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Old 20th November 2011, 12:37   #1 (permalink)
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Parakeets in Manchester.

I was sat in my South Manchester garden at 07.20 yesterday morning, and got a very pleasant surprise. I heard a bit of a racket overhead, and looked up to see around 12 Ringneck Parakeets flying over!!!

I had heard that there was a small colony in a park in nearby Chorlton, but I googled it after seeing this bunch and found out that they are a lot more widespread than I had thought.

Sorry I didn't get any pics, but now I'm on a mission to attract them to my feeders so who knows, maybe in months ahead I'll manage to.

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Old 20th November 2011, 12:40   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Parakeets in Manchester.

There has been a flock in Dane Park in Margate, Kent for many years.
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Re: Parakeets in Manchester.

There used to be lots around the south London area many years ago.As the climate warms up they will move north.They can be a threat to the local birds and they love fruit.
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Re: Parakeets in Manchester.

There was a piece on TV about them a few weeks ago. They reckon there are about 35,000 of them in the UK although the RSPCA say there are only about 4,300 breeding pairs. Several thousand are thought to be migratory throughout Europe and North Africa.
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Re: Parakeets in Manchester.

Well I never.

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Re: Parakeets in Manchester.

We have flocks of them here in Surrey as well. They look quite beautiful with their bright colouring.
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