July 2013

Any and all wildlife, 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 very welcome.

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Wed 31st July: This morning two Green Sandpipers were present on the mud at Tringford but only one Little Egret. The Startops/Marsworth wood had the Spotted Flycatchers family in it still – one of them has a ring. The pair of Red-crested Pochards were also still on Startops. Wilstone had four Little Egrets and a Common Sandpiper. (Roy Hargreaves)
Mon 29th July: Tringford: 2 Green Sandpiper (Steve Rodwell)
Sun 28th July: Startopsend: 2 Spotted Flycatcher, in large tree, Grey Wagtail, 2 Red-crested Pochard (Duncan Hilliard HBC)
Sun 28th July: This morning there was a family party of Spotted Flycatchers calling in the small wood at the southern end of Marsworth and Startops. A pair of Red-crested Pochards were on Startops and two Little Egrets were on TringfordWilstone had 3+ Little Egrets and male Wigeon and while watching a flock of Starlings perched in a tree top a male Peregrine went through them scattering them and proceeded to try and take a Common Tern low over the reservoir before disappearing off empty-handed as it were. I saw little else at Wilstone apart from Common Sandpiper. David Bilcock texted to say juv Med Gull at Wilstone that flew towards Marsworth and now just texted to say Turnstone briefly on bales at Startops before heading toward Wilstone – so it is happening out there! (Roy Hargreaves)
Fri 26th July: Tringford: Spotted Flycatcher, Wilstone: 4 Common Sandpiper (S Richards HBC)
Fri 26th July: Overslept this morning so didn’t get out until 6:20 and started with Wilstone first and did it the lazy way so only scanned from the car park steps area. Five Little Egrets and one Common Sandpiper were the only noteworthy things. I was at Marsworth at 7am and was surprised to hear Grasshopper Warbler when I was by the hide. The wind was obviously just right to make the bird at the back of the reservoir audible from just by the hide. Startops had a pair of Red-crested Pochards on the bank and Tringford had three Little Egrets, a Mandarin, Lesser Whitethroat and what sounded like Spotted Flycatchers in the same spot as earlier in the week. Also this co-operative Mistle Thrush made for a good subject. (Roy Hargreaves).
26th July: Mistle Thrush by Roy Hargreaves
Tue 23rd July: This morning the photographic opportunities were varied but ultimately not bad. Tringford and then Wilstone hosted nine Little Egrets and I managed to get a reasonable shot of one in flight. No sign of the Spotted Flycatchers at Tringford but saw an adult and juvenile by the Dry Canal this morning so either there is a passage going on at the moment or local birds have all got mobile and vocal all of a sudden – either way it is nice to see them. I was also fortunate to have a Muntjac run towards me by the jetty – albeit on the by the hedge. It then struck a fairly classic pose which left me pleased with the result. I saw 2 or 3 Common Sandpipers on Wilstone this morning but other than those and the Flycatchers little evidence of passage. Although not unusual I always like looking at Starlings at this time of year, not just to look for Rose-coloured Starlings but also I find the juveniles to be excellent ways to learn about moult as their juvenile feathers and 1st-winter feathers are so different and stand out clearly from each other enabling you to see what feathers have been moulted (Roy Hargreaves)
23 July: Juvenile Starling by Roy Hargreaves

23 July: Little Egret by Roy Hargreaves

23 July: Muntjac by Roy Hargreaves

Tue 23rd July: This morning Tringford had two Little Egrets, four Mandarin and a family party of Spotted Flycatchers, which were in the trees to the south-west of the overflow. Startops had the eclipse male Red-crested PochardWilstone had five Common Sandpipers and a Little Egret. (Roy Hargreaves)
Sun 21st July: am. Spotted Flycatchers ringed at Wilstone and Marsworth this am. The juvenile Female Cettis Warbler ringed at Marsworth recently has now joined the juvenile male at Wilstone. Good numbers of young warblers today, though Blackcaps are not very evident still. The Red Kite has fledged and has left the nesting tree. (Johne Taylor, Tring Ringing Group)
21st July: Ruddy Darter by Roy Hargreaves
Sun 21st July: Tringford had two Little Egrets first thing and the eclipse male Mandarin was still present. Startops had a male and female Red-crested Pochard, four Teal and two OystercatchersMarsworth had singing Cetti’s Warbler and more juvenile Common Terns than yesterday. Wilstone had four Little Egrets flying off towards Tringford and I saw my first Ruddy Darter of the year. (Roy Hargreaves)
Sat 20th July: This morning I checked all of the reservoirs for the first time in since my return. One thing that struck me was the drop in water levels on both Startops and Tringford. So there is enough mud on both to hold waders although Tringford is less attractive as always. Wilstone had two Common Sandpipers still and four Little Egrets that flew off towards Tringford at various times. Tringford had 5 or six Little Egrets and a Mandarin perched in overhanging vegetation. Marsworth had singing Cetti’s and Startops had nothing unusual but this juvenile Common Tern which was presumably from College Lake where there are a number of juveniles strengthening their flight muscles.(Roy Hargreaves)

20th July: Juvenile Common Tern by Roy Hargreaves

20th July: Dick Pilkington of the Tring Anglers helps Luke Warren with the Bream he caught at today's fishing instruction session held by the Tring Anglers at Marsworth.

20th July: This Juvenile Red-crested Pochard was a different sight on the canal by Marsworth today. by Peter Brazier
 Fri 19th July: Two Common Sandpipers and a Little Egret were flying about. There was no sign of the Oystercatchers. This juvenile Goldfinch was much more co-operative than the juvenile Bullfinch but both were nice to have photos of. (Roy Hargreaves)
Juvenile Bullfinch by Roy Hargreaves
Juvenile Goldfinch by Roy Hargreaves

Sun 14th July: Wilstone: Another good ringing session following on from last Sunday. Plenty of young Reed Warbler and Sedge Warblers plus the beginnings of Chiffchaff and Blackcap juveniles fledging. First Cettis warbler for two years at Wilstone caught, a retrap one of two previously ringed at Marsworth a short while ago. Young Water rail and Cuckoo and Red Kite seen plus Garden Warbler and Whitethroat juveniles. (Johne Taylor - Tring Ringing Group)
Sat 13th July: Wilstone: Not much about to get the twitchers exited but plenty for the nature watcher, shoals of Perch and large Tench close to the bank and many Mute Swan, Geese and Cormorants with Grebe and other waterfowl. A walk away from the water produces various Warblers, Wren and other passerines with Buzzard, Kite, Sparrowhawk, Jay and Woodpecker etc... not to mention the abundance of butterflies and other insects. (Richard Bennett)
13th July Yellow Wagtail by the pier at Wilstone by Richard Bennett

13th July Yellow Wagtail by the pier at Wilstone by Richard Bennett

Sun 7th July Treecreepers seen from the path to the hide on Wilstone by Richard Bennett
Sat 6th July: Wilstone am Oystercatchers very active with chick on raft getting bigger and impatient. Lone Tern seeing off Grey Heron attempting a raid on raft. Tringford: numerous Grey Heron and Little Egrets.(Richard Bennett)

Grey Heron and Little Egret at Tringford by Richard Bennett
Damsel by Richard Bennett
Fri 5th July: I decided to go round all of the reservoirs this morning starting with Marsworth. The Cetti’s was still singing but couldn’t hear the Gropper at 4:45. There were also three Common Sandpipers on the barley bales. Startops also had a Common Sandpiper as well. Tringford had nine Little Egrets of which five were juveniles – you have wonder where they bred? Wilstone had a single Common Sandpiper on the same tern raft as the Oystercatcher family. Also three Wigeon were off to the right of the hide and on the hide meadow I came across a family party of Treecreepers and a Nuthatch so not a bad morning.
Thu 4th July: Wilstone: This morning there was a Little Ringed Plover on the bank by the jetty, a Redshank was with the Oystercatchers on a tern raft. Also a juvenile Mistle Thrush was on the bank by the car park with its parents. Lynne reported a Gropper singing at the back of the main reed bed at Marsworth, but it went silent at 5:15! (Roy Hargreaves)

I thought some of you might be interested in this Grey Wagtail. It is an adult (male I think), that has clearly lost it middle tertial and this has exposed the large white wedge on the base of the longest tertial that you would never see normally. |(Roy Hargreaves)

Tue 2nd July: Wilstone. This morning a Common Sandpiper was on the bank by the jetty and the three Oystercatchers were still by the tern raft. Also there was a juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker in view by the car park in the pollarded trees by the nest tree. (Roy Hargreaves)
Mon 1st July: Wilstone. p.m. 6+ Hobbies hawking dragon flies over lake and fields. Sparrow Hawk. (Richard Bennett)
Mon 1st July: Wilstone. This morning it seemed that the adult Oystercatcher were trying very hard to convince their chick to leave the tern raft – with no success by the time I'd left. Also 2 Little Egrets flew off towards Tringford but little else other than all the usual breeding suspects. (Roy Hargreaves)
Mon 1st July: Took a walk around Marsworth, along the canal and around Tringford this afternoon.  Nothing remarkable with the exception of no less than 7 Little Egret on Tringford. Plenty of insect life to be seen. (Peter Brazier)
A Six(5)-spot Burnett Moth and a Thick Legged Beetle share a Field Scabious near Tringford by Peter Brazier.

For other bird sightings in the area please visit Herts Bird Club. for whom we thank 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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