Kathleen and I went to see the feral Monk Parakeets. I was going to bring Kili along but the weather was a bit chilly and it would have been too much to handle cameras and bird at the same time.
They have feral populations in several parts of Brooklyn. We went to see the ones near the "Dust Bowl" baseball field and park by 65th street in Bay Ridge. They survive the cold New York City winters by building their communal nests on power poles or near transformers to keep warm. In the spring time they can be observed preening, feeding, and frolicking in the trees surrounding their nests. Their green color, long tails, and quaking calls cannot be mistaken for any native species.
Monk Parakeet preening on platform railing
Taking a peak out of the nest
Monk Parakeet flying back to nest
Then landing and climbing in
Pair of Monk Parakeets preening themselves
And then each other
Getting the belly
Staying close together
Can't quite reach
Male House Sparrow
And Female House Sparrow not far beyond
And finally, a video so you can see/hear what it's like to visit the wild feral quaker parrots of Brooklyn:
We have a flock of Amazon's that live near by. Not sure what kind they are as they only show up once in a while and not for long. Plus they are either to high up or in the trees and blend in to much. But it is really cool to see them flying around when they do show up. Parrots are more adaptable than people think.
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