Wednesday, 24 June 2009


NORTHERN SHOVELER: excellent breeding record - female with 9 ducklings at Kings Mead on 4 June (Alan Reynolds)

NORTHERN POCHARD: female with 5 ducklings at Kings Mead on 4 June (Alan Reynolds)

MONTAGU'S HARRIER: a ringtail flew south over the A505 towards Sandon village on 10 May and a male was seen near Wallington in mid June.

GREEN SANDPIPER: the first returning bird was noted at Tyttenhanger GP on 13 June (Steve Pearce)

BLACK TERN: adult at Wilstone and Marsworth Reservoirs, Tring, on 1 June, with another on Wilstone on 3 June (Jeff Bailey) and a further over Stanborough South Lake on 13 June (P. Thornley)

EUROPEAN TURTLE DOVE: following the singing male present in Ayot St Lawrence from 3-30 May (many observers) and others at Datchworth village green from 10-16 May (M. Craig), Hatchpen Farm, Reed, on 15 May (M. Johnson), Kettle Green, Much Hadham, on 21 May (M. Baverstock), near Larkins Wood, Whempstead, on 24 May (David Booth), Amwell NR on 25 May (Jan Van Steenis), 2 near Rivers Hospital, Sawbridgeworth, on 28 May and in flight over Lilley on 29 May and Batford on 30 May (both Mike Russell), a further 10 were recorded in June - an impressive four birds around Bygrave village on 1st (R. Broadie), another flyover at East Hyde on 6 June (Mike Russell), a 'purring' male at Datchworth Green on 9 June (D. Beynon), a singing male at Bovingdon Brickpits from 14-17 June (LGRE), one on wires NW of Hilfield Farm, Aldenham, on 14 June (Jack Fearnside), Datchworth again on 17 June (K. Hornby) and at How Wood, St Albans, on 19 June (C. Byrne).

There is also a report of a TREE PIPIT at 'Hatfield' on 13 June. Does anyone have any details of this record? I do not have any acceptable records of this species in Herts in 2009.

Also noticeable dearth of SPOTTED FLYCATCHER records in the county: I haven't seen one yet despite a lot of trying. Can you kindly email me ALL records of this species so that I can detail the precarious position this species currently holds in the county.

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