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26th Jul: Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, Turtle Dove, heard calling, no access to area (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 4 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steve Carter)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), Cetti's Warbler (Jane Free)

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, Common Snipe (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Garganey, East pool at 7:30am (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), 2 Raven (Steve Rodwell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Green Sandpiper (Steve Rodwell)

23rd Jul: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Common Sandpiper (Allan Meadows)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Common Snipe (Allan Meadows)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 5 Little Egret (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, 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)
Wallington, Red Kite (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), 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)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 18 Little Egret, including the nesting pair (Lee G R Evans)

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), Oystercatcher (Steve Rodwell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Raven (Steve Rodwell)

20th Jul: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Yellow Wagtail (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 9 Common Sandpiper (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Green Sandpiper (Barry Reed)
Aston, Corn Bunting, New Park Lane (Alan Ford)
Batford, Kingfisher (Robin Hilton)
Heartwood Forest - Well & Pudler's Wood, Red Kite (Andrew Steele)
High Wych nr Sawbridgeworth, Turtle Dove, Purring from thicket north of Rivers hospital (Laurence Drummond)
Panshanger (Welwyn Garden City), 25 Swallow (Keith Smith)
Prae Wood nr St Albans, 7 Red Kite (Alan Gardiner)
Redbourn, 50+ Swift, group feeding over fields around Nicholls Farm (Peter Tallantire)
Redbournbury, Little Owl, Calling (Charlie Farrell)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Greenshank, Draper Hide (P Cutler)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Little Owl (Alan Gardiner)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), 2 Grey Wagtail (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), Ring-necked Parakeet (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), Kingfisher (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), Peregrine Falcon (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), Common Sandpiper, sailing club (Jane Free)
Stocker's Lake, 2 Common Sandpiper, resting on Tern Raft (Paul Lewis)
Watford Link Road, Kingfisher, In the Reedbed. (Hilary Weston)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Yellow-legged Gull, Adult (Steve Rodwell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Raven (Steve Rodwell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Turtle Dove, bird singing 7am to 12.30 (John Taylor)

19th Jul: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Garganey (Barry Reed)
Chiswell Green nr St Albans, Ring-necked Parakeet (Alan Gardiner)
Hitchin, Corn Bunting, from Icknield Way (Roger Broadie)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Green Sandpiper, Draper Hide (David Lyons)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Little Egret (John Pritchard)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Cuckoo, heading north (John Pritchard)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Green Sandpiper (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Little Egret (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Cuckoo, juv (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Common Sandpiper (S Blake)
Watton at Stone, Red Kite (Nigel Denison)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Green Sandpiper (Steve Rodwell)

18th Jul: Ashwell, Little Owl, Perched on roadside wires about 2 km west of Ashwell at dusk. (Jonathan Jack)
Balls Wood nr Hertford Heath, Red Kite (Aaron Clements-Partridge)
Chipperfield, Woodcock, calling over The Boot pub on Tower Hill at 8.45pm (Ian Bennell)
Loudwater nr Rickmansworth, Red Kite (S.Topham)
Maple Cross, 3 Little Egret, Over heading south (Paul Lewis & Emily Lewis)
Oughtonhead nr Hitchin, Kingfisher, Calls heard along the river (Jonathan Jack)
Rusling End nr Langley, Little Owl, on roof of house c10pm (Julie Wise)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 5 Green Sandpiper, Draper hide (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Black-necked Grebe, 1 adult 1 chick (Vicky Buckel)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), 2 Little Egret (Jane Free)
Stocker's Lake, Goldeneye, female this evening on Springwell lake (S.Topham)
Therfield Heath, Barn Owl (Martin Johnson)
West Hyde, Hobby (Chris Bessant)
West Hyde, Red Kite (Chris Bessant)
West Hyde, Corn Bunting (Chris Bessant)
West Hyde, 100+ Swallow (Chris Bessant)
West Hyde, 100+ Swift (Chris Bessant)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Redshank, from hide (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Kingfisher (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 12 Little Egret (Jeff Bailey)

17th Jul: Chess Valley N (NW of M25), 3 House Martin, active nests on Waterworks site North Hill (Joan Thompson)
Little Wymondley nr Stevenage, 2 Swallow (Rob Stubbs)
Loudwater nr Rickmansworth, Little Egret (S.Topham)
Loudwater nr Rickmansworth, Red Kite (S.Topham)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Kingfisher (Alan Gardiner)
St Albans, 3 Red Kite, A414 Park Street (Steve Evans/Ann Lee)
Stevenage, Peregrine Falcon, male on Southgate House (Alan Ford)
Stocker's Lake, Kingfisher, male (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, Goldeneye, juv on springwell lake (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, 3 Oystercatcher, 2ads & 1juv (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, 4 Little Egret (G Lapworth)
Therfield Heath, 5 Spotted Flycatcher, family goup; 2 juv and separate adult in Fox Covert (Martin Johnson)
Ware, 2 Grey Wagtail, Ware Lock (Allan Meadows)

16th Jul: Cuffley, Ring-necked Parakeet (Jonathan Jack)
Essendon, 4 Red Kite, adjacent to Essendon Hill (Mike Stenson)
Hitchin, Grey Wagtail, river Hiz town centre (Nigel Agar)
Pye Corner nr Harlow, 3 Turtle Dove, adult and two juvs on wires over rape field at west end of Redricks lane this evening. (Alan Harris)
Reed, 4 Corn Bunting (Martin Johnson)
Reed, 3 Yellow Wagtail, including 2 Juveniles; Hatchpen (Martin Johnson)
Reed, 25+ House Martin, nesting at Hatchpen new-build Farmhouse (Martin Johnson)
South Oxhey, 11 Ring-necked Parakeet, over my Oxhey Hall gdn (Joan Thompson)
Stevenage, Peregrine Falcon, immature male on the 'S' of Southgate House at midday (Mike Harris)
Stevenage, Grey Wagtail, in town centre (Ivana Angel)
Ware, 2 Grey Wagtail, on the river Lea navigation (Rob Stubbs)
Watford, 2 House Martin, occupied nests Cassiobury Pk Ave (Joan Thompson)
Watton at Stone, Red Kite, Over newly mown fields at Blue Hill (Nigel Denison)
Welwyn Garden City, 30+ Swift, Cranborne Gardens (nesting site)

15th Jul: Buckland, Corn Bunting, TL373333 (Ted Fletcher)
Codicote Bottom, 3 Red Kite (Alan Jackson)
Cold Christmas nr Ware, Little Owl, 21:00 (Derrick Ling)
Hinxworth, Hobby, hunting over Blue Gates Farm (Ken & Linda Smith)
St Albans, Swift (S Chalmers)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), Little Egret (Jane Free)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), Common Sandpiper (S Richards)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 4 Tree Sparrow, at feeder (Peter Delaloye)

14th Jul: Baldock, 2 Corn Bunting, singing males around lay-by on old Wallington Road (TL268344) (Simon Crockford)
Baldock, Yellow Wagtail, female on old Wallington Road. (TL268344) (Simon Crockford)
Bishop's Stortford, 2 Marsh Tit, Birchanger wood (Laurence Drummond)
Bygrave, 3 Yellow Wagtail (Roger Broadie)
Cadwell nr Ickleford, Corn Bunting, singing briefly at Lavender Farm, Cadwell. (Nigel Agar)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Kingfisher (Simon Knott)
Loudwater nr Rickmansworth, 3 Little Egret, flying together over the farm this evening (S.Topham)
Northchurch nr Berkhamsted, Raven, calling in flight (Nick Goss)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, Marsh Tit (Tom Speller)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, 2 Yellow Wagtail (Tom Speller)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, 5 Grey Partridge, adult with four young (Tom Speller)
Redbournbury, Little Egret (John Fisher)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Wigeon, eclipse drake from Gadwall hide (Brendon Fagan)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 9 Green Sandpiper, From Draper hide (Brendon Fagan)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 3 Black-necked Grebe, female & 2 young from Gadwall hide (Brendon Fagan)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Kingfisher, both adults from Kingfisher hide (Brendon Fagan)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, 8 Red Kite, over hay field being cut (John Fisher)
Verulamium Park, Red Kite (Andrew Steele)
Verulamium Park, Grey Wagtail (Andrew Steele)
Verulamium Park, Little Egret (Andrew Steele)
Weston, 7 Red Kite (Andrew Coates)

13th Jul: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Kingfisher, seen from White Hide (Maureen Lead)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Grasshopper Warbler (Barry Reed)
Benington, Red Kite (Nigel Denison)
Deadman's Hill nr Sandon, Marsh Harrier, Worn adult female on Deadmans hill this afternoon (Mike Ilett)
East Hyde, Red Kite (David Lyons)
Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, Green Sandpiper (Graham Higgins)
Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, 2 Common Snipe
Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, Yellow Wagtail
Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, Maynes Farm (Graham Higgins)
Great Gaddesden, 16+ Red Kite, with 2+ Buzzard (Dan Forder)
Great Gaddesden, 2 Little Egret (Dan Forder)
Kimpton Mill, Water Rail (Tom Kittle)
Loefield Grove nr Watton at Stone, Red Kite (Nigel Denison)
Marshalswick (St Albans), Hobby, over Lancaster Road & Sandridge Road (David Utting)
Oxhey, Red Kite, Attenborough's Fields (Geoff Young)
Redbournbury, 7+ Red Kite, east of A5183, just south of the mill. (L. Flower)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Little Owl (Graham Higgins)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), Little Egret, first sighting not a flyover (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), Kingfisher (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), Common Sandpiper (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), 4 Oystercatcher (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N lake, Ring-necked Parakeet (Barry Reed)
Stocker's Lake, 3 Oystercatcher, 2ads & 1juv (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, Goldeneye, juv on springwell lake (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, 30 Common Tern, 21ads & 9juv (G Lapworth)
Verulamium Park, Red Kite (Andrew Steele)
Ware, Hobby, over Lime Close (Derrick Ling)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, Grey Partridge, around horse paddock W end of Nettleden Road (Dan Forder)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, 2 Little Egret, at flood meadows (Dan Forder)
West Hyde, Red Kite, juvenile (Chris Bessant)
West Hyde, Little Owl (Chris Bessant)
West Hyde, 2 Corn Bunting (Chris Bessant)
West Hyde, Hobby (Chris Bessant)
Weston Park, 13 Red Kite (Frances Hurst)

12th Jul: Buckland, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, family party in trees by farmyard pond near church (Ken & Linda Smith)
Deadman's Hill nr Sandon, Marsh Harrier, from metal gate at bottom of hill (Ray Hooper)
Deadman's Hill nr Sandon, 3 Corn Bunting (Ray Hooper)
East Hyde, Little Egret (Mike Russell)
East Hyde, 3 Green Sandpiper (Mike Russell)
Hatfield, Red Kite, Great North Road (David Wheatcroft)
South Oxhey, Red Kite, over Oxhey Hall estate (Joan Thompson)
Stocker's Lake, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 ads 1 yng (Joan Thompson)
Stocker's Lake, 11 Common Tern, different broods 10 on one tern raft and 1 brood on an island. (Joan Thompson)
Therfield nr Royston, 5 Corn Bunting, singing males northeast of village (Ken & Linda Smith)
Therfield nr Royston, 2 Swift (Ken & Linda Smith)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), c12 Tree Sparrow (S Blake et al.)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Common Sandpiper (S Blake et al.)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Green Sandpiper (S Blake et al.)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Oystercatcher (S Blake et al.)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Little Egret (S Blake et al.)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Little Ringed Plover (S Blake et al.)
Ware, 12 Swift (Derrick Ling)
Ware, Red Kite (Derrick Ling)
Welwyn Garden City, Peregrine Falcon (Anthony Cooper)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Corn Bunting, singing south of dry canal (S Richards)

11th Jul: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Curlew, Flew off heading east at 06.25 (Barry Reed)
Kings Langley, Osprey, over Home Park Mill link road at 7am before dropping down out of view behind trees. Presumably fishing at Gaywoods Fishery? (Ian Bennell)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 24 Swift (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, Red Kite (Steve Carter)
Redbournbury, 2 Little Egret (John Fisher)
Rickmansworth, Oystercatcher, over High Street calling. (Stephen Middleton)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, 2 Little Owl, adult plus juvenile (John Fisher)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, 2 Red Kite (John Fisher)
South Oxhey, 2 Swallow, broods by barns near Oxhey Hall (Joan Thompson)
St Albans, 2 Hobby, juvenile peregrine being divebomed by adult hobby (B.Harper)
Ware, Red Kite (Rob Stubbs)

10th Jul: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Grasshopper Warbler (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 20+ Swift (Jenny Sherwen)
Chipping nr Buntingford, Barn Owl, over A10 at 2145hrs (Chris Beach)
Gosmore Hill nr Hitchin, Red Kite (Callum Peel)
Lemsford Springs, Kingfisher (Drew Lyness)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), 38 House Martin, 13 active nests at Waterman's Cottage and another 6 at Lock 42 (Lee G R Evans)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), Red Kite (Lee G R Evans)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), 9 Swift (Lee G R Evans)
St Albans, Peregrine Falcon, adult male going to roost, flying towards the Abbey. (Brian Harper)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 4 Grey Wagtail, pair with 2 juveniles (Lee G R Evans)
Stocker's Lake, 4 Little Egret (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, Goldeneye, juv on Springwell Lake (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 ads & 1juv (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, Kingfisher, male (G Lapworth)
Tringford Res (Tring Reservoirs), 10 Common Tern (Lee G R Evans)
Ware, Hobby, Over Lime Close at 7pm (Derrick Ling)
West Hyde, 3 Corn Bunting (Chris Bessant)
West Hyde, 2 Hobby (Chris Bessant)
West Hyde, 70+ Swift (Chris Bessant)
West Hyde, 4 Red Kite, 2 adults 2 juveniles (Chris Bessant)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 7 Little Egret, including the nesting pair on the Drayton Bank (Lee G R Evans)

9th Jul: Abbots Langley, 50 Swift, c8:30 - (they nest in the church tower) (Lesley Brooks)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, flew off at 06.46 (Barry Reed)
Harpenden, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet, Flying south near Crabtree school (Robin Hilton)
Hitchin, Red Kite (Callum Peel)
Loudwater nr Rickmansworth, Hobby, over the meadow next to the Chess at Loudwater farm (Sanderson Topham)
Loudwater nr Rickmansworth, Red Kite, Loudwater farm (Sanderson Topham)
Reed, Corn Bunting, TL364347 (Ted Fletcher)

8th Jul: Amwell GP/NR (exact water not specified), Grasshopper Warbler, heard from James hide (Ade Hall/Barry Reed)
Amwell GP/NR (exact water not specified), Kingfisher, hunting from perch outside James hide (Ade Hall)
Amwell NR - Hollycross Lake, 12 Little Egret (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Hollycross Lake, 4 Oystercatcher (Barry Reed)
Colney Heath, Red Kite (Steve Evans / Ann Lee)
Deadman's Hill nr Sandon, Corn Bunting, singing male (Lee G R Evans)
Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, 2 Grey Wagtail (Jeff Bailey)
Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, 2 Red Kite (Jeff Bailey)
Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, Spotted Flycatcher, Maynes Farm (Jeff Bailey)
Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, 2 Little Ringed Plover, on pool by footpath through sheep fields (Jeff Bailey)
Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, Common Snipe (Jeff Bailey)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 6 Little Egret, East pool (Simon Knott)
London Colney, 2000 Swift, over flax field north of M25 (Lee G R Evans)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 4 Black-necked Grebe, 2 adult 2 juv (S Blake)
Sandon, 15 Swift (Lee G R Evans)
Sandon, 5 Spotted Flycatcher, family party in churchyard (Lee G R Evans)
Sandon, 10 House Martin, 5 active nests by church (Lee G R Evans)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Little Owl (Jeff Bailey)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), 2 Oystercatcher, sailing club lawn - mating (Jane Free)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 20+ Common Tern (G.Hinton)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 5+ Grey Wagtail, with pied wags (OG.Hinton)
Stevenage, Peregrine Falcon, on S of Southgate House 9pm (Steve Akrill)
Tringford Res (Tring Reservoirs), Kingfisher (G.Hinton)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 5 Tree Sparrow (Lee G R Evans)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 3 Swift (Lee G R Evans)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 4 Common Tern (Lee G R Evans)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Green Sandpiper (S Blake/D Booth)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Greenshank (S Blake/D Booth)
Walkern, 3+ Corn Bunting, singing between Walkern and Weston. (Nigel Denison)
Wallington, 8 Yellow Wagtail, family parties along Wallington Road (Lee G R Evans)
Wallington, 2 House Martin, pair nesting (Lee G R Evans)
Wallington, 10 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 family parties in gardens (Lee G R Evans)
Wallington, 5 Corn Bunting, along Wallington Road (Lee G R Evans)
Ware, Grey Wagtail, By GSk / Allenburys (Rob Stubbs)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 8+ Little Egret (Gary Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 10+ Common Tern (G.Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Oystercatcher, in field behind car park (Gary Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Grey Wagtail (Gary Hinton)

7th Jul: Hemel Hempstead, Barn Owl, hunting land bordered by M1 & A414 at J8 (51.756452-0.418956) just East of Breakspear Way, Leverstock Green/Maylands, 1.10am (Dan Forder/Steve Forder)
Hemel Hempstead, 2 Red Kite, over the town centre (Michael Howard)
Hitchin, Red Kite (Callum Peel)
Moor Lane nr Rickmansworth, 6 House Martin, active nests with yng on Waterworks co building (Joan Thompson)
Watford, Peregrine Falcon, Flew over Vicarage Road cemetery towards the football ground at 3.30pm (Ian Bennell)
Welwyn Garden City, Peregrine Falcon, 5.00 am (Keith Smith/ Keith Dean)

6th Jul: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Black-tailed Godwit, adult (Barry Reed)
Baldock, 30+ Swift, near Clothall Common (Ian Hall)
Beech Farm GP nr St Albans, Barn Owl
Digswell Meadow, 6 Little Egret (DavId Booth)
Garston nr Watford, Red Kite (Patty Briggs)
Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, Spotted Flycatcher, Maynes Farm (Alan Gardiner)
Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, Little Ringed Plover (John Fisher)
Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, 2+ Raven (Alan Gardiner)
Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, 2 Red Kite (Alan Gardiner)
Hartham (Hertford), Red Kite, over rivers Lea and Beane (Kimberley Brough)
Hatfield Aerodrome (disused), Common Sandpiper, Ellenbrook Park
Hatfield Aerodrome (disused), Grey Wagtail, Juv at Ellenbrook Park
Hertingfordbury, 3 Red Kite, with 2 Buzzards over Hertford Town FC ground. (D Haselgrove)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, 3 Little Egret, flying around south eastern part of reservoir; then headed south east. (Tony Blake)
How Wood nr Bricket Wood, Corn Bunting, on wire fence at gate between Common and grass meadow (Gordon Gentry)
Letchworth, Red Kite, over Letchworth gate (Rob Stubbs)
Letchworth Sewage Treatment Works, Green Sandpiper (Gareth Dagnall)
Letchworth Sewage Treatment Works, 2 Kingfisher, Juveniles ringed. (Gareth Dagnall)
Letchworth Sewage Treatment Works, Turtle Dove, no public access to site. (Gareth Dagnall)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 4 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, Red Kite (Steve Carter)
Oughtonhead nr Hitchin, Kingfisher (Tom Speller)
Redbournbury, 3 Little Egret (Alan Gardiner)
Redbournbury, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 juvs (Alan Gardiner)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, 2 Little Owl, Both adults - anyone see juvs? (John Fisher)
Stanborough Lakes nr WGC, Ring-necked Parakeet (Gary Rose)
Standalone Farm nr Letchworth, 7 Green Sandpiper (James Walsh)
Stevenage, Red Kite, over A1(M) jcn 8 (DavId Booth)
Stocker's Lake, 2 Common Sandpiper (G Lapworth/T Hulls)
Stocker's Lake, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 ads & 1 juv (G Lapworth/T Hulls)
Stocker's Lake, Goldeneye, juv on Springwell Lake (G Lapworth/T Hulls)
Tewinbury Reserve, 4 Grey Wagtail, 2 Adult and 2 young (H Cope)
Tewinbury Reserve, Kingfisher (H Cope)
Verulamium Park, 2 Little Egret, fledged colour ringed juvs (Alan Gardiner)
Welwyn, 6 Swift, over Wilshere Road (DavId Booth)
Wheathampstead, Kingfisher (Murray Brown)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, 2 Little Owl, mother and youngster at 9.15pm (Chris Howard)

5th Jul: Bengeo (Hertford), 2 Ring-necked Parakeet, first sighting in Bengeo? (Chris Glanville)
Digswell Meadow, Little Egret (DavId Booth)
High Cross nr Standon, Red Kite (Nigel Denison)
Hitchin, Red Kite (Rob Stubbs)
Panshanger Park, 7 Common Tern, over osprey lake (Jennifer Gilbert/Ian Carle)
Panshanger Park, Hobby, over Osprey lake (Jennifer Gilbert)
Redbournbury, 3 Little Egret, near Veolia (Ernest Leahy)
Redbournbury, 2 Kingfisher, near Veolia (Ernest Leahy)
Redhill nr Wallington, Curlew, flew south at 0915 (D Coates)
Redhill nr Wallington, Spotted Flycatcher (D Coates)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Hobby (Jane Free)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Green Sandpiper (Jane Free)
Sandon, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, pair with 2 juveniles in Standon churchyard (Mike ilett)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Little Owl (Ernest Leahy)
Stanstead Abbotts, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, Stansteadbury (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), Cetti's Warbler (Jane Free)
Stocker's Lake, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 ads & 1 juv (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, Goldeneye, Juv on springwell lake (G Lapworth)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 2 Little Owl (S Blake/R Flesher)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Hobby (S Blake/R Flesher)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Green Sandpiper (S Blake/R Flesher)
Watton at Stone, Hobby, over fields between Watton and Datchworth (Nigel Denison)
Welwyn Garden City, Curlew, south over Harwood Hill at 09.45. (Anthony Cooper)
Welwyn Garden City, Peregrine Falcon, on railings at shredded wheat at 9.00 (Keith Smith/Keith Dean)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, Yellow Wagtail (Chris Bessant)

4th Jul: Ashwell, 30+ Swift, over village/around church 8.30pm (Alice Porter)
Buntingford, 7 Swift, over the High Street (Ted Fletcher)
Carpenders Park, Red Kite, Little Oxhey Lane (Paul & Avril Everington)
Fir & Pond Woods nr Potters Bar, Hobby (T.Wood)
Hatfield Aerodrome (disused), Red Kite (David Wheatcroft)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 3 Swallow (Steve Carter)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, Yellow Wagtail (Tom Speller)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 adult 1 juv (Tom Speller)
Rickmansworth, Red Kite, Over Girls masonic school Chorleywood Rd (Joan Thompson)
Sandon, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 adults 2 juveniles N side Sandon Churchyard 10am (Diana Leech)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), Kingfisher (Jane Free)
Stevenage, Peregrine Falcon, roof of Southgate House 7.15am (Tom Speller)
Stocker's Lake, 2 Oystercatcher (Samuel and Ephraim Perfect)
Stocker's Lake, 32+ Common Tern (Samuel and Ephraim Perfect)
Titmore Green nr Stevenage, Red Kite (DavId Booth)
Wareside, Red Kite (Phil MacMurdie)
Watton at Stone, Red Kite (Nigel Denison)
Watton at Stone, Grey Wagtail, on the river by the scout hut (Nigel Denison)

3rd Jul: Ashwell, Yellow Wagtail (Diana Leech)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 4+ Grey Wagtail, Pair with recently fledged young. 2 poss 3 fledglings by canal bridge by Station Moor. (L. Flower)
Clothall Common, Red Kite (Maureen Tindall)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, 2 Swift (Linda Smith)
Stevenage, Peregrine Falcon, immature on, "S" of Southgate House at 13.00 and the, "G" at 16.45. (Alan Ford/Mike Harris)
Stevenage, 19 Red Kite, fields behind Tilekin Wood, Great Ashby
Tewin, 3 Little Owl, Two adults (Keith Smith)
Tewin, 2 Hobby (Keith Smith)
Thorley Wash nr Bishop's Stortford, Grasshopper Warbler, reeling in south compartment. (Jenny Sherwen)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 3+ Little Owl, behind water works. Adult and juveniles (Rupert Evershed)
Wareside, 4 Barn Owl, pair with at least 2 young (Phil MacMurdie)
Wareside, Little Owl, disused railway line (Phil MacMurdie)
Wareside, Little Egret, on the river ash. (Phil MacMurdie)
Welwyn Garden City, Grey Wagtail, juvenile at our garden pond (Linda Smith)
Welwyn Garden City, Swift, over our garden (Linda Smith)

2nd Jul: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Little Ringed Plover, from view point (Ade Hall)
Amwell NR - Hollycross Lake, Hobby (Jenny Sherwen/Alan Ford)
Charlton nr Hitchin, Little Owl (Steve MacSweeney)
Charlton nr Hitchin, 3 Red Kite, up to 60 have been seen roosting in the evening around Frogmore nr. Kings Walden (Steve MacSweeney)
Easneye Wood, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, m and f (Darren Bast)
Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, 3+ Little Owl, Hogg End Lane (David & Liz Lyons)
Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, 2 Little Ringed Plover, by Pre Mill - both adults (John Fisher)
Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, Spotted Flycatcher, Mayne Farm (John Fisher)
Harpenden, 3 Swift, over house early evening (Robin Pearson)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, 4 Barn Owl (Murray Brown)
Merry Hill nr Bushey, Hobby (John Edwards/Patty Briggs)
Merry Hill nr Bushey, 5 Red Kite (John Edwards/Patty Briggs)
Redbournbury, Corn Bunting, West Ford (John Fisher)
Redbournbury, 11 Swift (David & Liz Lyons)
Redbournbury, 3 Grey Wagtail, pair plus juv. (John Fisher)
Redbournbury, Yellow Wagtail, male by West Ford (John Fisher)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, 3 Little Egret, by Ver south of Veolia Road (John Fisher)
St Albans, 2+ House Martin, under eaves of house along Clarence Road (Paul Thrush)
Stevenage, 13 Red Kite, incl at least 5 juv. Around the cut fields around Tilekin Farm, back of Great Ashby
Therfield nr Royston, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, pair feeding at least one juv opposite the Fox and Duck pub (Murray Orchard)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), Redstart, male. TL201 055 (D Booth/S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Yellow-legged Gull, adult (D Booth/S Blake)

1st Jul: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Little Ringed Plover (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Sandwich Tern, present for 5 mins early morning (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Common Snipe (Barry Reed)
Ashwell, 8 Sand Martin (Steve Akrill)
Berkhamsted Common, Wheatear, in horse field adjacent to Common (Mike Spittles)
Colney Heath, Osprey, probable Osprey seen flying east (Ann Lee)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, 3+ Barn Owl (Debs Allbrook)
Lemsford Springs, Green Sandpiper (Barry Trevis)
Letchworth, 2 Red Kite, A pair Seen at 10 am circling above norton way south (Wendy G Willams)
Oxhey, Red Kite, over Paddock Road allotments. (Geoff Young)
Oxhey, Little Owl, Heard calling from trees along edge of paddock road allotments at 1.30pm (Ian Bennell)
Oxhey Woods, Red Kite, over Hillcroft Crescent, Oxhey. (Paul & Avril Everington)
Rickmansworth, Oystercatcher, on field at Cricket Club (Christine Moore)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), Kingfisher (Jane Free)
Stevenage, Peregrine Falcon, on the, "G" of Southgate House at 13.00 (Alan Ford)
Tewin, Spotted Flycatcher (Ian Taylor)
Tewin, Hobby (Ian Taylor)
Throcking nr Buntingford, 2 Grey Partridge, dust bathing near Broadfield Hall (Laurence Drummond)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), Little Owl, behind waterworks (S Blake/D Booth)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), Redstart, male TL200 056 (S Blake)

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