Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Tuesday, January 22 – Well, we finally saw them! We have searched in vain the past three years for the Mexican Green Parrots. Sunday night was our lucky night.

green parott

They come to different areas around Mission, TX, at about 4:30 p.m. to roost for the night.

The other night friends, Donna and Norm, called to inform us the Parrots were in the trees by K-Mart. Unfortunately, we couldn't drop what we were doing and go, so Sunday evening we headed to K-Mart about 4:15 hoping to see them.

Sure enough, about 4:30, we heard a racket and here they came. WOW! What a sight.

group of parotts

They landed in some trees near the Jack In The Box fast food restaurant.

parrot in tree

The tree they landed in was a nut tree. They were cracking the nuts open and dropping the shells on on the cars below. What a nosey bunch they were.

parott eating

We ran around taking pictures and noticed there were more in the trees across the parking lot at K-Mart. And just like Donna and Norm reported, there were 100's landing and squawking in the trees near the store.

parotts in tree

parotts tree

They were beautiful! Dark and light green in color with a yellow beak. They are pretty large too! Boy can they make a racket!

parotts on line

A little love in the air?
parotts in love

We enjoyed watching them for quite awhile. Now, I wonder why they travel to this area to spend the night? Think it could be the “blue light specials” at K-Mart?

Marsha was so excited, she immediately called Angie and Jane. She made plans to take them all to K-Mart on Monday night. Everyone met at our place at 4:05…strict orders from Marsha. We arrived at K-Mart at 4:15 and began the watch.

looking for the parotts

"There they are!" someone yelled.

parotts in the air

But, why aren't they landing? We watched for about ten minutes as hundreds circled the area. Paul walked over to the K-Mart tree and noticed two huge hawks sitting there. Oh dear, now we know why they wouldn't land.

Stupid hawks

We saw where they did land and dashed in that direction. How lovely they looked against the background of the palm trees.

parotts and palm trees

parotts and palm trees

If you are in the area, visit the K-Mart off of I-83 and Bryan around 4:15. They arrive anytime between 4:20 and 4:30.

Keeping in the animal line of thought, we had a great time the other night playing RATZ! The card game. Marsha organized (She loves throwing parties – usually big ones too!) a game night at the Clubhouse inviting 20 people. Well, as things usually do, it quickly swelled to 30 people.

We divided into tables of six and explained the game to the newbies. After the first round of five hands, we switched people around and played a second round.



Everyone brought an hors d'oeuvre to share, and their choice of beverage. Marsha even had prizes for the ten winners. Nothing big…bubbles, silly putty, paddle ball, etc. What a great time!

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y'all back real soon. Have a great day!


  1. Good bird pictures, but they are a noisy bunch and need to stay over at Bryan Rd.

  2. Absolutely gorgeous. I would have been running there to take lots of pictures too!!

  3. Wow, so cool. One day we must see that.

  4. Wow, so cool. One day we must see that.

  5. Great pictures! I would enjoy seeing those parrots. Did you all wear hats or were you out of the line of fire (so to speak)?

  6. Very cool photos. How many times do you get that chance, eh? Sure glad you finally saw them and got some real nice photos! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Wow! What an amazing sight that must have been. You got some great pictures. I'd love to see them. There are some green parrots that hang around near here (Florida) and they look the same, but I've never seen that many. I think they live here full time and do not migrate.


  8. Seems the birds have learned the art of boondocking -- but they prefer K-Mart to Wal-Mart ;-) I especially liked the necking parrots.

    Pinteresting this to remind ourselves to check them out.

  9. Only a bunch of RVers and birders could love an organized bird watch at the local Kmart! Doesn't take much for us to get excited, does it? Wish we could have been there! Great photos of the birds and the game sounds like fun. We'll have to check that one out!

  10. K-Mart? Who knew? Did they have a Parrot food special on Aisle 14??

    Awesome photos. I never imagined seeing parrots in the wild in Texas.

  11. I have yet to see those parrots. Very interesting. Thanks for the great shots.

  12. We had heard they were around but haven't made it over to see them yet. Great pics!

  13. I have never seen parots except in an aviary. So beautiful. I wonder if they pair for life. thank you for sharing with us.

  14. I had no idea green parrots were in this part of the country. What beautiful photos!

  15. Seeing all those parrots in one place flying free...priceless. What a sight to behold!

  16. Love, love, love your bird pics. Hope you guys are having fun.


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