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Please feel free to post records of sightings for locations within the Croydon area on this Wiki. To do so, just click on the 'Edit' prompt beside the relevant month and use the standard format. Alternatively, you can email the sightings (with date and location) to johnbirkett(at)hotmail.co.uk. Note that records submitted to this website will be shared with the RSPB Croydon Local Group for use in their survey of birds in Croydon. We may get back to you for more info about records of scarcer species and records of other wildlife as records posted here may also be submitted to the London Natural History Society and the Surrey county bird recorder. Do not post records on this website unless you are happy for them to be shared with the other organisations mentioned here. Please do not post details of scarce breeding birds (those included in Schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, amended 2000) except to alert other observers to the presence somewhere in the borough when it should be shown as Location undisclosed. Any reports giving a specific location will be removed or modified by the website administrator. We would still like to know of such potential breeding records, so please e-mail them to johnbirkett(at)hotmail.co.uk. If posting records from a private garden include the street name if you wish, but do not give the house number without express permission. You can use these links to find out more about Birdwatching Sites in Croydon and for information about Ringed Birds. There is a separate page for recording sightings of species other than birds, eg mammals, dragonflies, butterflies, etc. Click on the link here to access Other Wildlife. Regular contributors identified below by only initials are - John Birkett (JB), Gavin Hawgood (GH), John Hughes (JAH), Dave MacMillan (DMac), Dave Miller (DM), Mike Netherwood (MJN), Alan Pearson (AJP), John Watson (JW) and Simon Harris (SH).

2015 Croydon Bird ReportEdit

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The 2015 Croydon Bird Report has now been published. For details of how to obtain a copy please see the RSPB Croydon Local Group's website. The price has been maintained at last year's £3.50.

Note that the text of some earlier Bird Reports is now being uploaded to this website and can be found here.

Photos RequestEdit

If anyone takes photographs of birds in Croydon and is willing to let the RSPB Croydon Local Group use them in their annual report can you please get in touch with John Birkett (johnbirkett(at)hotmail.co.uk). I am particularly interested in any photos of the Cetti's Warbler at SNCP

The Big Croydon BirdwatchEdit

The month of May sees the RSPB Croydon Local Group's 'Big Croydon Bird Watch' where members try to see as many species as they can in Croydon on a day of their choosing during the month. Some will be doing a Big Day by going round many sites in the borough and it would be appreciated if sightings of less common species are posted here as soon as possible to assist them. The Group is hoping that these people will be getting sponsorship for participating so the more species they see, the more money will be raised for the RSPB. If you wish to sponsor this event please contact John Birkett.

May 2018Edit

  • 24th - South Norwood Country Park: Lesser Whitethroat (JAH)
  • 23rd - South Norwood Country Park: Common Sandpiper (JAH
  • 22nd - location undisclosed: Snippet of black redstart approx 13:05. Any other sightings/record from others? exact location can be given to admin on request (Mark Wingrove) I have removed location as this is a sensitive species. (admin) A 2nd bird heard at a separate location in the evening. (Admim)
  • 22nd - Norbury (Pollards Hill South): Buzzard east at 08:00. (MJN)
  • 22nd - Sanderstead (Briton Hill Road): Buzzard over house at 10.55 mobbed by paie of Crows. Repeat of 17th! (JB)
  • 21st - Sanderstead (Briton Hill Road): 3 Swifts screaming around near house - first actually seen here this year after occasionally hearing one over past few days. (JB)
  • 21st - Sanderstead Pond: Heron 3 Mallard ducklings (lunch?). (JB)
  • 21st - Sanderstead (Mayfield Road): 3 Swifts screaming around rooftops. (JB)
  • 21st - Wandle Park: Juv Coot, 1 ad & 2 young Moorhens. 1 Heron, 3 Swifts. (JB)
  • 21st - Waddon Ponds: Pair Mute Swan with 9 cygnets, 3 broods of Coot plus 3 occupied nests, 2 pairs of Tufted Duck, singing Goldcrest and singing Chiffchaff. (JB)
  • 21st - South Norwood Country Park Greylag Goose, 3 Egyptian Goose, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Stock Dove, 7 Collared Dove, 7 Swift, Kestrel, Jackdaw, 3 Swallow, Lesser Whitethroat, 11 Reed Warbler, Pied Wagtail, male Bullfinch, Reed Bunting. (JAH)
  • 20th - South Norwood Lake: (08:00:09:30) 15 Canada Goose, 1 Egyptian Goose, 14 Mallard + 1 brood of 8, 22 Tufted Duck, pair Great Crested Grebe, 1 m Kestrel, 12 Moorhen, 20 Coot, 1 Leser Black- backed Gull, 3 Stock Dove, 5 Collared Dove, 6 Swifts, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 9 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 6 House Sparrow, Goldfinch, (JW)
  • 19th - South Norwood Lake: (07:30:09:15) 12 Canada Goose, 1 Egyptian Goose, 12 Mallard, 18 Tufted Duck, pair Great Crested Grebe, 10 Moorhen, 20 Coot + 3 broods of 4- 5-6, 3 Stock Dove , 4 Collared Dove, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker 3 at nest sites feeding young, 1 Pied Wagtail, 8 Blackcap + 2 at nest sites feeding young, 2 Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 2 House Sparrows+ 4juv, Goldfinch, (JW)
  • 19th - South Norwood Country Park: Greylag Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose + 4 young to add to the ever burgeoning nursery of Canada Goose, Mallard and Coot young, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Stock Dove, 6 Collared Dove, 3 Swift, Kestrel, Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 9 Reed Warbler, 2 Linnet around Ryelands Field (first of year and something of a rarity these days), 3 Reed Bunting. (JAH)
  • 18th - Sanderstead (Briton Hill Road): Swifts heard screaming several times during morning. Are the local birds finally back? (JB)
  • 18th - Lloyd Park (12:15): Tawny Owl - looking very rufous in the sunshine - pursued by a Parakeet across open grassland from one spinney to another. (John Parish)
  • 18th - South Norwood Lake: (07:45:09:15) 12 Canada Goose, 1 Egyptian Goose, 13 Mallard, 20 Tufted Duck, pair Great Crested Grebe, 14 Moorhen, 24 Coot, 5 Stock Dove, 4 Collared Dove, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Pied Wagtail (over) 3 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 6 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 9 Chiffchaff, 5 Long-tailed Tit + family party of 7, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Jackdaw (over) 4 House Sparrow + 4juv, 9 Goldfinch, (JW)
  • 17th - Sanderstead (Briton Hill Road): Buzzard mobbed by 2 Crows over house at 11:25 while a Goldcrest was singing in the garden. (JB)
  • 17th - South Norwood Lake: (07:45:09:15) 15 Canada Goose (+1 at nest with 6 eggs), 1 Egyptian Goose, 12 Mallard, 19 Tufted Duck, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Moorhen, 20 Coot, 3 Stock Dove, 4 Collared Dove, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush, 6 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 11 Chiffchaff, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 6 House Sparrow, Goldfinch (JW)
  • 17th - South Norwood Country Park: Red Kite. (JAH)
  • 16th - South Norwood Country Park: 3 Greylag Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose, Little Egret, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Stock Dove, 7 Collared Dove, 8 Swift, Kestrel, 2 Jackdaw, 3 Swallow, 9 Reed Warbler, 2 Reed Bunting. (JAH)
  • 15th - South Norwood Lake (07:30:09:15) 12 Canada Goose, 1 Egyptian Goose, 15 Mallard, 21 Tufted Duck, pair Great Crested Grebe, 12 Moorhen, 20 Coot + 3 nests with broods of 5-5-6, 4 Stock Dove, 3 Collared Dove, 2 Swift, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker (3 at nest sites feeding young), 3 Song Thrush (2 with food), 6 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 5 House Sparrow, Goldfinch (JW)
  • 14th - Selhurst (Towpath Way): A pair of Coal Tits have visited the bird feeders in my garden for 3 days now. This is the first year we have noticed them. Hopefully they will nest nearby, and continue to visit our garden. (Rob Wyllie).
  • 14th - South Norwood Lake (07:45:09:15) 14 Canada Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose, 16 Mallard, 21 Tufted Duck, pair Great Crested Grebe, 1m Sparrowhawk, 16 Moorhen, 20 Coot, 1ad Herring Gull, 3 Stock Dove, 5 Collared Dove, 3 Swift, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 6 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 6 House Sparrow, Goldfinch (JW)
  • 13th - South Norwood (Pittville Gdns) (5pm): single Swift feeding medium high for 1 minute, then E (GH)
  • 13th - South Norwood Lake (07:45:09:15) 20 Canada Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose, 18 Mallard, 21 Tufted Duck, pair Great Crested Grebe, 12 Moorhen, 22 Coot, 3 Stock Dove, 4 Collared Dove, 7 Swift, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 8 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 11 Chiffchaff, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 6 House Sparrow, Goldfinch (JW)
  • 12th - Waddon Ponds: 12.00-13.00. 2 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose, 24 Mallard plus broods of 5 & 4, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 6 Moorhen plus 3 young, 5 Coot plus broods of 4 & 1, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Woodpigeon, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Swift very high, 1 Magpie, 2 Carrion Crow, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Starling, 2 Blackbird, 4 House Sparrow, 1 Goldfinch (Bird Arrivals at Waddon Ponds)
  • 12th - Thornton Heath Recreation Ground : Pair of Grey Wagtails feeding fledglings on Norbury Brook, Blackcap singing also Song Thrush singing (D Benton)
  • 12th - South Norwood (Kings Road) (12:15) 1 ad 3 juv Mistle Thrush, 2 singing Blackcap, (JW)
  • 12th - South Norwood Lake: (07:30:09:15) 21 Canada Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose, 14 Mallard, 22 Tufted Duck, pair Great Crested Grebe, 13 Moorhen, 19 Coot (1 at nest with 4 young), 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Stock Dove, 4 Collared Dove, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker (2 at nest sites feeding young), 3 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 7 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 9 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 5 House Sparrow, 12 Goldfinch (JW)
  • 12th - South Norwood Country Park: Common Sandpiper. (JAH)
  • 11th - Farthing Downs: 1 Buzzard, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroats 1 Wheatear, 4 Skylarks, 11 Linnet, 3 Swallows,3 Swifts. (JB and SH)
  • 11th - Riddlesdown; 2 Whitethroats 2 Bullfinch, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, 4 Linnet. (JB and SH)
  • 11th - Location undisclosed: Raven. (JB and SH)
  • 11th - Wandle Park: Grey Wagtail feeding a youngster. (JB)
  • 11th - South Norwood Lake: (07:30:09:15) 18 Canada Goose, 14 Mallard, 24 Tufted Duck, pair Great Crested Grebe at nest, 11 Moorhen, 17 Coot, 2 Stock Dove, 5 Collared Dove, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush, 8 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 5 House Sparrow, Goldfinch (JW)
  • 11th - South Norwood Country Park: Garden Warbler. (JAH)
  • 10th - South Norwood Lake (08:00:09:30) 2 Greylag Goose, 15 Canada Goose, 12 Mallard, 19 Tufted Duck, pair + 1 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Moorhen, 15 Coot, 3 Stock Dove, 4 Collared Dove, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush, 8 Blackcap, 2 singing Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 5 House Sparrow, Goldfinch (JW)
  • 9th - Hutchinsons Bank: Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker, Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap, Bullfinch. (John Parish). 1 Red Kite, Kestrel (Ernest Thomason)
  • 9th - Farthing Downs: Yellowhammer singing, Lesser Whitethroat singing, 9 Linnets, 3 Skylarks, 2 Whitethroats. (JB)
  • 9th - South Norwood Country Park: 3 Greylag Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose, Cormorant, 2 Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, 2 Stock Dove, 7 Collared Dove, 2 Swift, 2 Kestrel, 10 Reed Warbler, 12 Greenfinch, Reed Bunting. (JAH) 5 Common Buzzard, 2 Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Peregrine, c20 Swifts, c10 Swallows through (London Birders - Paul Moss, Dave Strevens, John Reid)
  • 8th - Queen's Rd Cemetery (Thornton Heath) (12.30-14.30): 20 species for the Big Croydon Birdwatch, incl 1m Sparrowhawk, 3 Swift, 1 Blackcap, 1 Jay & 1 Jackdaw (GH)
  • 8th - New Addington (Birch Wood) (8.30am): Buzzard heard mewing high overhead; Bullfinch calling in dense cover (Michael Hampton per GH)
  • 8th - South Norwood Country Park: 2 Mistle Thrush. (JAH)
  • 7h - Sanderstead (Mitchley Hill): Wheatear in private garden. (John Stevens by email)
  • 7th - South Norwood (Pittville Gdns) (all day): my Big Croydon Sponsored Birdwatch 2018 totaled a disappointing 21 species (incl Stock Dove, Swift (just!), Blackcap & Goldcrest); a surprising lack of migrants about for the time of year (GH)
  • 7th - South Norwood Country Park: 8 Reed Warbler. (JAH)
  • 6th - South Norwood Country Park: Rook, escorted by Parakeets, over south east. (JAH)
  • 6th - Bingham Road, near Colworth Road: 2 Red Kite flying south away from Lower Addiscombe Road (SJA)
  • 5th - South Norwood Lake: (07:30:09:15): 15 Canada Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose, 13 Mallard, 18 Tufted Duck, pair Great Crested Grebe, 11 Moorhen, 15 Coot, 3 Stock Dove, 3 Collared Dove, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush, 8 Blackcap, 9 Chiffchaff, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 5 House Sparrow, 1 Greenfinch, 10 Goldfinch (JW)
  • 5th - Sanderstead (Briton Hill Road): Swift heard overhead at 10:00. (JB)
  • 5th - Kings Wood: 03:38-06:25 for the dawn chorus. Tawny Owls hooting in 3 different areas of the wood, 10+ Stock Dove (some with Woodpigeons on adjacent sports field), 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Green Woodpeckers, Goldcrest singing, Nuthatch, Treecreeper. (J&CB)
  • 5th - Riddlesdown: 06:34-07:45. 3 singing Whitethroats, 10 Skylarks, 4 Meadow Pipits, 2 Linnets 1 Swallow N at 06:49. (J&CB)
  • 5th - South Norwood Country Park: Lesser Whitethroat. (JAH)
  • 5th - Norbury SW16: (17:50) Single Swift over (1st sighting this year, same date as last year. (SEC)
  • 4th - South Norwood (Pittville Gdns) (11am): 1 Swift feeding very low S through Gdns, 2 Blackcaps & 1 Whitethroat singing; 1f Sparrowhawk spiraling/displaying overhead (2pm) (GH)
  • 4th - South Norwood Lake: (07:45:09:15) 15 Canada Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose, 11 Mallard, 17 Tufted Duck, Pheasant (calling railway embankment), pair Great Crested Grebe, 1m Sparrowhawk, 12 Moorhen, 15 Coot, 4 Stock Dove, 3 Collared Dove, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Song Thrush, 9 Blackcap, 12 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 4 Long-tailed Tit (1 pair at nest feeding young), 1 Coal Tit, 5 House Sparrow (JW)
  • 4th - South Norwood Country Park: Bullfinch. (JAH)
  • 3rd - Wandle Park: 2 Swifts, 1 Willow Warbler. (Sue Henning by email)
  • 3rd - South Norwood (Pittville Gdns) (4.30pm): 1f Sparrowhawk displaying medium high; 1f Kestrel displaying low; pair Stock Doves through medium high E; 2 singing Blackcaps (GH)
  • 3rd - New Addington/Layhams Farm BBS plus: Several Skylarks (Layhams), 2 Buzzard (1 Layhams, 1 Rowdown Wood), 4 Whitethroat (Layhams), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Layhams), hundreds of Woodpigeons, dozens of Crows and Jackdaws, several Rooks (mainly Layhams but 1 Homestead Way), 3 House Martin seen from Fieldway tram stop. (JB)
  • 3rd - Sanderstead: 2 Mute Swans NE near Plantation at 06:40. Buzzard over Briton Hill Road, mobbed by 2 Crows, at 13:50. (JB)
  • 3rd - New Addington (Birch Wood) (11.30am): 1 Garden Warbler (1st Croydon sighting this year?) & 1 Chiffchaff singing (Michael Hampton per GH)
  • 3rd - South Norwood Lake: (08:00:09:30) 2 Mute Swan, 15 Canada Goose (1 on nest), 3 Egyptian Goose, 12 Mallard, 20 Tufted Duck, pair Great Crested Grebe, 1m Sparrowhawk, 1m Kestrel, 15 Moorhen, 19 Coot, 2 Stock Dove, 4 Collared Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Song Thrush, 8 Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 4 Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit at nest feeding young, 2 Coal Tit, 5 House Sparrow, Goldfinch (JW)
  • 3rd - South Norwood Country Park: Common Sandpiper (JAH)
  • 2nd - South Norwood (Pittville Gdns) (1.45-2pm): 1 Swallow rapidly E at tree-top height (site 1st of year), 1 Swift drifting med high E (site 1st of year), 1 Mallard low W (GH)
  • 2nd - South Norwood Country Park: 2 Greylag Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose, Cormorant, 2 Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Stock Dove, 3 Collared Dove, Kestrel, 9 Swallow, Willow Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler. (JAH) 11.00 - 11.30 Little Egret, 1 Swift. 7 Swallows & 3 House Martins feeding over lake. (Brian Russell)
  • 1st - Wandle Park: 1 Swallow, pair Moorhens with 4 young. (Sue Henning by email)
  • 1st - Farthing Downs: BBS highlights include 6 Linnet, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Buzzard, 1 Mistle Thrush, no more than 2 Yellowhammer (the breeding outlook for this species seems very bleak here now). Also present, 2 Whitethroat, 3 Goldfinch, 2 Coal Tit, 3 Long Tailed Tit. (DH)
  • 1st - South Norwood Country Park: 4 Greylag Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose, male Pochard, 4 Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, 4 Stock dove, 5 Collared Dove, 6 Swallow, Willow Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 10 Greenfinch, Reed Bunting. (JAH). Hobby 16.00 (Brian Russell)

Archived RecordsEdit

2018 January 2018 - February 2018 - March 2018 - April 2018 - May 2018 - June 2018 - July 2018 - August 2018 - September 2018 - October 2018 - November 2018 - December 2018

2017 January 2017 - February 2017 - March 2017 - April 2017 - May 2017 - June 2017 - July 2017 - August 2017 - September 2017 - October 2017 - November 2017 - December 2017

2016 January 2016 - February 2016 - March 2016 - April 2016 - May 2016 - June 2016 - July 2016 - August 2016 - September 2016 - October 2016 - November 2016 - December 2016

2015 January 2015 - February 2015 - March 2015 - April 2015 - May 2015 - June 2015 - July 2015 - August 2015 - September 2015 - October 2015 - November 2015 - December 2015

2014 January 2014 - February 2014 - March 2014 - April 2014 - May 2014 - June 2014 - July 2014 - August 2014 - September 2014 - October 2014 - November 2014 - December 2014

2013 January 2013 - February 2013 - March 2013 - April 2013 - May 2013 - June 2013 - July 2013 - August 2013 - September 2013 - October 2013 - November 2013 - December 2013