Following the end of lockdown on 29th March, the Herts Bird Club is resuming the publication of most records of scarce and rare birds. We will however exercise our discretion not to publish records for locations where it would be difficult to follow Government rules on social distancing, and will not publish records from closed nature reserves. Please follow guidelines in relation to social distancing at all times.
Updated with new plot showing when migrants are first expected, and, first recorded in 2021 - hit read more below
With spring migration upon us, we thought it a good time to publish analysis showing the earliest, latest and median arrival dates of some of our more common summer visitors and passage migrants: it shows an interesting trend towards earlier median arrival dates for most the species covered.
The analysis covers the period 1983 - 2019, and uses with kind permission Colin Everett's 'A Review of First and Last Dates for Migrant Birds in Hertfordshire' covering the period 1983 - 2002 as included in The Hertfordshire Bird Report 2006.
Go to - First, Last, Median arrival dates 1983 - 2019 - to download the file
This year's Herts Bird Club / BTO Conference was held online for the first time. It was well attended drawing an online audience of over 100 people who enjoyed the mix of fascinating presentations and discussions - read all about it HERE
Many congratulations to Ian Cunningham whose beautiful Yellowhammer at Wallington was crowned Herts Bird Photo of 2020 as announced at the 2021 Herts Bird Club Conference on Saturday 20 March. It was a close contest with Stuart Fox's singing Wren at Panshanger Park a close second by just one vote.
To view all ten finalists please download - Herts Bird Photo 2020 Finalists.
Thank you to everyone who voted.
St Albans’ Gardens Do it Again!
Following yesterday’s Herts 24-hr Garden Bird Watch we are pleased to announce the winner as John Pritchard of Shafford Farm, St Albans. Congratulations to John who wins a personalised notebook.
John scored an impressive 115 points with 56 species recorded from his garden over the 24 hour period. Hot on his heels was Rupert Evershed with 100 points and 51 species and Chris Ruis with 99 points and 48 species, both from gardens in St Albans.
The competition proved very popular with 20 observers recording their