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November 22nd, 2009


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04:16 pm
Wild, wild, wild.

There I was in a parking lot in Pomona, this morning, when I heard a sound like an old squeaking machine. Overhead, flew about fifteen green parrots of one sort or another, heading northwest.

Cool.

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From:msanborn
Date:November 23rd, 2009 12:18 am (UTC)
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that would be totally cool
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From:mycroftca
Date:November 23rd, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
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It's not the first time I've seen parrots, unexpectedly.

There's a park in Chicago where a flock of monk parrakeets live. They even winter there; folks in the neighborhood leave out seeds and whatnot for them on their window ledges during the worst weather.

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From:msanborn
Date:November 24th, 2009 03:13 am (UTC)
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Wonder if I should hit that part when I visit Chicago in Feb... what's the park?
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From:mycroftca
Date:November 24th, 2009 02:52 pm (UTC)
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It's in Hyde Park, and faces Lake Michigan. I can't remember the park's name, but, IIRC, it's around 51st to 53rd Streets.

Hmm.

I wonder if I could find it on Google Maps?

Yeah, here it is: bordered by E. Hyde Park Blvd (AKA 51st St.) to the north, Lake Shore Drive to the east, and 55th Street to the south. The park doesn't seem to have a name. The trees that held the huge communal nests are on the south side of the park, near the apartment building.

http://www.monkparakeet.com/jmsouth/

http://www.hydepark.org/parks/birds/monkparakeets.htm

http://chicagowildernessmag.org/issues/winter2003/monkparakeets.html

The above for more information...

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From:msanborn
Date:November 25th, 2009 05:44 am (UTC)
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awesome! thanks so much!!
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From:mycroftca
Date:November 25th, 2009 07:26 am (UTC)

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If you're there in the winter, I think that the birds forage, but I wouldn't expect to see much of them, because I think that they have to range pretty far. I may be wrong about that, though.

In the old days, Mayor Washington assigned a cop to sit under the main tree to protect the birds; the mayor lived in that apartment building, and he liked them. The cop stayed assigned there for over a decade until they were finally reassigned...
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From:msanborn
Date:November 25th, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
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wow that's interesting; I hope the cop appreciated and enjoyed his position as well.
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From:mycroftca
Date:November 25th, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)
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I couldn't say, but my experience of Chicago's police force suggests that they'd appreciate easy and non-dangerous duty.

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From:roadskoller
Date:November 23rd, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
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That must have been amazing.
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From:mycroftca
Date:November 23rd, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
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Certainly. And surprising.
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From:yechezkiel
Date:November 23rd, 2009 01:03 am (UTC)
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This could be added to my list of examples when I try to explain to Easterners why California is another country.
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From:mycroftca
Date:November 23rd, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
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OK. Certainly different than, say, Kansas.

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From:yechezkiel
Date:November 23rd, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
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Well, yes. I'm semi-joking. But California has completely different mental space from other places I've lived, though then again, other places do as well. But California is more strange to Connecticut than some of those other places, too.
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From:mycroftca
Date:November 23rd, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
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Yes, well, Connecticut is strange to Indiana, as well...

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From:erich_schneider
Date:November 23rd, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)
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Possibly residents of the Pasadena feral parrot colony...
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From:mycroftca
Date:November 23rd, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
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Maybe, but Pasadena is far away.

I've seen the Pasadena birds, flying over I-210, some years ago.

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From:the_megstress
Date:November 23rd, 2009 02:04 am (UTC)
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That's pretty cool. We've actually got our own flock, right here in a borough of NYC
http://www.brooklynparrots.com/2006/03/greenwood-cemetery-parrots.html
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From:mycroftca
Date:November 23rd, 2009 03:04 pm (UTC)
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Cool!

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From:neecerie
Date:November 23rd, 2009 04:25 am (UTC)
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15 is a small subset of the San Gabriel Valley Green Parrot gang. They have building in numbers for say the last 50 years or so.....They have been around here longer then I have....so 40 years or more....heh
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From:mycroftca
Date:November 23rd, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the information.

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From:marswalker
Date:November 23rd, 2009 04:53 am (UTC)
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The parrots have been around for years and years. There's a flock that roosts in the golf course at the county park in Arcadia, on Santa Anita (the opposite side of the race track from the arboretum).

I had a highschool history class at 2:something in the afternoons back in about 1981. The parrots would land in the trees there in the golf course, next to the high school, and they'd make so much noise the class had to pause for 10 or 15 minutes until the parrots quiesced!
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From:mycroftca
Date:November 23rd, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
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From Pomona to Arcadia isn't all that close, though.

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From:marswalker
Date:November 24th, 2009 04:07 am (UTC)
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Probably not much more than 25 miles - perhaps a bit much for parrots - but I'm sure there are several flocks that migrate around the "Los Angeles" area. :) "Welcome to the jungle!"
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From:mycroftca
Date:November 24th, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC)
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Although that is possible, and the birds were heading in the right direction, I can neither confirm nor deny your assertion.

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From:lunadiana
Date:November 23rd, 2009 07:06 am (UTC)
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We have a great little group in our neighborhood in Irvine now too. They were not here when I grew up but the OC flock seems to be growing and dividing. Alex thinks they are cool. :)
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From:mycroftca
Date:November 23rd, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
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Nice!
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