Mediterranean Gull, 2nd winter on spit (Brendon Fagan)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Wood Sandpiper, seen twice at 7.25 & 8.00 p.m from viewpoint on east bank. (Simon West/Bren Fagan)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Common Sandpiper (Simon West)
Verulamium Park, 6 Swift, over Grebe House (Jenny Sherwen)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, Little Owl (Andrew Moon)

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