The highlight today was my first Whitethroat of the year with a male singing in the northern end of the nature reserve adjacent to Fullerians rugby club. The 2 Bullfinches were still around the meadow and a Treecreeper was around the mini railway. A Swallow flew North over the council yard in the afternoon.
The first good bird of the day was a Common Tern that flew over the meadow (although 2 were reported over the fishing lake on Saturday). A Meadow Pipit flew over as did a Swallow albeit South! The male Mandarin was on the canal still so perhaps the female is on the nest?
Firstly apologies for the total lack of posts recently but hopefully normal service will be resumed quickly!
A Greylag Goose flew South along the canal and a Lesser Redpoll flew over the cricket square mid morning but it was the 21 Meadow Pipits that flew over in small groups that provided the highlight for today. The pair of Mandarin were on the grass by the paddling pools before heading back to the canal and a Willow Warbler was singing near the East end of the park.
The highlight today was the 2 Wheatears (1 male) by the log benches for a couple of hours first thing. A Meadow Pipit flew over and a surprising sight of a Nuthatch picking up a lump of fox poo and flying off with it presumably to use on narrowing its nest hole?!
The first Willow Warbler in the park this year down by the mini railway whilst near the river a Kingfisher was heard but not seen and the pair of Mandarin were still present. 2 Little Owls called to each other and a Sparrowhawk flew over.
It was a day of gulls today with 3 LBB Gulls and a Herring Gull that dropped in early morning along with 2 unseasonal BH Gulls.
It was during the afternoon whilst marking out the football pitches that I recieved 2 phone calls telling me of a Herts Mega at Tring. So I left work and headed up to Wilstone reservoir and thankfully bumped into Joan Thompson who let me use her scope to view my first Fulmar in the county and also the first for almost everyone else! But the following morning it was picked up moribund and later died. A sad end to a cracking bird. A quick scan before I left also saw Swallow and Common Tern added to the year list and at least 70 Sand Martin and 2 Little Egrets (which were my 100th and 101st in Herts.
Born and bred in Watford,Herts, I started birding when I was just 8 years old because the old next door neighbours garden was very overgrown and attracted birds to his and our gardens! I first went to the Watford RSPB group at 15 and then I joined the Herts Bird Club in the same year. I was on the Herts Bird Club committee for 3 years. I started twitching in September 2001 after i'd bought my RBA pager and within a week of owning it i'd added Red-Necked Stint and American Green Heron! I keep 2 main lists which can be seen above.