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

Siskin at the Watercress LNR St Albans on 24 February, image by Andrew Steele. 

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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

Herts Bird Club / BTO spring conference
Saturday 11 March,

2.00- 5.30pm at Affinity Water, Hatfield AL10 9EZ.
All welcome - details & programme.

HNHS/Herts Bird Club 1875 Awards for 2017 - nominations are now open - details

Herts Bird Report 2015
- dedicated to Ted Fletcher -
is available now
and was mailed to Bird Club members on 24 Nov 2016!

If you are not a member and would like a copy - join now.

 

Ideal gift - new HNHS book -
Butterflies of Hertfordshire & Middlesex
-
available now offer price only £19.99. 

Order direct from HNHS.

 

The Tyttenhanger 2014 bird report is now available for download here, a total of 132 species seen.

Thames and Chiltern Bird Atlas - a new free web based atlas covering Herts, Beds, Bucks & Oxon.

New HNHS Secretary- David Utting and new Membership Secretary - Virginia Kennard - details

Please renew your membership of HNHS and Herts Bird Club for 2017, details here

Heartwood Forest site guide added

A must for all bird lovers
Birds of Hertfordshire
by Ken Smith, Chris Dee, Jack Fearnside and Mike Ilett
• published on 24 February
• review in British Birds
• buy now direct from Herts Bird Club for only £34 (or £39 by post).

Herts Invertebrate ProjectHerts Invertebrate Project
– how to join this new recording initiative

Please submit sightings and field signs of mammals, amphibians and reptiles to our countywide survey, full details Herts Mammals, Amphibians & Reptiles Atlas.

Herts Wetland Birds Survey (WeBS) 2014 results

Hertfordshire Bird Atlas – all the results from the most recent Atlas (2007-12) and both previous atlas surveys available here

How to join or renew your membership

Diary of events – field trips, walks, meetings – organised by local groups

Bird records

Please send us your Herts bird sightings through the records submission page. The latest sightings of interest will be listed automatically on the right hand side of this page, once they have been checked by a moderator. After a few days records transfer to the sightings archive.
The Herts Gazeteer lists site names and grid references for bird recording.

Yahoo Herts Birding group at Hertsbirding.

Visit some great places in Hertfordshire.

Take part in our  projects and surveys.

Buy a book, most HNHS books are now for sale at half price or less.

The success of the site depends on you, the users, entering your records and sending in interesting information, not only sightings which can be entered online but also reports on trips and additional site guides. We also welcome feedback on what you would like to see on the site, email.

Injured or orphan birds – advice here.

The Herts Bird Club is part of the Hertfordshire Natural History Society and our websites are integrated. We hope this will encourage those of you who have not investigated other aspects of wildlife in Hertfordshire to have a look around the HNHS website, discover what is available. Please submit your records of other wildlife, including mammals, amphibians, reptiles and dragonflies through the HNHS website.

Who's who in the Herts Bird Club

Taken a good photograph?

Please send us your Herts bird photos for display on the website, email them to the Bird Club photos team at Herts Bird Photos. with a note of where and when they were taken. A selection will be displayed on this page, added to the photo gallery and/or chosen to illustrate the annual Herts Bird Report.

Grey Heron carrying nesting material at Verulamium Park on 24 February, image by Derek Girvan.

Bittern at Rye Meads on the 22 February, image by Jason Ward. A rehabilitation success of this bird which was found on a roadside in Letchworth in September 2016.

Wigeon at King's Meads by Katy Smith

Wigeon at King's Meads on 21 February, image by Katy Smith

Water Rail at East Hyde by David Lyons

Water Rail at East Hyde on 18 February, image by David Lyons

Waxwings at Stevenage by Huw Lewis

Waxwings at Stevenage on 19 February, image by Huw Lewis

Waxwing at Stevenage by Martyn Gadd

Waxwings at Stevenage on 18 February, image by Martyn Gadd

Buzzard at East Hyde by Derek Girvan

Buzzard at East Hyde on 14 February, image by Derek Girvan

Waxwing at Stevenage by Gary Sanderson

Waxwing at Stevenage on 17 February, image by Gary Sanderson

Water Rail at Watercress LNR (St Albans) by Andrew Steele

Water Rail at Watercress LNR, St Albans on 16 February, image by Andrew Steele

Golden Plover at Wilstone by Ann Doubleday

Golden Plovers at Wilstone on 15 February, image by Ann Doubleday

Cettis Warbler at Rye Meads by Steve Lane

Cetti's Warbler at Rye Meads on 14 February, image by Steve Lane

Water Rail at Lemsford Springs by Alan Reynolds

Water Rail at Lemsford Springs on 9 February, image by Alan Reynolds

Kingfisher at Herford by Ray Kilham

Kingfisher at Hertford on 11 February, image by Ray Kilham

Kestrel at Amwell by Mary Smith

Kestrel at Amwell on 9 February, image by Mary Smith

 

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.

26TH FEB: Amwell NR - Bittern Pool, Red Kite (Eduardo López-Salas)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Oystercatcher (Eduardo López-Salas)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 6 Goldeneye (Eduardo López-Salas)
Amwell NR - Hollycross Lake, 2 Smew, redheads (Eduardo López-Salas)
Childwick Bury nr St Albans, 3 Red Kite (Bill Free)
Childwick Bury nr St Albans, Raven (Bill Free)
Ellenbrook Fields nr Hatfield Garden Village, 3 Stonechat, edge of the old BT field (J Bird)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, Iceland Gull, 1st winter in roost, found by Steve Murray (Ian Bennell)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Little Egret (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 4 Stonechat (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 27 Common Snipe (Simon Knott)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), Woodcock (Lynne Lambert)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), Barn Owl, flew from trees behind reservoir (Lynne Lambert)
Northchurch nr Berkhamsted, Kingfisher, Dudswell Canal (Nick Goss)
Northchurch nr Berkhamsted, Blackcap, male on feeder (Nick Goss)
Northchurch nr Berkhamsted, Stonechat, female in Dudswell Field next to cricket club (Nick Goss)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Water Rail (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Oystercatcher, from Gadwall (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Red Kite, display flight (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 5 Common Snipe, from Gadwall (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Water Pipit, from Gadwall (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Stonechat, on meadow (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 6 Cetti's Warbler, singing birds (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Green Sandpiper (Allan Meadows)
Sandon, Mandarin (Ian Harris)
Stevenage, 10 Waxwing, 3.10pm Broadhall Way gunnelswood roundabout on rosehips then flew into glaxo complex (Colin Alderman)
The Commons LNR (Welwyn Garden City), 35 Linnet (Keith Smith)
The Commons LNR (Welwyn Garden City), 2 Red Kite (Keith Smith)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Caspian Gull (Andrew Steele)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Great Black-backed Gull (Andrew Steele)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Little Egret (Andrew Steele)
Tyttenhanger GPs - Willows Farm Lake, Little Owl, In usual tree (Andrew Steele)
Watton at Stone, 4 Red Kite (Ian Harris)

25TH FEB: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Caspian Gull, Ringed bird X307 T 3pm (John Yates)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, Blackcap, on feeder (Gary Hinton)
Coopers Green GPs - Stanborough GP, Green Sandpiper (Steven Pearce)
East Hyde, 2 Red Kite (David Lyons)
East Hyde, Kingfisher, male (David Lyons)
Frogmore Lakes nr Radlett, 11 Little Egret, 11 into roost by 17:15 (Alan Winn)
Harpenden, Blackcap, male on feeders (Robin Pearson)
Harpenden, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet, on garden feeders (Robin Pearson)
Hitchin, Little Egret, horse fields off Purwell Lane (David Inward)
Hitchin, Little Egret, In field off Ippollitts Brook back of Oakfield Avenue (Nigel Agar)
Hitchin, Little Egret, Walsworth Common (David Inward)
Oylers Farm nr Cheshunt, 103 Golden Plover, site also known as Theobalds Park Farm (Adam Wilson)
Panshanger Park, 2 Woodcock (Keith Smith)
Redbournbury, 2 Little Egret (John Fisher)
Redbournbury, c100 Fieldfare, south of Mill (John Fisher)
Redbournbury, c10 Redwing (John Fisher)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Oystercatcher (Bob Pedder)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Peregrine Falcon (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Shelduck (Bob Pedder)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Green Sandpiper (Bob Pedder)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Water Pipit (Bob Pedder)
Sandon, Mandarin, male on village pond (D Coates)
Scotsbridge Mill Watercress Beds nr Rickmansworth, 2 Common Snipe (G Lapworth)
Scotsbridge Mill Watercress Beds nr Rickmansworth, 2 Water Rail (G Lapworth)
Scotsbridge Mill Watercress Beds nr Rickmansworth, Kingfisher (G Lapworth)
Scotsbridge Mill Watercress Beds nr Rickmansworth, 2 Little Egret (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, 14 Goldeneye, 4m,10f (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, 6 Red-crested Pochard, 5m,1f (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, Little Egret (G Lapworth)
Tring, Barn Owl, dead bird on A41 just by west junction (Lee G R Evans)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 17 Tree Sparrow (Tyttenhanger Birders)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), Caspian Gull, 2nd calendar year (Tyttenhanger Birders)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Little Egret (Tyttenhanger Birders)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Green Sandpiper (Tyttenhanger Birders)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Great Black-backed Gull, 3rd winter (Tyttenhanger Birders)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Oystercatcher (John Yates)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 4 Golden Plover (Tyttenhanger Birders)
Wheathampstead, 2 Red Kite (David Lyons)

24TH FEB: Aldbury nr Tring, Raven, over HMWT's Aldbury Nowers nature reserve (Tim Hill)
East Hyde, Kingfisher (David Lyons)
Ellenbrook Fields nr Hatfield Garden Village, 2+ Stonechat, perimeter fence former BT field (David Wheatcroft)
Ellenbrook Fields nr Hatfield Garden Village, Chiffchaff, call (David Wheatcroft)
Hare Street nr Buntingford, Barn Owl, flew over B1368 about 0.5 miles north of Hare Street at 16:35 (Steve Hughes)
Highfield Farm nr Tyttenhanger, Little Owl (Rupert Evershed)
Hitchin, Little Egret, Walsworth Common (David Inward)
Hitchin, 2 Little Egret, horse fields off Purwell Lane (David Inward)
Panshanger (Welwyn Garden City), 15 Redwing, In Money Hole Park (Lee Fitz)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Water Pipit (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Bittern, flew to Kingfisher hide area, second bird Warbler hide area flew to Draper reedbed. (Vicky Buckel)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Oystercatcher, flew to Main Pit (S Blake/D Booth/ R Coombes)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Common Snipe (S Blake/D Booth/ R Coombes)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 4 Little Egret (S Blake/D Booth/ R Coombes)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Red Kite (S Blake/D Booth/ R Coombes)
Watercress LNR (St Albans), Kingfisher (Andrew Steele)
Watercress LNR (St Albans), 15+ Siskin (Andrew Steele)

23RD FEB: Berkhamsted, Little Egret, on River Bulbourne (Michael Anderson)
Harpenden, Blackcap, male on garden feeders (Robin Pearson)
Stevenage, 8 Waxwing, still present around Gunnels Wood and Six hills roundabout 8am and 1pm but mobile in v high winds (Phil Bishop)
Welwyn Garden City, Siskin, on feeder (Ivan Judd)

22ND FEB: Amwell NR - Tumbling Bay Lake, Woodcock (Alan Ford)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, Blackcap, male (Gary Hinton)
Burnham Green nr Welwyn, 4 Red Kite, in field to rear of Two Oaks Drive (Kevin Wright)
Cole Green Tip, 2 Stonechat (Andy Haig)
Cole Green Tip, 2 Yellowhammer (Andy Haig)
Coursers Farm (Tyttenhanger area), c60 Fieldfare, on model aircraft field (Peter Delaloye)
Coursers Farm (Tyttenhanger area), c6 Tree Sparrow, around feeders (Peter Delaloye)
Ellenbrook Fields nr Hatfield Garden Village, 2 Common Snipe, field near Astwick Manor (Ian Taylor)
Ellenbrook Fields nr Hatfield Garden Village, 3 Red Kite, near Astwick Manor (Ian Taylor)
Hertford, 60 Redwing, Morgans Walk (Alan Reynolds)
Hertford, 60 Fieldfare, Morgans Walk (Alan Reynolds)
Hitchin, Little Egret, Walsworth Common (David Inward)
Sherrardspark Wood nr WGC, 2 Siskin, in garden backing woods (Ivan Judd)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 220 Fieldfare, in field between farm and Colney Heath (David Booth)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 15+ Tree Sparrow (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Little Egret (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Kingfisher (Steve Blake)
Watford, Blackcap, male in my Oxhey Hall gdn (Joan Thompson)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, 2 Stonechat, along main track (G Lapworth)

21ST FEB: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Smew, Redhead (William Bishop)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, Blackcap, male on feeder (Gary Hinton)
Cassiobury Park, 15+ Siskin, in Alders by car park (Ian Bennell)
Cassiobury Park, Little Owl, in Oak by paddling pools (Ian Bennell)
Cassiobury Park, Egyptian Goose, flew south at 7.30am. (Ian Bennell)
Colliers End nr Standon, Barn Owl, along the A10 this morning (Roland Power)
Harpenden, Blackcap, female on feeders (Alan Jackson)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Kingfisher, pair (Gary Hinton)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Siskin, over the hide (Ian Bennell)
Northchurch nr Berkhamsted, 3 Lesser Redpoll, in back garden (Peter Medcalf)
Northchurch nr Berkhamsted, 2 Siskin, 1male 1female on feeder (Peter Medcalf)
Northchurch nr Berkhamsted, 2 Blackcap, male & female on feeder (Peter Medcalf)
Panshanger (Welwyn Garden City), 40 Redwing, In Money Hole Park (Lee Fitz)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 4 Common Snipe (Steve Blake)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Water Pipit, Gadwall hide (Steve Blake)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Shelduck (Steve Blake)
Stocker's Lake, 4 Red-crested Pochard, 2 pairs (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, 10 Goldeneye, 3m,7f (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, Cetti's Warbler, seen & heard (G Lapworth)
Tewin, 7 Yellowhammer, HMWT Tewin orchard (Jenny Sherwen)
Tringford Res (Tring Reservoirs), Green Sandpiper (Gary Hinton)
Tringford Res (Tring Reservoirs), Green Sandpiper, opposite the hide (Ian Bennell)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 10+ Tree Sparrow (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 26 Tree Sparrow, In hedge by feeder (Rupert Evershed)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Little Egret (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Water Rail (Steve Blake)
Walkern, Little Egret (Gary Sanderson)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Raven, flew south (Ian Bennell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Goldeneye, 1 male + 2 female (Ian Bennell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 4 Mediterranean Gull, at least 4 roosted this evening - adult summer, 2 2nd-winters and a 1st-winter (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 12 Common Snipe, in reed edge viewed from hide (Ian Bennell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 40+ Fieldfare, by Rushy Meadow (Ian Bennell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Little Egret, near hide (Ian Bennell)

20TH FEB: Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, Blackcap, male (Gary Hinton)
Ellenbrook Fields nr Hatfield Garden Village, 3 Stonechat, 2 males & female along wire fence around old BT site (Rupert Evershed)
Ellenbrook Fields nr Hatfield Garden Village, 100+ Fieldfare (Rupert Evershed)
Harpenden, Blackcap, female on feeders (Alan Jackson)
Panshanger (Welwyn Garden City), 35 Redwing, In Money Hole Park (Lee Fitz)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Raven, flew SW from Amwell to Broxbourne Woods area (Toby Spall)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Bittern, flew from north, lost to sight at about Dobbs Weir 0845 (Toby Spall)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - S lake, 3 Common Snipe (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - S lake, Green Sandpiper (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, 2 Oystercatcher (Jane Free)
Stevenage, Peregrine Falcon, briefly over the Leisure Park at 1pm (Phil Bishop)
Tring, Stonechat, female in the rough grass area of the Miswell Lane playing field (Nick Bowles)
Tringford Res (Tring Reservoirs), Green Sandpiper, on far bank opposite hide (Dave Hutchinson)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 4 Little Egret (Steven Pearce)
Watercress LNR (St Albans), 2 Siskin, Male and female at feeder
Watercress LNR (St Albans), Kingfisher
Waterford, 26 Wigeon, Goldings Canal (Simon Knott)
Woolmer Green, 2 Red Kite (Gary Sanderson)

19TH FEB: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Oystercatcher, on island at 7:00 (Allan Meadows)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 8 Goldeneye, 4 drake, 4 duck (Allan Meadows)
Amwell NR - Tumbling Bay Lake, Yellow-legged Gull, adult (Allan Meadows)
Batford, Kingfisher, by the mill (Janet and Francis Dowley)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, Blackcap, male on feeder (Gary Hinton)
Braughing, 50 Fieldfare, field north of Quinbury track (Paula Moore)
Braughing, Kingfisher, river Rib opposite Braughing station (Paula Moore)
East Hyde, 4 Red Kite (Janet and Francis Dowley)
East Hyde, Little Egret (Janet and Francis Dowley)
Harpenden, Blackcap, feeding on berries in garden (Janet and Francis Dowley)
Heartwood Forest - E of B651, 3 Yellowhammer, singing (Dan Fletcher)
Highfield Farm nr Tyttenhanger, Peregrine Falcon, adult on pylons (Rupert Evershed)
Highfield Farm nr Tyttenhanger, 3+ Yellowhammer, singing males (Rupert Evershed)
Highfield Farm nr Tyttenhanger, 300+ Redwing, In fields along Nightingale Lane (Rupert Evershed)
Highfield Farm nr Tyttenhanger, 200+ Fieldfare (Rupert Evershed)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, Stonechat, view from Hogg Lane viewing platform (Tony Blake)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, Goldeneye (Tony Blake)
Hitch Wood nr St Paul's Walden, 2 Marsh Tit (Tom Speller)
Hitchin, Little Egret, Walsworth Common (David Inward)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Stonechat (Simon Knott)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, heard only (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 2 Egyptian Goose (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 12 Redwing (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 14 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 2 Red Kite (Steve Carter)
Pigeonswick (Knebworth Woods), 2 Marsh Tit (Alan Ford)
Redbournbury, Green Sandpiper (John Pritchard)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Oystercatcher, Gadwall Hide (Luke Brookes)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Bittern, Kingfisher Hide (Luke Brookes)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Water Rail, Gadwall hide (Luke Brookes)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 3+ Cetti's Warbler, calling around reserve (Luke Brookes)
St Albans, 6 Redwing, Victoria Playing Fields (Bill Free)
Stevenage, 16 Waxwing, near Gunnels Wood Road/Fairlands Way Roundabout. (Alan Ford/Clive Harding/Nigel Agar)
Tyttenhanger Green nr St Albans, Woodcock, near Hill End Farm (Rupert Evershed)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, 3 Stonechat, by rubble heap (G Lapworth)

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