After we left Disneyland, we visited friends who live in Pacific Palisades. They live in a house that backs up to an undeveloped canyon. Pacific Palisades is a coastal community near Santa Monica. It’s really beautiful there. we parked in their driveway overnight. While our visit was delightful in many ways. However, the best part of the visit from a birding perspective was seeing their bird feeders and the birds who visited.
They had a bunch of House Finches, White-crowned Sparrows to spare (I counted 21 at one point), Gold-crowned Sparrows, Spotted Towhees, California Towhees, Western Scrub Jays, and Northern Mockingbirds. It was delightful. But the best part was at 4pm when the parrots arrived.
They are beautiful, exotic, and utterly delightful. I sat mesmerized as I watched them squawk and fuss at each other. They were skittish and cautious but came back again quickly after being startled. They are Black-hooded Parakeets . . . also called Nanaday Conures.
When they first arrived, a squirrel was trying to get at the feeders. He was unsuccessful. Although, he did win this confrontation. The birds flew off and left the feeders for a few minutes when he hissed at them.
Seeing six or seven parrots on two feeders was an amazing experience. Watch this video below and you’ll get a hint of how wonderful they are.
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