Herts Autumn Garden Vismig Watch – Week 3 (15th – 21st Sep)

“The Stats” (8pm on 21st)

This Week Totals vs last week vs same week 2020
Total No. Species 74  ↑13   ↑16
Total No. Birds 10,215  ↑6,292   ↑7.592


To September 21st 2021 vs 2020
Total No. Species  81   ↑9
Total No. Birds  21,362   ↑ 6,153

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.