After last month's misdirection I got back to Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits and with better weather was able to see the proper site. I saw 43 species with wetland, meadow and farmland species represented. It's an excellent location to be a new patch, despite the drive involved getting there.
The next day I went to Grovelands Park, which looked like another great local patch, but which was spoiled by the many unleashed dogs. In the woodland area, I was confronted by a mastiff and a smaller dog. Fortunately the owner was just behind, but on previous visits I'd seen similar situations and don't fancy increasing my chances of being bitten by going more often. However, I still saw 35 species, including Mandarin Duck, Common Pochard, Stock Dove, Mistle and Song Thrush, and 10 Siskin. With less dogs it would likely be an excellent patch.
Tuesday 14th, Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits, Hertfordshire, UK.
Wednesday 15th, Grovelands Park, London, UK.