Happy Mother’s Day!
Saturday May 08th 2010, 10:29 am
Filed under: Wildlife

Dear somebody: your escaped pet (I can only assume that’s what it is) is doing fine, shooting the breezes, and has fallen in with a flock that thinks he’s a goldfinch on steroids. He let me open the door finally to try to get a better shot but that was it.   I was quite amused when he bossed the squirrel a bit.

All is well. Happy Mother’s Day!

(Ed. to add: the parakeet’s been back twice  now. I’m hoping it makes it a habit.)

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Happy Mother’s Day to you and yours at the Hyde Nature Preserve!

Comment by LynnM 05.08.10 @ 11:17 am

Many years ago, several parakeets got loose here. They managed to survive and multiply. We now have quite a few of them living in the trees at north area of our lake.

They have become quite a tourist attraction. I love to listen to them chatter.

Comment by Joy Evans 05.08.10 @ 7:06 pm

Happy Mother’s Day! What fun for you and your backyard.

Comment by Channon 05.09.10 @ 4:41 am

got to love anything bossing around the squirrels!

Happy Mother’s Day — enjoy the “presence” — I do know what you mean!!

Comment by Bev 05.09.10 @ 7:00 am

Oh, that is indeed a parakeet (once had one that color). Almost assuredly it has escaped from some home. If you can see a metal band around one leg, it is definitely someone’s pet. “Hyde Nature Preserve” — a most fitting description.

Fun –

What’s Irish and stays out all night?
Patty O’Furniture.

Comment by Don Meyer 05.09.10 @ 10:44 am

Great pictures! Love the squirrel being bossed around!

Comment by Debbie 05.09.10 @ 4:46 pm

It’s a budgerigar from down under. They fly in large flocks in the outback but are also kept as pets. Blue over the top of the beak indicates a male, beige is female. They can be taught to talk.

Comment by Jan 05.09.10 @ 7:31 pm

I herd there are flocks of Parakeets (aka Budgerigars) in San Francisco.. I think there was a documentary about them.

Comment by Diana Troldahl 05.09.10 @ 9:22 pm

Yes, the parrots of Telegraph Hill–I haven’t seen the documentary, but they were large ones, not parakeets, you couldn’t miss them. There were a few large green parrots in our city years ago, and I saw one a few times and once picked up a large bright lime-green feather off my driveway. It has been thought that ours probably merged with the group up in San Francisco.

Comment by AlisonH 05.09.10 @ 11:02 pm

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