Local Bird news November 2022

Hilfield Park Reservoir had a great northern diver on the 21st, other species seen there during the month including 2 goldeneyes, a goosander and a kittiwake. Amwell had a rare Sabine’s gull from 16th to 24th, a cattle egret on the 19th, plus its own goosander and goldeneye. A bittern was seen there a number of times during the month. A juvenile whooper swan, first seen there on the 4th, moved to Rye Meads where it was seen from the 5th to the 23rd, Rye Meads also having a number of sightings of bearded tits. A red-necked grebe, 4 goldeneyes and a raven were at King George V Reservoir on the 24th. The Cheshunt area had up to 6 goosanders, a goldeneye and a smew, with Fisher’s Green having a bittern, 2 water rails and a yellow-legged gull. In the St Albans area, Coopers Green gravel pits had a merlin on the 22nd and large flocks of over 200 fieldfares, over 150 golden plovers and over 150 linnets were recorded.

More locally, Trent Park had sightings of 1 or 2 firecrests, with a woodcock there on the 17th and 2 ravens on the 26th. Rectory Farm near Enfield continued to have occasional brief sightings of the Dartford warbler with up to 15 yellowhammers, and a black redstart and up to 4 stonechats were at other farms in the area. A tawny owl was at Forty Hall on the 14th.