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Nests Removed in Amityville/Lindenhurst Area

Hi All,

Folks have written and I’ve observed that a number of nests have been removed in Western Suffolk County. I assume they have been removed by PSEG, but I don’t know that for a fact, therefore I also do not know the method of removal.

For those that are interested, you could perhaps call them and ask. There may not necessarily be anything nefarious going on. New Jersey for example, has a Spring Ritual where the power company removes the nest under the close observation of the New Jersey Wild Bird Rescue. On the other hand, it does appear this recent operation was carried out during a time where it would not be publicly observed.

Wild Parrots are considered an invasive species by the state of New York. In a section on how parrots manage to survive in our area and optimum times for nest removal, Brooklyn Parrots writes:

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In cases where nest removals are necessary, the harm to the birds can be minimized if nest removal best practices are observed.

This means:

1. Timing the removal so that no young are in the nest.
2. Timing the removal so that the birds do not freeze to death.

In New York City, the best removal windows are in March (before breeding season begins) and in September (after birds have fledged but with enough time for the parrots to build nests on alternative platforms, if available).

The article also addresses the legal status of the birds:

Wild Monk Parakeets have no protection in New York State. According to the State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (the same agency that spearheaded the original eradication effort against the parrots in 1973), Monk Parakeets can be “taken” (a bureaucratic euphemism for “killed”) at any time:

“In New York State, nearly all species of wildlife are protected. Most species, including endangered species, songbirds, hawks and owls are fully protected and may not be taken. The few unprotected species include porcupine, red squirrel, woodchuck, English sparrow, starling, rock pigeon, and monk parakeet. ” (italics added) Source: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/27801.html

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In 2014, Senate Bill S1933 “The Monk Parakeet Protection Act” was put forth to address this issue and there are links to it as it was happening on this site under the category of Parrot News. I just revisited that bill today and it appears that it has sort of died on the vine; the last action was that it was REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION in January of 2014.

If anyone has any further updates, comments are more than welcome.

 

 

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Nest gone missing

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Lisa writes:

There was a nest on Ogden St. off of Higbee Lane in West Islip.  The last photo I took of them at the nest was in September 2016 (see attached).  I have also seen and photographed them at the nest January and February of the same year (2016) when I first learned about them.    I went to pay them a visit on 3/12/17 and the nest was completely gone.  Is there a way I can find out what happened to these parrots who nested there?  I hope their well being was taken into consideration when it was removed.”

It is almost a certainty the birds met with an unfortunate end. Considered a  potential fire hazard, the power company probably dismantled it and often this occurs in the wee hours to avoid public scrutiny. I expect it will be unlikely that you’ll get anyone to tell you what precisely happened and when.

This is the crux of the issue of wild parrots being classified as an invasive species and sadly one of their favorite places to build is what puts them in harms way.

 

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 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.

Nests in Babylon

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.”

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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. 

NYS Assembly Member sponsors Monk Parakeet Protection Act

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.

Feathered Friends and Macy’s Team Up

Just in from Barry & Gayle Schwartz of Feathered Friends Parrot Adoption Services:

Feathered Friends is pleased to announce that we are participating in the Macy’s Shop for a Cause event, which brings you shopping discounts at Macy’s on Saturday, August 27th, and helps us to raise funds for Feathered Friends Parrot Adoption Services, Inc.

The tickets are only $5.00 and you will receive 25% off all day on regular, sale, and clearance items, including home—even on most brands usually excluded! You will also save 10% on most electrics/electronics, furniture, mattresses, and rugs/floor coverings.

Please contact us via email right away for your savings pass—please send us $5.00 (check, money order, or cash if picking up in person), and we’ll send you the savings pass. If requesting by mail, send to Feathered Friends P.A.S., Inc., PO Box 780344, Maspeth, NY 11378-0344

PLEASE HELP US TO RAISE MUCH-NEEDED FUNDS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH

And don’t forget to say you saw it on the Wild Parrots of New York Blog. Thanks!

Library Lecture Series on Wild Parrots

Nick DeNezzo will be conducting a series of lectures on our Long Island Parrots at local libraries in the upcoming months.

The Wild Parrots of Long Island – Learn about the Feral Parrot populations throughout the South Shore of Long Island, Brooklyn and the greater NY area who live here year round, how they got here, how to spot them and the best places to observe them. This makes a great family activity combined with a Sunday drive or bike ride.

The intrepid Nick also conducts kayaking tours and lectures frequently on this topic  and many others as well. Below are the dates/times/places for the upcoming Wild Parrots Series:

  • Thur. Aug. 18 – Mineola Public Library – 7:00 pm – 195 Marcellus Road, Mineola
  • Wed.  Aug. 24 – Amityville Public Library – 7:00 pm – Oak & John St., Amityville
  • Wed. Sept. 21 – Lindenhurst Memorial Library – 7:00 pm – 1 Lee Ave, Lindenhurst

Anyone interested will need to make a reservation. Call 631.957.7755 to secure your seat today. View the full schedule of lectures from the Long Island Kayak Tours events page, and don’t forget to mention that you saw it here!


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