Nests Removed in Amityville/Lindenhurst Area

Hi All,

Folks have written and I’ve observed that a number of nests have been removed in Western Suffolk County. I assume they have been removed by PSEG, but I don’t know that for a fact, therefore I also do not know the method of removal.

For those that are interested, you could perhaps call them and ask. There may not necessarily be anything nefarious going on. New Jersey for example, has a Spring Ritual where the power company removes the nest under the close observation of the New Jersey Wild Bird Rescue. On the other hand, it does appear this recent operation was carried out during a time where it would not be publicly observed.

Wild Parrots are considered an invasive species by the state of New York. In a section on how parrots manage to survive in our area and optimum times for nest removal, Brooklyn Parrots writes:

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In cases where nest removals are necessary, the harm to the birds can be minimized if nest removal best practices are observed.

This means:

1. Timing the removal so that no young are in the nest.
2. Timing the removal so that the birds do not freeze to death.

In New York City, the best removal windows are in March (before breeding season begins) and in September (after birds have fledged but with enough time for the parrots to build nests on alternative platforms, if available).

The article also addresses the legal status of the birds:

Wild Monk Parakeets have no protection in New York State. According to the State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (the same agency that spearheaded the original eradication effort against the parrots in 1973), Monk Parakeets can be “taken” (a bureaucratic euphemism for “killed”) at any time:

“In New York State, nearly all species of wildlife are protected. Most species, including endangered species, songbirds, hawks and owls are fully protected and may not be taken. The few unprotected species include porcupine, red squirrel, woodchuck, English sparrow, starling, rock pigeon, and monk parakeet. ” (italics added) Source: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/27801.html

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In 2014, Senate Bill S1933 “The Monk Parakeet Protection Act” was put forth to address this issue and there are links to it as it was happening on this site under the category of Parrot News. I just revisited that bill today and it appears that it has sort of died on the vine; the last action was that it was REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION in January of 2014.

If anyone has any further updates, comments are more than welcome.

 

 

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