Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Tales of the Whitestone parrots

Wild Quaker Parrots have been living in Whitestone, Queens, for some years now, and the first reliable documentation of their presence there is from 1996. The parrots started out building tree nests in Frances Lewis Park below the eastern side of the Whitestone bridge, but a storm came in 2000 and dispersed them through the neighborhood. Since then they've holed up in power pole nests.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

holy crap!

migrants who actually are vibrant and diverse.

italian girl said...

These birds actually flew into my backyard and I thought I was seeing things.

Anonymous said...

They are all over Brooklyn too, especially in parts of Midwood/Flatbush.
The story is that they escaped from a shipment of birds at JFK Airport and have been settling the area ever since. They like to nest next to power transformers because it's warm there. Con Ed hates them...

italian girl said...

"The story is that they escaped from a shipment of birds at JFK Airport..."


A shipment got lost at JFK?

Shocker.