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

Little Egret at Shafford Mill by Alan Gardiner

Little Egret at Shafford Mill on 18 May, image by Alan Gardiner

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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

House Martin nest study 2016-17, to take part in the 2017 survey organised by the BTO and supported by Herts Bird Club, follow the highlighted link.

 

Herts Bird Club / BTO spring conference report 
Saturday 11 March

 

HNHS/Herts Bird Club 1875 Awards for 2017 - nominations are now open - details

Herts Bird Report 2015
- dedicated to Ted Fletcher -
is available now
and was mailed to Bird Club members on 24 Nov 2016!

If you are not a member and would like a copy - join now.

 

Ideal gift - new HNHS book -
Butterflies of Hertfordshire & Middlesex
-
price now £28.00 or £25.00 if collected. 

Order direct from HNHS.

 

The Tyttenhanger 2014 bird report is now available for download here, a total of 132 species seen.

Thames and Chiltern Bird Atlas - a new free web based atlas covering Herts, Beds, Bucks & Oxon.

New HNHS Secretary- David Utting and new Membership Secretary - Virginia Kennard - details

Please renew your membership of HNHS and Herts Bird Club for 2017, details here

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.

Great Spotted Woodpecker in Harpenden by David Lyons

Great Spotted Woodpecker in a Harpenden garden on 20 May, image by David Lyons

Cuckoo at Rye Meads by Mary Smith

Cuckoo at Rye Meads on 19 May, image by Mary Smith

Hobby at Walkern by Gary Sanderson

Hobby at Walkern on 18 May, image by Gary Sanderson

Mandarin at Welwyn Garden City by Keith Dean

Mandarin at Welwyn Garden City on 16 May, image by Keith Dean

Wheatear at Ashwell by Keith Gypps

Wheatear at Ashwell on 1 May, image by Keith Gypps

Cuckoo at Rye Meads by Mary Smith

Cuckoo at Rye Meads on 17 May, image by Mary Smith

Grey Plover at Tyttenhanger by Lee Evans

Grey Plover at Tyttenhanger on 14 May, image by Lee Evans

Yellow Wagtail at Redbournbury by David Lyons

Yellow Wagtail at Redbournbury on 14 May, image by David Lyons

Yellow Wagtail at Redbournbury by David Lyons

Yellow Wagtail at Redbournbury on 14 May, image by David Lyons

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 MAY: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Redshank (William Bishop)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Oystercatcher (William Bishop)
Grove Mill nr Watford, 10 Egyptian Goose, m/f plus 8 chicks (Charlie Ramsay)
Maple Cross, Cuckoo, over Maple Lodge Close heading west. (Paul Lewis)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Cuckoo, very active around site this morning (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Wigeon, male on Draper (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Grasshopper Warbler, reeling to left of Warbler Hide still, mid morning (Allan Meadows)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 4 Oystercatcher, inc 1 fledgling (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 3 Common Tern (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Little Ringed Plover (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Little Ringed Plover (Steve Blake)

23RD MAY: Braughing, 3 Corn Bunting, seen from footpath between Friars Road and Cockhamstead (Steve Hughes)
Braughing, 9+ Yellowhammer, hedgerows adjacent to footpaths between Braughing and Bozen Green (Steve Hughes)
Braughing, Grey Partridge, In fields between Friars Road and Cockhamstead. (Steve Hughes)
Braughing, Hobby, over fields next to lower part of Friars Road. (Steve Hughes)
Dane End, Little Owl (Nigel Denison)
Dane End, Cuckoo, calling at Whitehills GC (Nigel Denison)
Digswell, Mandarin, female, distraction display, two very small young seen in the river. TL244148, Mimram near viaduct. (Martin Ketcher)
Letchworth, 10 Swift, junction of Norton Way N and Southfields (Steve Akrill)
Redbournbury, Yellow Wagtail, near Redbournbury Mill (John Pritchard)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Grasshopper Warbler, Reeling from 7.30pm in same Hawthorne as reported earlier (John Yates)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, 5 Raven, over together (John Pritchard)
St Albans, 6 Ring-necked Parakeet, Over Verulam Road (Bill Free)
Stocker's Lake, Osprey, at 1215. Seen off by gulls & crows (G Lapworth)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Hobby (Adrian Bayliss)

22ND MAY: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Redshank (Ade Hall)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Little Ringed Plover (Ade Hall)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Oystercatcher (Ade Hall)
Bishop's Stortford, Cuckoo, calling in Hoggates Wood (8.15pm). (Richard Melarange)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 4 Swift, screaming low around village area (Gary Hinton)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Yellow Wagtail, female on wires in field at TL1193110222 (Simon West)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Grasshopper Warbler, between 5-6am, 7:50-8:35 in small isolated Hawthorn with white flowers on water meadow viewable from Ver Valley Way footpath midway between Shafford Farm and Veiola TL12300 09797 (Brendan Glynn/Simon Wesr)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, 3 Little Egret, In water meadow. (Simon West)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 3 Oystercatcher (T Smith/S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 5 Little Ringed Plover (T Smith/S Blake)
Weston, 9 Swift, over the former Red Lion pub (Steve Akrill)

21ST MAY: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Little Ringed Plover, main island (Chris Ruis)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Oystercatcher (Chris Ruis)
Amwell NR - Hollycross Lake, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Chris Ruis)
Bengeo (Hertford), Oystercatcher, 11:15pm repeatedly calling as flew along River Beane (Simon Knott)
Fairlands Valley Park (Stevenage), 2 Common Tern (Steve Akrill)
North Mymms, Lesser Whitethroat, singing, along road linking entrance to North Mymms church to Home Farm. (Steven Pearce)
Radwell nr Baldock, Kingfisher (Luke Brookes)
Radwell nr Baldock, Spotted Flycatcher (Luke Brookes)
Radwell nr Baldock, Corn Bunting (Luke Brookes)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Hobby (John Pritchard)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Grasshopper Warbler, seen and heard mid-morning (John Pritchard)
Stocker's Lake, 5 Cetti's Warbler (Graham Clark)
Stocker's Lake, 5 Red-crested Pochard, four drakes, one duck (Graham Clark)
Stocker's Lake, Nightingale, Sub-song, canal side. (Graham Clark)
Symondshyde Farm nr St Albans, Yellowhammer, singing male (Paul Moss)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Peregrine Falcon, circling over fishing lake about 3pm (Rupert Evershed)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2+ Yellow Wagtail, commuting from main pit to cornfield by Tyttenhanger Farm (Rupert Evershed)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Oystercatcher (Rupert Evershed)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Little Ringed Plover (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 4 Tree Sparrow, around dead oak by mound (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 4 Common Tern (Tony Kavanagh)
Weston, Little Owl (Andrew Coates)
Weston, Corn Bunting, TL250 294 (Clive Brackenbury)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Spotted Flycatcher, wooded area at back of reservoir (Dave Hutchinson)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Hobby (Dave Hutchinson)

20TH MAY: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 5 Oystercatcher, usual 3, plus 2 through going north (William Bishop)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Redshank, on mud early morning then flew NW (William Bishop)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Barnacle Goose, stayed half hour, then went north (William Bishop)
Benington, Spotted Flycatcher, behind village hall (Darrel Bryant)
Hay Street nr Puckeridge, Little Owl, track to Quinbury farm (Paula Moore)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, Cuckoo, singing male (Tom Speller)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, Lesser Whitethroat (Tom Speller)
Panshanger Park, Cuckoo (Keith Smith/Keith Dean)
St Albans, Hobby, over my garden again (Rupert Evershed)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), Yellow Wagtail (Rupert Evershed)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), Lesser Whitethroat (N Bristow)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 100+ Sand Martin (N Bristow)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 2 Tree Sparrow (N Bristow)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), Kingfisher (N Bristow)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 6 Little Ringed Plover (Rupert Evershed)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Dunlin, seen at 12:15 (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Common Tern
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Oystercatcher (Rupert Evershed)
Ware, Peregrine Falcon, over Lime Close at 11.55 (Derrick Ling)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Hobby (Chris Ruis)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 100+ House Martin (Chris Ruis)

19TH MAY: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 5 Arctic Tern, 05:45-06:45, then flew off high southeast (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 8 Shelduck, flew south (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 80 Swallow (Barry Reed)
Batford, Cuckoo, flying west through Lower Luton Road (Darin Stanley)
Hertford, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet, in our garden 5.45pm (Nicola Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 20 House Martin, East pool in mixed flock with swallows so perhaps still passage birds (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Hobby (Simon Knott)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, Arctic Tern (Barry Reed)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, Garganey, male (Barry Reed)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, Water Rail (Barry Reed)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Ringed Plover
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Little Ringed Plover
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Kingfisher
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Dunlin
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 50+ House Martin (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Common Tern
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Oystercatcher (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - Willows Farm Lake, Oystercatcher, on Island (Steven Pearce)
Verulamium Park, c30 Swift, Over lake around 20.00 (Bill Free)
Verulamium Park, c30 Swallow (Bill Free)
Verulamium Park, c30 House Martin (Bill Free)
Watford, Peregrine Falcon, on roof, YMCA Beechen Grove 15:00 (David Demham)

18TH MAY: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Redshank (William Bishop)
Ashwell, Yellow Wagtail (Andrew coates)
Batford, Grey Partridge, on public footpath adjacent to B653 opposite weedy field (Darin Stanley)
Bovingdon, Cuckoo, Brickworks, singing male (L. Flower)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 6 Swift (Gary Hinton)
Dane End, Lesser Whitethroat (Nigel Denison)
Dane End, Cuckoo, calling at Whitehills GC (Nigel Denison)
Dane End, Hobby, hawking insects over Whitehills GC. (Nigel Denison)
Hatfield Aerodrome (disused), Cuckoo (Ben Sandford Smith)
Hertingfordbury, Barn Owl, quartering field at 11am (Nicola Knott)
Nashe's Farm nr St Albans, Yellowhammer (Steven Pearce)
Nashe's Farm nr St Albans, Lesser Whitethroat, near wireless station. (Steven Pearce)
Oughtonhead nr Hitchin, Cuckoo (Alan Garner)
Panshanger Park, 5 Mandarin, all males (Barry Reed)
Panshanger Park, Cuckoo (Barry Reed)
Panshanger Park, 2 Kingfisher (Barry Reed)
Redbournbury, Yellow Wagtail (Janet and Francis Dowley)
Redbournbury, 3 Swift (Janet and Francis Dowley)
Redbournbury, 2 Linnet (Janet and Francis Dowley)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Little Ringed Plover, from Gadwall (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Ringed Plover, from Gadwall (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Wigeon, male from Gadwall (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Grasshopper Warbler, reeling to left of Warbler Hide mid morning (Allan Meadows)
Sandridge nr St Albans, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, one singing male Coleman Green Lane, near Nomansland Farm; another Hammond's Farm. (Steven Pearce)
Sandridge nr St Albans, Yellowhammer, singing male, Drover's Lane, near Nomansland Farm. (Steven Pearce)
Stocker's Lake, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 seen above bench on colne side (Graham Folkerd)
Stocker's Lake, 3 Red Kite, above lake (Graham Folkerd)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), Lesser Whitethroat (Clifford Smout)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Oystercatcher (Rupert Evershed)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Hobby, flew through going north (Rupert Evershed)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Ringed Plover (Rupert Evershed)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Kingfisher, fishing at back of lagoon (Rupert Evershed)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Little Ringed Plover (Rupert Evershed)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Yellow Wagtail, flew towards Coursers Farm (Rupert Evershed)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Common Tern, with fish in its mouth (Rupert Evershed)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Tree Sparrow, 2 visiting nest in hollow in dead oak (Tony Kavanagh)
Walkern, 2 Hobby, over Walkern Church (Gary Sanderson)
Walkern, 2 Kingfisher, seen at ford (Gary Sanderson)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Hobby, hunting low over reeds. (Mike Wallen)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 62 Common Tern (Mike Wallen)
Wormleybury, Raven, near the main house (Laurence Drummond)

17TH MAY: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Whimbrel, on the mud in front of the Viewpoint briefly this evening before flying south (Ron Cousins)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Cuckoo (Jenny Sherwen)
Royston, 12 Swift, screaming over usual nest site (Keith Gypps)
The Commons LNR (Welwyn Garden City), 2 Yellowhammer (Keith Smith)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 8 Oystercatcher, 5 adult + 3 chicks (S Blake/S Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 3 Ring-necked Parakeet, around waterworks (Rupert Evershed)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 2 Tree Sparrow (Simon West)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3+ Lesser Whitethroat (Rupert Evershed)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 4+ Little Ringed Plover (Rupert Evershed)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 8+ Common Tern (Rupert Evershed)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Sanderling, transitional plumaged bird at 11:45, just after rain started. Still at 4pm (Steven Pearce et al)
Watton at Stone, Raven (Tony Barrett)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Yellow Wagtail, on bank near farm steps flew into last years wild flower meadow 14:35 (Gary Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Hobby, 14:20 (Gary Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 20+ Swift (Gary Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Little Egret, on island trees (Gary Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 30+ Swallow (Gary Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 20+ Common Tern (Gary Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 20+ House Martin (Gary Hinton)

16TH MAY: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Shelduck (Barry Reed)
Dane End, Cuckoo, calling next to golf course. (Nigel Denison)
East Hyde, Yellow Wagtail, near farm (Clifford Smout)
Flamstead village, 8 House Martin, nesting sites in College Close (David McGrath)
Flamstead village, 4 Swift (David McGrath)
Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, Little Owl, on building at Maynes Farm (Ben Sandford Smith)
Puckeridge, Lesser Whitethroat, singing male (Murray Orchard)
Quickswood Farm nr Baldock, 2 Raven (Barry Reed)
Quickswood Farm nr Baldock, 10 Corn Bunting (Barry Reed)
Quickswood Farm nr Baldock, Grey Partridge (Barry Reed)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 4 Oystercatcher (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 5 Common Tern (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Little Ringed Plover (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Lesser Whitethroat, 1 seen, others heard, nr crossing of conveyor (Axel Kirby)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Kingfisher (Steven Pearce)
Wadesmill nr Ware, Hobby, over A10 (Paula Moore)
Welwyn Garden City, Mandarin, male on blackfan lagoon (Keith Dean)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Hobby (Adrian Bayliss)

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