The latest from Perseverance:
Brilliant!And then there was 2020...
Anyway, I'm listening to the parrots outside right now, they're incredibly noisy. A flock of them are snacking up in the neighbor's date palms. These are Red-masked Parakeets, and not native to the region, they're feral flocks descended from escaped or released caged birds, and they've thrived in San Diego, among other places in California. Beautiful birds, though!
This colorful, long-tailed parrot is native to northwestern South America, where it lives mainly in dry forests of western Ecuador and southwestern Peru. Escaped cagebirds have established feral populations around San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego, California, and locally in Florida. Often they are found in mixed flocks with the similar Mitred Parakeet. In the United States these parakeets are seen mostly around exotic plantings in city parks and suburbs, not in wild habitats.
We have a very large flock of feral Indian Ring-Neck Parakeets living around here. I do love to see and hear them.
Ha ha! Characters all....They're so interesting to watch, aren't they? I like how they move along the branch using their beaks, so different from how the songbirds move.