Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill by Mark Bittner

I watched the documentary about the 'The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill' a few years ago with my husband and we loved it. 

So, when I came across a used hardback edition (in excellent condition by the way) of The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill by Mark Bittner at the Friends of the Library Used Bookstore in Carpinteria, California a few years ago, I decided to purchase a copy of it.

I'd put off reading The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill by Mark Bittner, mainly because I already knew what it was about as I'd seen the documentary. Finally, late last year I began reading The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill by Mark Bittner and am glad I did. My husband and I love parrots and now that we live closer to the city of San Francisco, it was fun to read about nature as it happens even within cities as large as San Francisco.

There were many quotes I enjoyed from The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill by Mark Bittner.  Below are a couple of them that I enjoyed reading.

"There's nothing cheap or insulting to your intelligence in following what's true, but you have to stay with it no matter where it takes you. You can't be swayed by ambition or fear. The test of faith is not whether you believe there is a spiritual plane; it's whether you'll live by that knowledge once you've caught a glimpse of it."

"Each of us has a true nature, the real laws of our being, and that inner nature will always receive what is appropriate to it as long as we're honest with ourselves."

The following is a synopsis of The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill by Mark Bittner from Amazon:
Like a lot of young people in the 1970s, Mark Bittner took the path of the “dharma bum.” When the counterculture faded, Mark held on, seeking shelter in the nooks and crannies of San Francisco’s fabled bohemian neighborhood, North Beach. While living on the eastern slope of Telegraph Hill, he made a magical discovery: a flock of wild parrots. In this unforgettable story, Bittner recounts how he became fascinated by the birds and patiently developed friendships with them that would last more than six years. When a documentary filmmaker comes along to capture the phenomenon on film, the story takes a surprising turn, and Bittner’s life truly takes flight.
I'm giving The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill by Mark Bittner a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!


  1. good beginning on boutofbooks! I also watched this amazing documentary, but I had no idea there was a book. thanks for sharing

    1. The book gives more details, but basically covers the same things as the documentary does.

  2. Those are great quotes from the book! Glad that you were able to knock down a TBR book that has been in pile for a while and that you were able to enjoy it. :)

    1. I love good quotes from books, but usually forget to write them down! It feels good to finish reading books I began last year. I think I have 5-7 books I still need to finish reading from last year.