It would be great to build up a definitive picture of the birds of St Andrews Park in order that we can enhance their habitat and attract even more species. Lots of birds either breed in the park, visit the park in winter or pass through on spring and autumn migration, so I will be undertaking a survey to see just what's out there.
Collecting 'archive' sightings from other birdwatchers and users of the park will help fill in the gaps, so please feel free to tell me what birds you have seen and heard over the years. One lucky observer saw a Woodcock twice last winter - this is normally a rare bird, but it does have an endearing habit of turning up at strange places in urban Bristol during cold weather, so who knows what other ornithological delights lie in wait?
I will keep you posted on my sightings both here and on my Wild Monty site, and I hope others will share their observations. Don't be shy, and don't assume that you should only mention the unusual birds - many of the species we take for granted (like House Sparrows and Starlings) have declined alarmingly over the last twenty years or so, so every record is important.
I'll be happy to lead various bird walks around the park at different seasons for those who want to know more, so let me know if you are interested. In the meantime, happy birdwatching!