Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Not an Ex-Parrot Yet, Thank You Very Much

We have a flock of wild parrots in the neighborhood. They seem to have a special fondness for sunflower seeds.

We've seen as many as ten at one time. I only hope they can avoid the neighborhood hawks—they probably stand out like sore thumbs to raptors used to bland, featureless mourning doves and whatnot. Spicy tropical delights!

Blends in pretty well with those trees.
Very cool! Where I lived as a teenager in SoCal, we had a flock of pigeons that lived in the nearby cemetery. I used to love to hear them cawing when they would fly past my bedroom window.

Now, of course, there are the famous Telegraph Hill parrots here in SF, though I read recently that they are in some kind of danger (though I'm not sure why).
The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill is a lovely, lovely little film.
Yeah, they are hard to spot when they're in the trees. The thing is, they also like to sit up on the telephone lines. And God, they're noisy. We only had one around this morning; he perched at the very top of our tallest sunflower and squawked very loudly, as if trying to summon the others, but they didn't show. Perhaps they were breakfasting elsewhere.
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