One of the questions Mark Bittner and I get asked most frequently, since he had to stop feeding the wild parrots, is “Who’s feeding and taking care of them now?” Some people even wonder whether the flock died out after Mark left San Francisco. The short answer is, “They’re doing fine!” But it’s much more complicated than that. So much more, that we’re releasing a double-disc “Collector’s Edition” DVD that contains, more than five hours of material, much of it new. And we wanted to fill BIRD TALK readers in on some of the details.
Mark was away from the flock for a year and a half, staying with friends in Oakland, Calif., while he worked on his memoir, “The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill.” In that time, the flock increased from about 60 birds to 85. As he said in the movie, “They’re wild, just like the robins or the scrub jays.” They get along just fine on their own. In the years since, the cherry-headed conures have proved him right: They’ve expanded their numbers to about 200 and have expanded their range to Brisbane, eight miles south of Telegraph Hill!
**For the full article, pick up the December 2008 issue of BIRD TALK**
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