You never know what you are going to see during a walk in the park. On an afternoon walk through the Jardines de Real, a favorite city park of Valencia, we followed the chatter of birds to a cluster of trees draped with parrot nests.
Monk parakeets, also known as Quaker parrots, were originally brought from Argentina as pets. They were first detected in the wild in Barcelona in 1975 and have been spreading throughout Spain. I guess they enjoy the Spanish sunshine as much as we do. Many Spanish residents are not happy with the noise, but we found it to be a nice surprise. Definitely not what we were expecting to see on a walk through the park.