Photo by Dave Location: West Palm Beach, FL Flying free: Wild parrots of Florida
During my week long stay in West Palm Beach, Florida I got the honor of seeing these beautiful wild parrots in the area. As I was used to the local wild birds of the area, one night as the sun was going down I heard something different. Dave actually noticed it before me and said, "What is that? Do you hear it? It sounds different, like a parrot..."
We both went outside our RV to take a look and to our surprise, a fairly large green cloud swooped down by us and up again into the sky. It played around the tall buildings across the street and screeched here and there in a playful manner... taking the long way around everything and enjoying every second of it.
"Are they mini macaws? Are they amazon parrots? What are they? Mitred conures?" I threw out every green parrot that came to mind.
Photo by Dave Location: West Palm Beach, FL Shown: Wild parrots in Florida
They landed nearby in a large tree vacant of any leaves due to the December/January season. It was such a sight to see them roosting for the night, and in the morning we saw them take off again.
How cool, I thought, of them to be able to make it in the wild so easily. They're just thriving. And they're so majestic to see living free like they're meant to be. I wondered how my own parrots would react to seeing them, and knew they'd zig zag in the sky screaming in celebration (the rosie cockatoos, at least) what a sight. And I had just posted about wild birds doing this, now I got my wish so fast (okay, it wasn't Australia, but still).
Thought I'd share the experience with all of you. I'd love to see your own adventures of seeing wild parrots in Florida. I've heard there's also a flock of blue and gold macaws.
Article by Jamieleigh Womach. She has been working with parrots and toucans since the age of 17. She isn’t homeless but is home less than she prefers to be. She travels the world with her husband, daughter, and a flockful of parrots whom she shares the stage with.