List of species requiring a description

This is a list of species that require a description and/or photograph to confirm the identification. Records of nationally rare should be submitted to the British Bird Rarities Committee (BBRC) for assessment. Local rarities are adjudicated by the Herts Rare Bird Panel.

A description form (in MS Word format) is available to download here and should be emailed to the County Bird Recorder, or returned by post to the address as shown on the form.

Please note that in addition to the below, Great White Egret and Caspian Gull (excluding sightings at Amwell) require local rarity descriptions for records up to and including 31 December 2017.

National rarities

  • Aquatic Warbler
  • Baillon's Crake
  • Black Stork
  • Black-winged Stilt
  • Blue-winged Teal
  • Bonaparte's Gull
  • Broad-billed Sandpiper
  • Caspian Tern
  • Eastern Crowned Warbler
  • Franklin's Gull
  • Great Bustard
  • Great Reed Warbler
  • Great Snipe
  • Grey-cheeked Thrush
  • Laughing Gull
  • Least Sandpiper
  • Lesser Yellowlegs
  • Little Bittern
  • Little Crake
  • Long-billed Dowitcher
  • Marsh Sandpiper
  • Nutcracker
  • Paddyfield Warbler
  • Pallas's Sandgrouse
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Rock Thrush
  • Roller
  • Rustic Bunting
  • Savi's Warbler
  • Sociable Plover
  • Solitary Sandpiper
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Squacco Heron
  • Two-barred Crossbill
  • White-headed Duck
  • White-tailed Eagle

Local rarities

  • Alpine Swift
  • American Wigeon
  • Arctic Redpoll
  • Arctic Skua
  • Barred Warbler
  • Bean Goose sp.
  • Bee-eater
  • Black Kite
  • Black-throated Diver
  • Bluethroat
  • Cattle Egret
  • Cirl Bunting
  • Common Crane
  • Common Rosefinch
  • Corncrake
  • Curlew Sandpiper
  • Dartford Warbler
  • Dipper
  • Dotterel
  • Eider
  • Ferruginous Duck
  • Fulmar
  • Gannet
  • Glaucous Gull
  • Glossy Ibis
  • Golden Oriole
  • Golden Pheasant
  • Goshawk
  • Great Grey Shrike
  • Great Northern Diver
  • Great Skua
  • Green-winged Teal
  • Grey Phalarope
  • Guillemot
  • Honey Buzzard
  • Hooded Crow
  • Hoopoe
  • Iceland Gull
  • Icterine Warbler
  • Kentish Plover
  • Lady Amherst's Pheasant
  • Leach's Petrel
  • Lesser Scaup
  • Little Auk
  • Little Bunting
  • Long-tailed Duck
  • Long-tailed Skua
  • Manx Shearwater
  • Marsh Warbler
  • Melodious Warbler
  • Montagu's Harrier
  • Night Heron
  • Nightjar
  • Ortolan Bunting
  • Parrot Crossbill
  • Pectoral Sandpiper
  • Pink-footed Goose
  • Pomarine Skua
  • Puffin
  • Purple Heron
  • Purple Sandpiper
  • Razorbill
  • Red-backed Shrike
  • Red-breasted Merganser
  • Red-footed Falcon
  • Red-necked Grebe
  • Red-necked Phalarope
  • Red-rumped Swallow
  • Red-throated Diver
  • Richard's Pipit
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Rose-coloured Starling
  • Roseate Tern
  • Rough-legged Buzzard
  • Sabine's Gull
  • Serin
  • Shag
  • Short-toed Lark
  • Slavonian Grebe
  • Snow Bunting
  • Snow Goose
  • Spoonbill
  • Spotted Crake
  • Stone Curlew
  • Storm Petrel
  • Taiga Bean Goose
  • Temminck's Stint
  • Tundra Bean Goose
  • Twite
  • Unidentified Harrier
  • Velvet Scoter
  • White Stork
  • White-winged Black Tern
  • Willow Tit
  • Wood Warbler
  • Woodchat Shrike
  • Woodlark
  • Wryneck
  • Yellow-browed Warbler