Monday, 26 January 2009


Below is a summary of some notable HERTFORDSHIRE sightings not previously broadcast during the period 15-25 January 2009

LITTLE EGRET: 1 in Cassiobury Park on 17th (P Baxter), with another on the River Gade just N of Great Gaddesden on 17th (Andy Whitney) and two long-staying birds at Scotsbridge Mill from 17th-25th. There was 1 at Otterspool on 18th (C Everett), 3 at Lemsford Springs on 18th (L Massey), 1 at Boxmoor on 22nd
**EURASIAN BITTERN: one was seen at Tyttenhanger GP on 21st-22nd (P Baxter)
Egyptian Goose: 2 at Stockers Lake on 17th with 1 to 20th
COMMON SHELDUCK: 4 at Tyttenhanger GP on 22nd.
GOOSANDER: 3 on Batchworth Lake on 17th (1 drake) (Geoff Lapworth)
PEREGRINE: noted at Tyttenhanger GP on 17th (Steve Blake) and on Southgate House, Stevenage, on 20th-21st. The latter is an escape from captivity.
GREY PARTRIDGE: 3 at Leatherfield Common, Benington, on 17th (A Ford)
GREEN SANDPIPER: the Scotsbridge Mill bird remained until at least 25th, with another on Stevenage Brook on 19th
*MEDITERRANEAN GULL: a first-winter visited Fairlands Lake, Stevenage, briefly on 18th (Mark Gurney)
LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER: male in Maple Cross garden on 17th (Neil Bessant)
**SHORT-EARED OWL: one hunting at dusk at Therfield Heath on 22nd (M Johnson)
COMMON STONECHAT: the male remained at Woodoaks Farm, Maple Cross, until at least 25th (Geoff Lapworth)
BLACKCAP: single males in Leverstock Green and Bricket Wood gardens, with 2 in Hatfield Garden Village
Lesser Redpoll: 1 in Cassiobury Park on 17th (very scarce this winter)

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