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Re: Monk nest gone from Rocky Mount (fwd)

Howdy twitchers,

My mom, who lives in Rocky Mount, owns a quaker and has taken a personal 
interest in these birds.  We visited the site arund the 20th of Dec.  
Bizarre!  They just set up camp atop this pole where there was a giant food 
dish (fedder) and water dish (bird bath) just below.  THey appearred to be 
using both.  The nest on the transformer had caught fire already then, and 
there was one dead (presumably electricuted) bird beneath the pole.  At this 
time, the other two were re-building.

So, mom visited the site again I think on New Years Eve and, as reported the 
birds and nest were gone from the pole.  However, she talked with a 
gentleman who lives in the house across the road about the birds.  He said 
they have survived for the past three years in the area, after escaping from 
their original home approximately 2 miles away.  Also, this man owns a barn, 
in which the two remaining birds have relocated and proceeded building 

Thats the most recent I have heard.

Everybody have a beautiful day.

Jason Bulluck
Masters Candidate
Department of Biology
Appalachian State University

>From: Joshua Stuart Rose <jsr6@duke.edu>
>To: carolinabirds@duke.edu
>Subject: Monk nest gone from Rocky Mount (fwd)
>Date: Tue, 8 Jan 2002 09:44:31 -0500 (EST)
>I think Ron meant to send this to the list, not just to me... JSR
>---------- Forwarded message ----------
>Date: Tue, 8 Jan 2002 09:34:36 -0500
>From: Ron <oldapple@bighorsecreekfarm.com>
>Hi folks,
>     With regard to the nesting Monk Parakeets (Quaker Parrots) near Rocky
>Mt. we reported not long ago, we received information that the nest was
>recently destroyed by fire. Apparently, high winds blew the nest onto a
>"hot" wire above the transformer and it and the utility pole went up in
>flames. We have not returned to the site so cannot confirm any of this. No
>Parakeet bodies were found in the rubble so we assume they survived and 
>relocated to another site. Nash Co. birders in the area should keep their
>eyes open for a new nest going up soon.
>     Good birding to all.
>Ron and Suzanne Joyner
>Big Horse Creek Farm
>Antique and Heirloom Apples
>e-mail: oldapple@bighorsecreekfarm.com
>website: www.bighorsecreekfarm.com

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