12 February 2012

A Wintry Week

Posted by Happy Homemaker UK

And here I was bragging about how winter missed our island this year

Here are a few images from the week

And look what cutie-pie visited our backyard!

These rose-ringed parakeets (aka ring-necked parakeets)
usually stay in the treetops, so seeing one up close was a real treat :)

I've been intrigued by these noisy exotic birds,
the UK's only naturalized parrot often seen in South East England

Although native to sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian subcontinent,
these green beauties are the most widely introduced parrot species in the world
found in 35 countries

Theories explaining the 1969 arrival of ring-necked parakeets
range from flying from the European continent,
escaping from the Chessington Zoo
to released as a former pets

Another interesting non-native species living in England includes
the mink
which escaped from local fur farms in 1929

I'm not sure the ferret-like mink is on my 'must see' list,
but the hedgehog and cuckoo certainly are

- all photos by me -

Sources: DAISIE, Biology.uco.edu

Related post: The Impact Of Snow


Sunray Gardens said...

They are such beautiful little birds. I can't even imagine having one flying around or eating in my yard. Beautiful photo!
Cher Sunray Gardens

helen tilston said...

Your garden looks superb. What an image and so wonderful that you appreciate this visitor. How spectacular. My father used say we are truly blessed when such a creature of beauty would visit.
Enjoy this beautiful weather.

Helen xx

Jenny Woolf said...

I like parakeets too although I'm told they're a nuisance if you have lots living near you. But we have so few really brightly coloured birds here. Mink, though, are a menace, very vicious, I am told. Is that your own house in the second picture? it is very beautiful!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Oh heavens, no, that is not my house :) That was as close as I could get to that manor - isn't it lovely?

TexWisGirl said...

the winter scenes are so beautiful! i'd be thrilled to see one of those parakeets, too!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Wow...it does look cold, but so lovely. We have naturized parrots here but I didn't realize they could stand such cold weather. Great photos.

Chelsey said...

I love that first photo. Its really gorgeous. Enjoy the snow.

katie said...

gorgeous photos. and i had no idea that parakeets flew about in England. How fun!

GirlSprout said...

Your blog often makes me feel like I'm in a fairy land. Well today, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - one of my favorite childhood books.

Ellie said...

What beautiful images you have here. Up here where I live in Scotland we have had no snow at all. Nice to see your pictures though.

Robynne's Nest said...

Beautiful wintry photos, Laura, and although I'm enjoying the warmer weather here in Melbourne, I do feel like I'm missing out on all the fun in the snow back in England...I really love that second shot...it that a glimpse of your new rental?? Robx

greenthumb said...

Look how cold and snowy it is lovely photos.

lisaroyhandbags said...

Pretty pics! Everything looks so quiet and serene with that dusting of snow.

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Ha! Can you imagine how much it must cost to heat it?!

lizzybradbury said...

Oh, wow! I didn't even know that there was a parrot-like bird in England - You really do learn something new everyday!


p.s. I love that picture of the snow and the country house peeping round the trees - Oh, how I'd love to live there!

Ola said...

very nice birds!
You really have a snowy winter!

Jane said...

Oh you clever minx, Laura, snapping that little chap so brilliantly! I can't believe he was out and about in that freezing weather you're having. J x

Privet and Holly said...

What a neat contrast to see the
parrot and the snow! It might be
inconvenient, but I'd say snow is
certainly VERY becoming to your

xx Suzanne

Pink Princess said...

What a gorgeous winter scene! We had a bit of snow here but nothing like what you have in these pictures!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Pretty scenes of England in the snow, but I did not expect to be posting similar photos myself this year!

Leigh Powell Hines said...

Beautiful photos.

chris said...

Such lovely images you captured!

Zosia said...

Wow! I had no idea that parrots live in the wild in England.

Joyce said...

A hedgehog fell in the pond in our back garden in England. He was upside down and I mistook it for a leaf. I stuck my hand in to grab it and had what my girls would say was a full blown fit....makes me shudder still to think about it.

The landscape is so beautiful with a bit of snow. Lovely photos!

Emily said...

"Where IS she?" asked the Mister. Yep, we thoroughly enjoyed the eye-candy you provide us with today! I'm tickled you got a lovely snow, especially before the close of winter. We're hoping for the same good fortune!

Pat said...

Beautiful photos. The winter weather has created breath taking scenes here in Switzerland too.

Anonymous said...

Lovely photographs. We had some lovely snow on the Worcestershire Hills, lovely because I did not have to go out in it.

Mink did escape from fur farms, but have also been released by people who objected to the mink being farmed for their fur. The problem is that mink are not native to the UK, vicious and attack and kill water voles. Mink were hunted with hounds until quite recently.


Pet said...

oh, snow over the fine grass of Southern England is such a beauty!

deux chiens et un garcon said...

good morning, I have just sent you a thank you email. Your words mean a lot.

the photos are exquisite

Zinnia said...

I loved the open snow shots. I always keep up with the weather in England through the news programmes. I'm really enjoying the wonderful documentaries on Queen Elizabeth and her family too that are shown here at the moment due to her Diamond Jubilee, so I enjoyed your extensive article on all of that too!
How amazing, that little parakeet in the British Isles!
I enjoy popping in here to see what is happening in my country and seeing things through your eyes which gives me a fresh look too!

Ida said...

Oh some lovely wintery shots (really like that 2nd one) and that Parrot, so pretty


Hello Laura

I was always told by my Mum that they had escaped from Shepperton Film Studios during the making of the African Queen back in the 50's. I can remember seeing them as a child in our garden in Upminster back in the 70's...
just googled and found this link about Myth and Truth of these colourful birds
I've departed from Sweden and am now living back in London/Essex area
Having been in blog land for ages.
I wonder if we will have snow again this year...i do love the snow in Sweden ;)
Happy weekend, Happy Days, Happy Homemaker

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I clicked on your link - I hadn't heard about Jimi Hendrix or African Queen - both such great stories, even if they aren't true. Welcome back to England and blogland :)