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 26 February 2014

UK RARE BIRD SIGHTINGS: Rare birds take up residence in neighbourhood

25 parrots took up residence in a neighbourhood tree over the weekend.

The Ring-necked Parakeets were seen eating fruit in a tree at Arlington Road, Woodford Green.

The Guardian photographer, who lives nearby, said: “They seem to have taken up residence in the tree two houses down from where I live. They are eating the fruit on the tree and are very noisy.”

There are myths on how the species came to be naturalised in England.

One that they broke out of airport quarantine, and another that they escaped from the set of 1951 film, The African Queen.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs believe the population dates only from 1969, when birds were released from captivity.

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