This observation documents what for me is somewhat new behavior for Monk Parakeets. Monk Parakeets show a distinct preference for man-made structures when they chooses their nesting sites. By far and away the most coming location for a Monk Parakeet in a urban environment is an electrical substation. The lively green birds seem to be drawn to the sturdy girder and truss construction of these places.
In this case things were slightly different. Instead of selecting a substation for their home, these two Monk Parakeet constructed their nest at the top of a cell phone tower. The nest was very large. Much bigger than what I would expect would be needed for just two birds. There may be more parakeets at this site, but these two are the only ones we saw on this evening.
|Date||–||Jul 3, 2013|
|Time of Day||–||Evening|
|Temperature||–||Hot (greater than 89°F/32°C)|
|Type of Behavior||–||Nesting|