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Re: It's not Telegraph Hill, but it's interesting neverthele

Posted by Michael L on 7/07/05
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    On 7/07/05, KarenH wrote:
    > On 6/21/05, Michael L wrote:
    >> Michael L
    > I wonder if the wild quakers are filling a niche left empty by
    > the extinction of the Carolina parakeet. I read that the
    > Carolina parakeet loved cockleburs. Do quakers like cockleburs
    > too?
    > Of course the Carolina parakeet didn't have very many
    > telephone lines to build their nests on but they did nest
    > communally with several females sharing a nest and eggs. They
    > were regarded as agricultural pests because they ate the fruit
    > & grain crops.
    > That's exactly what people are afraid the quakers are going to
    > do, raid the fruit & grain crops. If the quakers' wild
    > population in the USA grows, will history repeat iteself?
    > Here's a pic of a Carolina parakeet, dead but still beautiful.

    I can't comment on the cocklebur eating, but if it has seeds
    within the pod, I'm sure it's certainly a possibility that they
    might find it a food source.
    History does have a way of repeating itself and the Quaker may
    just be the next Carolina Parakeet.
    Possibly today it might even be easier for it to survive with
    many alternative food sources provided by humans?

    Michael L