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Herts Bird Club – making the most of local birdwatching

​Juvenile Red Kite at West Hyde on 30 August, image by Andrew Moon, the first he had seen this year..

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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

HNHS & Herts Bird Club Autumn Meeting on Saturday 11 October - details & programme

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.

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Take part in our  projects and surveys.

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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.

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.

​Whinchat at Hilfield Park Reservoir on 31 August, image by Tony Blake.

​Juvenile Black Tern at Startops Res, Tring on 31 August, image by Dave Hutchinson, courtesy of Friends of Tring Reservoirs.

​Great White Egret briefly at Wilstone Res on 31 August, image by Dave Hutchinson, courtesy of Friends of Tring Reservoirs.

​Spotted Flycatcher at Woodoaks Farm, Maple Cross on 30 August, image by Paul Higgs.

​Wheatear at West Hyde in the early morning drizzle on 28 August, image by Andrew Moon.

​Juvenile Kestrel at West Hyde on 29 August, image by Paul Higgs.

​One of two Ospreys at Wilstone Res, Tring on 27 August, image by Phill Luckhurst, more on our Flickr page.

​Kingfisher at Stockers Lake on 27 August, image by Steve Kitchen.

​One of the seven Dotterel in field alongside the Icknield Way at Therfield on 28 August, image by Barry Reed. These are the first seen in Hertfordshire since 2009 and autumn records are very unusual.

​Adult Common Tern feeding a juvenile at Fairlands Valley Park, Stevenage on 28 August, image by David Hawkins.

​Whinchat at West Hyde on 28 August, image by Andrew Moon.

​Whinchat at Heartwood Forest on 27 August, image by Andrew Steele.

​Song Thrush at Norton Green, Stevenage on 27 August, image by Tom Speller.

​Osprey over Wilstone Reservoir, Tring on the afternoon of 27 August, image by Ann Doubleday, who said 'Not a particularly good photo but it shows the osprey being mobbed. It was fishing successfully but I didn't catch that - too busy watching it​'.

​Red Kite over Oughtonhead, Hitchin on 24 August, image by Rob Stubbs.

​Redstart at Woodoaks Farm on 26 August, image, for the record, by Steve Carter.

​Buzzard and Red Kite over Oughtonhead on 24 August, image taken from his garden in Hitchin by Rob Stubbs.

​Wheatear at West Hyde on 24 August, image by Dale Ayres.

Juvenile Green Woodpecker at Norton Green, Stevenage on 24 August, image by Tom Speller.

​Little Owl at Woodoaks Farm, Maple Cross on 23 August, image by Jeff Chapman.

Spotted Flycatcher by Jono Forgham

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


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

​ 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.

2ND SEP: Heartwood Forest - Langley Wood, 2 Grey Wagtail (Andrew Steele)
Heartwood Forest - Langley Wood, Red Kite (Andrew Steele)
Heartwood Forest - Well & Pudler's Wood, 2 Stonechat, 3rd field up from car park opposite Well Wood at 11am (Andrew Steele)
Heartwood Forest - Well & Pudler's Wood, 4 Whinchat, 3rd field up from car park opposite Well Wood at 11am (Andrew Steele)

1ST SEP: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Hobby (Ade Hall)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Water Rail, from view point (Ade Hall)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Kingfisher (Ade hall)
Bengeo (Hertford), Kingfisher, River Beane by St Leonard's Church (Simon Knott)
Coleman Green nr Wheathampstead, Red Kite (John Coleman)
Frogmore GP nr Stevenage, Spotted Flycatcher (Clive Harding/Nigel Lilley)
Frogmore GP nr Stevenage, Kingfisher (Clive Harding/Nigel Lilley)
Frogmore GP nr Stevenage, 150 Hirundines (mixed), Sand Martins and House Martins (Clive Harding/Nigel Lilley)
Garden Wood (Tyttenhanger area), Spotted Flycatcher (Steve Blake)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 4 Common Snipe, Park Mead (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 2 Yellow Wagtail, Park Mead feeding amongst cattle (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Kingfisher, New River (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 5 House Martin, West pool (Simon Knott)
Purwell Ninesprings nr Hitchin, Kingfisher, heard calling (Callum Peel)
Redbournbury, 3 Little Egret (John Fisher)
Redbournbury, 2 Common Snipe, upstream of the east ford (John Fisher)
Redbournbury, 2 Grey Wagtail (John Fisher)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Common Snipe, from the Gadwall Hide (Jenny Sherwen)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 5 Yellow Wagtail (Lee G R Evans)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), Black Tern, with common terns at 11.25. (William Bishop)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 9 Common Tern (Lee G R Evans)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Red-crested Pochard (Lee G R Evans)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Grey Wagtail (Lee G R Evans)
Therfield nr Royston, Marsh Harrier, East of Icknield Way (Martin Johnson)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Yellow Wagtail (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Common Snipe (Steve Blake)
West Hyde, Whinchat, on fence post.13.15 (William Bishop)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 7 Common Tern (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Whooper Swan (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Common Sandpiper (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 100 House Martin (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 5 Wigeon (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Little Ringed Plover, juveniles (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 8 Black-tailed Godwit (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Common Snipe (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Kingfisher (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 4 Hobby (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Greenshank (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 6 Little Egret (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Shelduck (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Green Sandpiper (Lee G R Evans)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, C10 Yellow Wagtail, feeding among cattle (Paul Lewis)

31ST AUG: Apsley, 4 House Martin (Frank Manfield)
Bricket Wood, 2 Wheatear, on the horse grazing area immediately north of the M25 pedestrian bridge (Mike Kerry)
Cuffley, 3 Red Kite (R Cooper)
Essendon, Spotted Flycatcher
Essendon, Little Egret
Fairlands Valley Park (Stevenage), 3 Swift (Darrel Bryant)
Hatfield Aerodrome (disused), Spotted Flycatcher, TL202085 (J Bird)
Hatfield Aerodrome (disused), Whinchat, TL202094 (J Bird)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, 2 Swift, west at 19.50. (Tony Blake)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, c250 Swallow, tight flock in fading light at 20.00 (Tony Blake)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, Whinchat, 10am to 10.10 -perched in trees next to pylon at south west corner of reservoir. (Tony Blake)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, Redstart, a female ringed, also two Spotted Flycatchers (Jack Fearnside)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, Wheatear (Tony Blake)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, Red Kite (Tony Blake)
Hitchin, 7 Swift (Gerallt Morgan)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Yellow Wagtail (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Common Snipe (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Kingfisher (Simon Knott)
Maple Cross, Hobby, over my garden Denham way (Steve Carter)
Maple Cross, 2 Hobby, west of the estate. (Chris Bessant)
Maple Cross, 2 Red Kite (Chris Bessant)
Oaklands nr St Albans, Spotted Flycatcher, with tit flock in Home Wood. (Dan Fletcher)
Oaklands nr St Albans, Ring-necked Parakeet (Dan Fletcher)
Panshanger Park, Osprey, 11.30am low over main lake. (Allan Burrows)
Panshanger Park, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, Catching insects from top of trees along Mimram in rifle butts area. (Jennifer Gilbert)
Panshanger Park, Cetti's Warbler, calling from eastern end of Osprey Lake. (Jennifer Gilbert)
Redbournbury, Redstart, male showing intermittently in the bushes/fence line along the embankment just north of Redbournbury Mill 10am-11.30am (John Pritchard)
Redbournbury, 10+ Yellow Wagtail (John Pritchard)
Redbournbury, 100+ Yellow Wagtail, 15:00 (Allan Stewart)
Redbournbury, 100+ Yellow Wagtail, 60+ in field on Hill Farm Lane right side with at least 40+ in field on other side of lane at 15:00 (Allan Stewart)
Redbournbury, Peregrine Falcon, Low over Veolia works (John Pritchard)
Royston, Barn Owl, Behind the hospital (Martin Johnson)
Royston, 2 Little Owl (Martin Johnson)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Kingfisher (John Pritchard)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, 2 Hobby, chasing dragonflies and hirundines (John Pritchard)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, 2 Little Egret, over at dusk (John Pritchard)
Standalone Farm nr Letchworth, 7 Green Sandpiper (James Walsh)
Stapleford, Raven, over disused landfill site
Stapleford, Red Kite
Stapleford, Tree Pipit, briefly on telephone wires, but no Wryneck
Stapleford, Little Egret, flyover to south of disused landfill site
Stapleford, Hobby
Stapleford, 4 House Martin (Group looking for Wryneck)
Stapleford, Swift
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), Black Tern (Stephen Middleton/Ian Bennell)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), Black Tern, juvenile (Neil Harwood)
Stocker's Lake, Hobby (Gordon Cox)
Stocker's Lake, 3 Little Egret (Joan Thompson)
Therfield nr Royston, 2 Hobby (Darrel Bryant/Mike ilett)
Therfield nr Royston, 12 Grey Partridge (Darrel Bryant/Mike ilett)
Therfield nr Royston, 2 Whinchat (Darrel Bryant/Mike ilett)
Therfield nr Royston, Wheatear (Darrel Bryant/Mike ilett)
West Hyde, 2 Swallow (Andrew Steele)
West Hyde, 2 Red Kite (Andrew Steele)
West Hyde, Wheatear (Andrew Steele)
West Hyde, 4 Whinchat (Andrew Steele)
Westmill Quarry nr Ware, Yellow-legged Gull, juvenile (Barry Reed)
Westmill Quarry nr Ware, 2 Egyptian Goose (Barry Reed)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Common Sandpiper (Ian Bennell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Yellow Wagtail, male over (Ian Bennell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Shelduck, Juvs (Ian Bennell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Great White Egret, Steve Rodwell saw it fly in (FoTR)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Grey Wagtail (Ian Bennell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Hobby (Ian Bennell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Red Kite (Ian Bennell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 10 Black-tailed Godwit, juvs in front off the hide (Ian Bennell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Greenshank (Ian Bennell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Green Sandpiper, In front of hide (Ian Bennell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Little Ringed Plover (Ian Bennell)

30TH AUG: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Common Tern, juvenile (M.Fanning/J. Mackie)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Common Sandpiper, from viewpoint (M.Fanning/J. Mackie)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Kingfisher, from James Hide. (M.Fanning/J. Mackie)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Spotted Flycatcher, along Amwell Lane (M.Fanning & J. Mackie)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 4 Wigeon, from Gladwin Hide (M.Fanning/J. Mackie)
Buntingford, 15+ Swallow (Chris Beach)
Buntingford, 8+ Yellow Wagtail, over in small groups (Chris Beach)
Buntingford, 2 Red Kite (Chris Beach)
Buntingford, 10+ Swift (Chris Beach)
Buntingford, 20+ House Martin (Chris Beach)
Bury Lake nr Rickmansworth, 4 Egyptian Goose (Hilary Weston)
Cassiobury Park, Grey Wagtail (Murray Brown)
Cassiobury Park, Ring-necked Parakeet (Murray Brown)
Hatfield Aerodrome (disused), Spotted Flycatcher, on the edge of Cut Field wood by the double gate (J BIRD)
Hatfield Aerodrome (disused), Whinchat, TL201089 (J Bird)
Hitchin, Little Egret, Purwell Meadows (David Inward)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 4 Swallow (Steve Carter)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, Red Kite (Tom Speller)
Puckeridge, 2 Swift, SW with hirrundines (Murray Orchard)
Puckeridge, 30 Hirundines (mixed), SW - House Martins and Swallows (Murray Orchard)
Puckeridge, 13 Grey Partridge, family party of two adults and four young plus covey of 9 birds (Murray Orchard)
Redbourn Golf Course, Hobby, over 7th fairway 2.30pm (Derek Pratt)
Stanborough Lakes nr WGC, Grey Wagtail, North Side (Tom Speller)
Stapleford, Wryneck, same directions as yesterday. Seen at 10.20 (in flight) and 10.50 (in rose bush) (Jonathan Braggs)
Stapleford, Wryneck, seen briefly mid morning at old landfill (Phil Bishop)
Stapleford, Yellow Wagtail, south over landfill (Phil Bishop)
Stapleford, Swift, north of village (Phil Bishop)
Stocker's Farm, Little Egret, In the farmyard by the farmhouse. (Hilary Weston)
Stocker's Lake, Kingfisher, By Kingfisher hide (Richard Ness)
Verulamium Park, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet, museum car park (Murray Brown)
Watton at Stone, Wheatear, On the track up to Broom Hall Farm. (Herts BNA)
Westmill Quarry nr Ware, Whinchat (Barry Reed)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, 2 Red Kite (Stephen Middleton)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, 15 Red Kite, Following the plough. (Chris Bessant)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, Yellow Wagtail, Overhead (Stephen Middleton)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, Whinchat, on dung heap (G Lapworth & Stephen Middleton)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, Spotted Flycatcher, L/H hedgerow back of goat paddock. (G Lapworth & Stephen Middleton)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, Little Owl (Stephen Middleton)

29TH AUG: Amwell NR - Bittern Pool, Spotted Flycatcher (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 3 Garganey (Barry Reed)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, Swift (G.Hinton)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, Wheatear, on Azerbaijan Society memorial stone (Dan Fletcher)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, 4 Sand Martin, south over carpark (Dan Fletcher)
Kings Langley, Hobby (Samuel Perfect)
Kings Langley, 2 Yellow Wagtail (Samuel Perfect)
Rickney's Quarry nr Hertford, Honey Buzzard, Dark morph adult flew low sse over Rickneys quarry @15.35 may have been flushed from Bardon clumps by kids on motorbikes. (Laurence Drummond)
Stapleford, Wryneck, On the south side of the landfill, near the telegraph pole just to the right of the style, TL314169 at 13.00 (Barry Reed)
Stocker's Lake, Swift, several through the day with large movement of hirundines (Murray Brown)
Stocker's Lake, 5+ Ring-necked Parakeet (Murray Brown)
Stocker's Lake, 5 Egyptian Goose, family party (Murray Brown)
Stocker's Lake, Other, Black Swan (Murray Brown)
Stocker's Lake, Common Tern (Murray Brown)
Stocker's Lake, Hobby, hunting/feeding (Murray Brown)
Tewinbury Reserve, Little Egret (Andy Brown)
Tewinbury Reserve, 2 Kingfisher (Andy Brown)
Troy Mill Lake nr Maple Cross, Cetti's Warbler (Chris Lamsdell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Green Sandpiper (Kevin McCarthy)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Little Ringed Plover (Kevin McCarthy)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Little Egret (Kevin McCarthy)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 7 Black-tailed Godwit (Kevin McCarthy)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Greenshank (Kevin McCarthy)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Common Sandpiper (Kevin McCarthy)

28TH AUG: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Hobby, from viewpoint (Ade Hall)
Brookmans Park, Swift, 18.35 flying south
Colliers End nr Standon, Barn Owl, on the new A10, at 00:30 this morning. (Peter Fuller)
Croxley Common Moor, Little Egret (Anna Marett+Joan Thompson)
Fairlands Valley Park (Stevenage), 3 Common Tern (Alan Ford)
Hatfield Aerodrome (disused), 4 Whinchat, TL203084 (David Wheatcroft)
Hemel Hempstead, Swift, over Corner Hall at 17.45 (Dan Forder)
Hemel Hempstead, Hobby (Dan Forder)
Hemel Hempstead, 2 Swift, NW over Bennetts End at 7pm (Ian Bennell)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, 2 Black Tern (Derek Turner, Steve Murray)
Kings Langley, Hobby (Samuel Perfect)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), Osprey, fishing from 0915-0930, commuting to College Lake and Pitstone Quarry (Lee G R Evans)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, Wheatear (Alan Ford)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, 2 Whinchat (Darrel Bryant)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, 3 Yellow Wagtail (Darrel Bryant)
Rickmansworth, Kingfisher, Ebury Way (Anna Marett)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, 3 Swift (John Pritchard)
Standon, Red Kite, alongside A120. (Dr Richard Melarange)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), 4 Swift (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), Kingfisher (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), Common Sandpiper (Jane Free)
Therfield nr Royston, 3 Dotterel, At least 3 in ploughed field with 4 Golden Plover on E side of Icknield Way at TL346384, about 100 yds into field and opposite gap in hedge:15.30-16.00. Soon vanished from view as presumably settled down into the field. (Murray Orchard)
Therfield nr Royston, 4 Golden Plover, Three adults in varying s/p plus a juv. In ploughed field on E side of Icknield Way (Murray Orchard)
Therfield nr Royston, Red Kite, W of village over hillside (Murray Orchard)
Therfield nr Royston, 7 Dotterel, In evening (post M.O. finding them). (William Bishop)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Common Sandpiper
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Dunlin, with Lapwings
Ware, Kingfisher, river Lea by the Glaxo bridge (Ian Edwards)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, 3 Wheatear, at horse paddock at W end of Nettleden Road, C.19.00 (Dan Forder)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, Grey Partridge, calling at horse paddock at W end of Nettleden Road, C.19.00 (Dan Forder)
West Hyde, 2 Whinchat (Andrew Moon)
West Hyde, Wheatear (Andrew Moon)
West Hyde, 25 Egyptian Goose (Andrew Moon)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Greenshank (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 13 Black-tailed Godwit (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Green Sandpiper (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Redshank (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Hobby (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Common Sandpiper (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Little Ringed Plover, juvenile (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Peregrine Falcon (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Red Kite (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Whooper Swan (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 375 House Martin (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 5 Wigeon (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Barnacle Goose (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 7 Swift (Lee G R Evans)
Withey Beds LNR, Hobby (Anna Marett)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, Whinchat (G Lapworth)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, 4 Yellow Wagtail (G Lapworth)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, 4 Red Kite (G Lapworth)
Wyddial, Red Kite, between Wyddial and Buntingford. (Dr Richard Melarange)

27TH AUG: Aldbury nr Tring, Raven, heard calling. Aldbury Nowers. (Lee Batten)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Peregrine Falcon, female (Barry Reed)
Ashridge Forest, Hobby, catching prey, presumably dragonflies (Michael Anderson)
Cooters End Lane nr Harpenden, Wheatear, flew east towards railway line (Alan Jackson)
Fairlands Valley Park (Stevenage), 3 Common Tern, adult and 2 juveniles on the Main Lake (Alan Ford)
Heartwood Forest - Langley Wood, Whinchat, female in hedge by the car park (Andrew Steele)
Hemel Hempstead, Raven, east over Two Waters, from Boxmoor (Dan Forder)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, 3 Yellow Wagtail, juvenile (Darrel Bryant)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, Wheatear (Alan Ford)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, 2 Whinchat (Darrel Bryant)
Oaklands nr St Albans, Hobby, over Oaklands College (Dan Fletcher)
Purwell Ninesprings nr Hitchin, Kingfisher (Callum Peel)
Redbournbury, Yellow Wagtail (John Fisher)
Redbournbury, 4 Little Egret (John Fisher)
Redbournbury, Spotted Flycatcher (Peter Thornley)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 4 Garganey (Vicky Buckel)
Stevenage, Peregrine Falcon, roosting on Southgate house at 8pm (Darrel Bryant/Alan Ford)
Therfield nr Royston, 3 Golden Plover, off Icknield Way; one in summer plumage. (Martin Johnson)
Therfield nr Royston, Yellow Wagtail, Hatchpen (Martin Johnson)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Knot, on spit with lapwings (Yves Gisseleire)
West Hyde, 9 Red Kite (Paul Lewis)
West Hyde, Whinchat (Paul Lewis)
West Hyde, 3 Wheatear (Paul Lewis)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Hobby
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Peregrine Falcon
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Osprey (Ann Doubleday)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Red Kite
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Osprey, causing amok amongst the Lapwings (via fotr.org.uk)

26TH AUG: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Common Sandpiper (Murray Orchard)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Wigeon (Murray Orchard)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Common Tern (Murray Orchard)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Garganey, Probably the Rye Meads pair (Murray Orchard)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 4 Green Sandpiper (Murray Orchard)
Cassiobury Park, Little Owl, flew from trees near cafe at 2.30pm (Ian Bennell)
Hitchin, Little Egret (Andrew Coates)
Royston, Swift, Over Wicker Hall. (Tony Cobb)
South Oxhey, 8 Ring-necked Parakeet, in my Oxhey Hall gdn (Joan Thompson)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Common Sandpiper (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, c100 Swallow (Steve Blake)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, Redstart, male 1630 hrs (G Lapworth/Steve Carter)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, 2 Red Kite, with paul lewis (Steve Carter)

25TH AUG: Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, Green Sandpiper (John Pritchard)
Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, 6 Common Snipe, feeding actively on the flooded area (John Pritchard)
Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, Grey Wagtail (John Pritchard)
Lemsford Springs, 6 Green Sandpiper (Ken Smith)
Redbournbury, 40+ Swallow (Tony Wileman)
Redbournbury, 4+ Yellow Wagtail (Tony Wileman)
South Oxhey, 6 Ring-necked Parakeet, In my Oxhey Hall gdn (Joan Thompson)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), c30 Swallow (Jane Free)
Verulamium Park, 10 Ring-necked Parakeet, near Inn on the Park (Bill Free)
West Hyde, 3 Whinchat (Paul Frost, Chris Sharp)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Green Sandpiper (Lee Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Greenshank (Lee Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Grey Wagtail (Lee Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Swift (Lee Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Dunlin (Lee Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Whooper Swan (Lee Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 130 House Martin (Lee Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 8 Little Egret (Lee Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 4 Shelduck, juveniles (Lee Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 65 Sand Martin (Lee Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 5 Common Sandpiper (Lee Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 13 Black-tailed Godwit, 13 juveniles still (Lee Evans)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, 2 Little Owl (Paul Frost/Chris Sharp)

​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.