A walk from Tesco's to the south east of the parish. As can be seen from the attached photo, conditions were far from ideal!
Highlight, however was coming across a party of 35 siskins in trees near Bury Green. Usual residents were seen, with 4 bullfinches adding colour, observed near Acremore Street. A group of 15+ yellowhammers were also recorded. Bird photography was not feasible due to the extremely poor light. In all, a disappointing 19 species were seen, with fieldfare and redwing being the most common.
I t should be noted that all my records not only get forwarded to the county recorder, but are also uploaded to the BTO (British Trust for Ornithology) who are carrying out a 4 year bird survey of the whole of the UK. The information gleaned will be printed as the Bird Atlas of the UK. Each part of the UK is split into tetrads and these are then split into 2km survey squares. All my records go to fill details for tetrad TL42 (F, G, K and L) I am also responsible for recording all data for square TL41Z which is the patch along the River Stort navigation from Spellbrook into the town centre. Nice to have a completely different habitat to study every now and again. Details of this survey can be viewed at http://www.hertsatlas.co.uk/ and at http://www.birdatlas.net