Squawk of town as parrot sets up home at Wakefield park

AN UNUSUAL visitor has spent the Christmas holidays at a West Yorkshire park,

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 31st December 2014, 4:52 pm

A bright green, blue-headed Port Lincoln parrot has been spotted on numerous occasions over the past two weeks at Pugneys Country Park in Wakefield.

Keen birder Mick Hemingway, 51, of Wakefield, posted a photograph (above) he took of the parrot on Twitter.

Mr Hemingway, who works as a human resources manager at Wakefield Council, said: “It has been out in the wild for a few weeks now. People put out fat balls and things like that for the wild birds, which may be helping keep it going.

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It must have escaped from somewhere. Presumably it is someone’s pet or it may be from a collector’s aviary.” Mr Hemingway said it is the first time he has spotted a parrot at Pugneys in 25 years’ birdwatching at the park.

Last month a rare Blyth’s Pipit was spotted near the Calder Wetlands site, which is close to from Pugneys Country Park.