[Tweeters] Almost a new yard bird today: Parrots!

Stephen Graham amdamgraham at msn.com
Mon Mar 23 09:11:27 PDT 2009

Hi there,
could it be the conures or are you talking about something bigger?

>From animaltourism.com (birdweb.org seems to have removed their conure entry - database error? oversight?)

Seattle's Seward Park has a colony of Chapman's mitred conure and scarlet-fronted conures, according to the Friends of Seward Park. The birds roost on north bluff of Pinoy Hill, but can be found in the Maple Leaf neighborhood in winter.

Steve Graham
Greenlake, Seattle
amdamgraham at msn.com

> From: josh at blarg.net

> To: tweeters at u.washington.edu

> Date: Sat, 21 Mar 2009 22:43:08 -0700

> CC: yardbirdrace at yahoo.com

> Subject: [Tweeters] Almost a new yard bird today: Parrots!


> I was taking out the compost this afternoon around 4:30, and I heard a

> strange squawky, squeaky, "wheedle-wheekie wheedle" kind of call coming

> toward my yard, and before I could grab my binocs, a pair of large parrots

> flew by. They beat their way south and turned gently eastward, angling off

> toward Maple Leaf.


> All I could tell was that they were about Amazon size, with pale bellies,

> but beyond that I can't say. Gotta think that I couldn't have counted them

> even if I HAD ID'ed them down to species! Still, it was a strange flashback

> to our November trip to Costa Rica, where parrot overflights were a common

> event.


> (Damn, I gotta get my bird list together from that trip and post it!)


> So, if you're in the North end, keep your eyes open for what appears to be a

> pair of large parrots.


> -Josh (josh at blarg dot net)


> There is great chaos under heaven, and the situation is excellent. - Mao-Tse

> Tung


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