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​Hawfinch on Yew at Bramfield village on 26 January, image by Steve Lane.​
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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.


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January Newsletter

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.

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.
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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 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.

​Mute Swans in action at Stanborough Lakes, WGC on 22 January, image by Ian Flack.​

​Long-tailed Tit at Amwell NR on 21 Januray, image by Katy Smith.​

​Female Great Spotted Woodpecker near Ardeley on 25 January, image by Neil Beadle.​

​Bittern at the 'water vole' watch point at Amwell NR on 24 January, image by Ron Baber.​

​Dunnock at Amwell NR on 22 January, image by RobStubbs.​

​Grey Heron at Amwell on 23 January, image by Ray Kilham.​

​Wren at Rye Meads on 17 January, image by Katy Smith.​

​Golden Plover at Maple Cross on 17 January, image by Andrew Moon.​

​Fieldfares roosting at Norton Green on 20 January, images by Gary Sanderson.​

​Treecreeper at Amwell NR on 17 January, image by Steve Webb.​
One of the emblematic Hawfinches at Bramfield Village on 20 January, image by Alan Reynolds.​

Jay at Harpenden on 17 January, image by Roger Cave.​

Brambling (above) and Blackcap (below) in his Rickmansworth garden in 17 January, image by Andrew Moon.

Black-headed Gulls, one ringed, at East Hyde on 17 January, images by David Lyons.

Barn Owl in action at Amwell NR on 18 January, images by Jason Ward.

​Siskin on Alder seeds at Watercress Beds LNR on 16 January, image by Andrew Steele.

​The four Smew at Amwell NR on 16 January, image by Jay Ward.

​Ring-necked Parakeet in his Rickmansworth garden on 15 January, image by Andrew Moon.

​Goldeneye at Amwell NR on 13 January, image by Alan Reynolds.

​Linnet at Nettleden Road on 13 JAnuary, image by Paul Higgs.

​Long-tailed Tit in his Stevenage garden, image by Gary Sanderson.

​Gadwall drake at Stockers Lake on 13 January, image by Paul Higgs.

​Yellowhammer at Oughtonhead on 11 January, image by Tom Speller.

​Female Kingfisher at Rye Meads on 11 January, image by Katy Smith.



​Three from Amwell NR by Rob Stubbs, Great Tit and Long-tailed Tit on 7th and Kestrel on 11th January 2015.

​Grey Wagtail at Oughtonhead on 11 January 2015, image by Tom Speller.

​Grey Wagtail at East Hyde on 10 January 2015, image by David Lyons.

Kingfisher at Amwell NR on 10 January 2015, image by Jason Ward.

p>Ten Bullfinches in his Harpenden Garden on 10 January 2015, image by Robin Pearson.

Grey Heron at Croxley Common Moor on 8 January, image by Paul Boult.

Redpoll at Watercress Beds LNR, St Albans, on 2 January 2015, image by Andrew Steele.

Bullfinch at Great Ashby Stevenage on 6 January, image by Gary Sanderson.

Kestrel hovering over East Hyde on 2 January 2015, image by Ann Doubleday.

Starling feeding frenzy in his Harpenden garden on 31 December, image by David Lyons.

Female Bullfinch at Rye Meads on 31 December, image by Ray Kilham.

Fieldfare near Sandon on 2 January, photo by Keith Overall

Grey Heron at Amwell on 30 December, photo by Alan Reynolds

Common Snipe at Amwell on 30 December, photo by Alan Reynolds

Bittern at Marsworth Reservoir on 30 December, photo by Ephraim Perfect

This Hen Harrier was photographed at dusk on 30 December 2014 by Tim Hill after a 3 hour wait, it is presumably the same bird first recorded on the 16th of December. See the gallery for an additional photo of the bird

A pair of displaying Goldeneyes at Amwell on 28 December, photo by Ron Baber

Water Rail at Great Gaddesden on 28 December, photo 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.

29TH JAN: Burnham Green nr Welwyn, Red Kite (David Booth)
Datchworth, 5 Grey Partridge, by road to Bragbury End (David Booth)
Flamstead End nr Cheshunt, Little Egret, Brookfield Lane lake (Ray Facer)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 3 Water Rail (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Great Black-backed Gull, Park Mead (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Kingfisher (Simon Knott)
Sandon, 2 Red Kite, very low over village (Stefan Baltruschat)

28TH JAN: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Smew, male and female near Gladwin hide (P Leigh)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Cetti's Warbler, heard from main viewpoint (P Leigh)
Batford, Green Sandpiper, in one of the vats in sewage Treatment works (Darin Stanley)
Batford, Chiffchaff, sewage Treatment works (Darin Stanley)
Braughing, 100+ Fieldfare, just north of the village (Andy Brown)
Chiswell Green nr St Albans, Red Kite, at Butterfly World (Steve Evans)
Colney Heath, Red Kite (Ann Lee)
Furneux Pelham, 100+ Fieldfare, south of the village (Andy Brown)
Hampermill Lake nr Watford, 2 Kingfisher (Ben & Derek Norcott)
Harpenden, 2 Blackcap, pair using garden feeder (Alan Jackson)
Hitchin, Little Egret, field near Ashbrook. (Nigel Agar)
Hitchin, Red Kite, near KIngshott school (Nigel Agar)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 2 Blackcap, male and female on feeders, Chadwell Springs golf course (Paul Harper.)
Langley nr Stevenage, 2 Barn Owl, 5.15pm
Long Marston, 3 Tree Sparrow, coming to feeding station (Carolyn Rossor)
Maple Cross, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet, Denham way over garden (Steve Carter)
Scotsbridge Mill Watercress Beds nr Rickmansworth, 2 Little Egret (Ben & Derek Norcott)
Scotsbridge Mill Watercress Beds nr Rickmansworth, 5 Redwing (Ben & Derek Norcott)
Stocker's Lake, 3 Red-crested Pochard, 2m,1f (G Lapworth/T Hulls)
Stocker's Lake, 7 Goldeneye, 1m,6f (G Lapworth/T Hulls)
Stocker's Lake, Great Black-backed Gull (G Lapworth/T Hulls)
Stocker's Lake, Little Egret (G Lapworth/T Hulls)

27TH JAN: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Smew, m+f from Gladwin hide (Maureen Lead/Gordon Cox)
Bengeo (Hertford), Red Kite (Simon Knott)
Berkhamsted Common, 80+ Lesser Redpoll (Mike Spittles)
Bramfield village, Hawfinch, seen at back of churchyard early morning (Gordon Cox)
Colney Heath, 3 Lesser Redpoll, all 3 ringed, on our feeders (Steve Evans/Ann Lee)
Colney Heath, Red Kite (Steve Evans / Ann Lee)
Coopers Green Lane nr St Albans, Red Kite (Lesley Bodman)
Great Gaddesden, 25+ Golden Plover, in field to left of Leighton Buzzard road, half way to Dagnall (Martin Parr)
Hampermill Lake nr Watford, Little Egret (Ben & Derek Norcott)
Hampermill Lake nr Watford, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Ben & Derek Norcott)
Hemel Hempstead, Little Egret, over the Magic Roundabout (Roger Payne)
Hitchin, 2 Grey Wagtail, on drained Hitchin market pond (Clive Harding)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 40 Wigeon (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 3 Water Rail (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Kingfisher (Christopher Benton)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Red Kite (Christopher Benton)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 5 Common Snipe, east pool (Christopher Benton)
Long Marston, 3 Tree Sparrow, coming to feeding station (Carolyn Rossor)
Patmore Heath, Red Kite (Andy Brown)
South Oxhey, Blackcap, male in my oxhey hall gdn and for previous 4 days (Joan Thompson)
South Oxhey, Red Kite, over oxhey hall estate and Brightwells fm (Joan Thompson)
Therfield Heath, Red Kite (Paul Dunn)
Therfield Heath, 5 Brambling, with mixed flock in Fox Covert (Paul Dunn)
Thundridge, Red Kite (M B Sharp)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), Yellowhammer (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), Red Kite (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Kingfisher (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Little Egret (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 7 Wigeon (Steve Blake)
Ware, Red Kite, over Lime Close at 3:15pm (Derrick Ling)
Watery Grove (Knebworth Woods), 3 Marsh Tit (Darrel Bryant)
Welwyn Garden City, Red Kite, Over Knella Road (Lesley Bodman)

26TH JAN: Amwell GP/NR (exact water not specified), Redpoll sp., seen with siskins (Ann Doubleday)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 3 Smew, 2 males, 1 rehead near the Gladwin hide (Phil Ball)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Raven, 2 escorting a Red Kite away from Easneye wood (Phil Ball)
Bramfield village, Hawfinch, in trees behind church, flew to Park Wood at 14.45 (Ken & Linda Smith)
Bramfield village, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, probable, feeding in Oak tree, Gobions Lane (Christopher Hughes)
Bramfield village, c200 Golden Plover, over Tattle Hill, TL296149 (Ken & Linda Smith)
Cassiobury Park, Red Kite (Geoff Young)
Dyes Farm nr Langley, Red Kite (Alan Ford)
Harpenden, Blackcap, female on garden feeder (Alan Jackson)
Harpenden, Red Kite (Alan Jackson)
Heartwood Forest - E of B651, 30+ Yellowhammer (B.Harper)
Heartwood Forest - E of B651, 2 Corn Bunting (B.Harper)
Hitchin, Blackcap, male on garden bird table (Phil Barron)
Long Marston, 3 Tree Sparrow, to the feeding station (Matthew Rossor)
Maple Cross, Blackcap, male in my garden (Chris Bessant)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, 50 Pied Wagtail, in field next to the western boundary of the Tip. (Alan Ford)
Picotts End nr Hemel Hempstead, 15 Fieldfare, mixed thrush flock (L. Flower)
Picotts End nr Hemel Hempstead, 6 Redwing (L. Flower)
Preston, c50 Red Kite, or more coming in to roost in Whitehall Wood at 16.30 (Albert Callewaert, Ken & Linda Smith)
Preston, 2 Peregrine Falcon, m & f interacting at Whitehall Wood at 16.00 (Ken & Linda Smith)
Rickmansworth, 2 Blackcap, males on feeders and apples (Andrew Moon)
Rickmansworth, 4 Lesser Redpoll, on feeders (Andrew Moon)
Royston, Merlin, a male based on size. TL3542 over the A505 (Gareth Rees)
Rusling End nr Langley, 32 Skylark, feeding in arable fields (Julie Wise)
Rusling End nr Langley, 2 Marsh Tit, feeding in garden (Julie Wise)
Rusling End nr Langley, 2 Red Kite (Julie Wise)
The Commons LNR (Welwyn Garden City), 40+ Fieldfare, on adjacent farmland (Keith Smith)
Welwyn Garden City, Red Kite, over Parkway (Ian Flack)

25TH JAN: Amwell GP/NR (exact water not specified), 2 Marsh Tit (Graham Knight)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Barn Owl, hunting next to the White hide (Jenny Sherwen)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Goldeneye, female (Graham Knight)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 3 Smew, 2 males (Lesley Bodman)
Ashwell, Blackcap, in garden (Richard Holdsworth)
Baldock, Blackcap, male in back garden (Ian Hall)
Baldock, 30 Corn Bunting, Warren Lane (Ian Hall)
Berkhamsted Common, 40+ Lesser Redpoll, in birch tops 300m North of war memorial car park (Martin Parr)
Bramfield village, 2 Hawfinch, In churchyard this morning plus 1 in garden opposite (Mike Ilett)
Bygrave, 15+ Corn Bunting, near muck heaps along Baldock to Bygrave road (Richard Holdsworth)
East Hyde, Water Rail (Roger & Lynn Payne)
East Hyde, Barn Owl, 5 p.m. from Beds, alongside the Lee Valley Path, did a circuit of the meadow (in Herts) (Roger & Lynn Payne)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, 2 Raven, flew east across north end of reserve at 11.40am, then turned south west. (Tony Blake)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, Goldeneye, female (Tony Blake)
Hitchin, 2 Little Egret, Walsworth Common (David Inward)
Hitchin, Little Egret, field at back of Ippolits Brook (Nigel Agar)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 4 Water Rail (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 30 Common Snipe (Simon Knott)
Lemsford Springs, 2 Common Snipe (Roger & Lynn Payne)
Lemsford Springs, Grey Wagtail (Roger & Lynn Payne)
Lemsford Springs, Water Rail (Roger & Lynn Payne)
Lemsford Springs, 3 Little Egret (Roger & Lynn Payne)
Lemsford Springs, Kingfisher (Roger & Lynn Payne)
Lemsford Springs, 4 Green Sandpiper (Roger & Lynn Payne)
Lemsford Springs, 30+ Redwing (Roger & Lynn Payne)
Long Marston, 3 Tree Sparrow, coming to feeding station at 23 Bromley (Matthew Rossor)
Panshanger Park, Little Owl (Keith Smith)
Panshanger Park, Red Kite (Keith Smith)
Ridge, 50 Redwing, in horse paddock by village (Steven Pearce)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Chiffchaff, right of the Kingfisher hide. (Stuart Harrison)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet, at dusk (Stuart Harrison)
Southridge nr Shenley, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Ian Flack)
Stanstead Abbotts, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts, Little Owl, on Cappell Lane (Andy Bartlett)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), 5 Siskin (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), 2 Lesser Redpoll (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), Kingfisher (Jane Free)
Stocking Pelham, Red Kite (Andy Brown)
Stocking Pelham, 6 Fieldfare (Andy Brown)
Tewinbury Reserve, Kingfisher
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 8+ Tree Sparrow (Andrew Steele)
Watford Link Road, Red Kite (Hilary Weston)

24TH JAN: Amwell NR - Bittern Pool, Bittern, seen at 1.45 (Ron Baber)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Raven, Two together over Easneye Wood at 10.00 (Murray Orchard)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Woodcock (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 4 Goldeneye, 2 drakes (Murray Orchard)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Caspian Gull, 1st winter (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Peregrine Falcon (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Smew, drake and redhead from Gladwin Hide late pm (Graham Higgins/Anthony Dorman)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Barn Owl (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Cetti's Warbler (Anthony Dorman)
Baldock, Peregrine Falcon, adult male hunting. (Ian Hall)
Baldock, Red Kite, in field adjacent to Wallington Lane (Ian Hall)
Benington, Red Kite (Allan Meadows)
Berkhamsted Common, 4 Raven (Mike Spittles)
Bernards Heath (St Albans), Blackcap, female
Bramfield village, 2 Hawfinch, moving around my garden, in tree tops (Keith Henderson)
Bramfield village, 2+ Hawfinch, in and around the church yard (Laurence Drummond)
Broxbourne Woods - Hoddesdon Park Wood, Woodcock (Ken & Linda Smith)
Broxbourne Woods - Hoddesdon Park Wood, 140 Redwing, at least, streaming through the tree tops (Ken & Linda Smith)
Bushey, Blackcap (Patty Briggs)
Colney Heath, Red Kite (Steve Evans)
Gobions Wood nr Brookmans Park, 8 Ring-necked Parakeet (Andrew Miller)
Harpenden, Blackcap, male on garden feeder (Alan Jackson)
Harpenden, Blackcap, in garden (Francis and Janet Dowley)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, Short-eared Owl, over rough ground between Hillend Farm and car park at 16:30hrs (Graham Higgins)
Hemel Hempstead, Blackcap, female in my Gadebridge garden. (Stuart Harrison)
Hitchin, Grey Wagtail, Walsworth Common (David Inward)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Great Black-backed Gull, East pool (Simon Knott)
Lemsford Springs, 4 Green Sandpiper (Richard Ness)
Lemsford Springs, Kingfisher (Richard Ness)
Long Marston, 3 Tree Sparrow, coming to feeding station (Matthew Rossor)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 2 Egyptian Goose (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 25 Redwing (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steve Carter)
Oaklands nr St Albans, 69 Golden Plover, in field opposite Wickes (Dan Fletcher)
Panshanger (Welwyn Garden City), Red Kite, over my garden (Allan Meadows)
Quickswood Farm nr Baldock, 40 Fieldfare (Ian Hall)
Stanstead Abbotts, 9 Fieldfare (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts, Red Kite (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), Pintail, drake (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), Kingfisher (Jane Free)
Stapleford, Woodcock (Barry Reed)
Stocker's Farm, Peregrine Falcon (G Lapworth)
Wadesmill nr Ware, Red Kite (Allan Meadows)
Walkern, Red Kite (Allan Meadows)
Ware, 6 Red Kite (Simon Knott)
Watercress LNR (St Albans), 2 Kingfisher, fishing on pond (Dan Fletcher)
Watercress LNR (St Albans), Water Rail, from Wild Spit bridge (Dan Fletcher)
Watercress LNR (St Albans), 3 Siskin (Dan Fletcher)
Watercress LNR (St Albans), 2 Lesser Redpoll (Dan Fletcher)
Watercress LNR (St Albans), 3 Ring-necked Parakeet (Dan Fletcher)
Watton at Stone, 2 Raven, soaring with Red Kites north of Woodhall Park (Laurence Drummond)

23RD JAN: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Common Snipe (Allan Meadows)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Pintail, far side of lake (Jenny Sherwen)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Barn Owl, from viewpoint from approx 16.30 (Jenny Sherwen)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Marsh Tit, on feeders (Allan Meadows)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 3 Smew, 1 drake, 2 redheads (Jenny Sherwen)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Caspian Gull, 1st winter in the roost (Laurence Drummond)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Kingfisher (Allan Meadows)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 30 Great Black-backed Gull (Allan Meadows)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 4 Raven (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Little Egret (Allan Meadows)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 3 Goldeneye, 1 male 2 female (Allan Meadows)
Amwell NR - Hollycross Lake, Kingfisher (Maureen Lead)
Benington, Barn Owl (Kathy Sharman)
Bramfield village, Little Owl, at bottom of playing fields (Clive Harding/Nigel Liley)
Bramfield village, 2 Hawfinch (Clive Harding/Nigel Liley)
Bramfield village, Red Kite (Nigel Agar)
Bramfield village, Corn Bunting, on wires over paddocks (Clive Harding/Nigel Liley)
Colney Heath, 2 Tree Sparrow, horse paddocks (S Blake/R Coombes)
Garden Wood (Tyttenhanger area), 2 Woodcock (S Blake/R Coombes)
Great Wymondley, c150 Golden Plover, in fields to the west of A1 northbound (Darrel Bryant)
Harpenden, 2 Blackcap, male and female on feeder (Alan Jackson)
Heartwood Forest - Well & Pudler's Wood, 12+ Yellowhammer, Flying around and going to roost in hedgerow (Anders Gray)
Heartwood Forest - Well & Pudler's Wood, 2 Red Kite (Anders Gray)
Heartwood Forest - Well & Pudler's Wood, 70+ Fieldfare, Plus good numbers of redwing, blackbird, song thrush and mistle thrush on site. (Anders Gray)
Heartwood Forest - Well & Pudler's Wood, 2 Stonechat, Pair. (Anders Gray)
Hitchin, Kingfisher, Walsworth Common (David Inward)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 2 Water Rail (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 70 Common Snipe (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Kingfisher, New River (Simon Knott)
Merry Hill nr Bushey, 21 Redwing (Patty Briggs)
Panshanger Park, Wood Duck, male on River Mimram in osier beds area (Jennifer Gilbert)
Sandon, 38 Red Kite, gathering to roost at Tichney Wood 16.30 - 16.45 (Murray Orchard)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), 4 Goldeneye, 2m + 2f (Jane Free)
Stocker's Farm, Red Kite (G Lapworth/T Hulls)
Stocker's Farm, 2 Stonechat, pair (G Lapworth/T Hulls)
Stocker's Lake, Yellow-legged Gull (G Lapworth/T Hulls)
Stocker's Lake, 14 Red-crested Pochard, 11m,3f (G Lapworth/T Hulls)
Stocker's Lake, 15 Goldeneye, 4m,11f (G Lapworth/T Hulls)
Stocking Pelham, Red Kite, over village (Andy Brown)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 12+ Tree Sparrow (S Blake/R Coombes)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Little Egret (S Blake/R Coombes)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Kingfisher (S Blake/R Coombes)
Wallington, 5 Grey Partridge (Murray Orchard)
Wallington, Merlin, sitting at end of long hedgerow at TL273347 late afternoon. (Murray Orchard)
Wallington, 16 Corn Bunting, at TL273344 late afternoon (Murray Orchard)
Welwyn Garden City, Blackcap, male visiting peanut feeder, Woodland Rise (Brenda Brown)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Little Egret (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Red Kite (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Goldeneye, a pair, res now largely frozen over (Jeff Bailey)

22ND JAN: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Smew, Drake and Redhead preening behind fallen branches on far side of lake (Alex Quig)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Caspian Gull, 1st winter (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Barn Owl (Barry Reed)
Bramfield village, Ring-necked Parakeet, over churchyard (Allan Meadows)
Bramfield village, 5 Hawfinch, in trees around churchyard (Allan Meadows)
Braughing, 100 Golden Plover, east of Friars Road (Paula Moore)
Bull's Green nr Welwyn, 100+ Redwing, in field next to Green's Wood (Allan Meadows)
Bury Lake nr Rickmansworth, 14 Red-crested Pochard, 10m,4f (G Lapworth)
Cassiobury Park, Red Kite (Joan Thompson)
East Hyde, Common Snipe (Bob Pedder)
East Hyde, Grey Wagtail (Bob Pedder)
East Hyde, Water Rail (Bob Pedder)
Great Wymondley, 140 Golden Plover, in cereal field adjacent to northbound A1 (Lee G R Evans)
Hemel Hempstead, Little Egret, Gadebridge Park, river Gade, with Grey Heron (L. Flower)
Hertford, 2 Shelduck, on river opposite North Road Cemetry (Nigel Denison)
Kings Langley, 2 Marsh Tit, in garden (Elizabeth Debenham)
Maple Cross, Blackcap, male in my garden (Chris Bessant)
South Oxhey, Blackcap, male in my Oxhey hall gdn (Joan Thompson)
Stevenage, Peregrine Falcon, on lettering of Southgate House at 13.00. (Alan Ford)
Stocker's Lake, 18 Goldeneye, 5m,13f (G Lapworth)
Wallington, 2 Raven (Andrew Coates)
Ware, 2 Red Kite, oone over high street, other over A602 (Ron Stubbs)
Watford, Raven, Flew NW over KGV playing fields towards Cassiobury Park (Ian Bennell)
Watton at Stone, 3 Red Kite (Ron Stubbs)
Wormley, 2 Hawfinch, In garden, Wormley West End (Graham White)

21ST JAN: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 107 Wigeon (Lee G R Evans)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Goldeneye (Lee G R Evans)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Smew, drake (Lee G R Evans)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 7 Great Black-backed Gull (Lee G R Evans)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Barn Owl, from Cappell Lane to Hardmead @16.26 (Darren Bast)
Amwell NR - Hollycross Lake, Marsh Tit, at the feeders (Lee G R Evans)
Amwell NR - Tumbling Bay Lake, Raven, a vocal bird circling over the lake (Lee G R Evans)
Ayot St Peter, Lesser Redpoll (Mike King)
Bramfield village, 8 Hawfinch, in tall trees in the churchyard but very mobile, commuting between churchyard and gardens behind the pub, along Well Green Lane or virtually any with Yew trees; 5 males in all (Lee G R Evans)
Bramfield village, 32 Linnet (Lee G R Evans)
Bramfield village, 5 Redwing (Lee G R Evans)
Chiswell Green nr St Albans, Red Kite, at Butterfly World (Steve Evans)
Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, 4 Red Kite (Jeff Bailey)
Hitchin, 2 Grey Wagtail (Lee G R Evans)
Hitchin, Little Egret, in field near Ippollits Brook (Nigel Agar)
Hitchin, Kingfisher (Lee G R Evans)
Hitchin, Grey Wagtail, in the town centre (Nigel Agar)
Hitchin, Little Egret, Walsworth Common (David Inward)
Hunton Bridge nr Watford, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Mike Spittles)
Maple Cross, 2 Red Kite (Steve Carter)
Royston, Barn Owl, hunting behind the hospital (Martin Johnson)
Therfield nr Royston, 45 Fieldfare (Lee G R Evans)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 12+ Tree Sparrow (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Red Kite (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Little Egret (Steve Blake)
Verulamium Park, 2 Kingfisher, River Ver (Ernest Leahy)
Wallington, 200 Corn Bunting, 200+ in maize strip (Lee G R Evans)
Wallington, 50 Yellowhammer, 50+ in maize strip (Lee G R Evans)
Wallington, 265 Fieldfare (Lee G R Evans)
Wallington, 15 Linnet (Lee G R Evans)

​2012 Hertfordshire Bird Report – now available

The 2012 Bird Report available to buy for £10, you can now order on line and pay with your debit or credit card. All current members of the Herts Bird Club and Natural History Society get a copy free. Join Herts Bird Club today and get your free copy.
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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 contributes to the costs of running the website and the Club's activities. Join now - you can pay on-line.