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

 

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.

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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.

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

Great Spotted Woodpecker in Hertford by Alan Reynolds

Great Spotted Woodpecker in a Hertford garden on 7 February, image by Alan Reynolds

Pied Wagtail in Stevenage by Gary Sanderson

Pied Wagtail in a Stevenage garden on 9 February, image by Gary Sanderson

Stock Doves at Lemsford Springs by Derek Girvan

Stock Doves at Lemsford Springs on 6 February, image by Derek Girvan

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.

24TH FEB: 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, 2 Little Egret, horse fields off Purwell Lane (David Inward)
Hitchin, Little Egret, Walsworth Common (David Inward)
Panshanger (Welwyn Garden City), 15 Redwing, In Money Hole Park (Lee Fitz)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Bittern, flew to Kingfisher hide area, second bird Warbler hide area flew to Draper reedbed. (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Water Pipit (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 Yellowhammer (Andy Haig)
Cole Green Tip, 2 Stonechat (Andy Haig)
Ellenbrook Fields nr Hatfield Garden Village, 3 Red Kite, near Astwick Manor (Ian Taylor)
Ellenbrook Fields nr Hatfield Garden Village, 2 Common Snipe, field 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, Kingfisher (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Little Egret (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)
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)
Northchurch nr Berkhamsted, 2 Siskin, 1male 1female on feeder (Peter Medcalf)
Northchurch nr Berkhamsted, 2 Blackcap, male & female on feeder (Peter Medcalf)
Northchurch nr Berkhamsted, 3 Lesser Redpoll, in back garden (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)
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), 4 Mediterranean Gull, at least 4 roosted this evening - adult summer, 2 2nd-winters and a 1st-winter (Lee G R Evans)

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, Bittern, flew from north, lost to sight at about Dobbs Weir 0845 (Toby Spall)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Raven, flew SW from Amwell to Broxbourne Woods area (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, 8 Goldeneye, 4 drake, 4 duck (Allan Meadows)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Oystercatcher, on island at 7:00 (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, Kingfisher, river Rib opposite Braughing station (Paula Moore)
Braughing, 50 Fieldfare, field north of Quinbury track (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, 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)
Highfield Farm nr Tyttenhanger, Peregrine Falcon, adult on pylons (Rupert Evershed)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, Goldeneye (Tony Blake)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, Stonechat, view from Hogg Lane viewing platform (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, 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)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, heard only (Steve Carter)
Pigeonswick (Knebworth Woods), 2 Marsh Tit (Alan Ford)
Redbournbury, Green Sandpiper (John Pritchard)
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)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Oystercatcher, Gadwall Hide (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)

18TH FEB: Amwell GP/NR (exact water not specified), 2 Marsh Tit, in trees next to path (Steve Clark)
Barley, 150 Redwing, mixed flock with Fieldfare and Mistle Thrush in the field of Lovely View Stables, adjacent to Barley Cricket Club .
Bengeo (Hertford), c10 Red Kite, between Bengeo and Stony Hills (Mark Harris)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, Blackcap, male on feeder (Gary Hinton)
Brocket Park, Peregrine Falcon (Simon Knott & William Bishop)
Chorleywood, 2 Redwing (Lee G R Evans)
East Hyde, Stonechat, male among scrub from bridge (Darin Stanley)
East Hyde, 2 Little Owl, in usual tree (Darin Stanley)
East Hyde, Water Rail, in channel (Darin Stanley)
East Hyde, Little Egret (Darin Stanley)
East Hyde, Mandarin, male among mallard on river lea outside East Hyde farm (Darin Stanley)
Gosmore Hill nr Hitchin, Barn Owl (Clive Harding)
Harpenden, Blackcap, male on feeders (Robin Pearson)
Harpenden, Blackcap, female on feeders (Alan Jackson)
Hitchin, Little Egret, Walsworth Common (David Inward)
Hitchin, Common Snipe, TL206293 (Martin Ketcher)
Northchurch nr Berkhamsted, 2 Blackcap, male and female on feeder (Hazel Medcalf)
Oughtonhead nr Hitchin, 4 Red Kite, over Redhill Road/Moss Way (Rob Stubbs)
Potters Bar, Red Kite, High over Darkes Lane (Frances Hurst)
Preston, Barn Owl, TL169245 (Martin Ketcher)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, Oystercatcher (Jane Free)
Stevenage, 10 Waxwing, 4.30pm by the roundabout Gunnels Wood Road, Six Hills Way (Ian Harris)
Stevenage, Peregrine Falcon, 'Vista Tower'(formerly southgate house) on roof bars on north side of the building 7.05am (Tom Speller)
Stevenage, 16 Waxwing, next to railway line from Argyle way (Tom Speller)
Stocker's Lake, Little Egret (Chris Ruis)
Stocker's Lake, 4 Ring-necked Parakeet (Chris Ruis)
Stocker's Lake, 14 Goldeneye, 4m,10f (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, Kingfisher, at Kingfisher hide (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, Red-crested Pochard, male (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, 5 Red-crested Pochard, 4 male, 1 female (Chris Ruis)
Therfield Heath, 10 Linnet (Lee G R Evans)
Therfield Heath, 10 Grey Partridge (Lee G R Evans)
Therfield Heath, Red Kite (Lee G R Evans)
Therfield Heath, 2 Yellowhammer (Lee G R Evans)
Tring, Little Owl, 17:00 Perched in tree at Miswell Farm (Sally Douglas)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 20+ Tree Sparrow (Steve Blake et al)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Oystercatcher (Steve Blake et al)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Black-tailed Godwit, colour ringed (Steve Blake et al)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 15 Common Snipe (Steven Pearce)
Ware, 3 Red Kite, with Sparrowhawk over Lime Close (Derrick Ling)
Weston, Little Owl (Andrew coates)
Willows Farm (Tyttenhanger area), Little Egret, on field by Willows Farm Lake (Steven Pearce)

17TH FEB: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Yellow-legged Gull, adult still present this afternoon (Ade Hall)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 7 Goldeneye, 4 male and 3 female (Andrew Coates)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Marsh Tit (Andrew Coates)
Barley, 30 Fieldfare, on field of Barley cricket club
Berkhamsted, Kingfisher, along rive in town. (Steve Clark)
Berkhamsted, 2 Blackcap, male and female on meal worms (Mike Spittles)
Berkhamsted, Chiffchaff, along river in town. (Steve Clark)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, Blackcap, male on feeder (Gary Hinton)
Broxbourne Woods - Danemead Wood, 50+ Redwing (Jenny Sherwen)
Bury Lake nr Rickmansworth, 2 Red-crested Pochard, pair (Joan Thompson)
East Hyde, 2 Little Owl, pair in usual tree (Darin Stanley)
East Hyde, Mandarin, male at the farm (Alan Ford)
East Hyde, Water Rail (Alan Ford)
East Hyde, Kingfisher (Alan Ford)
East Hyde, 2 Stonechat, resident pair remain on site (Darin Stanley)
Harpenden, Blackcap, female on feeder (Alan Jackson)
Hitchin, Little Egret, Walsworth Common (David Inward)
Hitchin, Little Egret, Ippollitttes brook back of Oakfield Avenue (Nigel Agar)
Kimpton Mill, Egyptian Goose (Alan Ford)
Lemsford Springs, 6 Siskin (Allan Meadows)
Lemsford Springs, Little Egret (Allan Meadows)
Lemsford Springs, 3 Water Rail (Allan Meadows)
Lemsford Springs, 2 Green Sandpiper (Allan Meadows)
Stevenage, 12 Waxwing, flying south 4pm at GSK, Gunnelswood Road (Trevor Chapman)
Stevenage, 20 Waxwing, Argyle Rd in tree opp entrance to leisure park.still at 3.30pm (Paula Moore/Gary Sanderson)
The Commons LNR (Welwyn Garden City), Yellowhammer (Keith Smith/Keith Dean)
The Commons LNR (Welwyn Garden City), 30 Linnet (Keith Smith/Keith Dean)
The Commons LNR (Welwyn Garden City), 7 Redwing (Keith Smith/Keith Dean)
Tring, Little Egret, in tree above brook beside Brook Street (David Jenkinson)

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