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Richmond Parakeets

I've been staying with my brother in Epsom this weekend. I went on Epsom Downs, which is lovely, and for a walk in Richmond Park. It must be 25 years since I was there last. I don't know if it's global warming, but there are parrots living wild in the trees now. Well, parakeets.

Aha - I just googled, and in the US 'parakeet' is used to refer to what I would call a budgie. I don't mean those, I mean a larger, bright green bird, like this or this. I didn't notice whether they had a ring neck.

They have obviously survived the harsh (harsh for the UK) winter. I saw one or two flying up to a hole in a tree and putting their heads inside, so I think they were feeding chicks. There were several flocks of about a dozen each. I wonder if they shelter inside the hollow trees when it is very cold.
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