I haven’t kept a list for years. I’d started watching for the list, and not for the joy of watching birds, so I stopped and started looking at the birds again.
I thought this year I might keep one. Or a couple. Year list, local Sawbridgeworth area, Weymouth area, and one specifically for birds just south of Sawbridgeworth in the SLRS area., so that’s four.
And I found the discipline of counting birds on the BTO survey useful; just that extra check to make sure everything’s been recorded often turns up something unexpected. So I’ll be doing more totals this year.
Start off with a Harlow Town Park in the gloom. Goldfinch 25, Siskin c10 roosting, GSW 1, Long-Tailed Tit 2, Chaffinch 1, Magpie 4, Blackbird “a few”, and many gulls over SW towards the Lee Valley Reservoirs included 1 Common Gull, 2 LBB, 1 Herring Gull.