Saturday, January 21, 2012

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Wild Parrots Occupying Harlem!

Wild Parrots Spotted in Harlem, January 14th, 2012

Almost a year ago, I wrote of the remarkable appearance of Wild Parrots in Harlem. Just today, I received word from a correspondent in Harlem that these parrots (the same kind that have lived here in Brooklyn for many years) made a noisy appearance in Harlem yesterday, as this photo shows. The parrots appear to be dining on leaf buds, which is their favorite thing to eat when the weather gets cold.

The obvious question is this: where are these parrots nesting? Nobody seems to have the answer, making this story a definite Manhattan Mystery. What we do know is that these wild Quaker Parrots (AKA Monk Parakeets) have attempted for many years to establish a foothold on Manhattan Island, and have been repeatedly rebuffed by the authorities. Perhaps this time round the Wild Parrot occupation will survive any such attempts to evict these intrepid creatures.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Wild Parrots Begin Rebuilding Their Nest Complexes at Brooklyn College

Brooklyn College's athletic field renovation project has been massive in scope. You can see the new light towers (which replaced housing the old parrot nests) on the left.

Several months back, I wrote an article about how the plan for Brooklyn College's ongoing athletic field renovation project took account of the wild parrots living there and made provisions for their future housing.

This past Saturday, I had a chance to inspect how the work was going and how the parrots are faring. All four poles have been replaced, so the parrots are temporarily homeless. Fortunately, the new platforms are in place and the parrots are actively inspecting them and appear to be ready to begin work. Others are seeking temporary shelter in the nooks and crannies of the new athletic facility. The spaces here are too small to support any large scale nests, but they do provide shelter against the elements.

Some have worried about the parrots being driven off by all this work. Monk Parakeets (AKA Quaker Parrots) are very territorial creatures so they will typically wait out such a disturbance and rebuild when things calm down. I am very glad to report that the birds are actively checking out the new platforms and appear ready to commence nest reconstruction. It will take a while for the birds to restore normalcy to their domain but I am confident that they will be able to do so before the next mating season commences this Spring.

I am grateful to Brooklyn College for their diligence in planning this project around the parrots, and will file another update on this project's progress next month.

The new light poles have special steel platforms installed for the parrots. These platforms will serve as the bases for new nest complexes.

The old wild parrot nests are being carefully preserved for study.