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I have lived in Chicago my whole life and I've never seen anything like this. I walked out my back door 2 weeks ago and heard bird chirps that I knew were unusual. I looked up and there had to be at least 30 quaker parrots sitting on the phone lines behind my house. As soon as I knew for sure I wasn't having flashbacks from the 70's, I ran and took some pics. Since then they have been hanging out in the Cockspur thorn trees behind my house eating the berries.
Does anyone who knows anything about birds know if this is unusual for parrots to be hanging around a city that gets mighty cold in the winter? I went out today and bought a giant bag of sunflower seeds. I am going to make pop bottle feeders to hang from the trees back there. I'm terrified I'm going to walk out my door and find the ground scattered with frozen parrots.