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Offline Simplymei

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Ilegal Avians !!!
« on: June 11, 2015, 01:01:10 PM »
FYI - I'm saying it here first.  We have company in Astoria.  Have you seen them?  It's the Quaker/Monk Parrots.  :tongue:   I find it exciting. For those who don't know about them, they been around for ages in sections of Bklyn (Bklyn college campus; Greenwood Cemetary to name a few); JFK area and, well basically all over.  They are tough parrots and now making their home in Astoria !  You can Google it to read up on them.


As a person who likes all birds (pigeons included), I started hearing their sounds late January walking to catch the train in the morning. Finally I got to witness them carrying nesting materials (twigs, branches,etc.,).  So my thoughts were confirmed.  Their nests are getting larger ~ there are two of them now.


Why they choose a certain spot for their home remains a mystery.  Do they actually think Astoria has cheaper renting space?


(Pls be kind to our Planet Earth and all its habitats and creatures)

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Re: Ilegal Avians !!!
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2015, 01:51:25 PM »
I just did a search to see what this bird looks like and I think I saw 2 of these last year.  I was walking down the street on Ditmars Blvd. and looked up and saw them sitting on the telephone wire.  Then they flew off and I was amazed.  I thought that they must have been birds who escaped from their cage.  I hope I see them again.

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Re: Ilegal Avians !!!
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2015, 01:52:34 PM »
I wonder if they have any nests in Astoria Park

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Re: Ilegal Avians !!!
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2015, 09:47:26 PM »
Wow, they are cute!  I'd never heard of them before.  They come in green, blue, yellow, and white.  What colors have been seen here in Astoria, and where?

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Re: Ilegal Avians !!!
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2015, 07:59:16 AM »
I saw green ones last year

Offline Simplymei

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Re: Ilegal Avians !!!
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2015, 10:06:15 AM »
Starwind: Your traditional "green" colored parrot is in the Ditmars area.  If you pay attention you will "hear" their squawk during the morning/early evening hours.


Braun: Don't know if any of the quakers/monk have nestled in Astoria Park and I really should make time and go out there (its been quite some time since my last visit there).

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Re: Ilegal Avians !!!
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2015, 10:39:56 AM »
I thought I heard the squawks this AM up on or near the Amtrak Viaduct around 36th, 37th Street. Certainly not Pigeon noises or the usual tweets of "normal" birds and crows.

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Re: Ilegal Avians !!!
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2015, 11:08:30 AM »
I'm an amateur birder and I would love to spot these guys.  I think I did once: saw it prying a thick blade of grass jutting out from the sidewalk and fly away.  Thought it was an escaped parakeet but it matches the pics provided.


I would love to spot it again.  I want to see a "rare" category on my birdwatching app.

Offline Simplymei

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Re: Ilegal Avians !!!
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2015, 11:31:41 AM »
Oodus?  as in the "owl"  ?

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« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2015, 11:33:39 AM »
RayG :   yep  :wink:

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Re: Ilegal Avians !!!
« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2015, 01:13:02 PM »
Thanks for the tip!! Where were they nesting (unless you'd prefer to keep that under wraps). Last fall I saw several of them up on the Amtrak viaduct near 35th Street, and on surrounding trees. Saw them there on multiple occasions, so maybe they were roosting? I've also seen larger flocks of them in other parts of Queens. So much fun to spot!

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« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2015, 04:38:56 PM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWcotG59HxQ


and stick around for the eagle afterward!

Offline RayG

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Re: Ilegal Avians !!!
« Reply #12 on: June 25, 2015, 05:03:10 PM »
Just heard some squaks. Looked up and saw them in the trees in front of building on 42nd at 23rd Avenue

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Re: Ilegal Avians !!!
« Reply #13 on: June 26, 2015, 12:58:08 PM »
I guess the rents got too high for them in Brooklyn. I overheard the pigeons grumbling about those damned hipster birds invading Astoria.


Someone should take a picture of these elusive cuties and post it.

Offline Oodus

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Re: Ilegal Avians !!!
« Reply #14 on: July 07, 2015, 03:37:24 PM »
Spotted one!  By the Amtrak viaduct on 37th street.  It was way up there, but it was squawking and shuffling back and forth a bunch.


 

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