Posts Tagged 'long island'

Parrots in Bellmore!

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! bellmore1 bellmore2 bellmore3

Shhhh…even the parrots need their privacy…maybe even moreso


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.

Thank you,


Breeding Season Is Underway!

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.

Parrots Sighted in Bellmore

Russell reports: I saw six flying over my house in Bellmore. I have been hearing them since last fall but finally saw them yesterday.


Parrots Spotted in Lido Beach!

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!

Parakeet on the Loose in Point Lookout!

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)


Parrots Spotted in Merrick

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. ;^}


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