This question, along with a great pic came in today from Soledad. And the answer is: you can feed them just standard wild bird seed – you’ll often see them on a feeder with a bunch of other birds. Naturally they like parrot food as well. 🙂
Actually now it is a good time to do it, because while the birds have many other sources of food during the summer months, they are pretty much reliant on feeders over the winter.
Howard reported this today in Nassau County – thanks for the pics!
Larry sent me these awesome photos today. Thanks! Great shots!
On August 27th, David reports:
I live in South Bellmore, near Newbridge Park. I have had 3-4 Quaker parrots visiting my backyard several times a day for the past couple of weeks.
I have attached 3 of 5 photos that I have taken.” ~ Thanks David – great pics!
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.
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 safety. 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.
Russell reports: I saw six flying over my house in Bellmore. I have been hearing them since last fall but finally saw them yesterday.