December 2012

Sun 30 Dec Wilstone: Kittewake in gull roost,Water Pipit (David Bilcock via Lee Evans)
Sun 30 Dec Tringford: 
f Smew (David Bilcock via Lee Evans)
Sat 29 Dec Wilstone:
 Mediterranean Gull in gull roost (David Bilcock via Lee Evans)
Sat 29 Dec Marsworth:
 late pm: Barn owl showing over fields behind res. (Peter Leigh)
Fri 28 Dec Wilstone:
 3 Goldeneye, Snipe, many Teal, Shoveler, Wigeon, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Pochard, fewer Coot, 2 Grey Heron (Keith Evans)
Fri 28 Dec Tringford:
 f Smew (Warren Claydon via Keith Evans)
Thu 27 Dec Wilstone: Water Pipit (Francis Buckle); plus 5 Goldeneye (Samuel Perfect HBC)
Thu 27 Dec Tringford: 
f Smew (Samuel Perfect HBC)
Wed 26 Dec Wilstone: 2 Red Kite, 5 Goldeneye (inc. 2 m), 4 Common Snipe, Little Egret (Jeff Bailey HBC), Marsh Tit (Tony Birch HBC)
 23 Dec Wilstone: 5+ Goldeneyes (inc. 1 M), plus significant increase in no. of Pochard (David Bilcock)
Sun 23 Dec Startopsend: am: f (redhead) Smew (David Bilcock)
Sat 22 Dec Wilstone: f (redhead) Smew (Lee Evans)
Fri 21 Dec Wilstone: pm: 3+ f Goldeneye, 2 Little Grebes and 2 Grey Wagtails (Lucy Flower); f Smew, 3 Common Snipe (Jeff Bailey HBC)
Wed 19 Dec Wilstone: 
5 Red Kite (Jono Forgham HBC)
Mon 17 Dec Wilstone:
 f Smew (found by Steve Rodwell), 9 Great Crested Grebes, 6 Mute Swans, 137 Teal, 12 Gadwall, 122 Wigeon, 58 Shoveler, 158 Tufted Duck, 120 Pochard, 6 Common Goldeneye (1 m), 202 Coot, 46 Lapwing, plus 85 Fieldfare and 71 Starlings in field, 2 Long-tailed Tits nr. car park, plus a Mistle Thrush in cemetery churchyard (Lee Evans); late pm: f Smew (David Hutchinson)
Mon 17 Dec Startopsend: 
5 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Mute Swans, 71 Mallard, 22 Wigeon, 18 Tufted Duck, 1 Pochard, 417 Coot (Lee Evans)
Mon 17 Dec Marsworth:
 2 Little Grebes, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 46 Greylag Geese, 6 Mallard, 11 Shoveler and 8 Moorhens (Lee Evans)
Mon 17 Dec Tringford: 
1 Great Crested Grebe, 11 Cormorants, 2 Mutes (inc the '682' ringed bird), 11 Gadwall, 55 Teal, 15 Tufted Duck, 5 Pochard, 87 Coot, 6 Moorhen, plus 6 Goldfinches and 1 Song Thrush nr. Tringford Farm (Lee Evans)
Sun 16 Dec TWTW: 10 Bullfinch nr. hide (Bill George)
Tue 11 Dec Wilstone: Water Pipit, 2f Goldeneye (Jeff Bailey HBC)
Sun 9 Dec Wilstone: from Tring Ringing Group: Woodcock present, plus Lesser Redpolls, a good number of Goldfinches and a 'new' Marsh Tit (Johne Taylor)
Sun 2 Dec Wilstone: 2 Nuthatches in woods nr. Cemetery corner (inc. one ringed, prob. one ringed there in July per Johne Taylor), plus 2 Redpoll along disused canal (David Hutchinson); from Tring Ringing Group: 8 Lesser Redpolls and 2 Redwings (Johne Taylor); 5 or 6 Goldeneye (inc im), Marsh Tit, Jay and 2 Nuthatches nr. Cemerery corner,plus another Marsh Tit on the path up to the dry cana (Roger Prue)
Sat 1 Dec Wilstone: 4 Great Crested Grebes, 127 Coot, 22 Mute Swans, 32 Mallard, 323 Common Teal, 12 Gadwall, 371 Eurasian Wigeon, 107 Tufted Duck, 38 Northern Pochard, 6 Shoveler, 6 Common Goldeneye (5 f 1 m) , f Goosander, 17 Cormorant roosting, 4 Common Snipe, 2 Pied Wagtails, 1 Fieldfare and 3 Redwings, plus 14 Blackbirds along the footpath beneath the Black Poplars on route to the Drayton bank Hide (Lee Evans)
Sat 1 Dec Startopsend:
 376 Coot, 33 Mallard, 38 Eurasian Wigeon, 22 Tufted Duck, 1 f Northern Pochard and 8 Great Crested Grebes (Lee Evans)
Sat 1 Dec Marsworth: 
90 Shoveler, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Mallard, 1 f Tufted Duck, 4 Moorhens, plus Stock Dove, Fieldfare and Lesser Redpoll over (Lee Evans); late pm: c200 Starlings to roost, 1 Reed Bunting, 20 Pied Wagtails and 58 Corn Buntings, plus Tawny Owl hooting, 3 Water Rails squeeling, Cetti's Warbler chipping, Wren singing, c 3 Sparrowhawks marauding the Starlings, Kingfisher & 2 Grey Wagtail (Lee Evans)
Sat 1 Dec Tringford:
 Mute Swan (ringed '682', originally ringed at Tringford on 08/04/2010, previously seen in St Albans (info. from Mike Reed via Lee Evans); 2 Great Crested Grebe, 134 Coot, 2 Mute Swans (including orange 682), 11 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 27 Gadwall, 51 Common Teal, 37 Tufted Duck and 48 Northern Pochard, plus in wood and fields and hedgerows: 6 Goldfinches, 16 Long-tailed Tits (in two groups), 1 Goldcrest, 5 Siskins, 4 Blackbirds, 6 Blue Tits, 3 Wrens, 3 Magpies, 2 Chaffinch, 3 Great Tits, 2 Dunnocks, 6 Robins, 21 Woodpigeon, 12 Jackdaws, Great Spotted Woodpecke, Song Thrush, 25 Rooks (Lee Evans)

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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