PPS. There are more and more reports that a colourful and vocal species is establishing itself along the valley. It’s open to question whether the presence of at least six Rose-ringed Parakeet should be welcomed, but all the evidence suggests that at least one pair has successfully nested locally in the last 12 months. It’s very possible that some of our birds are from a small breeding colony in the Sandwell Valley. Until recent years there were only a few annual records for the Smestow Valley dating back to the 1980s, almost all very probably involving escaped birds. It’s too early to say what effect their presence will now have on other tree hole nesting species, but numbers in their breeding stronghold in outer London have reached plague proportions. One thing’s for sure. They’re among the valley’s fastest fliers, calling shrilly as they rocket along the canal and old railway. For the time being, just enjoy!!