Parrots branch out to perch in the park

A parakeet in Ward Jackson Park
A parakeet in Ward Jackson Park

A POPULAR park has become home to some colourful feathered friends over the last few weeks.

Several parrots have been spotted in the trees at Ward Jackson Park, in Hartlepool, having apparently taken up residence in greenery near the park cafe.

Mail photographer Tom Collins snapped the colourful birds on a recent visit to the park.

Ben Calvert, visitor officer at RSPB Saltholme, on the outskirts of Hartlepool, said it is fantastic for people to be able to see the birds in Hartlepool although he did express some concern.

He said: “The birds which have been spotted are ringneck parakeets, they have lived in the UK since the middle of the 1800s.

“They are not native to Britain but hats off to them, they are very tough and they can handle the British winter.

“It is a pleasure for people to be able to look at them.

“They are very good looking, bright green with the red beaks.

“But we do have concerns.

“We believe the ringneck parakeet competes with other birds, sometimes out-competing them.

“We don’t have any evidence at the minute, but it is something we are monitoring.”