May 2013

So that they can be shared with our other members and help to give a fuller record of what we have.
You can send them by e-mail here. Photographs are welcome.

Fri 31st. Wilstone: Oystercatcher, 7 Hobby, Cuckoo. (S Richards HBC)
House Martin at Startopsend by Dave Hutchinson
Swift at Statopsend by Dave Hutchinson
Thu 30th. Wilstone: Good numbers of Swifts and House Martins plus a few Sand Martins and Swallows but no sign of any HobbiesRed-crested Pochards still on Startops and a Little Egret on Tringford. (David Hutchinson)
Mon 27th. Wilstone: 4 Hobby. (Lucy Flower)
Yellow Wagtail on Startopsend by Lucy Flower
Sun 26th. Wilstone: Male and female Cuckoo. 5 Hobbies. Red Kites still incubating. Water Rail calling. Above than average ringing catch for the time of year, but nothing unusual species wise. (Johne Taylor Tring Ringing Group)
Sun 26th. Startopsend: Fieldfare! by the south entrance. Cetti's singing. (Roy Hargreaves) 
Sat 25th. Wilstone: 6 Hobby hawking low. (Andrew Tyets HBC)
Sat 25th. Startopsend: 3 Hobby. (Mike Collard)
Sat 25th. Marsworth: 4+ Reed Warbler, 4+ Sedge, Reed Buntings in the Bucks Reed Bed. Oystercatcher over. Yellow Wagtail flew into the SW shoreline of Startopsend. (Lucy Flower)
Fri 24th. Startopsend: c50 Swallows, c250 House Martins20+ Sand Martins, c50 Swift. Hobby hunting over. 2 Redshank and an Oystercatcher on the mud south of Startops. (Rob Andrews)
Fri 24th. Marsworth: Cetti's calling from the reeds. (Rob Andrews)
Fri 24th. File Note: No reports received for two days, no doubt due to the appalling weather! Enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend and lets hope for some nicer conditions.  
Hobby over Tringford by Dave Hutchinson
Wed 22nd. Wilstone: Good numbers of Swift, Swallow and House Martin, at least 6 Hobby hunting directly in front of the hide (Peter Brazier)
Wed 22nd. Startops:  Hobby feeding over (Dave Hutchinson) Grey Wagtail, c60 Swift, 2 Redshank, 2 Red-crested Pochard (Lucy Flower HBC)
Wed 22nd. Tringford: Hobby hide end (Dave Hutchinson) c20 Swift, Kingfisher. (Lucy Flower HBC)
Wed 22nd. Marsworth: c20 Swift  (Lucy Flower HBC)
Tue 21st. Wilstone: 8 Hobby  (Frank Manfield HBC)
Tue 21st. Startopsend: Swift, House Martin, Swallows in good numbers, Hobby over all the reservoirs. Plenty of young showing including this juvenile Grey Wagtail.  (Peter Brazier)
Juvenile Grey Wagtail by Peter Brazier
Mon 20th. Marsworth: Cetti's Warbler (G Hinton HBC)
Mon 20th. Startopsend: 40+ Swift (G Hinton HBC)
Mon 20th. Tringford: Kingfisher, 25+ Swift, Grey Wagtail, Hobby (G Hinton HBC).
Mon 20th. Wilstone: Turnstone early am (Roy Hargreaves / David Bilcock). 3 Ravens over (Roy Hargreaves)
Sun May 19 Tringford: 4 Hobby (Lucy Flower)
Sun May 19 Marsworth: Osprey overhead also seen over Wilstone. (Mike Wallen/Ted Wallen/ Ian Williams and others TRYG) c180 Swift, Cetti's Warbler singing (Mike Wallen/Ted Wallen HBC)
Hobby perched at Startopsend by Roy McDonald
Sat May 18 Startopsend: Hobby (Roy McDonald)
Sat May 18 Wilstone: c60 Swift, Red Kite. (Callum Peel HBC)
Sat May 18 Startopsend: 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Red -crested Pochard, c120 Swift, 2 Hobby, Kingfisher (Callum Peel HBC)
Sat May 18 Tringford: 8 Hobby, Kingfisher (Callum Peel HBC)
Lesser Black Backed Gull taking a Swift at Startops by Roy McDonald
Fri May 17 Startopsend: 1000+ Swift returned (mostly absent yesterday) with some House Martin and Barn Swallow. (Peter Brazier)
Swift being ringed by Johne Taylor from the Tring Ringing Group 
Fri 17 May Wilstone: Male Pintail near the hide. (Roy Hargreaves) 6 Hobby (Jeff Bailey HBC)
Fri 17 May Marsworth: Male Yellow Wagtail, 4 Red-crested Pochard, Oystercatcher & Cetti's Warbler. (Roy Hargreaves)
Thu 16 May Wilstone: 6 Hobby over reed bed , Oystercatcher (Chris Hoggan)
Thu 16 May StartopsendGarden Warbler in the bushes by the Startops overflow. I also found a Spotted Flycatcher (Roy Hargreaves) 
Wed 15 May Wilstone55 Swift, Yellow Wagtail (Lee G R Evans)
Wed 15 May Startopsend: 2 Redshank, Common Sandpiper and 4 Red-crested Pochard (Mike Wallen)
Wed 15 May Startopsend: Numerous Swift still this evening, at least 3 Hobby and a Redshank. (Peter Brazier) 3+ Yellow Wagtail in Startops farm paddocks (Steve Rodwell)
Wed 15 May WilstoneSanderling, one briefly this morning (Roy Hargreaves)
Tue 14 May Marsworth: 2 Sedge Warblers (Michael Stallwood)
Hobby over Startopsend by Michael Stallwood
Tue 14 May Startopsend: An uncountable number of Swift, probably in the thousands. 5 Hobby feeding over too. (Peter Brazier)
The Spectacular Swift Show at Startops by Peter Brazier
Mon 13 May Startopsend: I have never seen so many Swifts at one time. My estimate of 200 is probably an underestimate, the sky seemed full of them, quite an amazing sight plus 4 Hobby hawking insects close to the bank. (M H Stallwood BBC)
Sun 12 May Wilstone4 Hobbies, Female and Male Cuckoo, good numbers of Reed and Sedge warblers present in the reedbed, Female Willow warbler and an adult female Firecrest (Johne Taylor)
Adult Female Firecrest by Johne Taylor (Tring Ringing Group)
Sun 12 May Startopsend: 5 Hobby (Johne Taylor)
Sun 12 May MarsworthCuckoo calling, Cetti's Warbler singing. (Mike Wallen/Ted Wallen HBC)
Sun 12 May Startopsend: 2 Yellow wagtail, c500 swift, 2 Red-crested Pochard, Hobby(Mike Wallen/Ted Wallen HBC)
Sat 11 May Wilstone: Male Whinchat by the dry canal with Mistle Thrush, 2 Yellowhammer, 4 Linnets and 2 Common Whitethroats (Lee Evans)
Sat 11 May Startopsend:  4 Hobbies over the water. 2 Male and 2 Female Red-crested Pochards (Rob Andrews)
Red-crested Pochard on Marsworth Reservoir by Peter Brazier
Sat 11 May WilstoneWhinchat in Rushy Meadow (Ian WIlliams)
Fri 10 May StartopsendHobby (pair) feeding over the reservoir. (Peter Brazier)
Hobby over Startopsend by Peter Brazier
Thu 9 May StartopsendCommon Sandpiper, 50+ Swift (G Hinton HBC). Wilstone: Hobby, Red Kite (Ernest Leahy HBC)
Wed 8 May WilstoneGreylag and Atlantic Canada Geese were now accompanying young. A single LITTLE EGRET was roosting on the west shore, whilst migrants included 140 Common Swifts and 60 House Martins. Not much else of note other than a singing male Mistle Thrush (Lee Evans)
Wed 8 May Startopsend: Held large numbers of Common Swift (130 at least), along with 33 Tufted Duck, 13 Greylag Geese, 16 Coot, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 30 Common Terns and the pair of Red-crested Pochard, the female acting as though she had a nest on one of the rafts. (Lee Evans)
Wed 8 May MarsworthA single breeding-plumaged BLACK TERN was showing well, often roosting for long periods on the bunds, it was associating with up to 33 Common Terns. Several Western Reed Warblers were singing from the reedbed at the west end (Af Nasir had yet another Osprey fly over mid afternoon). (Lee Evans)
Common and Black Tern on Marsworth by Lee Evans
Wed 8 May StartopsendBlack TernYellow WagtailGrey Wagtail (Jeff Bailey HBC)
Wed 8 May MarsworthBlack Tern with at least half a dozen Arctics amongst the Commons (Joel Lund BBYG)
Sun 5 May Startopsend:, 4 Red-crested Pochard, 3 males, 1 female, 60 Swift, Approx., 2 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Common Sandpiper. (Mike Wallen/Ted Wallen HBC)
Sun 5 May Marsworth Raven (over). (Mike Wallen/Ted Wallen HBC)
Fri 3 May Wilstone: early am: 1st winter Yellow-legged Gull with a 2nd-winter Herring Gull, Greenshank, 1st winter Great Black-backed Gull, plus f Wheatear on the hedge up to Dry Canal (Roy Hargreaves)
Fri 3 May Startopsend: 18 Common Tern, 4 Red-crested Pochard, 2 pairs (Mike Wallen 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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