Stoke Bruerne gets exotic visitors
VISITORS TO THE CANAL MUSEUM at Stoke Bruerne are in for a feathery treat after a flock of bright green parakeets was spotted in the garden in search of fruit.
The wild birds, which like to feast on fruit from the museum’s crab apple tree, can be seen at various times throughout the day.
Originally from warmer climates, the birds are thought to be the descendants of escaped birds. Theories of how the birds got here include a pair of birds deliberately released by the rock star Jimi Hendrix in the 1960s, escapees from the set of African Queen in the 1950s, or that they escaped from an aviary during the 1987 hurricane.
Louise Stockwin, duty manager at the museum, said: “The birds have been coming here for a number of months and often you hear their loud squawking before you see them in the trees. Being bright green, they are much easier to see in the early part of the year but during the summer they are really well camouflaged in the trees so can be a bit tricky to see.
“The birds seem to really like the crab apples despite their sour taste and they also like to nibble on the seed we put on the bird feeder. The birds add a splash of colour to the garden and we love seeing them come and visit.”
A good time for bird spotters to see the birds is early morning when they come to the garden for a breakfast treat. The museum has worked with local school children to create a wild garden to encourage beasties and birds to visit the area.