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The wild parrots are here to stay!

lately, there has been a flock of wild Indian ringnecked parakeets where I live. I saw them flying over when I was in my garden one afternoon. Then I saw one in a tree near where I live the next day. And I have beenseeing them every day for the past week. It may be extremely chilly now that it's autumn, but these hardy parakeets live in the Himalayas naturally! Then we put nuts out for them and they have been coming into our garden, on these trees, but we haven't seen them eating the nuts yet. But we see them all the time, and there is a whole flock. I hadn't seen them before, and now I see them every day. It's quite amazing. I know they can be a crop pest and are more dominant towards native species, but that is no excuse to allow a cull - culling any animal should be made illegal - they have rights too ya know! I will post updates on how they are doing
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I'd love to see them!

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we see them every day! They come to these trees we have at the end of our garden. I am making a ringneck diary. I saw them again today, they were in our garden and then they flew to a different tree and then I saw them down in a tree in the next street. Then they kept flying to our garden and out of our garden, it was amazing!
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That sounds brilliant! Take some pics!!!

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I'd be shocked to see parrot living in the wild in the UK if someone didn't tell me that there were some...I'd think I was imagining it!
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Or maybe not?

they've all gone now, I don't know where but I haven't seen any around all winter. I hope they have found somewhere warm and safe to stay, although their natural habitat is the Indian Alps so they should be alright. And who knows, they might come back.
But I do have a picture of one on our peanut feeder (although it's a bit grainy).
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That's awesome! I wish we had birds come to our garden but they tend to stay well away with the birds of prey there

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lol that's a shame, it was very exciting though. How coincidental that a flock of fifty semi-wild IRNs would come to our garden every day for about 2 months and then disappear! Maybe they sensed that we love parrots? lol
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They overwinter in barns and its breeding season now here.
They split up and look for nesting holes in trees.
They have favourites.
I hope they weather these storms ok.
Let us know if they return.
Try putting half an orange out hung up.
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will try that, sounds like a good idea! Yeah, they probably are hiding away somewhere, they're probably breeding somewhere. We live near the woods so lots of trees and cavities in the trees to raise their chicks. Mum did say she heard one definitely, but we haven't seen any recently. Will let you know if I see them.
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I know they can be a crop pest and are more dominant towards native species, but that is no excuse to allow a cull - culling any animal should be made illegal - they have rights too ya know!
Agreed. That is disgusting. At least find a humane way to kill them instead of shooting them. Or don't cull at all! If they could be tamed, I'm sure they might make interesting pets.



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my point exactly! We often go to a park near us and there is a flock of Canada Geese there(they've gone and migrated now though) and they sometimes have babies.
It all started when one of the geese had a fishing line stuck in its beak. We called RSPCA and RSPB but they didn't do anything but EVENTUALLY they got it out. After that we saw them every day with their babies, and they actually got so tame that they would let you stroke them and they would come up onto our laps. One day we caught some boys throwing stones at the geese so my dad shouted at them and they ran away. Then we read something on the daily mail that said they were going to cull Canada geese for christmas dinners and all this spiel about how they are a health hazard and poo everywhere, and that they are very aggressive birds, especially when they have goslings. Well, that's not true for a start, because these had goslings and both the parents and the babies were unbelievably tame. After reading this we found out that they had gone, we thought they had been shot. But this year, they came back with their new babies. The goslings were wary at first but the parents actually ENCOURAGED them to trust us. They are lovely birds and shouldn't be killed, it is absolutely disgusting.
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