April 2013

Mon 29 Apr Wilstone: early am: Wood Warbler singing by the hide, summer-plumaged Dunlin (Roy Hargreaves)
Wood Warbler at Wilstone by Peter Brazier
Mon 29 Apr Marsworth: early am: Black Tern with Common Terns (Roy Hargreaves)
Sun 28 Apr Wilstone: early am: Grasshopper Warbler nr. Rushy Meadow (Ian Williams via Roy Hargreaves); am: f Marsh Harrier, many Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler, plus Blackcaps,Whitethroat, Sedge Warblers, Reed Warblers and Reed Buntings, 2 Cuckoos and several Kites, plus many Swifts (Johne Taylor); 2 Hobby (Charlie Jackson)
Sat 27 Apr Wilstone:
 early am: Sandwich Tern (briefly), m Whinchat (also briefly), m Blue-headed Wagtail, 7 Yellow Wagtails, 2+ Common Sandpipers, 5+ Swifts with other hirundines, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, several Willow Warblers and numerous Whitethroats (Roy Hargreaves); Blue-headed Wagtail, Sandwich Tern, Whinchat, briefly, 8 Yellow Wagtail (Steve Rodwell HBC)
Sat 27 Apr Startopsend: 
18 Yellow Wagtail (Steve Rodwell HBC)
Fri 26 Apr Wilstone:
 Oystercatcher (Anna Marett/Joan Thompson HBC), Wheatear (Richard Ness HBC), f Whinchat (Steve Rodwell HBC)
Fri 26 Apr Startopsend: 
21 Common Tern, 2 Yellow Wagtail (Jeff Bailey HBC)
Thu 25 Apr Wilstone:
 early am: summer-plumaged Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Egrets, Cuckoo singing, Lesser Whitethroat along Dry Canal, 2 Wheatears (one nr. Cemetery Corner, one along Dry Canal), Shelduck over, 2 Swifts with the Hirundines (Roy Hargreaves); plus Oystercatcher (Charlie Jackson)
Thu 25 Apr Startopsend:
 early am: 2 Oystercatchers (very mobile!), 2 Shelduck (Roy Hargreaves) ; late pm: 3 Black Terns (Ben Miller); plus c. 25 Common Terns, Peregrine, 4 Yellow Wagtails, 3 Swifts (Charlie Jackson)
Thu 25 Apr Marsworth:
 early am: Cuckoo (Roy Hargreaves); plus 2 Swifts with a few Hirundines, Shelduck over, Cetti's Warbler calling, plus reed bed now noisy with Reed Warblers (Charklie Jackson)
Wed 24 Apr Wilstone:
 late pm:f Redstart in meadow behind the hide (Ian Williams)
Wed 24 Apr Startopsend:
 2 Swifts, 6 Red-crested Pochards, Lesser Whitethroat & Cetti's and other Warblers singing (Ben Miller)
Wed 24 Apr Marsworth: 4 Swift, 11 Common Tern (Martin Parr HBC)
Tue 23 Apr Wilstone:
 early am: Whimbrel over (David Bilcock via Roy Hargreaves), Swift with the hirundines, Cuckoo and Yellow Wagtail over The small ressies were uneventful with two Shelduck on Tringford and a third Shelduck flew over Marsworth and the six Red-crested Pochards (Roy Hargreaves)
Tue 23 Apr Startopsend:
 early am: 6 Red-crested Pochards (Roy Hargreaves)
Tue 23Aprr Marsworth:
 early am: Shelduck over (Roy Hargreaves)
Tue 23 Apr Tringford:
 early am: 2 Shelduck (Roy Hargreaves)
Sun 21 Apr Wilstone:
 9 Sedge Warblers, plus Willow Warbelrs ,Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps (Johne Taylor); 2 Shelduck, 2 Oystercatcher (Steve Rodwell HBC) 
Sun 21 Apr Marsworth:
 early am: Sedge Warble, Whitethroat, many Chiffchaff, Cuckoo calling (at 05:30) and reedbed alive with Reed Warbler song (Lynne Lambert); 2 Redshank (Steve Rodwell HBC)
Sat 20 Apr Wilstone:
 early am: Cuckoo, 1+ Oystercatchers, several Yellow Wagtails over, 2 Buzzards, plus 4 Whitethroats along Dry Canal, 50+ Linnets inadj. fields (Roy Hargreaves)
Sat 20 Apr Startopsend: early am: Oystercatcher (Roy Hargreaves); late pm: good numbers of Yellow Wagtails on banks of res. (Roy Hargreaves); am: 1+ Arctic Tern (Charlie Jackson); 6 Red-crested Pochard (3 pairs), 2 Arctic Tern (Mike Wallen/Ted Wallen HBC)
Sat 20 Apr Marsworth: early am: Cetti’s, Reed & Sedge Warblers singing, Whitethroat, Cuckoo heard (Roy Hargreaves); am: plus numerous Blackcaps, Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs, Yellow Wagtail over, 2 Oystercatchers, Water Rail, Kingfisher (Charlie Jackson)
Fri 19 Apr Wilstone:
 early am: 3 Common Sandpipers, 5 Yellow Wagtails and 100s of Hirundines (Roy Hargreaves); late pm: Barn owl in meadow by hide (Richard Bennett)
Fri 19 Apr Startopsend:
 early am: 4+ Arctic Terns, 6 or 7 Yellow Wagtails (Roy Hargreaves); 5 Arctic Tern (Mike Wallen HBC)
Artic Tern over Startopsend Reservoir by Dave Hutchinson

Fri 19 Apr Marsworth: early am: Sedge Warblers, reed Warblers & Cetti's Warbler singing, 6 Red-crested Pochard (Roy Hargreaves)
Thu 18 Apr Startopsend/Marsworth:
 mid pm: 2 Arctic Terns, Blue-headed Wagtaill with 8+ Yellow Wagtails (Adam Bassett)
Wed 17 Apr Wilstone:
 early am: 2 Little Egrets (Roy Hargreaves)
Wed 17 Apr Startopsend: early am: 5 Red-crested Pochard, Little Egret over, Yellow Wagtail nr. paddocks over canal, plus several Arctic Terns mobile over all three smaller reservoir (Roy Hargreaves); mid am: Blue-headed Wagtail, 7 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Arctic Terns (Lucy Flower and others)
Wed 17 Apr Marsworth: mid am: Blue-headed Wagtail (same as Startopsend), White Wagtail, c 6 Yellow Wagtail, Water Pipit (Charlie Jackson)
Wed 17 Apr Tringford: early am: 2 Shelduck (Roy Hargreaves)
Tue 16 Apr Startopsend: 2 Red-crested Pochard, 22 Common Tern, 4 Arctic Tern, 2 Curlew over (Lee Evans); late pm: 7 Arctic Terns (also over Marsworth), 7 Yellow Wagtailsl in hedge across canal, Oystercatcher over (Charlie Jackson), Blue-headed type Wagtail (Steve Rodwell via Charlie Jackson)
Tue 16 Apr Marsworth: 
2 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Willow Warbler, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Blackcap, Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, 16 Common Tern, 4 House Martin, m Red-crested Pochard (Lee Evans); late pm: Kingfisher (Charlie Jackson)
Mon 15 Apr Wilstone: early am: Cuckoo heard, many Hirundines, particularly House Martins (Roy Hargreaves); 9 Willow Warblers,7 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps (Johne Taylor); late pm: 3+ Reed Warblers (Lee Evans)
Mon 15 Apr Startopsend: am: 6 Shelduck (prob. from College Lake) (Charlie Jackson); 18+ Common Tern (Wendy Hatton & Terry Corcoran HBC), Yellow Wagtail (Wendy Hatton HBC)
Mon 15 Apr Marsworth: am: Reed Warbler, 5 Common Terns, c10 Sand Martins, 3 House Martins, 1 Water Rail, 2 Kingfishers, 1 Cetti's Warbler, plus Reed Buntings, Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers and at least 4 Blackcaps (2 pairs) (Lucy Flower); early pm: 3 Ringed Plover over (Peter Brazier); 3 Common Sandpiper, 5+ House Martin (Wendy Hatton & Terry Corcoran HBC), Cuckoo (Jim Middleton HBC)

Reed Warbler in the Marsworth Reed Bed by Peter Brazier

Mon 15 Apr Tringford: Wheatear in field nr. end of Wendover Arm (Jim Middleton HBC)
Sun 14 Apr Startopsend: 2 Yellow Wagtail (Mike Wallen/Ted Wallen HBC), 2 Red-crested Pochard (Duncan Hilliard HBC)
Sun 14 Apr Marsworth: am: Cetti's Warbler, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff all singing, 2 m Blackcaps, 9 Common Terns (Lucy Flower)
Sat 13 Apr Wilstone:
 early am: 1+ Common Sandpipers and 3 Common Terns along with Blackcap, Willow Warblers, a good number of Chiffchaffs, 3 Little Egrets and a Nuthatch (Roy Hargreaves); plus 4 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Common Terns (Charlie Jackson); White Wagtail (Steve Rodwell via Charlie Jackson also HBC); 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Mandarin, 3 Common Tern, Common Sandpiper (Laurence Drummond HBC)
Sat 13 Apr Startopsend: early am: all three common Hirundines (Swallows, Sand & House Martins), 2+ Red-crested Pochard (Roy Hargreaves); am: 1 Yellow Wagtail, m Reed Bunting, 40+ Hirundines, a mix of Swallows, Sand & House Martins (Lucy Flower); 6 Common terns (Charlie Jackson)
Sat 13 Apr Marsworth: early am: 4 Common Terns, Cetti's Warbler singing, 2 Water Rails (Roy Hargreaves): am: 3 Water Rails, c15 Hirundines, mostly Swallows with some Sand & House Martins, 2 Common Terns, 2 Common Redshank, plus Great Crested Grebes displaying (Lucy Flower); plus 2 Grey Wagtail (Mike Wallen/Ted Wallen HBC), 5 Common Tern (G.Hinton HBC)

Water Rail in the Marsworth Reeds by Peter Brazier

Sat 13 Apr Tringford: early am: pair of Red-crested Pochard (Roy Hargreaves)
Fri 12 Apr Wilstone: early am: several Sand Martins with 2+ Swallows and 1 House Martin, Water Pipit, Yellow Wagtail (Roy Hargreaves); 5 male Yellow Wagtails (FrancisBuckle); 2 Red Kite, 2 Common Tern), 7 Yellow Wagtail (Martin Johnson HBC), 8 House Martin, 24 Swallow, 2 Osprey over (one at 1113, one at 0920), 34 Sand Martin (Lee Evans HBC), Peregrine Falcon (Steve Rodwell HBC)
Fri 12 Apr Startopsend: early am: c.20 Sand Martins, 3 Swallows, 2 (pair) Red-crested Pochard (Roy Hargreaves); 2 Common Tern, 60 Swallow, 2 Grey Wagtail, 15 House Martin, 4 Redshank, Willow Warbler, 2 Water Pipit, 7 Chiffchaff, 90 Sand Martin (Lee Evans HBC), plus Yellow Wagtail (Martin Johnson HBC)
Fri 12 Apr Marsworth: 2 Common Tern, c5 Sand Martin, 3 Water Rail, 2 Redshank, c10 Swallow, c4 House Martin (Lucy Flower HBC), 4 Water Rail (Lee Evans HBC)
Fri 12 Apr Tringford: early am: 4 (two pairs) Red-crested Pochard (Roy Hargreaves); 6 Red-crested Pochard (Lee Evans HBC)
Thu 11 Apr Wilstone: Water Pipit, a flock of 8+ Swallows and 20+ Sand Martins (Lee Evans)
Thu 11 Apr Startopsend: Water Pipit and 5 Red-crested Pochards (3m) (Lee Evans); late pm: 1 Wheatear, 40 various Hirundines, 2 Mandarin (Steve Rodwell via Lee Evans)
Thu 11 Apr Marsworth: Water Rail and 2 Redshank (Lee Evans)
Wed 10 Apr Wilstone: 1 Yellow Wagtail, m Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 28 Sand Martins, 3+ Swallows, 12 Red Kites, 8 Common Buzzards, 3 Kestrels, Sparrowhawk, 2 Mute Swans, 27 Greylag Geese, 70 Wigeon, 88 Shoveler, 116 Tufted Duck, 9 Pochard, 12 Great Crested Grebe and 11 Cormorants, 90+ Black-headed Gulls, 25 Common Gulls and 7 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, m Song Thrush, 4 Linnets through, plus 1+ Yellowhammers along the Dry Canal (Lee Evans); pm: Wheatear, Common Gull, 6+ Swallows, 20+Sand Martin and Kingfisher (Doug Helsby)

Red Kite over Rushy Meadow by Peter Brazier

Wed 10 Apr Startopsend: 4 Redshank, 2 Water Pipits, 2 Grey Wagtails, 8 Sand Martins, 2 Swallows, 5 Great Crested Grebes,7 Wigeon, Mistle Thrush (Lee Evans)
Tue 9 Apr Wilstone: Water Pipit, Common Tern (Roy Hargreaves); Little Gull (Steve Rodwell via Rob Andrews); am: 31 Common Gulls through, 1 House Martin, 83 Shoveler (Lee Evans)
Tue 9 Apr Startopsend: 
Water Pipit (Roy Hargreaves); 2 Water Pipits, Meadow Pipit, White Wagtail, 4 Sand Martins, Swallow, 6 Red-crested Pochards, 2 Redshank, 9 Wigeon, 2 Grey Wagtails, 4 Pied Wagtails and 4 Chiffchaffs (Lee Evans)
Tue 9 Apr Startopsend/Marsworth:
 several Sand Martins and Swallows, 2 Redshank, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Gull (Peter Brazier)
Tue 9 Apr Marsworth: 3 Mute Swans (1 on adjacent canal), 8 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Common Tern, plus Dunnock, Chaffinch and singing m Great Tit (Lee Evans)
Tue 9 Apr Tringford: m Siskin, Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swans (Lee Evans)
Mon 8 Apr Wilstone:
 Water Pipit, Rock Pipit (Roy Hargreaves); adult Mediterranean Gull in gull roost (David Bilcock/Steve Rodwell via Lee Evans)
Mon 8 Apr Startopsend:
 Water Pipit (Roy Hargreaves); 2 Water Pipits, 4 Grey Wagtails, several Pied Wagtails, 1 Redshank (Lucy Flower)
Mon 8 Apr Marsworth: Water Rail, Swallow, 2-3 Kingfishers, singing Chiffchaff (Lucy Flower)
Sun 7 Apr Wilstone:
 40 Redwings (Lee Evans); Rock Pipit (briefly) and 2 Sand Martins (David Bilcock/Steve Rodwell via Lee Evans)
Sun 7 Apr Marsworth: 2 Kingfishers, Chiffchaff, 6 Redwing, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Water Rail, Goldcrest, 2 Mistle Thrush (M Holt) 
Sat 6 Apr Wilstone: 
Water Pipit, 4 Little Egrets, 2 Nuthatches, Little Ringed Plover heard but not seen, 2 Chiffchaffs singing (Roy Hargreaves); 2 Kittiwakes and a Meiterannean Gull through (Steve Rodwell via Roy Hargreaves); plus 38 Common Gulls, 216 Black-headed Gulls, 85 Fieldfares and 5 singing male Chaffinches (Lee Evans)
Sat 6 Apr Startops: 2 Redshank and 6 Red-crested Pochard (Roy Hargreaves); plus 16 Coot, 15 Wigeon, 89 Tufted Duck, 3 Northern Pochard, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 7 Common Gull and 2 Grey Wagtails, 1 Sand Martin, plus on adjacent Canal: a Grey Heron and 2 colour-ringed Mute Swans (4ACO and 4ACK) (Lee Evans)
Sat 6 Apr Marsworth:
 Cetti’s Warbler singing, Water Rai, plus 2 Golden Plover seen distantly – probably over College Lake (Roy Hargreaves); plus 9 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Coot and 2 adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls, with 2 Water Rails, 2 (pair) Kingfishers, a singing m Reed Bunting , Chiffchaff (Lee Evans)
Sat 6 Apr Tringford: Sand Martin, 6 Red-crested Pochards (Roy Hargreaves); plus 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swans and 40 Coot (Lee Evans)
Fri 5 Apr Wilstone:
 Water Pipit, 1st-winter Mediterannean Gull, 3 Little Egrets, a moulting Golden Plover (Roy Hargreaves)
Fri 5 Apr Startopsend: had 3 Redshank and a pair of Red-crested Pochard (Roy Hargreaves); plus Water Pipit, Meadow Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail (initially seen on Marsworth), 5+ Pied Wagtails and a Redshank (Lucy Flower)
Fri 5 Apr Marsworth: had a male Goosander and a pair of Red-crested Pochard (Roy Hargreaves)
Fri 5 Apr Tringford: had a male Red-crested Pochard (Roy Hargreaves); Sand Martin and 6 Red-crested Pochards (Lucy Flower)
Wed 3 Apr Marsworth: 
m Goosander (Jeff Bailey HBC)
Wed 3 Apr Tringford: Sand Martin (Gordon Gentry HBC)
Tue 2 Apr Wilstone:
 early am: Water Pipit, 5 Little Egrets (Roy Hargreaves); Woodcock (P Barritt HBC), Mediterranean Gull (1st-winter) in gull roost (Steve Rodwell HBC)
Tue 2 Apr Startopsend:
 early am: 6 Red-crested Pochard (from Tringford), 2 Redshank (poss. from College Lake (Roy Hargreaves); Rock Pipit (Phil Harrison HBC), Wheatear, Water Pipit (Lucy Flower HBC), 2 Grey Wagtail (Kevin Taylor HBC)
Tue 2 Apr Marsworth: 
early am: m Goosander, Cetti’s Warbler singings (Roy Hargreaves)
Mon 1 Apr Wilstone: am: 3 Dunlin, m Goosander, Sand Martin (Steve Rodwell/David Bilcock via Lee Evans); early pm: Raven, m Greenfinch (Lee Evans)
Mon 1 Apr Startopsend: pm: Water Pipit (Lee Evans)Water Rail in reeds (Derek Holt HBC)
Mon 1 Apr Marsworth: 2 Mistle Thrush, Grey Wagtail, Wheatear (Derek Holt HBC)
Mon 1 Apr Tringford: Sand Martin (prob from Wilstone), 3 Chiffchaffs, 5 Red-crested Pochard (Lee Evans); 6 Red-crested Pochard, 3m 3f (Derek Holt HBC)


For other bird sightings in the area please visit Herts Bird Club. for whom we than for many of the sightings listed here.
Please visit Lee Evans' website Birding Tring Reservoirs which looks at the reservoirs and other local sites, including the surrounding hills. 

For information about other wildlife see Hertfordshire Natural History Society.

(Abbreviations: HBC Herts Bird Club, BBC Bucks Bird Club, BBYG Bucksbirders Yahoo Group, HBYG Hertsbirding Yahoo Group, BTRYG BirdingTringReservoirs Yahoo Group, TWTW is FoTR's Tring Water Treatment Works site.

And, please note that unless a reported sighting is clearly a mistake, we try to post them without too much delay. Therefore many of these sightings are unchecked. Please bear this in mind when checking sightings above and if appropriate, please send further corroborative records or any other information you may have.

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