Saturday, April 23, 2005

Wild Parrots Sighted in Bensonhurst

A correspondent and parrot-watcher from Brooklyn has made what I believe is the first available photographic documentation of a wild parrot nest in Brooklyn's Bensonhurst neighborhood.

The Bensonhurst nest is about four and one-half miles to the south of the Brooklyn College colony. The facts that parrots are living there corresponds to anecdotal reports of a wild parrot colony living somewhere in the Sheepshead Bay area.

Appreciative thanks and photo credits to Marie Randazzo, of Brooklyn, for bringing this exciting news of a new Brooklyn nest to our attention.







Thursday, April 14, 2005

Wild Parrots on the Hudson: a photo essay

Note 12/08/06: For photos of the Edgewater parrots I've taken since this article was published, please see:

The Big Flock
Wild Parrots in New Jersey: Some Recent Photos
Wild Parrots Invading New Jersey Beaches


Your BrooklynParrots.com webmaster enjoyed a splendid afternoon this past Sunday in New Jersey with Allison and Marc of EdgewaterParrots.com.

The weather was beautiful, the parrots were out in full force, and the cameras were clicking. Here are some still shots for your enjoyment (just click on any photo to enlarge it), Marc also took some videos which will likely appear online soon.


A sleek feral monk in Edgewater's "Parrot Park."


Monk parrots are amazing fliers because of the special design of their flight feathers, which lets them can take off almost vertically, hover like helicopters, and zoom like starlings!


A well-fed Jersey Rock Dove (otherwise known as a pigeon) doesn't mind sharing a meal with the wild parrots.


A well-populated, busy nest that PSE&G may likely tear down in the near future.


Edgewater is For Lovers!


Edgewater's "Big W" tree contains the biggest monk parrot condo in town.


An industrious male monk parrot brings a fresh green twig to the nest (which seldom fails to impress the ladies!).


Just Molly and Me in "My Green Heaven."


One pair of monk parrots looks very cozy in their nest, whereas another appears to be performing "lookout" duty.


I'm green and I'm proud!


Taking good care of one's feathers is a basic task that all parrots perform.


For parrots, one's beak is an indispensable "third hand" allowing amazing feats of dexterity.


A monk parrot about to leap into flight.


An industrious New Jersey contractor carefully positions a fresh twig.


Time out for a little light feather maintenance.


This old bird knows who's boss!

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Wild Parrots on Campus: a photo essay

I took these photos in the last week of March, 2005, in Brooklyn. Enjoy - click on any image to see an enlarged view of it.


One parrot on the Brooklyn College campus toys with the soccer net, as another one lectures him on the finer points of foraging. The spire atop Roosevelt Hall is in the background.


The underside of one of the 75-foot tall field light poles. There are six of these storm-worthy poles arrayed around the field: an ideal place for year-round all-weather nests!


High-spirited athletics often occur in the afternoon, provided no "hawk" alarms are issued from the parrot's eagle-eyed lookouts.


Foraging begins in the morning and goes on all day.


Why forage? To gather food, nest building materials, and, of course, to "strut one's bad parrot self".


Plus the chance to enjoy a cool drink!


Foraging is an activity that the parrots share with their neighbors, the starlings...


...and, of course, New York's ubiquitous rock doves.


You can get close to the birds when they're on the ground.


But monk parrots never forget that they are "prey birds", meaning that one or more "lookouts" frequently scan the skies for predators such as Red-tailed Hawks.


ALARM! Red-tailed Hawk sighted overhead! The birds know they don't have much time to find shelter.


Fortunately, the well-constructed nests atop the light poles provide excellent protection against even the mightiest offspring of Pale Male and Lola!


After the hawk danger has passed, the birds enjoy perching on the half-height Cyclone fence parallelling Campus Drive.


The fence provides a nice spot for group photos and flock socializing.


A few hundred yards away from the parrots nesting on campus, you'll find the elaborate, beautifully engineered nests of Avenue I.


Monk Parrots never take a holiday from nest-building. It goes on constantly, and everybody pitches in.


Here, we see a happy pair of Avenue I denizens standing on their condo's "front porch". Are these parrots or parakeets? You decide (I think they're parrots)!

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Field Report In the Works!

A wild Brooklyn quaker parrot in a tree, December 2005

Alas - I haven't yet had a chance to file a first-person photo field report on these parrots quite yet.

But I assure you that such a report is in the works. My objective is to get empirical data on every significant parrot colony in the NYC area, and perhaps you can help. If you have any notes to file about these parrots, please send me e-mail.

Thanks,
Steve Baldwin
brooklynparrots.com