Barnwood Park and Arboretum

Bird Sightings

April 2022 - three Little Egrets were seen together in the Park

In the Big Garden Birdwatch which took place on 29th January 2022 we saw 21 species of birds:

Blackird, Blue Tit, carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Coal Tit, Collared Dove, Dunnock, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Herring Gull, House Sparrow, Long Tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Mistle Thrush, Moorhen, Pied Wagtail, Robin, Song Thrush, Wood Pigeon and Wren.

Species missing from the last Big Garden Birdwatch two years ago were Black Backed Gull, Goldcrest, Jay, Starling and Sparrow Hawk. Seen this year but not in 2020 were Coal Tit and Pied Wagtail.

Some of our more elusive birds (Kingfisher, Blackcap, Treecreeper, Woodpecker, Sparrow Hawk, Jay) did not make an appearance in the hour, even though we know they are there, but it is only a snapshot. The RSPB compares national results over the many years the event has been running so it is really valuable citizen science.

 Great Spotted Woodpeckers are regularly seen in the park and arboretum. Green Woodpeckers are spotted occasionally (last known sighting was in July 2020).

A pair of Ravens started visiting the arboretum in December 2017 and were often seen (and heard!) on top of one of the giant redwoods. They still visit occasionally.

A Little Egret is a regular visitor to the brook and on occasions two have been sighted.

A Kingfisher was seen regularly in 2021 and more recently in January 2022, along with a Jay that has become a regular. 

There are occasional sightings of a Treecreeper in the Arboretum. The latest sightings happened in October 2020 and January 2021.

A pair of Little Egrets was seen on the new ponds in the Balancing Pond area in May 2021 and a pair of Grey Wagtails are regular visitors to the same ponds.

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