We shot the above video last week when we checked in on our favorite Monk Parakeet colony, in Ridgefield, in the northeasternmost part of the district.
The video is just footage of the birds hanging out on and near their nests, located on a railroad bridge in a commercial district not far from the center of town.
They are delightful to watch, but not quite as delightful to hear -- as you'll learn if you play the video with the audio up.
The birds seem incredibly social, flitting around the area and occasionally cuddling with one another == which may explain why the Monk Parakeet on the left is gathering nesting material.
One of the delights of seeing these birds -- especially on a cold windy way -- is to see their vibrant colors and think (for an instant) you are in the tropics.
Previous posts on the Monk Parakeets of Ridgefield are here.
The Bergen Record's Mike Kelly did a column on these amazing birds today. The link is here.
I think it's cute that they actually cuddle with each other. I wonder if the birds really can understand each other by the pinches that they squeak.
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