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

Adult Marsh Warbler caught at Marsworth Res by Tring Ringing Group at 6.30am on 2 August 2015, the bird had been ringed in France, image by Colin Lambert. Lots more details on Friends of Tring Res website.

Photographers: please send your images for the website to Herts Bird Photos. More photographs, here, on our Flickr page and in the Photo Gallery. Follow 'Herts Bird News' on Twitter (@Hertsbirds)

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

Our brilliant new book
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).

Ken Smith's House Martin challenge.
See the first results - more to do - can you help?
BTO/Herts House Martin survey - please visit your allocated squares now.

The Hilfield Park reservoir wildlife report for 2013 is now available here for download

 

 

 

 

Have you seen a rabbit, mole hill, deer, hare, fox, squirrel, badger, frog or slow worm? Then please submit these and any other sightings and field signs to our new countywide survey of mammals, amphibians and reptiles, full details Herts Mammals Atlas.

The Hertfordshire Bird Report 2013

buy a copy for £10

 

Herts Wetland Birds Survey (WeBS) 2013 results

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

BTO Hertfordshire news and information from our Regional Rep, Chris Dee.

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.

Dunlin at Startop's End reservoir on 31 July, image by Ann Doubleday

Grey Heron at Rye Meads on 21 July, image by Brian Gleeson

Stock Doves at Rye Meads on 21 July, image by Alan Reynolds

Kingfisher at Rye Meads on 22 July, image by Ray Kilham

Redshank at Fairlands Valley Park, Stevenage on 25 July, image by Julian Evan-Hart

Pectoral Sandpiper at Startops Reservoir, Tring on 25 July, image by Ian Williams

Common Tern at Rye Meads on 21 July, image by Alan Reynolds

Green Sandpiper at Wilstone reservoir on 17 July, image by Andrew Steele

 

One of the two juvenile Redshanks raised at King's Meads this year on 20 July, image by Simon Knott

Ring Ouzel at the Affinity Water site at Weston Hills  on 16 July, an unusual date for the species, image by Susan Walsby

Yellow Wagtail near Pirton on 14 July, image by Tom Speller

Green Woodpecker at Southern Green on 13 July, image by John Dingemans

Great Crested Grebes at Tyttenhanger GPs  on 9 July, image by Ann Doubleday

Spotted Flycatcher at Startop's End reservoir on 4 July, image by Paul Higgs

Kingfisher at Rye Meads on 23 June, image by Brian Gleeson

Common Sandpiper at Startop's End reservoir on 08 July, image by Paul Higgs

Ringed Plover at Startop's End reservoir on 02 July, image by Paul Higgs

​​ For more photographs, visit the gallery

Latest sightings

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

3RD AUG: Hemel Hempstead, Red Kite (Michael Howard)
Hemel Hempstead, 5 Swift (Michael Howard)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), Mandarin (Lee G R Evans)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, 2 Whinchat, adult male with either female/juvenile on fenceline by distant marsh and viewable only from road 100 yards north of Shafford Farm looking through hedgerow at 4-500 yards range (John Pritchard/Lee Evans)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Grey Wagtail (Lee G R Evans)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), Spotted Flycatcher (Lee G R Evans)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 8 Common Tern (Lee G R Evans)
Tringford Res (Tring Reservoirs), 32 House Martin (Lee G R Evans)
Tringford Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Water Rail, 2 juveniles locally bred (Lee G R Evans)
Tringford Res (Tring Reservoirs), 10 Swallow (Lee G R Evans)
Tringford Res (Tring Reservoirs), 6 Common Tern (Lee G R Evans)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 3 Common Sandpiper (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 3 Oystercatcher, inc 1 juvenile (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 3 Little Egret (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 14+ Common Tern, inc 2 juvenile (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Peregrine Falcon (Steve Blake)
Watton at Stone, 5 Red Kite, over stubble off High Elms Lane. (Nigel Denison)
Willows Farm (Tyttenhanger area), Little Owl (Steve Blake/Alan Gardiner)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 13 Little Egret, seemingly 5 young fledged from two nests (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Grey Wagtail (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Green Sandpiper (Lee G R Evans)

2ND AUG: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Greenshank (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 3 Common Sandpiper (Barry Reed)
Benington, c50 Swallow, adults and young on telegraph wires (Kathy Sharman)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, Red Kite (G Hinton)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 2 Swift (G Hinton)
Chapmore End nr Ware, 5 Red Kite, hunting over stubble field (Kathy Sharman)
Coopers Green GPs - Sutton Farm GP, Green Sandpiper (Steven Pearce)
Dawley Wood nr Tewin, 4 Red Kite, In newly cut oilseed rape field adjoining wood. (Kevin Wright)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), Marsh Warbler, adult French ringed bird, caught during ringing session and released (Katherine Bennett)
Panshanger Park, Hobby, over Riverside lake. (Jennifer Gilbert)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, 2 Whinchat, just north of Shafford Farm on wire fence bordering the marsh. (John Pritchard)
Standalone Farm nr Letchworth, 12 Green Sandpiper (James Walsh)
Stocking Pelham, 35+ House Martin (andy brown)
Willows Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 3 Oystercatcher, 3 adults feeding at dusk then flew off NW (Andrew Steele)
Willows Farm (Tyttenhanger area), Red Kite (Andrew Steele)
Willows Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 2 Little Egret (Andrew Steele)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Sandwich Tern, flew though SW at 5.25am (Ian Williams)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Curlew, flew through SW at 6.55am (Ian Williams)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Green Sandpiper, near to hide (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 7 Little Egret (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 14 Common Tern (Jeff Bailey)

1ST AUG: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 15 Siskin, all juveniles (Barry Reed)
Bishop's Stortford, 100+ Swift, between 4 and 14 individuals moving SSW between 2000 and 2035 hrs
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 8 Swift (G Hinton)
Kimpton, 12 Red Kite, juveniles and adults with four buzzards (Keith Smith)
Little Offley, 9 House Martin, 9 nests on Little Offley farmhouse (Ken & Linda Smith)
Panshanger Park, Hobby (Jennifer Gilbert/Ian Carle)
Redericks Farm nr Harlow, Common Sandpiper, On Redricks lakes (Martin Ketcher)
Rye Park (Hoddesdon), Peregrine Falcon (Roland Power)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Little Egret (John Pritchard)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, 300+ Swallow (John Pritchard)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, 5 Raven (John Pritchard)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, 2 Egyptian Goose (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, Kingfisher (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, Green Sandpiper (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, Oystercatcher (Jane Free)
Stevenage, Peregrine Falcon, on Southgate House at 10am (Mike Ilett)
Tewin, 2 Hobby (Keith Smith)
Weston, 6 Swift (Andrew Coates)

31ST JUL: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 10 Siskin, all those seen well were juveniles (Barry Reed)
Berkhamsted, 50+ Swift (Mike Spittles)
Loefield Grove nr Watton at Stone, 7 Red Kite, over stubble fields (Nigel Denison)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), Dunlin (Ann Doubleday)
Stevenage, Peregrine Falcon, Southgate House (Rob Stubbs)
Thundridge, Red Kite (Derrick Ling)
Walkern, Corn Bunting, singing between Walkern and Old Hall Green (Nigel Denison)
Wallington, 2 Red Kite (Andrew Coates)
Weston, 2 Barn Owl (Andrew Coates)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Common Sandpiper (Ann Doubleday)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Green Sandpiper (Ann Doubleday)

30TH JUL: Baldock, 40+ Swift (Andrew Coates)
Hemel Hempstead, 20+ Swift (Stuart Harrison)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 2 Redshank, juveniles (Simon Knott)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Mandarin (G Hinton)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), Water Rail, by overflow bridge (G Hinton)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 15 Swallow (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, Egyptian Goose (Steve Carter)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Grey Wagtail (G Hinton)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), Little Ringed Plover, near steps down to road (G Hinton)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 6+ Swallow (G Hinton)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 4 Common Tern (G Hinton)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 8 House Martin (G Hinton)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), Oystercatcher, probably the same bird as at Wilstone (G Hinton)
Tringford Res (Tring Reservoirs), Common Tern (G Hinton)
Tringford Res (Tring Reservoirs), Little Egret (G Hinton)
Weston, 3 Swift, my in ain group have already migrated (Andrew Coates)
Wheathampstead, Red Kite (Dr Richard Melarange)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Common Tern (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Red Kite (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Other, Black swan (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Grey Wagtail (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Oystercatcher, on spit (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Green Sandpiper, near old overflow area (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 5 Little Egret (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 10+ Sand Martin (G Hinton)

29TH JUL: Burnham Green nr Welwyn, Barn Owl, White Horse Lane at 8pm (David Booth)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 3 Redshank (Simon Knott)
Panshanger Park, 5 Common Tern, Over Osprey Lake (Jennifer Gilbert)
Panshanger Park, 2 Little Egret, On Osprey Lake island (Jennifer Gilbert)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 3 Green Sandpiper (Rob Hall)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Garganey, female from Gadwall hide (Rob Hall)
Sarratt, 2 Red Kite, Over Blunts Wood (Anna Marett)
Stevenage, Red Kite, field NE of junction 8 A1(M) TL227271 (David Inward)
Stocker's Farm, 3 Egyptian Goose, on canal bank (Charlie Ramsay)
Stocker's Lake, Kingfisher (Charlie Ramsay)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 6+ Tree Sparrow (Alan Gardiner)

28TH JUL: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Crossbill, male, flew west at 06.37 (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Other, Black-bellied Whistling Duck roosting on island from viewpoint (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Hobby (Jane Free)
Amwell NR - Hollycross Lake, 2 Hobby (Ken Smith)
Amwell NR - Hollycross Lake, Cetti's Warbler, brief song (Ken Smith)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 3 Redshank, Park Mead (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Kingfisher, East pool (Simon Knott)
Oughtonhead nr Hitchin, Red Kite, over Kings Hedges (Rob Stubbs)
Pitstone No 2 Quarry, Little Ringed Plover (Lee G R Evans)
Pitstone No 2 Quarry, 4 Swallow (Lee G R Evans)
Rickmansworth, Red Kite, Sandy Lodge golf course (Anna Marett)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), 3 Oystercatcher (Jane Free)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 6 Common Tern (Lee G R Evans)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), Red-crested Pochard (Lee G R Evans)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 56 Sand Martin (Lee G R Evans)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Grey Wagtail (Lee G R Evans)
Tringford Res (Tring Reservoirs), 5 Sand Martin (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 80 Sand Martin (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Kingfisher, west corner (L. Flower)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 4 Red Kite (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 6 Little Egret (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Arctic Tern, 3 adults moved quickly through to the west at 1053 (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 25 House Martin (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 5 Grey Wagtail (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Green Sandpiper, south west shoreline (L. Flower)

27TH JUL: Batford, Marsh Harrier, male over crop field then through farmers field (Darin Stanley)
Batford, 2 Raven (Darin Stanley)
Hertford, Red Kite, low over A414 (Allan Meadows)
Hitchin, Red Kite, Purwell Estate TL201299 (David Inward)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), Grey Wagtail (G Hinton)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), Kingfisher (G Hinton)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Common Tern (G Hinton)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), Mandarin (G Hinton)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Swallow (G Hinton)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), 15+ Sand Martin (G Hinton)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 4 Green Sandpiper, from Draper hide (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Little Egret, from Draper Hide (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 3 Oystercatcher, from Gadwall hide (Allan Meadows)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 10+ Swallow (G Hinton)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 25+ Sand Martin (G Hinton)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), Red Kite (G Hinton)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 10+ House Martin (G Hinton)
Stocker's Farm, Barn Owl, quartering over "flooded" field at 8.25 pm (Charlie Ramsay)
Stocker's Lake, 3 Egyptian Goose, 2 adults 1 young on canal (Charlie Ramsay)
Stocker's Lake, Hobby (Charlie Ramsay)
Tringford Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Common Tern (G Hinton)
Tringford Res (Tring Reservoirs), Kingfisher (G Hinton)
Tringford Res (Tring Reservoirs), 10+ Swallow (G Hinton)
Watton at Stone, Raven, over garden and allotments (Tony Barrett)
Watton at Stone, Kingfisher, River Beane (Tony Barrett)
Watton at Stone, Red Kite (Tony Barrett)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 5 Little Egret (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 25+ House Martin (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 25+ Sand Martin (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 35+ Swift (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Red Kite (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Common Tern (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Green Sandpiper (G Hinton)

​​2013 Hertfordshire Bird Report – now available

The 2013 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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