Thursday, January 28, 2010

Green-Wood Monk Parakeets Rebuilding Nest Empire

I am happy to say that the wild parrots at Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery are rebuilding. The scaffolding over the main gate was removed several weeks ago, and although the parrots are several thousand twigs away from restoring their once extensive nest complexes, early work is underway and several new brand new parrot-constructed chambers should be ready by the onset of the breeding season, which begins in April.

This Flickr slide show shows the parrots feeding on leaf buds, foraging, and beginning reconstruction. It also features some folks from WCBS-TV, who came out today to work on a segment on the parrots. All photos by Stephen Carl Baldwin.


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Monday, January 25, 2010

Missing Parrot Drama Grips Brooklyn's Park Slope

Missing Parrot Drama Grips Park SlopeThe Brooklyn Paper covers the drama of Gracie - a 12-year old African Grey parrot who escaped from her owner's abode and went missing for 3 days before being found and returned.

Nobody knows where the parrot spent her three days, and it's unlikely that she would have visited any wild parrot flocks in the vicinity. In any case, we're very glad that Gracie is back under a warm roof, "as ornery as ever."

Saturday, January 23, 2010

"Eagle Cam" Captures Bird Flight WIth Mini Recorder

Amazing "Birds Eye" camera footage from the BBC shows humans what it's truly like to soar like a raptor. Hmm - I wonder if any of the Brooklyn Parrots could be convinced to wear this gear!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

New Photos of Wild Queens NY Parrots in Winter

Wild Conures in Queens, New York, January, 2010. Photo by Dominika Gardocka.
Wild Conures in Queens, New York, January, 2010. Photo by Dominika Gardocka.

Dominika Gardocka is a talented Queens-based photographer and artist whose web site is www.Manika-art.com. This past week, in the midst of extraordinary cold weather, Dominka shot some incredible photos of the wild parrots of Queens. These parrots (which appear to be Mitred Conures, a similar type of parrot to that which also lives in the wild in San Francisco) are among New York's most elusive and mysterious parrot flock, and we've examined their story in the past. I still don't know how these parrots can survive New York's brutal winters, because, unlike our hardy wild Monk Parakeets, the conures hail from the tropics.

Without further ado, here are some of Dominika's great photos of these incredible urban psitticine survivors!

Wild Conures in Queens, New York, January, 2010. Photo by Dominika Gardocka.
A Wild Conure in Queens, New York, January, 2010. Photo by Dominika Gardocka.

Wild Conures in Queens, New York, January, 2010. Photo by Dominika Gardocka.
A Wild Conure in Queens, New York, January, 2010. Photo by Dominika Gardocka.

Wild Conures in Queens, New York, January, 2010. Photo by Dominika Gardocka.
Wild Conures in Queens, New York, January, 2010. Photo by Dominika Gardocka.

Wild Conures in Queens, New York, January, 2010. Photo by Dominika Gardocka.
Wild Conures in Queens, New York, January, 2010. Photo by Dominika Gardocka.

Wild Conures in Queens, New York, January, 2010. Photo by Dominika Gardocka.
A Wild Conure in Queens, New York, January, 2010. Photo by Dominika Gardocka.

Wild Conures in Queens, New York, January, 2010. Photo by Dominika Gardocka.
A Wild Conure in Queens, New York, January, 2010. Photo by Dominika Gardocka.