The Hertfordshire Bird Report 2019 was published and circulated to HNHS/Bird Club members in November 2020 (Transactions of the Hertfordshire Natural History Society, Vol. 52 (2), pp. 89-176.)

The report reviews each of the 198 species recorded in Hertfordshire in 2019 (up five from 2018) including Little Bittern, White-tailed Eagle, Melodious Warbler and Richard's Pipit. There is also news of a belatedly accepted 'first' for the county: a Falcated Duck seen at Wilstone Reservoir in 1999. 

Thanks go to everyone who contributed to the report not least  880 observers who submitted records.

Copies are classed as a benefit of Herts Bird Club or full HNHS membership. Non-members interested in obtaining a copy should contact the HNHS Secretary.


Editorial (Clifford Smout)

Guidelines for observers –  a checklist of the birds of Hertfordshire

Review of the year (Clifford Smout)

Systematic list 

Brent Goose to Egyptian Goose (Vicky Buckel)
Shelduck to Scaup (Clifford Smout)
Eider to Cormorant (David Booth)
Osprey to Common Buzzard (Roy Hargreaves)
Water Rail to Bar-tailed Godwit (Martin Searle)
Turnstone to Greenshank (Dan Fletcher)
Kittiwake to Great Skua (Tom Speller)
Feral Pigeon to Hoopoe (Phil Butson)
Woodpeckers (Ken Smith)
Kestrel to Ring-necked Parakeet (John Yates)
Crows (Graham Knight)
Waxwing to House Martin (Steve Hughes)
Cetti's Warbler to Garden Warbler  (Peter Tallantire)
Lesser Whitethroat to Starling (John Yates)
Ring Ouzel to Dipper (Paul Lewis)
House Sparrow to Dunnock (Peter Delaloye)

Wagtails and Pipits (Tony Blake)
Finches and buntings (Murray Orchard)


Errors and omissions

Appendix 1 – WeBS counts for Hertfordshire in 2019 (Cath Patrick)

Appendix 2  – Records relating to birds considered to be of captive origin (Clifford Smout)

Herts Rare Birds Panel Report (Mike Ilett)

List of Observers

A survey of Marsh Tits in West Hertfordshire (Colin Everett)

Bird ringing in Hertfordshire in 2019 (Lynne Lambert)

Falcated Duck Mareca falcata Wilstone Reservoir 13-20 January 1999 – a belated first for Hertfordshire (Graham White)

The Breeding Bird Survey in Hertfordshire in 2019 (Martin Ketcher)

The BTO Garden BirdWatch in Hertfordshire in 2019 (Philip Butson)

Geoffrey Malcolm Lapworth (1946-2020) (Paul Lewis)

Toby Spall (1954-2020) (Roger Emmens)

Herts Bird Photo of the Year competition 2019 (Tom Speller)

Herts Bird Club committee and contacts