Flirting in the pine tree

Black hooded parakeets (or Nanday parakeets) are pretty common in the area. You can hear them screaming from far away. Almost every time I was at the eagle’s nest in my neighborhood a few would stop by. One morning several landed in the tree I was standing under.

One morning a pair of them landed really close to the kestral (on the right). The kestral took off.

In early April there was a flock that stopped on the utility wire right above me. Some of them flew into the pine tree nearby.

I walked over to the pine tree and saw that they were feeding. It looked like some were eating the pine cones.

Then I noticed two of them started to flirt. They were preening each other and then started mating.

When they were done they flew back over to the wire. Eventually the entire flock took off.

My Corner of the World

A little bird nooky going on

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It all starts here. The great, snowy and cattle egrets start flirting. The male birds bring a stick to the female birds over and over again until the nest is built.  Then you know the rest. It was a busy day in early April when I was at Gatorland in Orlando. There were already baby birds and lots of nests that had eggs on them. Still more babies to come based on the action going on that morning.