Robinswood Hill Parakeets visit the Saintbridge Balancing Pond?

On Sunday 15th January, we thought we had two new visitors. Two ring necked Parakeets swooped down into the trees for a couple of minutes and were immediately seen off by the crows and sea gulls. We thought it was a new sighting for the pond but on reflection, I understand there are a couple of parakeets roosting on the hill. Perhaps they where just checking out the area. Anyway, this is the first time that they have come this far.

The Ring Necked Parakeet are now recognised as a garden bird after being introduced from India in the 1970’s.

But you never know………

Parrots – particularly parakeets – have now become familiar sights in the south-east and as close as Reading.  There have been reports that there could now be 20,000 wild parrots, including parakeets, living in England, with the largest concentration around London and the South East.

The population boom has been put down to a series of mild winters, a lack of natural predators, food being available from humans and that there are now enough parrots for a wider range of breeding partners.

First Bird list for Saintbridge Balancing Pond compiled by Paul Brunt.

On the birding front here is the list of species for this week

2 Herring Gulls, 2 Mute Swans, 20 mallards,, 60+ Black-Headed Gulls,3 male and 38  female Teal, 10+ Moorhens, Garden birds consists of Wren, Robin, Carrion Crow, Magpie,, Great Tits, Blue Tits, & Long-tailed Tits.