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Sitting eating lunch last week, social distancing as the previous 8 months one in one vehicle one in other 4 metres apart, one facing one way one facing the other, my work mate, who knows naff all about birds, but knows I have a little knowledge, had been watching a strange bird feeding, this , in a farm yard, in and around, where the farmer had just shifted some old, last years either straw or hay bales, he mentioned twice, and I turned round, looked, saw the bird, but couldn't see enough to identify it. finally I got out of my car, and walked over to the strange, not too shy bird, it eventually flew away only to return 10 minutes later! I knew what it was! I had seen one before in Egypt, and knew we got a few over here, I thought just in summer, down country, but unmistakably a "hoopoe" of all things, pied wings, peach colourings, thin long curved beak, and when alerted, the unmistakable raised crest, no doubt at all, put a post about it on the bird forum, a lot of people poo hood it and said it was a jay! na, no way! then a poster said "very probable" as one had been observed at lynmouth a town 15-20 miles away and had been hanging round for a week or two, it never returned as we kept a eye out, but (if you could be bothered) another one to tick of in the book.
 

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I've seen quite a few wild parrots or parakeets I think they are...flying over whilst at work.
 

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I've seen quite a few wild parrots or parakeets I think they are...flying over whilst at work.
We have had them in London for decades. They now fly around in flocks making the most hideous noise and they take up a lot of the nesting sites that would be used by our traditional bird population. A bye-law was passed a few years ago to cull them they are that much of a nuisance. Don't let them get a hold if you can avoid it or you will regret it.
 

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We have had them in London for decades. They now fly around in flocks making the most hideous noise and they take up a lot of the nesting sites that would be used by our traditional bird population. A bye-law was passed a few years ago to cull them they are that much of a nuisance. Don't let them get a hold if you can avoid it or you will regret it.
I don't think there's that many tbh....I see/hear one flying overhead ...seems to be a routine for it.
Makes a hell of a racket ?
 

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We have had them in London for decades. They now fly around in flocks making the most hideous noise and they take up a lot of the nesting sites that would be used by our traditional bird population. A bye-law was passed a few years ago to cull them they are that much of a nuisance. Don't let them get a hold if you can avoid it or you will regret it.
You are getting them mixed up with pigeons ya muppet
 

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Yeah a bit like them fish you reckon you keep catching! Dreamed up when ya sleeping ??
Behave yourself.....now your sounding like the guy who claims it's a Jay you've seen.

My workmate seen one in his neighbours back garden too... apparently feeds it on a regular basis.


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First time I saw one...(well I heard it first)

I looked up and it squawked..."Marty's coming...I'm outa here"..... apparently it was on its way to London to get away from you .
 

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Marty, I’m not sure if they are rare up here but I’ve seen little egrets on the Aln and the Tyne on a few occasions this year
 

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I thought the Parrot Sunray was on the vice, but sadly I couldn’t catch it in my bandy net and it flew off into the sunset heading for Norway never to be seen again ?
 

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Marty, I’m not sure if they are rare up here but I’ve seen little egrets on the Aln and the Tyne on a few occasions this year
On the aln! Sitting looking at the aln now out my living room window, seen one regular on our tweed fishing, then their was a pair (couple of years ago) then they must have moved or maybe worse!
 

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Anyway...about the parrot, I'm deadly serious... they're quite common in the UK.
 

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We have had them in London for decades. They now fly around in flocks making the most hideous noise and they take up a lot of the nesting sites that would be used by our traditional bird population. A bye-law was passed a few years ago to cull them they are that much of a nuisance. Don't let them get a hold if you can avoid it or you will regret it.

First time I saw some parakeets, I thought wow, how exotic. But soon realised they multiply rapidly and completely take over and dominate. As you say, control them early on if they do appear in your area.
 

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On the aln! Sitting looking at the aln now out my living room window, seen one regular on our tweed fishing, then their was a pair (couple of years ago) then they must have moved or maybe worse!
Don't worry...Ginger will shoot them !
 

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Parrots, parakeets, etc ha ha but education is needed! The hoopoe is a thin billed exotic bird with a THIN beak, insect eating, more in the woodpecker family, not thick beaked like fruit, and nut eating parrots ???
 
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