“These two beautiful parrots have been visiting my parents bird feeder for about a month. Is there any particular type of seeds or fruit the parrots like?”
Thanks for the great photo! The parrots will eat pretty much anything you put in a backyard feeder. They do enjoy peanuts and sunflower seeds, and certainly would like fruits, nuts or berries as well. If this was a domestic bird you’d want to be careful about the fat content of what I’ve listed here, but the wild ones have plenty of other food sources to choose from during the warmer months. In the winter, however, parrots are almost solely reliant on backyard feeders, so if you want to see them in your yard all year keep that chow coming!
Here’s a recent picture of the parrots on my feeders in Amityville!
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.
I received an email today from someone who was in the Conservatory Gardens in NYC yesterday and saw a flock of about 30 green parrots. They flew north and east into Central Park.
Russell reports: I saw six flying over my house in Bellmore. I have been hearing them since last fall but finally saw them yesterday.
“I’ve been hearing parrots for months around our house in Murray Hill, Queens, but never spotted them. I finally saw them flying the other morning, then today I spotted them in a tree in our courtyard. “
Wild parrots spotted in Murray Hill
Thanks for the pictures Lori!
We’ve reported this before, but many people find it amazing the Quakers can withstand a New York winter, which all but pales in comparison to the Windy City.
Today, Brian from Chicago reports:
“Just thought I would let you know there are wild parrots here in the Chicago suburbs. It seems from the internet others have been spotted around here, but I walk a lot and noticed a whole tree of them in the dead of winter. I thought I was seeing things.
Then today I saw a bunch in the same spot – and obviously – around big time power lines.
Anyway – just thought I would share. When you see them you want to get closer – but not really possible.”
Thanks Brian for the update!
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. ;^}