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

Common Snipe by Mary Smith

Common Snipe at Rye Meads on 22 August, image by Mary Smith.

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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

New Herts Bird Recorder, HNHS Secretary and Membership Secretary announced

House Martin Nest survey

How to join the 2016  survey


Hertfordshire rep for London Bird Club – this position has now been filled by Roger Payne, contact details are available here.

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

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.

Garganey by Richard Hughes

Garganey at Rye Meads on 20 August, image by Richard Hughes.

Egyptian Goose by Mary Smith

Egyptian Goose at Ware on 21 August, image by Mary Smith.

Little Egret by Katy Smith

Little Egret at Amwell NR on 20 August, image by Katy Smith.

Kingfisher by Mary Smith

Kingfisher at Rye Meads on 19 August, image by Mary Smith.

Common Tern by Keith Overall

Common Tern at Rye Meads on 15 August, image by Keith Overall.

Wheatear by Dale Ayres

Wheatear at Woodoaks Farm on 18 August, image by Dale Ayres.

Little Egret by Mary Smith

A juvenile Little Egret at Rye Meads on 19 August, image by Mary Smith.

Whinchat by Dale Ayres

Whinchat at Woodoaks Farm on 18 August, image by Dale Ayres.

Yellowhammer by Andrew Steele

Yellowhammer at Heartwood Forest on 12 August, image by Andrew Steele.

Reed Warbler by Katy Smith

Reed Warbler at Rye Meads on 18 August, image by Katy Smith.

Green Woodpecker by Mary Smith

Green Woodpecker at Rye Meads on 18 August, image by Mary Smith.

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 AUG: Batford, Wheatear, commuting between manure heap & wire fencing in the farmers field by Common Lane. (Darin Stanley)
Chadwell Springs Golf Course nr Ware, 2 Redstart, flitting between soil heaps on new golf course construction site. (Paul Harper)
Fairlands Valley Park (Stevenage), 2 Common Sandpiper, together around main lake 6.15am (Tom Speller)
Fairlands Valley Park (Stevenage), Ring-necked Parakeet, trees at SE corner of main lake (Tom Speller)
Heartwood Forest - Well & Pudler's Wood, Spotted Flycatcher, fly catching and flew into natural regeneration area (Andrew Steele)
Maple Lodge NR, Greenshank (Steve Carter)
Maple Lodge NR, Common Sandpiper (Steve Carter)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, in trees by small pond on Norton Green to Rush Green footpath
Sandridgebury nr St Albans, Wheatear, In horse field on bend Sandridgebury Lane by Scout Hut Entrance (David Wheatcroft)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Common Sandpiper (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Common Snipe (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Whinchat, still at 11:40 (Terry A Smith et al)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Little Egret (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Common Sandpiper (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - Willows Farm Lake, 2 Little Egret (Steven Pearce)
Willows Farm (Tyttenhanger area), Wheatear (S Blake et al)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Ruff, flew in 7.30pm (Ian Williams)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Redshank, flew in with ruff (Ian Williams)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Green Sandpiper (Ian Williams)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Common Sandpiper (Ian Williams)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, 2 Whinchat, at dung heap (G Lapworth/G Cox)

23RD AUG: Batford, 2 Wheatear, on wire fencing in farmers field by Common lane (Darin Stanley)
Ellenbrook Fields nr Hatfield Garden Village, Marsh Harrier, mid morning (Allan Meadows)
Fairlands Valley Park (Stevenage), 2 Other, Black Swan Cygnus atratus - boating lake north end TL253240, later seen at south end TL252238 (David Inward)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, Stonechat, juvenile or female at top of hill by Round Wood (Rupert Evershed)
Lemsford Springs, Kingfisher (Janet and Francis Dowley)
Lemsford Springs, 3 Green Sandpiper (Janet and Francis Dowley)
Lemsford Springs, Little Egret (Janet and Francis Dowley)
Nashe's Farm nr St Albans, Red Kite (Steven Pearce)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, Whinchat, tall bushes nr centre (by abandoned cars!) flew towards NW corner nr traveller site (Tom Speller)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Garganey, adults from Draper hide
Sandridge nr St Albans, 4 House Martin, six nest under eaves of one house in Langley Grove (Steven Pearce)
Troy Mill Lake nr Maple Cross, Osprey, present again on same branch as yesterday but distant. Probably juvenile (Lee G R Evans)
Troy Mill Lake nr Maple Cross, 10 Egyptian Goose (Lee G R Evans)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 3 Kingfisher, probable family group (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Little Egret (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Common Sandpiper (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Green Sandpiper (Alan Gardiner)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Red Kite (Alan Gardiner)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Common Sandpiper (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Little Egret (Alan Gardiner)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Marsh Harrier, juvenile at 11:00 flew through (Alan Gardiner et al)
Verulamium Park, 20+ Swift, over Grebe House (Paul Thrush)
Watford, Yellow Wagtail, flew South over KGV playing fields (Ian Bennell)
Watford, 6 Swift, flew South over KGv playing fields (Ian Bennell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 12 Swallow (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 7 Little Egret (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Common Sandpiper, from Hide (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Spotted Flycatcher, along hedgerow from new outflow (Jeff Bailey)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, 2 Whinchat, on dung heap.still present in evening (G Lapworth)

22ND AUG: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Osprey, flew through (William Last)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Common Sandpiper
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Mandarin
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 4 Swift (William Last)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Common Tern, East pool (Simon Knott)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 8 Green Sandpiper
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 5 Green Sandpiper (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Common Snipe (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 5 Common Tern, 2 adults and 3 juv (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Garganey
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Little Egret (Vicky Buckel)
Tringford Res (Tring Reservoirs), Osprey (Phill Luckhurst)
Troy Mill Lake nr Maple Cross, Osprey, in tree at south end of lake (Paul Lewis)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Kingfisher (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Common Sandpiper (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Green Sandpiper (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Common Tern (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Hobby (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Shelduck, juv (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - Willows Farm Lake, Little Egret (Steven Pearce)
Watton at Stone, Hobby (Tony Barrett)
Watton at Stone, 2 Red Kite (Tony Barrett)
West End nr Essendon, Hobby, mobbed by swallows
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 11 Little Egret (G Hinton et al)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Swallow, 17:00 (G Hinton et al)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Hobby (G Hinton et al)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Kingfisher (G Hinton et al)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Red Kite (G Hinton et al)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Ringed Plover (G Hinton et al)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Common Tern (G Hinton et al)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Common Sandpiper (G Hinton et al)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Barnacle Goose, with greylag (G Hinton)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, Little Owl, in old orchard (John Fordham)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, Whinchat, on dung heap (John Fordham)

21ST AUG: Baldock, 5 Swift (Ian Hall)
Brickendon, 15+ Siskin, mobile flock feeding in private woodland (Allan Meadows)
Broxbourne Woods - Broxbourne Wood, Red Kite (Alan Jackson)
Fairlands Valley Park (Stevenage), Kingfisher, Millennium (boating) lake 7am (Tom Speller)
Fairlands Valley Park (Stevenage), 2 Other, Black Swan, Main Lake (Alan Ford)
Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, Little Egret (Alan Gardiner)
Hertford, Osprey, over Sele Farm, towards Panshanger Park, 5.15pm (Allan Burrows)
Kings Langley, 50+ Swallow, hunting insects over trees adjacent to The Young Pretender pub at 7am (Ian Bennell)
Langley nr Stevenage, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, Dyes Farm (Alan Ford)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 2 Swallow (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 4 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steve Carter)
Panshanger Park, Spotted Flycatcher (Allan Burrows)
Redbournbury, Little Egret (Alan Gardiner)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Little Egret (Alan Gardiner)
Stevenage, 3 Red Kite, High Broomin Wood (Alan Ford)
Stocker's Lake, 3 Common Tern (Paul Lewis)
Stocker's Lake, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Paul Lewis)
Stocker's Lake, 4 Little Egret (Paul Lewis)
Stocker's Lake, Green Sandpiper (Paul Lewis)
Stocker's Lake, 6 Red-crested Pochard, Inc 4 eclipse make and 2 female (Paul Lewis)
Stocker's Lake, 4 Wigeon (Paul Lewis)
Tewin, Hobby (Nigel Denison)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), Shelduck (Clive Harding)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 5 Common Sandpiper (Clive harding)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Little Egret (Tony Kavanagh)
Watton at Stone, Red Kite (Nigel Denison)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, Whinchat (G Lapworth/ J Chapman)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, Wheatear (G Lapworth/ J Chapman)

20TH AUG: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Common Snipe (Tom Speller)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Common Sandpiper (Tom Speller)
Frogmore Lakes nr Radlett, Kingfisher (Robin Hilton)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 4 Swallow (Steve Carter)
Stanstead Abbotts, Swift (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, Common Sandpiper (Jane Free)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Common Tern (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Shelduck, Juvenile (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Greenshank (S Blake et al)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Kingfisher (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Green Sandpiper (S Blake et al)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Common Sandpiper (S Blake et al)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Red Kite (S Blake et al)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, 5 Red Kite (G Lapworth/T Hulls)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, Whinchat, on dung heap (G Lapworth/T Hulls)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, Wheatear (G Lapworth/T Hulls)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, Little Owl (G Lapworth/T Hulls)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, 2 Raven, over (G Lapworth/T Hulls)

19TH AUG: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Swift (Jane Free)
Batchworth Lake nr Rickmansworth, Kingfisher (Geoff Young)
Fairlands Valley Park (Stevenage), 13 Swift, heading south 7.45-8pm (Tom Speller)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 5 Little Egret, from Draper (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Garganey, still from Draper (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 6 Green Sandpiper, from Draper (Allan Meadows)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Green Sandpiper (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Ringed Plover (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 4 Common Tern (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Shelduck, juvenile (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Little Egret (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Common Sandpiper (S Blake)
Verulamium Park, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet (Bill Free)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 1ad & 4juv, horse paddock, Nettleden Rd (L. Flower)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 7 Little Egret (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Common Sandpiper (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Green Sandpiper (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Common Tern (Lee G R Evans)

18TH AUG: Hadham Hall, Common Sandpiper, at lagoon east of the hall (Jono Forgham)
Stocker's Lake, 8 Little Egret (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, Goldeneye, male in eclipse (G Lapworth)
Verulamium Park, Barnacle Goose (Luke Brookes)
West Hyde, Wheatear, female/immature (Paul Lewis)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Little Egret, six pairs nested successfully this year on the Drayton Bank (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Barnacle Goose (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Common Sandpiper (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Common Sandpiper (Adrian Bayliss)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Red-crested Pochard (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 8 Red Kite (Lee G R Evans)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, Whinchat (G Lapworth)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, Wheatear (G Lapworth)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, 2 Red Kite (G Lapworth)

17TH AUG: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Goldeneye (Rob stubbs)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Dunlin (Rob stubbs)
Berkhamsted Common, 6 Raven (Mike Spittles)
Great Gaddesden, Little Egret, along R Gade, colour-ringed LAON(4);RANW(X), hatched at Verulamium Park this spring (L. Flower)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Common Sandpiper, Park Mead (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 2 Whinchat, fence between Hollow Mead & Stockade Mead at 5:30pm (Simon Knott)
Lemsford Springs, 4 Green Sandpiper (Barry Trevis)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), Common Sandpiper
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 7 Common Tern, 3 adults 4 juveniles (Jeff Bailey)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Common Snipe (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 10 Green Sandpiper, all from draper hide (Jeff Bailey)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Kingfisher (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Garganey (Jeff Bailey)
Stocker's Lake, 4 Red-crested Pochard, two drakes (eclipse) (Graham Clark)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), Tree Sparrow (Alan Gardiner)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 2 Common Tern (Alan Gardiner)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Common Sandpiper (David Booth)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Greenshank (Alan Gardiner)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 4 Green Sandpiper (David Booth / Steve Blake / Terry Smith)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Common Sandpiper (Alan Gardiner)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Kingfisher (David Booth / Steve Blake / Terry Smith)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Little Egret (Alan Gardiner)
Welwyn Garden City, 12+ Swift, passage birds over Gresley Close (Aaron Clements-Partridge)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Water Rail, by willow back into reeds cemetery corner 16:20 (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Kingfisher, 14:15 in front of hide (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Red Kite, 13:00 (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Common Sandpiper, to right of hide (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Yellow Wagtail, near steps to farm shop 15:50 (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Little Egret, 14:05 (G Hinton)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, 2 Red Kite (Steve carter)

​​​2014 Hertfordshire Bird Report – now available

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