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30th Jul: Hertford, 5 Swift (Jenny Sherwen)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), Mediterranean Gull, adult at 1pm. Has moved to join flock on field (Clifford Smout)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 5 Little Egret (S Blake et al.)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Little Ringed Plover, juvenile (S Blake et al.)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Green Sandpiper (S Blake et al.)
Walkern, 4 Red Kite, between Walkern and Aston (Ian Harris)

29th Jul: Abbots Langley, Red Kite (Hilary Weston)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 35 Swift, above station moor 9.00pm (Derek Pratt)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 13 Swift, Over and around village 20:45 (G Hinton)
Childwick Bury nr St Albans, Raven, calling from large cedar tree (Bill Free)
Hitchin, 6 Swift, Kershaws Hill TL188289 (David Inward)
Marshalswick (St Albans), 13 Ring-necked Parakeet, over St Albans tennis club (Brendon Fagan)
Stanstead Abbotts, Little Owl, on its normal chimney (Roland Power)

28th Jul: Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 25+ Swift, over & around village 20:40 (G Hinton)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 2 Red Kite (G Hinton)
Little Wymondley nr Stevenage, Peregrine Falcon (Rod Cheesemore)
Panshanger Park, 2+ Spotted Flycatcher, adult plus at least 1 recently fledged juvenile (Barry Reed)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Garganey (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Dunlin (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 10 Green Sandpiper (Vicky Buckel)
Stevenage, 50 Swift, over the old town 2030 (Tom Speller)
Tewin, 5 Hobby (Ian Taylor)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 14 Common Tern (David Booth)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Green Sandpiper (David Booth)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 5 Little Egret (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Red Kite (Tony Kavanagh)
Weston Park, Little Owl (Frances Hurst)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Hobby, in bean crop near cemetery corner (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 7 Little Egret (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Common Sandpiper (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 16 Swallow (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Red Kite (Jeff Bailey)

27th Jul: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Dunlin (Jane Free)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Oystercatcher (Alan Ford)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 30+ Swift, 20:45 over & around village area (G Hinton)
Colney Heath, Red Kite (Steve Evans / Ann Lee)
Hatfield Aerodrome (disused), 11+ House Martin, over Salisbury Village, 5 active nests (John Moss)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Green Sandpiper (Alan Gardiner)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 4 Little Egret (Alan Gardiner)

26th Jul: Apsley, Common Tern, over grand Union canal (G Hinton)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 30+ Swift, over and around village 20:30 (G Hinton)
Chesfield Park nr Stevenage, 12 Grey Partridge, covey of nearly fully grown birds approx ten young + pair of adults (Clive Brackenbury)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, Little Owl (Rupert Evershed)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, Red Kite (Rupert Evershed)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, Ring-necked Parakeet (Rupert Evershed)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, Stonechat, In fields next to Round Wood (Rupert Evershed)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 9 Green Sandpiper (Clifford Smout)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Garganey (Clifford Smout)
Stocker's Lake, Goldeneye, male in eclipse (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, Kingfisher, male taking fish into nest (G Lapworth)
Thorley Wash nr Bishop's Stortford, Grasshopper Warbler (Jenny Sherwen)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 12 Common Tern (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Kingfisher (S Blake/T Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Little Egret (S Blake/T Kavanagh)
Watton at Stone, Red Kite (steve Akrill)

25th Jul: Berkhamsted, 25+ Swift (Mike Spittles)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, Little Egret, Station moor 15:35 (G Hinton)
Jersey Farm (St Albans), Red Kite (Tony Kavanagh)
Oxhey, 4 Red Kite (Geoff Young)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 3 Garganey, 3 still from Draper mid morning (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 10 Green Sandpiper, Draper mid morning (Allan Meadows)
Tewin, 5+ Hobby (Ian Taylor)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Oystercatcher, adults (Tony Kavanagh/Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Common Tern (Tony Kavanagh/Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Green Sandpiper (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 4 Little Egret (Tony Kavanagh/Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Common Sandpiper (Tony Kavanagh/Steve Blake)

24th Jul: Black Bridge Landfill site near Wheathampstead, Wheatear (Darin Stanley)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 45+ Swift, over and around village area screaming (G Hinton)
Brookmans Park, 4 Red Kite
Brookmans Park, Hobby
Coopers Green GPs - Stanborough GP, Green Sandpiper (Steven Pearce)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, Redshank, one flying over then seen later on the dam (Jack Fearnside)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 7 Green Sandpiper
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 3 Garganey
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Hobby (John Pritchard)
Stevenage, Red Kite, Pin Geen (Ian Harris)
Stocker's Farm, Little Owl (George Moreton)
Stocker's Lake, Egyptian Goose (George Moreton)
Thorley Wash nr Bishop's Stortford, Grasshopper Warbler (Jenny Sherwen)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Oystercatcher (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 9 Common Tern (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Little Egret (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Green Sandpiper (Tony Kavanagh)
Wallington, Corn Bunting, SW of village by Icknield Way path (Steve Akrill)
Watford, Ring-necked Parakeet, in a pine tree in garden (Hilary Weston)

23rd Jul: Ashwell, 30+ Swift, over village (R Holdsworth)
Ashwell, Turtle Dove, purring from roof of Chain Cottage (R Holdsworth)
Buntingford, Barn Owl, 9.30pm (David & Susan Lyons)
Hitchin, 12 Swift, St Faiths Close TL198302 (David Inward)
Hitchin, Red Kite (Nigel Agar)
Hollingson Meads nr Harlow, Turtle Dove (Barry Reed)
Jersey Farm (St Albans), 3 Ring-necked Parakeet, House Lane (Dan Fletcher)
Oughtonhead nr Hitchin, Water Rail (James Walsh)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 8 Green Sandpiper, from Draper Hide (Derrick Ling)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Garganey, from Draper Hide (Derrick Ling)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - S lake, Green Sandpiper (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - S lake, Kingfisher (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, 2 Kingfisher (Jane Free)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 10+ Common Tern, main pit, fishing & willlows farm lakes. (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Oystercatcher (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 5 Little Egret (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Common Sandpiper (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Green Sandpiper (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Red Kite (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Peregrine Falcon (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Kingfisher (Steve Blake)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, Kingfisher (George Moreton)
Welwyn Garden City, c20 Swift, TL241137 (Aaron Clements-Partridge)
Welwyn Garden City, Red Kite, TL241137 (Aaron Clements-Partridge)

22nd Jul: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Yellow-legged Gull, 2nd summer (Barry Reed)
Berkhamsted, 30+ Swift (Mike Spittles)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 39+ Swift (G Hinton)
Braughing, 15+ Yellow Wagtail, in pea field off Friars Road (Paula Moore)
Buntingford, c20 Swift (Ted Fletcher)
Hitchin, Little Egret (David Inward)
Hitchin, 15 Swift (David Inward)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 8 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, Common Tern (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 2 Red Kite (Steve Carter)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 8 Green Sandpiper, all from draper hide (Jeff Bailey)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 3 Garganey (Jeff Bailey)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 3 Little Egret, from Draper Hide (Derrick Ling)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - S lake, 3 Green Sandpiper (Barry Reed)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - S lake, Wigeon (Barry Reed)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Egyptian Goose (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Oystercatcher (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Common Sandpiper (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Little Egret, one ringed, faded red on left; black with wite '6' on right. (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Green Sandpiper (Steven Pearce)

21st Jul: Brookmans Park, 151 Swift, parties of 117 + 34 flying south
Charlton nr Hitchin, 3 Corn Bunting, 1 Maydencroft Lane, 2 Windmill Lane (Michael Hooper)
Colney Heath, Red Kite (Steve Evans)
Fairlands Valley Park (Stevenage), 2 Other, Black Swan (Alan Ford)
Hatfield Garden Village, 70+ Swift (Ian Taylor)
Hertford, c40 Swift (Jenny Sherwen)
Hitchin, 6 Swift, Sturgeons Way TL196305 (David Inward)
Hitchin, 3 Swift, Radcliffe Road TL190295 (David Inward)
Hitchin, 8 Swift, Woolgrove Road TL197302 (David Inward)
Hitchin, Little Egret, Purwell Meadows west TL198298 (David Inward)
Hitchin, 4 Swift, High Dane TL193304 (David Inward)
Marshalswick (St Albans), c20 Swift (Tony Kavanagh)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Mediterranean Gull, Juvenile Draper's Hide (Alan Reynolds)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Garganey, Draper's Hide (Alan Reynolds)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 7 Green Sandpiper, Draper's Hide (Alan Reynolds)
Stocker's Lake, 2 Kingfisher, pair taking food to nest (Joan Thompson)
Temple End nr Hitchin, Little Owl (Michael Hooper)
Tewin, 5 Hobby (Ian Taylor)

20th Jul: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Kingfisher (Rob Stubbs)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 25+ Swift, around and over village 20:50 (G Hinton)
Braughing, 2 Yellow Wagtail (Paula Moore)
Marshalswick (St Albans), c18 Swift (Tony Kavanagh)
Oughtonhead nr Hitchin, c50 Swift, over Redhill Raod, Kings Hedges area (Rob Stubbs)
Panshanger (Welwyn Garden City), Ring-necked Parakeet, pale grey. Not been seen this year, but now back (Keith Smith)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Mediterranean Gull, juv on Draper scrape (Vicky Buckel)
Stocker's Lake, 10 Little Egret (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, 2 Kingfisher, Pair (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, Goldeneye, male (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, 16 Common Tern, Adults + 8 juvs (G Lapworth)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Common Sandpiper (Steven Parce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Egyptian Goose (Steven Parce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Little Egret (Alan Gardiner)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Common Sandpiper (Alan Gardiner)
Wood End nr Buntingford, Turtle Dove (Clive Brackenbury)

19th Jul: Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 20+ Swift, over and around village 12:00 (G Hinton)
Flamstead village, 20+ Swift (David McGrath)
Hampermill Lake nr Watford, Little Egret (Joan Thompson)
Hertford, Red Kite (Clive Chapman)
Hertford, 4 Swift, adults and their two chicks left nest box yesterday (Clive Chapman)
Marshalswick (St Albans), c20 Swift (Tony Kavanagh)
Oughtonhead nr Hitchin, Cuckoo, heard 5.30am (Rob stubbs)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 4 Kingfisher, pair feeding 2 fledged young plus 1 seen at draper (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 13 Black-tailed Godwit (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 4 Green Sandpiper (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Garganey (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Little Egret (Vicky Buckel)
Southridge nr Shenley, 2 Red Kite (Steven Pearce)
Tewin, Barn Owl (Ian Taylor)
Tewin, 3 Little Owl, one fledged chick (Keith Smith)
Tewin, 5 Hobby (Ian Taylor)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Little Egret (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Oystercatcher (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Little Egret (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Greenshank (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Kingfisher (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Common Tern (Tony Kavanagh)
Watton at Stone, Red Kite (Nigel Denison)

18th Jul: Bayford, Red Kite (Alan Jackson)
Berkhamsted, 40 Swift, around 40-50 Shrublands Rd/Cross Road area today (Nick Goss)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 20+ Swift, over around village 11:30 (G Hinton)
Hatfield, Red Kite, Coasting low over Oxlease (Steven Pearce)
Hertford, 40+ Swift (Keith Smith)
Hitchin, 5 Swift (David Inward)
Marshalswick (St Albans), c25 Swift, at dusk (Tony Kavanagh)
Merry Hill nr Bushey, 2 Barn Owl (Robert Hopkins)
Merry Hill nr Bushey, Little Owl (Robert Hopkins)
Panshanger Park, Common Sandpiper, on Broadwater (Alan Harris)
Panshanger Park, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, in dead Oaks on edge of woodland N of Osprey Lake. (Alan Harris)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Garganey, from Draper Hide (David Booth)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Common Sandpiper (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Little Egret (Steven Pearce)
Willian nr Letchworth, 40+ House Martin, around church (Ian Hall)

17th Jul: Berkhamsted, 50+ Swift (Mike Spittles)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 50+ Swift, Over and around village area again (G Hinton)
Coopers Green GPs - Stanborough GP, Hobby (Steven Pearce)
Hampermill Lake nr Watford, 3 Egyptian Goose (Joan Thompson)
Hampermill Lake nr Watford, Kingfisher, carrying food (Joan Thompson)
Hitchin, Red Kite, St Faiths Close TL198302 (David Inward)
Hitchin, 11 Swift, St Faiths Close TL198302 (David Inward)
Hitchin, 13 Swift, High Dane TL194305 (David Inward)
Maple Cross, 2 Red Kite (Steve Carter)
Maple Cross, 12 Swift (Steve Carter)
Marshalswick (St Albans), c30 Swift, at dusk (Tony Kavanagh)
Panshanger Park, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, feeding at least 3 fledglings
Radwell nr Baldock, Yellow Wagtail, Flying over meadow (Luke Brookes)
Redbournbury, 2 Yellow Wagtail, Pair (David Lyons)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 3 Garganey, adults in eclipse from Draper
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 4 Common Tern (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Green Sandpiper, with juv. Common Sandpiper (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Common Sandpiper (Tony Kavanagh)
Ware, 2 Red Kite, over Lime Close (Derrick Ling)
Ware, c25 Swift, over Lime Close (Derrick Ling)
Weston Park, 6 Red Kite, with three buzzards over cut hay field (Clive Brackenbury)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Common Sandpiper (Dave Hutchinson)

16th Jul: Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 50+ Swift, 21:00 over and around village (G Hinton)
Coopers Green GPs - Stanborough GP, Green Sandpiper (Steven Pearce)
Hatfield Garden Village, c25 Swift, over tonight mostly "screamers" (John Moss)
Hatfield Garden Village, Red Kite (John Moss)
Hitchin, 5 Swift, Hermitsge Road TL185293 (David Inward)
Hitchin, 3 Swift, Grove Road south TL187299 (David Inward)
Northaw Great Wood, 2 Red Kite (Jonathan Jack)
Northaw Great Wood, Marsh Tit (Jonathan Jack)
Northchurch nr Berkhamsted, 3 Swift (Nick Goss)
Redbournbury, Yellow Wagtail, feeding among cattle (John Pritchard)
Sandon, 3 Red Kite, by A505 (Luke Brookes)
St Ippollitts nr Hitchin, Little Owl, 19:00 at St Ippolyts Churchyard (Michael Hooper)
Stanstead Abbotts, c25 Swift (Jane Free)
Stevenage, Corn Bunting, near Potters Spring (west of A1m) (Alan Ford)
Stocker's Lake, 5 Common Tern, young on raft looked like brood of 4 tiny a 1 slightly older (Joan Thompson)
Stocker's Lake, Goldeneye, male (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, Red-crested Pochard, male (G Lapworth)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Hobby (R Holdsworth)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Little Ringed Plover (David Booth)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Common Sandpiper (R Holdsworth)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 9 Common Tern (David Booth)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Green Sandpiper (Steven Pearce)

15th Jul: Ashwell, Kingfisher (R Holdsworth)
Berkhamsted Common, Little Owl, adjacent farmland (Mike Spittles)
Cassiobury Park, 4 Mandarin, GU Canal near The Grove 2 young (Geoff Young)
Hitchin, 3 Swift (David Inward)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 12 Swift (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 2 Red Kite, Juvs calling and flying near nest site (Steve Carter)
Stocker's Farm, 4 House Martin, 4 active nests on Stocker's House (Lee G R Evans)
Stocker's Lake, 4 Kingfisher, 4 on the River Colne (Lee G R Evans)
Stocker's Lake, 28 House Martin (Lee G R Evans)
Stocker's Lake, Ring-necked Parakeet (Lee G R Evans)
Stocker's Lake, Red Kite (Lee G R Evans)
Stocker's Lake, 8 Swift (Lee G R Evans)
Stocker's Lake, 15 Common Tern, 6 nests on tern raft - 6 small young in total (Lee G R Evans)
Stocker's Lake, 3 Little Egret (Lee G R Evans)
Stocker's Lake, 18 Swallow (Lee G R Evans)
Stocker's Lake, 2 Oystercatcher (Lee G R Evans)
Stocker's Lake, Sand Martin, My first at the site this year (Lee G R Evans)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Common Tern (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 5 Oystercatcher (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Green Sandpiper (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 6 Common Tern (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Little Egret (Tony Kavanagh)

14th Jul: Batchworth Lake nr Rickmansworth, Kingfisher (G Lapworth)
Berkhamsted, 30+ Swift (Mike Spittles)
Berkhamsted, 6 Swift, Shrublands/Cross Oak area (Nick Goss)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 15+ Swift (G Hinton)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, Little Egret, In river boulborne station moor 13:30 (G Hinton)
Cuffley, 6 Ring-necked Parakeet, family group (Jonathan Jack)
Hitchin, 3 Swift, St Faiths Close TL198302 (David Inward)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Grasshopper Warbler (Simon Knott)
Marshalswick (St Albans), 20+ Swift (Tony Kavanagh)
Stocker's Farm, Little Owl (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, 5 Little Egret (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, Goldeneye, Male (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, Oystercatcher (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, 15 Common Tern (G Lapworth)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Redshank, juv (David Booth)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Common Sandpiper (Alan Gardiner)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Little Ringed Plover (David Booth)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Green Sandpiper (Alan Gardiner)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Little Egret (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Common Tern (Tony Kavanagh)

13th Jul: Great Amwell, c5 Little Egret (Callum Peel and Chris Woodham)
Hitchin, 2 Swift, railway by High Dane TL193305 (David Inward)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Cetti's Warbler, Heard singing (Callum Peel and Chris Woodham)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Common Snipe (Barry Reed)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Barn Owl, Seen about 21.45pm hutning over grassland beside railway line. (Callum Peel and Chris Woodham)
Kings Langley, Yellow Wagtail (Samuel and Ephraim Perfect)
Lemsford Springs, 3 Little Egret (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Green Sandpiper (Allan Meadows)
Stanstead Abbotts, Little Owl, back on red chimney (Darren Bast)
Stevenage, 2 Red Kite, Moss Bury school field, moving W to Hampson Park 3 pm (Steve Akrill)
Tringford Res (Tring Reservoirs), Kingfisher, from hide (S Jones)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Common Tern (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Green Sandpiper (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Black-tailed Godwit (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Oystercatcher (Tony Kavanagh)
Watton at Stone, 2 Red Kite, Over a602 (Rob stubbs)

12th Jul: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Green Sandpiper (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Common Sandpiper (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Little Ringed Plover, juvenile (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Hobby (Darren Bast)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Great Black-backed Gull (Barry Reed)
Buntingford, c15 Swift, flying over the High Street at 1400 hrs (Ted Fletcher)
Hitchin, 2 Swift, Hermitage Road TL186292 (David Inward)
Maple Cross, 5 Swift (Steve Carter)
Maple Cross, 5 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 2 Swift (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 2 Red Kite (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 2 Swallow (Steve Carter)
Stocker's Farm, Little Owl, on flooded field (Charlie Ramsay)
Stocker's Lake, Goldeneye, male now well into eclipse (G Lapworth)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Black-tailed Godwit (David Booth)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Green Sandpiper (David Booth)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Common Sandpiper (David Booth)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Redshank, 1 ad 1 juv (David Booth)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Little Ringed Plover (David Booth)
Verulamium Park, Common Sandpiper, flying low over the lake during a heavy shower at lunchtime (Paul Thrush)

11th Jul: Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, 2 Sand Martin, over floodwater pool (John Pritchard)
Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, Raven (John Pritchard)
Hitchin, Swift, Bancroft TL185296 (David Inward)
Little Hadham, 52 Swift, heading south down the Ash Valley towards Amwell (Jono Forgham)
Thrift Farm nr Therfield, Marsh Harrier (Barry Reed)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 12 Common Tern (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Green Sandpiper (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Little Ringed Plover (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Redshank (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Common Sandpiper (S Blake)
Woolmer Green, Red Kite

10th Jul: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Yellow-legged Gull, near adult (Barry Reed)
Colney Heath, Red Kite (Steven Pearce)
Coopers Green GPs - Stanborough GP, 6 Green Sandpiper (Steven Pearce)
Coopers Green GPs - Stanborough GP, Red Kite (Steven Pearce)
Flamstead village, 20+ House Martin, above a number of nests in College Close. (David McGrath)
Lemsford Springs, 3 Little Egret, including one Juv. (Barry Trevis)
Purwell Ninesprings nr Hitchin, 6 Swift, feeding over the railway line (Nigel Agarl)
Redbournbury, 3 Little Egret (John Pritchard)
Redbournbury, c10 Yellow Wagtail, feeding among cattle (John Pritchard)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Stonechat (John Pritchard)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, 2 Yellow Wagtail, pair collecting insects (John Pritchard)
Tringford Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Spotted Flycatcher (Callum Peel)
Tringford Res (Tring Reservoirs), Red Kite (Callum Peel)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Greenshank (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Little Egret (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Red Kite (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Redshank (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 4 Common Tern (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Common Sandpiper (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Little Ringed Plover (Tony Kavanagh)
Verulamium Park, 3 Little Egret, On island (Alan Gardiner)
Wallington, 2 Corn Bunting, 2 singing on wires, Wallington road TL26803446 (Tom Speller)
Wallington, 13+ Grey Partridge, 4+ adults with 9+ young this evening. path beyond metal gate along Wallington road TL26803446 (Tom Speller)
Watercress LNR (St Albans), c12 Ring-necked Parakeet (Alan Gardiner)
Welwyn, 5 House Martin, 1 nest on house, raised 3 young
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Whimbrel, seen at 09:30 flying over the reservoir in westerley direction into Bucks (Dave Hutchinson)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), c10 Little Egret, In heronry (Callum Peel)

9th Jul: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Yellow-legged Gull, 1st summer (Barry Reed)
Baldock, 5+ Corn Bunting, singing either side of A507 (Nigel Denison)
Bengeo (Hertford), Ring-necked Parakeet (Chris Glanville)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 18+ Swift, 19:30 over and around village area (G Hinton)
Coopers Green GPs - Stanborough GP, 3 Mandarin (Mike Ilett)
Coopers Green GPs - Stanborough GP, 2 Green Sandpiper (Mike Ilett)
Graveley nr Stevenage, Red Kite (Steve Akrill)
Harpenden, 5+ Red Kite, over ploughing fields at TL167133 (Andrew Steele)
Hatfield, Red Kite, low over Oxlease. (Steven Pearce)
Hitchin, 3 Swift, Trevor Road area TL191295 (David Inward)
Hitchin, Red Kite, over Ninesprings Way (Callum Peel)
Hitchin, Hobby, over Ninesprings Way (Callum Peel)
Hitchin, Red Kite, Common Rise TL194299 (David Inward)
Lemsford Springs, Kingfisher, male (David Lyons)
Lemsford Springs, Little Egret (David Lyons)
Maple Cross, 9 Swift (Steve Carter)
Maple Cross, 7 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 2 Egyptian Goose (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 3 Red Kite, 1ad and 2 juvs (Steve Carter)
Sandon, Red Kite (Nigel Denison)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, 4 Oystercatcher (Jane Free)
Stocker's Lake, Hobby (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, Goldeneye, male (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, 4 Common Sandpiper, still 2 on raft at 14.00 (G Lapworth/G Young)
Stocker's Lake, Kingfisher, Male (G Lapworth)
Tewinbury Reserve, Red Kite, Tewinbury Farm (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Common Tern (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Redshank, juvenile (S Blake et al.)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Common Sandpiper (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Hobby (S Blake et al.)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Green Sandpiper (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 8 Tree Sparrow, 2 by mound, 6 Tyttenhanger Fm (S Blake et al.)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Little Egret (Tony Kavanagh)
Weston, Red Kite (Nigel Denison)

8th Jul: Braughing, 2 Yellow Wagtail, pea field east of friars road (Paula Moore)
Braughing, 3 Corn Bunting, pea field east of Friars Road (Paula Moore)
Braughing, Short-eared Owl, over Pelham road (Paula Moore)
Chess Valley N (NW of M25), 2 Little Owl (Lee G R Evans)
Chess Valley N (NW of M25), Little Egret (Lee G R Evans)
Croxley Green, 2 Red Kite (Mike Neale)
Croxley Green, 4 Ring-necked Parakeet (Mike Neale)
Cuffley, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet (Jonathan Jack)
Hatfield, Red Kite, over business park (John Coleman)
Hitchin, Swift, Orchard Road TL197302 (David Inward)
Hitchin, Swift, Verulum Road TL189296 (David Inward)
Letchworth, 13 Swift (Steve Akrill)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), 20+ Swift, 20:00 (G Hinton)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Common Tern (G Hinton)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), 10+ House Martin (G Hinton)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), 6 Swallow (G Hinton)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 16 Swift (G Hinton)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 8 Swallow (G Hinton)
Stevenage, Red Kite, over Sainsbury's Corey's Mill 13:00hrs (Nigel Agarl)
Stocker's Lake, 3 Common Sandpiper (Joan Thompson)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 4 Tree Sparrow, in hedge by horse paddock (Jeff Bailey)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), Yellow-legged Gull, 4th-year dropped on to pit with LBBG (Lee G R Evans)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 5 Swift (Lee G R Evans)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), Tree Sparrow, in dead tree by mound. (Simon West)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 14 Common Tern (S Blake/R Coombes)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Egyptian Goose (S Blake/R Coombes)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 4 Oystercatcher (Geoff Young)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Little Egret (S Blake/R Coombes)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Red Kite (S Blake/R Coombes)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Greenshank, still at 6pm (S Blake et al.)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Hobby, near causeway (Geoff Young)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Green Sandpiper (S Blake/R Coombes)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Common Sandpiper (S Blake/R Coombes)
Ware, 2 Red Kite, over Lime Close (Derrick Ling)

7th Jul: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Common Sandpiper, In front of viewing point (Steve Hughes)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 7 Egyptian Goose, pair and 5 young (Steve Hughes)
Aspenden, Red Kite, circling over village (Ted Fletcher)
Harpenden, Red Kite, over Lambourn Gardens (Alan Jackson)
St Ippollitts nr Hitchin, Red Kite (Callum Peel and Chris Woodham)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - S lake, Little Egret (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, 3 Oystercatcher (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Jane Free)
Stevenage, Red Kite, rooftop height, Letchmore Road
Stevenage, 3 Red Kite, over Thomas Alleynes School
Stocker's Farm, 2 Egyptian Goose (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, Goldeneye, Male (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, 9 Little Egret (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, Kingfisher (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, 15 Common Tern (G Lapworth)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Common Sandpiper (Joan Thompson)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Little Ringed Plover (Joan Thompson)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Little Egret (Joan Thompson)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Greenshank (Joan Thompson)

6th Jul: Balls Wood nr Hertford Heath, Marsh Tit (Barry Reed)
Broxbourne Woods (exact wood name not specified), Firecrest, male (Barry Reed)
Chorleywood, 15 Red Kite, all circling just north of J17 of M25 (Alan Winn)
Hemel Hempstead, Oystercatcher, flew over south of Bennetts End at 11pm heard calling. (Ian Bennell)
Hitchin, 2 Swift, Trevor Road TL191295 (David Inward)
Hoddesdon, 2 Oystercatcher, flying over Stanstead Road towards Rye Meads (Roland Power)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 3 Little Ringed Plover, including juv (Simon Knott)
North Watford, Red Kite, over Beechen Grove (Steve Carter.)
Tring, Corn Bunting, singing from lane-side hedge near station c. 8pm (Neil Harwood)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Greenshank (S Blake/A Gardiner)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Green Sandpiper (S Blake/A Gardiner)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Common Sandpiper (S Blake/A Gardiner)
Verulamium Park, 3 Little Egret, all on Island at 11:40 (Andrew Steele)
Walkern, 2 Little Egret, behind Church, 9pm
Ware, Hobby, chasing swifts over Lime Close this evening (Derrick Ling)

5th Jul: Hatfield Garden Village, c30 Swift, over this evening (John Moss)
Hitchin, 2 Swift, St Faiths Close TL198303 (David Inward)
Hitchin, 8 Swift, Trevor Road TL191295 (David Inward)
Mangrove Hall nr Luton, 2 Red Kite, over cut hay meadow near the King William IV pub. (Nigel Agar)
Merry Hill nr Bushey, Barn Owl (Robert Hopkins)
OTHER (give details in comments box), 20+ Swift, over Warners End adults and young (P Griffin)
OTHER (give details in comments box), 3 Common Tern, Grand Union Canal, Wilstone - Feeding along canal. (Simon West)
Oxhey, 2 Red Kite, over Attenborough's Fields. (Geoff Young)
Stocker's Lake, Common Sandpiper, mid afternoon on tern raft (Roger Morton)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 7 Common Tern (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 7+ Common Tern (Tony Kavanagh)

4th Jul: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 juveniles (W Last)
Chesfield Park nr Stevenage, 2 Raven (Michael Hooper)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 4 Red Kite, 2 adults and 2 juvs at nest (Steve Carter)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 4 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steve Carter)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Peregrine Falcon, juv (vicky buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Kingfisher, feeding young (vicky buckel)
St Ippollitts nr Hitchin, Little Owl, on the guttering of the church (Tom Speller)
Stocker's Farm, Egyptian Goose, on flooded field (Charlie Ramsay)
Stocker's Lake, Red-crested Pochard, female (Charlie Ramsay)
Stocker's Lake, 9 Common Tern (Charlie Ramsay)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 4 Common Tern (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 5 Oystercatcher (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Egyptian Goose (Steve Blake)
Willows Farm (Tyttenhanger area), Yellow Wagtail (Steve Blake)

3rd Jul: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Great White Egret, Present 09.45-10.30; flew off low north (seversl observers)
Bayfordbury, Barn Owl, over meadow by Lower Hatfield Road at 9.45am (Ian Flack)
Coopers Green GPs - Stanborough GP, 80 Swift, over pits and adjoining fields. (Steven Pearce)
Coopers Green GPs - Stanborough GP, Little Ringed Plover (Steven Pearce)
Coopers Green GPs - Stanborough GP, Mandarin (Steven Pearce)
Coopers Green GPs - Sutton Farm GP, Hobby (Steven Pearce)
Harpenden, Red Kite, ovr Lambourn Gardens (Alan Jackson)
Heartwood Forest - E of B651, 10 Red Kite, above farm vehicle haymaking; on Hertfordshire Way path between Langley Grove and Hammonds Lane.
Langley nr Stevenage, Hobby (Michael Hooper)
Northchurch nr Berkhamsted, 6 Swift, seen drinking from water surface of canal (Nick Goss)
Northchurch nr Berkhamsted, 2 Common Tern (Nick Goss)
Northchurch nr Berkhamsted, 2 Kingfisher, pair at Dudswell this morning (Nick Goss)
Wallington, 7+ Corn Bunting, at least 5 singing males by the silver gate (TL 27471 34427) (Andrew Steele)
West Hyde, Hobby, hawking insects above crops. (Paul Lewis)

2nd Jul: Batford, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet, adult pair and fledgling (Mike Russell)
Batford, Hobby (Mike Russell)
Batford, Little Egret, flew up river (Mike Russell)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 2 Little Egret, Hardings moor 05:30 (G Hinton)
Hitchin, Red Kite, over the Ippollits Brook at the back of Oakfield Avenue (Nigel Agar)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 4 Little Ringed Plover, Including juv (Simon Knott)
Little Wymondley nr Stevenage, 5 Raven, frequenting pylons in sub station, flew toward St Ippolitts when rain started (Ray Hooper)
St Ippollitts nr Hitchin, 2 Little Owl (Ray Hooper)
Stocker's Farm, 2 Egyptian Goose, on flooded field (Charlie Ramsay)
Stocker's Lake, 10+ Swift (Charlie Ramsay)
Stocker's Lake, 9 Common Tern (Charlie Ramsay)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Egyptian Goose (S Blake et al.)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Oystercatcher (S Blake et al.)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Green Sandpiper (S Blake et al.)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 8 Common Tern (S Blake et al.)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Little Ringed Plover, juveniles (S Blake et al.)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Common Sandpiper (S Blake et al.)
Watercress LNR (St Albans), 6 Ring-necked Parakeet (Robin Hilton)
Willows Farm (Tyttenhanger area), Little Owl (S Blake et al.)

1st Jul: Burnham Green nr Welwyn, 2 Little Owl, by White Horse Lane (David Booth)
Charlton nr Hitchin, 5 Corn Bunting, 2 Maydencroft Lane, 2 Windmill Lane, 1 Temple End (Michael Hooper)
Chiswell Green nr St Albans, Red Kite (Steven Pearce)
Great Gaddesden, 2 Raven (Peter D White)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, railway embankment (Bill Free)
Hunsdon Meads, Common Tern (Jenny Sherwen)
Hunsdon Meads, Ring-necked Parakeet (Jenny Sherwen)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 6 Little Ringed Plover, Including 1 juv (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Grasshopper Warbler (Simon Knott)
Serge Hill nr Bedmond, Red Kite (Steven Pearce)
St Ippollitts nr Hitchin, c5 House Martin (Callum Peel)
St Ippollitts nr Hitchin, Red Kite (Callum Peel)
St Ippollitts nr Hitchin, c15 Swift (Callum Peel)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 2 Tree Sparrow (R Coombes/S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Egyptian Goose (R Coombes/S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 8 Common Tern (R Coombes/S Blake)
Willows Farm (Tyttenhanger area), Yellow Wagtail (R Coombes/S Blake)

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