22 comments on “Wordless Wednesday: UK Native Parakeet

  1. Oh I know these, Sarah, we don’t see them over this side of the country but I think they’re common over your way – I first saw them in the wild in Oman, many moons ago – a great screaming flock of them hurtling around our compound like fighter jets. This is a nice picture – in particular, I like the blurred lines in the trunk behind the birds, it provides a very effective backdrop. Adrian

    • Thanks Adrian πŸ™‚ They’re still mostly in the South East but are being spotted further afield now! They’re a childhood favourite of mine as one of the colonies started when I was growing up near Dorking. My parents don’t like them as they’re noisy and “invasive” but then most of our flora and fauna started off as an invasive species! There’s no evidence to show that they are causing problems for our other tree dwellers or that they’re damaging habitat. I think it’s a conifer in the background with that amazing bark! It almost twists its way up the trunk πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Jude πŸ™‚ I actually grew up with them visiting our garden in Brockham, near Dorking. It’s thought that some of the original escapees came from the area. They have very interesting habits as they tend to roost in colonies but small groups fly to close by feeding grounds during the day. Just before sunset every day there’s a group of about six that fly directly over our gardens. There’s a large colony at Cobham and Esher rugby grounds so Claremont is perfect to see some during the day. Lovely that this couple came down to this perch briefly. It seemed like they were looking for nesting places!

    • Thanks Amy πŸ™‚ They are recent additions to the list of British birds having escaped or been released from captivity in perhaps several places in the South East of England in the 60’s or 70’s. There are many well established colonies now! These two actually led me a merry dance from tree to tree before providing a perfect moment on this bole. It’s mating season and I think they were looking at potential nesting sites. I’m often frustrated by them staying just too high up in the trees!

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