March 2013

Sun 31 Mar Wilstone: early am: Water Pipit, 3 Little Egrets (Roy Hargreaves), plus 2 (pair) Grey Partridge in field north of Wilstone Cemetery (Ian Williams via Roy Hargreaves); 2 Yellow Wagtails over, Peregrine over (Steve Rodwel via Lee Evans), Water Pipit, Rock Pipit, 2 m Reed Buntings, 214 Northern Pochard, 152 Wigeon, 276 Tufted Duck, 46 Shoveler and 2 f Common Goldeneye, 12 Great Crested Grebe and 2 Mute Swans, plus 9 Red Kites, 8 Common Buzzards overhead, 2+ Skylarks singing, plus Chinese Water Deer (Lee Evans), plus 2 m Yellowhammers nr. Dry Canal and 2 Nuthatches nr. Cemetery corner woodland (Ian Williams via Lee Evans); 8 Common Snipe, 3 Little Egret (Steve Rodwell HBC)
Sun 31 Mar Startopsend: early am: 4 (two pairs) Red-crested Pochard, Wheatear (Roy Hargreaves); Water Pipit (Clifford Smout HBC)
Sun 31 Mar Tringford:
 early am: 2 (pair) Red-crested Pochard (Roy Hargreaves); 6 Red-crested Pochard, 3 pairs (Clifford Smout HBC)
Sat 30 Mar Wilstone:
 early am: Water Pipit, Oystercatcher (Roy Hargreaves); Mediterranean Gull, 1st winter in gull roost, 2 Oystercatcher, Barn Owl (Steve Rodwell HBC)
Sat 30 Mar Startopsend:
 early am: 3 Oystercatchers (Roy Hargreaves); Water Pipit (Chris Holtby HBC)
Sat 30 Mar Marsworth: early am: m Goosander (Roy Hargreaves)
Sat 30 Mar Tringford:
 early am: 6 Red-crested Pochards (Roy Hargreaves)
Fri 29 Mar Wilstone:
 early pm: Bittern flew from behind right hand side hide deep into the reedbed in the corner of res. on R of hide (Steve Torpey via Lee Evans); Water Pipit (Laurence Drummond HBC), Raven (Steve Rodwell HBC)
Fri 29 Mar Startopsend:
 early am: Water Pipit, Red-crested Pochard, Buzzard over, Lesser Black-backed Gull squabbling with Black-headed Gulls, Mistle Thrush, 1+ Pied Wagtail (Michael Nott); Water Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, m Wheatear (Ian Bennell HBC)
Fri 29 Mar Marsworth:
 early am: 2 (pair) Reed Buntings, 2+ Water Rails squealing (Michael Nott)
Thu 28 Mar Wilstone:
 early am: Bittern, 2 f Goldeneye (Roy Hagreaves)
Thu 28 Mar Startopsend:
 early am: Water Pipit, 6 Red-crested Pochard (3 pairs), Wheatear (Roy Hargreaves); Wheatear (Peter Brazier)
Thu 28 Mar Marsworth:
 early am: 2 m Goosander, singing Cetti’s Warbler and 2+ Water Rails (Roy Hargreaves)
Wed 27 Mar Wilstone:
 3 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Mute Swans, 36 Shoveler, 78 Pochard, 303 Tufted Duck, 11+ Cormorants, 4+ Grey Herons (Lee Evans)
Wed 27 Mar Startopsend:
 Water Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtails, 28 Coot, 3 Red-crested Pochard, 3 Northern Pochard, 12 Mallard, 15 Wigeon, 67 Tufted Duck and 2 Great Crested Grebe,2 (pair) Greylag Geese, m Wheatear, 34 Redwing, 4 Moorhen, 4 Pied Wagtails, 1 m Grey Wagtail, plus singing m Chaffinch and 7 House Sparrows nr. Startops Farm (Lee Evans)
Wed 27 Mar Marsworth:
 2 m Goosanders, 6 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 6 Tufted Duck, 9 Great Crested Grebs, 1 adult Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Water Rails, singing m Reed Bunting (Lee Evans)
Wed 27 Mar Tringford:
 2 Mute Swans, 22 Coot, 4 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 24 Tufted Duck, 10 Teal, 1 Pochard and 15 Mallard, plus 2 Long-tailed Tits and a Goldcrest in hedgerow (Lee Evans)
Tue 26 Mar Wilstone:
 early am: Little Egret, 2 Red Kites (Roy Hargreaves)
Tue 26 Mar Startopsend: early am: Wheatear, Water Pipit, m Red-crested Pochard (Roy Hargreaves); 2 Mistle Thrush (Colin Griffiths HBC)
Tue 26 Mar Marsworth:
 early am: 2 m Goosander, Shelduck over, 3 Water Rails (Rob Andrews)
Tue 26 Mar Tringford:
 early am: 2 (pair) + Red-crested Pochard, Black-tailed Godwit over (Roy Hargreaves)
Mon 25 Mar Wilstone: early am: Little Egret, plus Barn Owl nr. Wilstone Cemetery, 3 Lesser Redpolls disused Canal (Roy Hargreaves)
Mon 25 Mar Startopsend: early am: adult-winter Little Gull with Black-headed Gulls, m Mandarin over, m Red-crested Pochard (Roy Hargreaves); pm: Wheatear (David Hutchinson); 2 Wheatear (Jeff Bailey HBC), Redshank, Water Pipit (Steve Rodwell HBC)
Mon 25 Mar Marsworth: m Goosander (Steve Rodwell HBC) 
Mon 25 Mar Tringford:
 early am: Shelduck (Roy Hargreaves); 45 Redwing, Treecreeper (G.Hinton HBC)
Sun 24 Mar Wilstone: 2 Marsh Harrier (m&f), 7 Common Snipe (Steve Rodwell HBC)
Sun 24 Mar Startopsend:
 Wheatear (Roy Hargreaves); plus 2 Water pipits, or a Water and a Rock Pipit (Mike Wallen); f Blackcap, Grey Wagtail and Wheatear (Marie Hillier & Colin Garment)
Sat 23 Mar Startopsend:
 Wheatear (Rob Andrews); 2 Wheatear (Duncan Hilliard HBC)
Sat 23 Mar Startopsend/Marsworth:
 late am/early pm: Marsh Harrier drifting over from College Lake (Rob Andrews via Ben Miller)
Fri 22 Mar Wilstone: Marsh Harrier over reedbed (Mike Cambell via Ben Miller)
Thu 21 Mar Wilstone: 16 Fieldfare, 2 Red Kite (Andrew Steele HBC)
Thu 21 Mar Startopsend: 
Grey Wagtail, 10 Redwing, 4 Red-crested Pochard, 3 Red Kite, Water Pipit (Andrew Steele HBC)
Tue 19 Mar Startopsend:
 Water Pipit, Rock Pipit (Lucy Flower/Adam Bassett); 3 Red-crested Pochards (2 f 1 m) (Adam Bassett)
Tue 19 Mar Marsworth:
 Rock Pipit (relocated to Startopsend) (Lucy Flower); Water Rail heard (Lucy Flower HBC)
Mon 18 Mar Wilstone: 4 Goldeneye (inc 1 m) (Ian Bennell HBC) 
Mon 18 Mar Startopsend:
 Chiffchaff, Water Pipit, 5 Red-crested Pochards, 2 Grey Wagtail (Lucy Flower)
Sun 17 Mar Wilstone:
 early am: Water Pipit, 2 or 3 Little Egrets, 3 Goldeneye, plus Siskin over (Roy Hargreaves); am: Chiffchaff and Woodcock in reedbed, plus c30 Fieldfare (Johne Taylor); Barn Owl towards Startopsend (Steve Rodwell) 
Sun 17 Mar Startopsend:
 early am: 5 Red-crested Pochard (3 m) (Roy Hargreaves); winter-plumaged Sandwich Tern through (David Bilcock via Roy Hargreaves)
Sun 17 Mar Tringford: 
early am: 1 m Red-crested Pochard (Roy Hargreaves)
Sat 16 Mar Wilstone: Mediterranean Gull, 1st winter in roost (Rose Collard HBC)
Sat 16 Mar Startopend
: Grey Wagtail, Red Kite (Lucy Flower HBC)
Sat 16 Mar Tringford: 3 Red-crested Pochard (2 m) (Lucy Flower HBC)
Fri 15 Mar Wilstone:
 early am: Kittewake (Ben Miller/Roy Hargreaves); late pm: 2 winter-plumaged adult Kittiwakes in gull roost (David Bilcock via Roy Hargreaves)
Fr1 15 Mar Startopsend:
 early am: Water Pipit (Roy Hargreaves)
Fri 15 Mar Tringford:
 early am: 5 Red-crested Pochards (Roy Hargreaves)
Thu 14 Mar Startopsend: Water Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail (Lucy Flower HBC); early am: Dunlin, 2 Common Redshanks (David Bilcock BTR)
Thu 14 Mar Marsworth: 
Water Rail, Cetti's Warbler (Lucy Flower HBC)
Wed 13 Mar Wilstone: Mediterranean Gull, adult insummer plumage in roost at 4pm (Jeff Bailey HBC)
Wed 13 Mar Marsworth: Bittern, in reed bed from 17.30 close to the footpath (Richard Ness HBC)
Tue 12 Mar Startopsend: Dunlin (Steve Rodwell HBC) 
Sun 10 Mar Wilstone: 
late pm: adult Kittiwake and a full breeding plumaged Mediterranean Gull in gull roost (David Bilcock with others)
Sun 10 Mar Startopsend: Water Pipit (along W edge) (Jeff Bailey HBC)
Sun 10 Mar Marsworth: Shelduck (Steve Rodwell HBC)
Sun 10 Mar Tringford: 6 Red-crested Pochard (3 m) (Jeff Bailey HBC)
Sat 9 Mar Wilstone:
 early am: 10 Pintail, Water Pipit (David Bilcock); late pm: large numberof gulls (c 1,200) in gull roost inc. adult Kittiwake and 3 Mediterranean Gulls (2 adults, 1 second-winter) (Lee Evans/David Bilcock); plus 46 Common Gulls, 43 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 2 Herring Gulls (a first-year and a fourth-year), and two Common Starling flocks totalling some 330 birds flying E (Lee Evans BTR)
Sat 9 Mar Startopsend: 
am: Water Pipit (another or possibly the same as seen at Wilstone) (David Bilcock)
Sat 9 Mar Marsworth:
 early am: Little Gull (second-winter), Mediterranean Gull (adult) (Steve Rodewell/David Bilcock)
Wed 6 Mar Tringford: 
6 Red-crested Pochard (3 prs.) (Chris Young/Lee Evans HBC), m Shelduck (Lee Evans HBC); plus 3 Mute Swans and 4 Great Crested Grebes (Lee Evans BTR)
Sun 3 Mar Wilstone: 
6 Goldeneye, 3 Little Egret (Steve Rodwell HBC), early am: Ruff (m in winter plummage) (Ian Williams HBC)
Sun 3 Mar Startopsend: 
Water Pipit (Steve Rodwell HBC)
Sun 3 Mar Marsworth: 
Bittern (Steve Rodwell HBC)
Sun 3 Mar Tringford:
 Shelduck, Grey Wagtail (Lucy Flower HBC), 6 Red-crested Pochard (3 m) (Lucy Flower/Lee Evans HBC), f Smew (Lee Evans/Ian Williams HBC); plus 8 Red-crested Pochards (Lee Evans BTR)
Sat 2 Mar Wilstone:
 mid am: Peregrine over (Ian Williams HBC); 300+ lapwing flock raised from fields prob. by Peregrine (Ian Williams)
Sat 2 Mar Tringford:
 am: Shelduck, 8 Red-crested Pochard (4 m), Peregrine over towards Wilstone (Ian Williams)

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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