Feral quaker/monk parakeets do the NY-FL thing too
Wild Parrots of Brooklyn - a photoset on Flickr
Wow, New York has quaker parakeets too. Weird.
I was just out and about in Hollywood and quaker-watched for a bit. We have lots of quaker parakeets in South Florida, and I'm constantly noticing them, but it's just every once in a while I happen across a place they really seem to be thriving. Today, that was the Target parking lot.
You could hear them everywhere, and see them flying from tree to tree, chattering and gathering sticks and grasses for their nests in the palms, which look just like the picture above. It's very cool to them pop their cute little heads out of their big nests. All this awesome natural behavior, descended from escaped pets.
I snapped a couple of pictures before my camera battery went dead.. this is an all-too-common occurence lately, so I have bought a spare battery which hopefully will arrive before tomorrow. Anyway, I'll upload those later.
Cute little buggers. They seem to be living pretty harmoniously with the starlings; I often saw the starlings hanging around on their trees / by their nests, with no apparent consequence. I guess that's appropriate.. just a couple of ex-pats making friends. :)