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#1 ncatteau

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Posted 22 September 2003 - 11:36 AM

Further to my last posting about helicopters, my attention was drawn skyward again recently.

Whilst walking up Fox Hill the other day I was sure I saw a small parrot flash past. I concluded at the time it was probably a mirage. A few days later I saw a load more along the Thames near Richmond. (I think they must nest on the Islands in the river).

A bit of investigation on the internet showed that green parakeets are now a fairly common sight in South London, and there have been positive sightings at South Norwood Lake and Norbury Grove. (try a google search : rspca + croydon + parakeets).

So if you are staggering home from the pub and a green parrot flies past you are not necessarily seeing things (although of course you might be !)

#2 Windy Miller

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Posted 22 September 2003 - 08:51 PM

Theres a bloke called CJ who lives on Alexandra Drive next to Gipsy Hill Station - he owns two parrots that fly about the area, perch on lamposts and generally amaze the locals. You only tend to see them during the summer though, when its warm

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Posted 03 October 2003 - 11:15 AM

I saw a small green parrot thing on Troy Road about two months ago - could hardly believe my eyes. My parents used to live on Sydenham Hill and when I told my my dad what i'd seen he said that they were often spotted round there even 6-8 years ago.

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Posted 03 October 2003 - 12:46 PM

I know there are loads of green, blue & red lorakeeets flying around at Hampton Court which were introduced ages ago & have slowly bred & adapted. I recently read that they are now a popular sight in South London as they seem to be venturing further & setting up communities!! The ones in Norwood obviuosly have impeccable tatse! Has anyone else seen the big heron thing at the fishing lake in CP park ?

#5 ncatteau

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Posted 03 October 2003 - 12:49 PM

Apparently about 3000 of these green parakeets live near Esher Rugby Club, despite the high tree prices.

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Posted 06 October 2003 - 10:24 PM

Flocks also at Richmond Park.

#7 Simeon

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Posted 08 October 2003 - 01:27 PM

CJ's Parrots, Jack and Annie are local celebrities and certainly brighten up my day when I see them. They're over 60yrs old and always acknowledge me when I give them a squawk! :D

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Posted 09 October 2003 - 11:23 AM

You've all lost it.

#9 Oddie

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Posted 09 October 2003 - 09:41 PM

Last seen flying towards Putney Bridge.

#10 ncatteau

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Posted 12 November 2003 - 01:33 PM

I was thrilled to see a pair of parrots flying across South Norwood Lake on Sunday. They were green and unmistakable. As there were 2 one could assume there will be the flapping of tiny wings next year (assuming they get through the winter of course).

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Posted 23 August 2006 - 07:38 AM

I had a look through the Wildlife of Norwood thread but couldn't see a reference to parakeets there although I may well have missed it.

We were out the garden yesterday evening at about 8pm and a flock (or chatter, as I believe the collective is known) of about 30 parakeets were sitting in the trees between my garden and Knights Hill Recreation Ground. They were flying about between the branches for a good 40 minutes, making loads of noise before flying off in the direction of Central Hill.

Has anyone else seen them? Were have they come from?

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Posted 23 August 2006 - 07:48 AM

they've been spotted a few times iclipper - but it sounds like a great spectacle. I've never seen such a big chatter. :)


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Posted 23 August 2006 - 11:13 AM

Saw a flock of about a dozen parakeets last week in West Norwood although most of the time they are just flying over at dusk to roost. You'll see them most evenings if you look out for them. Took some piccies of them in Dulwich Common a month or two ago.

However, they are much more common in West London especially in Richmond, Twickenham, Kew and thereabouts. Also a stack of them in Gunnersbury Park and have even seen them in central London (Kensington Gardens).

Supposedly there are around 20,000 parrots/parakeets in London & the South East now and increasing at around 30% per year......

http://news.bbc.co.u...ion/3869815.stm

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Posted 22 March 2007 - 10:45 AM

http://news.bbc.co.u...and/6478815.stm
Parakeet 'threat' to native birds
Parakeet numbers could reach 50,000 by 2010

The rapid growth of the parakeet population may pose a threat to other birds, authorities have said. There are about 30,000 of the bright green rose-ringed parakeets in London, Surrey and Kent, and their numbers could reach 50,000 by 2010. Increasing flocks will compete with native birds, such as woodpeckers and robins, for food and nesting space. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) said it had not ruled out a cull as a "last resort".

The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has commissioned a study into the parakeet threat. We do see a cull as a last resort, something only to be considered if a native species were to be under threat. RSPB spokesman Tim Webb said: "People are starting to have concerns about the numbers. "We are not sure what sort of numbers they would have to grow to before becoming a problem but we are aware that they are growing. The RSPB has said that there is a single roost of 6,000 birds in Esher, Surrey. Natural England, the licensing body for bird culls, said they would usually be killed by shooting, or possibly trapping. Originally from India, the rose-ringed parakeet has been in Britain for decades, although it is unclear how it was first introduced.


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Posted 22 March 2007 - 11:01 AM

I have to admit that the sound of them going over of an evening brings a little nostalgic tear to this Australian eye occasionally. A few more years of rising temperatures and sea levels, along with all those eucalyptus and acacia trees that the more exotic gardeners in the area are now realising grow to epic proportions, and the Norwood hills could start to remind us all of the Sydney suburbs...