Last week, only a few twigs had been placed by the parrots in the recently de-nested southern spire of Green-Wood Cemetery's historic entrance gate, but work continues at a frenetic pace.
Brooklyn's Master Architects of the Bird World
, the wild Quaker Parrots (AKA Monk Parakeets) of Green-Wood Cemetery
, appear to have taken the recent removal of their massive multifamily condominium-style nest structure
in stride and are now actively rebuilding. Such removals happen every 10 years at Green-Wood Cemetery, where the parrots have lived since the early 1960s, when the historic gate structures need to be inspected and/or repaired.
On Saturday, April 18, I inspected the parrots' efforts to rebuild their housing on Green-Wood Cemetery's main gate. The parrots appear to be working South to North, with significant progress shown on a nest on the southernmost spire. Here are some photos illustrating the parrots' progress. All photos by yours truly, Steve Baldwin; just click on any photo for an expanded view.The parrots have been busy all week, and a small nest is beginning to take shape (just to the left in this photo).Already, this nest consists of hundreds of twigs carefully placed into position by the parrots. These will be systematically clipped and shaped until a proper entrance portal can be fashioned.Doing this takes hundreds of parrot-hours of heavy air-lifting.Fortunately, there's plenty of tasty grass for these grass-eaters to consume within just a few feet of the construction site.There's plenty of action at the central spire, formerly the site of the biggest parrot nest in Brooklyn.These parrots appear to be part of a surveying team examining the functional specifications for an adequate nest sub-structure at Green-Wood's main gate.A parrot arrives at the main gate with a tremendous twig that will likely be laid in as part of the new nest's foundational substructure.These parrots appear to be enjoying the fact that at least part of their lost nest is now in place again.If all goes well, the angels of Green-Wood Cemetery will soon greet a fully-functioning condomium-style Monk Parakeet nest before Spring turns to Summer.
Labels: Brooklyn Parrots, Greenwood-Cemetery Parrots, Nest Removals, Photo-Essays