[Tweeters] Quakers/Monks

Kristin Stewart kristinstewart01 at comcast.net
Wed Dec 1 16:59:07 PST 2004


There is a nest site of Monk Parakeets in Newport News,  Virginia as well. It has been there for many years...which means something in the neighborhood of 15-20 according to a reliable birding friend. I first saw this nest site about 5 years ago. It is located on and around the crosspieces of a power pole in a residential neighborhood, and is no more than 20 or 25 ft from the ground. They are not on the VA State list because no one has done the necessary documentation. I have heard of another site in Norfolk or VA Beach, but did not track it down.

Kristin Stewart
kristinstewart01 at comcast.net

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  To: tweeters at u.washington.edu 
  Sent: Tuesday, November 30, 2004 10:07 AM
  Subject: [Tweeters] Quakers/Monks

  Hi Tweeters,
  Quaker or Monk Parakeets are the same birds. They have been established for at least 10 years in Connecticut. Apparently they have managed to migrate across country. In Connecticut, their nests are in colonies, and always nest in large (at least 40') evergreens. They travel in small flocks to feeding areas, then return to the nest colonies. They are a common cage bird, but Connecticut has deemed them a potential agricultural hazard, and therefore they cannot be legally sold in that state. But a potential pet owner can easily drive across the state line to New York where (last I heard) it is perfectly legal to purchase them.
  Jeff Cohen
  Everett, WA
  kokobean2 at hotmail.com


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