Speaking of Parrots

| July 15, 2012 | 6 Replies

Speaking of parrots, my neighbor across the street, C.L., has been reporting quite a show with the wild parrots passing through and making hay of my wilted sunflowers. I had been lopping off the deadheads, but when he told me that it was food for the parrots I left them on. I hadn’t seen them, however, till two days ago when I rushed out and three big, green birds were perched on the sunflowers bent over double nibbling the seeds. They scattered before I could get a good shot. But, I was just out photographing the aphid mess on one of my stands of corn, when they showed up.

These two were taking off by the time I changed to my long lens.

Speaking of Parrots - 2 parrots flying

Two Nanday Conure parrots fly to my neighbor’s Acacia tree

They landed in the tall tree next door, one on top.

Speaking of Parrots - Nanday Conure parrot

One Nanday Conure parrot in another neighbor’s tree

They looked around for a couple of seconds, then swooped over a neighbor’s yard and down the street.

Speaking of Parrots - parrot waiting

Nanday Conure Parrot watching from tree

Local legend has it that a couple decades ago, at least, a pet store burned in Santa Monica and a half dozen parrots escaped. They became wild, again, added to their numbers and now there are about 30 of them that pass through from time to time, making quite a noise. I can hear them in the distance.

Meanwhile, a California Towhee had earthlier concerns in my flower island.

Speaking of Parrots - Amaranth shoots

Burgundy amaranth young shoots

And I grabbed these two shots while I was sitting waiting to see if the parrots would return.

For sheer beauty, Amaranth does not disappoint. And look what is emerging in my baby watermelon bed.

Speaking of Parrots - Baby watermelons

Sweet Baby Watermelons

 Thanks for reading! – Kaye

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Category: Parrots, Urban Gardening

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  1. Kaye, how you have transformed your place! If I didn’t know better I’d say your property rivals that of Hearst’s!

  2. Rob says:

    Love the parrots!

  3. Angela M says:

    There are wild parrots in Long beach in Belmont Shores area also.
    Enjoying your column.

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