We have a robin Sarah, a chirpy bossy little devil who shoos all others away.
We used to have such a variety of birds in our gardens until another 2 cats arrived, unfortunately cats are excellent hunters.
so where we had a full range of birdlife we now have a few sparrows, bluetits, coal tits, one or two siskins, our robin, a stroppy noise wren.crows, the occasional jay..and of course the beautiful starlings oh yes and blackbirds.
Two robins (without wishing to create robin envy) come to my small balcony in the Shad Thames area, and are particularly partial to seed. Other visitors (aside from some incredibly greedy woodpigeons) include blackbirds, blue and great tits, greenfinches, sparrows, the occasional miniscule wren and......incredibly, a jay!!! Where the hell that one lives is anyones guess. I am convinced that bird life is improving in SE1 over recent years, I assume down to better air quality. Of course we can all do our bit by keeping them well fed (and watered) during the cold snaps, and putting out suitable food (no peanuts or bread!) during the nesting season from end March. Hope your robin returns again and again!
There is a robin that greets me every time I go to the Diversity Garden in Library St. I think it's because he knows I'm going to be digging and will therefore be serving him big fats worms. I am always torn between protecting the worms and feeding him. Amazingly, he has also appeared (pretty sure it was the same one) at another of my gardening stints close by. Who knows what will happen to him when the Garden is razed and replaced by fugly houses...
I, too, think I have heard a nightingale in the middle of the night on several occasions. The song has been so beautiful, I assume it is but would love to be sure.
A couple of sumemrs ago, there was a bird of prey of some sort on the roof of Markstone House in Lancaster St. for quite a few days.
Other than that, that dreadful noise that magpies make is really very irritating.
There's a robin that visits/owns the beer garden of The Ship on the junction of Borough High Street and Borough Road. You can feed it from your hand.
There are a lot of blackbirds in the area south of St. Thomas St.
I think I read somewhere that the cleaner air means more of the insects that birds eat. There's definitely greater variety in the past few years.
I must have been the most frustrated naturalist as a child. Born in 1943 in Blackfriars I was always on the outlook for birds or any kind of wildlife so I can verify that apart from pigeons and sparrows we didn't even have blackbirds or starlings in our immediate area.
One day I heard and actually saw a thrush when I was about fourteen but that was near Lambeth Palace.
Gary when I first saw a Jay sitting on our fence I remarked to my daughter I had just seen a parrot that must have escaped..if thats the case two have because there's on opposite fence she replied..really beautiful birds the books don't do them justice.