So in biking back home from the Rose Bowl after volunteering as a course marshal for the seventh stage of the Amgen Tour of California yesterday afternoon, I opted for the scenic route along Arroyo Drive through Pasadena and South Pasadena, and that decision was rewarded with an awesome encounter at Magnolia Street of a large and raucous flock of feral red-masked (aka cherry head) conures — at least 40 strong by my unscientific count. The far more widespread yellow-chevroned parakeets found noisily all over the area (I wrote about them here back in January 2008) ain’t got nothing on the cacophony generated by these feathered fiends. In fact I heard ’em before I saw ’em and so of course had to stop for some vid/snaps.
Apologies that the capture conditions couldn’t have been much lamer. The birds were backlit by leaden skies and the sun was way off on the right stuck behind the overcast. But nevertheless: behold at least the silhouettes and sounds of an amazing find: