The Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits Bird Report for 2019 is now available.
Edited and produced by Ricky Flesher and Peter Christian the excellent 70 page report includes a review of the year, accounts for all of the 133 species recorded at Tyttenhanger in 2019, many photos, tables and graphs, and finders' accounts for the three new birds added to the Tyttenhanger list that year: Yellow-browed Warbler, Common Crane and Cattle Egret.
Download a copy HERE, it's well woth a read.
Go to Tyttenhanger Site Guide to download reports back to 2011.
Please use the Winter Count Googlesheet to enter your counts.
The count runs from 1 December 2020 to 28 February 2021 and all birds seen or heard whilst you are within the boundary of your property can be counted. You can record birds on any and as many days as you wish or are able to.
Photo: Siskin at a Welwyn Garden City garden, Jan-21 © Huw Lewis
In support of the HNHS Statement on Covid-19 the Herts Bird Club have decided not to publish sightings that may tempt people to travel outside their home area. In particular, records of species that would normally be highlighted in red as rare or unusual.
One way of making your birding count in 2021 is to add a grid reference to the records that you submit to the Herts Bird Club.
In 2020 just over 40% of submissions to the website had a grid reference, and these records allowed the creation of the attached map which shows all of the identified 1km squares, giving us a good idea where our records came from. Accurate locations, ideally provided by six-figure grid references, also allow others to see birds that you have found.
Subject to late records and rarity decisions the final species count for the Herts Christmas Bird Count 2020 is 111, a very good total; just two fewer than 2019 and one more than 2018.
This included four species: Cattle Egret, Great White Egret, Short-eared Owl and Mealy Redpoll, not seen over the Christmas period in past two years bringing the total number of species recorded across the three years since we have run this count to 121.