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.

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4 Comments:

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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