Male Ring-necked Parakeet– our first garden sighting of the more strikingly marked male, the one with the ringed neck! English Nature allows landowners to cull these rapidly naturalising birds, without licence, while some fear they will prove to be the avian version of the Grey Squirrel. They nest early, using holes and crevices in trees before our native tree–hole nesters look for sites, and they gather in large flocks which can strip fruit crops and compete for food with native species. Their numbers increase rapidly (1,500 in 1998 and over 40,000 now) but some feel they will
confine themselves to suburban areas.The RSPB is awaiting detailed scientific study before deciding. Conditions: Grey and cold. Temperature: Max -1 Min -2C.