If you've walked HudsonLoop30 or the Hudson River Walkway in Edgewater, a few miles from the GWB, there's a good chance if you looked up in the trees you would see a double-take sight - Parrots flying around and in huge nests in trees.
It turns out these are Monk parrots, the only breed of 358 parrots that can survive and thrive the harsh New Jersey winters. They do this by huddling together in their communal nests to take advantage of their combined body heat. As many as forty birds may occupy one of the multi-chambered nests, which can measure more than 6 feet long and 4 feet wide. “It’s like an apartment building,” ornithologist Mark Spreyer told The Record in a July 23, 2001 article. “They share the nest, but each have their own apartment.”
See the Wierd NJ story on this and don't forget to look up next time you are in Edgewater. Thanks to our birder Nancy Jonap for locating the story.