The tables below give the status of records submitted to the Herts Rare Birds Panel that are being or have been assessed. Where records are indicated as not proven, the Panel felt that for most cases the species was probably the one claimed but that insufficient evidence was available to be 100 per cent sure of the identification and only occasionally that a misidentification had been made.

The species on the Hertfordshire list needing descriptions are shown here and should be reported using the Herts rarity description form.

Last updated on 9 August 2017. 

Information about the current panel members can be viewed here.

Key: C = record in circulation, A = record accepted, NP = record not proven.

2008

Date Species Location Status Observer Comment
30 December Rough-legged Buzzard (2) Redbourn NP    
13 December Caspian Gull Amwell NR A Barry Reed  
11 December Great Grey Shrike Furneaux Pelham NP    
3 December Merlin Cottered A Murray Orchard  
24 November Hen Harrier Sandon A Martin Shepherd  
24 November Whooper Swan (2) Amwell NR NP   Accepted as wild swans sp.
22 November Hen Harrier Royston A Tony Cobb Probably same as Reed bird.
21 November Hen Harrier Reed A Robin Borwick  
21 November Rough-legged Buzzard Reed A Robin Borwick  
17 November Rough-legged Buzzard Reed A Neil Rawlings  
15 November Rough-legged Buzzard Reed A Lee Evans  
15 November Rough-legged Buzzard Reed A Eddie McHugh  
15 November Hen Harrier Reed A Eddie McHugh  
15 November Yellow-browed Warbler Danemead Wood NP    
12 November Hen Harrier RSPB Rye Marsh NP    
7 November Hen Harrier Redbournbury NP   Accepted as harrier sp.
28 October Richard’s Pipit Miswell Farm, Tring A Roy Hargreaves First accepted record for Herts.
22 October Merlin Redbournbury A Clifford Smout  
16 October Whooper Swan (3) Wilstone Reservoir A Roy Hargreaves  
11 October Ferruginous Duck Amwell NR A Barry Reed  
9 October Red-backed Shrike Therfield Heath A Roger Hicks  
9 October Red-backed Shrike Therfield Heath A Neil Rawlings  
30 September Richard’s Pipit Garston NP    
22 September Gannet Amwell NR A Barry Reed  
14 September Honey Buzzard Royston A Toby Austin  
9 September Honey Buzzard (4) West Herts A Lee Evans  
7 September Small skua sp. (8) Amwell NR A Alan Harris Probably Long-tailed Skuas.
7 September Grey Phalarope Startops End Reservoir A David Bilcock  
30 August White-winged Black Tern Wilstone Reservoir A Roy Hargreaves,
David Bilcock,
Mike Wallen
 
30 August White-winged Black Tern Wilstone Reservoir A Lee Evans  
17 August Shag Hilfield Park Reservoir A Jack Fearnside  
16 August White Stork (2) Tring A David Bilcock  
21 July Honey Buzzard Hertford A Stuart Reynolds  
23 June Black Stork Tring A Bill Pegram Accepted by BBRC.
21 June Montagu’s Harrier Tewin NP   Accepted as harrier sp.
8 June Icterine Warbler Wilstone Reservoir A Roy Hargreaves First accepted record for Herts.
29 May Hoopoe Ickleford A Lesley Wareham  
20 May Great Reed Warbler Amwell NR A Mike Ilett Accepted by BBRC.
14 May Harrier sp. Sandon A David Booth Accepted as harrier sp.
9 May Red-backed Shrike (pair) Norton Green NP    
4 May Spoonbill Amwell NR A Jan Hein
van Steenis
 
24 April Hoopoe Rickmansworth NP    
22 April Common Crane (3) Tyttenhanger GP A Ricky Flesher Identification accepted
but, due to the presence
of close rings, presumed
from captive origin.
21 April Stone Curlew Norton Green A David Beer  
17 April Avocet Tyttenhanger GP A Steve Blake,
Ricky Flesher
 
11 April Great White Egret Wilstone Reservoir A Roy Hargreaves  
8 April Goshawk Patmore Heath NP    
4 April Grey Phalarope Hilfield Park Reservoir A Bob Cripps  
16 February Merlin Slip End A Mike Ilett  
12 February Hen Harrier Otterspool A Jim Terry  
7 February Hoopoe Hatfield NP    
2 February Large falcon sp. Benington A Alan Ford Deemed to be an escape.
27 January Willow Tit Hertford NP    
23 January Merlin Baldock A Rob Davies  
3 January Hen Harrier Sandon A Mike Ilett  
1 January Willow Tit Essendon NP    

 

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