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Little Ringed Plover by Andrew Moon

Little Ringed Plover at Stocker’s Farm on 19 April 2014, image by Andrew Moon.

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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

Three Counties - Corn Bunting Survey 2014
Lots of volunteers needed for our countywide survey of this iconic farmland bird in Herts, Beds and Cambs

- full details of the survey and how you can help

The BTO Breeding Bird Survey in Hertfordshire in 2014 - more surveyors needed - can you help?

Cash Awards for Young Birders - deadline extended until 30 April.

Heronries Census for 2014 - counts at all Herts heronries are needed - details.

Heronwatch returns to Verulamium Park from now until May.

Ringing Report for Herts for 2012, BTO summary of birds ringed and recovered

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Hertfordshire Wetland Birds Survey (WeBS) results

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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.

See the news pages for the latest happenings in the county and stories behind the bird sightings. If you have a news story, let Alan Gardiner know by email.

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

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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.

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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 in our photo gallery and Facebook page, Please 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 added to the gallery. We may also use some on this page and to illustrate the annual Herts Bird Report. Many more photographs, in our gallery.

Coot by David Lyons

A Coot with a rubbish nest at Verulamium Park on 18 April 2014, image by David Lyons.

Mallards by David Lyons

A season image by David Lyons, Mallards at East Hyde.

Willow Warbler at Bennington on 17 April, image by Kathy Sharman.

Sedge Warbler at Kings Meads on 17 April, image by Simon Knott.

Kingfishers courting at Stockers Lake on 17 April, image by Paul Higgs.

Egyptian Goose with goslings at Stockers Lake on 17 April, image by Dale Ayres.

Redstart by Clive Harding

Second-year male Redstart ringed at Park Corner, Colney Heath on 13 April 2014, image by Clive Harding.

Lesser Whitethroat at Woodoaks Farm, Maple Cross on 16 April. Image by Jeff Chapman.

Male Cuckoo at Ellenbrook Fields, Hatfield on 16 April. Image by Paul Moss.

Common Wheatear at West Hyde on 13 April. Image by Andrew Moon.

Corn Bunting at West Hyde on 13 April. Image by Dale Ayres.

Lesser Whitethroat at Woodoaks Farm, Maple Cross on 16 April. Image by Paul Frost.

Corn Bunting at West Hyde on 15 April. Image by Paul Higgs. Do take part in this year's Herts Corn Bunting Survey

Record shots of a White Wagtail at Water End Hemel Hempstead on 14 April. Montage by Dan Forder.

Male Redstart at West Hyde on 13 April 2014. Image by Andrew Moon.

Male Wheatear, one of a group of four (2m,2f) at West Hyde on 13 April 2014. Image by Chris Bessant.

Great Crested Grebe at Stanborough Lakes WGC on 11 April. Image by Drew Lyness.

Blackcap singing in Ebury Way between Croxley Moor and Watford on 13 April. Image by Hilary Weston.

'Record shot' of the drake Garganey at Rye Meads 12 April. Image by Ian Rose.

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker at Bishops Sortford on 10 April. Image by Alan Reynolds.

I'm growing up - Grey Heron with chicks at Verulamium Park, St Albans on 11 April. Image by Paul Higgs.

Little-ringed Plover at Amwell on 9 April, image by Alan Reynolds.

Kingfisher at Stockers Lake on 10 April 2014, image by Dale Ayres.

Wheatear at Hatfield Aerodrome on 10 April 2014, image by Drew Lyness.

Nuthatch nesting in beeches at Picotts End Pool, Hemel Hempstead on 10 April 2014, image by Dan Forder.

Grey Wagtail at Twyford Lock on 10 April 2014, image by Alan Reynolds.

Blackcap at Amwell NR on 9 April 2014, image by Ann Doubleday.

Record shot of an Osprey migrating over Maple Lodge at 17.45 on 9 April, image by Paul Lewis.

Female Wheatear at Tyttenhanger GPs on 8 April 2014, image by Graeme Leckie.

Cetti's Warbler near Hemel Hempstead on 9 April 2014, image by Dan Forder.

Little-ringed Plover at Tyttenhanger on 5 April 2014, image by Jason Ward.

Yellow Wagtail on dung-heap at Ashwell on 7 April 2014, image by Graeme Leckie.

Corn Bunting by Clive Harding

Corn Bunting near Baldock on 6 April 2014, image by Clive Harding.Take part in the new Herts Corn Bunting survey this summer.

Skylark by Clive Harding

Skylark near Baldock on 6 April 2014, image by Clive Harding.

Yellow Wagtail on dung heap at Ashwell on 5 April 2014, images by Robert Chapman.

Little Gull at Amwell NR on 5 April 2014, image by Jason Ward.

Goldcrest by Andrew Moon

Goldcrest at Rickmansworth on 2 April 2014, image by Andrew Moon.

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Latest sightings

Interesting recent records submitted through the website are listed here, older records are in the sightings archive.

20TH APR: East Hyde, 2 Little Egret (David Lyons)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 2 Oystercatcher, flying east (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 2 Yellow Wagtail (Simon Knott)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), Cuckoo, calling (Ted Wallen/Mike Wallen)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), Cetti's Warbler, singing (Ted Wallen/Mike Wallen)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), Redshank (Ted Wallen/ Mike Wallen)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Yellow Wagtail, males (Ted Wallen/Mike Wallen)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 100 Hirundines (mixed) (Ted Wallen/ Mike Wallen)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), c20 Common Tern, over here and Marsworth. (Ted Wallen/Mike Wallen)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 8 Arctic Tern (Ted Wallen/Mike Wallen)
Stocker's Farm, Little Ringed Plover (Paul Lewis)
Stocker's Farm, Little Ringed Plover (G Lapworth/P Lewis)
Stocker's Farm, 7 Egyptian Goose, pair & 5 young (G Lapworth/P Lewis)
Welwyn Garden City, 2 Red Kite, over Lemsford Lane (Gary Rose)

19TH APR: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Cuckoo, this evening. (Jay Ward)
Beech Farm GP nr St Albans, Cuckoo (Alan Gardiner)
East Hyde, Whimbrel, in field SE of river from 17:30-18:25 then flew into Herts (Roger Payne)
East Hyde, Little Egret (Roger Payne)
Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, 5 Little Ringed Plover, around floodplain south of Pre Mill (John Fisher)
Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, 2 Redshank (John Fisher)
Heartwood Forest - Hillend Farm, 2 Whitethroat (Andrew Steele)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 2 Little Ringed Plover, West pool (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 9 Sedge Warbler (Simon Knott)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), 8 Common Tern, commuting between here, Startops Res, and over the canal. (Ted Wallen/Mike Wallen)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), Red-crested Pochard, male. (Ted Wallen/Mike Wallen)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2+ Reed Warbler (Ted Wallen/Mike Wallen)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, 4 Wheatear, 3 males (Darrel Bryant)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, 4 Grey Partridge (Darrel Bryant)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Garganey (Nigel Taylor)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Little Egret (Clifford Smout)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 4 Sedge Warbler, at least (Nigel Taylor)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Cuckoo, from Draper hide (Clifford Smout)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 4 Cetti's Warbler, at least (Nigel Taylor)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Lesser Whitethroat (Clifford Smout)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Shelduck (Clifford Smout)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), c200 Hirundines (mixed), Swallows, House & sand Martins (Ted Wallen/ Mike Wallen)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), Redshank (Ted Wallen/ Mike Wallen)
Stocker's Farm, Little Ringed Plover (Stephen Middleton)
Stocker's Lake, 2 Garden Warbler, river Colne (Stephen Middleton)
Stocker's Lake, Cetti's Warbler, seen & heard (Stephen Middleton)
Stocker's Lake, Cuckoo, male seen & heard (Stephen Middleton)
Stocker's Lake, 4 Common Tern (Stephen Middleton)
Therfield nr Royston, 5 Corn Bunting, Feeding around grain bin in bare field opposite Ring Ouzel (Murray Orchard)
Therfield nr Royston, Ring Ouzel, Still present south of Thrift Farm by plantation in brown, sprayed off field (Murray Orchard)
Therfield nr Royston, 3 Wheatear, same field as Ring Ouzel (Murray Orchard)
Thrift Farm nr Therfield, Ring Ouzel, male - same coordinates as yesterday (Mike Ilett/Murray Orchard)
Thrift Farm nr Therfield, Raven, Over calling (Mike Ilett / Murray Orchard)
Thrift Farm nr Therfield, 3 Wheatear, males - same coordinates as yesterday (Mike Ilett / Murray Orchard)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Lesser Whitethroat (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Little Ringed Plover (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Sedge Warbler (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Reed Warbler (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Yellow Wagtail, pair in planted field by viewpoint at 7.00am (Gordon Gentry)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Common Tern (S Blake)
Watford, Whitethroat, Farm Terrace Allotments (Geoff Young)
West Hyde, 2 Corn Bunting (G Lapworth)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Little Egret, flying out. (Ted Wallen/Mike Wallen)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Oystercatcher (Ted Wallen/ Mike Wallen)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Swift (Steve Rodwell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 80 Hirundines (mixed) (Ted Wallen/ Mike Wallen)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Mandarin (Steve Rodwell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 6 Yellow Wagtail (Steve Rodwell)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, Wheatear (G Lapworth)

18TH APR: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Common Tern (Jay Ward)
Amwell NR - Tumbling Bay Lake, Garden Warbler (Jay Ward)
Amwell NR - Tumbling Bay Lake, 2 Whitethroat (Jay Ward)
Bricket Wood Common, 3 Mandarin, by pond (Alan Gardiner)
Croxley Common Moor, Whitethroat (Hilary Weston)
Croxley Green, Grey Wagtail, canal at Cassio Bridge. (Hilary Weston)
East End Green, Cuckoo (Oliver Marshall)
East End Green, 2 Redshank (Oliver Marshall)
East End Green, Wheatear (Oliver Marshall)
Hertingfordbury, 2 Grey Wagtail, Pair by Mimram (David Wheatcroft)
Hertingfordbury, 3 Mandarin, male in flight, pair by Mimram (David Wheatcroft)
Hertingfordbury, 2+ Cetti's Warbler, Calling (David Wheatcroft)
Hertingfordbury, 2 Sedge Warbler (David Wheatcroft)
Hertingfordbury, Barnacle Goose, feral (David Wheatcroft)
Hertingfordbury, 5+ Reed Warbler, in song (David Wheatcroft)
Hoddesdon, Peregrine Falcon, over stanstead road at 8.30 (Roland Power)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Yellow Wagtail, Park Mead (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 4 Whitethroat (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 9 Sedge Warbler (Simon Knott)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), Cuckoo (Callum Peel)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), c8 Common Tern (Callum Peel)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 2 Egyptian Goose (Anna Marett)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, 2 Grey Partridge (Tom Speller)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, Whitethroat (Tom Speller)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, 4 Wheatear, on the landfill cover grassland (Nigel Agar)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, 3 Wheatear, m & 2f (Tom Speller)
Reed, Whitethroat (Martin Johnson)
Reed, 7 Wheatear, at Hatchpen, around new build farmhouse (Martin Johnson)
Reed, 11 Corn Bunting (Martin Johnson)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Garganey, pair still from viewing ramp to Tern & Gadwall hides. (Simon West)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 7+ Cetti's Warbler, at least 7 singing males (Jason Chapman)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Whitethroat (Simon West)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Reed Warbler (Jason Chapman)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Jason Chapman)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), 2 Grey Wagtail, pair (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), Egyptian Goose (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), c50 Sand Martin (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), c15 Swallow (Jane Free)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), c30 Swallow (Callum Peel)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), Grey Wagtail (Callum Peel)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), c20 Sand Martin (Callum Peel)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), c10 House Martin (Callum Peel)
Stocker's Farm, Common Snipe (Andrew Moon)
Stocker's Farm, 2 Little Ringed Plover, briefly before flying east! (Paul Lewis)
Stocker's Farm, Oystercatcher (Andrew Moon)
Stocker's Lake, 5 Sedge Warbler, singing (Andrew Moon)
Stocker's Lake, Green Sandpiper, on island opposite Tern hide (Andrew Moon)
Stocker's Lake, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, calling from large island at east end (Andrew Moon)
Therfield Heath, Corn Bunting (Tony Cobb)
Therfield Heath, Lesser Whitethroat (Tony Cobb)
Therfield nr Royston, 3 Grey Partridge, field at TL351390 seen from Icknield Way (Jennifer Gilbert/Ian Carle)
Therfield nr Royston, Lesser Whitethroat, Icknield Way at TL3439 (Jennifer Gilbert/Ian Carle)
Thrift Farm nr Therfield, 5 Corn Bunting, arable field just off Hertfordshire way. TL32473858 (Jennifer Gilbert/Ian Carle)
Thrift Farm nr Therfield, 2 Wheatear, male and female, off Hertfordshire way, near plantation. TL32473858 (Jennifer Gilbert/Ian Carle)
Thrift Farm nr Therfield, Ring Ouzel, just off Hertfordshire way TL32473858 adjacent to plantation (Jennifer Gilbert/Ian Carle)
Thrift Farm nr Therfield, 5 Swallow (Jennifer Gilbert/Ian Carle)
Troy Mill Lake nr Maple Cross, 4 Little Gull (Paul Lewis)
Troy Mill Lake nr Maple Cross, 10 Common Tern (Paul Lewis)
Troy Mill Lake nr Maple Cross, 20+ Sand Martin (Paul Lewis)
Troy Mill Lake nr Maple Cross, Oystercatcher, on jetty (Paul Lewis)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 3 Whitethroat, singing. (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Oystercatcher (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Lesser Whitethroat (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Reed Warbler (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Common Tern (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Yellow Wagtail (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Tree Sparrow, presumed pair (Steven Pearce)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, Yellow Wagtail, horse paddock just off Nettleden Rd (Lee Batten)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), c15 Swallow (Callum Peel)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Raven (Steve Rodwell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Mandarin, pair displaying near main car park (G.Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Yellow Wagtail (Steve Rodwell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Kingfisher (Callum Peel)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Little Egret (Callum Peel)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, 2 Wheatear, on pasture with cattle (Paul Lewis)

17TH APR: Ashwell, Corn Bunting, singing from wires near Bluegates farm (Steve Akrill)
Ashwell, 2 Wheatear, 1f 1m on dungheap by Northfield Road (Steve Akrill)
Ayot St Lawrence, Cuckoo, heard from Codicote Bottom (Alan Jackson)
Benington, Cuckoo, seen and heard (Kathy Sharman)
Codicote Bottom, Red Kite (Alan Jackson)
Codicote Bottom, Lesser Redpoll (Alan Jackson)
Codicote Bottom, Garden Warbler (Alan Jackson)
Codicote Bottom, Lesser Whitethroat (Alan Jackson)
Croxley Common Moor, Reed Warbler, singing and showing in reeds (Paul ward)
Hatfield Aerodrome (disused), Lesser Whitethroat (David Wheatcroft)
Hatfield Aerodrome (disused), 3 Whitethroat (David Wheatcroft)
Hatfield Aerodrome (disused), Swift, near pond (David Inward)
Hatfield Aerodrome (disused), Cuckoo, In flight/calling (David Wheatcroft/David Inward)
Hatfield Aerodrome (disused), Mandarin, male (David Wheatcroft)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, 3 Common Sandpiper, along dam (Ian Bennell)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, Whitethroat (Derek Turner)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, Yellow Wagtail, over dam (Ian Bennell)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, House Martin (Ian Bennell)
Hitchin, Whitethroat, near Ashbrook Farm (Callum Peel)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 2 Whitethroat (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 5 Sedge Warbler (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Lesser Whitethroat (Simon Knott)
Maple Cross, Great White Egret, flying SW over M25 mid Junctions 17-18 13:00 (Roger Jones)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), 10 Common Tern (Lee G R Evans)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), 4 Yellow Wagtail, in horse paddocks (Lee G R Evans)
Panshanger Park, 2 Cetti's Warbler, singing by the Osprey Lake
Panshanger Park, 2 Sedge Warbler, males singing and performing display flights in the reeds by the Osprey Lake
St Ippollitts nr Hitchin, 2 House Martin, sewage treatment works (Callum Peel)
St Ippollitts nr Hitchin, 3 Red Kite, near to the sewage treatment works (Callum Peel)
St Ippollitts nr Hitchin, 6 Swallow, sewage treatment works (Callum Peel)
St Paul's Walden, Cuckoo, heard (Linda Denning)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Redshank (Lee G R Evans)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), Red-crested Pochard, drake still (Lee G R Evans)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 144 Sand Martin (Lee G R Evans)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 40 Swallow (Lee G R Evans)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 14 Common Tern (Lee G R Evans)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), Oystercatcher (Lee G R Evans)
Stocker's Farm, 3 Oystercatcher, Stockers farm (Dale Ayres)
Stocker's Lake, Sedge Warbler, seen singing by 'open' hide (Anna Marett)
Stocker's Lake, Garden Warbler, on causeway (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, Cetti's Warbler, on causeway (G Lapworth)
Temple End nr Hitchin, 2 Red Kite (Jean Crystal)
Therfield Heath, 3 Wheatear, Church Hill (Martin Johnson)
Thorley Wash nr Bishop's Stortford, Cuckoo (David Cousins)
Thorley Wash nr Bishop's Stortford, Whitethroat (David Cousins)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 3 Common Tern (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Little Ringed Plover (S Blake)
Ware, Lesser Whitethroat, Chadwell Springs golf course (Simon Knott)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, White Wagtail, at horse paddock at W end of Nettleden Road (Dan Forder)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, Yellow Wagtail, at horse paddock at W end of Nettleden Road (Dan Forder)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, Wheatear, at horse paddock at W end of Nettleden Road (Dan Forder)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Curlew, pair and a single bird flew over in a westerly direction. (Steve Rodwell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 90 Sand Martin (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Raven (Steve Rodwell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 7 House Martin (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Yellow Wagtail (Steve Rodwell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Mandarin, pair by jetty (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Lesser Whitethroat (Steve Rodwell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Wigeon (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 30 Swallow (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Cuckoo (Jenny Sherwen/Paul Thrush)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Oystercatcher (Lee G R Evans)

16TH APR: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 4 Common Tern, From the viewpoint at dusk. (Ron Cousins)
Beech Farm GP nr St Albans, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, singing nr red and white gate (David Booth)
Beech Farm GP nr St Albans, Cuckoo, calling briefly (David Booth)
Benington, Cuckoo, calling near Benington Park (Kathy Sharman)
Birch Green, Ring-necked Parakeet, first in this village in 10 years (Dan Keeley)
Coopers Green Lane nr St Albans, Green Sandpiper, Sutton Farm GP (David Booth)
Coopers Green Lane nr St Albans, 3 Mandarin, Sutton Farm GP. 2m 1f (David Booth)
Croxley Common Moor, Cuckoo, male seen & heard (G Lapworth)
Digswell Meadow, Green Sandpiper (David Booth)
Essendon, House Martin (David Carter)
Essendon, Lesser Whitethroat, Singing at Essendon West End. (Roger Buxton)
Frogmore Lakes nr Radlett, Whitethroat (Alan Gardiner)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, Whitethroat (Derek Turner)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, Swallow (Derek Turner)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, Common Tern (Derek Turner)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Whitethroat (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 3 Sedge Warbler (Simon Knott)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Yellow Wagtail (Steve Rodwell)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), Corn Bunting, came in to roost (Steve Rodwell)
Purwell Ninesprings nr Hitchin, 2 Sedge Warbler (Robert Chapman)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Little Ringed Plover (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Garganey, pair from gadwall hide ramp opposite footpath (Jeff Bailey)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Whitethroat, singing (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Jeff Bailey)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Little Egret (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 4 Shelduck (Allan Meadows)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Whitethroat (John Pritchard)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Siskin, male on feeders (John Pritchard)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Lesser Redpoll, on garden feeder (John Pritchard)
Stanborough Lakes nr WGC, Wood Duck (Dawn Brimble)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 5 Common Tern (Mike Kerry)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), Red-crested Pochard (Mike Kerry)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Yellow Wagtail (David Booth)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Common Tern (S Blake/D Booth)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Red Kite (S Blake/D Booth)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, 2 White Wagtail, horse paddock W end of Nettleden Road (Dan Forder)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, Yellow Wagtail, horse paddock W end of Nettleden Road (Dan Forder)
West End nr Essendon, 2 Cuckoo, calling (Ken & Linda Smith)
West End nr Essendon, Whitethroat (Ken & Linda Smith)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 House Martin (Mike Wallen/Ted Wallen)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, Lesser Whitethroat, singing from hedgerow (Chris Bessant)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, Lesser Whitethroat, by track on edge of wood past farm (Paul Ward)

15TH APR: Benington, Barn Owl (Kathy Sharman)
Bishop's Stortford, Cuckoo, heard and seen at Twyford Lock (Alex Quig)
Chiswell Green nr St Albans, House Martin (Keith Smith)
Croxley Common Moor, 2 Grey Wagtail, pair building a nest (Lee G R Evans)
East Hyde, Little Egret (David Lyons)
Flamstead village, 2 Red Kite (David McGrath)
Gaddesden Row, Lesser Whitethroat, near Elmtree Farm (Ernest Leahy)
Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, 2 Redshank, on floodplain (John Fisher)
Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, 3 Little Egret (John Fisher)
Hatfield, 2 House Martin (Kathy Sharman)
Hatfield Aerodrome (disused), Cuckoo, Calling - Ellenbrook Fields (Jennifer Gilbert/Ian Carle)
Heartwood Forest - E of B651, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, males singing in hedgerow (Ken & Linda Smith)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, Wheatear, male in field next to the road (Ken & Linda Smith)
Hertingfordbury, 3 Red Kite (Amy Barker)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, 2 Shelduck, pair (Ian Bennell)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Little Egret (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, House Martin (Simon Knott)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Cetti's Warbler (Lee G R Evans)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Sedge Warbler, singing males (Lee G R Evans)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), 8 Common Tern (Lee G R Evans)
Moor Lane nr Rickmansworth, Lesser Whitethroat (Anna Marett)
Panshanger Aerodrome, 2 Red Kite (Lee Fitz)
Royston, Barn Owl, road-kill by side of A505 Royston bypass.
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Garganey, pair present at 0700, (Toby RMRG)
Sawbridgeworth Marsh (Herts/Essex), Water Rail (Alex Quig)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, 2 Raven, fleweast to west across the Ver (John Fisher)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, House Martin (John Fisher)
St Ippollitts nr Hitchin, Yellow Wagtail (Michael Hooper)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Common Tern (Lee G R Evans)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), Redshank (Lee G R Evans)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), Red-crested Pochard, drake (Lee G R Evans)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), Oystercatcher (Lee G R Evans)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), Grey Wagtail (Lee G R Evans)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), Yellow Wagtail (Lee G R Evans)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Swallow (Lee G R Evans)
Stocker's Farm, 3 Yellow Wagtail (Lee G R Evans)
Stocker's Farm, 2 Egyptian Goose, pair with 6 goslings (Lee G R Evans)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Little Ringed Plover (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Whitethroat (Steve Blake)
Warren Spring Laboratory nr Stevenage, Lesser Whitethroat, GSK site. private access (Chris Bessant)
West Hyde, Corn Bunting (G Lapworth)
West Hyde, 4 Corn Bunting (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Mandarin (Steve Rodwell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Snow Goose, Ross's Snow Goose still present with Greylags (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Common Snipe (Steve Rodwell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Cuckoo (Steve Rodwell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Whitethroat, males on Dry Canal (Lee G R Evans)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, Lesser Whitethroat (G Lapworth)

14TH APR: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Marsh Harrier, female type over viewpoint at 5pm, flew north. (Ron Cousins / Darren Bast)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 4 Little Ringed Plover (Jenny Sherwen)
Bishop's Stortford, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, male still showing well, drumming, calling between 11.30 and 12.00. Sadly, no sign of food carrying or female. (Pete Waldron)
Chesfield Park nr Stevenage, Lesser Whitethroat (Michael Hooper)
Hatfield Aerodrome (disused), Cuckoo, in round wood area 10.30 (G.Hinton)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, 2 Whitethroat (Derek Turner)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, 2 Common Tern, NW (Derek Turner)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Whitethroat (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 2 Sedge Warbler (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Wheatear, male (Simon Knott)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), Sedge Warbler (Lee G R Evans)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Cetti's Warbler, one in the Bucks section (Steve Rodwell)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Common Tern (Lee G R Evans)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), Reed Warbler (Lee G R Evans)
Moor Lane nr Rickmansworth, 2 Red Kite (Anna Marett)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 2 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, pair calling (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 14 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 3 Egyptian Goose (Steve Carter)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, 2 Wheatear, m & f (Tom Speller)
Panshanger Park, Cetti's Warbler, singing
Panshanger Park, Sedge Warbler, singing
Redbournbury, Yellow Wagtail, at the Mill (Jenny Baker)
Reed, Whitethroat, Hatchpens (Gordon Fuller)
Royston, 2 Red Kite, Over town centre (Martin Johnson)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, from Draper Hide (David Booth)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Garganey (David Booth)
Stanstead Abbotts, Ring-necked Parakeet, over the village (Richard Hart)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 White Wagtail (Steve Rodwell)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), Oystercatcher (Steve Rodwell)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Common Tern (Lee G R Evans)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), Red-crested Pochard, drake still (Lee G R Evans)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Redshank (Steve Rodwell)
Stocker's Farm, 2 Egyptian Goose, pair with goslings (Paul Lewis)
Stocker's Lake, Goldeneye, male (Anna Marett+Joan Thompson)
Stocker's Lake, 50+ Sand Martin (Anna Marett+Joan Thompson)
Therfield Heath, Sedge Warbler, singing on Icknield Way (Martin Johnson)
Therfield Heath, Corn Bunting (Martin Johnson)
Therfield nr Royston, Hen Harrier, Ringtail flew west over Icknield Way towards Duckpuddle Bush mid-morning (Martin Johnson)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Little Ringed Plover (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Tree Sparrow (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Redshank (Steve Blake)
Waltham Cross, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 briefly in Cedars park this morning (Ade hall)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, White Wagtail, at horse paddock at W end of Nettleden Road 8.30-9.30 (Dan Forder)
Waterend nr Wheathampstead, Sedge Warbler (Robin Hilton)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, Lesser Whitethroat, singing (Paul Lewis)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, Corn Bunting, male singing (Chris Bessant)

13TH APR: Beech Farm GP nr St Albans, Cuckoo, male calling briefly (S Chalmers)
Beech Farm GP nr St Albans, Lesser Whitethroat, singing (S Chalmers)
Bishop's Stortford, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Chris Swan)
Brickendon, 3 Willow Warbler (Allan Meadows)
Colney Heath, Redstart, male trapped and ringed at park corner (Clive Harding)
Croxley Common Moor, Wheatear (G Lapworth)
Essendon, Cuckoo (David Carter)
Hatfield Aerodrome (disused), Cuckoo, at Ellenbrook Fields early pm. (Anthony. Dorman)
Hatfield Aerodrome (disused), Willow Warbler, siingimg at Ellenbrook Fields near Notcutts. (Anthony. Dorman)
Hatfield Aerodrome (disused), Whitethroat (Anthony. Dorman)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, 10+ Swallow (Andrew Steele)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 2 Willow Warbler (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 3 Sedge Warbler (Simon Knott)
Lemsford Springs, 2 Grey Wagtail (Drew Lyness)
Lemsford Springs, Water Rail, west stream (Drew Lyness)
Panshanger Aerodrome, Whitethroat (Keith Smith)
Rickmansworth, 8 Egyptian Goose, pair with 6 chicks (ChristineMoore)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Cuckoo, heard only (Jane Free)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Garganey, Pair again,looking very at home! (Laurence Drummond)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, 2 House Martin, first ones back to the local colony (John Pritchard)
Sherrardspark Wood nr WGC, 2 Mandarin (Ian Flack)
Wadesmill nr Ware, Cuckoo, calling from wadeswood (Martin Sharp)
Warren's Green nr Stevenage, 2 Swallow (Steve Akrill)
West Hyde, Redstart, near to where bridleways cross (Chris Bessant)
West Hyde, 4 Wheatear, 2 pairs (Chris Bessant)
Weston, Hoopoe, at 9.00am on farm track, reported by a local farmer, more details requested
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Yellow Wagtail (Steve Rodwell)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, Lesser Whitethroat, seen & heard (G Lapworth/T Hulls)

12TH APR: Cold Christmas nr Ware, 2 Swallow, Cold Christmas lane (Laurence Drummond)
Coopers Green Lane nr St Albans, 3 Mandarin, Sutton Farm GP (map ref: 197102). (Steven Pearce)
Coopers Green Lane nr St Albans, Red Kite, Sutton Farm GP (David Wheatcroft)
Croxley Common Moor, Wheatear, male (Andrew Moon)
Croxley Common Moor, Cuckoo, male seen & heard (G Lapworth)
Croxley Common Moor, Whitethroat, singing (Andrew Moon)
Croxley Common Moor, 4 Swallow (Stephen Middleton)
Croxley Common Moor, 2 Common Tern (G Lapworth)
Croxley Common Moor, 2 Willow Warbler, singing (Andrew Moon)
Croxley Common Moor, 2 Grey Wagtail (Stephen Middleton)
East Hyde, 5+ Swallow (David Lyons)
East Hyde, Little Egret (David Lyons)
Gosmore Hill nr Hitchin, 2 Little Owl (Clive Harding)
Hatfield Aerodrome (disused), Mandarin, male in flight (David Wheatcroft)
Hatfield Garden Village, 4 Yellow Wagtail, Stanborough GP (map ref:215109). (Steven Pearce)
Hatfield Garden Village, 8 Swallow, At Stanborough GP (map ref:215109). (Steven Pearce)
Hatfield Garden Village, 2 White Wagtail, Stanborough GP (Steven Pearce)
Hatfield Garden Village, 2 Mandarin, Stanborough GP (map ref:215109). A pair (Steven Pearce)
Hatfield Garden Village, Green Sandpiper, Stanborough GP (Steven Pearce)
Hatfield Garden Village, Redshank, Stanborough GP (Steven Pearce)
Hatfield Garden Village, 5 Little Ringed Plover, Stanborough GP (Steven Pearce)
Hemel Hempstead, Raven, near A414 E of Leverstock Green (Dan Forder)
Hemel Hempstead, 3 Swallow, near A414 E of Leverstock Green (Dan Forder)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, Willow Warbler, singing (Derek Turner)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, 3 Swallow, over NW (Derek Turner)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, Common Sandpiper, on dam (Derek Turner)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Little Egret (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Sedge Warbler (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Oystercatcher (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Redshank (Simon Knott)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, 2 Wheatear, males at 14:00 (R Best)
Panshanger Park, Cetti's Warbler (Jennifer Gilbert)
Panshanger Park, 10+ Sand Martin, feeding over osprey lake (Jennifer Gilbert/Ian Carle)
Panshanger Park, Little Egret (Jennifer Gilbert)
Panshanger Park, 3 Swallow (Jennifer Gilbert/Ian Carle)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Garganey, pair on lagoon on opposite side of the track to the Gadwall hide this morning. (Ian Rose)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Siskin (John Pritchard)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Lesser Redpoll (John Pritchard)
Tewin, Cuckoo, calling from Tewin Orchard early morning (Drew Lyness)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 2 Willow Warbler (Ken & Linda Smith)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), Marsh Tit, Plantation Wood (Ken & Linda Smith)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 4 Tree Sparrow (Ken & Linda Smith)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 2 Oystercatcher, Flying in (Ken & Linda Smith)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Redshank (Alan Gardiner)
Ware, Willow Warbler, Chadwell Springs golf course (Simon Knott)
Welwyn Garden City, 2 Wheatear, south of Welwyn Garden City
Welwyn Garden City, Red Kite, over Valley Road (Anthony Dorman)

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