Bird Survey as of 01 May 2021 by Trevor Morgan
We have been conducting a bird survey, mostly weekly, since 19th April 2018. We have been counting the number of birds of the species that we have seen. Three areas have been surveyed – Darrick Wood and Meadow, Newstead Wood and Meadow and Darrick Wood Hornbeam area/Broadwater Wood.
It should be noted that this is not a scientific survey and bird numbers cannot be accurate as birds are very mobile. We have only recorded species which we can positively identify by sight. But in the case of the Tawny Owl we are identifying it by the sound of its call.
We have been continuing just as monthly surveys from last year and this will continue.
During the 2nd quarter of 2021 we have seen and heard two new species – the Blackcap, which is a member of the warbler family and the Canada Goose. We always suspected that we had Blackcaps in the woods because other members have reported hearing them. We had also thought we had seen fleeting glances of them, but we could not be sure that it was in fact a Blackcap. Our Blackcap was a male seen near the Tile Farm road entrance to Newstead Wood. Canada Geese are, of course, common, but they are an invasive species. We are recording Jay’s more often and sometimes in company of one another. We, therefore, conclude that Jays are resident in the woods.
2020 along with 2016 was the warmest years in official records and some of the months were our driest. By early August, the large pond near Lovibonds Avenue had completely dried out.
April 2021 was also very dry and one of the coldest months on record, however our ponds have not dried out owing to the intense rain in March 2021.
Every time my wife and I have walked through the reserve after dusk we have heard Tawny owls, so I think it is safe to say they are resident.
Recently, we saw a Grey Wagtail feeding near the small pond. This is the second time that my wife and I have seen a Grey Wagtail in the reserve. A friend of ours, Michael Lee took a good photograph of it – below. Even though the Wagtail was not observed on the official survey I am going to record it as a definite species seen in our woods. The Grey Wagtail is now regarded as rare in Bromley, so Bromley RSPB has been given its photograph and the actual co-ordinates of where we saw it.
The Grey Wagtail at the small pond by Michael Lee (Pictures of the Great Spotted Woodpecker and the Goldcrest are featured below)
The Goldcrest by Trevor Morgan
The Great Spotted Woodpecker by Trevor Morgan
A list of bird species seen or heard and recorded on the official monthly survey is shown below (40+ Species):
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Long Tailed Tit
House/ Tree Sparrow (difficult to distinguish between the two species from a distance)
Ring Necked Parakeet
Common Redstart (06 November)
A Warbler species not a Blackcap (06 November) possibly a Chiffchaff
Goldcrest (20 November 2018)
Collared Dove (20 November 2018)
Common Gull (26 November 2018)
Domestic Pigeon (26 November 2018) pure white): this is the same species as the feral pigeon.
Feral Pigeon (same species as the domestic pigeon)
Chaffinch (26 November 2018)
Black Headed Gull
Tawny Owl (heard only)
Goldfinch (15 Feb 2019)
Coal Tit (20 Feb 2019)
Blackcap 6th April 2021
Canada Goose 6th April 2021
Grey Wagtail – 03October 2020 and 22 April 2021
Birds heard on survey but not positively identified by sight (1)
Chiffchaff – warbler family
Other birds reported as seen or heard by members but not recorded on survey (5 Species).
NB, some members are better at identifying birds by call rather than sight. Also, some bird species such as starlings and jackdaws are capable of mimicking other bird species to the confusion of humans and the mimicked species.
Buzzard – Photo Member’s article in News Letter
Not seen on Bird Survey but expected (3 species)