[meteorite-list] OFF TOPIC - Unusual

From: Roman Nakonechny <uraninut239__at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 10:29:53 2004
Message-ID: <Law9-F74VINDnKgXhLy00002588_at_hotmail.com>

Hey Mikey,
            I'm from Brasil (true spelling) and all OFF TOPIC'S should be
so fascinating. I wish I could've seen the feathery and colorful
illegals(joke).Even parrot's are "COMIN TO AMERICA" like the Neil Diamond
Global Hit Song. But it's the warm climate in San Diego, which is similar to
parts of South America that has allowed them to survive and will probably
propagate . The will pass by your house again . The species has homing
capabilities- to known food sources. Let's hope some ignorant rural's don't
shoot them out of the sky. In Brasil we would all come out of our school
rooms when hundreds flew noisily overhead.It was like a living rainbow-
coollest thing to see. Real nice OFF TOPIC.
Now, back to fusion crusted birds of another kind- METEORITES {:-)>
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~* #0583 - OUT


>From: Michael L Blood <mlblood_at_cox.net>
>To: Meteorite List <meteorite-list_at_meteoritecentral.com>
>Subject: [meteorite-list] OFF TOPIC - Unusual
>Date: Tue, 09 Sep 2003 11:10:43 -0700
>
>WARNING: This is off topic, so, some/many of you may wish to hit
>your delete button.
>
> Yesterday (Sept. 8) a very unusual occurrence took place in my
>yard: A flock of a dozen parrots came to eat my leftover sunflower
>seeds!
> When I went out to pick up the paper at about 8 AM I was alerted
>when a neighbor lady called out to me, "Mr. Blood, there are parrots in
>your sunflowers!" And, to my delight and amazement, there were,
>indeed, parrots feeding off the Russian Giant Sunflowers! I had left
>most of them to dry in the sun, even though the birds had been eating
>themä. but I had surely never seen parrots doing so.
> In fact, there were twelve of them ≠ an entire flock. And
>beautiful they were, indeed. Most amazing, they were clearly
>all the same species.
> I grabbed my camera and went out to get some photos. You can see
>most of the photos I captured of these beautiful creatures at:
>
>http://community.webshots.com/album/89632975MfUNTL
>
>(Particularly nice are photos # P16 & P15)
>
> I later researched the species. They had beautiful blue
>heads, orangish top beak and near black bottom beak with
>a little blue in their underwing and red in the underside of
>some of their tail feathers. Their legs and feet were flesh
>colored and when I later examined their photos closely, I
>could see no bands on any of their legs, indicating they likely
>escaped bird importers in the Tiajuana area and/or have
>bread in the wilds of this area. They turned out to be Sharp-tailed
>Conures (Aratinga acuticaudata) which are native to Brazil,
>Bolivia, Uruguay and Argentina. So, they are clearly an escaped
>flock that have naturalized in the area.
> It is very rare to see parrot flocks in San Diego, but one
>hears of them appearing here & there on occasion. Usually,
>however, such flocks are reported to contain mixed species
>of parrots, presumably attracted to their own kind having
>escaped captivity individually. This is the only occurrence
>I have been aware of where an entire flock was the same
>species.
> In any event, I will certainly be planting more sunflowers
>next year!
> Best wishes, Michael
>
>
>
>
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