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.
On July 4th, Donna reported:
“Hello, After getting out of my car early one morning and hearing an “unusual” bird sound, I realized it was Parrots I was hearing, I went back and was able to snap these photos. You can post them if you choose to. I spotted two but there may have been young birds also. I really didn’t want to draw a lot of attention to the birds for fear that harm may come to them.”
Thanks Donna! And you are right, many nests in Amityville and other places have simply “disappeared”. Assuming the birds were not taken (which may or may not be the case) and are adults, they can rebuild and very quickly too. But it’s not good when either fledgelings or babies are in the nests, which is almost a guarantee during this time of the year.
“Today I saw 3 parrots in my backyard, the tails were blue and body was green. I have a bird feeder so it does draw a lot of birds, but this was the FIRST time for a parrot!! I tried to get a picture but I’m just too slow. My husband also saw them, one flew right over his head! I hope they come back, I’m keeping my camera by my window.”
Debbie sent along these marvelous photos today, taken in Freeport, NY.
Published July 15, 2011
Tags: long island, monk parakeets, nassau, new york, parrot legislation, parrot news, quaker parrots, queens, suffolk, wild parrots
Barry Schwartz reports:
NYS Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal of Manhattan has stepped up once again and has become the long-awaited Assembly sponsor of the proposed Monk Parakeet Protection Act. This is now Bill No. A08526, as the NYS Senate counterpart is S01246, which has been sponsored for several months now by NYS Senator Joe Addabbo.