Thursday, December 13, 2012

Our Great Communicators


Our local parrots are known for squawking like crazy, and they're frequently on the move.  Yesterday, as I left for work, they left their noisy, elusive personas behind and posed quietly on these power lines, seemingly waiting for me to take my photo.  I zoomed in a bit, but there were many more, enjoying the calm, pre-rainstorm morning. 

I've always been fascinated by these roving gangs of merry little creatures who have an affinity for our San Gabriel Valley.  When I was a kid, my friends and I thought (and who knows if one of us made this one up?) that there had been a train accident somewhere nearby, and the birds were on board, escaping to safety in our valley.  Other theories - probably not from the imaginations of eight year-old girls - are that they escaped (or were released) from a pet store during a fire, and that they were smuggled in to the United States for the pet trade, and somehow released. 

According to The California Parrot Project, there is no single event that accounts for the thousands of parrots that roost in our local trees, but rather that "dozens or hundreds of instances of escape or release ultimately led to the breeding populations we have today."  Currently there are thirteen separate documented species of naturalized parrots in California.

If you're wondering why parrots tend to be so joyously, happily noisy, the website says that they use their voices to make contact with one another, to play, and to announce their arrival and departure.  In fact, their need to communicate is at the very core of their being.  No wonder I like them so much.

Today, we're expecting more rain, wind, and maybe even a bit of hail. Now that I think of it, maybe these guys were having a meeting to vote on where they should go to stay warm and dry during the deluge.

For a wonderful photo of a much larger group of our parrot friends, and more info on our parrot phenomenon, take a look at this post from my friend Petrea, at Pasadena Daily Photo.

12 comments:

  1. great shot! i love looking at birds on wires, really! i had forgotten until reading this post, that we had parrot gangs in san diego too...i think we thought they escaped the zoo or something lol...keep dry! it's going to be sunny but chilly here today...high is only supposed to get to 49...brrrr

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    1. Well, that's interesting! Funny how we all had our own personal interpretation. I even think ours included not just any train, but a Circus Train! Funny about 49. I was driving home tonight, and it was 49, and was thinking how it was almost winter!

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  2. When we first moved to Duarte ... there were parotts in our big tree (no long there - it died) and I was so worried because I thought they belonged to someone and had escaped. Great post Adele! Marie

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    1. Thanks Marie - and that is a crack up! Not an unnatural thing to think, though. It's not that "usual" for parrots to be flying around like that!

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  3. I am paying attention to all you have written, Adele, but what really caught my eye here is the criss cross of those wires. I don't normally see that. Interesting. PS Nice zooming. Getting on well with that new camera, I see!

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    1. I liked the wires too, LOL. Taking photos makes me look around more. I had never noticed them much before. New camera and I are very good friends! Although this one happened when I accidentally left home without it, and I used my trusty iPhone.

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  4. The parrots-on-the-wire reminded me a little of notes on a staff, something that's also "very Adele."

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    1. I see that! It is "very James" too. :) Maybe they are singing "Every Good Boy Does Fine"!

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  5. Nice composition! Funny how birds roost up on wires in groups like that.

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    1. Thanks, Linda! It really is a fun thing to watch.

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  6. The Birds!!! The Birds!!!

    Oh! Whoops!!! These are the local parrots!!! I thought I was watching Hitchcock's "The Birds!!!"

    Great shot BTW!!!

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    1. Thank you! I get very excited when you, with all your talent, like one of my shots! I thought of The Birds, too. They were really kind of creepy... :-)

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