Parakeet Nests on Power Lines Are Coming Down
The nests can weigh up to 200 pounds and house 200 pairs of birds, according to the New Haven Register (although the 200 pairs figure sounds implausible -- perhaps it's a typo and should really be 20 pairs). The Register wrote that the nests:
...have frequently interrupted UI customer service, caused transformers to blow and generated general discontent with some residents. UI also is concerned because the resulting power outages can imperil customers on life-support systems.
Audubon Connecticut has no problem with it but Patricia Feral, the head of Friends of Animals who has always sounded more like a parody than a rational human being, believes the program is senseless and immoral because the birds have committed no crime. I was glad to read that because I was under the impression that the parakeets had conspired to build their nests in a place where they would cause power disruptions and therefore were guilty of public vandalism and destruction of property.
The UI nest-removal program involves only nests on their property. The story doesn't say how many nests there are elsewhere, but presumably it's enough to keep the population of parakeets -- which actually are a delight to see, if not to live next to -- alive and well in the area.