The Hertfordshire Bird Report 2016 was published in November 2017, well within a year of the date of the last record again, and the first report produced by the new Editor Clifford Smout.

The report consists of 84 pages packed with photographs and information about all our birds both common and rare. It includes a review of each of the 198 species recorded in Hertfordshire in 2016 and finder's accounts of the two additions to the county list - Bonaparte's Gull and Franklin's Gull.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the report not least of all the 800+ observers who sent in records direct to the Bird Club or via BirdTrack.

Copies have been distributed to all current members of Herts Bird Club. Non-members interested in obtaining a copy should contact the HNHS Secretary.

 

Contents

 

Editorial

Guidelines for observers – a checklist of the birds of Hertfordshire

Review of the year (Clifford Smout)

Systematic list:

Mute Swan to Shelduck (Vicky Buckel)
Mandarin to Scaup (Tony Blake and Clifford Smout)
Common Scoter to grebes (David Booth)
Red Kite to Osprey (Roy Hargreaves)
Water Rail to Turnstone (Martin Searle)
Knot to Common Snipe (Dan Fletcher)
Little Auk to Artic Tern (Tom Speller)
Gulls (Chris Beach)
Feral Pigeon to Kingfisher (Phil Buston)
Wryneck and woodpeckers (Ken Smith)
Kestrel to Great Grey Shrike (Tom Speller)
Crows (Graham Knight)
Goldcrest to House Martin (Steve Hughes)
Cetti's Warbler to Dartford Warbler  (Peter Tallantire)
Grasshopper Warbler to Starling (John Yates)
Ring Ouzel to Wheatear (Paul Lewis)
Dunnock to Tree Sparrow (Peter Delaloye)
Wagtails and pipts (Clifford Smout)
Finches and buntings (Murray Orchard)

WeBS counts for Hertfordshire in 2016 (Cath Patrick)

Records relating to birds considered to be of captive origin (Clifford Smout)

Herts Rare Birds Panel Report (Mike Ilett on behalf of the Herts Rare Bird Panel)

List of Observers

Bird ringing in Hertfordshire in 2016 (Lynne Lambert)

The Breeding Bird Survey in Hertfordshire in 2016 (Martin Ketcher)

Bonaparte's Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphia in Wilstone area, January 2016 - a first for Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire (Roy Hargreaves)

Franklin's Gull Larus pipixcan at Amwell NR on 31 January 2016 - a first for Hertfordshire (Mike Ilett)

Obituary: Tom Kittle (Peter Delaloye)

Inaugural Herts Bird Photo competition 2016 (Tom Speller)

Herts Bird Club committee and HNHS contacts