I noticed I was getting an uncharacteristically large number of site visitors from MeFi yesterday – not server-buckling numbers, but more than I’d expect from a random trackback.
As may be seen in the link above, my favorite information magpie chez Mefi, none other than the musically-knowledgeable and my apparent neighbor, the redoubtable (if war-cranky of late) y2karl cites this blog in a response to the original post.
So here’s some better data.
Since that time (nearly a year ago), Viv and I have become friends with a couple who lives near Seward Park, in Columbia City, and they confirm that yes, there is a loud band of parrots that will occasionally swagger around the neighborhood knocking down little old ladies, frightening children, and chucking rocks through the windows of abandoned buildings.
NBC affiliate KING 5 has done a story about the birds (auto-redirects to registration page). Dated February 2003, this may be the origin of the national ABC News story linked by Scott. Friends of Seward Park mention the parrots on their ‘Birds’ page.
In December 2002, the Lake Forest Park Enterprise covered a householder’s experiences with some of the birds, and here are some photos of the apparently burgeoning Maple Leaf colony that y2karl refers to in his post.