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 sheltered nesting blackbirds.

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

Paul Anthony has produced a comprehensive e-book of the Birds of Highbury park.

He has also produced a list of birds that could be found in Highbury during the Chamberlain era A nightingale sang in Highbury Park

As part of the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch. We recorded a list of birds found in Highbury park.  The results for 2020 can be seen here: List of birds

The results for 2019 can be seen here: 2019 bird watch

For the 2018 results please see here: 2018 bird watch

There is also an eco-records list of birds recently sighted in the Bird records


11 comments for “Birds

  1. admin
    22/12/2019 at 15:23

    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

  2. Angela Higgins
    21/12/2019 at 21:56

    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.

  3. admin
    13/07/2016 at 20:30

    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


  4. Sarah Black
    13/07/2016 at 18:56

    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.

  5. Liz Bell
    10/02/2015 at 22:05

    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.

  6. Gwyn Rowlands
    17/04/2012 at 08:41

    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.

  7. jane farmer
    22/11/2011 at 15:23

    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.

  8. 19/11/2010 at 12:02

    Please report all your bird sightings to the county recorder:

    or via BirdTrack: so that they can be combined with others to give a scientific view of bird population changes.

    Andy Mabbett
    West Midland Bird Club

  9. chris smith
    01/06/2010 at 12:48

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

  10. iain varney
    29/03/2010 at 23:12

    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,

  11. Lisa Haste
    12/03/2010 at 09:09

    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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