Please feel free to post records of sightings for locations within the Croydon area on this Wiki. To do so, just click on the arrow next to the 'Edit' button at the top of the page, select 'edit source' and add records to the relevant month using the standard format. Please be careful not to delete or edit records already posted. 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. This includes sightings at a location where a breeding attempt is suspected, not just if nesting is confirmed. 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), Gill Flinn (GF), Gavin Hawgood (GH), Simon Harris (SH), David Hayes (DH), John Hughes (JAH), Nicola Hunt (NH), Dave MacMillan (DMac), Dave Miller (DM), Mike Netherwood (MJN), Alan Pearson (AJP) and John Watson (JW).
Croydon Bird Reports
The 2020 Croydon Bird Report has now been published. An electronic copy can be found on the RSPB Croydon Local Group's website. To date, no hard copies have printed.
Some earlier Bird Reports are being uploaded to the Group's website and can be found here and then click on Bird Reports.
2021 South Norwood Country Park Report
John Hughes has prepared a personal report of birds seen at South Norwood Country Park during 2021. You can download a copy of it from the RSPB Croydon Local Group's website where you will find the report in a news article of January 2022.
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).
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- 27th - Sanderstead to Whtyeleafe Countryside area : 15+ swift flying low over fields all morning (NH)
- 27th - Wandle Park: Reed Warbler singing, 4 Swift, Grey Wagtail, 2 Stock Dove, Jay, Lesser Black-backed Gull circling, Moorhen and juv, 50+ Starling. (Sue Henning)
- 27th - South Norwood Country Park: 2 Little Egret (JAH): Additional - c. 30 Swift at 20.30 (the largest congregation I have personally witnessed anywhere this year). (KW)
- 26th - South Norwood Country Park: 2 Mute Swan + 1 young, 2 Egyptian Goose + 3 young, Cormorant, 4 Little Grebe with broods of 2 & 1, Great Crested Grebe, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Swift, Kingfisher, 2 Kestrel, 3 Coal Tit, 26 Long-tailed Tit, Cetti's Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler. (JAH)
- 25th - Addington Village: Male Kestrel perching on church building before taking off and briefly landing in tree in nearby garden. Took off from there and flew off behind houses. (Sam Davenport)
- 23rd - Purley (Lower Barn Road): busy morning for juveniles- 2 robins, 1 dunnock, 5 great tit, 5 blue tit, 3 coal tit, begging greenfinch young being fed in apple tree and another on feeder, noisy goldfinches and juvenile great spotted woodpecker learning to feed on sycamore with male (NH).
- 22nd - Millers Pond: 2 Egyptian Goose with 4 new goslings (second brood this year). (KW)
- 21st - Millers Pond: 30 Mallard (one female occupying a Coot's nest with 6 new ducklings); c.40 Canada Goose; 9 Tufted Duck; 1 Egyptian Goose; 8 Coot; 2 Moorhen; c.40 Ring-necked Parakeet, briefly outdone in the noise department by 5 hyper-vocal Goldfinch; c. 30 Feral Pigeon; 20 Starling (over); House Sparrow; 4 Swift; Chiffchaff. (KW)
- 21st - South Norwood Lake: Young birds on lake - 4 Mallard ( 2 broods of 2), 4 Tufted Duck (recently hatched), 16 Canada Geese ( 3 broods of 3, 6 and 7) 3 Egyptian Geese now flown. 5 Moorhens, 8/9 Coots, 1 Great Crested Grebe (2 hatched but 1 lost) and parents now back on nest (Alan Simpkins)
- 20th - Riddlesdown Sanderstead to Whyteleafe Countryside Area: 2 Lesser Whitethroat singing, one Long Acres and one 20 Acres (P. Chasteauneuf and NH)
- 20th - Shirley (Devonshire Way): 4 Mallard; 4 Egyptian Goose (over); mini-murmuration of c. 20 Starling; 5 extremely noisy Goldfinch, with at least two singing males competing over several hours. (KW)
- 20th - South Norwood, Pittville Gdns: At least two garden warbler seen whilst unloading the van. Lifer for me :) J.Shaub
- 19th - Wandle Park: 2 Grey Wagtails, one carrying food. (JB)
- 19th - Waddon Ponds: First returning Black-headed Gull, Pair Mute Swans with 5 cygnets, Grey Wagtail over., Blackcap singing. (JB)
- 18th - Waddon Ponds: 14:30-15:30: 2 Grey Herons inc. 1 juvenile, pair Little Grebes taking turns on nest with 2 tiny chicks and more eggs which may hatch, female Mallard with 10 small ducklings, Coot pair with 4 chicks, Mute Swan pair with 5 cygnets, 2 Moorhen inc. 1 juvenile, several Coots on nests, at least 30 Mallards (many moulting), 8+ Parakeets, 2 Crows, many Starlings (L Offer)
- 18th - Wandle Park: 14:00: 2 Grey Wagtails inc. 1 juvenile (L Offer)
- 17th - Park Hill Park: 10 swifts flying high overhead at 17:15 (L Offer)
- 16th - Shirley (Devonshire Way): 5 Goldfinch; 3 Herring Gull; 4 Swift. (KW)
- 16th - South Norwood Country Park: 2 Little Egret. (JAH)
- 15th - Sanderstead (Briton Hill Road): Sparrowhawk over at 14:25. Garden Warbler singing nearby again. (JB)
- 15th - Thornton Heath (Edeline Avenue and Trumble Gardens) - 3 swifts flying low at each site. (NH)
- 15th- Heaver's Meadow - Selhurst: Grey wagtail feeding in muddy pools. (NH)
- 15th - Grangewood Park - Norwood: Green Woodpecker feeding in meadow area by house ruins. (NH)
- 15th - Farthing Downs: Lengthy early morning search for Skylark produced 3 in song, no sign of female or juveniles though any young may still be unable to fly and maybe the females are earthbound looking after the brood. My wife saw 6 or 7 on 13th all singing, therefore all males with territory. As Skylark can have up to 4 broods per season I remain cautiously hopeful. 3 Yellowhammer in song, parties of Linnet with juveniles. (DH)
- 15th - Millers Pond: 26 Mallard; 13 Tufted Duck; 33 Canada Goose; 6 Egyptian Goose; 2 Moorhen; at least 6 Coot, including 1 chick; Grey Heron; House Sparrow; Great Spotted Woodpecker; 4 Goldfinch; 3 Swift very high over; also single Swift leaving House in Bennetts Way, a former stronghold. (KW)
- 14th - South Norwood (Station Road) 7 Swifts low over houses (10:45) (JW)
- 14th - Shirley (Devonshire Way): Great Spotted Woodpecker; 2 Goldfinch; 5 Swift; Common Buzzard being mobbed by Kestrel. (KW)
- 14th - South Croydon (near bus garage): 17:00. 8 swifts circling overhead at varying heights, briefly joined by 2 buzzards flying south to north. (L Offer)
- 14th - Selhurst: Wood Warbler singing in trees opposite railway depot at 09:15 then flew off. (Rob Wyllie)
- 13th - Shirley (Devonshire Way): Grey Heron on roof; 2 Swift feeding high over. (KW)
- 13th - South Norwood (Pittville Gdns) (3pm): female Kestrel perched briefly on railway lighting column (GH)
- 13th - South Norwood Country Park: Garden Warbler (JAH)
- 13th - Sanderstead (Briton Hill Road): Garden Warbler singing nearby. (JB)
- 12th - Hartley Down Allotments: 15+ Swift feeding quite high (NH).
- 11th - South Croydon Allotments: 20+ swift feeding flying low at times around the nearby houses. (NH)
- 11th - Shirley (Devonshire Way): Common Buzzard hovering over; 12 Swift. (KW)
- 11th - Purley (Lower Barn Road): Sparrowhawk over garden 17.45 (NH)
- 11th - South Norwood Country Park: 2 Mute Swan + 1 young, 2 Egyptian Goose + 3 young, Cormorant, 4 Little Grebe + 2 young, Great Crested Grebe, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 11 Swift, 2 Kestrel + 4 young, Jackdaw, Cetti's Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler. (JAH)
- 11th - St Peter’s churchyard, South Croydon: Goldcrest (Andrew Moncrieff)
- 10th - South Croydon (near bus garage): 10+ swifts flying over repeatedly, some quite low, around 8pm (L Offer)
- 10th - Happy Valley: 2 singing Yellowhammer (SF)
- 9th - Hutchinson's Bank: fledgling crow with parents, 3 swifts over Fishers Farm, around 2pm (L Offer)
- 7th - Wandle Park: Blackcap, 2 Stock Dove, 3 Moorhen + 1 juv, 2 Grey Wagtail, Dunnock. (Sue Henning)
- 7th - Farthing Downs in raIn: 3 singing Yellowhammer, 1 singing Skylark, group of 23 Linnet. (SF)
- 7th - Happy Valley: 1 Yellowhammer, Stock Dove and several Song thrush singing in woods. (SF)
- 7th - New Hill: Stock Dove and Mistle Thrush nest still secure with second brood (SF)
- 6th - Heathfield: 3.30pm. 3 swallows flying quite low feeding around trees, juvenile crow being fed by parent, 2 bullfinch (1 male), juvenile blue tits and adults feeding. (NH).
- 6th - Farthing Downs: 4 Skylark in song, 3 Yellowhammer in song, Linnet present including juveniles, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, family of Long Tailed Tit, male Kestrel over, 1 Dunnock in song, at least 1 Whitethroat, Chiffchaff in song, Chaffinch in song, 1 Swift, 2 Bullfinch being typically elusive. (DH)
- 5th - Croham Hurst Golf Course: Cuckoo heard on from Royal Russell area c 09:30. (RDHB)
- 5th - South Norwood (Pittville Gdns) (11.30am): female Kestrel & adult Lesser Black-backed Gull perched on railway lighting column for 15 mins (GH)
- 5th - Beddington Farmlands: Purple Heron then flew approx SSE (into Croydon) at 11:05. (Steve Gale on Surrey VC WhatsApp)
- 3rd - South Norwood (Kings Road): 09:00, 3 screaming Swifts low over. (JW)
- 2nd - Addington Village: Kestrel flying overhead in the early afternoon. (Sam Davenport)
If you have any records that you wish to see added to archived data please contact me. JB