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.
Currently 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.
We 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.