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.
Russell reports: I saw six flying over my house in Bellmore. I have been hearing them since last fall but finally saw them yesterday.
Today Sarah reported:
“I was amazed to see a “flock” of parrots at Long Beach H.S., today! I never knew! I’ve attached a couple of pictures.”
Thanks Sarah – great pics!
This morning Rich writes:
“Hi, thought you might be interested.
I have a feeder on the end of my dock here in Point Lookout(11569), yesterday and this morning there is a wild? parakeet that found us. It might have spent the night in a nearby pine tree.”
Rich, this is likely an escapee. Hopefully someone might recognize it. Thanks for posting! (Great shot BTW)
Today Chris observed the following:
“On 5/28/2013 at approximately 10:00 AM I witnessed a group of 6-8 mature size Quaker parrots flying from West to East on Merrick Road, in Merrick, NY (11566).
They appeared to be agitated, as they made quite a bit of noise. They stopped for roughly two minutes and then began to head East again with great speed.
I am amazed at the tenacity of these birds, as I witnessed them as a young child and then again in my twenties.
I view them as an omen. Not as good or bad, but as an indicator of belief.
You may rub your eyes, you may doubt your ears, but those are real birds.
Thousands of miles from their ancestral home, doing what birds do.”
They likely weren’t agitated Chris; noisy is their natural state and you’ll generally always be able to hear them before you see them. ;^}
Courtesy of CityParrots.org:
Who is planning a “world parrot count” and why?
The “extra-tropical“ department of the parrot researchers group of the International Ornithological Union (IOU) with Roelant Jonker (City Parrots & CML Leiden University) and Michael Braun (Heidelberg University) organize the global parrot count. The main focus of the study are neozoon parrots, meaning parrots which have been introduced by man to locations they are not native to. Read more…
These pictures were taken a few years ago but I re-posted them for everyone to keep in mind the best present to give the parrots during this time of year is to keep those feeders full! Happy Holidays from WildParrotsofNY.com.
And just for laughs, be sure to check out the From the Parrot’s Beak Christmas Edition courtesy of George Sommers.