There’s nothing Jack the parrot loves more than his squ…walk in the park.
Now that spring has sprung, visitors to his local park are sure to see a familiar feathered friend making a splash at the loch.
Jack the parrot is a common sight around the town and just loves going for a sunshine stroll at his favourite beauty spot.
Normally seen perching on owner Norie McKinnon’s shoulder or walking on his lead, the blue and gold talking Macaw is always a big hit with the local kids.
Norie (54), from Stewartfield, told the East Kilbride News: “Jack will quite happily sit on kids’ shoulders. He’s very friendly and sociable.
“People sometimes turn and stare and ask if he’s real – he’s a great talking point.”
Named after pirate captain, Jack Sparrow, the three-foot long bird, is a big talker and regularly says phrases like: “Geez a kiss,” “Where’s my boy?”and “Night night.”
As well sharing a beer with Norie, the Stewartfield Farm regular also sings and dances to Status Quo.
Jack also loves to feel the wind through his feathers as he drives around town in Norie’s convertible.
“I bought Jack from a friend six years ago and fell in love with him right away”, said Hairmyres A&E nurse Norie.
“It took a lot of hard work and a lot of sore fingers to train him, but we really have bonded.
“He loves going for a drive in the car and sits quite happily on my shoulder and never flies away. It’s funny seeing people do a double take when they draw up next to me at traffic lights.”
Dad-of-one Norie revealed he gets teased by his friends for carrying his parrot around like a pirate.
He added: “I enjoy the reaction I get. Kids crowd round Jack and I like seeing the happy smiles on their faces.
“Parrots are fabulous pets. They’re such good company and fascinating to watch. Please come and say hello to us.”