In a message dated 8/24/2006 8:50:44 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
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Yesterday a non-birder colleague at work reported a
'canary colony' on Black Hammock Island in N. Jax.
Quite curious at his descriptions, we made a trip up
there last night and tonight. In one 100-yd stretch of
road spanning 3 residences, we counted 12 nests - most
with multiple chambers. 11 of these were in two
separate oak trees, the other 1 under a transformer on
a standard streetlight pole. (We observed one other
such nest elsewhere on the island).
About 7PM tonight we saw 7+ MONK PARAKEETS out and
about near the nests, and heard what sounded like many
others. Black Hammock Island is due west of Amelia
Island SP and Big Talbot Island at the Duval/Nassau
County line, across the river (Nassau or Amelia) from
Big Talbot. It is quite a large island and I suspect
it has many more nests than the few that we saw.
A fairly quick Google search did not turn up anything
on these birds in this area, so I am curious as to the
significance of this find. Are there previous records
of nesting Monk Parakeets this far north? Previous
Duval Co. sightings?
I am very anxious to hear what you experts out there
think about this, so please let me know!
If anyone would like more information or wants
specific directions, please let me know. (I hesitate
to just post the address since the tree with 7 of the
nests is in someone's front yard).
We're willing to make more visits up there and
investigate further if anyone wishes or has specific
questions (not sure if Bill Pranty & Co. are still
studying Monk populations).
Once we can get better photos of the nests and birds
in non-rainy, daylight conditions I'll post them for
Kevin & Marie Dailey
Little Marsh Island
Funny you should ask such a question Kevin. While it is certainly
noteworthy how far north they go. I thought you and other fellow listserv members
would at least get a chuckle at the colony of Monk Parakeets that reside in good
ol' Brooklyn, New York! More specifically, on the campus of Brooklyn
You can read more on this link:
Just thought some of you would get a kick out of it!
See you out there!
Thomas J. Dunkerton
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