Monk Parakeets are small, green birds that are native to South America. They are communal birds that build giant nests in tall trees or on light fixtures. The most interesting thing about them is that the seem to be taking root in colder areas and thriving. There are several colonies of them on Long Island and in some boroughs of New York City. You can hear them long before you see them. Seeing them in December in New York still seems bizarre to me but they seemed incredibly comfortable. I took these photos at the Merrick Road Park. I don’t think I will ever get sick of seeing them!