Backyard Parrot Watching

No, not aviaries, though I find entertainment in sitting and watching hookbills at any time. Little budgies are always active and having fun. But today it’s too hot out there for people.

I’ve mentioned before the great flocks of parrots in places where you normally don’t think they could live. In fact, Petersen’s Guide books haven’t caught up with the immigrants.

Let’s see if we can identify some of these birds. We’ll start with the famous cherry head conures of Telegraph Hill. The man who made them famous has moved on, and explains a lot on the page I just linked to. There’s also a blog and other fun things to get involved with so you can keep up with the flock and the humans who love them. And here’s an article about the new colonies heading out for greener hillsides.

Here in San Diego, the parrots hang out at the beach in the summer, like most tourists, and fly inland for the winter. There’s even a bird festival in their honor. Apparently these parrots were raised right, because they dropped in on the festival once.–but-beautifully-exotic-wild-parrots-call-San-Diego-home-?instance=most_popular1

California Parrot Project has lots of good information about our wild flocks, and a reminder to trim trees responsibly. Check with any agency to be sure it’s not nesting time for parrots and other birds. And bats can be seriously impacted by untimely trimming of palm trees.

Pasadena has a flock of wild parrots and a couple of urban legends about how they came about.

California Flocks has taken a census of which types of parrots are out and about in California. The only old-world parrot in our wild is the ring-necked parakeet. Here’s documentation of the flock in Bakersfield. Animal Tourism lists the best known places to spot wild parrots.

I grew up in El Cajon, but there were no wild parrots there at the time. I feel deprived. And I can’t find anything on the Escondido flock that I have seen and recently heard. I just might have to do some investigative reporting on that flock myself. In my free time. At least they get a mention in this report:

Next week we’ll look at other flocks of wild parrots in the US. Hopefully the Goddess of Autumn will have got her act together by then and cooled things down. See you on Thursday.


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