foul-beaked parakeets.

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Trawlerman
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foul-beaked parakeets.

Post by Trawlerman »

Anybody have any thoughts on the gangs of parakeets charging about local skies swearing at each-other...?
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Do I know you???????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
nork1
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Post by nork1 »

Looks like they managed to catch one...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6klZx7Ih ... r_embedded
MartinH
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Post by MartinH »

When were they accidentally, I assume, introduced to these shores? I like them, just a shame that they're not Macaws or Toucans. Now that would be something-- imagine those bloody great things flying around SE26 !!
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Post by mummycat »

Did anyone else see the Evening Standard last week on "Open Season for Parakeets"? It was probably in the Mail as the articles are written by the same journalists....

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/ ... rakeets.do

Their protective species status will be lifted in January, so we'll be able to shoot them if we see them attacking smaller birds in our gardens! What was also interesting was that they were believed to have been released into London Skies during the filming of "The African Queen" in 1951.

"They are as British as Curry" great quote!
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Post by MartinH »

That was a coincidence.
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Post by mummycat »

It certainly was!
2 posts at the same time, asking a question and answering it!!!
Must have had a psychic flash! :lol:
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Post by bigbadwolf »

They're really difficult to hit as well. I only got 3 with my air rifle yesterday.
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MartinH
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Post by MartinH »

Ah, was that outside The Two Halfs ? :D
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Post by Ronski »

I keep seeing 3 or 4 in Mayow park, I was going to try & get some better captures, better hurry up before you lot take them out :)

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nork1
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Post by nork1 »

Here's one of the noisy buggers I caught having a squawk a couple of months back...

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Post by Wispy Wonder »

They're a darn sight nicer than pigeons. The sooner that verminous species is displaced, the better.
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Post by Trawlerman »

They are quite intelligent [by all accounts]


Thanks for the photos...

Do I know you...Does who know who? Eh?

Displacing pigeons? Well, maybe the scruffy variety...But, coo, I quite like wood pigeons [although they will never be accepted by MENSA].

Open season on parakeets? Maybe.
How about grey [maybe that should be gray ...note US spell-check!!] squirrels? Nasty little critters. Cute?
Don't make me laugh. Tree-rat vermin, beady-eyed little yank invaders!
Ugh!
Perhaps they could be partially responsible for the general disappearance of a really cute native...the London house sparrow?
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