First fledgling
Posted: 25 July 2007 02:58 PM   [ Ignore ]
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We are happy to report a sighting of the first 07 fledgling for the Wild Parrots of Santa Barbara. The youngster is a Lilac Crowned Amazon. We expect additional fledglings during the next several days.  Our beautiful flock of wild parrots whom we have been observing for more than 30 years now numbers 10.

For a more detailed discussion of this flock please visit our website, http://www.santabarbarabirdfarm.com.

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Posted: 26 July 2007 01:55 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Harry….THAT is WONDERFUL news!!  I’ve been wondering if you’d spotted any little ones yet.  I can’t wait to see photos. CONGRATULATIONS!

Our older reliable Yellow-headed/Blue-fronted pair came up with two youngin’s last week and we’re waiting to see if a third pops up.  The biggest surprise so far was our most documented pair of Red-crowns ended up with 3 fledglings this year, or so we thought—that is until number 4 poked his head out.  He was almost two and a half weeks behind the others.  It’s been fascinating.

Loretta

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Posted: 26 July 2007 02:22 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Good to hear about your wild flock again Harry! I am really curious to see if those hybrids ever succeed in producing young. Wonderful to read that the Santa Barbara people are getting involved! Hope to get to see them next year! wink

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Roelant

PS. we are at http://www.cityparrots.org now, no longer at http://www.araproject.nl.

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Posted: 28 July 2007 12:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Hi Lorreta, Roelant,

Number two showed up this morning. The flock stayed away yesterday so he/she may have already be out and about. Interestingly, the father placed both of them in the top of a tall, Eucalyptus tree as lookouts while the remaining flock foraged. In the past the youngsters are usually hidden for a week or two, these were as high up and out in the open as possible.

When they did fly the territorial Acorn Woodpeckers were right on their tails.

Roelant, the hybrid producing young is, as you know one of our highest hopes. We do know as a 95% certainty that eggs are laid so half the puzzle is in place. As with so many other hybrids the male may be infertile and that is looking more and more the case. I also need to change the link to Cityparrots on our website, thanks for reminding me.

Lorreta, very cool about the Green Cheeks. Keep me updated.

Harry

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Posted: 30 July 2007 04:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Harry….that is soooo wonderful….TWO BABIES!!!

I have very high hopes for your hybrid pair.  The male of our Green-cheek pair I spoke of that produced four young this year is a hybrid.  Over the last three years, they have produced eight healthy young.

Keep us up to date Harry!

Loretta

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Posted: 30 July 2007 05:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Hi Loretta and Roelant and Harry,

It’s so exciting to have the fledglings. And to share your enthusiasm, too. It seems that the parent birds are more low-keyed this year about introducing the fledglings. Previous years, there’d be big screaming parties to announce first flights. This year seems more subdued.

Loretta, do you have any pictures you can post of your wild flock? I’m sure others, like me, would love to see your images of parents with chicks, where nesting sites are located and so forth.

Roelant, thanks for staying in touch, too. Next year we’ll defintely hang out together and watch parrots.

The best part of watching these wild ones is seeing how much time they spend in play. “Get your belly,” “Gimme that twig,” “Watch your toes,” “Can you do this?” are all games we see.

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Posted: 04 August 2007 11:01 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Finally took a picture of the first 07 fledgling. Both youngsters were playing in this pineaple guava tree while the rest of the flock were terrorizing other fruit trees. The second fledgling was too hidden to get a picture - soon though. Note the dark eyes and dirty beak. http://www.santabarbarabirdfarm.com

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Posted: 04 August 2007 02:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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He/she is Beautiful! Congratulations! Hope to see some more!

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Posted: 08 August 2007 04:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Hi Harry, Phoebe & Roelant!!

I’m sorry to be so long in posting.  Harry & Phoebe…your new little LC is just the most precious little thing I have ever seen.  What a living doll!!  I can’t wait to hear more about him and his sibling. 

We are working at getting all this years fledgling photos together, but it’s been so busy here in So. California with trying to track all our little green fellas down.  This hasn’t been the best of food years with so little rain and everyone is pretty spread out.  It’s become a real challenge, but we are making great progress now.

Keep us up to date on your special little ones!!

Loretta

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Posted: 08 August 2007 08:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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We are so worried about the wild guys with the fire that rages only 8 miles from us.

I also worry about our captives—we keep spraying the aviaries to keep the ash down, but I am concerned about the long-term consequences of them breathing ash-filled air.

Frankly, I’m surprised that the wild guys are still here. It seems like they’d take off at the first whiff of fire, but they are still coming. Thank God.

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Phoebe

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Posted: 09 August 2007 10:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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I had no idea you were so close to the fire!! Is there any containment in sight?  Does the wind shift at all to clean the air out a bit?  I truly share your concern for all your birds!  <<<<sending all my best thoughts & wishes>>>>

Loretta

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Posted: 11 August 2007 07:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Loretta,

Thanks for wishing us luck. Things are looking better. The winds continue to be favorable but should we get a sudden Sundowner (Santa Anas down south) we could be in trouble. The fire is about 10 miles from us but the smoke plume can get so high that we can see it over the mountain behind us, sometimes three times as high as the picture. And while we do enjoy sunsets the ones cause by a fire do send a bit of a tingle. Anyway, we have stacks of holding cages and animal carriers at the ready. Where we will take them is another, yet unresolved issue.

We were burned out in ‘77 by the Sycamore Canyon Fire.

Harry

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Posted: 14 August 2007 01:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Are you all doing okay up there?  I heard on the late news tonight that the winds were expected to pick-up.  Any further progress on getting the fire under control?


Loretta

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