Wild Parrots Make Themselves at Home On the South Shore
Wild Parrots are very adaptable and intelligent birds. Originally from South America, these birds made their way to the United States almost 40 years ago. Today, these parrots, also known as Quaker Parrots or Monk Parakeets, have been spotted in at least fifteen U.S. states and have a high concentration in New York (particularly on the South Shore from Brooklyn to Long Island), New Jersey and Connecticut.
How did they get here?
The theory that is most widely accepted is that a large shipment of birds destined for sale at New York area pet shops was accidentally released at Kennedy Airport around 1967 or 1968. Although the parrots were not officially spotted until the early 1970′s, it is believed the parrots survived in the parklands surrounding the airport, and over time made their way to Brooklyn and continued east onto Long Island where we find them today.
For more information on these unusual Long Island immigrants, visit Wild Parrots in New York.
Photos courtesy of Steve Baldwin, Brooklyn Parrots
From: Ken E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Question/Comment: 4/15/12 - Flock of at least six building a nest on LIRR power pole, west of Babylon station, on south side of RR tracks, opposite Babylon HS baseball field.
From: Sling E-mail: Sling3gs@aol.com Question/Comment: 4/30/12 - Today I saw 3 of these wild green parrots in Babylon Village on a path behind the softball field, just north of Argyle Lake.
From: Grace O’Connor E-mail: email@example.com Question/Comment: 5/10/12 - We have lovely parrots living in a large vine-covered tree in the West Islip Library parking lot. They’re great fun to observe - and they make themselves heard: they’re downright raucous!
P.S. We don’t shush them!
From: Barbara S E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Question/Comment: 8/14/12 - I live around the corner from Shore Rd park. I see nd hear the parrots all the time. I even have pictures of them!
From: Luann Johnson E-mail: email@example.com Question/Comment: 9/7/12 - Hi, Near the end of West Drive, Copiague, NY there is a pole with a giant nest and in the nest are a family of quaker parrots. I saw three birds, mom, dad and looked like a baby. They are protecting the baby and scream when you walk by. It looked like they might be leaving the nest, or the baby is now flying.
From: joseph scrimo E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Question/Comment: 9/10/12 -I have been watching the parrots on Long Island since 1973. People shouldn’t report where the nests are located, as there are people who want to catch and/or kill them, as they did on the grumman building in bethpage in aprox. 1975.
From: Maria Graziano E-mail: email@example.com Question/Comment: Last night 9/22/2012 we were watching my son play baseball when we noticed a large group of birds. In 2 fiels baseball light polls are 2 large nests. it was so cool to watch them fly into the nest. someone said they were parrots we thought he was crazy but soon a couple of them were on the small metal sticking out from the pole and you could see they were bright green. The lindenhurst person said they escaped from kennedy so I had to look it up. Really a coo think to see.
From: Jimmy E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Question/Comment: 10/4/12 - Im a truck driver and recently had a delivery on South Ketcham ave in Amityville down near the bay..I couldnt believe my eyes there are Quaker parrots all over this area.Big huge nets filled with Quakers…..Very cool….
From: Nick DeNezzo E-mail: email@example.com Question/Comment: 10/12/12 - The nest by the LIRR in Babylon seems to be abandoned and no longer functional? I’ve found another nest in the village ( can’t say exactly where in this blog ( not safe) it’s a transformer nest!
I’ve always found it strange why there haven’t been parrots in Babylon before? they are in West Islip and a lot of them in Lindenhurst? The ballfield lights at Argyle seem like a perfect attraction for them? I’ve wondered if Babylon Village is anti-parrot and destroys any detected nests in the Village?? Anyone care to comment?
From: Pauline Weissman E-mail: RetiredPauline@gmail.com Question/Comment: 11/16/12 - There was a small flock (perhaps 12–18) in a tree outside the Lindenhurst Library. It was an amazing sight to see and hear….so noisy
From: ROBERT ROBINSON E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Question/Comment: 11/18/12 - Twenty-five (25) parrots cited at Lindenhurst Library on Friday Nomember 16, 2012
From: Nancy Nevola E-mail: email@example.com Question/Comment:12/30/12 - I put suet out for the birds, especially the two woodpeckers who seem to love it. Yesterday I saw four green parrots eating the suet. This morning there were six. It was the first time I had seen them and had no idea they even existed. I also took pictures so people wouldn’t think I was crazy!
From: Donna E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Question/Comment: 1/1/13 - New Years Day 2013, 3 greet parrots visited our bird feeders together. We had never seen them here before in Massapequa. At first I thought that they would not survive but evidently they do!
From: steven daniels E-mail: email@example.com Question/Comment: 1/7/13 - I now have seen wild parrots in south bellmore for the past 3 summers. Population is growing. I was very supprised the first time I had seen them. You can see them everytime you go into Newbridge park at least during the warmer months.
From: Joe Salzone E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Question/Comment: 2/6/13 - This is the 2nd winter I placed a bird feeder on my side yard on Maple St in West Babylon. On Saturday 2/2/13, a flock of 6 green parrots visited for the first time. Something scared them away but they came back about an hour later. Pretty but slightly aggressive. Wouldn’t even let the Black Grows join them, They didn’t stay for more than a few minutes.
From: Fran E-mail: Fran_Zahn@yahoo.com Question/Comment: 4/11/13 - The parrots are in North Massapequa. There are six. They have created quite a large nest in a utility pole on North Broadway off of North Queens. These birds are quite loud. They squawk.
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Last Modified on April 15, 2013, at 09:37 AM by dh