A Visit from the Flock

A Visit fromt the Flock

Parker and three birds from the flock.

As most of you who read this blog regularly know, Judy and I are taking care of two birds from the flock who have injuries and cannot be released. They’re both eleven years old now. Big Bird was brought to us just a few weeks after leaving the nest. She’d smashed into a plexiglass windbreak, knocking herself out and messing up the vision in one eye. Parker was a year old when he fell out of the sky with a nervous system disorder. Parker knows a lot more about being a wild parrot than Big Bird and is more attentive to the flock whenever it flies by the house. A few days ago, we had an unusual event when a few of the wild parrots noticed Parker sitting in the window sill and came down for a visit. It ended up lasting around an hour. Parker was quite calm about their presence, but I have to assume he was pleased with it. He has never become truly tame. He’s still essentially a wild bird.

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17 Responses to “A Visit from the Flock”

  1. Sarah Says:

    Aw, Parker was probably loving his reunion! 😀 What a fabulous photo and a delightful post! Thank you for the fun birdy update.

    ♥ ♥ ♥

  2. Les Erickson Says:

    They’re ALL wild birds no matter the upbringing. & That’s why they don’t make good “pets”. The flock Parker was enjoying originally came from generational stock destined for the pet trade. Look how well they’ve “adapted” to a life without bars. I LOVE reading your updates of the Wild Ones & your adoptees. Looks like the window conference was enjoyed by all. Wonderful photo!
    Peace~ Les & her Fabulous Feathered Flock of Fantastic Fowl, all adopted

  3. Deborah Says:

    So cool – thanks!

  4. tz Says:

    heartwarming update. thanks!

  5. Aurelle Says:

    Marvellous! Thank you so much for sharing!

  6. margaret Says:

    Great photo. Parker? This can’t be the same Parker as in the Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill can it? DIdn’t you name one Parker? The birds look to be in wonderful condition!

    • markbittner Says:

      No, there wasn’t a Parker in the movie. This is the one and only Parker, or, as we often call him, Parkerbird. He was named for Charlie Parker.

  7. Patricia Says:

    I read your blog, then come back and read some more. I will add the comment about this being a wonderful photo. What a prize to get it just as it is.

  8. B Carpenter (@b_quiltsaillove) Says:

    Love your choice to follow your heart! Thank you for sharing your world with us…

  9. Jessica Lewis Says:

    What a great birthday gift! I just watched the documentary a few days prior to this post, and wept happy tears as I do every time 🙂

  10. E Ward Says:

    Hi Mark. I just watched the movie and enjoyed it very much. I am a bird lover and have been owned by many different birds throughout my life. I loved seeing your relationship with the birds and your evolution as a person. Thank you for continuing to share your journey with us. People like you are what makes San Francisco the beautiful city I love so much.

  11. Barbara Says:

    We watched your movie for the first time last week and then again today!!! All I can say is love, love, love!
    THANK UUU!!

  12. Barbara Says:

    Can you do more posts and post pic of the birds you take in and of the flock! Makes my day(: Thanks for all you do and all you have done!

    • markbittner Says:

      I do these posts as they come up naturally. I have virtually nothing to do with the flock these days. But sometimes our two home birds do something of general interest.

  13. Bob Says:

    I think i am seeing/hearing a flock of about 40 birds daily around 4:30 to 5 pm flying from about coastal SW San Francisco, sort of the zoo area, over or near our home inner sunset, 5th and judah, and continuing on im direction of…. Telegraph hill? Is this the wild parrots? I need to borrow some binocularsand get a closer look. They squawk like crazy in their loose formation.

    • markbittner Says:

      Yes. This is likely the flock. They’ve spread out all over the city. They’ve been seen in Brisbane and at City College. They go wherever the food is.

  14. Joshua Duffy Says:

    I just finished the documentary a moment ago. I had never heard about it before (I live in eastern Canada) and had to watch it for my university course in animal ethics, my topic of study. I loved the documentary and just wanted to pass on a blessing to you. Your contribution to this important worldview shift is noted. Thanks for seeing the ‘more’ in nonhuman animals.

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