The Fuzzy Nutter

Birds of a Feather

Posted by MSeech on October 17, 2007

Just off of the 92nd St. exit on the Gowanus Expressway, a man causally reaches into a shopping bag, pulls out a piece of bread and tosses it to a lone rooster who wanders in front of an entrance to Poly Prep Country Day School. The brown–feathered rooster glances at the bread and continues his prideful stroll in search of something better.

The rooster is just one of the many birds that can be found on the school grounds of Poly Prep, and throughout Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, and Fort Hamilton – a community district with it’s own distinct animal landmarks.

A small portion of Poly Prep’s lawn, located across the street from Victory Memorial Hospital, is strewn with white feathers. Pigeons claim the sidewalk as their own and walkers who keep a lookout for goose feces – some aren’t so lucky. But visitors keep coming, and most are accompanied by young children.

Sheetal Patel brings her 4 year-old daughter Mital, to bird-watch.
“It’s like a zoo,” Patel said. “I walk-by here everyday and if it’s not the kids who are feeding the birds, adults are.”

Word on the street is that most of the animals were dumped at the school mainly because of inept caretakers or people who are in illegal possession of an animal.

**For the children’s sake, please DO NOT dump these animals at Poly Prep.**

Although the birds of Poly Prep are confined to local fame, the wild Quaker parrots of Brooklyn are borough treasures.


Walk through Leif Ericson Park in Bay Ridge and you can hear the squawks of wild parrots coming from tree tops and atop street lights on park’s east side.

Leif Ericson park is 16-arce park that was partially devastated by an EF2 tornado on August 9, 2007. In a movie-like ending, the tornado changed course and the birds were spared.

Thank Jeebus.


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