Thursday, November 30, 2006

Tropical birds and a blizzard a.k.a. Chicago Fall

As I write this we are waiting in great anticipation for the first major snowstorm of the season. 8-12" with high winds as a bonus. Of course, that could really translate into anything from 1-3" to 2 feet. (with the combination of "lake effect snow" and the unpredictability of the weather-we've had the pendulum swing both ways after a snow prediction.

So, imagine my surprise when I survey my outside (after the cries of the next door neighbor's doberman that lives outside year-round) to find these creatures:

Sort of seem out of place-don't they? (there were 5 of the bright lime green birds eating those berries). I'll have to see if they come back on Friday and I could get a better photo.

After some careful research (performed by Glenn)I think we pinpointed who these creatures are.
Monk parakeets

And, for the record, we do not live in Hyde Park-so these guys are moving at least a little from there. Still a far cry from Argentina.



Anonymous Patricia W. said...

That is really neat. I've read somewhere that many of the escaped birds manage to survive and that colonies have formed in the wild.

I would freak out if I saw some outside in a tree.

December 01, 2006 5:10 AM  
Blogger Jocelyn said...

Okay, I'm so jealous that the famous Chicago anomoly of Monk Parakeets have visited your homestead. This can only be a really good omen. And right before the first snow too- very cool.

A few years ago in the middle of winter we saw a huge hawk in the tree across the street- that was pretty cool.

December 02, 2006 12:38 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

A hawk! Wow-that's probably why you don't have monk parakeets in your neck of the woods.

Sadly "our" monk parakeets have yet to reappear. Every time we hear a bird chirping we head to go look.

Now, if we can only figure out a "monk parakeet ONLY" bird feeder, we'd be all set.

December 03, 2006 10:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was concern when the birds first appeared in Hyde Park that they could spread and be a threat to crops. Their spread has been slow, luckily.

December 13, 2006 12:15 PM  

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