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Below is set out the full list of all the birds ever recorded in the park with comments from some of the recorders over the years. Some of these birds have only been recorded once in more than fifty years, some are no longer present and some are newcomers. The photographs are all recent and taken in the park by FoDP supporters. Click on the link to go straight to the corresponding photograph.
English Name

Del Smith Notes 1960s and 70s

Dave Sampson Notes 1960s to 1990s
Don Tait Notes 2010 to Date
Arctic Skua unknown Exceptionally rare
Barn Owl

Occasionally seen, probably breeding on and off

Blackbird

common breeder

Very common very common
Blackcap

common migrant breeder

Very common very common
Black-tailed Godwit unknown Very rare
Brambling

Occasional in winter

Occasional vagrant
Bullfinch

Regular breeder

Uncommon Once seen on a regular basis now only seen occasionally
Bunting, Corn

One pair bred in 1962, probably the last.

No longer occurs
Buzzard

Never seen

Becoming more frequent Regularly seen over the park, occasionally seen in trees.
Chaffinch

common breeder

Fairly common Regularly seen
Chiffchaff

common breeder

Becoming less common common
Coot

Only noted in later years

Recorded annually Breeding annually on the ponds and seen regularly
Cormorant unknown Regular over flying but rarely seen actually down
Crow, Carrion

Regular Breeder

Fairly common
Cuckoo

Regular Breeder

Becoming uncommon single visiting bird in the park heard in May 2016
Curlew unknown Extremely uncommon
Dove, Collared

Became established during this period

Common
Dunnock

Common Breeder

Very common very common
Fieldfare

Regular in winter

Sporadic winter
Firecrest unknown Occasional winter recorded 2016
Gadwall unknown Very rare
Goldcrest

1 or 2 breeding pairs

1-2 breeding pairs Regularly seen
Golden Oriole unknown Very rare vagrant
Goldeneye unknown Only one record
Goldfinch

regular breeder in small numbers

Fairly common
Goose, Canada unknown Regular Breeding annually on the Green Lake and Moat site
Goose, Egyptian unknown Very rare
Goshawk unknown Very rare – just one
Great Grey Shrike unknown   25th October 2015.(Colin Jupp)
Greenfinch

common breeder

Fairly common Regularly seen
Grey Partridge

disapearing fast

No longer present
Grey Wagtail

rare sightings

Uncommon wintering
Greylag Goose unknown Rarely seen Rare visitor
Gull, Black-headed

common in winter

Common
Gull, Common

Common in winter

Common
Gull, Great Black-backed

Frequent in winter

Fairly common
Hawfinch

Bred in small numbers Last time in 1972

No longer occurs/breeds one seen 2015 (Colin Jupp)
Heron, Grey

rarely seen

Infrequent Frequent visitor to the park
Herring Gull [sp]

Frequent in winter

Fairly common
Hobby

One record in 1964

Annual sightings Annual sightings
Honey-buzzard unknown Fairly rare
House Martin

Regular visitor Breeding on many H' Hill houses and flats

Very low numbers
House Sparrow

Very common breeder on the estate , not many nests actually in the park

Becoming less common
Jackdaw

Common breeder. main colony North of the Perch Pond

Fairly common common resident - various breeding sites across the parkland
Jay

Regular breeder

Common common resident
Kestrel

Always around Bred on occasions

Two pairs regularly breed seen in the park on a regular basis
Kingfisher

Bred once and failed on Weald Brook

Two pairs at most One pair - breeding annually in the Park
Lapwing

Attempted to breed on one occasion in potato fields near the old Maylands aerodrome

Becoming scarcer
Lesser Black-backed Gull

In winter

Fairly common
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

Usually 2 pairs Hatters wood/ Perch Pond

Only two pairs recently
Lesser Whitethroat

Breeding low numbers

Fairly common
Linnet

common breeder

No longer breeds
Little Egret unknown   May 2016
Little Grebe

One occasion

Occasional spring records
Little Owl

One pair at least

One pair annually
Long-eared Owl unknown Rare vagrant
Long-tailed Tit

common breeder

Common resident very common resident
Magpie

Bred in low numbers

Extremely common common resident
Mallard

Bred in low numbers

Common Breeding annually in the park
Mandarin Duck

First seen, a pair 28/3/1975

Becoming more frequent Breeding annually on Weald Brook
Marsh-harrier unknown Rare
Meadow Pipit

In winter only

Good wintering flocks
Mealy Redpoll unknown Rare
Mediterranean Gull unknown Very occasional
Mistle Thrush

common breeder

Common resident Common
Moorhen

common breeder

Common Very common- Breeding annually on the ponds
Mute Swan Very infrequent Occasional visitor
Nightingale

One only 16/4/1980

Irregular vagrant
Nightjar

One 8/5/1963 and one 22/5/1976 (A Gabriel)

Nuthatch

Regular breeder in Hatters Wood

Common common resident - various breeding sites across the parkland
Owl, Barn

Occasionally seen, probably breeding

Owl, Little

One pair at least

One pair annually
Owl, Long Eared unknown Rare vagrant
Owl, Tawny

Breeding, a pair or two

Two pairs annually
Oystercatcher unknown Very rare
Pheasant

Fairly Common

Fairly common Heard rather than seen, common within the park
Pied Flycatcher unknown but maybe missed Fairly regular passage
Pied Wagtail

probably bred but 1 or 2 pairs only

Fairly common
Plover, Golden unknown Occasional flight views
Red Crossbill unknown Rare vagrant
Red Kite

 unknown

  June 2012 and subsequently
Red-legged Partridge

Resident Breeder

Once very common
Redpoll, Common unknown Occasional
Redpoll, Lesser unknown   October 2015.( Colin Jupp)
Redshank unknown Very rare
Redstart, Black unknown Irregular vagrant
Redstart, Common

One 5/4/1965, maybe missed.

Less common vagrant
Redwing

Regular winter visitor

Common winter regularly seen during the winter
Reed Bunting

Resident Breeder

Uncommon
Reed-warbler unknown Occasional passage
Richard's Pipit

 unknown

Very rare vagrant
Ring Ouzel unknown but probably missed Irregular vagrant
Robin

Common Breeder

Very common very common
Rook

No longer breeding but regular visitor

No breeding records
Rose-ringed Parakeet

Unknown

Rarely sighted Breeding sites across the park and seen on a regular basis
Sand Martin probably missed, on passage Uncommon
Sedge Warbler unknown Occasional passage
Shoveler unknown Occasional Rare
Siskin

Rarely seen

Occasional
Skylark

common breeder

No longer breeds
Snipe, Common

Rarely seen

Very infrequent
Song Thrush

common breeder

Less common resident
Sparrowhawk

Died out in the 50s

Now common occasionally seen
Spoonbill unknown Rare vagrant – one only
Spotted Flycatcher

common breeder

Regular passage
Starling

common breeder

Very common Regularly seen
Stock Dove

Resident Breeder

Fairly common
Stonechat [sp] unknown Rare vagrant
Swallow

Always present in summer. Breeding in all nearby barns and outbuildings

Low numbers annually Annual visitors
Swift

Always present in summer. Breeding in some nearby buildings Spice pits and South Weald Church Tower, for certain

Common
Tawny Owl

Breeding, a pair or two

Two pairs annually
Teal unknown Fairly regular Rarely seen if at all
Tern, Common unknown Infrequent
Tit, Blue

common breeder

Very common very common resident
Tit, Coal

occasional breeder

1-2 pairs annually
Tit, Great

common breeder

Very common very common resident
Tit, Marsh

Breeds in low numbers

Very rare occurrence
Tree Pipit

Regular breeder 4 or 5 pairs

No longer present
Tree Sparrow

Regular Breeder. several well populated colonies

No longer occurs
Treecreeper

Fairly common, in small numbers

Fairly common common resident - various breeding sites across the parkland
Tufted Duck Maybe present before my time. Personal communication from Mike Everett (RSPB) who lived in Taunton Rd in late 40s early 50s. On Green Pond. Infrequent Rare vistor
Turtle-dove

Regular Breeder in small numbers

Becoming very infrequent
Warbler, Garden

Regular Breeder in small numbers

Fairly common
Warbler, Grasshopper

only 3 recorded in 20 years

Irregular vagrant
Water Rail unknown Very infrequent vagrant
Waxwing unknown Rare winter vagrant
Wheatear

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Uncommon vagrant
Whimbrel unknown may have been missed Passage no longer occurs
Whinchat unknown Less common vagrant
White Wagtail unknown Occasional vagrant
Whitethroat, Common

common breeder

Very common very common
Willow Tit

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Very rare occuurence
Willow Warbler

common breeder

Fairly common
Wood Lark Present before my time. Personal communication from Mike Everett (RSPB) who lived in Taunton Rd in late 40s early 50s Rare vagrant
Wood Pigeon

common breeder

Very common very common
Wood Warbler unknown Occasional passage
Woodcock

Singles in winter

Singles annually
Woodpecker, Great Spotted

Regular Breeder several pairs

Common Common - Breeding annually in the park
Woodpecker, Green

Regular Breeder several pairs

Common
Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted

Usually 2 pairs Hatters wood/ Perch Pond

Only two pairs recently
Wren

common breeder

Very common Breeding annually
Yellow Wagtail unknown Uncommon vagrant
Yellow-browed Warbler unknown Very rare – one only
Yellowhammer

common breeder

Uncommon

 

 

 

Two pictures of the same bird, now scarce in the park. This one perched in bushes on the old school rugby pitch near to the track leading down to the Lily Pond.