'Birds of Hilly Fields' is a new 32 page booklet produced by the Friends of Hilly Fields. Based on the surveys we've conducted since 2007, it includes our bird list and 'pen portraits' of all 51 species recorded during that time, as well as selected photographs, habitat description and advice on how to learn more about birds and how you can help them. Copies are only £3 and all profits go to the Friends of Hilly Fields. For the time being, please buy it from here...although you can also buy copies directly from the Friends if you're friendly with us.
We managed to keep the bird surveys going during 2020 despite the pandemic. The list of species recorded shows winter and spring as the peak months for activity (finding food, nest-building, mating, feeding chicks, arrival of spring migrants), the low point between July- Sept ('the quiet quarter') and then the gradual increase in numbers as gulls and starlings return for the winter and the cycle begins again.
Jan Feb March Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
24 24 16 21 16 17 13 11 12 17 22 22
March was a low count as we had only one observer and he didn't stick around for long (I can tell you) as other people threatened his 2 metre space. 'Social distancing' was still a new concept.
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The highlight of the year was a pair of nuthatches who bred successfully for the first time in the park as far as we know, using a nest box near the tennis courts. Blackcaps and chiffchaffs returned in the spring and this time chiffchaffs stayed for the summer. It was nice to see greenfinches again in October, a pair of pied wagtails in November and a coal tit in December. Our friend Conrad saw a peregrine high overhead in December as well, though we don't count flyovers. Anyway, here's to 2021, more birds in Hilly Fields and hopefully a happier year.