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Return of the Scarlet-fronted Parakeets

January 25th, 2016 by Mike

Maple Leaf’s Scarlet-fronted Parakeets are back.

Or at least one is – on 12th Avenue Northeast just north of Northeast 89th Street, at 8 a.m.

We last posted on the feral flock in February 2015. We first wrote about them in 2010:

The flock has been around for decades, at least since the early 1990s, and possibly got started when bird-lovers discovered their pet parakeets were too loud to keep in the house. Local lore has it that the birds winter in Maple Leaf and spend summer vacations at Seward Park.

The size of the flock varies, but there don’t seem to be as many now as eight or 10 years ago, when a dozen or more parakeets would descend on the neighborhood. Over time they have been called parrots, Crimson-fronted parakeets, Red-fronted Conures and Mitred conures.

(Aratinga wagleri photo courtesy Dennis Paulson.)

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Neighborhood wildlife alert – this time for bald-faced hornets

August 25th, 2011 by Mike

Phil and his daughter Jenna found this nest in the traffic circle at Northeast 91st Street and 8th Avenue Northeast.

“It is the size of a basketball and very active. Amazing how fast they grow,” he writes.

He – and we – believe it is a nest of bald-faced hornets, and Dennis Paulson, director emeritus of The Slater Museum of Natural History,confirms.

Photos courtesy Phil Borgnes

We’re wondering if it’s still there, though. A drive-by early this a.m., before the hornets were active, didn’t immediately produce a basketball in that tree.

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