Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Escaped Eastern Rosella

A colleague told me that his neighbour had photographed a parrot in his garden in Swanston, Edinburgh, yesterday. I was keen to see the pics and here they are. Looks like an Eastern Rosella to me, although I have no experience of these antipodean beauties, so maybe someone else will correct me if I am wrong.

It would be a nice surprise to see one of these in Edinburgh, although I would imagine that the owner might not share that thought. And maybe the bird wouldn't be too pleased about its new circumstances depending upon how conditioned it was to cage or aviary life.

I suppose that escaped parrots are seen every year or so in Edinburgh. I have managed to see a couple of Cockateils in Edinburgh over the years although neither has hung around for long - especially the one that was sitting on my window ledge one morning when I opened the curtains... Below is a composite image of one that I saw at Musselburgh heading North across the Forth in August 2010.


Stuart said...

New one for me.
Got to thinking what whacky escapees I have seen over the years. Red-cheeked Cordon Bleu at Bempton - came across birders in a circle staring at the ground and I thought it must have been something like a Lanceolated they had!
Ringed Teal (3 I think) at Radipole Lake was strange + Spur-winged Plover at Dungeness (I may just have that one!).
All the best

Anonymous said...

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With your permission, I would like to use your image of an Eastern Rosella in Edinburgh as posted in this blog.

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