Highbury Park is rich in birdlife, a fact that is appreciated by regular visitors to the park. Kingfisher, tree creeper, jay and nuthatch have been spotted and the ponds support Canada geese, mallard and moorhen. Carrion crows are a familiar sight on the open grassland and magpies are numerous.

New scrub areas provide safe nesting sites for songbirds and the walled rose-garden has at times sheltered nesting blackbirds.

Paul Anthony has produced a comprehensive e-book of the Birds of Highbury park. You can view our Birds of Highbury Park leaflet from the same link.

He has also produced a list of birds that could be found in Highbury during the Chamberlain era. Read about them here: A Nightingale Sang in Highbury Park

Please add to our park records by sending us your sightings of birds with a date (and rough location if possible). Use our contact links, or sign-in to post a comment.

We have monitored the birds at least annually for some years to coincide with the RSPB Big Garden Watch in January, but at additional times too.

January 2024

Great Spotted Woodpecker. Thanks to Brian Goodkin

Thanks to John Pringle for the picture above of a Green Woodpecker spotted in the park in April 2024.

Parakeets filmed in the Park by Bill Perrie

March, April, May and July 2023

February 2023

February 2022

February 2021

January 2020

January 2019

January 2018

EcoRecord have also produced a list of birds sighted in the park: The Birds of Highbury Park


  • admin

    Well it is possible. There was talk of a Harris Hawk in Highbury a few months ago – the suggestion was that it had probably escaped from somewhere locally. Yours is the first report for a few months, but no doubt if it is we will get some more sightings in the near future. Admin on behalf of HPF

  • SJ Pilkington

    Today 30/11/20 while walking my dog in Highbury park I saw, what I’m sure was, a Harris Hawk. It was being mobbed by magpies then took refuge in a tree adjacent to the car park. I was able to get quite close which leads me to think it was used to humans. Harris Hawks, native to South America, are very popular in falconry so will be a bird that’s escaped at some point.

  • admin

    So pleased you spotted the parakeets, Angela. There are now quite a number in the park and most visitors like them because they are so colourful. HPF admin

  • Angela Higgins

    Saw 4 parakeets at midday today by the children’s sound Park. They were really noisy! It was lovely to see them as I had been told they were there.

  • admin

    That’s great news, Sarah. Thanks for letting us know. We have had ring necked parakeets in the park for the last 7 years or so, but in the Spring they disappeared from their usual roosting site so it’s great to hear they are still around locally


  • Sarah Black

    On 12th July 2016 I saw a ring necked parakeet. I was at dog pool lane bus stop and it flew out of the park and sat on the large fence of the garden opposite. Brazenly watching me wait for my bus.

  • Liz Bell

    I saw what I think was a buzzard in the park earlier this week, in the woodland in the corner near Yew Tree Road and Shutlock Lane. It was big (at least 3 feet across the wings), flapping from tree to tree and definitely a raptor.

  • Gwyn Rowlands

    Hi, I went to Highbury Pk yesterday and Ithink I saw a lontail tit or it could of been a parakeet. I have a photo.

  • jane farmer

    We have spotted Herons on three seperate occasions over the past three weeks,twice in the higher lilly pond.The crows seem to try to buzz them at every available opportunity.

  • chris smith

    I also saw the parrakets in the park in April whilst walking the dog. Very nice to see !

  • iain varney

    in the last 10 years of going to the park i have seen all 3 types of woodpecker, and i dont know what bird of pray it was but i have seen one,

  • Lisa Haste

    I have recentley spotted 2 ring necked parrakets in and around the park, February and March 2010. I’m assuming they have flown up from London due to the cold weather down there. easily spotted as they are bright green and make extremeley loud squarky noises.

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