Monday, April 09, 2007

Random Gleanings from the BirdSphere #15

Introduction: A daily (or as often as I can find time to compile it) feature that highlights recent entries from North American bird blogs listed in my blogroll; also see here.

Random Blog of the Day:
Words on Birds – from “a monthly newspaper column about birds and birdwatching . . . published in Chicago’s western suburbs,” by Jeff Reiter in Glen Ellyn, Illinois (online since June 2005)
Random Entry of the Day (excerpt):

Avian Outcasts: Non-native Species Unloved

It’s fitting that the monk parakeet is green. It is, after all, an alien bird.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Or maybe that depends on who you ask. Non-native or “introduced” species like the monk parakeet, European starling, rock pigeon, and house sparrow are despised by a lot of birders. They’re regarded as illegal immigrants, or worse. I’ve heard pigeons called rats with wings. Sky carp. Falcon food.

[Click here to read the rest of this entry, as originally published by Jeff Reiter on February 15, 2007.]
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Blogger Bird Advocate said...

Monk parakeets can and will encroach on our native bird's territory. I personally have seen a flock of them chasing a Mockingbird. The next day we found what little was left of of the Mockingbird.

April 14, 2007 1:58 PM  

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