It's really interesting that birds who you would never associate with our climate seem perfectly happy here.
I got to within 10ft of a Buzzard yesterday. It was sat on a branch about 6ft from the ground in my local woods and I got about 10 ft from it when it flew away. It looked small sitting there but once it opened its wings and flew it looked massive.
I know nothing about birds (the feathered kind and probably the non feathered kind too) but I was reading something the other week about a small pocket of parrots maybe early 80s appearing and breeding in one tree in London and then apparently they've spread into several pockets throughout the country now. Mental seeing something like that in the UK and it being normal, not an escapee.
Back onto the thread as I've just stumbled accross it- pretty much fat balls out for me, anything else and the squirrels just decimate it.
There's actually a colony of Parakeets in Backhouse Park in Sunderland. Personally I think it's a real treat to see them but I appreciate some think they distort the natural ecosystem.
It could well be parakeets I was reading about (like I said I have very little knowledge of birds!).