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4th May: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Caspian Gull, 1st summer (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Yellow Wagtail, flew past viewpoint (Ade Hall et al)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Wheatear (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 4 Egyptian Goose (Barry Reed)
Ashwell, Red Kite, over Partridge Hill (Steve Akrill)
Cassiobury Park, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, heard 0800hrs approx (Steve Carter)
Colney Heath, Red Kite, church end of village (Steve Evans/Ann Lee)
Deadman's Hill nr Sandon, 2 Red Kite, circling togather (David Booth)
Kelshall nr Royston, 2 Corn Bunting, singing by road from A505 to Kelshall (David Booth)
Kelshall nr Royston, 2 Yellow Wagtail, top of Coombe Road (David Booth)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Grasshopper Warbler, reeling at 9.00 (Darren Bast)
Maple Cross, Yellow Wagtail, 8.30am, male on dung heap south of Hornhill Rd (Chris Bessant)
Maple Cross, 4 Swift (Steve Carter)
Maple Cross, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steve Carter)
Maple Lodge NR, Red Kite (Steve Carter)
Maple Lodge NR, Hobby (Steve Carter)
Panshanger Park, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 heard along dragonfly walk (Steve Hughes)
Panshanger Park, 2 Swallow, over Osprey Lake (Steve Hughes)
Panshanger Park, 2 Common Snipe (Simon Knott)
Panshanger Park, Little Egret, on river Mimran (Steve Hughes)
Panshanger Park, Cuckoo (Simon Knott)
Panshanger Park, 2 Common Tern (Simon Knott)
Panshanger Park, Cetti's Warbler (Simon Knott)
South Oxhey, 3 Red Kite, over Oxhey Warren (Joan Thompson)
Stocker's Lake, 2 Kingfisher, along river (Steve Carter)
Stocker's Lake, 2 Red-crested Pochard (Steve Carter)
Stocker's Lake, Cetti's Warbler (Steve Carter)
Stocker's Lake, 6 Common Tern (Steve Carter)
Stocker's Lake, Red Kite (Steve Carter)
Stocker's Lake, 20 Little Egret (Steve Carter)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 2 Red Kite (T.Wood)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Sand Martin, over main pit (T Wood)
Watford, 4 Swallow, at Brightwells farm buildings (Joan Thompson)
Whitwell Hoo, Grey Partridge, in ceral field (Clive Brackenbury)

3rd May: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Little Ringed Plover, from viewpoint (Ade Hall)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Hobby (Jenny Sherwen)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Yellow Wagtail, briefly (Ade Hall)
Amwell NR - Hollycross Lake, Cuckoo, from holycross (Ade Hall)
Ashwell, 2 Yellow Wagtail, dung heap at TL26494053 (Tom Speller)
Ashwell, White Wagtail, probable. Dung heap TL26494053 (Tom Speller)
Bengeo (Hertford), 5+ Swift (Peter Fuller)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, Red Kite, over station moor 18:00 (G Hinton)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 2 Swift, possible returning birds (G Hinton)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, House Martin, 19:35 over (G Hinton)
Colney Heath, Red Kite (Steve Evans / Ann Lee)
Coopers Green GPs - Stanborough GP, 2 Yellow Wagtail, Pair (Dan Fletcher)
Coopers Green GPs - Stanborough GP, Little Ringed Plover (Dan Fletcher)
Coopers Green GPs - Stanborough GP, Mandarin, Male on water (Dan Fletcher)
Coopers Green GPs - Stanborough GP, Red Kite (Dan Fletcher)
Essendon, Cuckoo (David Carter)
Fairlands Valley Park (Stevenage), 8 Swift, also 2 Common Tern & House Martin (Mike Harris)
Hemel Hempstead, Oystercatcher, calling over Cambrian Way, Highfield TL 063 086 at 23.55 (Dan Forder)
Hexton, Red Kite, circling over the Hexton Chalk Pits nature reserve along with Buzzard and Kestrel (Nigel Agar)
Maple Cross, 3 Swift (Steve Carter)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, Wheatear, male (Darrel Bryant)
Oxhey, Red Kite, over Oxhey Village. (Geoff Young)
Panshanger Park, 2 Grasshopper Warbler (Andrew Taylor)
Panshanger Park, Cuckoo (Andrew Taylor)
Royston, Great White Egret, 1 flew SE over Royston at 17.10. (Tim Wilson)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Hobby, over meadow (Darren Bast)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Kingfisher, In to feed at 16.20 (Darren Bast)
Sandridge nr St Albans, 2 Mandarin, on wetland area SE of Coleman Green Lane (Craig Dunn)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 4 Tree Sparrow (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 6 Swallow (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), Red Kite (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 3 Common Tern (S Blake/R Flesher)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 10 Swift (David Booth)
Tyttenhanger GPs - Willows Farm Lake, 2 Oystercatcher (S Blake/R Flesher)
Warren Spring Laboratory nr Stevenage, Hobby (Chris Bessant)
Weston, Swift (Andrew coates)
Willows Farm (Tyttenhanger area), Yellow Wagtail (S Blake/R Flesher)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Roseate Tern, still at 06:50 but moribund

2nd May: Ashwell, 3 Yellow Wagtail, on dungheap north of Blue-gate Farm (John Dingemans)
Ashwell, 2 Wheatear, Blue-gate Farm (John Dingemans)
Bengeo (Hertford), Wheatear, footpath to St Johns Wood (Simon Knott)
Bozen Green nr Braughing, Corn Bunting, on overhead wires across tarmac track (Paula Moore)
Cassiobury Park, 2 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, males approx 300m E of Gade Ave car park near Central Ave (Steve Younger et al.)
Childwick Bury nr St Albans, 4 Raven, paddock north of main house (Bill Free)
Childwick Bury nr St Albans, Swallow, over fruit farm (Bill Free)
Coopers Green GPs - Beech Farm GP, Mandarin, in flooded horse paddock (Alan Gardiner)
Coopers Green GPs - Stanborough GP, Little Ringed Plover (Steven Pearce)
Coopers Green GPs - Stanborough GP, 2 Mandarin, pair. (Steven Pearce)
Coopers Green GPs - Sutton Farm GP, Red Kite (Steven Pearce)
Ellenbrook Fields nr Hatfield Garden Village, Cuckoo
Ellenbrook Fields nr Hatfield Garden Village, Hobby
Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, 45+ Swift, over floodwater pool (John Pritchard)
Harpenden, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet, Ox Lane area (Bill Day)
Hartham (Hertford), Kingfisher, fishing on the Beane (Andy Catchpole)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Common Snipe, Park Mead (Simon Knott)
Long Marston, Little Egret (Dave Jenkinson)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Grasshopper Warbler, reeling males in rough field behind sewage works (Lee G R Evans)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, Egyptian Goose (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 6 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steve Carter)
Northaw Great Wood, Lesser Redpoll, In flight (Paul Driver)
Oughtonhead nr Hitchin, Kingfisher (Rob Stubbs)
Panshanger (Welwyn Garden City), Swift (Roger Jones)
Panshanger (Welwyn Garden City), 6 Swallow (Roger Jones)
Panshanger Park, Cuckoo (Allan Burrows)
Panshanger Park, Cetti's Warbler, singing and showing well. 0830 by reeds Osprey Lake (Simon Radcliffe)
Panshanger Park, 2 Common Tern (Allan Burrows)
Panshanger Park, 10+ Swift (Allan Burrows)
Panshanger Park, Grasshopper Warbler, singing on low bush by dragonfly trail 0830 (Simon Radcliffe)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, Common Sandpiper (Jane Free)
Stocker's Farm, 2 Oystercatcher (Joan Thompson)
Stocker's Farm, Little Owl (Joan Thompson)
Stocker's Lake, Egyptian Goose (Joan Thompson)
Therfield Heath, Firecrest, singing, TL336398 (Andrew Taylor)
Therfield nr Royston, Unidentified Harrier, Ringtail flying west over the Icknield Way, approx TL345384. Too brief/distant to identify confidently (Andrew Taylor)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Little Egret (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - Willows Farm Lake, 2 Oystercatcher, on island (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - Willows Farm Lake, Common Sandpiper (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - Willows Farm Lake, 3 Yellow Wagtail, on adjoining field (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - Willows Farm Lake, Wheatear, on adjoining field (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - Willows Farm Lake, Barnacle Goose (Steven Pearce)
Welwyn Garden City, Common Sandpiper, over calling at 0038 (Murray Brown)
West Hyde, 2 Corn Bunting (G Lapworth)
West Hyde, 7 Wheatear, View from Old Shire Lane (G Lapworth)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 60 House Martin (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 47 Common Tern (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Hobby (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 45 Swallow (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Wheatear, ploughed field at back of Wilstone reservoir (Kevin McCarthy)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Roseate Tern, ringed as a chick on Rockabill, Ireland in July 2012 (Ian Bennell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Roseate Tern, adult in breeding plumage (ringed on both legs) present from 1650 hours until dusk, often roosting on bank of reservoir 70 yards east of car park steps. First record for reservoirs and only 2nd county record. Found by Dave Bilcock (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 90 Swift (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Common Sandpiper (Kevin McCarthy)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Common Sandpiper, on Drayton Bank (Ian Bennell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Arctic Tern (Lee G R Evans)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, Wheatear, fem (G Lapworth/ P Lewis)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, Little Owl (G Lapworth/ P Lewis)

1st May: Aldbury nr Tring, Raven, Aldbury Nowers. (Graham Clark)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Redshank (Steve Hughes)
Ashwell, 9+ Corn Bunting (Richard Holdsworth)
Ashwell, Corn Bunting, singing, Eyeworth Rd (Steve Akrill)
Cassiobury Park, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, male still drumming and showing well in oaks by car park at the end of Gade Road (Chris Hazell)
Chesfield Park nr Stevenage, House Martin, Manor Farm (Clive Brackenbury)
Chesfield Park nr Stevenage, 4 Swallow, Manor Farm (Clive Brackenbury)
Cuffley, Whinchat, near railway viaduct (L.G.Neville)
Ellenbrook Fields nr Hatfield Garden Village, Grasshopper Warbler (Paul Driver)
Ellenbrook Fields nr Hatfield Garden Village, Cuckoo (Paul Driver)
Ellenbrook Fields nr Hatfield Garden Village, Wheatear (Paul Driver)
Hatfield, Red Kite (Paul Driver)
Heartwood Forest - Langley Wood, 2 Red Kite (Andrew Steele)
High Canons nr Borehamwood, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steven Pearce)
Maple Cross, 3! Swift, Denham way (Steve Carter)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), Cetti's Warbler, plus 3 singing males (Lynne Lambert)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), Yellow Wagtail, singing in hedgerow behind GU canal next to horse field (Lynne Lambert)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), 35 Common Tern (Jeff Bailey)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), 40 Swift (Lynne Lambert)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), Hobby (Lynne Lambert)
Much Hadham, 3 Swift (Bob Pedder)
Panshanger Park, Grasshopper Warbler (Allan Burrows)
Pishiobury Park, 5 Swift (John Slee)
Sandridge nr St Albans, Spotted Flycatcher, catching flies in House Lane (Brian Harper)
Sawbridgeworth, Cetti's Warbler, singing (John Slee)
Sawbridgeworth, 3 Lesser Whitethroat (John Slee)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 4 Common Tern (jeff bailey)
Stocker's Farm, Little Owl, on fallen tree stump (Geoff Young)
Stocker's Farm, 2 Egyptian Goose, pair on flooded field (Geoff Young)
Stocker's Farm, Little Egret, over (Geoff Young)
Stocker's Lake, Cetti's Warbler, singing and showing well along the River Colne (Mel Barnett)
Thorley Wash nr Bishop's Stortford, Cuckoo (Jenny Sherwen)
Thorley Wash nr Bishop's Stortford, Cetti's Warbler (Jenny Sherwen)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), Hobby (Ken & Linda Smith)
West Hyde, 8 Wheatear, at far end on right over cross track (G Lapworth)
Wheathampstead, 2 Raven, flew over at 12:30 (Tim Hill)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Little Egret (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Common Sandpiper (Graham Clark)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 36 Common Tern (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Hobby (Graham Clark)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, Yellow Wagtail (Chris Hazell)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, Wheatear (Chris Hazell)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, 2 Little Owl (Chris Hazell)

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