Today being Mothering Sunday, I went down to Mum's and my brother cooked us a roast Sunday lunch - yummy! :D Thanks Bro! Before lunch Mum and I had a drive along the coast - our normal route. However, today the sea front was thronged with people and whereas, normally, we would just stop the car and watch the sea or have a short walk, today there was no easy parking so we just drove along. So no birdies out and about today.
When I awoke at my usual time this morning I was greeted with grey skies! Doh - I've got too used to sun and blue sky!
At about 6.45 I was having my first coffee of the day and idly watching the garden birds. I realised that Spring must be here from the number of Ring-necked Parakeets (or Rose ringed Parakeets) in the garden. During the winter months the numbers are normally anything between 4 - 8 on a daily basis. Once the warmer weather and the breeding season start the numbers increase noticeably. Over the last few days, there's not been fewer than 8 at any one time and this morning, there were 12 in the Apple Tree.
What was interesting is that the majority were male. Normally its mostly females - about 1 male to every four females. Of the 12 this morning 9 were males. Given that the young (from last year) and the females often look the same, I can't positively say the remaining 3 were female but I should think it more likely.
(For those who don't see Paras that often, the male has a black bib and a deep pink ring around its neck - the females don't have this at all except for a very pale and almost indistinguishable green ring).
Whether you like them or loath them, at 6.45 on a dullish morning, they do brighten up the garden a bit!
The full set!
This group were probably having the equivalent as the "lads down at the pub" get together.
Whereas this couple were having a serious natter about something! Whilst it's definitately a male on the left, I'm inclined to think the second bird is a female! (I wonder why!)
The sun had eventually came out and it was a lovely drive back home in gentle early evening sunlight!