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 18 October 2021. 

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
17 November Red-breasted Merganser Tyttenhanger GPs A Ricky Flesher Finders Ricky Flesher and Steve Blake
29 October Yellow-browed Warbler Tring A Roy Hargreaves  
2 October Gannet Hatfield A Graham Knight  
29 September Yellow-browed Warbler Wilstone Reservoir A Ian Williams  
26 September Woodlark Heartwood Forest A Rupert Evershed  
18 September Pallid Harrier Therfield A Stuart Cossey Present until 10 October at least
18 September Black Kite Tyttenhanger GPs NP    
15 September Red-footed Falcon Benington A Paul Roper  
7 September Spotted Crake Wilstone Reservoir A Roy Hargreaves Initially one bird, joined by a second
13 June Spoonbill Rye Meads A RMRG/Partnership  
3 June Honey Buzzard Weston NP    
22 May Spoonbill Tyttenhanger GPs A Steve Blake  
21 May Spoonbill Amwell NR A Barry Reed Finder was William Last
13 May Pink-footed Goose Amwell NR A Barry Reed  
8 May Common Crane Hertford NP    
2 May Hoopoe Lemsford A Simon West  
28 April Stone Curlew Norton Green A Alan Ford  
28 April Red-rumped Swallow Nazeing GP into Herts A Adam Wilson  
23 April Common Crane Wilstone Reservoir A Mark Rayment  
16 April Penduline Tit Tyttenhanger GPs A Steve Blake Also present on 17th, Rupert Evershed
15 April Glaucous Gull Hilfield Park Reservoir A Steve Murray  
14 April Goshawk Rye Meads A D Spensley  
8 April Arctic Skua Amwell NR A Barry Reed  
3 April Red-breasted Merganser Amwell NR A Barry Reed 3 birds
1 April White Stork Norton Green A Tom Speller Assumed to be of captive origin due to presence of a black ring above the left knee
21 March Pink-footed Goose Amwell NR A Alan Ford  
4 February Goshawk Hartham NP