I have nothing interesting to report today. Spanish class was canceled yesterday, went to Creative Writing class today, took my View Club shots. It was raining, which made me happy, but my umbrella, already bent, snapped outright in two spots! Booooo!
The only downside to clouds collecting around the hills is that I lose my focal point behind them. It’s a small price to pay.
After school I found my step-dad with his camera on the porch. He pointed to the tree in front of the house.
Parrots! This area has a thriving population of wild green parrots. Legend has it that these birds are descendants of birds that were freed during a pet store fire. My step-dad says it was a place called Simpson’s Garden Town in Pasadena, which had, among other outdoor-related retail offerings, a pet store. The entire complex burned to the ground in a massive fire in November 1959.
They travel in huge, noisy flocks. They usually stay far away from people, so to get these pictures was a treat. Sometimes we catch a glimpse of yellow-marked varieties in the walnut tree in the backyard, but this flock had smatterings of red and blue. Upon further research I found out they are called Red-Crowned Parrots, are endangered in their native Mexico, and that the Los Angeles Natural History Museum is tracking the wild flocks around here. So I sent them the info about this lot.
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Have a great day!