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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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Our Scarlet-fronted Parakeets are back

February 14th, 2015 by Mike

Maple Leaf’s own feral flock of Scarlet-fronted Parakeets have returned.

At least a half-dozen of them were spotted (and heard!) at noon today near Northeast 88th Street and 12th Avenue Northeast.

They flew off to the northeast. (Minutes later, an American Crow chased a Merlin off a conifer near 15th Avenue Northeast. It flew off southeast.)

We last posted about the feral flock in 2011. Then, and more recently, only a few birds were seen.

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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Did you lose a small parrot over the weekend?

July 29th, 2012 by master

A new addition to the flock of Maple Leaf parakeets? Reader Mike asked us to share this news:

A very friendly multi-color parrot or parakeet flew on our deck Sat 7/28 at around 4P.

Contact me with identifying characteristics to recover your bird that flew the coop.

Mike can be reached at mmagnan@aol.com.

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The Maple Leaf parakeets are back

December 6th, 2011 by Mike

Lynda emails that Maple Leaf’s resident Scarlet-fronted parakeets returned on Monday.

“I heard and then saw three of our Scarlet-fronted parakeets flying over my yard at 12th Avenue Northeast  and Northeast 90th Street about 9:30 this morning.

“Why any bird would want to migrate for the winter to the north and higher elevation (from Seward Park) I don’t know, but I’m glad they still are around to do it.”

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