Jake reports spotting this parakeet perched on a fence at the Westinghouse complex this morning.
Parakeets have been spreading across the NYC area for a few years now, building large communal nests. They're from Argentina, so they have no trouble with the cold. Is that what's happening here?
Budgerigars ("budgies") are native to Australia, not Argentina.
You're thinking of monk parakeets, aka Quaker parrots, which come from Argentina and have established wild populations in a number of places around the US (apparently including Boston.) However, the bird in the photo is a budgerigar, commonly known as a budgie or parakeet, which is an entirely different small parrot native to Australia. There do seem to be some feral populations of budgies in the US, but mostly in Florida and Texas. I don't think they can survive the winters this far north.
There have been missing parakeet (budgie) signs up in the Ringer Park area for a few weeks. I have no idea if a little bird like that could fly that far to Readville? I don't have time to go out and find a flier but maybe someone can follow up in Allston just in case?
Put an open bird cage out with food and water. He'll recognize it as home and go in on his own.
I saw one in a tree at Blue Hill Avenue and Morton Street but that was a few years ago so probably not related.
Where do people get parakeets since Woolworth's has been closed for years?
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