The tables below give the status of records submitted to the Herts Rare Birds Panel that are being or have been assessed. Where records are indicated as not proven, the Panel felt that for most cases the species was probably the one claimed but that insufficient evidence was available to be 100 per cent sure of the identification and only occasionally that a misidentification had been made.

The species on the Hertfordshire list needing descriptions are shown here and should be reported using the Herts rarity description form.

Last updated on 26th October 2023

Information about the current panel members can be viewed here.

Key: C = record in circulation, A = record accepted, NP = record not proven.


Date Species Location Status Observer Comment
13th December Great Grey Shrike Redbournbury A David Hutchinson  
21st November Great Northern Diver Hilfield Park Res A Steve Murray  
19th November Cattle Egret Amwell NR A Barry Reed  
16th November Sabine's Gull Amwell NR A Barry Reed until 24th November
6th November Curlew Sandpiper  Wilstone Res A Ian Williams until 16th November
31st October Olive-backed Pipit Beech Farm GP NP   no description submitted
21st October Dartford Warbler Harpenden A Jamie Brown  
21st October Goshawk Harpenden A Kim Hammond-Kosak  
16th October Cattle Egret Bury Lake NP   no description submitted
13th October Cattle Egret Oaklands, St Albans  NP   no description submitted
13th October Common Crane (2) Wilstone Res NP   no description submitted
10th October Cattle Egret Wilstone Res NP   no description submitted
8th October Dartford Warbler Baldock to Wallington Road A Paul Kaiser  
1st October Spoonbill Amwell NR and Rye Meads A Steven Brown, Rye Meads Partnership  
24th September Cattle Egret St Albans A Rupert Evershed  
19th September Goshawk Anstey NP   no description submitted
19th September Wryneck Symondshyde Farm A Steven Pearce until 20th September
17th September Curlew Sandpiper (2) Wilstone Res A Steve Rodwell  
10th August Bee-eater Tring NP   no description submitted
7th August Cattle Egret Hilfield Park Res A Steve Murray  
3rd July Golden Oriole Wilstone Res A John Richardson  
1st July Spoonbill Stocker's Lake A Sean Moore  
30th June Little Auk (3) Raffin Green NP    
21st June Hoopoe Hinxworth A   until 26th June
21st May Stone Curlew Baldock to Wallington Road A Clifford Smout until 22nd May
20th May Cattle Egret (2) Tyttenhanger GP A Steve Blake, Rupert Evershed  
10th May White Stork Hilfield Park Res NP   no description submitted
7th May Hooded Crow (2) Aldbury NP   no description submitted
30th April Black Kite Water End nr Brookmans Park NP   no description submitted
22nd April Common Crane (3) Wilstone Res NP   no description submitted
16th April Common Crane Sandridge A Alison Maitland, David Utting  
13th April White Stork Micklefield Hall nr Sarratt A Andy Ryde  
30th March Pink-footed Goose Wilstone Res A Ben Miller until 13th April
29th March Stone Curlew Stanborough GP A Rupert Evershed  
29th March White-tailed Eagle Panshanger Park A Ann Wan  
29th March White-tailed Eagle Whitwell A Rachel Keen  
24th March Green-winged Teal Wilstone Res A Mark Rayment until 5th April
23rd March Honey Buzzard St Albans NP    
23rd March Cattle Egret (max 5) Wilstone Res A Richard Ness, Ian Willaims until 12th May
22nd March Cattle Egret (max 2) Amwell NR A Phil Ball, Barry Reed until 12th April
22nd March Stone Curlew St Albans A Chris Ruis  
8th March Glossy Ibis King's Meads NP   no description submitted
1st March Iceland Gull Reed A Martin Johnson  
27th February Cattle Egret Thorley Wash NP   no description submitted
27th January Serin Woodoaks Farm A Paul Lewis until 23rd March
24th January Glossy Ibis Chess Valley NP   no description submitted
23rd January Cattle Egret Ickleford NP   no description submitted
15th January Cattle Egret (2) Hitchin NP   no description submitted
8th January Iceland Gull Royston NP    
6th January Cattle Egret Bowyer's Water NP   no description submitted
3rd January Snow Bunting Knebworth A Richard Hale  
1st January Green-Winged Teal Wilstone Res A Ben Miller