Originally Posted by Botnst
Interesting observation. We have some parrots (the name eludes me at the moment) that have attained reproductive, colonial status in two locations around my town. Just looked it up: Monk's (or Quaker) parrot.
This is a question for jjl.
In the mid 1980s, I used to shoot regularly at weekends around the Royal Tunbridge Wells area of Kent, which is about thirty miles from London. One day when out with my mate, we saw some movement in an oak tree, which was in full leaf and accordingly densely bright green. The movement appeared characteristic of a grey squirrrel, so rather irresponsibly (I was very young) I let both barrels off and saw something satisfyingly drop to the floor. When we reached the spot, we were, to say the least, shocked to see a dead parrot lying on it's back.
At the time, we felt very guilty as we asssumed we had nailed someone's escaped pet. In retrospect, it may well have been an early and apparently futile and unsuccessful attempt at controlling an introduced species.
I feel better now.
Incidently, I think I am right in saying that there is more than one species of parakeet currently colonising southern England. Not sure about the rest of the UK.
Will have to look into it.