I saw a parakeet at our backyard bird feeder! Where in the heck did it come from? Will it be OK? It flew off with a bunch of house finches.
It came from where all loose parakeets come from … it escaped from somebody’s cage or aviary.
Feral parakeets are pretty common, actually. Someone is always letting parakeets fly around free in their house and then leaving a door or window open when they shouldn’t. ZIP, and the parakeet is now flying free with our local wild birds.
When parakeets occur naturally in the wild, they fly in flocks, so parakeets that escape locally will usually team up with flocks of our local wild birds. I’ve seen them with house sparrows, house finches and blackbirds. Most area backyards have bird seed feeders, so there’s plenty to eat and life can be pretty good for a lost parakeet. They learn the ropes of surviving from the sparrows or finches they fly around with.
If you’re interested in trying to find the bird’s lost humans, check with the Feathered Follies store in Lafayette: http://www.feathered-follies.com/
They specialize in exotic birds like parakeets, parrots, etc., and keep a list of lost and found birds. They also can advise on ways you MIGHT (or might not) be able to catch the bird.
In any event, our Bay Area climate is moderate and I’ve known of parakeets that have lived around here in the wilds for years, so enjoy your visitor. /Gary