Wildlife lovers urged to visit Northamptonshire to see wild parakeets said to be descendants of Jimi Hendrix’s birds

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A canal museum in Northamptonshire has found one its most popular attractions is a flock of bright green parakeets.

The birds have made a home in the Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum’s garden, where they have been feeding on a crab apple tree at various times of the day.

Louise Stockwin, duty manager at the museum, said: “Often you hear their loud squawking before you see them in the trees.

“Being bright green they are much easier to see this time of year but during the summer they will be really well camouflaged in the trees.

“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.

“They really add a splash of colour to the garden and we love seeing them come to visit.”

Originally from warmer climates, a popular theory is that the birds are the descendants of ones deliberately released by the rock star Jimi Hendrix in the 1960s.

Now a relatively common sight in the South East the birds have now spread to other parts of the country.

A good time for keen bird spotters to see the birds is early morning when they tend to arrive for a breakfast time treat.

For more information on the work of the Canal & River Trust visit www.canalrivertrust.org.uk