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 Ringed Plover by Mary Smith

Little Ringed Plover at Rye Meads on 25 June, 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.

 

Kestrels by Mary Smith

Young Kestrels at Rye Meads reserve on 25 June, image by Mary Smith.

Reed Warbler by Mary Smith

Reed Warbler at Stanstead Abbotts Lakes on 23 June, image by Mary Smith.

Grey Heron by Ray Kilham

Grey Heron at Rye Meads on 22 June, image by Ray KIlham.

Kingfisher by Katy Smith

A Kingfisher at Rye Meads on 22 June, image by Katy Smith.

Tufted Duck by Andrew Moon

A female Tufted Duck lands at Marsworth Reservoir, Tring on 21 June, image by Andrew Moon.

Chaffinch by Katy Smith

Chaffinch at Stanstead Abbotts Lakes on 21 June, image by Katy Smith.

Great Crested Grebe by Matt Livesey

Great Crested Grebe on the Lee Navigation at Amwell NR on 19 June, image by Matt Livesey.

Swallow by David Hutchinson

Swallow at Marsworth on 20 June, image by David Hutchinson.

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.

25TH JUN: Batchworth Lake nr Rickmansworth, 2 Egyptian Goose (G Lapworth)
Batchworth Lake nr Rickmansworth, Red-crested Pochard, male (G Lapworth)
Broxbourne Woods - Hoddesdon Park Wood, Hobby (Simon Knott & William Bishop)
Garden Wood (Tyttenhanger area), Spotted Flycatcher (R Flesher/S Blake)
Hatfield, Red Kite, over Furzen Crescent, South Hatfield. (Steven Pearce)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Peregrine Falcon, juvenile (Lee Jaques)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Little Ringed Plover (Lee Jaques)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Green Sandpiper (Lee Jaques)
Stanstead Abbotts, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, 2 Kingfisher (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, 4 Common Tern (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Jane Free)
Stocker's Lake, 21 Little Egret, adults & juvs (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, Goldeneye, male (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, 2 Cetti's Warbler (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, Kingfisher, male (G Lapworth)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 4 Tree Sparrow (R Flesher/S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Egyptian Goose (R Flesher/S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 4 Common Tern (R Flesher/S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Hobby (R Flesher/S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Red Kite (R Flesher/S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - Willows Farm Lake, Little Egret (Steven Pearce)
Verulamium Park, 100+ Swift, 7am lots of swifts feeding low over lake (Paul Moss)
Willows Farm (Tyttenhanger area), Yellow Wagtail (R Flesher/S Blake)
Willows Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 5 Oystercatcher (R Flesher/S Blake)

24TH JUN: Berkhamsted, Kingfisher, on the Bulbourne. (Hilary Weston)
Fir & Pond Woods nr Potters Bar, 10+ Swift, feeding over Fir Wood. (Simon West)
Gilston Park nr Harlow, Little Owl (Jenny Sherwen)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 2 Oystercatcher, flying west at 1:05pm (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Grasshopper Warbler (Simon Knott)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 2 Swift (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 3 Red Kite (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 6 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 2 Egyptian Goose (Steve Carter)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Egyptian Goose (S Blake/R Coombes)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 5 Oystercatcher, 2 ad, 3 Juv (S Blake/R Coombes)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 3 Common Tern (S Blake/R Coombes)
Watford, Siskin, heard calling over Glen Way (Ian Bennell)

23RD JUN: Barwick, Little Owl, flew up off road into dead Ash (Laurence Drummond)
Hitchin, 2 Swift, Hitchin Library TL181291 (David Inward)
Hitchin, 6 Swift, Orchard Road TL197303 (David Inward)
Hitchin, 2 Swift, Verulum Road TL189296 (David Inward)
Ickleford, 40+ Swift, low over the Bedford Rd (Michael Hooper)
Maple Lodge NR, 5 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steve Carter)
Maple Lodge NR, 8 Swift (Steve Carter)
Stocker's Lake, 15 Common Tern (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, Goldeneye, male (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, 19 Little Egret, adults & juvs (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, Kingfisher (G Lapworth)

22ND JUN: Cassiobury Park, Little Egret, river Gade, in shallows by bridge. (Geoff Young)
Hatfield, Ring-necked Parakeet, over Oxlease. (Steven Pearce)
Hatfield Garden Village, 9 Swift, over this evening (John Moss, Alfred Moss)
Hemel Hempstead, 2 Red Kite, above Gadebridge park. (Hilary Weston)
Hitchin, 4 Swift, Tristam Road TL195305 (David Inward)
Stevenage, 20+ Swift, over houses, Shephall (Penny Fanthorpe)
Stocker's Lake, 6 Common Tern (Charlie Ramsay)
Stocker's Lake, 2 Little Egret, both in drain between the lake and canal (Charlie Ramsay)
Stocker's Lake, 2 Cetti's Warbler, calling (Charlie Ramsay)

21ST JUN: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Little Ringed Plover (Jenny Sherwen)
East End Green, 3 Redshank, at the lake south of the village (Christopher Benton)
Heartwood Forest - Hillend Farm, Barn Owl (Robin Hilton)
Hitchin, Swift, Cambridge Road TL198300 (David Inward)
Hitchin, 2 Swift, High Dane TL194305 (David Inward)
Hitchin, Swift, Tristam Road TL195305 (David Inward)
Hitchin, Swift, Bancroft TL184292 (David Inward)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Grasshopper Warbler (Simon Knott)
Letchworth, Red Kite
Little Wymondley nr Stevenage, 2 Raven, pair at Little Wymondley Sub-Station (Michael Hooper)
Little Wymondley nr Stevenage, Peregrine Falcon (Michael Hooper)
Stocker's Lake, 18 Little Egret, adults & juvs (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, 14 Common Tern, at tern rafts (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, Goldeneye, Male (G Lapworth)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Common Tern (S Blake)
Willows Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 2 Yellow Wagtail (S Blake)

20TH JUN: Fairlands Valley Park (Stevenage), 2 Common Tern, over sailing lake (Steve Akrill)
Hitchin, Red Kite (David Inward)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Cuckoo
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, Egyptian Goose (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 8 Swift (Steve Carter)
Northaw Great Wood, 4 Curlew, flying over north mid-afternoon
Radwell nr Baldock, Little Egret
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Cuckoo, calling this morning near Warbler hide (Paul Thrush)

19TH JUN: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 8 Egyptian Goose, two adults 6 young
Bendish nr Whitwell, 2 Yellow Wagtail, adult with fledged juvenile at roadside puddle near Bendish (Barry Trevis)
Braughing, 4 Corn Bunting, males on territory in fields E of village: 2 in peas and 2 on wires between barley and wheat (Murray Orchard)
Braughing, 4 Yellow Wagtail, pairs/territories in field E of village: singing male and pair with young in beans; singing male and pair in peas (Murray Orchard)
Braughing, Grey Partridge, calling in bean field E of village (Murray Orchard)
Colney Heath, Red Kite (Steve Evans / Ann Lee)
Hitchin, Swift, Woolgrove Road TL198301 (David Inward)
Hitchin, 3 Swift, St Faiths Close TL198302 (David Inward)
Hitchin, Red Kite, Orchard Road TL197303 (David Inward)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Grasshopper Warbler
King's Meads nr Hertford, Redshank
King's Meads nr Hertford, 4 Cetti's Warbler
Maple Cross, 6 Swift (Steve Carter)
Maple Cross, 5 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, Common Tern (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 2 Swallow (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, Egyptian Goose (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 6 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steve Carter)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, Yellow Wagtail, flew to crop field to south (Tom Speller)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Little Ringed Plover (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Redshank (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Peregrine Falcon (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Hobby (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Green Sandpiper (Vicky Buckel)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Little Egret, flying (Alan Gardiner)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 60 House Martin
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 30 Swallow
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 30 Sand Martin
Verulamium Park, 2+ Little Egret, in willow on island (Alan Gardiner)
Verulamium Park, Barnacle Goose, on lake (Alan Gardiner)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 40 Swift

18TH JUN: Aldbury nr Tring, Redstart, in garden by canal (Aul Barritt)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Yellow-legged Gull (William Bishop/Phil Ball)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 6 Little Ringed Plover (William Bishop/Phil Ball)
Batford, Hobby (Mike Russell)
Batford, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet (Mike Russell)
Berkhamsted Common, Tree Pipit, identified by flight display and call (Mike Spittles)
Coopers Green GPs - Stanborough GP, Little Ringed Plover (Steven Pearce)
Harpenden, Hobby, over Westfield Wood (Tim Hill)
Harpenden, 17 Swift, over Westfield Wood (Tim Hill)
Hemel Hempstead, Peregrine Falcon, mobbed by Swifts over my garden then headed off west (Ian Bennell)
Hitchin, 5 Swift, Walsworth Common TL195303 (David Inward)
Hitchin, 2 Swift, Woolgrove Road TL19743025 (David Inward)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, Hobby (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 4 Egyptian Goose, adults (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 3 Swift (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 2 Red Kite (Steve Carter)
Pin Green nr Stevenage, Red Kite, flying north (Ian Harris)
Redbourn, 2 Yellow Wagtail, adult and juvenile calling to each other along edge of track across grass field at Nicholls Farm (Peter Tallantire)
Stocker's Lake, Kingfisher, along river colne (Charlie Ramsay)
Stocker's Lake, 30+ Swift (Charlie Ramsay)
Stocker's Lake, Little Egret (Charlie Ramsay)
Stocker's Lake, 6 Common Tern (Charlie Ramsay)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 4 Tree Sparrow (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Red Kite (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Egyptian Goose (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Common Tern (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Little Egret (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - Willows Farm Lake, 5 Oystercatcher, two adults, three juveniles, in near-adult plumage.One of the adults watched chasing off a Red kite (Steven Pearce)
Verulamium Park, c70 Swift (Alan Winn)
Ware, 2 Red Kite, over Lime Close (Derrick Ling)
Watton at Stone, Red Kite (Nigel Denison)
Willows Farm (Tyttenhanger area), Yellow Wagtail (S Blake)

​​​2014 Hertfordshire Bird Report – now available

All current members of the Herts Bird Club and Natural History Society get a copy as part of membership. Join Herts Bird Club today and get your copy.
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