Local area bird report February

The most notable sighting of the month was a little bunting, which was ringed at Stanborough Reedmarsh near Welwyn Garden City on the 21st. Rye Meads had a lesser spotted woodpecker on the 7th, an impressive flock of 406 lapwings on the 3rd, up to 5 bearded tits, 3 yellowhammers, 2 shelducks and a barn owl, barn owls also being seen at Amwell and Kings Meads. King George V Reservoir continued to host winter rarities, with Slavonian and red-necked grebes, a smew, a scaup, up to 8 goosanders and up to 20 goldeneyes, goldeneyes and goosanders also being seen in the Fisher’s Green area and at Amwell. A merlin was at Cooper’s Green gravel pits and Lemsford Springs continued to host 2 jack snipe and up to 14 green sandpipers. Locally, Grovelands Park had a water rail early in the month, with 2 firecrests being seen there and also at Trent Park, tawny owls being heard at both. Ravens were seen at Trent Park and Totteridge as well as farms around Enfield. Totteridge also had up to 3 little owls, 3 stonechats, 2 skylarks and a kingfisher.