Hunting the Wild Parrots of Brooklyn
The 2003 documentary "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill" made San Francisco's colorful birds a minor tourist fixation. But you don't have to hit the Left Coast to get your urban parrot fix: It turns out the squawkers have been invading Brooklyn at a steady pace since the 1960s.
Steve Baldwin--who is not Stephen Baldwin--runs the website BrooklynParrots.com and offers periodic tours showing off the borough's parrot population. The Brooklyn Wild Parrot Safari takes visitors through the biggest colonies, which are located at Brooklyn College and in the Greenwood Cemetery.
The next tour is September 13, and, as Steve says, "This tour is free, but the parrots are hungry." BYO bird seed!
[Photo: Jef Poskanzer]