On Saturday 25th April 2020 the Herts Bird Club will be organising a 24 hour Herts Bird Challenge. This will comprise two events:
- County Bird Race : competition for teams of 3-4 people. Which team will record the highest number of species in the county in 24 hours?
- Site Challenge : How many species can you record at your local patch in 24 hours? An individual or team event.
Start to form your teams (and team names!) now.
Thank you to everyone who took part in the Herts Christmas Bird Count, both out finding and counting birds and sending records to the website. Subject to any late additions or changes, 111 species were recorded from 25th to 31st December 2019, two more than the same period in 2018; a great effort. A full list a species recorded can be viewed here: Christmas Bird Count.
A special thanks to all those who went the 'extra mile' targeting species that, as the period progressed, hadn't yet been recorded. By close of play on 29th Dec the total had reached the same as 2018, 109, and with no additional species recorded on the 30th nor throughout much of the day on the 31st it looked like we were going to end on the same number. But then, at 3.06pm on 31st Dec, a tweet came through from Murray Orchard that he was out looking for one Herts resident species yet to be recorded.....
Read Murray's excellent account of what happened next below....
"As the year was drawing to a close I’d been trying to make the most of opportunities to catch up on a few birds I’d not seen in 2019. This involved a couple of trips to Kent at the expense of more local birding over the festive period, and helping with the Herts Christmas Bird Count. I had tried to add Hen Harrier to the list
The Hertfordshire Bird Report 2018 is published and has been sent to HNHS/Bird Club members.
The report includes a review of each of the 192 species recorded in Hertfordshire in 2018 including Pallid Harrier and Penduline Tit, both new to the county.
Read more here: Hertfordshire Bird Report 2018 including how non-members can get a copy of this excellent publication.
Total for records received up to 31-12-19, 11.30pm: 111 species
Cover photo of a robin in the snow © Gary Sanderson
Videos of Hertfordshire birds, as uploaded to YouTube, can now be viewed on the website. Go to the Videos sub menu within the Gallery menu - Herts Birds Videos.
If you have recorded a video of birds in Hertfordshire, and are happy for it to be showcased on the website, please email the YouTube link to Herts Bird Photos with a note of where and when it was taken, and a selection will be added to the gallery. As this is new, videos from the last few years are gratefully received!