I don't mind the noises so much, I'm an avid animal lover and have gotten used to the calls and cries of the wild. Let me start off by saying I pride myself in knowing a lot about animals. For instance, 90% of the time when I see a dog I can name what breed it is. How/why? About 15 years ago when we first moved to Washington, we had an encyclopedia program on the computer and I printed off every single kind of dog breed there was and made myself a little booklet. I've also acquired several books about birds, rabbits, guinea-pigs, cats, and the like, therefore, I know a lot about of different kinds of birds (though nowhere near as close to the knowledge of my aunt Natalie.) And up until the day I flunked chemistry in college, I wanted to be a veterinarian.
That all being said, when I first witnessed these flocks of birds flying across the sky and making a racket, I thought they looked like parrots because of their beaks, but disregarded my hypothesis since we live in the desert, not the Amazon. Mine eyes must be deceiving me. So the other day I googled "noisy birds in Pasadena" because I was dying to know what these birds are. Thereupon, I came across some folklore: First of all, my hypothesis was right. Those ARE parrots flying around waking me up. Strange! Apparently they are red-crowned amazons. Quoting Wikipedia, "There is a cycle of regular public outcry about the noise and the sheer oddity of the birds' presence, but most Pasadenans seem to have come to accept the birds as part of the city's life. They can be seen year-round, but are especially noticeable in the winter. The birds are definitely gregarious, and the amount of disturbance their chatter creates is related to the time of day they may choose to chatter.
Theories and myths abound on how these parrots came to claim Pasadena and surrounding towns as their home. A widely accepted story by longtime residents of the area is that they were part of the stock from the large pet emporium at Simpson's Garden Town on East Colorado Blvd, now the location of OSH Hardware. The nursery burned down in 1959, and the parrots were thereby released to forage in the lush Pasadena area. It is also possible that some parrots moved northward from their normal range in central and northern Mexico as human habitation in the Pasadena area created artificial habitat in which the parrots could survive. Among their favorite foods are the berry kernels of the cedar trees that grow in great abundance around Pasadena."
Well there you have it. Wild parrots in Pasadena. Chalk another one up to "interesting things about California."