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The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

I'm a native northern Californian, and the city I call home is San Francisco. So it was with great delight that I saw a trailer for The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, a documentary about one of two flocks of escaped wild parrots in the City and County of San Francisco and the man, Mark Bittner, who befriended them.

The flock, numbering about 45, has its home base around the Filbert Steps near Coit Tower. I've actually seen them, flying around; there is no mistaking the sound of a flock of parrots in flight because it doesn't sound at all like anything that occurs here naturally. It's an amazing feeling to see a film about something you've seen in real life; it's like being in on an in joke.

This is an interesting study of not just the parrots, but of a man who really had not a lot in his life before the birds, the politically hot topic of introduced species becoming established in California, and an exposé on yet another quirky feature of a city known for adopting eccentrics. It's charming, fascinating, a little sad, and romantic. If you get a chance to see this little film in your area, take it. It's worth it.
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