This is the kind of documentary that drove me to become a filmmaker--it's story and images make up the kind of film I admire and like to make.
The story is about Mark Bittner an intelligent, wise and articulate hippie type living in a hill side apartment overlooking San Francisco Bay. He says he has not worked in 30 years, lived on the street for 15 of them only recently began to devoted his life to getting to know 45 wild parrots living outside his apartment.
Without pinning down the origin of the cherry-crowned conures, the filmmakers present several theories of the urban legend genre all of which put forth the premise that wild birds somehow, somewhere, someplace escaped captivity and found San Francisco hospitable and so flourished. By the time the DVD was released an estimated 180 birds make up the flock.
One of the delights of most DVDs are the special features and in the case of The Birds of Telegraph Hill I found the deleted scenes and Mark's Home Movie, which runs 28-minutes on it's own, especially enjoyable. Mark has written a book with the same title. I'm looking forward to reading it too.