8988RE: [OrangeCountyBirding] Re: Parrots at Buena Park Mall
- Sep 1, 2014
I’m not really sure what the current status is of Yellow-chevroned Parakeets in the county—I certainly don’t see them in my neck of the woods (Orange and a bit of Santa Ana). I know they are present in parts of the greater Los Angeles area, so perhaps we’re getting them on the northwest edge of OC as well.
As far as Red-lored Parrots, it’s interesting we didn’t apparently know about any Red-lored Parrots in the county when The Birds of Orange County came out (which represented the status of birds up through 1995, even though it was actually published in 1995). In any case, over the last 20 years or so this colorful parrot seems to have established itself in relatively small numbers in the larger Amazona parrot flocks that occur in the Orange/Santa Ana/Garden Grove/Tustin area. Red-loreds certainly are not nearly as common as Red-crowneds or Lilac-crowneds, but they seem to be gradually increasing in numbers, at least in these localized areas. For example, during our Christmas Bird Counts (looking at the CBC results that are posted on the Sea & Sage Audubon website) they have found at least 30 to 40 Red-lored Parrots in recent years, mixed in with the large parrot flocks that come to winter roost sites in the Santa Ana area.
Checked out the Parrot flock again tonight.
There were 2 Red-lored Parrots in the crowd.
No sign of the Parakeets tonight.
I checked my Hamilton/Willick Birds of OC status and distribution book.
Neither the Yellow-chevroned Parakeets, or Red-lored Parrots were mentioned when the book was published.
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