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

Oystercatcher at Statop's End reservoir on 26 June, image by Paul Higgs

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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

Norfolk Hawker at Amwell NR - another new dragonfly for Hertfordshire.

Please help with our 2015 House Martin survey - volunteers are still needed for nine areas - details here

 

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.

Hertfordshire Bird Report 2013
now published and distributed to Herts Bird Club members
buy a copy for £10

 

 

Our brilliant new book
Birds of Hertfordshire
by Ken Smith, Chris Dee, Jack Fearnside and Mike Ilett
- published on 24 February
- review by Andrew Moon
- buy now direct from Herts Bird Club for only £34 (or £39 by post).

Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers - getting better nest records

 

 

Last call for 2014 records

The Hertfordshire Bird Report 2013 .

Herts Wetland Birds Survey (WeBS) 2013 results

Hertfordshire Bird Atlas 2007-12 - all the results

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.

An unseasonal Siskin visiting a Stevenage garden feeder on 29 June, image by Steve Lane

Kestrels at Rye Meads on 19 June, image by Brian Gleeson

Blackcap at Harpenden Common on 24 June, image by Ann Doubleday

Little Egret at Amwell on 20 June, image by Katy Smith

Spotted Flycatcher at Startop's End reservoir on 24 June, image by Paul Higgs

Sedge Warbler at Panshanger Park on 23 June, image by Tim Hill who remarks that it is a fantastic place for bird photography

Garganey at Rye Meads on 23 June, image by Alan Reynolds

Grey Heron at Rye Meads on 08 June, image by Ray Kilham

Kingfisher at Stockers Lake on 12 June, image by Paul Higgs

Great Crested Grebe at Fairlands Valley Park on 15 June, image by Katy Smith

Sedge Warbler at Rye Meads on 12 June, image by Katy Smith

Reed Warbler at Panshanger Park on 12 June, image by Tim Hill

 

​​ 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.

1ST JUL: Panshanger (Welwyn Garden City), Peregrine Falcon, over my garden towards WGC. (Roger Jones)
Wormley, Hawfinch, 2 sightings of Hawfinch in garden (Wormley West End) (Graham White)

30TH JUN: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Common Sandpiper (Ann Doubleday)
Croxley Green, Red Kite (Charlie Ramsay)
Heartwood Forest - Langley Wood, Hobby (Andrew Steele)
Heartwood Forest - Langley Wood, Red Kite (Andrew Steele)
Lemsford Springs, Green Sandpiper (Drew Lyness)
Lemsford Springs, Red Kite (Drew Lyness)
Lemsford Springs, Mandarin, eclipse male (Drew Lyness)
Maple Cross, 8 Swift (Steve Carter)
Maple Lodge NR, 8 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steve Carter)
Maple Lodge NR, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, male at base of alder in plantation (member only) (Steve Carter)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), 6 Common Tern (Lee G R Evans)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, 2 Grey Partridge, pair (Tom Speller)
Stanborough Lakes nr WGC, 2 Grey Wagtail, in tunnel between lakes
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 6 Grey Wagtail, pair with 2 recently fledged juveniles (Lee G R Evans)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 5 Pied Wagtail, pair feeding 3 juveniles on raft (Lee G R Evans)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), Common Tern (Lee G R Evans)
Stevenage, Peregrine Falcon, on 'T' Southgate House until 12.15 at least (Tom Speller/Chris LP/Gary Sanderson)
Stocker's Lake, Kingfisher (Charlie Ramsay)
Stocker's Lake, 3 Little Egret (Charlie Ramsay)
Tringford Res (Tring Reservoirs), Common Tern (Lee G R Evans)
Tringford Res (Tring Reservoirs), Red Kite (Lee G R Evans)
Watford, Red Kite, above the Holywell Allotments. (Hilary Weston)
Weston, Little Owl (Andrew Coates)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Little Egret, adult and 2 juveniles; 2 occupied nests still (of 3) (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 8 Common Tern (Lee G R Evans)

29TH JUN: Bernards Heath (St Albans), 2 Ring-necked Parakeet, over Sandridge/Lancaster Road (David Utting)
Bishop's Stortford, Red Kite, flying over Rye Street. (Dr Richard Melarange)
Bishop's Stortford, c20 Swift, over Barrelsdown Road. (Dr Richard Melarange)
Harpenden, 2 Red Kite (Robin Pearson)
Hatfield Garden Village, Red Kite, over (John Coleman)
Hertford, c30 Swift (Jenny Sherwen)
Lemsford Springs, Green Sandpiper (Barry Trevis)
Lemsford Springs, Mandarin, male in eclipse plumage (Barry Trevis)
Maple Cross, 2 Red Kite, over Denham Way (Steve Carter)
Maple Cross, 8 Swift, some entering nest sites (Steve Carter)
Merry Hill nr Bushey, 300 Swift (Patty Briggs)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Little Ringed Plover (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Red Kite (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Egyptian Goose (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 5 Green Sandpiper (Allan Meadows)
St Albans, Red Kite, over Hatfield Road cemetery (Matt Bailey)
Stevenage, Siskin, unseasonal garden visitor, coming to feeders in my Great Ashby garden (Steve Lane)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 6+ Tree Sparrow (A Gardiner/S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Kingfisher (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 8+ Common Tern (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Hobby (A Gardiner/S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Oystercatcher, Feeding on spit at 9.30pm after being on willow farm field earlier (andrew steele)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Little Ringed Plover (A Gardiner/S Blake)
Willows Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 5 Oystercatcher, 2ad + 3yng (S Blake)
Willows Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 2 Yellow Wagtail (Andrew Steele)

28TH JUN: Coopers Green GPs - Stanborough GP, 2 Mandarin, females. (Steven Pearce)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 2 Common Tern (Steve Carter)
Radlett, Red Kite (Lyn Graham-Taylor)
Redbournbury, Grey Wagtail (John Pritchard)
Rusling End nr Langley, Spotted Flycatcher, flew into house through open window (Julie Wise)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Yellow Wagtail, on plant tops in wheat field (John Pritchard)
Tewin, 3 Little Owl, 1 adult (Keith Smith)

27TH JUN: Garden Wood (Tyttenhanger area), Ring-necked Parakeet (S Blake)
Harpenden, Red Kite, Low over railway station (Alan Jackson)
Letchworth Sewage Treatment Works, Green Sandpiper (Gareth Dagnall)
Letchworth Sewage Treatment Works, Red Kite (Gareth Dagnall)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, Common Tern (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, Red Kite (Steve Carter)
Perry Green nr Much Hadham, Red Kite, over St Elizabeth's Centre (Gillian Price)
Radlett, Red Kite, Porters Park GC (Lyn Graham-Taylor)
Rusling End nr Langley, Little Owl, sitting in walnut tree in garden (Julie Wise)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 4 Ruff, still present at 1600 (Toby Spall)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, Ring-necked Parakeet (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, Little Egret (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, 2 Common Tern (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, 2 Kingfisher, Stock pit (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Jane Free)
Stocker's Lake, 15 Little Egret (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, 2 Little Egret (Charlie Ramsay)
Stocker's Lake, 34 Common Tern, incl 6 young on raft (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, Hobby, high over Grand Union canal (Stephen Middleton)
Stocker's Lake, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet, by river Colne (Charlie Ramsay)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 8+ Tree Sparrow (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - Coursers Road GPs, Cuckoo, flying towards Willows Farm (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Grey Wagtail (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Red Kite (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - Willows Farm Lake, 4 Oystercatcher, 1 adult and 3 chicks in nearby field (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - Willows Farm Lake, Yellow Wagtail, in nearby field (Steven Pearce)
Wallington, Spotted Flycatcher (Clifford Smout)
Ware, Red Kite (Derrick Ling)
West Wood nr Great Offley, Red Kite (Callum Peel)

26TH JUN: Balls Wood nr Hertford Heath, 2 Marsh Tit, foraging in Holly bush (Laurence Drummond)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, Common Tern (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 2 Red Kite (Steve Carter)
Newnham, Red Kite (Steve Akrill)
Redbournbury, 7 Swift (Janet and Francis Dowley)
Redbournbury, Grey Wagtail (Janet and Francis Dowley)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 6 Green Sandpiper (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Little Ringed Plover (Vicky Buckel)
Stocker's Lake, 20 Common Tern, on raft (Charlie Ramsay)
Stocker's Lake, Little Egret (Charlie Ramsay)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, 5 Red Kite (G Lapworth)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, 2 Yellow Wagtail, pair (G Lapworth)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, Hobby (G Lapworth)

25TH JUN: Ashwell, Kingfisher (Andrew Coates)
Harpenden, 18 House Martin, colony at Hammonds End Fm (John Davis)
Hatfield Garden Village, 25+ Swift, over most evenings (John Moss)
Lemsford Springs, Mandarin, male in eclipse (T Chapman)
Lemsford Springs, Ring-necked Parakeet (T Chapman)
Maple Cross, 2 Red Kite (Steve Carter)
Maple Cross, 5 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steve Carter)
Maple Cross, 8 Swift (Steve Carter)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, Yellow Wagtail, flyover, heading north 6.15am (Tom Speller)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, 2 Swallow, 2 young at nest site (Tom Speller)
St Albans, Red Kite, over Hatfield Road cemetery (Joe Johnson)
Standalone Farm nr Letchworth, 2 Green Sandpiper, from bird hide on scrape (David Inward)
Stocker's Lake, 14 Little Egret (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, 26 Common Tern, on raft incl 2 young (G Lapworth)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 2 Oystercatcher, breeding success! Adult pair off nest and in field with at least 1 chick visible (Rupert Evershed & Richard Coombes)
Welwyn Garden City, Red Kite, over Cranborne Gardens
Weston, Siskin (Andrew Coates)
Willows Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 2 Little Owl (Rupert Evershed & Richard Coombes)
Willows Farm (Tyttenhanger area), Spotted Flycatcher, on oak tree by goat pens (Rupert Evershed & Richard Coombes)

24TH JUN: Digswell, Little Egret (Andy Brown)
Frogmore Lakes nr Radlett, 2 Red Kite (Alan Gardiner)
Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, Little Egret, on pool by mill (Rupert Evershed)
Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, Green Sandpiper, on pool by mill (Rupert Evershed)
Little Hadham, Red Kite (Andy Brown)
Maple Cross, 8 Swift (Steve Carter)
Maple Cross, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steve Carter)
Rickmansworth, 47 Ring-necked Parakeet, flew over the garden heading east at c20:30hrs (presumably to roost) (Andrew Moon)
South Oxhey, Red Kite, over my oxhey hall gdn (Joan Thompson)
Stocker's Lake, 5 Ring-necked Parakeet (Charlie Ramsay)
Tringford Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Common Tern (Steve Carter)
Tringford Res (Tring Reservoirs), Red Kite (Steve Carter)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Black-tailed Godwit (Tony Kavanagh)
Wadesmill nr Ware, Red Kite (Nigel Denison)
Watton at Stone, Red Kite (Nigel Denison)

23RD JUN: Brickendon, 2 Red Kite (Allan Meadows)
Harpenden, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet, Crabtree lane 7:30pm (Robin Hilton)
Hemel Hempstead, Little Owl, calling behind pavilion at town cricket club 10.30am (Derek Pratt)
Rusling End nr Langley, Little Owl, flew out of tree in garden (Julie Wise)
St Albans, Peregrine Falcon, over Cavendish road at 19:10. (Anders Gray)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 20+ Swift, Over fields behind reservoir (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Hobby (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Red Kite (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Grey Wagtail (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Oystercatcher, on nesting raft could have young (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Little Egret (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 8 Common Tern (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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