Southwest Gardening forum: A lovebird count for the valley of the sun

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Name: Lynn Reno
Mesa, AZ
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azreno
Jan 11, 2011 7:18 PM CST
On January 22, from sunrise to 10 am, count your lovebirds! Here is the website of the project
http://www.cml.leiden.edu/research/conservation/impacts/parr...
I am not in any way connected to it or anyone involved in it, just spreading the word. There is a spreadsheet they ask you to use, which I think is a bit silly, not everyone has excel, but whatever. If you'd like to participate but don't know where any are, here's a link to map where the colonies have been getting marked
http://mirror-pole.com/maps/maps_test_2/peach-faced_1999-201...
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Name: Lynn Reno
Mesa, AZ
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azreno
Jan 11, 2011 7:19 PM CST
That's wild lovebirds you want to count BTW Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
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GardenGuyAZ
Jan 11, 2011 8:19 PM CST
Now there is freeware you can get that will handle this spreadsheet. I believe you can download the entire office suite at the link below.

http://www.openoffice.org/

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Name: Susie
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Aguane
Jan 11, 2011 8:36 PM CST
I'll try to count. I can hear them in the 'hood but, I haven't tried to see them or find them.
When I lived at Tapatio they would fly through my yard several times a day and sometimes stay awhile.
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Name: Lynn Reno
Mesa, AZ
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azreno
Jan 11, 2011 9:10 PM CST
No big colony near me either, there are about 6 or so just west of me and a few that hang out at the PO but that's it.
Name: Susie
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Aguane
Jan 11, 2011 9:18 PM CST
At my old house there were probably over 100 flying by constantly. I could see them sitting on a split rail fence all in a row just like little jewels. They favored sitting in a tree at the 9th green at Tapatio. So pretty. I guess it's all about what they favor at habitat.
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Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
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GardenGuyAZ
Jan 12, 2011 7:17 AM CST
No lovebirds in my neighborhood. Occasional parakeets, but no lovebirds.

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Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Boopaints
Jan 12, 2011 10:36 AM CST
I would FAINT if I saw a love bird since they are my favorite bird. WOW.
But in time I will check out the colonies with your map. Thanks Lynn!

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Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
Sunset Zone 13
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GardenGuyAZ
Jan 12, 2011 10:58 AM CST
Yes, the map is really kewl. the nearest siting is about two miles from me, so they are getting closer.

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HaroldS
Jan 14, 2011 10:17 PM CST
That map is astounding. My former Doctor, now retired, lived in their original neighborhood and was quite involved in feeding and nurturing them.
There are none out here in west Glendale yet, but I am wondering what effect they are having on other (native) birds as they expand their territory?
Name: Lynn Reno
Mesa, AZ
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azreno
Jan 15, 2011 5:15 AM CST
I recall reading something in the past year that suggests they are having little affect on any native populations. Their possible territory is limited, of course, they will stay in warmer areas to keep from freezing in winter.

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