Friday, 16 January 2009


The Story So Far in 2009.....a summary of Ornithological Sightings not previously documented here

EURASIAN BITTERN: 1 at Rye Meads RSPB on 12th
LITTLE EGRET: 2 at Scotsbridge Mill on 4th-14th (Geoff Lapworth et al) with 1 at Lemsford Springs on 9th, 2 at Digswell Meadow on 10th (David Booth), 5 flying south over Hunton Bridge on 11th and 1 at Redbourne on 14th
EGYPTIAN GOOSE: 1 at Amwell on 14th (David Booth)
Red-crested Pochard: female at Amwell NR on 4th
GOOSANDER: redhead at Amwell NR on 4th (David Booth), male at Batchworth Lake on 9th (Geoff Lapworth), 4 (2 drakes) at Stockers Lake on 10th and 3 drakes at Batchworth on 15th
RUDDY DUCK: drake on King's Langley Lake on 1st-11th January (Colin Everett)
COMMON SHELDUCK: 3 at Amwell NR on 1st - Clifford Smout, with 4 at Rye Meads on 12th
PEREGRINE: 1 at Rye Meads on 12th
European Golden Plover: 130 opposite Stevenage Crematorium on 3rd, 30+ at Oaklands, St Albans on 7th, 16 in Coopers Green Lane on 8th, 32 at Woodoaks Farm on 8th-15th, 125 over Hatfield Garden Village on 11th
GREEN SANDPIPER: 2 at Lemsford Springs on 3rd, increasing to 4 on 4th and 6 on 9th, with another at Scotsbridge Mill on 5th-8th (JT, GL) and 1 at Rye Meads on 12th
*JACK SNIPE: trapped and ringed at Lemsford Springs on 4th January (L. Massey) with it or another on 7th & 11th (Paul Moss)
Common Gull: 90 on pasture in King's Langley on 1st (Colin Everett)
*SHORT-EARED OWL: 1 still at Beech Farm/Hatfield Disused Aerodrome on 3rd
Barn Owl: in tree by road above Bridgefoot Farm, Hadham Ford. on 6th
Pied Wagtail: 170 roosted in Wigmores North outside Putterills Estate Agents shop on 6th (David Booth)
Eurasian Skylark: up to 180 in Barnes Lane stubble field, Chipperfield on 1st-11th (Colin Everett)
Common Stonechat: 2 at Beech Farm on 3rd-8th, with long-staying female at Batford from 1st-15th, near Park Wood, Chiswell Green, on 7th, male at Woodoaks Farm on 9th (with a pair there on 10th-15th)
CETTI'S WARBLER: 1-3 at Amwell NR from 1st-15th
Blackcap: male in Bricket Wood garden on 3rd, with 2 in a Stevenage garden on 4th, 1 at Parsonage Farm, King's Langley on 4th, female in Oxhey Hall garden on 9th, male in Garston garden on 10th
Common Chiffchaff: 12+ along River Colne on 11th
TREE SPARROW: 4 at Tyttenhanger Farm on 8th, with 14 counted on 9th and 6 on 12th, 5 in North Mymms Park on 10th
Brambling: 2 males in Hatfield Garden Village garden on 9th
Siskin: 35 at Bourne End on 1st (Colin Everett), 3 at Lemsford Springs on 3rd (with 40+ there on 7th), 15 in Ebury Way, Watford, on 6th, 50 at Croxley Common Moor on 7th (GL), 60-100 in Colney Heath on 7th & 12th, 3 in Oakmere Park, Potters Bar, on 9th, 50+ at Stanborough Lakes on 9th, 100+ in Cassiobury Park on 10th
CORN BUNTING: 21 at Hatchpen Farm, near Reed, on 2nd January (Mike Johnson)
Yellowhammer: 16 at Parsonage Farm, King's Langley, on 4th (Colin Everett), 50+ at Tyttenhanger Farm on 9th (B Haines)

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