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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Heard possible ARCTIC TERN at canal at Corner Hall earlier today - since then Ian Bennell has found one at Cassiobury Park, Watford, only 6.5miles SSE.

HEMEL MEGA: RINGED PLOVER heard calling whilst passing over Valley Green, Woodhall Farm C.12.30am last night.


RINGED PLOVER uttering upward-inflected 'khu-eep' or 'pu-eep' call as it passed overhead in the darkness at around 00.30 in the night, at Valley Green in Woodhall Farm.

This is only my second record for Hemel Hempstead, the other also being heard at night, though I do know they have been seen with Little Ringed Plover at Piccotts End Pools in adverse weather conditions during migration in the past.



Monday, 29 July 2013

Dead REEVES'S MUNTJAC beside L.Buzzard Rd. at Piccotts End.

2 (Male & Female) COMMA BUTTERFLIES at Piccotts End Pools


Male COMMA Butterfly on Brambles at Picotts End Pools





KINGFISHER, 2+ GREEN WOODPECKERS, C.3 STOCK DOVES, BUZZARD & LINNET at P.E.Pools.

PAINTED LADY BUTTERFLY at Piccotts End Pools.

HOBBY mobbed by Male KESTREL at Piccotts End Pools.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Lost COCKATIEL flying from Corner Hall to Two Waters whilst calling! 17.45


Escaped COCKATIEL calling whilst flying between Corner Hall offices & Two Waters - both shape of bird & call having a resemblance to Bee Eater!



RED KITE mobbed by Adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL with Juvenile & COMMON TERN, at Two Waters / Corner Hall.

Saturday, 13 July 2013

2 EDIBLE DORMICE (GLIS GLIS) in trees running along back of Valley Green, Woodhall Farm - my FIRST in Hemel!

RED-LEGGED PARTRIDGE in field behind Valley Green, Woodhall Farm.

Family of COAL TITS at Gaddesden Hall, P.E.Pools.

LITTLE EGRET N over Noake Mill Lane, Piccotts End Pools.

2 YELLOW WAGTAILS at Piccotts End Pools

C.100 SWIFTS at P.E.Pools

KINGFISHER at Piccotts End Pools

SPARROWHAWK attracted by C.70 SWIFTS at P.E.Pools.

HEMEL MEGA: Another SAND MARTIN at Piccotts End Pools - this one staying to feed for a while.

HEMEL MEGA: 2 SAND MARTINS S through Piccotts End Pools!

3 BUZZARDS around P.E.Pools

2 (Pair) TUFTED DUCKS, KESTREL, 4 LINNETS & 4 STOCK DOVES at P.E.Pools


Record shot of Drake & Female TUFTED DUCKS at Piccotts End Pools
Backlit Female KESTREL at Piccotts End Pools




1+ YELLOW WAGTAIL at Piccotts End Pools

TUFTED DUCK, 3 STOCK DOVES, 2 RED KITES, BUZZARD, CORMORANT, NUTHATCH, C.2 GREEN WOODPECKERS, LINNET & WHITETHROATS at Piccotts End Pools.

YELLOW WAGTAIL, 2 STOCK DOVES, YELLOWHAMMERS & WHITETHROATS at Piccotts End, in fields N of village.

2 RED KITES & 2 BUZZARDS up together over Valley Green, Woodhall Farm