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166 Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) Hickling Broad NWT Norfolk GB UK May 2022 c

Black-winged Stilt (Library photograph)

Hertfordshire bird news April 2024

The Black-winged Stilt that was at Long Marston flew into Hertfordhsire airspace 28th. A Rough-legged Buzzard flew over Easneye Wood and an Osprey flew north over Stanborough GP 5th and another one flew east at Wilstone Reservoir 27th. A Spoonbill headed north over Amwell NR 24th and a Wood Sandpiper was at Tyttenhanger GPs 28th.


Two Garganey were at Kings Mead 17th and at RSPB Rye Meads 19th- Stockers Lake Common Scoter 28th-29th. The Scaup remained at Hilfield Park Reservoir until 7th and the Pink-footed Goose was seen on and off at Startop's End Reservoir, Marsworth Reservoir and Wilstone Reservoir until 29th at least.


There were many sightings of Arctic Terns, particularly from Wilstone Reservoir. Peak counts were of forty-three at Wilstone Reservoir 23rd and at least sixty-seven Arctic Terns and two Little Gulls at Hilfield Park Reservoir 27th. An Arctic Tern was at Fairlands Valley Park 23rd-24th, five were at Amwell NR and two at Startops End Reservoir 27th. A Little Tern was at Wilstone Reservoir 27th. A Sandwich Tern was at Stanborough GP 6th, another was at Fairlands Valley Park 16th-17th and Amwell NR 28th.


There were a few Ring Ouzels with birds at Nashe's Farm nr St Albans 1st, Great Gaddesden 2nd, Deadman's Hill nr Sandon 6th-7th, Tring 7th, four at Aldbury Nowers 8th, Shafford Farm nr St Albans 17th. Batford 21st and Ashwell 24th. Single Redstarts were at Baldock 8th, Perry Green 11th, Symondshyde Great Wood 12th, Deadman's Hill nr Sandon 12th and Batford 21st. Waxwings were at St Albans and Rickmansworth until 25th.

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