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25th May: Dane End, Little Owl, on telegraph wires from Dane End to Whitehills . (Nigel Denison)
Dane End, Cuckoo, calling in trees next to Whitehills GC. (Nigel Denison)
Stocker's Lake, Cuckoo, calling repeatedly late morning (Graham Folkerd)

24th May: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Redshank (William Bishop)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Oystercatcher (William Bishop)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 13 Swift, screaming above village at dusk (Gary Hinton)
Grove Mill nr Watford, 10 Egyptian Goose, m/f plus 8 chicks (Charlie Ramsay)
Maple Cross, Cuckoo, over Maple Lodge Close heading west. (Paul Lewis)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Wigeon, male on Draper (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Grasshopper Warbler, reeling to left of Warbler Hide still, mid morning (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Cuckoo, very active around site this morning (Allan Meadows)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 4 Oystercatcher, inc 1 fledgling (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 3 Common Tern (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Little Ringed Plover (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Little Ringed Plover (Steve Blake)

23rd May: Braughing, 9+ Yellowhammer, hedgerows adjacent to footpaths between Braughing and Bozen Green (Steve Hughes)
Braughing, Grey Partridge, In fields between Friars Road and Cockhamstead. (Steve Hughes)
Braughing, Hobby, over fields next to lower part of Friars Road. (Steve Hughes)
Braughing, 3 Corn Bunting, seen from footpath between Friars Road and Cockhamstead (Steve Hughes)
Dane End, Little Owl (Nigel Denison)
Dane End, Cuckoo, calling at Whitehills GC (Nigel Denison)
Digswell, Mandarin, female, distraction display, two very small young seen in the river. TL244148, Mimram near viaduct. (Martin Ketcher)
Letchworth, 10 Swift, junction of Norton Way N and Southfields (Steve Akrill)
Redbournbury, Yellow Wagtail, near Redbournbury Mill (John Pritchard)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Grasshopper Warbler, Reeling from 7.30pm in same Hawthorne as reported earlier (John Yates)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, 5 Raven, over together (John Pritchard)
St Albans, 6 Ring-necked Parakeet, Over Verulam Road (Bill Free)
Stocker's Lake, Osprey, at 1215. Seen off by gulls & crows (G Lapworth)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Hobby (Adrian Bayliss)

22nd May: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Redshank (Ade Hall)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Little Ringed Plover (Ade Hall)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Oystercatcher (Ade Hall)
Bishop's Stortford, Cuckoo, calling in Hoggates Wood (8.15pm). (Richard Melarange)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 4 Swift, screaming low around village area (Gary Hinton)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Yellow Wagtail, female on wires in field at TL1193110222 (Simon West)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Grasshopper Warbler, between 5-6am, 7:50-8:35 in small isolated Hawthorn with white flowers on water meadow viewable from Ver Valley Way footpath midway between Shafford Farm and Veiola TL12300 09797 (Brendan Glynn/Simon Wesr)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, 3 Little Egret, In water meadow. (Simon West)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 3 Oystercatcher (T Smith/S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 5 Little Ringed Plover (T Smith/S Blake)
Weston, 9 Swift, over the former Red Lion pub (Steve Akrill)

21st May: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Little Ringed Plover, main island (Chris Ruis)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Oystercatcher (Chris Ruis)
Amwell NR - Hollycross Lake, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Chris Ruis)
Bengeo (Hertford), Oystercatcher, 11:15pm repeatedly calling as flew along River Beane (Simon Knott)
Fairlands Valley Park (Stevenage), 2 Common Tern (Steve Akrill)
North Mymms, Lesser Whitethroat, singing, along road linking entrance to North Mymms church to Home Farm. (Steven Pearce)
Radwell nr Baldock, Spotted Flycatcher (Luke Brookes)
Radwell nr Baldock, Corn Bunting (Luke Brookes)
Radwell nr Baldock, Kingfisher (Luke Brookes)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Grasshopper Warbler, seen and heard mid-morning (John Pritchard)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Hobby (John Pritchard)
Stocker's Lake, 5 Red-crested Pochard, four drakes, one duck (Graham Clark)
Stocker's Lake, Nightingale, Sub-song, canal side. (Graham Clark)
Stocker's Lake, 5 Cetti's Warbler (Graham Clark)
Symondshyde Farm nr St Albans, Yellowhammer, singing male (Paul Moss)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Peregrine Falcon, circling over fishing lake about 3pm (Rupert Evershed)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2+ Yellow Wagtail, commuting from main pit to cornfield by Tyttenhanger Farm (Rupert Evershed)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Oystercatcher (Rupert Evershed)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Little Ringed Plover (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 4 Tree Sparrow, around dead oak by mound (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 4 Common Tern (Tony Kavanagh)
Weston, Little Owl (Andrew Coates)
Weston, Corn Bunting, TL250 294 (Clive Brackenbury)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Spotted Flycatcher, wooded area at back of reservoir (Dave Hutchinson)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Hobby (Dave Hutchinson)

20th May: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Barnacle Goose, stayed half hour, then went north (William Bishop)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 5 Oystercatcher, usual 3, plus 2 through going north (William Bishop)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Redshank, on mud early morning then flew NW (William Bishop)
Benington, Spotted Flycatcher, behind village hall (Darrel Bryant)
Hay Street nr Puckeridge, Little Owl, track to Quinbury farm (Paula Moore)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, Cuckoo, singing male (Tom Speller)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, Lesser Whitethroat (Tom Speller)
Panshanger Park, Cuckoo (Keith Smith/Keith Dean)
St Albans, Hobby, over my garden again (Rupert Evershed)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), Yellow Wagtail (Rupert Evershed)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 2 Tree Sparrow (N Bristow)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), Kingfisher (N Bristow)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), Lesser Whitethroat (N Bristow)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 100+ Sand Martin (N Bristow)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Oystercatcher (Rupert Evershed)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 6 Little Ringed Plover (Rupert Evershed)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Dunlin, seen at 12:15 (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Common Tern
Ware, Peregrine Falcon, over Lime Close at 11.55 (Derrick Ling)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Hobby (Chris Ruis)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 100+ House Martin (Chris Ruis)

19th May: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 80 Swallow (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 5 Arctic Tern, 05:45-06:45, then flew off high southeast (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 8 Shelduck, flew south (Barry Reed)
Batford, Cuckoo, flying west through Lower Luton Road (Darin Stanley)
Hertford, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet, in our garden 5.45pm (Nicola Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Hobby (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 20 House Martin, East pool in mixed flock with swallows so perhaps still passage birds (Simon Knott)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, Arctic Tern (Barry Reed)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, Garganey, male (Barry Reed)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, Water Rail (Barry Reed)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Common Tern
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Oystercatcher (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Ringed Plover
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Little Ringed Plover
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Kingfisher
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Dunlin
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 50+ House Martin (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - Willows Farm Lake, Oystercatcher, on Island (Steven Pearce)
Verulamium Park, c30 Swift, Over lake around 20.00 (Bill Free)
Verulamium Park, c30 Swallow (Bill Free)
Verulamium Park, c30 House Martin (Bill Free)
Watford, Peregrine Falcon, on roof, YMCA Beechen Grove 15:00 (David Demham)

18th May: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Redshank (William Bishop)
Ashwell, Yellow Wagtail (Andrew coates)
Batford, Grey Partridge, on public footpath adjacent to B653 opposite weedy field (Darin Stanley)
Bovingdon, Cuckoo, Brickworks, singing male (L. Flower)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 6 Swift (Gary Hinton)
Dane End, Hobby, hawking insects over Whitehills GC. (Nigel Denison)
Dane End, Lesser Whitethroat (Nigel Denison)
Dane End, Cuckoo, calling at Whitehills GC (Nigel Denison)
Hatfield Aerodrome (disused), Cuckoo (Ben Sandford Smith)
Hertingfordbury, Barn Owl, quartering field at 11am (Nicola Knott)
Nashe's Farm nr St Albans, Yellowhammer (Steven Pearce)
Nashe's Farm nr St Albans, Lesser Whitethroat, near wireless station. (Steven Pearce)
Oughtonhead nr Hitchin, Cuckoo (Alan Garner)
Panshanger Park, 2 Kingfisher (Barry Reed)
Panshanger Park, 5 Mandarin, all males (Barry Reed)
Panshanger Park, Cuckoo (Barry Reed)
Redbournbury, 2 Linnet (Janet and Francis Dowley)
Redbournbury, Yellow Wagtail (Janet and Francis Dowley)
Redbournbury, 3 Swift (Janet and Francis Dowley)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Wigeon, male from Gadwall (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Grasshopper Warbler, reeling to left of Warbler Hide mid morning (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Little Ringed Plover, from Gadwall (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Ringed Plover, from Gadwall (Allan Meadows)
Sandridge nr St Albans, Yellowhammer, singing male, Drover's Lane, near Nomansland Farm. (Steven Pearce)
Sandridge nr St Albans, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, one singing male Coleman Green Lane, near Nomansland Farm; another Hammond's Farm. (Steven Pearce)
Stocker's Lake, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 seen above bench on colne side (Graham Folkerd)
Stocker's Lake, 3 Red Kite, above lake (Graham Folkerd)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), Lesser Whitethroat (Clifford Smout)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Common Tern, with fish in its mouth (Rupert Evershed)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Tree Sparrow, 2 visiting nest in hollow in dead oak (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Oystercatcher (Rupert Evershed)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Hobby, flew through going north (Rupert Evershed)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Ringed Plover (Rupert Evershed)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Kingfisher, fishing at back of lagoon (Rupert Evershed)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Little Ringed Plover (Rupert Evershed)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Yellow Wagtail, flew towards Coursers Farm (Rupert Evershed)
Walkern, 2 Hobby, over Walkern Church (Gary Sanderson)
Walkern, 2 Kingfisher, seen at ford (Gary Sanderson)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 62 Common Tern (Mike Wallen)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Hobby, hunting low over reeds. (Mike Wallen)
Wormleybury, Raven, near the main house (Laurence Drummond)

17th May: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Whimbrel, on the mud in front of the Viewpoint briefly this evening before flying south (Ron Cousins)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Cuckoo (Jenny Sherwen)
Royston, 12 Swift, screaming over usual nest site (Keith Gypps)
The Commons LNR (Welwyn Garden City), 2 Yellowhammer (Keith Smith)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 3 Ring-necked Parakeet, around waterworks (Rupert Evershed)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 8 Oystercatcher, 5 adult + 3 chicks (S Blake/S Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 2 Tree Sparrow (Simon West)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3+ Lesser Whitethroat (Rupert Evershed)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Sanderling, transitional plumaged bird at 11:45, just after rain started. Still at 4pm (Steven Pearce et al)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 4+ Little Ringed Plover (Rupert Evershed)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 8+ Common Tern (Rupert Evershed)
Watton at Stone, Raven (Tony Barrett)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 20+ House Martin (Gary Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Yellow Wagtail, on bank near farm steps flew into last years wild flower meadow 14:35 (Gary Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Hobby, 14:20 (Gary Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 20+ Swift (Gary Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Little Egret, on island trees (Gary Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 30+ Swallow (Gary Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 20+ Common Tern (Gary Hinton)

16th May: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Shelduck (Barry Reed)
Dane End, Cuckoo, calling next to golf course. (Nigel Denison)
East Hyde, Yellow Wagtail, near farm (Clifford Smout)
Flamstead village, 8 House Martin, nesting sites in College Close (David McGrath)
Flamstead village, 4 Swift (David McGrath)
Gorhambury Estate nr St Albans, Little Owl, on building at Maynes Farm (Ben Sandford Smith)
Puckeridge, Lesser Whitethroat, singing male (Murray Orchard)
Quickswood Farm nr Baldock, 2 Raven (Barry Reed)
Quickswood Farm nr Baldock, 10 Corn Bunting (Barry Reed)
Quickswood Farm nr Baldock, Grey Partridge (Barry Reed)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 4 Oystercatcher (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 5 Common Tern (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Kingfisher (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Little Ringed Plover (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Lesser Whitethroat, 1 seen, others heard, nr crossing of conveyor (Axel Kirby)
Wadesmill nr Ware, Hobby, over A10 (Paula Moore)
Welwyn Garden City, Mandarin, male on blackfan lagoon (Keith Dean)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Hobby (Adrian Bayliss)

15th May: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Dunlin, from viewpoint late afternoon (Ade Hall)
Birch Green, Nightingale (Barry Reed)
Colney Heath, 2 Swift (Steve Evans / Ann Lee)
Colney Heath, Red Kite (Steve Evans / Ann Lee)
Harpenden Sewage Treatment Works, Cuckoo, calling early this morning (Mike Russell)
Letty Green, 2 Redshank (Barry Reed)
Letty Green, Little Ringed Plover (Barry Reed)
Letty Green, Yellow Wagtail (Barry Reed)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, Cuckoo (Tom Speller)
Ridge, 3 Yellowhammer, singing males (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Little Ringed Plover
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 5 Oystercatcher
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Little Egret
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Common Tern
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Ringed Plover
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 5 Little Ringed Plover
Withey Beds LNR, Cuckoo (Anna Marett/Joan Thompson)
Wood End nr Buntingford, 2 Turtle Dove, regular pair returned to Wood End last week. (Clive Brackenbury)

14th May: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Little Ringed Plover (Andy Bartlett)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Sanderling, spring plumaged adult on main island, showing well from viewpoint (occasionally behind island) from 08.30 - still at 15:30 (Murray Orchard/Andy Bartlett)
Amwell NR - Hollycross Lake, Cetti's Warbler (Chris Ruis)
Amwell NR - Hollycross Lake, 4 Hobby (Andy Bartlett)
Amwell NR - Hollycross Lake, Kingfisher (Chris Ruis)
Batford, 5 Ring-necked Parakeet, pair and 3 recently fledged young (Mike Russell)
Croxley Common Moor, Cuckoo, Calling at 08.30. (Graham Clark)
East End Green, 2 Little Ringed Plover (Sharon Earl)
East End Green, 2 Redshank (Sharon Earl)
East End Green, Cuckoo, seen and heard (Sharon Earl)
East Hyde, Little Egret, along stream (Mike Russell)
Frogmore Lakes nr Radlett, Cuckoo (Alan Winn)
Graveley nr Stevenage, Yellow Wagtail, male (Clive Brackenbury)
Hertford, Spotted Flycatcher, hawking over River Lea next to Castle Mound (Sharon Earl)
Puckeridge, 4 Grey Partridge, two pairs flushed from footpath through grazing meadows N of village (Murray Orchard)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Grasshopper Warbler, singing just north of small bridge between Shafford Farm and Veolia works. Occasionally visible in small hawthorn. (John Pritchard)
St Albans, 4+ Ring-necked Parakeet, near Harpenden Road (David Wheatcroft)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Ringed Plover (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 5 Little Ringed Plover (S Blake/S Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Little Egret (S Blake/S Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Grey Plover, flew in near raft @ 10am, still present 6:25pm (Tony Kavanagh et al.)

13th May: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Water Rail (Barry Reed)
Ashwell, 4 Yellow Wagtail, Ashwell to Eyeworth dung heap (Tom Speller)
Birch Green, Nightingale, singing TL290 119
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 6 Swift (Gary Hinton)
Coopers Green GPs - Sutton Farm GP, 4 Hobby, showing very well (Robin Smith)
Hatfield Park, Raven
Hatfield Park, 4 Mandarin
Hatfield Park, 2 Spotted Flycatcher
Panshanger Park, Cetti's Warbler (Chris Ruis)
Panshanger Park, c40 Swift (Chris Ruis)
Stocker's Farm, Cuckoo, calling (Charlie Ramsay)
Stocker's Lake, 6 Common Tern, on raft viewed from river colne causeway (Charlie Ramsay)
Stocker's Lake, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Charlie Ramsay)
Stocker's Lake, 3 Swift (Charlie Ramsay)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Oystercatcher
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Redshank
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 5 Little Ringed Plover
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Ringed Plover
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Common Tern
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 4 Oystercatcher

12th May: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Common Sandpiper (William Bishop)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Oystercatcher (William Bishop)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Hobby (William Bishop)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Little Ringed Plover (William Bishop)
Amwell NR - Tumbling Bay Lake, Cuckoo (William Bishop)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 12+ Swift (Gary Hinton)
Coursers Farm (Tyttenhanger area), 5 Little Ringed Plover (Clive Harding)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Darrel Bryant)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, Cuckoo, singing from line of trees across field viewed from west bank (Darrel Bryant)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Common Sandpiper (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Cuckoo (Lee G R Evans)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Little Ringed Plover (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Kingfisher, bringing in fish about once an hour (Lee G R Evans)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Wood Sandpiper (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 6 Common Tern (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Lee G R Evans)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Greenshank (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 40 Swift (Lee G R Evans)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 4 Redshank (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Ringed Plover (Barry Reed)
Stocker's Lake, Common Tern (Charlie Ramsay)
Stocker's Lake, 2 Little Egret (Charlie Ramsay)
Stocker's Lake, 5 Swift (Charlie Ramsay)
Stocker's Lake, 3 Cetti's Warbler, one showing well from the "pulpit" (Charlie Ramsay)
Therfield nr Royston, 19 Corn Bunting, remnants of winter flock still present E of Park Farm, feeding in bare/spring sown arable fields. (Murray Orchard)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Kingfisher (Tyttenhanger Birders)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 3 Common Tern (Tyttenhanger Birders)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Little Ringed Plover (Tyttenhanger Birders)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Oystercatcher (Tyttenhanger Birders)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Yellow Wagtail, pair on the sand (Tom Speller)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Black Tern, dropped into main pit for 10 minutes at around 6.30am during rain. (Tom Speller)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 5 Little Ringed Plover (Tyttenhanger Birders)

11th May: Amwell GP/NR (exact water not specified), Cuckoo, singing. (Chris Beach)
Amwell GP/NR (exact water not specified), 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, flew in at 8.05 (Chris Beach)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Oystercatcher (Murray Orchard)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 12 Common Tern (Murray Orchard)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Ringed Plover (Chris Beach)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Common Sandpiper (Murray Orchard)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Red Kite (Murray Orchard)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 10 Swift (Murray Orchard)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Mediterranean Gull, 1st summer (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Hobby (Murray Orchard)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Shelduck (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Little Ringed Plover (Murray Orchard)
Benington, Turtle Dove, singing male at Lordship Farm 07:00
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 12+ Swift (Gary Hinton)
Flamstead village, 12 House Martin, College Close where they normally breed (David McGrath)
Hitchin, 2 Swift, Bancroft TL185294 (David Inward)
Hitchin, Swift, over houses by rail station TL19362976 (David Inward)
Lemsford Springs, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (David Wheatcroft)
Lemsford Springs, Little Egret (David Wheatcroft)
Little Wymondley nr Stevenage, 4 Raven, pylons on South side of Electrical sub station (Michael Hooper)
Little Wymondley nr Stevenage, Lesser Whitethroat, electrical sub station (Michael Hooper)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 4 Redshank (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Cuckoo (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Oystercatcher (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Grasshopper Warbler (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Wood Sandpiper (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Greenshank (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Common Sandpiper (Vicky Buckel)
St Albans, Hobby, hunting over my garden (Rupert Evershed)
Stocker's Lake, 3 Common Tern (Charlie Ramsay)
Stocker's Lake, Red-crested Pochard, male (Charlie Ramsay)
Stocker's Lake, 3 Cetti's Warbler, none sighted (Charlie Ramsay)
Watton at Stone, Yellow Wagtail, along Watton Road (Al Trollope)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Lesser Whitethroat, near jetty (Adrian Bayliss)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Hobby (Adrian Bayliss)

10th May: Amwell GP/NR (exact water not specified), Cuckoo, heard (Gill Price)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 3 Common Tern, on islands (Barrie Stockwell)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 3 Oystercatcher (Barrie Stockwell)
Baldock, Wheatear, on garage roof at 12.30pm at Hatch lane (Stefan Baltruschat)
Bengeo (Hertford), 10+ Swift, first this year (Peter Fuller)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 25+ Swift, over around village 11:15 (Gary Hinton)
Braughing, 4 Yellow Wagtail, pairs E of village at TL408249 and TL405265 (Murray Orchard)
Braughing, Corn Bunting, east of village at TL402250 (Murray Orchard)
Braughing, 2 Grey Partridge, pair flushed from roadside farm gate along road to Braughing Friars (Murray Orchard)
Brocket Park, Common Sandpiper, from bridge (Al Trollope)
Colney Heath, Hobby (Ann Lee)
Coopers Green GPs - Sutton Farm GP, 3 Hobby (Ben Sandford Smith)
Coopers Green GPs - Sutton Farm GP, 3 Mandarin (Ben Sandford Smith)
Cottered, 2 Grey Partridge, pair in paddock at Crows Croft (Shirley Mackenzie)
Cottered, Yellow Wagtail (Shirley Mackenzie)
Fairlands Valley Park (Stevenage), 2 Common Tern, main lake (Allan Meadows)
Flamstead village, 10 Swift (Connor McGrath)
Highfield Farm nr Tyttenhanger, Little Owl, this morning (Rupert Evershed)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, 2 Greenshank (Alan Gardiner)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, Peregrine Falcon, showing well on dam (Allan Stewart)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, 3 Common Sandpiper (Alan Gardiner)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Common Sandpiper, West pool (Simon Knott)
Lemsford Springs, Green Sandpiper (Clive Brackenbury)
Lemsford Springs, Raven, over with Red Kite. (Clive Brackenbury)
Lemsford Springs, Mandarin, male resting on watercress beds (Clive Brackenbury)
Mill Green nr Hatfield, 3 Swift, from golf club car park (Steve Akrill)
Oughtonhead nr Hitchin, Lesser Whitethroat, 8 sp. warbler singing in all (Tom Speller)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Grasshopper Warbler, reeling heard as approach warbler hide (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Hobby (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Redshank (Vicky Buckel)
Stocking Pelham, Turtle Dove, calling near the church (Andy Brown)
Stocking Pelham, 2 Grey Partridge, in the fields to the west of the church (Andy Brown)
Tyttenhanger Farm (Tyttenhanger area), Tree Sparrow (Alan Gardiner)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Common Sandpiper (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 3 Oystercatcher, appeared to be 2 males courting a female. Presumably in addition to resident pair. (Rupert Evershed)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Little Ringed Plover (Rupert Evershed)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Caspian Gull (Rupert Evershed)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 4 Little Ringed Plover (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - Willows Farm Lake, Oystercatcher (Alan Gardiner)
Welwyn Garden City, Peregrine Falcon (Al Trollope)
Weston, Wheatear (Susan Walsby)
Weston, Spotted Flycatcher (Susan Walsby)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Black Tern (Mike wallen)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 200 Swift (Mike wallen)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Common Sandpiper (Mike Wallen)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 4 Little Egret, active in the heronry (Mike Wallen)

9th May: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 500 Swift (Barry Reed)
Aston, 2 Grey Partridge (Alan Ford)
Cottered, Yellow Wagtail, Crows Croft (Shirley Mackenzie)
Dane End, Cuckoo (Nigel Denison)
Fairlands Valley Park (Stevenage), Common Tern, Main Lake (Alan Ford)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, 500 Swift, 18.15-19.00 (Murray Orchard)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, 4 Common Tern (Murray Orchard)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet, Flew E at 19.00 (Murray Orchard)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), Kingfisher (Gary Hinton)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Oystercatcher, 16:15 over seemed to land in horse paddock (Gary Hinton)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), 20+ Swift, 15:35 (Gary Hinton)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, 3 Grey Partridge (Alan Ford)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, Lesser Whitethroat (Darrel Bryant)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, Wheatear, female (Darrel Bryant)
Oughtonhead nr Hitchin, Ring Ouzel (Rob Stubbs)
Oughtonhead nr Hitchin, Linnet (Rob Stubbs)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Cuckoo, between Otter and Warbler Hides (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 4 Redshank (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 3 Common Snipe, Draper Hide (Allan Meadows)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 25+ Common Tern (Gary Hinton)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 4 Oystercatcher, 16:30 over heading towards wilstone direction (Gary Hinton)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 20+ Swift (Gary Hinton)
Thorley Wash nr Bishop's Stortford, Cuckoo (Jenny Sherwen)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 5 Lesser Whitethroat (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Little Ringed Plover (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 3 Oystercatcher (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 3 Common Sandpiper (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Tree Sparrow, on path by 'dead' oak (Tom Speller)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 5 Little Ringed Plover (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Caspian Gull, long billed bird on sand (Tom Speller)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Whimbrel, flew onto sand at 6.06am from NW, flew high & south 6.20am (Tom Speller)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Ringed Plover (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Oystercatcher, on sand, main pit (Tom Speller)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2+ Common Sandpiper, on west & south margins main pit (Tom Speller)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 32 Common Tern (Mike Wallen)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), c150 Swift (Mike Wallen)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Hobby, over reeds (Dave Morris)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Common Sandpiper, concrete bank near car park (Dave Morris)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 4 Black Tern (Mike Wallen)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Other, Greylag x Canada hybrid. (Mike Wallen)

8th May: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Dunlin, from viewpoint (Ade Hall)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Ringed Plover, from viewpoint (Ade Hall)
Balls Wood nr Hertford Heath, Cuckoo, calling (Andy Brown)
Batchworth Lake nr Rickmansworth, Red-crested Pochard, male (Geoff Young)
Batchworth Lake nr Rickmansworth, c200 Swift (Geoff Young)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 9 Swift, around village 18:00 (Gary Hinton)
Fairlands Valley Park (Stevenage), Common Sandpiper (Andy Day)
Flamstead village, Swift (David McGrath)
Hatfield, Turtle Dove, over A1000 /A414 junction at 8:15am. Seen whilst stuck in traffic! (Anders Gray)
Hitchin, Little Egret, Walsworth Common (David Inward)
Little Wymondley nr Stevenage, 2 Grey Partridge, TL2028 (Alan Garner)
Little Wymondley nr Stevenage, Wheatear, male. Grid Ref: TL2027 (Alan Garner)
Norton Green nr Stevenage, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 singing (Tom Speller)
Panshanger Park, 3 Hobby (Jennifer Gilbert/Keith Dean)
Pitstone No 2 Quarry, Greenshank (Roger & Lynn Payne)
Pitstone No 2 Quarry, 2 Little Ringed Plover (Roger & Lynn Payne)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Common Sandpiper, Draper hide (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Cuckoo, Ashby hide (Vicky Buckel)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Common Sandpiper (J Taylor)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Oystercatcher (J Taylor)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 5+ Common Sandpiper (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 3 Lesser Whitethroat (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 6+ Little Ringed Plover (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Wigeon, female (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 3 Oystercatcher (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Greenshank (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Common Tern (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 6 Swift (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 5 House Martin (Steve Blake)
Verulamium Park, c100 Swallow, over lake early evening (Bill Free)
Verulamium Park, c30 Swift, over lake (Bill Free)
Verulamium Park, c30 House Martin, over lake early evening (Bill Free)
Weston, 4 Swift (Andrew Coates)
Weston, 8 Grey Partridge (Andrew Coates)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Hobby (J Taylor)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Black Tern (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Black Tern (Adrian Bayliss)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 34 Common Tern (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Hobby (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 100+ Swift (Jeff Bailey)

7th May: Amwell GP/NR (exact water not specified), Cetti's Warbler, heard, James hide (Al Trollope)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Yellow-legged Gull, adult (Chris Beach)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Ringed Plover (Chris Beach)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Little Ringed Plover (Chris Beach)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Dunlin (Chris Beach)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Cuckoo (Chris Beach)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 3 Hobby (Al Trollope)
Bengeo (Hertford), Lesser Whitethroat (Simon Knott)
Benington, Barn Owl
Benington, 5 Red Kite
Benington, Raven
Benington, 2 Little Owl
Braughing, Corn Bunting, footpath to Braughing Friars (Paula Moore)
Buntingford, 2 Hobby (Chris Beach)
Childwick Bury nr St Albans, 3 Raven (Bill Free)
Coopers Green GPs - Sutton Farm GP, Hobby (Steven Pearce)
Hemel Hempstead, Firecrest, singing in holly tree along footpath between Grovehill and Woodhall Farm, near the Adventure Playground at 19h20. (Jenny Baker)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, 2 Avocet, on the dam viewable from viewing platform (Mike ilett)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, 120 Ring-necked Parakeet, In two flocks flying north at 20:00 (Allan Stewart)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, 2 Greenshank, on dam Viewable from viewing platform (Mike ilett)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, 6 Ring-necked Parakeet (Mike ilett)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, 2 Slavonian Grebe, viewable from viewing platform this evening (Mike Ilett)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 50 Swift, East pool (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Common Snipe (Simon Putman)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 2 Common Sandpiper (Simon Putman)
Peters Green nr Harpenden, Lesser Whitethroat, Singing and good views in garden (N Bristow)
Tewin, Hobby (Keith smith)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Common Sandpiper (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Dunlin (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2+ Little Ringed Plover (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 6 Swift (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 50+ Swallow (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - Willows Farm Lake, 3 Oystercatcher (Steven Pearce)
Verulamium Park, Common Sandpiper (Anthony Townsend)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), c500 Hirundines (mixed), c200 House Martin. (Mike + Ted Wallen)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), c250 Swift (Mike + Ted Wallen)

6th May: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Ringed Plover (Chris Beach)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Yellow-legged Gull, adult (Chris Beach)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 3 Little Ringed Plover (Chris Beach)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 100+ Swift (Chris Beach)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Black Tern (Chris Beach)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Water Rail, from James Hide (Roger & Lynn Payne)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Common Sandpiper (Chris Beach)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Yellow-legged Gull, adult (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 12+ Common Tern (Chris Beach)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Crossbill, over. (Barry Reed/Chris Beach)
Baldock, 5 Swift, over Church Street (Ian Hall)
Berkhamsted, Cuckoo (Anna Marett)
Berkhamsted Common, 2 Cuckoo (Mike Spittles)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 3 Swift, over & around village (Gary Hinton)
Buntingford, 3 Swift (Al Trollope)
Cassiobury Park, 2 Mandarin, males in garden of cottage, lock 76 GU Canal. (Geoff Young)
Ellenbrook Fields nr Hatfield Garden Village, 2 Cuckoo (John Yates)
Hartham (Hertford), Cetti's Warbler (David Carter)
Hatfield Garden Village, 7+ Swift, over this morning, first this year (John Moss)
Hemel Hempstead, 12 Swift, low over town cricket club 11.00am (Derek Pratt)
Hertford, Swift, arrived in nest box late this afternoon. Last year arrived one day earlier (Clive Chapman)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, 10 Swallow (Murray Orchard)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, 4 Common Tern (Murray Orchard)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, 200 Swift, 07.45-08.50 (Murray Orchard)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, 2 Slavonian Grebe (Tony Blake)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, Hobby (Murray Orchard)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, 2 Greenshank, on dam (Tony Blake)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, 10 House Martin (Murray Orchard)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Lesser Whitethroat, The causeway (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Common Sandpiper, West pool (Simon Knott)
Lemsford Springs, Mandarin, Male (Clifford Smout)
Panshanger (Welwyn Garden City), 20+ Swift, over (John Coleman)
Puckeridge, 12 Swift, First birds of year over the village (Murray Orchard)
Puckeridge, 3 House Martin (Murray Orchard)
Radwell nr Baldock, 2 Swift (Luke Brookes)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Ringed Plover, from Gadwall (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Grasshopper Warbler, reeling at 4pm (Darren Bast)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Redshank (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Grasshopper Warbler, reeling on the Meads somewhere close to the otter hide from 17:00 until 19:00. (Tim Hill)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Water Rail, squealing in front of the otter hide. (Tim Hill)
St Albans, 3 Swift, first swifts back to Fleetville, same date as last year (Ben Sandford Smith)
Standalone Farm nr Letchworth, Common Snipe (Luke Brookes)
Standalone Farm nr Letchworth, Hobby (Luke Brookes)
Standalone Farm nr Letchworth, 4 Swift (Luke Brookes)
Standalone Farm nr Letchworth, Kingfisher (Luke Brookes)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - S lake, Cuckoo (Jane Free)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), Common Sandpiper (Chris Ruis)
Tringford Res (Tring Reservoirs), Kingfisher (Chris Ruis)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Common Sandpiper
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 4 Little Ringed Plover
Verulamium Park, 100+ Swift (Anthony Townsend)
Verulamium Park, 2 Common Sandpiper (Barry Trevis)
Welwyn Garden City, 5 Swift, TL241136 (Aaron Clements-Partridge)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Black Tern, off jetty 17.30 (Graham Clark)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Osprey, In from west @17.35. Currently (17 45) still present. Being mobbed by L B-b Gulls. (Graham Clark)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), c50 Swift (Chris Ruis)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Lesser Whitethroat, by canal excavations (Ernest Leahy)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Lesser Whitethroat, dry canal (Chris Ruis)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Hobby, left of jetty, 2.00pm (Dan Fletcher)

5th May: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Avocet, settled on water by the Tern rafts (Ron Cousins)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, c100 Swift (Jenny Sherwen)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Greenshank, from viewpoint (Ron Cousins)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 3 Hobby, Viewed in flight from footpath near Gladwin hide. Many Swift. (John Yates)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Common Sandpiper (Ron Cousins)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Yellow-legged Gull, 3rd summer (Barry Reed)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Black Tern, From viewpoint (Ade Hall / Barry Reed / Clifford Smout)
Ashwell, 8 Swift (Andrew Coates)
Baldock, 4 Swift (Andrew Coates)
Bishop's Stortford, 6 Swift, over Northgate End. (Richard Melarange)
Cheshunt, 2 Swift, a week later than last year (J.Chapman)
Childwick Bury nr St Albans, 3 Raven, Cedars (Bill Free)
Croxley Green, Swift (Charlie Ramsay)
Hatfield, Lesser Whitethroat, calling. Business park. (John Coleman)
Heartwood Forest - Langley Wood, Cuckoo, heard (Albert Callewaert)
Hemel Hempstead, Swift, over Deaconsfield Rd (Derek Pratt)
Hertford, 3 Swift, Over the town centre (John Yates)
Hertingfordbury, Kingfisher, river by Hertford football club (Amy Barker)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, 5 Ring-necked Parakeet, Hogg Lane (Brendon Fagan)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, 2 Slavonian Grebe, from the viewpoint in Hogg Lane (Brendon Fagan)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, Arctic Tern, viewpoint in Hogg Lane (Brendon Fagan)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Greenshank (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Simon Knott)
Nomansland nr Wheathampstead, Lesser Whitethroat, near crossroads (Ernest Leahy)
Panshanger (Welwyn Garden City), Cuckoo, flew over garden calling @ 05:45 (Allan Meadows)
Royston, 3 Swift, Royston high street. A day earlier than last year (Richard Rolph)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Redshank (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Common Snipe (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Red Kite (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Greenshank (Vicky Buckel)
St Albans, 3 Swift, near city centre (Bill Free)
Stevenage, 5 Swift, Old Town. (R Best)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 10+ Swift (Tyttenhanger Birders)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 3 Lesser Whitethroat (Tyttenhanger Birders)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Little Ringed Plover (Tyttenhanger Birders)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Oystercatcher (Tyttenhanger Birders)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Egyptian Goose, early am (Tom Speller)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3+ Little Ringed Plover (Tyttenhanger Birders)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Ringed Plover (Tyttenhanger Birders)
Wadesmill nr Ware, Barn Owl, fields west of village (Paula Moore)
Wallington, 30+ Swift (Andrew coates)
Watton at Stone, Raven, Tatty individual flying towards Heathmount School at 15:00 (Mike Harris)
Watton at Stone, Mandarin, over the bypass at 7.30 (Mike Harris)
Welwyn Garden City, Peregrine Falcon (Mike King)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Black Tern (Adrian Bayliss)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 4 Hobby (Adrian Bayliss)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 50 Swift (Adrian Bayliss)

4th May: Croxley Common Moor, Little Egret (G Lapworth)
Croxley Common Moor, Kingfisher (G Lapworth)
Croxley Common Moor, 2 Garden Warbler (G Lapworth)
Ellenbrook Fields nr Hatfield Garden Village, Wheatear, cattle field (David Wheatcroft)
Ellenbrook Fields nr Hatfield Garden Village, Cuckoo, calling (David Wheatcroft)
Jersey Farm (St Albans), 3 Swift (Jenny Sherwen)
Kimpton Hoo, Cuckoo, Heard
King's Meads nr Hertford, Lesser Whitethroat (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Greenshank, West pool (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 2 Little Ringed Plover (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Common Snipe (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 2 Common Tern (Simon Knott)
Stapleford, Raven, over heath mount school at 9oclock (Roland Power)
Stocker's Lake, 3 Garden Warbler (Chris Sharp)
Stocker's Lake, Swift (Chris Sharp)
Stocker's Lake, 2 Oystercatcher (Chris Sharp)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Whimbrel, on sand at 8:15pm (David Booth)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 4 Little Ringed Plover (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Ringed Plover (Tony Kavanagh)
Wadesmill nr Ware, 3 Red Kite (Nigel Denison)
Wadesmill nr Ware, 3 Egyptian Goose, at Hanbury Manor (Nigel Denison)
Wadesmill nr Ware, Yellow Wagtail, over golf course (Nigel Denison)
Ware, Swift, over Tower Road (Ian Edwards)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Black Tern (Gary Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 20+ House Martin (Gary Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 5 Hobby (Gary Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 40+ Swift, over woods/ fields behind hide 13:40 (Gary Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 50+ Sand Martin (Gary Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 20 Common Tern (Gary Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Common Sandpiper, moving around res13:45 (Gary Hinton)

3rd May: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Yellow Wagtail, from viewpoint (Alan Winn)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Common Sandpiper, from viewpoint (Alan Winn)
Amwell NR - Hollycross Lake, Barn Owl, by Wooden foot bridge (Ian Edwards)
Amwell NR - Hollycross Lake, Kingfisher, flew under wooden bridge (Ian Edwards)
Bayfordbury, Lesser Whitethroat, singing (Ian Flack)
Gaddesden Row, 5 Red Kite (David McGrath)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, 40 Swift (Murray Orchard)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, 5 Common Tern (Murray Orchard)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, 2 Slavonian Grebe (Nick Sinden)
King's Meads nr Hertford, c20 Swallow (Steve Hughes)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 2 Little Ringed Plover, West pool (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 2 Cetti's Warbler, heard west pool and another bank of New River (Steve Hughes)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Common Snipe, West pool (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Greenshank, West pool at 1pm (Steve Hughes)
King's Meads nr Hertford, c30 House Martin, over E & W pool (Steve Hughes)
Therfield nr Royston, 10 Yellowhammer, in the same field as Corn Buntings (Murray Orchard)
Therfield nr Royston, Dotterel, female, far end of right hand bare field, 11:00-15:00. (Roger Buxton)
Therfield nr Royston, 45 Corn Bunting, same field as the Dotterel (Murray Orchard)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Oystercatcher (S Blake/B Fagan)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 4+ Common Tern (S Blake/B Fagan)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Garden Warbler (Terry Smith)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Caspian Gull, 2 cy (Tom Speller)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Lesser Whitethroat (Tom Speller)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Ringed Plover (S Blake/B Fagan)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 5 Little Ringed Plover (S Blake/B Fagan)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 800 Hirundines (mixed), in strong northerly winds. (Mike Wallen)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), c30 Swift (Mike Wallen)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Little Egret (Mike Wallen)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Black Tern, still (Mike Wallen)

2nd May: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Common Sandpiper (Chris Beach)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Little Ringed Plover (Chris Beach)
Amwell NR - Hollycross Lake, 3+ Garden Warbler, singing (Chris Beach)
Bayfordbury, Cuckoo (Ian Flack)
Coopers Green GPs - Sutton Farm GP, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, singing (Chris Beach)
Coopers Green GPs - Sutton Farm GP, 4 Hobby (David Wheatcroft)
Coopers Green GPs - Sutton Farm GP, 2 Garden Warbler, singing (Chris Beach)
Coopers Green GPs - Sutton Farm GP, 2 Hobby (Chris Beach)
Coopers Green GPs - Sutton Farm GP, Mandarin (Chris Beach)
Croxley Common Moor, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, Singing. (Graham Clark)
Croxley Common Moor, 2 Garden Warbler, pair? (Graham Clark)
Croxley Common Moor, Nightingale, IlIn sub-song @09.15, adjacent to bench by river. (Graham Clark)
Ellenbrook Fields nr Hatfield Garden Village, Wheatear, cattle field (David Wheatcroft)
Ellenbrook Fields nr Hatfield Garden Village, Mandarin, male over (David Wheatcroft)
Ellenbrook Fields nr Hatfield Garden Village, Cuckoo, at least one calling (David Wheatcroft)
Garston nr Watford, Lesser Whitethroat, singing at Waterdale recycling (Alan Gardiner)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, 2 Slavonian Grebe, Still present at 11:30 (and 16:00) (David Booth)
Hitchin, Hobby, over Samuel Lucas school, 15.00 (Jamie Pridmore)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Common Snipe (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 3 Lesser Whitethroat (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Greenshank, 10:00am (Simon Knott)
Latchford nr Standon, Cuckoo, calling from Plashes Wood. (Dr Richard Melarange)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Oystercatcher, 15:40 in horse field (Gary Hinton)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Arctic Tern, 17:00 (Gary Hinton)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), 30+ Swallow (Gary Hinton)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), Mandarin, male behind lock keepers cottage (Gary Hinton)
Marsworth Res (Tring Reservoirs), Cetti's Warbler, singing in reed bed near canal (Gary Hinton)
Panshanger Park, 2 Little Ringed Plover (Jennifer Gilbert)
Panshanger Park, 2 Common Tern, over Osprey lake (Jennifer Gilbert)
Panshanger Park, Cuckoo (Jennifer Gilbert)
Standon Lordship, Little Egret, in tree near river. (Dr Richard Melarange)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Yellow Wagtail (Gary Hinton)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 20+ Common Tern (Gary Hinton)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 30+ Swallow (Gary Hinton)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 25+ Sand Martin (Gary Hinton)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 20+ House Martin (Gary Hinton)
Startop's End Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Hobby, 16:55 feeding near old overflow (Gary Hinton)
Stocker's Lake, Cuckoo (Chris Sharp)
Stocker's Lake, 5+ Garden Warbler (Chris Sharp)
Therfield nr Royston, Dotterel, 12.00 far end of left hand bare field (Dick Parbles)
Therfield nr Royston, Wheatear (Dick Parbles)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, Oystercatcher (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Caspian Gull, 2 cy (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Garganey (Rupert Evershed)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 4 Little Ringed Plover (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Dunlin (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 5 Common Tern (Steve Blake)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Little Tern, feeding briefly with 30+ common tern then headed North-East (Martin Parr)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 4 Arctic Tern, 2 pairs passed through heading NE, about 12.00 and 12.30 respectively (Martin Parr)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Black Tern (Adrian Bayliss)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Hobby (Adrian Bayliss)

1st May: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 9 Common Tern (Murray Orchard)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Black Tern, 10am, still at 3pm (Phil Bishop/Murray Orchard)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Swift (Murray Orchard)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Common Sandpiper (Phil Bishop)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 50 Hirundines (mixed), Swallow and House Martins (Murray Orchard)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Little Ringed Plover (Phil Bishop)
Amwell NR - Tumbling Bay Lake, Swift, Over the Ware end of the lake 7 PM (Ian Edwards)
Ashwell, 5 Yellow Wagtail, at least 3 males & 2 females (Tom Speller)
Ashwell, White Wagtail (Tom Speller)
Braughing, 2 Yellow Wagtail, male and female (Paula Moore)
Fairlands Valley Park (Stevenage), 3 Common Tern (Tom Speller)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, c10 Swift (Alan Gardiner)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, 2+ Common Tern (Alan Gardiner)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, 2 Slavonian Grebe (Chris Ruis)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, Whimbrel, on dam at 18.40; flew north at 18.50. (Tony Blake)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Green Sandpiper (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Common Tern (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Oystercatcher (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 2 Common Sandpiper (Andy Bartlett)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Common Snipe (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Cetti's Warbler (Andy Bartlett)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Swift, West pool (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, 2 Greenshank, both flew at 8:45am but single re-appeared at 9:45am (Simon Knott)
King's Meads nr Hertford, Lesser Whitethroat (Simon Knott)
Panshanger Park, Cuckoo (Christine von Hagen)
Panshanger Park, 2+ Swift (Christine von Hagen)
Pitstone No 2 Quarry, Common Sandpiper (Lee G R Evans)
Pitstone No 2 Quarry, Kentish Plover, found by David Bilcock. Often around the county boundary with Bucks, but moving around enough to be confidently recorded in both counties. (Mike Wallen \Ted Wallen)
Pitstone No 2 Quarry, Lesser Whitethroat (Lee G R Evans)
Pitstone No 2 Quarry, Kentish Plover, Female present from 0750-1137 when flew south; found & identified by David Bilcock and subsequently seen by 74 birdwatchers, traversing both the Herts and Bucks county border that crosses through this site. Photographed (Lee G R Evans)
Pitstone No 2 Quarry, Garden Warbler (Lee G R Evans)
Pitstone No 2 Quarry, 2 Little Ringed Plover (Lee G R Evans)
Pitstone No 2 Quarry, Wheatear, Greenland male at east end (Lee G R Evans)
Pitstone No 2 Quarry, 2 Mandarin, Pair still (Lee G R Evans)
Pitstone No 2 Quarry, Ring Ouzel, A cracking male at the far east end of the quarry (Lee G R Evans)
Pitstone No 2 Quarry, 2 Oystercatcher (Lee G R Evans)
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Raven, for the escapes list: Cockatiel flying West, calling loudly! (John Pritchard)
Smallford nr St Albans, Yellowhammer, singing male along disused railway line (Steven Pearce)
Stevenage, 3 Swallow, around Tilekin Farm, Great Ashby
Stevenage, 5 Linnet, around Tilekin Farm, Great Ashby
Stevenage, 13 Yellowhammer, around Tilekin Farm, Great Ashby
Stocker's Lake, 3 Red-crested Pochard, all males (Charlie Ramsay)
Therfield nr Royston, Wheatear, In field near dotteral (Jenny Sherwen / Jen Gilbert)
Therfield nr Royston, 4 Dotterel, Still showing well at 5pm (Clifford Smout\Huw Lewis\Andy Bartlett)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 4+ Lesser Whitethroat, singing males (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Common Tern (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Dunlin, arrived c1pm (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Garganey (Val Payman)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Redshank, 12:30pm (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - Willows Farm Lake, Oystercatcher (Steven Pearce)
Welwyn Garden City, 2 Swift, TL241136 first of year here (Aaron Clements-Partridge)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 46 Sand Martin (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Oystercatcher (Mike Wallen\Ted Wallen\Lee G R Evans\Chris Ruis)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Hobby (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 3 Black Tern, Still present. (Mike Wallen\Ted Wallen\Lee G R Evans/Chris Ruis)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 6 Little Egret (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Grasshopper Warbler, Reeling male in Rushy Meadow (3rd day) (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Cuckoo (Mike Wallen + Ted Wallen)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Hobby (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 18 Common Tern (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 40 Swift (Mike Wallen + Ted Wallen)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Common Sandpiper, on rocks left of cormorant nesting trees (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 68 Swift (Lee G R Evans)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Little Egret (Mike Wallen\Ted Wallen)

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Record submissions for our website

Please submit your records following  the guidance notes and the guidelines for bird records which includes a detailed species list. Records do not appear on the website until they are approved by a moderator and for space reasons it is not possible to publish every record on the website. These unpublished records are still vital for the production of a comprehensive annual report and are retained in the bird club's database. After a few days the records move to the sightings archive.

Lots of records? please send to us in a batch
or if you prefer via BTO Birdtrack

Where you have a lot of records to submit (e.g. covering a period of months, an annual submission, or breeding summary), please use our spread sheet. Download the 2014 data entry sheet and save it somewhere on your PC, it is pre-loaded with all the species and sites. Please then email to the Herts Bird Recorder. This is the preferred format for submission of a large volume of records and will enable swift transfer of your records to the Club’s main database. This helps to keep the recording and annual report process up to date. Please read these notes on how to use the records entry spread sheet.

The BTO give Herts Bird Club access to Hertfordshire records submitted through Birdtrack.

Rare birds

We ask you to submit additional information using this rare birds description form to support records of nationally or locally rare birds listed in this guidance note.