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Sadly, the law basically sanctions the killing of the birds, even though there are plenty of bird adopters and bird lovers who want to help the birds. So, young birds recovered from nests, along with any eggs inside, are destroyed almost reflexively, as if their lives didn't matter at all. Not only is this process cruel, immoral, and wasteful - it is completely unnecessary. There are plenty of alternatives for displaced Quakers. Nobody wants to kill the birds, but nobody can lift a single finger to stop the killing, because doing so is against the law!

Hopefully, this will never happen again!

It's sad to see these nests go, but there's a silver lining to this cloud: the Edgewater parrot colony may actually be better off if these removals happen now, rather than in June or July. There are likely no eggs nor young in the nests right now, the weather is favorable, there is plenty of food and plenty of time to rebuild before winter.

My biggest worry about these birds being nestless over the next few months is their increased exposure to Red-Tailed hawks. There are many such predators living in the cliffs and high-rises above Edgewater, and I've personally witnessed some very scary strafing runs by Red-Tails against the parrots. It would be unfortunate if the colony is decimated by Pale Male and Lola's progeny due to a lack of protection. (Note: I'm not anti-hawk - in fact, I'm a former Pale Male partisan, but I do wish these raptors would stay away from the parrots, at least for the next few months while they're vulnerable).

Only time will tell whether PSE&G's nest removals lead to an appreciable decline in Edgewater's wild parrot population. One hopes that the parrots will simply take their lumps this week, rebuild expeditiously, and make maximally effective use of their unique defensive "sentinel" defenses to thwart the raptors.

For what it's worth, PSE&G has been very forthright, open, and cooperative in terms of meeting with New Jersey residents (and even outsiders from Brooklyn such as Steve, who care about these birds). It's representatives have expressed a sincere willingness to try to devise solutions and practices that will better accomodate the interests of avians and humans in the future. Nobody's served by demonizing either the power company or these charming birds.

 

NEST TEARDOWNS DONE BY PSE&G

BLACK MONDAY

PSE&G Nest Teardown truck

The first truck arrived promptly at 8:30 am

WE WATCHED IN DISMAY, AS THE HOMES OF OUR LITTLE GREEN FRIENDS WERE RIPPED FROM THE POLES AND THEN BROKE INTO PIECES ON THE SIDEWALK.

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This was a very sad day for the wild parrots of Edgewater, and for those people who believe that they enhance life in that town. As I've written before, PSE&G can't be blamed for removing the nests from their poles, but the fact that these wild parrots enjoy absolutely no protection in New Jersey is, I believe, a MAJOR error that must be addressed.

These birds may provide challenges to us humans, but they should not be classed a "potentially dangerous species" with no rights at all. After all, these birds were "born in the USA," have been living with us for at least 30 years, and deserve a modicum of respect, especially because they have all of the great qualities we associate with the American character: they're industrious, loyal to each other, they're amazing little engineers, they coexist well with other native birds, and they just won't give up, even when the deck is stacked against them.

PSE&g Parrot Nest Teardown truck

More PSE&G trucks assemble on Route 5, forming a formidable force against which the little avians could mount no credible defense.

 

PSE&g Parrot Nest Teardown truck

Numerous eggs were taken and destroyed from this nest, on the north edge of Edgewater's "Parrot Park."

 

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING PHOTO IS OF A PARROT FETUS INSIDE A BROKEN EGG. DO NOT SCROLL DOWN TO VIEW IF YOU FEEL YOU MAY BE OFFENDED OR UPSET BY THIS GRAPHIC IMAGE.

 

PSE&g Parrot Nest Teardown truck

This egg fell to the ground, sadly revealing the unborn baby inside.

 

PSE&g Parrot Nest Teardown truck

An aggrieved protestor, Steve Baldwin, sings: "Where have all the parrots gone?" and "Keep away from PSE&G"

 

PSE&g Parrot Nest Teardown truck

Nest debris on River Road.

It took the wild parrots months to build this nest but only about five minutes for men to destroy it. All told, four nests were destroyed in the immediate vicinity of this photo; afterwards, the trucks left and made their way north. There were many more wild parrot nests north on River Road; they were all destroyed this morning.

PSE&g Parrot Nest Teardown truck

Fortunately, PSE&G is not allowed to touch Edgewater's "Big W" tree, which exists on protected land. It houses many wild parrots.

 

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