January 2013

Sun 27 Jan Wilstone: Little Egret (Steve Rodwell HBC)
Sun 27 Jan Tringford: f Smew (Steve Rodwell HBC)
Sat 26 Jan Startopsend: Water Pipit (Nick Goss/Jill Goss HBC), 5 Goldeneye (inc 1 m) (Steve Rodwell HBC)
Sat 26 Jan Marsworth:
 2 Bittern (at 5.00pm, one roosting half way up reeds 15 metres from path, second flying low at back before plunging into reeds, 80 + Corn Buntings to roost in reeds (Alan Corner HBC), Kingfisher (Nick Goss/Jill Goss HBC), 3 Water Rail (Steve Rodwell HBC)
Mon 21 Jan Marsworth: 2 Bittern, Barn Owl (Steve Rodwell HBC)
Sun 20 Jan Wilstone: Woodcock (Steve Rodwell HBC)
Sat 19 Jan Marsworth:
 Barn Owl behind reedbed (Derek Holt HBC), 17 Waxwing over (Rob Andrews HBC)
Sat 19 Jan Tringford: 
2 Lesser Redpoll with 50+ Siskins, Woodcock, f Smew (Rob Andrews HBC)
Sat 19 Jan Wilstone: Mediterranean Gull (first-winter) in gull roost (Steve Rodwell HBC)
Wed 16 Jan Marsworth: 
Kingfisher on reeds (I Batten HBC)
Tue 15 Jan Marsworth:
 late pm: 2 Bittern, Barn Owl, 4 Water Rail, 229 Corn Bunting (Lee Evans & HBC)
Mon 14 Jan Marsworth: 
Bittern (flew from reeds near cut area on S side at dusk and landed in usual area on E side), 5+ Water Rail (with others calling), Kingfisher, Egyptian Goose (flew in after dusk), 205 Corn Bunting to roost at 16.30hrs (Rob Andrews HBC)
Sun 13 Jan Wilstone:
 Water Pipit (David Hutchinson)
Fri 11 Jan Wilstone: 
Water Pipit (near jetty), 2 Kingfisher, Little Egret (Jeff Bailey HBC)
Fri 11 Jan Marsworth:
 late pm: Bittern (climbing on reeds), Barn Owl (over field behind reedbed), 90 Corn Bunting (Jeff Bailey HBC)
Thu 10 Jan Wilstone:
 am: Water Pipit (between jetty and N corner), Marsh Tit nr. Cemetery corner (Roger Prue)
Wed 9 Jan Marsworth:
 late pm: c50 Corn Bunting to roost in the reedbed, Barn Owl, Bittern perched up in the reeds (Lucy Flower with Peter Brazier & Roy Hargreaves); Barn Owl (hunting over field nr. sewage farm), 4 Water Rail, Grey Wagtail, 140 Corn Bunting to roost in reedbed (Lee Evans HBC)
Tue 8 Jan Marsworth:
 late pm: 2 (pair) Little Grebe, plus 1 small Bat, possibly a Pipistrelle (Lee Evans)
Mon 7 Jan Marsworth:
 late pm: 1 Bittern (very briefly!) (Mic Wells via Francis Buckle); c 50 Corn Buntings, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Little Grebe, 1 m Sparrowhawk, 1 Barn Owl (Francis Buckle & others)
Sun 6 Jan Wilstone: early am: Large flock of Fieldfare and a sizable Redwing roost (Johne Taylor); am: Lesser Redpoll & Oystercatcher over dry canal , 5 Red-legged Partridge in fields behind res., 2 Nuthatch and 2 Marsh Tits on track nr. Cemetery corner (Ian Williams); plus Kingfisher (Gary Hinton HBC)
Sun 6 Jan Marsworth: late pm: 2 Bitterns, c150 Corn Buntings (Paul Reed with Steve Rodwell, David Bilcock & Roy Hargreaves)
Thu 6 Jan Tringford:
 f Smew (Bill George)
Thu 6 Jan TWTW: 6 Bullfinch (Bill George)
Sat 5 Jan Wilstone: am: Water Pipit, Chiffchaff, Marsh Tit and Tree Creeper, m Goldeneye (Francis Buckle); Little Egret in field behind res. with Jackdaws, Kingfisher, Goldcrest (Julie Pomfret)
Fri 4 Jan Wilstone: Water Pipit (feeding on bank between car park & jetty) (Simon West HBC)
Fri 4 Jan Tringford: f Smew (Mike Ilett / Simon West HBC)
Mon 3 Jan Marsworth:
 2 Woodcock (Bill George) 
Thu 3 Jan Tringford: 
f Smew (redhead) (Steve Blake HBC)
Wed 2 Jan Wilstone: 
3 Goldeneye (2 m), Water Pipit, 1 Little Grebe, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Mute Swans, 321 Teal, 101 Shoveler, 10 Gadwall, 348 Wigeon, 153 Tufted Duck, 132 Northern Pochard and 174 Coot (Lee Evans) 
Wed 2 Jan Startopsend:
 5 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swans, 22 Mallard, 8 Wigeon, 1 m Shoveler, 63 Tufted Duck and 324 Coot (Lee Evans)
Wed 2 Jan Marsworth:
 4 Great Crested Grebes, 23 Mallard, 7 Shoveler, 6 Moorhens, 1 Coot, with 29 Black-headed Gulls roosting on the bunds, plus in horse paddocks opposite: 4 Mistle Thrushes, Kestrel and 2 Pied Wagtails, plus a flock of large gulls over of 2 Great Black-backed Gulls (an adult and 2nd-winter), 13 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 6 Herring Gulls (Lee Evans)
Wed 2 Jan Tringford: f Smew, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Grey Herons, 24 Cormorants, 2 Mute Swans, 4 Mallard, 12 Gadwall, 78 Common Teal, 63 Tufted Duck, 52 Pochard, 3 Goldeneye (2 m), 96 Coo, plus in surrounding woodland: 8+ Blackbirds, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Wren, 48 Jackdaw, Great Tit, Goldcrest, Chaffinch, Blue Tit, 16 Long-tailed Tit, Green Woodpecker, 15 Siskins, Waxwing (Lee Evans)
Wed 2 Jan TWTW: 
8 Gadwall and 12 Wigeon (Lee Evans)
Tue 1 Jan Wilstone:
 am: Water Pipit, 2 Pintail; late pm: 3 Bewick's Swans (2 adults and a juvenile) briefly, ad. Mediterranean Gull and 2 Herring Gulls in gull roost (David Bilcock)
Tue 1 Jan Marsworth: 
late pm: Cettis Warbler calling (no bitterns yet) (David Bilcock)
Tue 1 Jan Tringford:
 f Smew (Mike Wallen & David Bilcock))

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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