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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Wild Parrots of San Francisco not so wild anymore

Hey, look at that, it looks like my comments are still here after all! I would have thought Haloscan would have disabled everything by now. How about a new blog post, to celebrate something going right, for a change? ;)

The other day I was walking through the Financial District to go meet a friend in one of the oldest neighborhoods of the city, when suddenly, as I came up on a park, I heard all kinds of loud bird noises going on above me. I immediately thought "the parrots!!"

There are at least 2 flocks of wild parrots who have lived in San Francisco for the past 20 years. Years ago, the were afraid of people and would hide immediately when people came walking nearby. It looks like they're not shy anymore and they're louder than ever.

I looked up and there were dozens of them snacking on the trees (click on the photo below to enlarge and see more birds)

If you like birds (even if you don't), or are interested in San Francisco culture, or just want to see something a little different, I highly recommend the cute documentary entitled The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill by Judy Irving, feat. Mark Bittner. As a matter of fact, the movie is scheduled to air on PBS in May, so don't miss it.

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