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Surprise visitor to my local patch

Surprise visitor to my local patch

By Alex White

There was a colourful visitor to the village where I live today.

Easier to hear than to spot, this Alexandrine parakeet spent the afternoon flying between two hedgerows on the outskirts of the village, sometimes just sitting calling or at times being mobbed by crows.

Ring-necked parakeets are a common sight in London. I’ve seen them in St James park but the bird today had slightly different marking, including red patches on the shoulders.

I’m not sure whether this is a captive bird that has escaped or a feral bird.

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