As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday 2 October 2013

London - parakeets - via Matt Salusbury

Matt sent me this for Watcher of the Skies

Cycling through Clissold Park in London's Stoke Newington, I heard and then briefly saw a flying parakeet. You can't miss their distinctive bright green colour. 

They've been around West London (especially along the wilder bits of the Grand Union Canal, and around Richmond Park) and North West London - Hampstead Heath – for some time now. I remember hearing that the ones in West London were Indian parakeets, and in West London they were Monk's parakeets. I've never seen them in South London, but I'm told they're now abundant round there too - Gypsy Hill, Burgess Park, etc. 

My Clissold Park sighting means they're now moving East - while Stoke Newington is an N17 postcode, it's in the London Borough of Hackney, which many Londoners would regard as the start of "East London." It's the first time they've turned up in a N postcode. 

1 comment:

  1. Interesting reading about my local park of 43 years. Although Clissold Park, Stoke Newington is actually N16 and not N17.