[CT Birds] On Monk Parakeet sightings in "odd" places

Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz rsdmayo at sbcglobal.net
Wed Jan 9 18:57:47 EST 2013

I almost spit my entire cup of Ovaltine (or was it Ensure?) onto the computer screen when I saw this post from Mr. Harvey.  I believe that is exactly what happens.  

I remember years ago a Short Beach (coastal Branford) resident chopped down half a beautiful, towering, majestic White Pine to try to eliminate these raucous beasts.  It must have cost a fortune and, this resident apparently didn't understand that birds are mobile.  The savy little aratingids (myiopsittids, whatever) flew a couple feet over and built nests in the adjacent tree.  

That White Pine still looks horrible and that resident is still probably being awakened at 6 am on Sunday mornings.  

Steve Mayo

 From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey at snet.net>
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org 
Sent: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 5:01 PM
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] On Monk Parakeet sightings in "odd" places
Entirely unscientific, but I've long had a sort of mental image of how attempts to get rid of Monk Parakeets might work out in real life.  Remember the movie Fantasia, and Mickey Mouse (The Sorcerer's Apprentice) trying to stop the brooms from carrying water?  He chopped them up with an ax, and every piece became a new broom.  I have the idea that is what happens one of those communal nests is destroyed without killing the birds - destroy one, end up with two new ones.  And of course the chance for dispersal goes up each time.

Roy Harvey
Beacon Falls, CT

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