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More Burrowing Parrots

More Burrowing Parrots
By – 9:11 pm
Dear friends,Since my observation on 14 November 2021 of 3 Burrowing Parrots excavating cavities in a dead Canary Island date palm near the intersection of 32nd St. and Clay Ave. in Barrio Logan, I haven’t seen the birds again in a couple of passes by the site, including today. But today 27 February 2022 I found another pair, at the intersection of Cleveland Ave. and W. 16th St. in National City. At first the birds were perching on the electrical wires, vocalizing and socializing. But then one flew to the top of, you guessed it, a leafless dead Canary Island date palm. And then the birds disappeared inside a cavity in the trunk. So now along with a pair Andrew Newmark saw excavating in Chula Vista, this makes at least 3 prospective nests of the Burrowing Parrot–all in dead leafless Canary Island date palms. So if you see such trunks, it may be worth watching them to discover whether they are being used by Burrowing Parrots–and whether, as it establishes itself around San Diego, the species is making an adaptive shift away from the banks in which it nests in its natural range in Chile and Argentina.On the trunk the Burrowing Parrots were entering in National City, a white sign with the word “wrong” in large black letters has been posted. Are the parrots trying to say to anyone who would remove their dead tree that it is the “wrong” tree for removal?!?!Good birding,Philip UnittSan Diego