As part of the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) survey work for the bird atlas of the UK, I have an area around Spellbrook and Twyford Locks to cover. Today, I returned to continue this bird count in the area I used to bird regularly when living in Bishop's Stortford.
Unusual birds came in the shape of marsh tit, grey wagtail, little grebe, grey heron and cormorant. More frequently recorded birds were the tits and finches, with 6 bullfinches being observed ( shown above) along with good numbers of long tailed tits (shown below.)
In all, 28 species for the 2 hour walk which is about usual for the time of year. No lesser spotted woodpecker or siskins, which can be found in this area. Plenty of winter thrushes with fieldfares being most numerous.