It has been very good at Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits so far this year, with 137 species recorded up to 23 September, more than the full year totals for the years 2013-2016 with over three months of year still remaining. Highlights so far this year include Great White Egret, Caspian Gull, Little Gull, Hooded Crow, Bar-tailed Godwit, Iceland Gull, Garganey, Black Redstart, Temminck’s Stint, Avocet, Black Tern, Grey Plover, Tree Pipit and Redstart.
The 137th species was rather special as Steve Blake, who birds the site most days and who found the bird explains…
On 25 June this year seven Bee-eaters were found at a quarry in East Leake, Nottinghamshire. Although rare visitors to the UK, Bee-eater sightings are on the increase, pushed north by climate change and since 2002 there had been five breeding attempts in England most recently at a quarry in Cumbria in 2015.
The Rarer Birds in Herts page has been updated for 2016 rare species records. Click here to view.
The page gives the status of records submitted to the Herts Rare Birds Panel that are being or have been assessed for all years since 2008.
The species on the Hertfordshire list needing descriptions are shown here.
In recent years Peregrines have become an increasingly welcome sight in Hertfordshire with a 60% increase in sightings over the last five years. Pairs have been seen in spring, courtship behaviour witnessed and juveniles present in the latter part of the year, but, despite the best efforts of Herts birders, breeding remained a possibility only......until now! New information received - read on for details