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Redstart by Clive Harding

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

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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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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.

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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

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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.

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.

Grey Wagtails by Rowenna Davies

Grey Wagtails in a Park Street garden on 5 April 2014, image by Rowenna Davies.

Grey Heron with young at Verulamium Park on 2 April. Image by Brian Gleeson.

Kingfishers at Rye Meads on 27 March 2014. Image by Jackie Brunt.

Wheatear by Simon Knott

Wheatear at Chadwell Springs Golf Course on 2 April 2014, image by Simon Knott.

Wren by Jono Forgham

Wren at Little Hadham on 2 April 2014, image by Jono Forgham.

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Latest sightings

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

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)
Hertingfordbury, 2 Grey Wagtail, Pair by Mimram (David Wheatcroft)
Hertingfordbury, 3 Mandarin, male in flight, pair by Mimram (David Wheatcroft)
Hertingfordbury, Barnacle Goose, feral (David Wheatcroft)
Hertingfordbury, 2+ Cetti's Warbler, Calling (David Wheatcroft)
Hertingfordbury, 2 Sedge Warbler (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, 9 Sedge Warbler (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Yellow Wagtail, Park Mead (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 4 Whitethroat (Simon Knott)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 2 Egyptian Goose (Anna Marett)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, 3 Wheatear, m & 2f (Tom Speller)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, 2 Grey Partridge (Tom Speller)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, Whitethroat (Tom Speller)
Therfield Heath, Corn Bunting (Tony Cobb)
Therfield Heath, Lesser Whitethroat (Tony Cobb)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, Swallow, Nettleden road .on telegraph wire by horse paddock (Lee batten)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, Yellow Wagtail, horse paddock just off Nettleden Rd (Lee Batten)

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, Lesser Redpoll (Alan Jackson)
Codicote Bottom, Garden Warbler (Alan Jackson)
Codicote Bottom, Lesser Whitethroat (Alan Jackson)
Codicote Bottom, Red Kite (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, Whitethroat (Derek Turner)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, Yellow Wagtail, over dam (Ian Bennell)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, House Martin (Ian Bennell)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, 3 Common Sandpiper, along dam (Ian Bennell)
Hitchin, Whitethroat, near Ashbrook Farm (Callum Peel)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 5 Sedge Warbler (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Lesser Whitethroat (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 2 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), 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)
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)
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, Whitethroat (David Cousins)
Thorley Wash nr Bishop's Stortford, Cuckoo (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), 7 House Martin (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Raven (Steve Rodwell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Mandarin, pair by jetty (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Yellow Wagtail (Steve Rodwell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Wigeon (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Lesser Whitethroat (Steve Rodwell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 30 Swallow (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Oystercatcher (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Cuckoo (Jenny Sherwen/Paul Thrush)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 90 Sand Martin (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Curlew, pair and a single bird flew over in a westerly direction. (Steve Rodwell)

16TH APR: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 4 Common Tern, From the viewpoint at dusk. (Ron Cousins)
Beech Farm GP nr St Albans, Cuckoo, calling briefly (David Booth)
Beech Farm GP nr St Albans, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, singing nr red and white gate (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, 3 Mandarin, Sutton Farm GP. 2m 1f (David Booth)
Coopers Green Lane nr St Albans, Green Sandpiper, Sutton Farm GP (David Booth)
Croxley Common Moor, Cuckoo, male seen & heard (G Lapworth)
Digswell Meadow, Green Sandpiper (David Booth)
Essendon, Lesser Whitethroat, Singing at Essendon West End. (Roger Buxton)
Frogmore Lakes nr Radlett, Whitethroat (Alan Gardiner)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, Common Tern (Derek Turner)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, Whitethroat (Derek Turner)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, Swallow (Derek Turner)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 3 Sedge Warbler (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Whitethroat (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 Egret (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 4 Shelduck (Allan Meadows)
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)
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)
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, Whitethroat (Ken & Linda Smith)
West End nr Essendon, 2 Cuckoo, calling (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, 3 Little Egret (John Fisher)
Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, 2 Redshank, on floodplain (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)
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), 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)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Common Tern (Lee G R Evans)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), Redshank (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 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)
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)
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, 14 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 3 Egyptian Goose (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 2 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, pair calling (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 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)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 White Wagtail (Steve Rodwell)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), Oystercatcher (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, Tree Sparrow (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Redshank (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Little Ringed Plover (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, Corn Bunting, male singing (Chris Bessant)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, Lesser Whitethroat, singing (Paul Lewis)

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, 3 Sedge Warbler (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 2 Willow 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, Red Kite, Sutton Farm GP (David Wheatcroft)
Coopers Green Lane nr St Albans, 3 Mandarin, Sutton Farm GP (map ref: 197102). (Steven Pearce)
Croxley Common Moor, Wheatear, male (Andrew Moon)
Croxley Common Moor, 4 Swallow (Stephen Middleton)
Croxley Common Moor, Cuckoo, male seen & heard (G Lapworth)
Croxley Common Moor, Whitethroat, singing (Andrew Moon)
Croxley Common Moor, 2 Grey Wagtail (Stephen Middleton)
Croxley Common Moor, 2 Common Tern (G Lapworth)
Croxley Common Moor, 2 Willow Warbler, singing (Andrew Moon)
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, 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)
Hatfield Garden Village, 4 Yellow Wagtail, Stanborough GP (map ref:215109). (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, Common Sandpiper, on dam (Derek Turner)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, Willow Warbler, singing (Derek Turner)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, 3 Swallow, over NW (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, 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)
Panshanger Park, Cetti's Warbler (Jennifer Gilbert)
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)

11TH APR: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Little Ringed Plover (Robert Chapman)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Redshank (Robert Chapman)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Cetti's Warbler (Robert Chapman)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Swallow (Robert Chapman)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Common Tern (Ade Hall)
Digswell, 2 Green Sandpiper, B1000 roundabout flood plain. (Drew Whitelegg)
Digswell, 2 Mandarin, Pair. B1000 flood plain. (Drew Whitelegg)
Hitchin, Peregrine Falcon (Callum Peel)
Hitchin, Willow Warbler (Callum Peel)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Little Egret (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 2 Sedge Warbler (Simon Knott)
Kings Langley, 3 White Wagtail, still in ploughed field by Middle Farm (Samuel Perfect)
Kings Langley, Cetti's Warbler, still on canal by KL Fisheries (Samuel Perfect)
Kings Langley, Wheatear (Samuel Perfect)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), Cetti's Warbler (Jeff Bailey)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Marsh Harrier, male (Ade Hall)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Sedge Warbler (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 4 Willow Warbler, singing (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Garganey, m & f still at 14.05 (Ade Hall/Allan Meadows)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 4 Common Tern (Jeff Bailey)
Stocker's Farm, 4 Swallow (Geoff Young)
Stocker's Farm, 2 Sand Martin (Geoff Young)
Tewin, Cuckoo, 2nd evening calling 19.50 (Keith Smith)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Red Kite (S Blake/M Upstone)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Yellow Wagtail (David Booth)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Whitethroat (David Booth)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Little Ringed Plover (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Willow Warbler (S Blake/M Upstone)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, Yellow Wagtail (Dan Forder)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, 2 Swallow (Dan Forder)

10TH APR: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 3 Little Ringed Plover (Drew Lyness)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Grasshopper Warbler (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 4 Redshank (Drew Lyness)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Reed Warbler (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Red Kite (Drew Lyness)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Sedge Warbler (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 10+ Swallow (Drew Lyness)
Ayot St Lawrence, 2 Lesser Redpoll (Drew Whitelegg)
Baldock, 3 Swallow (Andrew Coates)
Benington, Barn Owl, over set-aside (Kathy Sharman)
Benington, Willow Warbler, singing (Kathy Sharman)
Benington, 3 Swallow (Kathy Sharman)
Brocket Park, 2 Grey Wagtail, at bridge over lake. (Drew Whitelegg)
Cole Green area, Wheatear, male on bare mud of extraction pit (Tony Wileman)
Elstree, Ring-necked Parakeet, over Centennial Park (Paul Unwin)
Harpenden Common, Willow Warbler (Ann Doubleday)
Hatfield Aerodrome (disused), Wheatear (Drew Lyness)
Hatfield Aerodrome (disused), 4 Willow Warbler (Drew Lyness)
Hatfield Aerodrome (disused), 2 Mandarin (David Wheatcroft)
Hatfield Aerodrome (disused), Common Snipe (Drew Lyness)
Hemel Hempstead, Willow Warbler, NE Gadebridge Park (Dan Forder)
Hitchin, Barn Owl, Graveley Lane (Robert Chapman)
Hitchin, Willow Warbler (Chris Woodham)
Kings Langley, Wheatear (Samuel Perfect)
Kings Langley, 2 White Wagtail, in ploughed field by Middle Farm (Samuel Perfect)
Moor Lane nr Rickmansworth, Egyptian Goose (Joan Thompson)
Panshanger (Welwyn Garden City), 20+ House Martin (Roger Jones)
Picotts End nr Hemel Hempstead, 3 Willow Warbler (Dan Forder)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 4 Shelduck (Drew Lyness)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Willow Warbler (Drew Lyness)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Water Rail (Drew Lyness)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 6+ Cetti's Warbler (Drew Lyness)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Sedge Warbler (Drew Lyness)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Little Owl (Phil Rhodes)
Sherrardspark Wood nr WGC, 3 Willow Warbler (Drew Whitelegg)
St Albans, 2 Kingfisher, at the Watercress Beds LNR (Andrew Steele)
St Albans, Red Kite, Watercress Beds LNR (Andrew Steele)
St Ippollitts nr Hitchin, 3 Swallow, near to the sewage treatment works (Chris Woodham)
St Ippollitts nr Hitchin, Ring-necked Parakeet (Chris Woodham)
St Ippollitts nr Hitchin, Yellow Wagtail (Michael Hooper)
Stanborough Lakes nr WGC, 3 Grey Wagtail (Drew Whitelegg)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Common Tern (Jjeff Bailey)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Redshank (Jeff Bailey)
Stocker's Farm, 3 Swallow (Joan Thompson)
Tewin, Cuckoo, calling this evening. (Keith Smith)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 2 Oystercatcher (Mike Upstone)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), Red Kite, over garden wood area (Mike Upstone)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Tree Sparrow (Tony Wileman)
Verulamium Park, Willow Warbler (Andrew Steele)
Verulamium Park, Little Egret, in heronry (Murray Brown)
Verulamium Park, 2 Grey Wagtail (Murray Brown)
Verulamium Park, Little Egret (Andrew Steele)
Waterford, Cuckoo, heard this morning (Paul Oliver)
Welwyn Garden City, 2 Red Kite (Drew Whitelegg)
Welwyn Garden City, Willow Warbler, in woods Money Hole Park (Roger Jones)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 50 Sand Martin (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 12 Swallow (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Oystercatcher, on tern raft (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Willow Warbler (Jeff Bailey)

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