Friday, 16 August 2013

The land of Parakeets

Just back from several days in Walton-on-Thames in Surrey, not a lot of birding done but could not help noticing the abundance of Ring-necked Parakeets with over 1000 seen in 3 days, many birds flying around especially near the Thames and they are also a rather noisy species. These birds are a rarity in Oxfordshire but are almost regarded as a pest species in parts of Surrey!
The only other bird seen in abundance were Starling with up to a thousand seen each evening flying in the same direction presumably to a roost site?
As we were close to the Thames and a reservoir there were the usual riparian species (Grey Heron, Kingfisher etc)Heron, KingfisherHHH, lots of Gulls going to roost on the res (that had no public access) and plenty of Hirundines and the odd Swift feeding over it on most days.

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