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 Mediterranean Gull at Tyttenhanger on 05 February, image by Steve Blake.

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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 Conference - Saturday
27 February
- see the full programme and join us on the day, something for everyone interested in birds.

2015 bird records - please submit all your 2015 bird sightings by the end of January to us via Herts Bird Club website, via BTO Bird Track or direct to Herts Bird Recorder.

Please renew your membership of HNHS and Herts Bird Club for 2016, details here

The Hertfordshire 2014 Bird Report - was published and sent to Herts Bird Club members in November 2015.

 

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

BTO Hertfordshire news and information from our Regional Rep, Martin Ketcher.

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.

Siskin in a Rickmansworth garden on 17 January, image by Andrew Moon.

Marsh tit at Wilstone reservoir on 23 January,  image by Ian Bennell.

Kestrel at Heartwood Forest on 24 January,  images by Ray Kilham.

Short-eared Owl at Heartwood Forest on 24 January,  image by John Foster.

Tufted Duck and Pochard at Verulamium Park on 23 January,  images by David Lyons.

Little Egret at Lemsford Springs on 21 January,  image by Alan Reynolds.

A first - an adult Franklin's Gull at from the viewpoint at Amwell NR on 31 January at 16.33, a new species for Hertfordshire, found by Mike Ilett, image by Barry Reed. Read more in the news item.

Cetti's Warbler at Amwell on 28 January,  image by Rob Stubbs.

Yellow-legged Gull at Amwell on 24 January,  image by Tom Speller.

Common Buzzard at Preston on 19 January,  image by Gary Sanderson.

Fieldfare in a Hertford garden on 23 January,  image by Alan Reynolds.

Bullfinch at the Watercress LNR, St Albans on 16 January,  image by Paul Higgs.

Short-eared Owl at Heartwood Forest on 20 January,  image by Ray Kilham.

Lesser Redpoll at  Stocker's Lake on 23 January,  image by Chris Sharp.

Green Sandpiper at Lemsford Springs on 21 January,  image by Alan Reynolds.

Kingfisher at Boxmoor on 20 January,  image by Paul Higgs.

Stonechat at Heartwood Forest on 17 January,  image by Trevor Chapman.

Reed Bunting in a Maple Cross garden on 17 January,  image by Christina Bessant.

Mistle Thrush at Amwell on 15 January,  image by Katy Smith.

Reed Bunting at Amwell on 15 January,  image by Ray Kilham.

Short-eared Owl at Heartwood Forest on 16 January,  image by Ian Harris.

Lesser Redpoll at Kings Langley on 17January,  image by Ephraim Perfect.

Sparrowhawk at Heartwood Forest on 13 January,  image by Prashant Meswani.

Blackcap in a Hemel Hempstead garden on 13 January,  image by Zhenshu Kim.

 

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.

6TH FEB: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Peregrine Falcon (Phil Ball)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Smew, redhead from Gladwin hide (Phil Ball/William Bishop)
Amwell NR - Hollycross Lake, Raven (Phil Ball)
Dyrham Park nr Potters Bar, 50 Redwing, viewed from Trotters Bottom (Steven Pearce)
Dyrham Park nr Potters Bar, 250 Fieldfare, on arable field north of Dyrham Park and south of South Mymms Service Station (Steven Pearce)
Great Gaddesden, Green Sandpiper, feeding on the river gade (George Moreton)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 3 Brambling (Simon West)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Cetti's Warbler (Simon West)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 2 Lesser Redpoll (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Little Egret (Steven Pearce)

5TH FEB: Amwell GP/NR (exact water not specified), Smew, redhead (Scott Hibbett)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 5 Little Egret (Scott Hibbett)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Red Kite (Scott Hibbett)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 8 Goldeneye (Scott Hibbett)
Bovingdon, Red Kite (L Batten)
Bramfield village, 2 Hawfinch, commuting between churchyard and old rectory (Jeff Bailey)
Bramfield village, 400 Golden Plover, flyover (Jeff Bailey)
Cassiobury Park, Little Egret, River Gade just south of car park. (Geoff Young)
Colney Heath, Red Kite (Ann Lee)
Harpenden, Red Kite, over Hillside Road (Alan Jackson)
Harpenden, 100+ Yellowhammer, Hammondsend Farm (John Fisher)
Hitchin, Little Egret, Walsworth Common (David Inward)
Hitchin, Little Egret, horse fields off Purwell Lane TL202295 (David Inward)
Maple Lodge NR, 12 Fieldfare (Steve Carter)
Maple Lodge NR, 2 Egyptian Goose, Lynsters farm (Steve Carter)
Maple Lodge NR, 20 Siskin (Steve Carter)
Maple Lodge NR, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steve Carter)
Maple Lodge NR, 20 Redwing (Steve Carter)
Maple Lodge NR, Chiffchaff (Steve Carter)
Nash Mills nr Hemel Hempstead, Red Kite (L Batten)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 3 Brambling, male coming in to breeding plummage (Vicky Buckel/Ade Hall)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Green Sandpiper (Ade Hall)
Stocker's Farm, 57 Wigeon (Steve Carter)
Stocker's Lake, 5 Goldeneye (Steve Carter)
Stocker's Lake, Great Black-backed Gull (Steve Carter)
Stocker's Lake, 5 Little Egret (Steve Carter)
Stocker's Lake, 30 Redwing (Steve Carter)
Stocker's Lake, 4 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steve Carter)
Stocker's Lake, Yellow-legged Gull, adult (Watford RSPB et al)
Stocker's Lake, 2 Red Kite (Steve Carter)
Stocker's Lake, 2 Kingfisher (Steve Carter)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Little Egret (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Mediterranean Gull, adult (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Lesser Redpoll (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Little Egret (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Wigeon, ♂ + ♀ (Steve Blake)
Ware, 2 Red Kite, over Widbury Hill + 1 over Lime Close (Derrick Ling)

4TH FEB: Bengeo (Hertford), 60 Fieldfare, West of B158 (Simon Knott)
Bengeo (Hertford), 60 Linnet, West of B158 (Simon Knott)
Braughing, 80 Fieldfare, Feeding in stubble field north of village (Murray Orchard)
Braughing, Barn Owl, One hunting over rough grass/ newly planted trees adjacent to E bank of River Quin north of village. No sign of S/E Owl. (Murray Orchard)
Braughing, 2 Little Owl, Birds calling at dusk from two sites north of village between Hay Street and Quinbury Farm (Murray Orchard)
Braughing, 2 Grey Partridge, Pair around game compound/grazing paddock north of village (Murray Orchard)
Broadwater (Stevenage), Red Kite, near Oaks Cross
Broxbourne Woods - Hoddesdon Park Wood, Woodcock, in regenerating area in SE corner (Ken & Linda Smith)
Broxbourne Woods - Hoddesdon Park Wood, 50 Redwing, feeding on the ground (Ken & Linda Smith)
Clothall nr Baldock, Barn Owl, Warren Lane 8pm (Greg Nunn)
Fanhams Hall nr Ware, Barn Owl, quartering fields Fanhams Hall Rd 07.30. (Andy Catchpole)
Gustard Wood nr Wheathampstead, Raven, over B651 (Stephen Henry)
Harpenden, Blackcap, female on feeder (Francis Dowley)
Harpenden Common, Little Egret, on storm ponds (Robin Pearson)
Heartwood Forest - Hillend Farm, 3 Red Kite (Tony Kavanagh)
Hemel Hempstead, Kingfisher, ♀, Bulbourne Meadow (L. Flower)
Hemel Hempstead, 2 Little Egret, R. Bulbourne (L. Flower)
Hemel Hempstead, Little Egret, river Gade, Gadebridge park (G Hinton)
Kinsbourne Green nr Harpenden, 50 Fieldfare, Thales End Farm (Claudia Harflett)
Little Wymondley nr Stevenage, Red Kite (Rob Stubbs)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Bittern, one in reedbed opposite hide the other in reedbed to right this bird showing very well (Jeff Bailey)
Mill Green nr Hatfield, 2 Egyptian Goose (Geoff Foster)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 15 Fieldfare (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, Little Egret (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 6 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 50 Redwing (Steve Carter)
Panshanger (Welwyn Garden City), 2 Blackcap, male and female on garden feeders (Anders Gray)
Panshanger (Welwyn Garden City), Red Kite (Lee Fitz)
Panshanger (Welwyn Garden City), 250+ Fieldfare, flying high North East. (Roger Jones)
Rusling End nr Langley, 2 Marsh Tit, on sunflower heart birdfeeder in garden (Julie Wise)
Sarratt Bottom (Herts/Bucks), 2 Raven (Paul Lewis)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 5 Tree Sparrow, by feeder (Gordon Cox)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, 4 Fieldfare, in horse field Nettledon Road (G Hinton)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, 13 Redwing, horse field Nettledon Road (G Hinton)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, Red Kite, over Nettledon Road (G Hinton)
White Hall Farm nr Stevenage, 3 Little Egret (Alan Ford)
Wilstone Village, Barn Owl, in tree alongside Wingrave Road, just south of Dixons Gap Bridge, 7pm (Neil Harwood)

3RD FEB: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Smew, Red head, seen behind island from viewing point (Steve Hughes)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Peregrine Falcon (Bill Last)
Amwell NR - Hollycross Lake, Red Kite, over Dragonfly trial (Steve Hughes)
Barkway, 400 Golden Plover, over fields SW of village nearing dusk (Murray Orchard)
Batford, Green Sandpiper, in one of the treatment tanks at STW (Darin Stanley)
Bramfield village, Hawfinch, in trees behind church (Jenny Sherwen)
Bramfield village, 9 Linnet, feeding on ploughed fields behind church. (Jenny Sherwen)
Braughing, 2 Barn Owl, hunting around N edge of village at dusk (Murray Orchard)
East Hyde, Water Rail (Francis Dowley)
Fairlands Valley Park (Stevenage), 10 Siskin, in trees between lakes (Trevor Chapman)
Fanhams Hall nr Ware, Barn Owl, perched on Fanhams Hotel sign (Andy Catchpole)
Flaunden, Raven, flying over (Jill Saunders)
Harpenden, Blackcap, female (Alan Jackson)
Harpenden, 3 Blackcap, 1 female two males on garden feeders (Janet and Francis Dowley)
Hay Street nr Puckeridge, 2 Little Owl, calling at dusk (Murray Orchard)
Heartwood Forest - Hillend Farm, Stonechat (Alan Gardiner)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, Short-eared Owl, near scout hut (Alan Gardiner)
Hemel Hempstead, Red Kite, Bennets End (Michael Howard)
Hitchin, Little Egret, Purwell Meadows (David Inward)
Hitchin, Red Kite, Purwell Meadows (David Inward)
Lemsford Springs, Water Rail (Nigel Denison/Ian Vosper)
Lemsford Springs, 5 Green Sandpiper (Nigel Denison/Ian Vosper)
Lemsford Springs, Grey Wagtail (Nigel Denison/Ian Vosper)
Lemsford Springs, 4 Little Egret (Nigel Denison/Ian Vosper)
Panshanger (Welwyn Garden City), Red Kite (Lee Fitz)
Redbourn, 9 Fieldfare (Stephen Henry)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 4 Brambling, at feeding site today. FYI Work party in area tomorrow morning. (Vicky Buckel/Allan Meadows)
Stocker's Lake, Lesser Redpoll, male with Siskins (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, 8 Goldeneye, 3m,5f (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, 2 Little Egret (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, 6 Red-crested Pochard, 4m,2f (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, Kingfisher (G Lapworth)
Therfield nr Royston, 200 Linnet, Greys Farm near Duckpuddle Bush (Murray Orchard)
Therfield nr Royston, 45 Golden Plover, near Duckpuddle Bush (Murray Orchard)
Therfield nr Royston, Red Kite (Murray Orchard)
Therfield nr Royston, 95 Fieldfare, near Duckpuddle Bush (Murray Orchard)
Therfield nr Royston, 60 Yellowhammer, Park Farm and Greys Farm (Murray Orchard)
Therfield nr Royston, Grey Partridge, Greys Farm (Murray Orchard)
Therfield nr Royston, 35 Corn Bunting, Greys Farm W of Icknield Way (Murray Orchard)
Willian nr Letchworth, 80+ Linnet, Roxley Court (Ross Facer)
Wilstone Village, Barn Owl, Wingrave Road at 8.20pm, adjacent to Dixons Wharf (Neil Harwood)

2ND FEB: Berkhamsted, Blackcap, male feeding on holly berries (Mike Spittles)
Braughing, Short-eared Owl, hunting over field to east of river Quin (Paula Moore)
Colney Heath, Red Kite, over church (Steve Evans)
Great Offley, Barn Owl (Claudia Harflett)
Harpenden, 3 Blackcap, two females one male on feeders (Alan Jackson)
Hitchin, 4 Little Egret, Purwell Meadows and Walsworth Common (Nigel Agar)
Hitchin, Red Kite, over the Oakfield estate (Nigel Agar)
Hitchin, Little Egret, Purwell Meadows (David Inward)
Hunsdon nr Harlow, Red Kite (Gillian Price)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 60 Wigeon, Park Mead (Simon Knott)
Kinsbourne Green nr Harpenden, 2 Red Kite (Claudia Harflett)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Bittern, all seen flying. 2 opposite hide 1 to right in reeds. 16:45 (G Hinton)
Puckeridge, Peregrine Falcon, Over Gatesbury Wood, then moved off N, briefly mobbing a Buzzard (Murray Orchard)
Puckeridge, Redpoll sp., One heard (Murray Orchard)
Puckeridge, 6 Yellowhammer (Murray Orchard)
Redbourn, Common Snipe, flushed from Ver by Harpenden Lane (John Fisher)
Redbourn, 40+ Fieldfare, in horse paddock east of bypass (John Fisher)
Redbourn, 3+ Redwing, with Fieldfare (John Fisher)
Redbourn, Five Ring-necked Parakeet (Stephen Henry)
Redbourn, 5 Red Kite, along Ver Valley north of Redbourn (John Fisher)
Redbournbury, 80+ Fieldfare, in fields along Beaumont Hall Lane (Rupert Evershed)
Redbournbury, 100+ Golden Plover, with flock of 100+ Lapwing in ploughed field on mill side of Redbourn Road (Rupert Evershed)
Redbournbury, 2 Little Egret (Rupert Evershed)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Bittern, also seen yesterday both around kingfisher hide and boardwalk area (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Redwing (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Brambling (Vicky Buckel)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 16 Wigeon (G Hinton)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), Scaup (G Hinton)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), Red Kite (G Hinton)
Stocker's Lake, Little Egret (Lee G R Evans)
Stocker's Lake, 4 Goldeneye (Lee G R Evans)
Stocker's Lake, 40 Siskin (Lee G R Evans)
Stocker's Lake, 25 Wigeon (Lee G R Evans)
Stocker's Lake, Yellow-legged Gull (Tony Hulls)
Stocker's Lake, 9 Red-crested Pochard, 6 drakes (Lee G R Evans)
Stocker's Lake, Grey Wagtail, River Colne (Mel Barnett)
Stocker's Lake, 4 Ring-necked Parakeet (Lee G R Evans)
Stocker's Lake, 2 Water Rail (Lee G R Evans)
Tea Green nr Luton, Red Kite (Claudia Harflett)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Red Kite (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Goosander, female in bay under power lines (S Blake)
Ware, Red Kite, over Fanshaw Crescent (Rob Stubbs)
Willows Farm (Tyttenhanger area), c150 Fieldfare (S Blake)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 50+ Redwing, dry canal area (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 5 Pied Wagtail, around split in front of hide (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 7 Common Snipe, right of hide (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Chiffchaff, behind hide (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Little Egret (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 6 Linnet, near farm shop (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 50+ Fieldfare, dry canal area (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Lesser Redpoll, in woods by farm shop (G Hinton)
Wilstone Village, 5 Fieldfare (G Hinton)
Wilstone Village, 6 Redwing (G Hinton)
Wormley Wood, 50 Redwing, in small flocks (Ken & Linda Smith)
Wormley Wood, 2 Marsh Tit, singles in different parts of wood (Ken & Linda Smith)

1ST FEB: Amwell GP/NR (exact water not specified), Caspian Gull, 1st winter (Brendon Fagan et al)
Amwell GP/NR (exact water not specified), Peregrine Falcon, seen from view point. (Brendon Fagan et al)
Amwell GP/NR (exact water not specified), 2 Woodcock, near railway line (Brendon Fagan et al)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 12 Mandarin (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Yellow-legged Gull, adult (Allan Meadows)
Amwell NR - Hollycross Lake, Lesser Redpoll, with goldfinch flock on feeders (Allan Meadows)
Amwell NR - Hollycross Lake, Red Kite (Allan Meadows)
Harpenden, Blackcap, female on feeders (Alan Jackson)
Harpenden, Lesser Redpoll (Alan Jackson)
Maple Cross, Red Kite (Steve Carter)
Redbourn, 2 Red Kite, over scrubland. (Stephen Henry)
Redbournbury, c200 Golden Plover (John Pritchard)
Scotsbridge Mill Watercress Beds nr Rickmansworth, Woodcock, flushed early morning (Paul Lewis)
Stocker's Lake, 8 Red-crested Pochard (Paul Lewis)
Stocker's Lake, Peregrine Falcon, viewed from Tern Hide moving off towards Mill End (Paul Lewis)
Stocker's Lake, Goosander, Male (Paul Lewis)
Therfield nr Royston, Merlin, crossed the A505 towards therfield (Roland Power)
Watery Grove (Knebworth Woods), 2 Marsh Tit (Tom Speller)
Watford, 3 Lesser Redpoll, on the feeders in my garden. (Hilary Weston)
Welwyn Garden City, Blackcap, female or juvenile in garden (Huw Lewis)
White Hall Farm nr Stevenage, Short-eared Owl, hunting in field between White Hall and Bennington/Aston crossroads (Ray Hooper)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 20 Common Snipe, along reedbed right of hide (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Goldeneye, male and female (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Shelduck (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Little Egret (Jeff Bailey)

31ST JAN: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Woodcock, Overhead at dusk 100m west of viewing point. (Graham Clark)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Franklin's Gull, adult, in roost at 16.33-16.55, if accepted will be a first for Hertfordshire. (Mike Ilett)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 7 Goldeneye, 4 drakes and 3 ducks. (Graham Clark)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Caspian Gull, 1st winter (in addition to 2nd winter as previously reported by Darrel) (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, both adults (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Egyptian Goose (Mike Ilett)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 9 Mandarin (Mike Ilett)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Smew, Redhead again appeared for 30 mins mid afternoon. (Graham Clark)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Caspian Gull, 2nd winter from viewpoint (Darrel Bryant)
Chiswell Green nr St Albans, Siskin (Alan Gardiner)
Chiswell Green nr St Albans, Fieldfare, in garden (Alan Gardiner)
Chiswell Green nr St Albans, 2 Blackcap, m & f (Alan Gardiner)
Colney Heath, Blackcap, male in our garden (Steve Evans)
East Hyde, 2 Red Kite (Janet and Francis Dowley)
East Hyde, c.20 Fieldfare (Janet and Francis Dowley)
East Hyde, 2 Stonechat (Janet and Francis Dowley)
East Hyde, Little Egret (Janet and Francis Dowley)
Frogmore Lakes nr Radlett, 3 Redwing (Alan Winn)
Frogmore Lakes nr Radlett, Kingfisher (Alan Winn)
Frogmore Lakes nr Radlett, 2 Fieldfare (Alan Winn)
Frogmore Lakes nr Radlett, 3 Little Egret, 2 in river, 1 in horse paddocks (Alan Winn)
Garston nr Watford, Grey Wagtail, in garden for 56th consecutive day (Steve Kitchen)
Harpenden, Brambling, male on garden feeder (Robin Pearson)
Heartwood Forest - Hillend Farm, 2 Short-eared Owl (Ian Harris)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 30 Redwing (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 3 Egyptian Goose (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 4 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steve Carter)
Redbourn, Red Kite, at Nicholls Farm (Peter Tallantire)
Redbournbury, Common Snipe (John Pritchard)
Redbournbury, 75+ Fieldfare (John Pritchard)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Water Pipit, From Gadwall hide p.m. (Graham Clark)
Stocker's Farm, Little Owl, on and around stump in flooded field (Mike Hubbard)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 5 Tree Sparrow (Brendon Fagan/Ricky Flesher)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 5+ Lesser Redpoll, in maize field nr Willows farm (Brendon Fagan/Ricky Flesher)
Welham Green, Siskin, on feeder (Daphne Dean)
Welwyn Garden City, Blackcap, male on feeders Woodland Rise (Brenda Brown)
Welwyn Garden City, 10 Siskin, attracted to sunflower hearts on feeder (Huw Lewis)

30TH JAN: Amwell GP/NR (exact water not specified), 2 Woodcock (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Peregrine Falcon (Bill Last/ Phil Ball)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Raven (Bill Last)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 5 Mandarin, 4 males, 1 female (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Bearded Tit (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Smew (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Goosander, redhead high south (Phil Ball)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Caspian Gull, 1st winter (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 x 1st winter, 1 x 2nd winter (Barry Reed)
Braughing, c60 Fieldfare, in field alongside Friars Road (Steve Hughes)
Braughing, c20 Yellowhammer, in field alongside Friars Road (Steve Hughes)
Codicote, c40 Fieldfare, near High Heath farm. (Roger Buxton)
Cole Green Tip, Short-eared Owl, over uncut meadow by Mitchell works from 15.45
East Hyde, Water Rail, in side channel by bridge (Alan Jackson)
East Hyde, 4 Red Kite (Alan Jackson)
East Hyde, Grey Wagtail (Alan Jackson)
East Hyde, 2 Stonechat, pair (Alan Jackson)
Harpenden, Lesser Redpoll, on feeders (Alan Jackson)
Harpenden, 2 Blackcap, pair on feeders (Alan Jackson)
Harpenden, Brambling, on garden feeder with chaffinches. (Robin Pearson)
Hay Street nr Puckeridge, 25+ Fieldfare, in field between Hay Street and A10 (Steve Hughes)
Hay Street nr Puckeridge, c30 Redwing (Steve Hughes)
Hitchin, Little Egret, on flooded fields by the Ashbrook (Nigel Agar)
Hunton Bridge nr Watford, Red Kite (L Batten)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), Bittern, 16:40 et al (G Hinton)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), Kingfisher (G Hinton)
Moor Lane nr Rickmansworth, Blackcap, female on feeder (Anna Marett)
Northchurch nr Berkhamsted, Firecrest, feeding in Dudswell Area (Nick Goss)
Redbournbury, 2 Little Egret (Ernest Leahy)
Redbournbury, 2 Grey Wagtail (Ernest Leahy)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 3 Water Pipit, distantly on lake 1 from Gadwall hide (Alan Harris)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), Bittern, at the innings (Ade hall)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Pied Wagtail (G Hinton)
Stocker's Lake, Yellow-legged Gull (Tony Hulls)
The Commons LNR (Welwyn Garden City), 3 Lesser Redpoll (Keith smith/Keith Dean)
Therfield nr Royston, 150 Golden Plover (Barry Reed)
Therfield nr Royston, 260 Fieldfare (Barry Reed)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), c50 Redwing (S Blake/R Flesher)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), Little Egret (S Blake/R Flesher)
Ware, 3 Red Kite, over King George allotments (Ian Edwards)
Watford, Blackcap, male in my Oxhey hall gdn (Joan Thompson)
Welwyn Garden City, Blackcap, on feeders (John and Brenda Brown)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 14 Pintail, mid afternoon (John Taylor)
Wilstone Village, 8+ Linnet, near farm shop (G Hinton)
Wilstone Village, 50+ Redwing, near farm shop (G Hinton)
Wilstone Village, 20+ Fieldfare (G Hinton)
Wilstone Village, 8+ Yellowhammer, in hedgerow near farm shop (G Hinton)

29TH JAN: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Pintail, male (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 4 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 x 1st winter, 1 x 2nd winter, 1 x near adult (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 3 Mandarin (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Egyptian Goose (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Bearded Tit (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 3 Caspian Gull, all 1st winters (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Smew, Redhead seen from Gladwin Hide (Jenny Sherwen)
Bengeo (Hertford), 3 Siskin, 2 m and 1 f on garden feeders (Brian Cross)
Bengeo (Hertford), Brambling, male feeding in garden (Brian Cross)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 55 Wigeon, Park Mead (Simon Knott)
Maple Cross, Red Kite, Denham way over garden (Steve Carter)
Rickmansworth, Firecrest, in garden Salter's Close 13.50. (Graham Clark)
The Commons LNR (Welwyn Garden City), 4 Yellowhammer (Keith Dean)
The Commons LNR (Welwyn Garden City), 3 Lesser Redpoll (Keith Dean)
The Commons LNR (Welwyn Garden City), 6 Linnet (Keith Dean)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Wigeon, drake (S Blake et al)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Lesser Redpoll (S Blake et al)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Kingfisher (S Blake et al)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Shelduck, m+f (S Blake et al)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Red Kite (S Blake et al)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Little Egret (S Blake et al)
Welwyn Garden City, Siskin, 1 male on feeder (Keith Dean)
Willows Farm (Tyttenhanger area), Grey Wagtail (S Blake et al)

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