Herts Bird Club – making the most of local birdwatching

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Herts Autumn Garden Vismig Watch – Week 2 (8th – 14th Sep)

“The Stats” (8pm on 14th)

This Week Totals

 vs Last Week

vs same week 2020
Total No. Species  61  ↓ 13  ↓ 6
Total No. Birds  3,923  ↓ 2,829  ↓ 2,501


To September 14th

2021 vs 2020
Total No. Species  77  ↑ 7
Total No. Birds  10.933  ↓ 1,653

A quieter week with a low-pressure weather system taking over bringing a damper, more south-westerly wind direction for a period.  Just 61 species were recorded from gardens during the week by 15 observers with overall numbers of birds significantly down.  While this may reflect observers pacing themselves for the long haul (!) it also reflects a quieter week in the county with fewer birds on the move.

However, garden vismig sessions did

Herts Autumn Garden Vismig Watch 2021 – Week 1 (1st – 7th Sep)

Herts Garden Vismig – Week 1 “The Stats”

(8pm on 7th Sep)

Total No. of Species Recorded 74
Total No. of Birds Recorded 6,752

As expected, the first week of the Herts Autumn Garden Vismig Watch got off to a slow but steady start.  An area of high pressure dominated for much of the week but the NNE breeze and overcast conditions did give way to a heatwave, clearer skies and a more south-easterly wind direction.

The easterly nature of the wind direction over the week meant that passage birds were evident but clearer skies in the latter half of the week brought more visible migration overhead.  Yellow Wagtails were recorded flying over 8 gardens and a steady trickle of Swallows & House Martins added to the sense of movement.  Swifts lingered into the week but only a single bird recorded after 5th.

As the sun came out

Lemsford Green Sandpiper travels 963km within 26 hours!

On Tuesday 24 August 2021 Barry Trevis, warden of Lemsford Springs nature reserve, received an email from Juan Manuel Pérez de Ana detailing a sighting of a colour-ringed Green Sandpiper at the Wetland of Las Llamas, Santander, northern Spain. The bird, bearing red over white rings on its right leg and yellow on its left was seen and photographed by Juan at Las Llamas at around 6.30pm on 24 August. It was ringed as a juvenile at Lemsford on 31 July 2018.

Not only was this the first recovery from Spain of a Green Sandpiper ringed at Lemsford, but it was also seen by Barry at Lemsford at 4pm on Monday 23 August - just the day before it was in Spain. The bird had therefore travelled the 963km from Lemsford to Las Llamas within 26.5 hours!

Read more about this exciting record in the finder's blog at http://marismasdesantona.blogspot.com/2021/08/andarrios-grande-963-km-en-26-horas-y.html

Photo: colour-ringed Green Sandpiper 'Red/White - Yellow' at Lemsford Springs on 12 August 2021 © Peter Finney

Viewing Coursers Road GPs, Tyttenhanger

We have been asked by Tarmac Ltd to stress that viewing the gravel pits is only done from the grassy bank between Coursers Road and the public track (map below).  On no account are people to climb over the fences and into the quarry area.  The quarry is a dangerous working site with engineering works being undertaken in the immediate area, heavy site traffic and deep silt pools.

Please also be aware there is no official parking near the site.  Do not obstruct the entrance to Lawsons Timber Merchants as both it and Coursers Road are busy with heavy vehicles.


Latest Hertfordshire Bird Report

Hertfordshire Bird Report 2019

The Hertfordshire Bird Report 2019 was published and circulated to HNHS/Bird Club members in November 2020 (Transactions of the Hertfordshire Natural History Society, Vol. 52 (2), pp. 89-176.)

The report reviews each of the 198 species recorded in Hertfordshire in 2019 (up five from 2018) including Little Bittern, White-tailed Eagle, Melodious Warbler and Richard's Pipit. There is also news of a belatedly accepted 'first' for the county: a Falcated Duck seen at Wilstone Reservoir in 1999. 

Read more

Latest HNHS publication

2021 subscriptions due now

Please renew your membership of HNHS and Herts Bird Club, details here.

Birds of Hertfordshire


Our new avifauna - Birds of Hertfordshire by Ken Smith, Chris Dee, Jack Fearnside and Mike Ilett was published on 24 February 2015.
Read the review in British Birds, here. Buy now direct from Herts Bird Club for only £34 (or £39 by post).

Herts Invertebrate Project

Read here about how to join this new recording initiative.

Herts Atlas of Mammals, Amphibians and Reptiles

Please submit sightings and field signs of mammals, amphibians and reptiles to our countywide survey, full details at the Herts MARA website.

Hertfordshire Bird Atlas

All the results from the most recent Atlas (2007-12) and both previous atlas surveys available here.

Bird records

Please send us your Herts bird sightings through the records submission page. Use the Breeding status dropdown where applicable and Comment field to add notes of interest.

Latest sightings of interest are published on the right hand side of this page, once they have been checked by a moderator. Search for older published records by month/site/species in Sightings Archive


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The success of the site depends on you, the users, entering your records and sending in interesting information, not only sightings which can be entered online but also reports on trips and additional site guides. We also welcome feedback on what you would like to see on the site: email birdweb@hnhs.org

Injured or orphan birds ? advice here.

The Herts Bird Club is part of the Hertfordshire Natural History Society and our websites are integrated. We hope this will encourage those of you who have not investigated other aspects of wildlife in Hertfordshire to have a look around the HNHS website, discover what is available. Please submit your records of other wildlife, including mammals, amphibians, reptiles and dragonflies through the HNHS website.

Who's who in the Herts Bird Club.