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Burrowing Parakeets burrowing

Burrowing Parakeets burrowing
By – 3:10 pm
Dear friends, This morning I saw again 3 of the 4 Burrowing Parakeets/Parrots (Cyanoliseus patagonus) that I saw in Barrio Logan back on 14 and 20 February 2021. They were in the same dead Canary Island date palm on the northeast corner of 32nd St. and Clay Avenue where I saw them briefly on 14 February. But this time one was industriously excavating into the palm trunk, spending nearly the whole 15 minutes I watched it burrowing away, flicking the sawdust out of the cavity repeatedly. The other two individuals just perched on the trunk close by, watching. For all I know the fourth bird could have been hidden inside a cavity already excavated. At one point the three birds flew to electrical wires on the opposite corner of the intersection, overlooking the Logan Temple AME Zion church, but soon returned to the dead palm. I realize that this observation is a couple of steps away from confirming nesting, but just to see the birds making a cavity in a tree is interesting, given that the “Birds of the World” account for the Burrowing Parakeet specifies only two records of the species nesting in cavities in trees. In its natural range in Argentina and Chile it normally nests colonially like the Bank Swallow in burrows dug in bluffs or cliffs. Also, a wintering Yellow Warbler that I saw on 20 February 2021 has returned—call audible even as I bicycled up Harbor Drive near Schley St. and NASSCO. Good birding, Philip UnittSan Diego