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spotted in the garden. I love my new zoom lens... (70-300mm).
Also saw something *very* brightly coloured that I couldn't identify. Looked bright green parakeet-y colour, but was BIG and it's COLD right now.
6th Feb 2006, 14:28   | tags:,,,

Twiglet says:

Ring necked parakeets are a common sight arounf here (SW London/Surrey), there are thousands of them. They have adapted well to life in this country so there is no reason why they shouldn't spread to other parts of the country. They originate from the Indian sub continent and there are many stories about how they came to be here. They are bright green with blue on the tail and they screech.

Your Jay is very beautiful, there seems to be more of them around in London than there used to be.

6th Feb 2006, 14:38

Twiglet says:

Seems your green bird was a woodpecker. The green ones are often seen on the ground as opposed to up a tree. You have some lovely bird life around you. : )

6th Feb 2006, 14:41

mat says:

We used to have Owls in the garden, but I think they've moved out now. We still have a nearby Magpie, three robins and several charms* of finches living in the hedgerows.

* one of my favourite collective nouns, that one.

6th Feb 2006, 14:41

Twiglet says:

You are lucky.

Robins seem to love people, have you ever noticed how friendly they are?

6th Feb 2006, 14:43

Spike says:

mine has to be a superfluity of nuns

nice shot by the way mat

6th Feb 2006, 14:44

Twiglet says:

I like a "murder" of ravens!

6th Feb 2006, 14:46

mat says:

A conspiracy (or even 'unkindness') of Ravens, and a parliment of Rooks..

The Corvus family have a really bad reputation.. :)

6th Feb 2006, 14:49

Spike says:


6th Feb 2006, 14:53

Spike says:

see, i would personally try to think of slightly more friendly collective nouns for them birds!

6th Feb 2006, 14:55

Joe says:

I think murder is the collective noun for crows rather than ravens

6th Feb 2006, 14:55

Twiglet says:

Yes, I think you're right. My mistake!

6th Feb 2006, 14:57

Dhamaka says:

I love the Rook one

Thanks for this Mat. I've been trying to get a shot of the Jays that visit me for my friend Jay for about 3 years. Just referred her to your page instead.

6th Feb 2006, 16:48