With the peak of breeding season approaching fast, and lockdown continuing, the Herts Bird Club would like to encourage more breeding records from gardens and daily exercise walks.

A number of species are under-recorded in terms of breeding – the table below shows the number of confirmed breeding locations from the 2018 Bird Report for a variety of common species.  Can we do better in 2020?

Records of all breeding (possible, probable or confirmed) species are welcome, but we would particularly like all breeding records submitted for four species: Starling, House Sparrow, Swift and House Martin.  These species are red or amber-listed but nest in close proximity to us, and so now is an excellent time to start recording them, particularly on local exercise walks.

Please submit via the website using the breeding codes from the Breeding Status drop-down menu. Use the Comment field to add additional notes including street names which would be useful.   Updates and prompts as to the best time to record certain species will be provided on the website and via Twitter.

Swift records can also be submitted using the RSPB’s new Swift Mapper app

It won’t be possible to display all breeding records on the website, but a selection will be published at the discretion of the moderators

 

 

 

***Please at all times comply with government guidelines on restriction of movement in relation to COVID-19***

 

Confirmed breeding locations – 2018 Herts Bird Report / 2020 as 9am 23rd May

We have received 410 separate confirmed breeding records in 2020 which is an excellent response.

Thank you to all those who have submitted records to the website. Please keep it up!

  2018  2020    2018  2020 
Lapwing    3    1 Chiffchaff    4    2
Stock Dove    3    3 Lesser Whitethroat    2    -
Collared Dove    5    2 Whitethroat    6    3
Swift    4    2 Goldcrest    5    -
Great Spotted  Woodpecker   19    8 Wren    7    2
Green Woodpecker    8    3 Nuthatch    5    8
Jay    2    - Treecreeper    2    2
Magpie    7    4 Starling   11   51
Jackdaw    5   12 Robin   12   24
Carrion Crow   13    7 House Sparrow    7   26
Coal Tit    4    4 Dunnock    2    5
Swallow    3    2 Yellow Wagtail    5    1
House Martin   12    4 Pied Wagtail    7    2
Willow Warbler    0    -      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selected other species, confirmed breeding locations in 2020 

Mute Swan   6      Ring-Necked Parakeet   1    
Great Crested Grebe   4     Kestrel   1
Canada Goose   6 Skylark   2
Greylag Goose   5 Blackcap   3
Moorhen   7 Grey Wagtail   4
Coot   9 Chaffinch   4
Red Kite   5 Goldfinch   3
Sparrowhawk   1 Greenfinch   2
Little Owl   1 Yellowhammer   1
Tawny Owl   4 Reed Bunting   1