The first PSE&G truck arrived promptly at 8:30.
I took a very early bus out to Edgewater today to serve as a witness and peaceful protester of the PSE&G nest teardowns of wild parrot nests. Because my camera is in Arizona right now (it's a long story), the only weapon I had at my disposal was my guitar, so I played mournful music during the destruction. Councilwoman Maureen Holtje did bring her camera, and she took the pictures below.
This was a very sad day for the wild parrots of Edgewater, and for those people who believe that they enhance life in that town. As I've written before, PSE&G can't be blamed for removing the nests from their poles, but the fact that these wild parrots enjoy absolutely no protection in New Jersey is, I believe, a major error that should be addressed.
These birds may provide challenges to us humans, but they should not be classed a "potentially dangerous species" with no rights at all. After all, these birds were "born in the USA," have been living with us for at least 30 years, and deserve a modicum of respect, especially because they have all of the great qualities we associate with the American character: they're industrious, loyal to each other, they're amazing little engineers, they coexist well with other native birds, and they just won't give up, even when the deck is stacked against them.
More PSE&G trucks assemble on Route 5, forming a formidable force against which the little avians could mount no credible defense.
Numerous eggs were taken and destroyed from this nest, on the north edge of Edgewater's "Parrot Park."
Eggs were also destroyed in this nest, on the west side of River Road. Some were either tossed or dropped on the ground.
PSE&G crews worked very quickly.
Nest debris on River Road. It took the wild parrots months to build this nest but only about five minutes for men to destroy it. All told, four nests were destroyed in the immediate vicinity of this photo; afterwards, the trucks left and made their way North. There were many wild parrot nests that run up River Road and I presume that they were all destroyed this morning.
Proud parents in a happier day (photo taken in April).
Fortunately, PSE&G is not allowed to touch Edgewater's "Big W" tree, which exists on protected land. It houses many wild parrots.