Wordless Wednesday: Monk Parakeets in Snow

(Photo: Michael Howell)

(Photo: Michael Howell)

Originally brought to the Midwest from South America as captive birds in the late 1970s, over the years a number of Monk Parakeets have escaped captivity and established a thriving colony in Chicago. These subtropical birds remain in Chicago all year round, relying on their haystack-like nests and bird feeders maintained by their human neighbors to see them through our bitterly cold winters.  Four of them live in the trees behind our condo. I was deeply relieved to see them still going strong after the recent polar vortex.

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About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, or musing about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.wordpress.com.
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2 Responses to Wordless Wednesday: Monk Parakeets in Snow

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