Thursday, April 26, 2007

Polly Want a Hipster (Brooklyn Parrots Featured in Plenty Magazine)

It's Hip to Like Wild Urban Parrots!Kiera Butler, who writes for Plenty Magazine, a magazine covering "green" issues, interviewed me awhile ago about Brooklyn's wild parrots, and the story just hit the Web. Plenty's mission statement is to "define a new ethic, aesthetic, and way of life: green living" and our favorite green birds are a perfect match!

Monday, April 23, 2007

Breaking News: Mysterious Wild Conures Appear (Again) in Queens!

Wild Conures in Hillcrest Estates, Queens, April 22, 2007
A wild conure munches on a cherry blossom in Queens' Hillcrest Estates, 4/22/07. Photo by Kathy Forrestal.

It's a miracle that happens but once a year: brightly-colored wild conures -- charismatic parrots very similar to those featured in Mark Bittner and Judy Irving's Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill -- alighting on fresh-blooming Cherry Trees in Queens' Hillcrest Estates. The parrots, loudly squawking, quickly devour the delicious blossoms, delighting the residents for a few days, and then, just as quickly, take to the skies again for parts unknown.

We still can't fathom how these wild conures, which can't build external nests like New York's resourceful wild Quaker Parrots, manage to survive winter in New York City. Not a soul seems to know where these parrots live, where they forage, or where they came from. What we do know is that these birds appear, mysteriously, for one week in April, and then vanish. There's barely time to catch a picture of them, but Kathy Forrestal did just that, proving that the parrots aren't just a seasonal hallucination.

Thanks to Jackie Forrestal of the Hillcrest Estates Civic Association, for sending us this remarkable news. Last Spring, Jackie and Kathy got pictures of these very same wild conures.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Prayers for NJ Governor Corzine

The New Yorker Magazine Mentions the Monk Parrots in a Fictional ContextN.J. Governor Jon S. Corzine was badly injured last night in a terrible car crash on the Garden State Parkway. Governor Corzine's adminstration has been friendly to the wild parrots that live in Edgewater, N.J.; please join us in wishing him a full and speedy recovery.

Breaking News: Brooklyn's Wild Parrots Directly Related to Dinosaurs

Monk Parrots in BrooklynFolks who keep Quaker Parrots as pets often refer to them as LGD's (Little Green Dragons). Now scientists who dug up and analyzed a bunch of old tyrannosaurus rex bones have reached a startling conclusion: the material in these old dinosaur bones is very similar to those found in modern birds. So it turns out that our favorite avian invaders have a proud lineage!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

The New Yorker Mentions the Parrots (But Gets its Facts Wrong)

The New Yorker Magazine Mentions the Monk Parrots in a Fictional ContextIt's odd that The New Yorker, a venerable magazine which prides itself on its fact-checking, would contain a misleading passage about the wild parrots of New York in its March 19th issue. The mention occurs within the context of a fictional story by Jonathan Lethem called "Lucky Alan," which mentions parrots roosting on East 78th Street and York Avenue in Manhattan.

I happen to know that several wild parrot enthusiasts, after reading Lethem's story, proceeded to this location, expecting to see roosting parrots, and were sorely disappointed. Sorry, folks: the only non-imaginary, non-fictional parrots in Manhattan live on the Upper WEST Side. So don't waste time on 78th and York, even if The New Yorker's fiction department leaves you with the impression that there are parrots there!

Friday, April 06, 2007

AP Story: Wild Parrots in Brooklyn

AP Story: Wild Parrots in BrooklynThe Associated Press wrote up Brooklyn's favorite green avians in a story that was posted today and is being syndicated widely. I'm quoted, and so is professor Eleanor Miele, and Chris Olter, a spokesman from Con Edison.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Video Clip: Wild Parrots in the Bronx!



I created a short 2-minute "virtual tour" of the impressive wild parrot colony living in Pelham Bay Park. This segment was recorded in mid-March, 2007. Enjoy! Portions of this video will be making their way into the Brooklyn Parrots Motion Picture.

For more info on wild Quaker Parrots in the Bronx, see:
Photo-Essay: The Wild Parrots of The Bronx!
Photo-Essay: Master Architects of the Bird World

Bronx Wild Parrots Bonkers for Berries

Monk Parrot Aggression!

Monday, April 02, 2007

Video Clip: Wild Parrot Pizza Party!



This past Saturday, BrooklynParrots.com and EdgewaterParrots.com conducted a joint inspection tour of the impressive wild Quaker Parrot colony in Edgewater, New Jersey. Lots of great folks turned out, and I made a short video with highlights of this latest "wild parrot Safari." Like any good safari, it finished up with pizza (which the parrots love). We even had a special guest - a beautiful green Amazon parrot - who attended lunch with the gathered wild parrot enthusiasts.

New York 1 was on hand, and has posted a good article on its Website about the trip, and about the current effort to remove the Quaker Parrot from New Jersey's list of "potentially dangerous" species.

Like all of the video clips posted here, this video will be incorporated into our ongoing video documentary on wild Quaker Parrots in the U.S.A.