parakeets

J_clark1976J_clark1976 Upminster EssexPosts: 14
I heard rumours about these birds, but didn't believe it until now. I wondered why I was refilling my bird feeders quicker than usual and looked out and saw these parakeets.
Are they a pest and are they interfering with other birds?
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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 22,347
    The jury is out on whether they pose a problem with native birds. 
    Husband had them where he lived in Surrey, but they're spreading outwards all the time.
    Devon.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 27,004
    There's a flock of them in one of the Glasgow parks. They fly overhead here now and again, and visited my feeders last week. 
    Not sure how often that'll happen - it's a wee bit chillier here than in the town, so it may only be an odd visit. 


    I think a lot of towns will see them, and see a rise in numbers - they seem to be a real nuisance in many areas in the south.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • J_clark1976J_clark1976 Upminster EssexPosts: 14
    I just looked it up and the general consensus is that an aviary blow down in Surrey in the storms of 87 and they are spreading fast, but no one can be sure of any impact on other birds. To see them after hearing about them was exciting and the kids loved seeing them. Would be interesting to see a map of where they are being spotted.  
  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 7,265
    I know they have been seen in Sheffield, although not by me.
    Woke up again
    To my chagrin
    Getting sick and tired of
    Feeling sick and tired again
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 22,347
    Some say Jimmy Hendrix released some in Hyde Park , back in the day, and that was the start of it.
    Devon.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 27,004
    The ones here were in captivity and then escaped - or were released.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  •  Would be interesting to see a map of where they are being spotted.  
    They seem to be all over the place, if this map is trustworthy.

    https://twitter.com/_BTO/status/743176643074625536/photo/1
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 3,737
    Would be interesting to see a map of where they are being spotted.  
    The RSPB map is interesting as it suggests they are migratory within the UK.


     
  • B3B3 Posts: 10,538
    They're pests here. 
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • WillDBWillDB Posts: 1,965
    I've seen quite a big flock of them in Wollaton Park, Nottingham.
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