February 2013

Tue 26 Feb Tringford: Shelduck, 7 Red-crested Pochard (4 m) (Jeff Bailey HBC)
Mon 25 Feb Startopsend: Water Pipit (Lee Evans BTR)
Mon 25 Feb Tringford: f Smew, Shellduck, 3Red-crested Pochard (Lee Evans BTR)
Sun 24 Feb Wilstone: Little Egret (Steve Rodwell HBC)
Sat 23 Feb Tringford: 9 Red-crested Pochard (5 m 4 f) (Steve Rodwell HBC)
Wed 20 Feb TWTW: 
Water Rail (J Taylor HBC)
Tue 19 Feb Wilstone: 
Water Pipit, Water Rail and 2 Pied Wagtails, plus in woodland & fields up to dry canal: Jay, Blue and Great Tits, Bullfinch, 8 Chaffinch and 45 Fieldfare (Lee Evans); Grey Wagtail, 3 f-type Goldeneyes (Jeff Bailey HBC)
Tue 19 Feb Tringford: 
5 Red-crested Pochards (3 m 2 f), f Smew, 58 Common Teal, plus m Song Thrush singing, numerous Rooks re-building nests, a charm of 12 Goldfinches was adjacent gardens (Lee Evans)
Mon 18 Feb Wilstone: 2 (pair) Pintail (Ian Williams via Lee Evans); f (redhead) Goosander, 5 f Common Goldeneye, 53 Shoveler (Lee Evans); Mediterranean Gull in gull roost (almost in breeding plumage) (David Bilcock)
Mon 18 Feb Startopsend: Grey Wagtail (Nick Goss HBC)
Mon 18 Feb Marsworth:
 late pm: adult Whooper Swan over, Kingfisher, 118 Corn Buntings to roost, 8 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Little Grebe and 22 Northern Pochard, c 5 Water Rails squealing, Barn Owl hunting over the back field, Bittern (Lee Evans with Steve Rodwell and others); Woodcock (Steve Rodwell HBC) 
Sat 16 Feb Wilstone:
 late pm: Mediterranean gull in gull roost, f Goosander (David Bilcock); plus Golden Plover (Steve Rodwell HBC)
Sat 16 Feb Tringford: f Smew, 5 Red-crested Pochard (3 m 2 f) (Steve Rodwell HBC)
Fri 15 Feb Wilstone: late pm: Mediterranean gull in gull roost (David Bilcock)
Fri 15 Feb Tringford: 5 Red-crested Pochard (3 m 2 f), f Smew (Chris Young HBC)
Sun 10 Feb Wilstone:
 early am: 3 Little Egrets (David Bilcock); 3 f Goldeneye (David Hutchinson); f Goosander (Johne Taylor); plus 4 Goldeneye (Steve Rodwell HBC); 2nd-winter Mediterranean Gull (David Bilcock BTR)
Sun 10 Feb Marsworth: 5 Red-crested Pochards, at least 2 Bitterns (Lee Evans BTR)
Sun 10 Feb Tringford: f Smew, 5 Red-crested Pochard (3m 2f) (David Hutchinson)
Sat 9 Feb Wilstone:
 am: m Ring-necked Duck hybrid (showing classic grey flanks with white at front and obvious white sub terminal band to bill but head shape all wrong and slight tuft points towards a Tufted Duck cross) (David Bilcock)
Fri 8 Feb Wilstone: Water Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Marsh Tit, 2+ Goldeneye (both f) (Martin Johnson HBC), m Goosander (Derek Girvan HBC)
Fri 8 Feb Marsworth:
 late pm: 65 Corn Buntings to roost, c13 Water Rails, Kingfisher plus a large flock of Wood Pigeons (Mike Nott)
Thu 7 Feb Wilstone: 
late am: Water Pipit nr.jetty (Wendy Hatton HBC)
Wed 6 Feb Wilstone: Mediterranean Gull in roost (Steve Rodwell HBC), 70 Fieldfare in field behind jetty, Water Pipit nr. jetty, Goosander, 4 Goldeneye (all f), 2 Red Kite (Jeff Bailey HBC)
Sun 3 Feb Wilstone:
 early am: Bittern in reedbed, Water Rail (Johne Taylor); f Goosander, Redpoll (David Hutchinson); late pm: Bittern (David Bilcock); 2 Marsh Tit (one seen one heard in woods on N corner), Grey Wagtail nr. reeds in N corner (Tony Birch HBC)
Sat 2 Feb Marsworth: late pm: 3 Bitterns (David Bilcock)
Fri 1 Feb Wilstone:
 5 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Mute Swans, 8 Greylag Geese, 19 Mallard, 213 Wigeon, 52 Teal, 14 Gadwall, 66 Shoveler, 173 Tufted Duck, 191 Pochard, 5 Common Goldeneye (1 m), 1 Little Grebe and 215 Coot, plus in gull roost: just over 3,000 Black-headed Gulls, 76 Common Gulls, 1 adult Lesser Black-backed Gull and 1 Mediterranean Gull(Lee Evans)
Fri 1 Feb Startopsend:
 54 Greylag Geese, 1 Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron, 11 Mallard, 73 Tufted Duck, 15 Pochard and 193 Coot (Lee Evans) 
Fri 1 Feb Marsworth: 
1 Little Grebe, 8 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 1 m Pochard and 5 Red-crested Pochards, plus in woodland: 2 Blue Tits, a singing Robin and Blackbird, and late pm: 3 Bitterns, Barn Owl, 4 Water Rails (Lee Evans)
Fri 1 Feb Tringford: f Smew, 8 Cormorants, 2 Mute Swans, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Common Teal, 6 Gadwall, 12 Mallard, 9 Tufted Duck, 8 Moorhen and 86 Coot (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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