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23rd Aug: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Kingfisher (Jane Free)
Chiswell Green nr St Albans, Swift (Alan Gardiner)
Hatfield Aerodrome (disused), Wheatear (Jon Brindle)
Stanstead Abbotts, Ring-necked Parakeet (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), Kingfisher (Jane Free)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 2 Little Owl (S Blake/R Flesher)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Mediterranean Gull, 1st w (S Blake/R Flesher)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Kingfisher (S Blake/R Flesher)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Dunlin (S Blake/R Flesher)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, 2 Little Owl (G Lapworth)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, 2 Red Kite (G Lapworth)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, Whinchat (G Lapworth)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, 20+ Yellow Wagtail (G Lapworth)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, Wheatear (G Lapworth)

22nd Aug: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Black-necked Grebe, from watch point (Ade Hall)
Batford, Redstart, In S side of hedge just outside Batford, view from small layby on Lower Luton Road (B653). (Robin Pearson)
Fanhams Hall nr Ware, Red Kite, caught a rat in the corn stubble (Andy Catchpole)
Hatfield Aerodrome (disused), Redstart, male in bushes - calling. TL201085 (David Wheatcroft)
Hatfield Aerodrome (disused), 2 Swift (David Wheatcroft)
Newnham, Raven, north towards Hinxworth at 1.30 (R Holdsworth)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, Spotted Flycatcher, south west corner (Darrel Bryant/Tony Hukin)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, 4 Yellow Wagtail, adult and 3 juv in stubble field to south of main footpath (Darrel Bryant/Tony Hukin)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Wigeon, drake from the Gadwall Hide (Terry Smith)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Swift (Terry Smith)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), 2 Kingfisher (Jane Free)
Stocker's Lake, Hobby, over SE at 1435 (Richard Woolley)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, Wheatear, at horse paddock at W end of Nettleden Road (Dan Forder)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 105 Sand Martin (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Barnacle Goose (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 6 Common Sandpiper (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Hobby (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Whooper Swan (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Green Sandpiper (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 15 Common Tern (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Dunlin, juveniles (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 4 Shelduck, juveniles (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Greenshank, juvenile (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Mandarin (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Avocet, in evening from old 'duck feeding' area, photo taken (Phill Luckhurst, FoTR)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 13 Black-tailed Godwit, all juveniles (Lee G R Evans)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, Whinchat, at Heronsgate side of farm on barbed wire fence. (Paul Lewis)

21st Aug: Amwell NR - Bittern Pool, Kingfisher, close to the viewing area (Alex Quig)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Common Sandpiper (Alex Quig)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 3 Common Snipe, on the scrape island (Alex Quig)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Black-necked Grebe, by spit to right of viewing platform on way to Gladwin Hide (Alex Quig)
Amwell NR - Hollycross Lake, Hobby (Drew Lyness)
Amwell NR - Hollycross Lake, 2+ Spotted Flycatcher, dragonfly trail (Drew Lyness)
Ashwell, Swift (Andrew Coates)
Batford, Redstart, in the (magical) hedge running through horse field by the layby on B653 opposite the weedy field. TL152148 (Darin Stanley)
Fairlands Valley Park (Stevenage), 5 Common Tern, 3 adults am, 2 juveniles pm (Alan Ford)
Hemel Hempstead, 15 House Martin, over town cricket ground (Derek Pratt)
Little Hadham, Spotted Flycatcher, in buddleia tree in my garden. (Jono Forgham)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, 4 Ring-necked Parakeet (Steve Carter)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, Yellow Wagtail (David Booth)
Picotts End nr Hemel Hempstead, 3 Little Egret (Lee G R Evans)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Wheatear, female seen from Draper Hide. (M. Fanning & J. Mackie)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Common Snipe, from Draper Hide (M. Fanning & J. Mackie)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 5 Green Sandpiper, from Draper Hide (M. Fanning & J. Mackie)
Verulamium Park, 8+ Swift (Glen Barnes)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, Wheatear, at horse paddock at W end of Nettleden Road - flew in from stubble field to N (Dan Forder)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 6 Common Sandpiper (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 8 Little Egret (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Green Sandpiper (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 160 Sand Martin (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Dunlin, juvenile (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 45 House Martin (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 13 Black-tailed Godwit, all juveniles (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Hobby (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Mandarin, eclipse drake (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Greenshank (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Shelduck, juveniles (Lee G R Evans)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, Wheatear, on dung heap (G Lapworth)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, 2 Little Owl (G Lapworth)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, 4 Red Kite (G Lapworth)

20th Aug: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Green Sandpiper, from viewpoint (Phil Ball)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Black-necked Grebe, still present toweards the southern end of the pit - best viewed from Gladwin Hide (Phil Ball)
Amwell NR - Hollycross Lake, Spotted Flycatcher, at least one of family party still present near main gate (Phil Ball)
Amwell NR - Hollycross Lake, Marsh Tit, feeding in same area as Spotted Flycatcher (Phil Ball)
Fairlands Valley Park (Stevenage), 2 Common Tern (Peter O'Connor)
Hemel Hempstead, 7 Swift, over between Boxmoor & Two Waters 17.25 (Dan Forder)
Hoddesdon, Montagu's Harrier, ring tail above Stanstead Road at 1.30 then at the open field next to Hailey garage at 1.40 flying north west (Roland Power)
Moor Park nr Rickmansworth, Hobby (Steve Carter)
Stocker's Farm, Little Owl (Joan Thompson)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), Little Owl, In nest box at back of pumping station (David Booth)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Grey Wagtail, Willows Farm Lake (David Booth)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 5 Little Egret (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 4 Green Sandpiper (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Kingfisher (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Common Sandpiper (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Dunlin (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Black-tailed Godwit (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Shelduck, juveniles (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Greenshank (Jeff Bailey)

19th Aug: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Black-necked Grebe, juvenile close to the island opposite the Gladwin hide at 2.40pm (Ron Cousins/Alex Quig)
Batch Wood nr St Albans, Swift, over St Albans ring road (David Utting)
Clothall Common, Red Kite, low over houses (Alice Porter)
Fir & Pond Woods nr Potters Bar, 4 Swift (Jenny Sherwen)
Garston nr Watford, 3 Sand Martin, Garston Park (Ian Bennell)
Garston nr Watford, 5 Swallow, Garston Park (Ian Bennell)
Garston nr Watford, 2 Swift, Garston Park (Ian Bennell)
Hemel Hempstead, Kingfisher (G.Hinton)
Hemel Hempstead, 10+ House Martin (G.Hinton)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), Mandarin, tame female still (Drew Lyness)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 100 Sand Martin, came into roost (Toby Spall)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 8 Green Sandpiper, in front of Gadwall Hide (Toby Spall)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 9 Swift (Toby Spall)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 40 Swallow, came into roost (Toby Spall)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), 9 Swallow (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), 2 Egyptian Goose (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), Cetti's Warbler (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), 2 Kingfisher (Jane Free)
Stocker's Lake, 12 Sand Martin (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, 8 House Martin (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, Little Egret (G Lapworth)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 2 Little Owl (S Blake)
Ware, Hobby, over Musley area (Ian Edwards)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, Wheatear, at horse paddock at W end of Nettleden Road (Dan Forder)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Greenshank (Drew Lyness)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Dunlin (Drew Lyness)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Common Sandpiper (Drew Lyness)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Red-crested Pochard (Drew Lyness)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Black-tailed Godwit (Drew Lyness)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Whooper Swan, feral pair (Drew Lyness)

18th Aug: Chells Manor (Stevenage), Swift (Ray Hooper)
Great Gaddesden, Yellow Wagtail, S of Hemel Garden Centre (Dan Forder)
Great Gaddesden, Little Egret, S of Hemel Garden Centre (Dan Forder)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, Swift, still several low over with hirundines (Murray Brown)
Heartwood Forest - Well & Pudler's Wood, Red Kite (Murray Brown)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, 5 Yellow Wagtail, adult & juvs (Ray Hooper)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), c10 Tree Sparrow (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Hobby (S Blake)
Ware, Swift, over breeding site late afternoon (Ian Edwards)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, Hobby, drifting south (Dan Forder)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, Yellow Wagtail, over horse paddock at W end of Nettleden Road (Dan Forder)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, 3 Red Kite (Dan Forder)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, 2 Wheatear, at horse paddock at W end of Nettleden Road (Dan Forder)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, Whinchat, at horse paddock at W end of Nettleden Road (Dan Forder)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, Swift (Dan Forder)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, Raven, over horse paddock at W end of Nettleden Road towards Highpark Wood (Dan Forder)
Weston, 2 Corn Bunting, flushed from stubble field nr Green End (Steve Austin)
Weston, Whinchat, by the side of Hertfordshire Way north of village (Steve Austin)

17th Aug: Aldbury nr Tring, Caspian Gull, adult in ploughed field in mixed gull flock, alongside Beggar's Lane, nr Cow Roast. Photographed. (Ben Miller)
Aldbury nr Tring, Yellow-legged Gull, adult in same field as Caspian Gull (Ben Miller)
Braughing, Red Kite (Ted Fletcher)
Brocket Park, 10 Swift (Jane Free)
Essendon, Tree Pipit, flushed from driving range
Hare Street nr Buntingford, 5 Grey Partridge, flushed from cereal crop (Ted Fletcher)
Hatfield Garden Village, Peregrine Falcon, at Stanborough GP (Steven Pearce)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, Wheatear, on dam until late morning (Tony Blake)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, c15 Swift (Tony Blake)
Nomansland nr Wheathampstead, Hobby (Robin Hilton)
Panshanger Park, 8 Common Tern (Allan Burrows)
Panshanger Park, 4 Swift, with martins that included a House Martin with white primaries! (Allan Burrows)
Redbournbury, 4 Little Egret (John Pritchard)
Redbournbury, Hobby (John Pritchard)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Osprey, Over at 13.30 heading South towards Gorhambury (John Pritchard)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Little Owl (John Pritchard)
St Ippollitts nr Hitchin, 8 Swift (Michael Hooper)
Standalone Farm nr Letchworth, 5 Green Sandpiper (James Walsh)
Ware Park, Hobby (Derrick Ling)
Welwyn Garden City, Swift, over our garden (Ken Smith)

16th Aug: Amwell NR - Hollycross Lake, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, near dragonfly trail entrance gate (Jenny Sherwen)
Ayot St Peter, 2 Raven, calling from top of conifers by Gamekeepers house. (Mike King)
Ayot St Peter, Marsh Tit, on garden feeder (Mike King)
Berkhamsted, Wheatear, on town cricket pitch (Mike Spittles)
Berkhamsted Common, Hobby (Mike Spittles)
Berkhamsted Common, 4 Raven, 2 adult 2 juv (Mike Spittles)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 2 Swift (G.Hinton)
Cole Green Tip, Hobby (Kevin Hornby)
Lemsford Springs, 4 Green Sandpiper (Yves Gisseleire)
Lemsford Springs, 2 Spotted Flycatcher (Yves Gisseleire)
Lemsford Springs, Kingfisher (Yves Gisseleire)
Lemsford Springs, 3 Little Egret (Yves Gisseleire)
Oaklands nr St Albans, Yellow Wagtail, Juvenile with 12 juv and 1 adult Pied Wags on Oaklands playing fields (Dan Fletcher)
Redbournbury, 6 Yellow Wagtail, field opposite Mill with a herd of Cows (Charlie Farrell)
Redbournbury, Kingfisher, flying downstream (John Fisher)
Redbournbury, 2 Red Kite (Charlie Farrell)
Redbournbury, 3+ Little Egret (John Fisher)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Black-tailed Godwit, From Draper Hide, 11.45am (Ron Baber)
Tewinbury Reserve, Little Egret (Roger Jones)
Tewinbury Reserve, 3 Kingfisher (Roger Jones)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Greenshank (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Green Sandpiper (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Common Sandpiper (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Hobby (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Little Egret (S Blake)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, 3 Wheatear, at horse paddock at West end of Nettleden Road (Dan Forder)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, Yellow Wagtail, over Nettleden Road (Dan Forder)
Welwyn Garden City, Swift, over Peartree area of WGC. (Mike King)
Weston, Swift (Andrew Coates)
Weston, Red Kite (Andrew Coates)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Greenshank (Jason Chapman)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Dunlin (Jason Chapman)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Shelduck (Jason Chapman)

15th Aug: Amwell NR - Hollycross Lake, 2 Spotted Flycatcher (Darren Bast)
Baldock, Red Kite, low over centre of town 4pm (Alice Porter)
Coopers Green Lane nr St Albans, 2 Red Kite, Sutton Farm GP (David Wheatcroft)
Coopers Green Lane nr St Albans, Green Sandpiper, Sutton Farm GP (David Wheatcroft)
Deadman's Hill nr Sandon, Marsh Harrier, male, from green gate (David Booth)
Hemel Hempstead, Tree Pipit, flew south calling over garden in Bennett's End at 9.10am. (Ian Bennell)
Hemel Hempstead, 6 Swift, W over Two Waters & Boxmoor (Dan Forder)
Hemel Hempstead, Little Egret, Juvenile N through Gadebridge Park am (Dan Forder)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), Barnacle Goose (Lee G R Evans)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Black-tailed Godwit (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Egyptian Goose (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Green Sandpiper (Vicky Buckel)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, 2 Hobby, 2 harassing hirundines early evening (John Pritchard)
Sopwell nr St Albans, 6 Little Egret, River Ver 13.00, 3 still there at 16.30 (Catherine mackenzie Davies)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes (N or S not specified), c50 Swallow, including at least 2 sand martins (Jane Free)
Tringford Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Red-crested Pochard (Lee G R Evans)
Verulamium Park, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Mike Ilett)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Common Sandpiper (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Black-tailed Godwit (Clifford Smout)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 9 Little Egret, including 4 still at the nest site (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Greenshank (Clifford Smout)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Shelduck, juveniles (Clifford Smout)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 11 Dunlin, 3 on the mud all afternoon whilst Steve Rodwell had a flock of 8 fly west (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Hobby (Clifford Smout)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 4 Green Sandpiper (Lee G R Evans)

14th Aug: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Tree Pipit, flew south at 06.35 (Barry Reed)
Braughing, Wheatear (Paula Moore)
Bury Lake nr Rickmansworth, 2 Egyptian Goose (Joan Thompson)
Hemel Hempstead, Little Egret, Juvenile at Gadespring Cress beds (Dan Forder)
Hoddesdon, Wood Duck, female on lake in Barclay Park, Hoddesdon (Peter O'Connor)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Black-tailed Godwit, Draper hide (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Black-necked Grebe, juv still present (Vicky Buckel)
Stanstead Abbotts, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet (Jane Free)
Stevenage, Peregrine Falcon, on the 'o' of Southgate house this morning, 6.45am (Rob Stubbs)
Stocker's Farm, 60+ Swallow (Joan Thompson)
Stocker's Lake, 5 Little Egret (Joan Thompson)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), Green Sandpiper (Phil Rhodes)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), Water Rail (Brendon Fagan)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Common Sandpiper (Simon West)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Mediterranean Gull, 2nd winter on spit (Brendon Fagan)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Wood Sandpiper, seen twice at 7.25 & 8.00 p.m from viewpoint on east bank. (Simon West/Bren Fagan)
Verulamium Park, 6 Swift, over Grebe House (Jenny Sherwen)
Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross, Little Owl (Andrew Moon)

13th Aug: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Garganey (Barry Reed)
Bengeo (Hertford), Swift, near watertower (Christopher Glanville)
Berkhamsted, Hen Harrier, male took flight along the bourne gutter between Bottom farm and Lower farm Berkhamsted
Graveley nr Stevenage, Ring-necked Parakeet, calling (Helen Lumley)
Hatfield Aerodrome (disused), Barn Owl, 8.30pm (Drew Lyness)
Hemel Hempstead, 3+ Swift, over East Boxmoor & Two Waters (Dan Forder)
Hitch Wood nr St Paul's Walden, 2 Red Kite, over cut cereal crop (Tom Speller)
Hitch Wood nr St Paul's Walden, 4 Marsh Tit, 2 pairs (Tom Speller)
Hitch Wood nr St Paul's Walden, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, in trees along Hitchwood Lane, heading towards Preston. (Tom Speller)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Swift, West pool in House Martin flock (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Kingfisher, New River (Simon Knott)
Lemsford Springs, 6 Green Sandpiper, inc 3 unringed (Drew Lyness)
Lemsford Springs, Mandarin, female (Drew Lyness)
Lemsford Springs, 3 Kingfisher (Drew Lyness)
Lemsford Springs, Little Egret (Drew Lyness)
Little Hadham, 200+ Golden Plover, In long line formation at height, moving rapidly south east (Jono Forgham)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), Barnacle Goose (Lee G R Evans)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), Mandarin (Lee G R Evans)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), 15 Sand Martin (Lee G R Evans)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Black-tailed Godwit, Draper hide (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 4 Green Sandpiper (Vicky Buckel)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Red-crested Pochard (Lee G R Evans)
Stevenage, Hobby, south over my house in Derby Way at 6.45pm (Darrel Bryant)
Tewinbury Reserve, Little Egret (Tim Hill)
Tewinbury Reserve, 3 Kingfisher, on perches in front of HMWT hide (Tim Hill)
Thundridge, Spotted Flycatcher (M B Sharp)
Ware, Red Kite, over Ware landfill site (Rob Stubbs)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 106 Sand Martin (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 14 Little Egret, still 4 young in the nest (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Black-tailed Godwit (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Swift (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 4 Green Sandpiper (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Greenshank (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 4 Common Sandpiper (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Dunlin (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Whooper Swan (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Shelduck, juveniles (Jeff Bailey)

12th Aug: Bengeo (Hertford), Kingfisher, River Beane by St Leonard's Church (Simon Knott)
Benington, Marsh Tit, on garden feeder (Kathy Sharman)
Hemel Hempstead, Yellow Wagtail, S over Prince Park, Chaulden (Dan Forder)
Lemsford Springs, 5 Green Sandpiper (Barry Trevis)
Lemsford Springs, Little Egret (Barry Trevis)
Lemsford Springs, 2 Kingfisher (Barry Trevis)
Moor Lane nr Rickmansworth, 2 House Martin, active nests on waterboard building. These are in addition to the earlier 6 active nests (Joan Thompson/ Anna Marett)
Panshanger Aerodrome, Barn Owl (Keith Smith)
Peters Green nr Harpenden, 5 Swift (Clive Chapman)
Stocker's Lake, 2 Little Egret (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, Kingfisher (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, Hobby (G Lapworth)
Willows Farm (Tyttenhanger area), Wheatear, fem/imm in field next to car park (David Booth/Steve Blake)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Greenshank (Richard Ness)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Barnacle Goose, by hide (Richard Ness)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Shelduck, juveniles (Richard Ness)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Common Sandpiper (Richard Ness)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Hobby (Richard Ness)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Black-tailed Godwit (Richard Ness)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Whooper Swan (Richard Ness)

11th Aug: Amwell NR - Hollycross Lake, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, mobile between willows from walkway (Darren Bast)
Ayot St Lawrence, Red Kite (Alan Jackson)
Codicote Bottom, 8 House Martin, over farmland (Alan Jackson)
Codicote Bottom, Red Kite (Alan Jackson)
Codicote Bottom, Barn Owl, Juvenile quartering SE of Hertfordshire Way at 6am. (Alan Jackson)
Codicote Bottom, 2 Raven, north of Brimstone Wood early am (Alan Jackson)
Codicote Bottom, 2 Swallow (Alan Jackson)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Common Snipe, Little Mead (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 20 House Martin, West pool with a single Sand Martin (Simon Knott)
Oughtonhead nr Hitchin, 3 Swift (Tom Speller)
Stevenage, Red Kite, over A602 (Rob Stubbs)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, c20 Common Tern (Drew Lyness)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Common Sandpiper (Drew Lyness)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Spotted Flycatcher (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Black-tailed Godwit, moulting adult islandica (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 11 Swift (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Mediterranean Gull, juvenile (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Greenshank, juvenile still present (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 62 Sand Martin (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Little Ringed Plover, juvenile (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 4 Green Sandpiper (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 17 Little Egret (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Whooper Swan, usual pair (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 41 House Martin (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Common Sandpiper (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 4 Hobby (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Dunlin, moulting adults (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 4 Shelduck, juveniles (Lee G R Evans)

10th Aug: Brocket Park, 8 House Martin (Mike King)
Brocket Park, 15 Swallow (Mike King)
Brocket Park, Kingfisher (Mike King)
Brocket Park, 4 Sand Martin (Mike King)
Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, Grey Wagtail (John Pritchard)
Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, 2 Common Snipe (John Pritchard)
Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, 2+ Sand Martin (John Pritchard)
Lemsford Springs, 2 Green Sandpiper (Barry Trevis)
Lemsford Springs, Little Egret (Barry Trevis)
Marshalswick (St Albans), Red Kite, over The Wick (David Edwards)
Stanstead Abbotts, 5 Swift (Jane Free)
Tewinbury Reserve, 2 Kingfisher (H Cope)
Tewinbury Reserve, Little Egret (H Cope)
Welwyn Garden City, Cuckoo, juv on Digswell Allotments - flew S/E. (Roger Jones)

9th Aug: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Common Sandpiper (Tom Speller)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 2 Grey Wagtail, Preston Hill pond, Westbrook Hay (L. Flower)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 15+ House Martin, over Bovingdon Reach, Westbrook Hay (L. Flower)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 10+ Swallow, over Dellfield, Westbrook Hay. (L. Flower)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, flew over at 8:55am and then headed south (Simon Knott)
Lemsford Springs, Little Egret (Drew Lyness)
Lemsford Springs, 2 Kingfisher (Drew Lyness)
Lemsford Springs, 2 Green Sandpiper (Drew Lyness)
Letchworth Sewage Treatment Works, 2 Green Sandpiper (Gareth Dagnall)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Grey Wagtail (Tom Speller)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Common Snipe (Tom Speller)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Green Sandpiper, Draper Hide (Tom Speller)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Osprey, flew south early morning (Gary Gardiner)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Egyptian Goose, Draper Hide (Tom Speller)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), Hobby, over the scrape. (Simon West)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Little Ringed Plover (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 8+ Tree Sparrow (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Common Sandpiper (S Blake)
Willows Farm (Tyttenhanger area), Wheatear, car park 1 by bale stack. (Simon West)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Greenshank (Huw Lewis)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Dunlin (Huw Lewis)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Common Sandpiper (Huw Lewis)

8th Aug: Abbots Langley, Red Kite (Hilary Weston)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Ruff, circled low several times appearing to try to land then flew NW (Phil Ball)
Benington, 120+ Swallow, over fields north of village (Kathy Sharman)
Coopers Green Lane nr St Albans, Green Sandpiper, Sutton Farm pit (Pete Waldron)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), 5 Spotted Flycatcher (Lee G R Evans)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), 15 House Martin (Lee G R Evans)
Oughtonhead nr Hitchin, Kingfisher (Callum Peel/Chris Woodham)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 60 Swallow, came to roost by Draper Hide. (Toby Spall)
St Albans, Swift, flying around by the Maltings (Andrew Steele)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 18 Common Tern (Lee G R Evans)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), Black Tern, moulting adult. (Mike Wallen/Ted Wallen)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Red-crested Pochard, pair. (Mike Wallen/Ted Wallen)
Stevenage, 50 Swallow, on pylons alongside A1 (Rob Stubbs)
Tringford Res (Tring Reservoirs), 35 Common Tern, largest number I have ever recorded there (Lee G R Evans)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Common Sandpiper (Drew Lyness)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Ringed Plover, juv on spit (Drew Lyness)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Mediterranean Gull, juvenile (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Greenshank, from hide (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Black-tailed Godwit, single moulting adult islandica (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Redshank (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Kingfisher (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Green Sandpiper (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 16 Little Egret (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Common Sandpiper (Jeff Bailey)

7th Aug: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Great White Egret, from view point, flew off North at 6.40am (Ade Hall)
Bengeo (Hertford), Kingfisher, river Beane by St Leonard's Church (Simon Knott)
Frogmore GP nr Stevenage, Spotted Flycatcher (Clive Harding)
Heartwood Forest - Hillend Farm, 2 Wheatear (Albert Callewaert)
Hemel Hempstead, 4 Swift, over cricket pitch 8.00pm (Derek Pratt)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Kingfisher, from kingfisher hide (Rob Stubbs)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), Shelduck (Gary Hinton)
Stevenage, 2 Swift, Near old town (Tom Speller)
Tewinbury Reserve, Kingfisher, 4 separate sightings - not sure how many birds but prob more than one (Andy Brown)
Tringford Res (Tring Reservoirs), 10+ Swallow, over fields rear of hide (Gary Hinton)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 4 Tree Sparrow (S Blake/R Coombes)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Mediterranean Gull, juv (S Blake/D Booth/R Coombes)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Little Ringed Plover, juv (S Blake/R Coombes)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Common Sandpiper (S Blake/R Coombes)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Little Egret (S Blake/R Coombes)
Ware, Red Kite, over A602 (Rob Stubbs)
Ware Park, 2 Red Kite (Simon Knott)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Water Rail, both juveniles (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Green Sandpiper (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Common Sandpiper (Gary Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Kingfisher (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 4 Shelduck, juveniles in front of hide (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Greenshank (Gary Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 14 Little Egret, including 4 juveniles still in Drayton Bank nest (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Grey Wagtail (Gary Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 6 Red Kite (Lee G R Evans)

6th Aug: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Great White Egret, one ringed (Allan Meadows)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Common Snipe (Allan Meadows)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Common Sandpiper (Allan Meadows)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 3 Common Sandpiper (David Booth)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Green Sandpiper, on north pits (by A414 layby) (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Common Sandpiper (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Greenshank, flew in at 10:50am, was still there at c11:30. (Steven Pearce)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Black-tailed Godwit, Adults (Steve Rodwell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Raven (Steve Rodwell)

5th Aug: Baldock, Red Kite, Clothall Road (Rob Stubbs)
Harpenden, Grasshopper Warbler, probable grasshopper warbler heard reeling from trees behind Overstone Road 7:45pm (Robin Hilton)
Hemel Hempstead, 4 Red Kite, hunting over cereal fields near junction 8 of M1 (Brendon Fagan)
Kimpton Mill, Little Egret (Tom Kittle)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 5 Little Egret (Drew Lyness)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 10 Common Snipe, Draper hide (Drew Lyness)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Garganey, female types, Gadwall Hide (Drew Lyness)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Black-necked Grebe, juv from Gadwall hide (Drew Lyness)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Little Egret (Robert Callf)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Wheatear, fem / imm in field north of main pit (David Booth)

4th Aug: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Common Sandpiper, Possibly 1-2 more but only 2 seen at same time (Tom Speller)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 5 Little Egret (Tom Speller)
Amwell NR - Tumbling Bay Lake, Kingfisher, AM. Another seen at Hollycross on dragonfly trail PM. Might have been the same bird. (Tom Speller)
Frogmore GP nr Stevenage, Green Sandpiper (Clive Harding)
Frogmore GP nr Stevenage, Kingfisher (Clive Harding)
Hertford, 2 Swift (Jenny Sherwen)
Hertford, Kingfisher, river Beane (Jenny Sherwen)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 2 Yellow Wagtail, New River flying over (Simon Knott)
Lemsford Springs, 7 Grey Wagtail (Barry Trevis)
Lemsford Springs, Green Sandpiper (Barry Trevis)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Black-necked Grebe, juvenile from Gadwall Hide (Alan Reynolds)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 13 Green Sandpiper (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Garganey, Draper Hide (Alan Reynolds)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 10+ Common Snipe (Vicky Buckel)
Tringford Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Mandarin (Steve Rodwell)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), c10 Tree Sparrow (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 70 Sand Martin, colony in Lefarge main works; 50+ holes, at least 35 in use. Adults flying into holes, juveniles seen peeking out. (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 2 Green Sandpiper, on north pits. (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), Little Owl (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Green Sandpiper (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Common Sandpiper (Steve Blake)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Little Ringed Plover, juvenile (Steve Rodwell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Mandarin (Steve Rodwell)

3rd Aug: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 3 Common Sandpiper (David Booth)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 3 Common Snipe (David Booth)
Amwell NR - Hollycross Lake, Hobby (David Booth)
Amwell NR - Hollycross Lake, Red Kite (David Booth)
Bernards Heath (St Albans), 10 Ring-necked Parakeet, 8.00pm (Bill Day)
Digswell Meadow, 5 Red Kite, over horse fields, on road to Tewin Water house. (Jon Whitbread)
Digswell Meadow, Wheatear, on post in horse meadows (Jon Whitbread)
Frogmore GP nr Stevenage, Mandarin, female. (Clive Harding/Nigel Liley)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Kingfisher (Simon Knott)
Lemsford Springs, 2 Kingfisher (Barry Trevis)
Lemsford Springs, 2 Green Sandpiper (Barry Trevis)
Northchurch nr Berkhamsted, Grey Wagtail, immature Northchurch canal Lock (Nick Goss)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, Wheatear, female on hay bales behind Norton tip overlooking Dyer's farm (Dave Emery)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, Hobby, behind Norton tip (Dave Emery)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, c100 Swallow, back of Norton tip (Dave Emery)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, 60+ Swift (Dave Emery)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Raven (John Pritchard)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Hobby (John Pritchard)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Kingfisher (John Pritchard)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, 5 Little Egret, over towards St Albans at sunset (John Pritchard)
Stocker's Lake, Red Kite (Murray Brown)
Stocker's Lake, Hobby (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, Other, Black Swan (Murray Brown)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Little Ringed Plover, juvenile (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 11 Common Tern, at least 2 juvs. (Steven Pearce)
Welwyn Garden City, Peregrine Falcon, seen at Handside Close, probably one of the pair from the Shredded Wheat factory.
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Green Sandpiper, juvenile ringed this morning (John Taylor)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Little Ringed Plover, juvenile (Steve Rodwell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 4 Little Egret (John Taylor)

2nd Aug: Frogmore GP nr Stevenage, Mandarin (Clive Harding)
Frogmore GP nr Stevenage, Little Egret (Clive Harding)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, Hobby (Murray Brown)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, Little Owl, calling (Murray Brown)
Heartwood Forest - Well & Pudler's Wood, Hobby (Murray Brown)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, Red Kite (Clive Harding)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, 15 Swift (Clive Harding)
Redbournbury, 2 Little Egret (John Fisher)
Redbournbury, 3 Corn Bunting, hedge off Beesonend Lane (John Fisher)
Stocker's Lake, 2 Little Egret (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, Other, Cackling Goose with Greylag at Tern hide 09406 (G Lapworth)
Therfield Heath, 3+ Spotted Flycatcher, family group in trees at back of golf course (William Bishop)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Little Ringed Plover, juv (S Blake)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Whimbrel, adult. Stayed for about 10 mins before flying off into Bucks. (Steve Rodwell)

1st Aug: Bernards Heath (St Albans), Hobby (Andrew Steele)
Cromer nr Walkern, Spotted Flycatcher, on "letting" sign by Hare Street Farm barns (Paula Moore)
Hertford, 2 Little Egret, on river Beane by Goldings Estate (Nigel Denison)
Loudwater nr Rickmansworth, Marsh Tit, First time seen at Loudwater farm (S.Topham)
Loudwater nr Rickmansworth, Ring-necked Parakeet (S Topham)
Loudwater nr Rickmansworth, Red Kite (S. Topham)
Maple Cross, Other, Cackling Goose over heading north east with c40 Greylag Goose at 19:50 (Paul Lewis)
Northchurch nr Berkhamsted, Little Egret, over Canal at Dudswell (Nick Goss)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Little Egret, towards St Albans at dusk (John Pritchard)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Hobby, chasing House Martins early evening (John Pritchard)
South Mimms, Grey Wagtail, flew away from small pond near Bridgefoot. (T.Wood)
Stevenage, Peregrine Falcon, on the S of southgate house, 6.40am (Rob Stubbs)
Tewinbury Reserve, Little Egret, by Mimram (David Wheatcroft)
Ware, Red Kite, over A602 between Ware and Stevenage (Rob Stubbs)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Green Sandpiper (Steve Rodwell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Sanderling, adult, present for about an hour, flew off high South-West. (Steve Rodwell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Raven (Steve Rodwell)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 5 Water Rail, 2 adults and 3 juveniles (Steve Rodwell)

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