Tuesday 12 January 2021

Ring-necked Parakeets

Five Ring-necked Parakeets were showing off in Maer Valley, early this morning. Also there - 2 Firecrests, 1 Redwing, 2 Coal Tits, 2 Goldcrests, 5 Chiffchaffs and a flock of 14 Pied WagtailsA quick look off Maer Rocks produced 3 Red-throated Divers, small numbers of auks and just a single Purple Sandpiper alongside a Turnstone.


  1. Looks like London is coming to Devon! Can't be many species more numerous than these in London these days. Beautiful birds seen up close & quite a spectacle watching flocks flying low and fast as they head to roost, but sometimes when out birding the constant noise can be a pain. Yesterday I was watching a dispute with one of these birds & a Jackdaw over a good quality crevice in a poplar.

  2. Hi Neil - the most I've seen in Exmouth is nine birds so a little while to go to reach London numbers! They still hold a bit of novelty value down here in Devon, and mystery still surrounds their origin. I think it's highly likely they were deliberate releases. Good to hear from you as always. Matt