Friday, November 20, 2020

Life: Friday Ramblings

I am still in complete SHOCK that...
...there are flocks of Quaker Parrots also known as Monk Parakeets living on Long Island!  When my husband first told me of his discovery, I thought that he was absolutely losing his mind.  I figured that some poor soul lost their pet birdies.  When he insisted there was hundreds of these parrots, I had to go see for myself.  As shown above, we grabbed the kid's binoculars and began our hunt.

I really hate admitting that...
...he was right!  Living right on one of the busiest roads on Long Island, Montauk Highway, was about twelve giant nests FILLED with Quaker Parrots.  Like he said, you hear their horrid screeching before you see them.  For those of you that know me, you know that I'm unnecessarily loud.  Well, this was one of the days that I embarrassed myself being loud.  I was running up and down this busy road where traffic is pretty much stopped dead screaming "LOOK!!  There are PARROTS!!".  I couldn't believe that only 5 miles west of me was hundreds of parrots flourishing on Long Island.

Naturally, I Googled how...
...the parrots got here.  Turns out that years ago a couple of Quaker parrots from Argentina escaped from a shipping container at JFK airport.  They have since settled on the south shore of Long Island, Queens, and Brooklyn.  They were smart enough to learn that if they nested between the transformers on electric poles that they would be able to stay warm enough to survive.  The parrots have since multiplied significantly making quite the extended family on this very unexotic island that I call home!

Don't believe me?
That's OK.  I took some videos.  See for yourself!

What are your Friday Ramblings?


  1. Wonder what being so close to electricity does to them, I know it is toxic for us humans, especially the so called dirty electricity, it messes with our natural energy fields and causes tons of health issues.

    1. I hope nothing, but seeing how long they've been here for, it looks like their trick is working out for them! I was a little annoyed to read that the electrical company out here will destroy their nests constantly because they blow transformers. That made me very angry to read. Leave the little birdies alone!!

  2. That is so cool! I never would have believed it without seeing it, too. Very exotic for your neck of the woods (or mine)!

    1. I thought that he was trying to play the biggest prank on me. The weirdest thing of all is that no one talks about it. I brought it up last night with a group of friends and one girls says "Oh my grandma lives near there and sees them all the time." Well, why didn't grandma tell me!!? lol

  3. I never would have believed that either. That's so cool that it's that close to you. And boooo to the electric company for tearing down their nests.

  4. Yeah, I thought he was full of it when you told me lol guess he can be right. Who knew? Guess now all thanks to you. Neat indeed.


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