August 2013

  
WE NEED YOUR WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS PLEASE 
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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CANCELLED: Sunday 1st September: Walk/Path Clearing 2 pm to 4.30 pm This has been cancelled. 

Fri 30th Aug:
Had an early morning walk around to Wilstone Hide to enjoy the new panoramic views (!!) with the intention of getting some good pictures. Attached are the results which, with the exception of the Garganey (spotted by Ian Williams) are "the usual suspects" but they posed nicely in good light. There were many Herons and Little Egrets around mostly along the Car Park Bank or the Drayton Bank either side of the hide. A family of Grey Wagtails continue to show well in the corner to the right of the Car Park offering good photographic opportunities. At least two Hobbies over the reed bed, but not close enough for photos. (Mike Nott)
30th Aug: Garganey by Mike Nott


30th Aug: Grey Wagtail by Mike Nott

30th Aug: Grey Heron by Mike Nott

30th Aug: Little Egret by Mike Nott

Thu 29th Aug:
Wilstone: Along the path to the hide this morning I saw a lone Marsh Tit and a family or 5 or 6 Tree Creepers who were very active flying from tree to tree. Only thing to add to Roy's report was a lone Snipe sleeping on the bund in front of the hide and at least five Grey Wagtail by the old overflow. (Peter Brazier).

This morning there seemed to have been a mini exodus overnight in the clear conditions. Again Startops had no Garganey or waders. Wilstone was better but still seemingly depleted compared to recent days with no Reeve and no sign of any Garganey – although they could have been elsewhere. The Ringed Plover was still about and also a single Common Sandpiper. Two Mandarins were in front of the hide, Little Egrets were again scattered about and a Chinese Water Deer was feeding to the right of a hide and a moulting Water Rail walked along the other side of the creek. Three Hobbies briefly mobbed a Red Kite. Round the back it was pleasing to see a Marsh Tit and one of the now resident Nuthatches. (Roy Hargreaves)
29th Aug: Chinese Water Deer by Roy Hargreaves

Wed 28th Aug: 
Wilstone: Foggy start to morning. Ring Plover, Common Sandpiper, Ruff, 2 Snipe and American Mink in front of hide. Numerous Little Egret and Grey Heron. Shoals of small fish. (Richard Bennett)
28th Aug: Common Sandpiper by Richard Bennett

28th Aug: Ruff by Richard Bennett

This morning there was a little mist/fog first thing. By the time I got to Startops the extreme north end of the reservoir was obscured, but the rest and most of Marsworth was clear. Certainly clear enough to see that the juv Garganey wasn’t there. When I first arrived at Wilstone it was clear enough to see the reeds, but that soon changed. Despite this I could see the Reeve and a Ringed Plover on the mud between the hide and the old overflow and also has a clear view of the front of the hide J.Walking down to the hide there was a juv/female Garganey in the west corner by the old overflow and David joined me and we walked to the hide. We could clearly see that there were no waders on the embankment but the fog had come in and checking through all of the ducks was impossible but there was  another juv/fem Garganey just to the left of the hide – it certainly wasn’t the eclipse male so a 3rd or 4th bird for the autumn. Also we had a better view of the Ringed Plover and a Common Sandpiper. On returning to the car the 1st juv/fem Garganey was still where we had first seen it so there could be three Garganey on Wilstone as I wouldn't rule out the eclipse male still being there. (Roy Hargreaves)


Tue 27th Aug: Vegetation in front of the hide has been cleared, thanks to volunteers Johne Taylor, Colin Lambert, Mike Collard, Mike Nott, Richard Bennett, Peter Brazier.
View from the Drayton Hide before

Drayton hide after...
Tue 27th Aug: WilstoneRuff, 2 Black Tern, Dunlin. (P Barritt. HBC)
Tue 27th Aug: This morning was misty and so I thought there was a chance of something new but alas no. Startops had a juvenile Garganey and a single Black-tailed Godwit appeared to fly in while I was there and had a limp. Wilstone had the eclipse male Garganey and a Black-tailed Godwit also with a limp that may have been the same bird as at Startops. Also the Reeve was still present. For a change an adult Common Tern, rather than a juvenile, was stood on the bank and allowed reasonably close approach. A Chinese Water Deer was walking along the edge of the reeds to the right of the hide and two male Reeve’s Muntjac were in the meadow south of Rushy Meadow and for a while stood feeding in an unconcerned manner before walking into cover – not my normal encounter with deer. (Roy Hargreaves)
27th Aug: Reeve's Muntjac by Roy Hargreaves
Mon 26th Aug: Startops had the juvenile Garganey and two juvenile Black-tailed Godwits on the mud and male eclipse Red-crested Pochard, but as usual the Garganey would move further out if it caught sight of me on the footpath. Also eleven Wigeon had presumably moved from Wilstone to StartopsWilstone had the adult male Garganey to the left of the hide and the causeway had juvenile Black-tailed Godwit, Reeve and juvenile Dunlin on it and the female Red-crested Pochard was off to the left of the hide and a Hobby was flying about occasionally. Also several Common Sandpipers and Little Egrets were about – including this juvenile that was walking close to the hide at times. Also this Lapwing posed very conveniently close to the hide as I struggle to get close to them normally. I decided to go to Startops again as the light had improved and was very glad that I did. The Garganey was next to the footpath but in a position where I was partially obscured so it didn't see me immediately and this allowed me to get a few decent photos before it became aware of me and moved further out.
26th Aug: Garganey by Roy Hargreaves

26th Aug: Lapwing by Roy Hargreaves

26th Aug: Little Egret by Roy Hargreaves

Afternoon update from Wilstone had eclipse male Mandarin, eclipse male Garganey was still present along with two Black-tailed Godwits and the Reeve's Muntjac. (Roy Hargreaves)

Sun 25th Aug: Two very contrasting visits to the reservoirs today. A brief, wet visit this morning and a dry, bright and sunny visit this afternoon. First thing the Garganey and a Black-tailed Godwit were at the southern end of Startops but this afternoon there was nothing at that end of the reservoir – suggesting there had perhaps been some disturbance. Several Spotted Flycatchers were in trees by the roadside between Startops and Tringford this afternoon. Tringford had an eclipse male Red-crested Pochard as its highlight. Wilstone was buzzing by comparison. From the hide the adult male Garganey was feeding with Teal to the left of the embankment before flying a little way and walking across it to stand preening for a while. Also a female Red-crested Pochard was by the reeds to the right of the hide and Wigeon seem to have invaded with at least fifteen present in front of the hide. There was a Reeve in front of the hide along with two Greenshank, which seemed to fly off while I was there. Also two Black-tailed Godwits flew in and must be new birds as one was an adult. The Little Egrets were scattered all over the place so I didn't try and count them. (Roy Hargreaves)
25th Aug: Greenshank by Roy Hargreaves.
Sat 24th Aug: This morning first thing the Garganey at Startops was on the mud at the south end along with two Black-tailed Godwits and a Snipe. Also a Wigeon and the eclipse male Red-crested Pochard were at that end of the reservoir, but the rain made the light so poor that there wasn't an ISO high enough to cope. At Wilstone I counted fourteen Little Egrets – mainly in the creek by the hide. The other Garganey was in the water to the left of the hide either close to the spit or further left and two Wigeon were also here – the wintering flock is starting to build up! A Green Sandpiper was on the spit and 3 or 4 Common Sandpipers were about. A Ruff flew in just before 9:00am and flew around before finally settling on the spit in front of the hide. As you can see from my photo of the Ruff the vegetation really does urgently need clearing from in front of the hide if people are to enjoy seeing the birds that are now turning up. (Roy Hargreaves)
24th Aug: Ruff through the rough. 
Aug 23rd: Garganey by Francis Buckle

23rd Aug: Black-tailed Godwit by Lucy Flower
Fri 23rd Aug: Recently I have started off at Marsworth and Startops and this morning was no exception. While walking down the footpath between the two I spotted a Black-tailed Godwit in flight by the southern end and so moved down the slope to get a better look. While looking at the two Godwits I noticed an obvious Garganey behind them and so phoned David Bilcock to let him know. Unfortunately the light was poor so I had to really ramp up the ISO to get anything but the stripey head pattern is obvious on this bird.
We then went over to Wilstone and scanned the spit etc for any waders. David left for work and I walked to the hide and from there I checked through the Teal  and found another, less well-marked Garganey in among them. This bird was originally to the left of the hide but I watched it swim towards the spit and lost it due to the tall vegetation currently obscuring the spit. As well as this poorly-marked Garganey nine Little Egrets were by the hide and  a Common Sandpiper was about. At the back of the hide a Common Buzzard was being hassled or playing with corvids. (Roy Hargreaves)
23rd Aug: Wilstone's Garganey by Roy Hargreaves
Thu 22nd Aug: "Juv Pied Flycatcher at Startops. Can be seen in trees by paddock from Northwest bank between the two red life bouys/ring.Also two Blackwits and three Egyptian Geese". (Lee Evans via Dave Bilcock)
22nd Aug: Black-tailed Godwit by Roy Hargreaves

Thu 22nd Aug: 2 juv Black-tailed Godwits still at Startops when I left at 4pm. Feeding in south corner (roosting/preening along SW shoreline). Also 3 Egyptian geese still on mud in south corner. (Lucy Flower)

Wed 21st Aug: Tringford seems to have lost all attraction to waders now that the water levels has risen again. Wilstone must surely soon have waders other than Lapwing on the increasing areas of mud now exposed. The Little Egrets are enjoying the lower water levels and I counted twelve this morning. Otherwise Teal numbers are building up so another Garganey must surely be on the cards soon. Also I had seven Yellow Wagtails flying over small parties and singletons. The warm weather is also favouring the Dragonflies with good number of Migrant Hawkers about. (Roy Hargreaves).

Tue 20th Aug: Bittern, in the reeds to the right of the hide for 45 mins at 18:20 (P Barritt HBC)
Tue 20th Aug: Today the fields behind Wilstone were being harvested and sat in a tree overlooking the combine was a straggly looking Tawny Owl. By the time I got my camera out it had vanished. Lapwings were present in large numbers and there were 4 Egrets arguing in the shallows. With the poor light and mixed weather we have had over the last week I have spent most of my time photographing the many insects to be found in the fields next to Wilstone. (Phill Luckhurst)

Bee (unknown) by Phill Luckhurst

Male Brimstone by Phill Luckhurst

Female Common Darter by Phill Luckhurst

Small Blue by Phill Luckhurst

Tue 20th Aug: This morning Startops had the usual eclipse male Red-crested Pochard, Tringford had one Green Sandpiper that would only be visible from the overflow area. Wilstone had a bit more mud and nine Little Egrets were around the hide area in the shallows. Two Mandarins were again under the trees. Four juvenile Shelduck flew in and settled for about 20 minutes before heading off towards Tringford or just off completely of course. Also three Yellow Wagtails flew SW over the overflow. (Roy Hargreaves)

20th Aug: Juvenile Common Tern by Roy Hargreaves
Also the Common Terns here are definitely co-operating if you want photos of them – see attached.


Sun 18th Aug: Dear All, Wilstone this am. Quiet with only 65 birds handled but a new juvenile Spotted Flycatcher ringed and only one Willow Warbler.The female Cettis Warbler from Marsworth retrapped and a male was singing too. A surprise was two Green Sandpipers on the new pond which is rapidly drying out now that  the reservoir level is finally falling. Typically a large flock of warblers and assorted species moved through the willow carr as we packed up at 11 am. One Hobby calling at 4.30 am and no sign of the juvenile Kite though. Ciao Johne (Johne Taylor, Tring Ringing Group)
Sun 18th Aug: It’s pretty dark at 5am these days. Although it wouldn't be a total surprise. This morning Tringford’s mud was almost completely gone. Three Green Sandpipers and two Common Sandpipers were right at the back of the reservoir when viewed from by the overflow. Also one Little Egret was by the stream and a family of Spotted Flycatchers were in the large Ash by the road next to StartopsWilstone is really dropping and the spit in front of the hide is lengthening on a daily basis. The level had reduced by about 30cm since they started the pump so if this rate is maintained the spit will reach the bushes in the next few days. Alas apart from Lapwing waders don’t seem to have found the spit yet. I saw five Little Egrets scattered about and two Mandarin were perched on branches in the trees between the hide and the old overflow. (Roy Hargreaves)


Sat 17th Aug: Just to mention a (seemingly reliable) report from a fisherman that a Bittern flew into the Marsworth reed bed (SE corner) 5 am Saturday. Perhaps one at College Lake week before may still be around? (Ed Griffiths)

Fri 16th Aug: This morning I had hoped the showery weather might have brought in new waders but I couldn't find any. Startops had two eclipse male Red-crested Pochards and Tringford had Greenshank and Green Sandpiper. Wilstone had Common Sandpiper, three Mandarin and a female Red-crested Pochard. There is definitely a small spit in front of the hide now and the lowering water levels seems to have encouraged an increase in Lapwing numbers with 100+ around on the terns rafts and the Drayton Bank. Also quite a few Teal are frequenting the area between the hide and the old overflow and Little Egrets are walking round in the shallower water round the vegetation. (Roy Hargreaves).


Thu 15th Aug: Startop's End, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, In hedgerow along west side of reservoir, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Tringford, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, Greenshank (Stephen Middleton HBC)
Thu 15th Aug: This morning first thing was overcast and you could tell the days are getting shorter. Startops started with five Little Egrets, which relocated to Tringford and then three of them to Wilstone. One Common Sandpiper on Startops and Greenshank and Green Sandpiper on the dwindling mud of Tringford. Wilstone had two Common Sandpipers, a Northern Wheatear by the jetty and the juvenile Red Kite was very co-operative. (Roy Hargreaves)
15th Aug: Northern Wheatear by Roy Hargreaves
Wed 14th August: Wilstone , Water Rail, with young in the channel running into the S end of the ressie (S Richards)
Wed 14th August: After 10 days away, it was good to get back to the reservoirs this Morning. Marsworth had at least 3 Spotted Flycatchers in the wooded area at the south end. A Wren family also came through with one freshly fledged juvenile. I couldn't find the "confiding Dunlin" on Startops but it may still be around. A Common Sandpiper flew from the south corner of Startops and headed over to Tringford at about 11am. Tringford still held the Greenshank, which was best viewed from the NW path and wasn't visible from the hide. 2 Green Sandpipers and 2 Common Sandpipers were also there. Little Egrets, Grey Herons and a handful of Common Terns. Others had seen Kingfishers on Tringford as well. Ran out of time and energy to do Wilstone... (Lucy Flower)


13th Aug: Startops' Dunlin is still present by Peter Brazier. 
Mon 12th August: StartopsendBlack-tailed Godwit, Little Egret. Tringford: Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper (Jeff Bailey HBC).


Sun 11th August: At Wilstone Sunday am there were 2 Nuthatches and 2 Spotted Flycatchers plus Willow Warblers and Cettis Warbler singing. Lots of Reed Warblers, a few more Blackcaps than in recent weeks. Water level down about 75 mm. A Mink late in the am scurrying through the reeds. A Hobby went over northward and the rafts were covered in Lapwings again but the Terns were taking food out to the large raft still.  (Johne Taylor, Tring Ringing Group)
Sun 11th August: This morning I could find nothing new in a brief visit this morning  – although it wouldn't surprise me if there is a Bittern in the Marsworth reed bed after the record at College Lake yesterday. Tringford had three Little Egrets, one Green Sandpiper and a Common Sandpiper. Startops had a lone Little Egret. One thing I have noticed is that juvenile Common Terns have been settling on the mud just to the left of the hide on Startops the last few mornings. Granted this was fairly early in the morning but they haven’t been far from a fisherman further along on the mud and so they might also get there later on in the day too. A quick note that yesterday I heard a Nuthatch in the orchard area while was I on the footpath by Rushy Meadow and also there was a Green Sandpiper on the concrete edge at Wilstone. (Roy Hargreaves)
11th Aug: Juvenile Common Tern by Roy Hargreaves.
Sun 11th August: Startopsend: Dunlin, 5 Little Egret, 3 Grey Wagtail. Tringford: 2 Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, 3 Kingfisher. (Duncan Hilliard HBC) Tringford: Greenshank with 2 Green Sandpipers and a Common Sandpiper. (Cliffoed Smout HBC) 

Fri 9th August: This morning was grey and overcast and with a few showers seemed quite promising. I gave Startops a thorough grilling this morning and couldn't find the Common Scoter at all. At 5:45 a Greenshank flew round Startops calling before flying over Marsworth and heading in an easterly direction so College Lake may well be hosting it. The confiding Dunlin was roosting on the shore between the two sets of steps and was indifferent to people walking past. Startops also had two Common Sandpipers, a Little Egret and the eclipse male Red-crested PochardTringford had four Little Egrets, two Green Sandpipers and a Common SandpiperWilstone had two Common Sandpipers and a female Red-crested Pochard along with the usual Red Kites and 4 Little Egrets. The Blackcap I took yesterday at the back of Wilstone and seldom do they sit still this long but this juvenile was very co-operative. (Roy Hargreaves)
9th Aug: Juvenile Blackcap by Roy Hargreaves
Thu 8th August: Startopsend: Common Scoter, still mid-afternoon. (Geoff Young/) 

Thu 8th August: Today at Startops at 13:30 I saw a Dunlin at very close range near the steps from the car park. Also the female Common Scoter was still on the reservoir. (Michael Stallwood). 
8th Aug: Dunlin by Mike Stallwood.

Thu 8th August: This morning I couldn't find the Garganey on any of the reservoirs but it could easily be lurking in reeds or on College Lake. Startops had the Common Scoter still present and while watching it three Greenshank flew in at about 5:50am and briefly landed on the mud by the layby steps area of the bank before taking flight again for no reason. Also Spotted Flycatcher in the trees on the west side of Startops. Tringford was quiet with only one Little Egret and no Green Sandpipers that I could see. Wilstone had two Common Sandpipers and the water level has reduced sufficiently for the overflow to have stopped. (Roy Hargreaves)

Note: Pumping has ceased from Startops and Tringford reservoirs and pumping is now taking place from Wilstone. Please see the news for more information (Peter Brazier).

Wed 7th August: Went to Startops/Marsworth to see the Common Scoter and the Garganey. The Scoter was showing well, diving, preening and wing flapping. No one had seen the Graganey. Whilst looking for the Garganey saw a duck come in to land. On closer inspection it was a Male eclipsed Mandarin duck (ID kindly confirmed by Lee Evans). It was very confiding and at 3pm was by the trees on the Canal/Marsworth bank. There is only one set of overhanging trees. I sent a couple of others to look at it and they reported back that they had seen it.  Little Egrets always look so dapper, so I was interested to see one give itself a good shake and “untangle” itself. Photos attached. (Mike Nott)
7th Aug: Mandarin by Mike Nott


7th Aug: Little Egret by Mike Nott

7th Aug: Little Egret by Mike Nott

Wed 7th August: This morning I decided to try and get some video of the Common Scoter as it seemed like a good opportunity given the relatively close views so I didn't have my camera with me. Typical that there would be a Garganey swimming close in with the Mallard at the south end of Marsworth. I got some poor video at 5:49 of it and then some slightly better video of it at 6:00am. The attached videograb is taken from that footage. While waiting for David I checked Startops and the Common Scoter was still there so I videoed that and counted seven Little Egrets on the west bank of Startops. Spotted Flys were still calling in the wood. When I returned to Marsworth David had the Garganey was associating with two Teal and was on the far side from the path so much further away. Tringford only appeared to have one Green Sandpiper this morning and little else of note. Stuart Wilson reported seeing an Otter swimming out of the creek first thing and a Black-tailed Godwit that was on a barley bale until flushed by a dog walker. Also a Green Sandpiper was there and Common Sandpiper and Common Snipe. Also beware of the practically white-bodied Common Buzzard that I saw round the back of Wilstone. The juvenile Red Kite was also vocal round the back as was a Marsh Tit. (Roy Hargreaves)
7th Aug: Garganey by Roy Hargreaves
Wed 7th August: Dave Bilcock has found a Garganey at Marsworth this morning, with 2 Teal (Rob Andrews)

Tue 6th August: Startopsend: Juvenile Little Ringed Plover and a Little Egret flew into Bucks. (Mike Collard)
6th Aug: Startops' Celebrity Common Scoter by David Hutchinson.


6th Aug: Juvenile Little Ringed Plover by David Hutchinson.
Tue 6th August: Before anyone asks yes I do take photos of things other than Spotted FlycatchersJ I included this one as it clearly shows that the bird is ringed and presumably the one ringed a few weeks ago at Marsworth as it was in the trees on the west side of Startops. Anyway the Common Scoter was still present this morning and was mobile as it made it into the Bucks section of the reservoir having been on the west side of the reservoir. I really must submit this bird to BBC so that I can finally get my initials by a bird that I've found that ended up in BucksJ Also the eclipse male Red-crested Pochard was on Startops and Spotted Flys were in the small wood and also on the west side of Startops. Tringford had only three Little Egrets but had four Green Sandpipers and the eclipse male Mandarin was back there too. Wilstone had two or three Little Egrets and three Common Sandpipers and it might be my imagination but the water level seems to have dropped as there are more rocks visible in the middle – before you know it waders will have no excuse but to stop instead of flying straight through. (Roy Hargreaves)
6th Aug: Spotted Flycatcher by Roy Hargreaves
Sun 4th August: Tring Water Treatment hide (members only): Kingfisher, 2 Reed Warbler, Pair of Mute Swan with 3 cygnets, Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron (inc 2 Juvenile) Tufted Duck, Moorhen, Coot, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Cetti's (heard only), Wood Pigeon, Common Tern. (Peter Brazier)
Sun 4th August: This morning I only had time for a quick tour of the reservoirs and this was slightly disrupted by my first stop. At Startops the family of Spotted Flycatchers were in the wood but harder to see as they were on the sunny side of the trees to the east of the path. Scanning from the hide for waders yielded nothing so I turned to scanning the water surface and spotted this female/immature Common Scoter by the artificial islands. It was actually close to the eclipse male Red-crested Pochard at one point and when I left it was heading towards the Bucks section of the reservoir although I never saw it enter Bucks. On checking literature I think it may be a female but am open to other suggestions if anyone saw its belly clearly. Moving on to Tringford I counted eleven Little Egrets and two Green Sandpipers – from Dave Hutchinson’s report it may be that one has relocated to College Lake. The short time I had left for Wilstone revealed two Little Egrets but I think they’d relocated from Tringford and also two Common Sandpipers. (Roy Hargreaves)
Sun 4th August: Startopsend: Pair of Shoveller and a Juvenile Little Ringed Plover (Peter Brazier)
Sun 4th August: Startopsend: The Common Scoter moved from Bucks section by canal wall to centre of resy, got very close again around 15:30, but disturbed by family in small bay area. (Graham Smith)
4th Aug: Juvenile Little Ringed Plover by Peter Brazier

4th Aug: Common Scoter by David Hutchinson

4th Aug: Common Scoter by Peter Brazier
Sat 3rd August: This morning Tringford had three Green Sandpipers, six Little Egrets and eclipse male Mandarin as the highlights. Startops/Marsworth had the usual eclipse male Red-crested Pochard and family party of Spotted Flycatchers and Brown Hawkers were about. Wilstone was the highlight with a flock of five Whimbrel flying in from the north-east and heading straight out over the hide and into Bucks at a little after 7:00am. Surprisingly there were no Little Egrets around Wilstone. Three Common Sandpipers were mobile and a family party of Spotted Flycatchers included this one watching me from almost directly above my head. (Roy Hargreaves).
3rd Aug: Spotted Flycatcher by Roy Hargreaves. 
Fri 2nd August: TringfordKingfisher, 2 Little Egret, 3 Green Sandpiper (Jeff Bailey HBC)

Thu 1st August: It started out overcast at 5:30 when I went out but soon brightened up. Having seen a Fox briefly in my garden this morning  it was nice to see two loafing on the mud at Tringford this morning not interested in the two Green Sandpipers, Mandarin or four Little EgretsStartops had the Spotted Flycatchers family still in the small wood and an eclipse male Red-crested Pochard on the water. Wilstone had Little Egrets flying about, three Common Sandpipers and a family party of Spotted Flycatchers at the top of the cress beds that were in better light than the Startops’ birds although a little distant unfortunately. Also butterflies like the sunbathing Peacock were out and I saw my first Migrant Hawker for this year. A reminder that we are now in August and autumn migration is fully upon us, now to find more migrants!!
1st August: Migrant Hawker by Roy Hargreaves.

1st August: Spotted Flycatcher by Roy Hargreaves.


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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