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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

September 2018Edit

  • 24th - South Norwood Lake: 1 Mute Swan, 10 Canada Goose, 3 Egyptian Goose, 18 Mallard, 18 Tufted Duck, 1ad 1 juv Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Hobby (over SW) 18 Moorhen, 25 Coot, 1 Black-headed Gull, 2 Stock Dove, 5 Collared Dove, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 House Martin, 1f Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Jay, 5 House Sparrows, (JW)
  • 24th - South Norwood Country Park: 2 Mute Swan, 57 Greylag Goose, 3 Egyptian Goose, 2 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 11 Cormorant, 2 Little Grebe + juv., Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, 2 Kestrel, 4 Jackdaw, Blackcap, Grey Wagtail, first Siskin of the autumn. (JAH)
  • 23rd - Not actually within Croydon, but there were 19 Spoonbills at Beddington Farmlands this morning before they were spooked by bikers and finally flew off to the south at 11:30. Keep your eyes open. (Admin)
  • 23rd - Queens Road Cemetery: Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Goldcrests. (Nigel Harris by email)
  • 23rd - South Norwood Country Park: 62 Greylag Goose (JAH) Kestrel, Mistle Thrush, 2 Willow Warblers. (Rob Wyllie by Twitter)
  • 22nd - South Norwood Lake: (07:45:09:15) 1 Mute Swan, 38 Canada Goose, 3 Egyptian Goose, 16 Mallard, 20 Tufted Duck, 1ad 1juv Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 18 Moorhen, 24 Coot, 2 Black-headed Gull, 2 Stock Dove, 4 Collared Dove, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 9 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Jay 4 House Sparrow, 10 Goldfinch, (JW)
  • 22nd - South Norwood Country Park: 2 Mute Swan, 14 Greylag Goose, 3 Egyptian Goose, 7 Shoveler, 6 Cormorant, adult + juv. Little Grebe, Kestrel, 2 Jackdaw, 3 Blackcap, Whitethroat, Whinchat, 2 Grey Wagtail, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting. (JAH/PP)
  • 21st - South Norwood Country Park: 2 Mute Swan, 7 Cormorant, 2 Little Grebes, Common Sandpiper, 2 Kestrel. (JB)
  • 20th - South Norwood Country Park: 2 Mute Swan, 15 Greylag Goose, 3 Egyptian, 4 Shoveler, 7 Cormorant, adult and juv. Little Grebe, Common Sandpiper, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Stock Dove, 4 Collared Dove, Kingfisher, 2 Kestrel, 3 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 2 Mistle Thrush, Whinchat, 2 Grey Wagtail, Reed Bunting. (JAH)
  • 19th - Waddon Ponds: Another cygnet ringed today by Mark Stanley - orange 4CSX. Also 1 Teal and c120 Black-headed Gulls present. (JB)
  • 19th - Old Coulsdon (TQ318580): poss Barn Owl 01:30 ['very pale'] (London Birders - Mark Baldwin via Surrey BN) If anyone knows more about this please contact me as this is the potential first Barn Owl in Croydon for many years. (Admin)
  • 19th - South Norwood Country Park: 2 Mute Swan, 3 Greylag Goose, 5 Egyptian Goose, 7 Shoveler, 9 Cormorant, 2 Little Grebe + 1 young, Sparrowhawk, Common Sandpiper, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Stock Dove, 2 Collared Dove, Kingfisher, 2 Kestrel, 12 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 2 Blackcap, 2 Mistle Thrush, Whinchat, Reed Bunting. (JAH)
  • 18th - Norbury SW16: 5 Jays in garden (SEC)
  • 18th - South Norwood Lake: (07:30:09:15) 1 Mute Swan, 20 Mallard, 1f Shoveler, 18 Tufted Duck, 1ad 1juv Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 18 Moorhen, 25 Coot, 2 Black-headed Gulls, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Stock Dove, 4 Collared Dove, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Coal tit, 3 Jay, 4 Jackdaw(2 over) 9 House Sparrows, (JW)
  • 18th - South Norwood Country Park: 2 Mute Swan, 7 Greylag Goose, 3 Egyptian Goose, 3 Shoveler, 5 Cormorant, 2 Little Grebe + 1 young, Common Sandpiper, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Stock Dove, 3 Collared Dove, Kingfisher, 2 Kestrel, Hobby, 2 Blackcap, Whinchat, Reed Bunting. (JAH)
  • 17th - South Norwood Lake: (07:30:09:15) 1 Mute Swan, 34 Canada Goose, 18 Mallard, 16 Tufted Duck, 1ad 1juv Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant + 8 over 09:10 N/NW, 1 Grey heron, 19 Moorhen, 21 Coot, 3 Stock Dove, 5 Collared Dove, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Jay, 5 House Sparrow, 10 Goldfinch, (JW)
  • 17th - Sanderstead (Briton Hill Road): Linnet over at 11:10. (JB)
  • 17th - South Norwood Country Park: 2 Mute Swan, Greylag Goose with 39 Canada Goose, 3 Egyptian Goose, 7 Shoveler, 8 Cormorant, 2 Little Grebe + 1 young, Sparrowhawk, Common Sandpiper, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 219 Woodpigeon, 6 Collared Dove, 2 Kestrel, 16 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, Whinchat, Grey Wagtail, Reed Bunting. (JAH)
  • 16th - South Norwood (Goat House Bridge) (09:25): 6 Swallows over S/SW (JW)
  • 16th - South Norwood Lake: (07:30:09:15) 2 Mute Swan, (no Canada Geese), 16 Mallard, 15 Tufted Duck, 1ad/1juv Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 18 Moorhen, 24 Coot, 1 Stock Dove, 8 Collared Dove, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Jay, 2 Jackdaw, 9 House Sparrow, 11 Goldfinch (JW)
  • 15th - South Norwood Country Park: 2 Mute Swan took off toward SNL and returned later on, 13 Greylag Goose, 3 Egyptian Goose, 7 Shoveler, 11 Cormorant, 3 Little Grebe + 1 young, Common Sandpiper, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Kingfisher, Kestrel, Coal Tit, 3 Blackcap, Whitethroat, Grey Wagtail. (JAH)
  • 15th - South Norwood Lake: (07:30:09:15) 2 Mute Swan, 12 Mallard, 18 Tufted Duck, 1ad/1juv Great crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1f 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 18 Moorhen, 24 Coot, 17 Moorhen, 24 Coot, 2 Stock Dove, 5 Collared Dove, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 3 Jay, 2 Jackdaw, 6 House Sparrow, 10 Goldfinch (JW)
  • 14th - Wandle Park: Morning - Whinchat, 1 Black-headed Gull. (Sue Henning by email). Lunchtime - 1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Stock Dove. (JB)
  • 14th - Between Wandle Park tram stop and Purley Way: 1 Grey Wagtail and 5 Mallard on open stretch of River Wandle that I didn't know existed until today. (JB)
  • 14th - Waddon Ponds: 1st re-sighting of cygnet 4CSQ. 33 Black-headed Gulls inc Danish bird white VBA. 2 Egyptian Geese, 39 Canada Geese, 1ad & 1y Little Grebe, c100 Feral Pigeons. Meadow Pipit flew over John Lewis car park as I walked up to main gate. (JB)
  • 14th - South Norwood Country Park: 45 Greylag Goose, 3 Egyptian Goose, 6 Shoveler, 11 Cormorant, 3 Little Grebe + 1 young, Sparrowhawk, Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, 3 Stock Dove, 8 Collared Dove, 2 Kestrel, Willow Warbler, 6 Blackcap, Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Grey Wagtail, Meadow Pipit. (JAH)
  • 13th - Waddon Ponds: Thanks to Mark Stanley for ringing one of the Mute Swan cygnets today. Now bears an orange ring with code 4CSQ. (JB)
  • 13th - South Norwood (Pittville Gdns) (9am): Nuthatch calling in gdn sycamore & Chiffchaff contact-calling on rlwy land (GH)
  • 13th - South Norwood Country Park: 37 Greylag Goose, 3 Egyptian Goose, 5 Shoveler, 12 Cormorant, 2 Little Grebe + 1 young, Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, 2 Kestrel, Jackdaw, Coal Tit, 4 Swallow, 3 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Whinchat, 11 Greenfinch. (JAH)
  • 12th - Sanderstead (Briton Hill Road): Chiffchaff calling in garden. (JB)
  • 12th - Millers Pond: Unusually coloured drake Wood Duck, 1 Grenada Goose, 1 Greylag, 12+ Canada Geese, 2 Chiffchaffs. And a decoy for good measure. (JB)
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  • 12th - Shirley (Freshfields) (11am): Nuthatch possibly caching food in the garden fence (Sheila Mason per GH)
  • 12th - South Norwood Country Park: 24 Greylag Goose, 3 Egyptian Goose, 7 Shoveler, 4 Cormorant, 2 Little Grebe + 1 young, Sparrowhawk, Common Sandpiper, Snipe, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Stock Dove, 5 Collared Dove, Kestrel, 3 Blackcap, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Whinchat, 2 Grey Wagtail, Bullfinch. (JAH)
  • 11th - South Norwood Country Park: 46 Greylag Goose, 3 Egyptian Goose, 10 Shoveler, 7 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 2 Little Grebe + 1 young, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Stock Dove, 3 Collared Dove, 2 Kestrel, Willow Warbler, 7 Blackcap, 3 Grey Wagtail, 4 Greenfinch. (JAH)
  • 10th - Millers Pond: Female Mandarin, pale drake Wood Duck. (Jovita Kaunang by email)
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    Female Mandarin by Jovita Kaunang

  • 10th - Riddlesdown: 1 Buzzard heard in distance, 1 Linnet, a flyover Pied/White Wagtail and c12 Chiffchaffs were the best of a poor bunch of birds. (JB)
  • 10th - South Norwood Lake: (07:30:09:15) no Canada or Egyptian Geese, 21 Mallard, 15 Tufted Duck, 1ad/1juv Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 1m/1f Sparrowhawk, 15 Moorhen, 28 Coot, 2 Stock Dove, 5 Collared Dove, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Jay, 2 Jackdaw, 8 House Sparrow, 15 Goldfinch (JW)
  • 10th - South Norwood Country Park: Male Pied Flycatcher perched briefly by side of lake at 6.45am. Also: 16 Greylag Goose, Snipe, Kingfisher. (JAH) Great record, John. (admin)
  • 9th - Sanderstead (Briton Hill Road): Chiffchaff calling in neighbouring garden. (JB)
  • 9th - Wandle Park: 1 Whinchat, 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Mallard, 1 ad & 2 imm Moorhens, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Chiffchaff. (JB)
  • 9th - Waddon Ponds: WeBS count 08:35-09:05. 2ad & 8 young Mute Swans, 2 Egyptian Geese (NO Canadas), 63 Mallard, 5 Tufted Ducks, 5 Little Grebes, 13 Moorhens, 20 Coot, 18 Black-headed Gulls, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, c100 Feral Pigeons. (JB)
  • 9th - South Norwood Lake: (07:30:09:15) 15 Mallard, 17 Tufted Duck, pair Great Crested Grebe + 1juv, 1m/1f Sparrowhawk, 18 Moorhen, 26 Coot, 2 Black-headed Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Stock Dove, 3 Collared Dove, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Jay, 2 Jackdaw (on playing fields), 6 House Sparrow, 8 Goldfinch (JW)
  • 9th - South Norwood Country Park: 36 Greylag Goose, 3 Egyptian Goose, 7 Shoveler, 12 Cormorant, 2 Little Grebe + 1 young, Sparrowhawk, Common Sandpiper, Snipe, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Stock Dove, 7 Collared Dove, Kingfisher, Kestrel, 18 Chiffchaff, 9 Blackcap, Grey Wagtail. (JAH)
  • 8th - South Norwood Lake: (07:45:09:15) 15 Mallard, 16 Tufted Duck, pair Great Crested Grebe + 1juv, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 12 Moorhen, 20 Coot, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Stock Dove, 7 Collared Dove, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1f Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Jay, 3 House Sparrow, 10 Goldfinch (JW)
  • 8th - South Norwood Country Park: 42 Greylag Goose, 3 Egyptian Goose, 4 Shoveler, 8 Cormorant, 2 Little Grebe + 1 young, Common Sandpiper, Snipe, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Collared Dove, Kingfisher, 2 Kestrel, 6 Jay, Jackdaw, 5 Swallow, Willow Warbler, 5 Blackcap, Grey Wagtail. (JAH/PP)
  • 7th - Park Hill (Selborne Road): Buzzard flying low mobbed by Parakeets and Magpies at 09:00. (Graham Guerin by email)
  • 7th - New Addington (Birch Wood) (5pm): 1 Buzzard soaring overhead (Michael Hampton per GH)
  • 7th - Purley (Peaks Hill): 1 Buzzard flying over being mobbed by crows at 16.30. (DAL)
  • 7th - South Norwood Lake: (07:45:09:30) 12 Canada Goose, 18 Tufted Duck, pair Great Crested Grebe + 1juv, 2 Grey Heron, 12 Moorhen, 18 Coot, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Collared Dove, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Jay, 5 House Sparrow (JW)
  • 7th - South Norwood Country Park: 46 Greylag Goose, 65 Canada Goose, 7 Egyptian Goose, 4 Shoveler, 10 Cormorant, Little Grebe + 1 young, Sparrowhawk, 2 Common Sandpiper, Snipe, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Stock Dove, 4 Collared Dove, Kingfisher, Kestrel, Jackdaw,Spotted Flycatcher at mound end of Ryelands path, Coal Tit, 3 Swallow, 2 Blackcap, Whinchat in Moat Field, 4 Grey Wagtail. (JAH)
  • 6th - South Norwood Country Park - Little Grebe, 9 Cormorant, 2 Common Sandpiper (Brian Russell)
  • 5th - South Norwood (Pittville Gdns) (7pm): Group of 5 Egyptian Geese flying very low N towards SN Lake (GH)
  • 3rd - New Addington (Birch Wood) (10.30am): 1 Buzzard mewing loudly at top of larch tree, then a little later a separate pair overhead with a 3rd one soaring much higher above them (Michael Hampton per GH)
  • 3rd - South Norwood Country Park: 31 Greylag Goose, 5 Egyptian Goose, 7 Shoveler, 7 Cormorant, Little Egret, 2 Little Grebe + 1 young, Sparrowhawk, Common Sandpiper, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Kingfisher, 3 Whitethroat, Grey Wagtail, Reed Bunting. (JAH/DM/DMac)
  • 2nd - South Norwood Lake: (07:45:09:15) no Canada or Egyptian Geese on Lake today, pair Great Crested Grebe + 1 juv, 15 Moorhen, 20 Coot, 2 Stock Dove, 4 Collared Dove, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Jay, 5 House Sparrow (JW)
  • 2nd - South Norwood Country Park: 6 Greylag Goose, 5 Egyptian Goose, 4 Shoveler, 11 Cormorant, Little Egret, Little Grebe with young, Sparrowhawk, Snipe, 3 Stock Dove, 7 Collared Dove, Tawny Owl, 2 Coal Tit, Willow Warbler, 10 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat. (JAH)
  • 1st - South Norwood Lake: (07:45:09:15) 2 Canada Goose, 12 Mallard, 21 Tufted Duck, pair Great Crested Grebe + 1 juv, 1m Kestrel, 18 Moorhen, 21 Coot, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Stock Dove, 3 Collared Dove, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Jay, 3 House Sparrow (JW)
  • 1st - South Norwood Country Park: 33 :Greylag Goose, 4 Shoveler, Kingfisher, 20 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 4 Whitethroat. (JAH)
  • 1st - Waddon Ponds: 10.00-11.00. Mute Swan family (2ad & 8 juv), 26 Canada Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose, 19 Mallard, 3 Tufted Duck, 3 Little Grebe plus 1 juv, 1 Sparrowhawk (going west to east), 1 Peregrine (going south to north), 2 Moorhen plus 1 juv, 15 Coot, 14 Black-headed Gull inc white VBA, 3 Woodpigeon, 2 Magpie, 2 Jay, 2 Carrion Crow, 1 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 1 Robin (Bird Arrivals at Waddon Ponds)

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