Monk Parakeets in San Antonio

April 30, 2014

How neat! While on my favorite Facebook Group "Birds of Texas", it was mentioned that wild Monk Parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus) were nesting in San Antonio on Hwy 281 and 1604 in the Walmart billboard signage near Chick-fil-A. Seeing that was much closer to home that Austin... I thought I'd stop by while running errands to take a peek. Well lo and behold... look at the size of that nest!

... and a little green Monk Parakeet poking around! 

She was super busy building a nest... tucking branches into place and then flying off every 5 minutes or so to get some more material. Here is the underside of the nest... almost directly under the Walmart sign... but viewing just above the Chick-fil-A sign.

Very cool! eBird has reports as far back as 2006 mentioning seeing the parakeets nesting there... I never knew... ! :)

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