Birds in Barnsbury Wood

Julian Amey of Thornhill Crescent was part of the original co-operative that saved Barnsbury Wood from a plan to turn it into housing. He also knows a thing or two about birds. At my request, he wrote a list of the birds that he has seen and heard in Barnsbury Wood. Here it is for your interest, with pictures of birds and audio clips of bird song. The audio clips are all available (with many others) from Xeno-Canto and provided under a creative commons licence by Stuart Fisher and Patrik Åberg.

Barnsbury Wood is open all year round on Tuesdays from 2.00 to 4.00 p.m. and in the summer (from July to September) on Saturdays from 2.00 to 4.00 p.m.

Song thrush
Song ThrushCurrently frequenting Barnsbury Wood, for the first time that I can remember since we arrived in 1984 we have a song thrush which can be heard singing loudly with its distinctive clear ‘cheep cheep’ and then a trill. This is quite different from the more usual musical warbling of the blackbirds. I also saw the thrush in the upper branches of the lime tree this weekend; it is noticeable by its light brown plumage and speckled breast.

Chaffinch
ChaffinchWe had also two chaffinches over this weekend, and although I have occasionally seen them before, they now seem to be more frequent visitors. They have pink breasts and a white flash in their brown wings.


Dunnock
DunnockWe also now have resident dunnocks, which look rather like robins without the red breast and they forage in the undergrowth.


Wood Pigeon
Wood pigeon

Carrion Crow
Carrion crow

Magpie
Magpie

Jay
Jay

Jackdaw
Jackdaw

Greater spotted woodpecker
Greater spotted woodpecker

Blackbird
Blackbird

Robin
Robin

Wren
Wren

Goldfinch
goldfinch

Blue tit
Blue tit

Coal tit
Coal tit

Long tailed tit
Long tailed tit

Great tit
Great tit

Redwing
RedwingThis is a winter visitor.

3 thoughts on “Birds in Barnsbury Wood

  1. Julian
    Thanks so much for this lovely documentation. I have watched a family of robins in the garden, working so hard from dawn to dusk feeding their young and then I missed the big exit!
    Lynda Fry

  2. Wonderful. Did you see the colony of Waxwings which arrived in the Square about 1 month ago? I think they came over from Russia. About 300 birds in a single bunch, going from tree to tree.
    Rosie Millard

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