While I confess to loving the movie The Fugitive, I never thought I’d be harboring one in my backyard!
Let me show you his picture, and then I’ll explain…
This morning, I happened to walk by the window and saw this green-feathered fellow pilfering food from the feeders. He was clearly a stranger round these parts, and when I walked outside with my camera he flew over to a nearby Dogwood branch. He didn’t seem bothered by my presence; he just gave me a glance and proceeded to clean his claws.
Thanks to the wonders of google, I discovered that this guy is a Monk Parakeet, who also goes by the name of a Quaker Parrot. He is considered an agricultural criminal (known to eat 30% of the corn crop in his native Argentina) and is illegal as a pet in many states – including the fair state of Georgia in which I reside.
So, despite considering myself a law abiding citizen, it would appear I have been aiding and abetting an outlaw! And while I can’t invite this friendly fugitive in to stay, I do hope he sticks around awhile and poses for some pictures.
By the way, I have decided to name him Harry…short for Harrison. 🙂
18 thoughts on “Harboring A Fugitive”
Great capture of a beautiful parakeet!
Wonderful shots of this beautiful bird!
Someone’s pet — an escapee? I guess this happens a lot, which is why there are so many wild parrots in big cities. Hide your fruit!
He probably is an escapee – but he was certainly fun to see. And apparently, they adapt quite well to living in the wild.
Wow! This is a very unusual find!!!
I definitely did a double-take!
Do you think it is someone’s pet?
It is illegal to have them as pets here, but it is legal to breed them and export them…so…he is likely an escapee from somewhere.
Harry is very handsome! Love his colors! 💙
I have to agree!
Handsome Harry! Fugitive or not, he’ll charm pretty much everyone he encounters 🙂
Handsome Harry – I like that!
Hehe what a nice snaps of Harry! Thanks for the info 😀
Cute post, hope Harry sticks around for ya to harbor a little longer!
you are an amazing photographer
Thanks for the kind words. 🙂
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