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December 2017

Monday, 18 December 2017

Winter Newsletter December '17

Winter Newsletter December '17

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Monday, 11 December 2017

Ring Necked Parakeets in York- an Update

Ring Necked Parakeets in York- an Update

Back in the spring I reported here that a pair of Ring Necked Parakeets were regularly visiting our garden on Rawcliffe Lane. By April we had noticed that the female had stopped visiting and I speculated that she may be nesting. The male continued to visit and after a long wait we first saw a single juvenile on the 20th June, perched rather precariously on next door's roof. With help from Professor Google and BirdForum, I learnt that the juveniles are similar to adult females, distinguished by a shorter tail and a yellower shade to the green of the head and body. The head marking and neck ring of the adult male doesn't fully develop until the 2nd or 3rd year. It has taken a long time to get the photographic evidence, too late for the December Newsletter. The light this morning, 11th December, wasn't great but you can still see the shorter tail of the juvenile on the right. Dad is in the middle and Mum on the left.
The family of three have continued to visit throughout the summer and autumn, feeding mainly on peanuts. They have had the odd peck at apples on our trees and clearly enjoyed the fresh seeds on the ripe sunflowers, but they remain welcome visitors rather than pests; (certainly less of a pest than our urban foxes who have learnt to climb trees and scrump our pear crop - but that's another story)
There is a month to go before they complete their first year in York, and this winter is already harsher than the last, but I, personally, hope they will succeed and become established here. I realise not everybody shares my enthusiasm - I see that the Wild Bird Food catalogue that came with the YWT magazine was selling a parakeet proof feeder!
Robin Ball