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

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​'Strictly come dancing' Green Sandpiper at Rye Meads on 27 July. Image by Alan Reynolds.

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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 Festival of Wildlife
9th - 17th August

To celebrate the Trust's 50th anniversary, Herts Bird Club, Herts Natural History Society and Herts & Middx Wildlife Trust are joining forces to bring you a week long festival of events and talks. Details here

The Hertfordshire Bird Report 2012 is now available.
Including the rarities and our more common favourites.
Copies are being posted to all 'paid up' Herts Bird Club/HNHS members from 30 June.
More details about the report and how to buy a copy.

 

Birds of Hertfordshire - to be published later this year - will cover all the bird species commonly seen in the county plus information on every species ever recorded in Hertfordshire, the results of the most recent Atlas surveys and comparison with previous atlas work. More information....

Make a donation using Virgin Money GivingPlease renew your Herts Bird Club membership for 2014.
Follow this link to the Virgin Money Giving website and use your debit or credit card to make a donation for your yearly subscription.
Please add Gift Aid if you can.
Other ways to renew membership

Hertfordshire Wetland Birds Survey (WeBS) 2012 results

Diary of events – field trips, walks, meetings – organised by local groups

Local Bird reports – the Tyttenhanger 2012 bird report has been added. 

Hertfordshire Bird Atlas - all the results

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.

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

Keep up to date with the latest news from theYahoo Herts Birding group at Hertsbirding.

Visit some great places in Hertfordshire – click here to see the trip reports.

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.

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​Juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker in a Harpenden garden on 27 July. Image by David Lyons.

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​Green Sandpiper, with colour rings, orange over white, at Lemsford Springs NR on 27 July, image by Drew Lyness. It was ringed at Lemsford in August 2012. This is the first time this bird has been seen at Lemsford since September 2012. What amazing birds.

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​Great Tit feeding a fledgeling in Tom Speller's Stevenage garden on 26 July.

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​Common Terns passing food at Rye Meads on 27 July, image by Alan Reynolds.

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​Female House Sparrow in Rob Stubbs' garden in Hitchin on 20 July.

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​Rook sheltering from the heat on a flat roof in Pin Green, Stevenage on 23 July, image by Steve Akrill. Take part in the Garden Rook Survey this Summer.

​Oystercatcher at Stockers Lake on 21 July, image by Paul Higgs.

​Green Sandpiper at Rye Meads on 18 July, image by Rob Stubbs.

​Cormorant at Rye Meads on 18 July, image by Rob Stubbs.

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.

29TH JUL: King's Meads nr Hertford, Little Egret, along new river by white sluice house (Rob Stubbs)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, Yellow Wagtail (Tom Speller)
Preston, 2 Red Kite (Callum Peel)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Common Sandpiper (Steve Blake)
Verulamium Park, 2 Raven, high over (Debs Allbrook)
Watton at Stone, Red Kite (Tony Barrett)

28TH JUL: Deadman's Hill nr Sandon, Marsh Harrier, juvenile (Martin Johnson)
Deadman's Hill nr Sandon, Corn Bunting (Martin Johnson)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, Hobby (Derek Turner)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Grasshopper Warbler, Hollow Mead reeling at 9:20am (Simon Knott)
Preston, Little Owl (Callum Peel)
Stocker's Farm, Red Kite (Geoff Young)
Stocker's Lake, Other, Cackling Goose with group of Greylags. (Geoff Young)
Stocker's Lake, 2 Oystercatcher, on island from Tern Hide. (Geoff Young)
Therfield Heath, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, family group; Fox Covert (Martin Johnson)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Black-tailed Godwit, Adults (Steve Rodwell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 5 Water Rail, Juveniles (Steve Rodwell)

27TH JUL: Colney Heath, Green Sandpiper, on washout lagoon by aggregate site. (Clive Harding/Simon Crockford)
Colney Heath, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet, over park corner towards Tyttenhanger (Clive Harding/Simon Crockford)
Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, 3 Common Snipe, on flooded field (Alan Gardiner)
Hatfield Aerodrome (disused), Grasshopper Warbler, along track NNW of central gravel piles (Drew Lyness)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, Yellow Wagtail, juv - on dam at 11am, but flighty. (Tony Blake)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, Kingfisher (Tony Blake)
Lemsford Springs, 2 Kingfisher (Drew Lyness)
Lemsford Springs, Green Sandpiper (Drew Lyness)
Munden Estate nr Bricket Wood, Little Owl, by River Lodge
Preston, Little Owl (Callum Peel)
Redbournbury, Kingfisher, male (Alan Gardiner)
Redbournbury, Hobby (John Pritchard)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 9 Green Sandpiper, In front of Draper Hide (Toby Spall)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Wigeon, Lagoon No.3 - From steps/boardwalk to Lee Marsh Hide. (Toby Spall)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Black-necked Grebe, 'Junior' in front of Gadwall hide (Toby Spall)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Hobby, Male chasing House Martins (John Pritchard)
Symondshyde Farm nr St Albans, Wheatear, female or juvenile along track, by mound. (Steven Pearce)
Tewin, 4 Grey Partridge (Keith Smith)
Tewin, Hobby (Keith Smith)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Little Ringed Plover (David Booth)

26TH JUL: Ardeley, Turtle Dove (Steve Kershaw)
Bury Lake nr Rickmansworth, 4 Egyptian Goose (Hilary Weston)
Croxley Green, Red Kite (Hilary Weston)
East Hyde, Common Sandpiper, not common here (Robin Pearson)
Harpenden, Red Kite, Overhead - visible from Derwent Road (David & Liz Lyons)
Hoddesdon, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet, in back gardens in Stanstead Road (Roland Power)
Lemsford Springs, Green Sandpiper (Drew Lyness)
Lemsford Springs, 2 Kingfisher (Drew Lyness)
Lemsford Springs, 4 Grey Wagtail (Drew Lyness)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, Turtle Dove, heard calling, no access to area (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 4 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steve Carter)
Standalone Farm nr Letchworth, 7 Green Sandpiper (James Walsh)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), Cetti's Warbler (Jane Free)
Verulamium Park, Red Kite (Murray Brown)
Verulamium Park, Kingfisher (Murray Brown)
Verulamium Park, Grey Wagtail (Murray Brown)
Verulamium Park, Barnacle Goose (Murray Brown)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Water Rail, Juveniles (Steve Rodwell)

25TH JUL: Coopers Green Lane nr St Albans, Little Owl, near Beech Farm at 05.15 (Brendon Fagan)
Hitch Wood nr St Paul's Walden, 2 Marsh Tit, Pair at Hill End Chalk Pit (Tom Speller)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Black-necked Grebe, juvenile from Gadwall Hide (Toby Spall/Jeff Bailey)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Garganey, Draper hide (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 9 Green Sandpiper, Draper Hide (Jeff Bailey)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 5 Green Sandpiper, Draper hide (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Greenshank, Draper Hide (Jeff Bailey)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 4 Common Snipe, Draper hide (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, Draper Hide (Toby Spall)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Hobby, over at dusk looking for house martins (John Pritchard)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, c100 House Martin, on the wing from the local colony and still some to fledge (John Pritchard)
St Ippollitts nr Hitchin, Red Kite (Tom Speller)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 8 Tree Sparrow (Alan Gardiner)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Black-necked Grebe, still present at 6:30PM (David Booth/Rupert Evershed)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Common Sandpiper (Rupert Evershed)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Common Snipe, standing on causeway path (Alan Gardiner)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Little Ringed Plover (Rupert Evershed)
Watford, 4 Grey Wagtail, 1 up on yesterdays count. At least 2 juvs being fed in our Nascot Wood garden. (Gordon Cox)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Mediterranean Gull, Juvenile (Steve Rodwell)

24TH JUL: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Little Ringed Plover (Jenny Sherwen)
Ashwell, Red Kite (Alice Porter)
Birch Green, 2 Red Kite, Over newly mown fields (Nigel Denison)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 3 Red Kite, over Roughdown Common (L. Flower)
Harpenden, Ring-necked Parakeet, Over Crabtree school at 7:50pm again (Robin Hilton)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, 13 Common Sandpiper (Derek Turner)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Garganey, East pool at 7:30am (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Common Snipe (Simon Knott)
Stevenage, c30 Swift, over old town (Tom Speller)
Watford, 3 Grey Wagtail, Juvenile being fed by adult in Nascot Wood garden (Gordon Cox)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Green Sandpiper (Steve Rodwell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Raven (Steve Rodwell)

23RD JUL: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 5 Little Egret (Allan Meadows)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Common Sandpiper (Allan Meadows)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Common Snipe (Allan Meadows)
Beech Farm GP nr St Albans, Barn Owl, Hunting over field east of Beech Farm at dusk (Jennifer Gilbert/Ian Carle)
Burnham Green nr Welwyn, Barn Owl, by White Horse Lane at 22:15 (DavId Booth)
Colney Heath, 2 Tree Sparrow, by horse paddocks (DavId Booth)
Deadman's Hill nr Sandon, 10 Yellow Wagtail, perched high in fields and on road. (Joan Thompson, A Marett, J Gundersen)
Deadman's Hill nr Sandon, Grey Partridge (Joan Thompson, A Marett, J Gundersen)
Digswell Meadow, Little Egret (DavId Booth)
Hitchin, 3 Swallow, on telephone lines, road to Little Wymondley (Rob Stubbs)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Garganey (P Cutler)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 3 Little Egret (P Cutler)
Preston, Red Kite (Callum Peel)
Sandon, 3 House Martin, Active nests on house beside church (Joan Thompson, A Marett, J Gundersen)
St Albans, Red Kite, from A405/414 roundabout (Joan Thompson, A Marett, J Gundersen)
Standalone Farm nr Letchworth, 5 Green Sandpiper (James Walsh)
Stevenage, Peregrine Falcon, On the 'G' of Southgate house, 6.45am (Rob Stubbs)
Stevenage, 9 Swift, Wisden Road (Steve Akrill)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 11 Common Tern, inc 2 juvs, one being fed by adult (DavId Booth)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Little Egret (DavId Booth)
Wallington, Red Kite (Joan Thompson, A Marett, J Gundersen)
Wallington, 13 Corn Bunting, Seen over fields from road (Joan Thompson, A Marett, J Gundersen)
Wallington, Quail, On road from A505 to Wallington near 1st gate on right and definitely before start of Icknield Way (Joan Thompson, A Marett, J Gundersen)
Ware, Red Kite (Rob Stubbs)
Ware, 2 Little Egret, Kingsmead, east pool (Rob Stubbs)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Redshank (Steve Rodwell)

22ND JUL: King's Meads nr Hertford, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet, West pool flying west at 8:25am (Simon Knott)
Letchworth, 13 Swift, Southfields (Steve Akrill)
Maple Cross, Other, Cackling Goose over with small group of Greylag geese at 19:55 heading north east (Paul Lewis)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 12 Green Sandpiper, Draper hide (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Little Egret (Vicky Buckel)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), 4 Common Sandpiper, flew in to roost at 8.45pm on dead wood opposite island (Jane Free)
Tewin, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, family group in paddocks at Marden Hill House. (Mike Oakland)
Tewinbury Reserve, Kingfisher (Mike Oakland)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 10 Tree Sparrow (Alan Gardiner)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Little Egret (Alan Gardiner)
Ware, Hobby, over Lime Close at 19:45 (Derrick Ling)
Weston Park, Little Owl
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 18 Little Egret, including the nesting pair (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 32 Common Tern (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Hobby (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 4 Raven (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Mediterranean Gull, juvenile commuting between bales and Cemetery Corner fields (found by Steve Rodwell) (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Greenshank (Steve Rodwell)

21ST JUL: Barley, Quail, calling, north of Barley to Royston road (B1039), opposite black barn TL385398 (Chris Dee/Lee Evans)
Broxbourne Woods - Broxbourne Wood, Hobby, circled briefly over the cleared area. c15.00hrs (Nige Agar)
Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, Common Snipe, on Pool near Pre Mill (Ernest Leahy)
Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, Spotted Flycatcher (Paul Thrush)
Harpenden, Ring-necked Parakeet, over Crabtree school at 7:45 (Robin Hilton)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 2 Little Egret, East pool (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 3 Common Tern, New River 2 adults + juv (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Kingfisher, East pool (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 2 Garganey, East pool (Simon Knott)
Maple Cross, Other, Cackling Goose (1) over with Canada Geese heading north at 20:29 (Paul Lewis)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, Little Egret (Joan Thompson)
Oxhey Park, Peregrine Falcon, towards football ground at 10.45am (Ian Bennell)
Radwell nr Baldock, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, near to small metal footbridge over river at Radwell Meadows (Phoebe Holdsworth)
Redbournbury, 5 Yellow Wagtail, over the Ver (Ernest Leahy)
Redbournbury, 2 Little Egret (Ernest Leahy)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 8 Green Sandpiper, Draper Hide (Derrick Ling)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Little Owl (Ernest Leahy)
Stevenage, Corn Bunting, Potters Spring (West of the A1m) (Alan Ford)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Kingfisher, over causeway 11:30 (T.Wood)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Little Egret (T.Wood)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Common Tern (T.Wood)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 4 Common Sandpiper (DavId Booth)
Watford, Red Kite, over Town Hall (Joan Thompson)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Raven (Steve Rodwell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Oystercatcher (Steve Rodwell)

​2012 Hertfordshire Bird Report – now available

The 2012 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.
Click here to buy a copy and see the contents list.

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