Larry sent me these awesome photos today. Thanks! Great shots!
Tags: monk parakeets, nassau, new york, quaker parrots, wild parrots
Jennifer reported today:
“I saw these beautiful green birds in Merrick today.I assume they are the parrots you discuss in your blog? They were beautiful. About 20 of them!!!”
Yep, that would be them. Thanks for sending in the picture!
Tags: long island, monk parakeets, monkparrots, nassau, quaker parrots, wild parrots
Tags: long island, monk parakeets, new york, quaker parrots, wild parrots
I know everyone gets very excited when they see wild parrots, especially if it’s for the first time, however, I implore you not to disclose specific nest locations on this site or anywhere else. There are poachers out there as well as other evil-doers who do not have their best interests in mind. When public locations and specific cross streets are provided, that makes their job a whole lot easier.
The parrots are only truly safe when they nest on private property, but due to their natural preferences this doesn’t happen a lot. When someone posts a comment with a specific location on this blog I try to be diligent and redact it, but the bottom line is, if you enjoy our green friends and want them to have a shot at survival, the best thing you can do for them is to keep their precise whereabouts to yourself.
Tags: amityville, bronx, monk parakeets, new york, quaker parrots, wild parrots
“These two beautiful parrots have been visiting my parents bird feeder for about a month. Is there any particular type of seeds or fruit the parrots like?”
Thanks for the great photo! The parrots will eat pretty much anything you put in a backyard feeder. They do enjoy peanuts and sunflower seeds, and certainly would like fruits, nuts or berries as well. If this was a domestic bird you’d want to be careful about the fat content of what I’ve listed here, but the wild ones have plenty of other food sources to choose from during the warmer months. In the winter, however, parrots are almost solely reliant on backyard feeders, so if you want to see them in your yard all year keep that chow coming!
Here’s a recent picture of the parrots on my feeders in Amityville!
Tags: long island, monk parakeets, nassau, new york, quaker parrots, suffolk, wild parrots
I’ve received a few emails in recent weeks as the parrots have become highly visible while they’re working on their nests. Breeding season generally runs from April to September, so if you see a nest that may be in jeopardy keep in mind that while the adults can quickly rebuild in another location, if there are eggs, babies or fledglings in the nest they have no way to get to there. This is at the heart of the power company issue – that the nests could be disassembled but it’s best to wait until at least October.
There have been some success stories where private owners have built their own platforms in order to entice the parrots away from a potentially dangerous situation. Detailed instructions for building this type of platform are available here.
Tags: monk parakeets, monkparrots, New York City, quaker parrots, wild parrots
I received an email today from someone who was in the Conservatory Gardens in NYC yesterday and saw a flock of about 30 green parrots. They flew north and east into Central Park.