Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Hooray for Monk Parakeets!

After years of speculation, the Monk Parakeet has been officially added to the NJ state list of birds by the NJ Bird Records Committee. There is a large population in Bergen County and a smaller population in Middlesex County that have been around for many years.

6 comments:

Kiggavik said...

Umm, hooray for Zebra Mussels, Purple Loostrife, and Mute Swans.

John said...

I'm curious where that Middlesex population is. It doesn't appear on eBird, and I don't recall its being mentioned on JerseyBirds.

Patrick Belardo said...

I'm pretty sure they are in Carteret. I don't know where though. Looks like someone just posted a query for directions on JB.

Anonymous said...

A Monk Parakeet visited my yard this morning (Monday, June 29th) I live in Rochelle Park, Bergen County, NJ. He munched on the suet feeder consisting of sunflower seeds.

Patrick Belardo said...

Thanks for letting me know. I am the recordkeeper for bird records for Bergen county and the rest of NE NJ. Any other sightings you have of the bird, please let me know.

Anonymous said...

That is so great! Green cards for the green 'keets, eh?
So what if they are introduced...we are all introduced!
And Kiggavik, read research done on the parrots in their home land and here. They are introduced--not invasive. There is a big difference!