Archive for the ‘Animals’ Category

Forty-Six Wild Cherry-Masked Conure Parakeet Parrot Birds Commuting Home to the Northeast

Monday, September 28th, 2015

For some reason dese boids live in Frisco’s northeast but then commute southwest for feeding on a daily basis.

So in the morning, you see them over the Western Addition going southwest and then in the evening, you see them heading back northwest, as here over the Golden Gate Park Panhandle:

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I haven’t ever seen this many in one flight outside of the Coit Tower / FInancial District area.

I went looking for them about a decade ago – this was the view from the Filbert Steps:


It seems there are more birds now, but they’re not hanging out in one big flock anymore. That’s my impression anyway.

Anywho, just recently, I saw about ten crows chasing four red-green conures over the Panhandle – I’ve never seen that before either.

Look to the Skies for Signs and Wonders.

OMG, the Circus is Coming to Town – Nine Shows At the Cow Palace Sept 3-7 – See the Elephants Before They Retire to Florida

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Well, here’s the news from National Geographic:

Ringling Bros. to Retire Its Circus Elephants – The circus will send its traveling Asian elephants to a conservation center by 2018.”

That means a 145-year tradition is about to end and this might be your last chance to see it.

I’m going, I’ll take a couple little squirts down there – I’ve never seen a circus.

At the Cow Palace this month, it’ll look something like this


Jan. 3, 2015 photo provided by Feld Entertainment Inc. – elephants perform at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL

People seem to like this version of the road-show.


WHEN: Thursday, September 3 – Monday, September 7

Thursday, September 3 7:00 PM

Friday, September 4 7:00 PM

Saturday, September 5 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Sunday, September 6 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

Monday, September 7 11:30 AM & 3:30 PM

WHERE: Cow Palace – 2600 Geneva Avenue, Daly City, CA, 94134

TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $20, $27, $40 (VIP) and $75 (Front Row) Opening Night discount tickets are just $15! (select seating only; not valid on VIP/premium levels) All seats are reserved; tickets available thru, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or visit the venue Box Office. *Tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees

See you there!


All the deets:

“Extreme Thrills, Exotic Animals and Extraordinary Performers Take Circus to Max With The All-New Show
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME Coming To Sam Francisco September 17-20, 2015

(San Francisco, CA) – Prepare to be astonished and amazed by some of the coolest acts ever as Ringling Bros. goes to new extremes with the all-new energetic circus production, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME.  Children Of All Ages can let their imagination go wild in an exhilarating adventure with extraordinary circus artists and exotic animals. From the highest mountains to the deepest seas, join us as we explore a world of extreme beauty, flexibility, strength and dexterity in ways you’ve never seen before at The Greatest Show On Earth.®  Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME blends extreme circus displays for the ultimate family fun entertainment experience, playing  the Cow Palace in San Francisco on Thursday, September 3 through Monday, September 7.

Guided by Ringmaster David Shipman, Circus XTREME pushes the limits of excitement to features artists who redefine the word extreme in everything they do, magnifying beloved traditional elements of the circus and combining them with never-before-seen contemporary spectacles, original fast-paced performances and incredibly hilarious moments. Featuring an international assembly of over 100 performers spanning 13 countries around the world, the Ringling Bros. 145th Edition is highlighted by several unique acts including:

Xtreme Sports display featuring BMX freestyle riders, energetic parkour performers, trampoline acrobats and slack line gymnastics tricks
Caravan of Camels – the only act of it’s kind in the world featuring 6 twin-humped Bactrian camels
Bungee Skydivers aerial acro-ballet
World’s youngest human cannonball Gemma “The Jet” Kirby has been shot from the cannon nearly 500 times
Mongolian Marvels strongmen create a human pyramid with a combined weight of over 880 pounds

Additional circus elements highlighted in the show including Bengal tiger presenter Taba; daredevil whirling Pendulum of Steel performance;  edge-of-your-seat high wire stunts, hilarious poodle tricks; of course no show would be complete without the Ringling Bros. Clown Alley and treasured performing pachyderms!

Be sure to arrive early to experience several fun-filled interactive elements before the show starts included with the ticket price – visit the Animal Open House to get up-close with our amazing animal stars and the All Access Pre-Show where families can step onto the arena floor to meet our performers, learn circus skills, try on costumes and much more!”

“<--BED BUGS-->” – A Friendly Warning on an Abandoned Couch in the Western Addition

Monday, August 31st, 2015

As seen near USF:

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The Golden Gate Park Panhandle, Where Peruvian Parrots Fly About Tasmanian Trees – A Southern Hemisphere Smorgasbord

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

You know the Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, from Peru, right?

As seen from the Filbert Steps, 94133 on Telegraph Hill more than a decade ago:


And of course, you know our eucalyptus trees, from Australia, right?

Put them together and you’ve got this – a Southern Hemisphere smorgasbord, all the way up here in the Northern Hemisphere:

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G’day, mi Amigo…

Jurassic World, 94117 – NYCHOS WEIRD LORDS – Oh, So That’s What the Inside of a Dinosaur Looks Like

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Bam, it’s NYCHOS all up in your grill:

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Only In Frisco: “TO KEEP OUR FINCHES HAPPY, THESE DOORS ARE LOCKED” – CalAcademy, Golden Gate Park, USA

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Our California Academy of Sciences must have the happiest songbirds in the World:

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The Wild Coyotes of Forest Hill Extension – As Seen on the Fourth of July – COYOTE CROSSING, Indeed

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

I’ll vouch for the coyote part of this photo showing the poor critter wandering the early morning Streets of San Francisco, but I won’t vouch for the sign being there IRL.

In either event, this is How We Live Now in urban Frisco, where urban Laguna Honda is Coyote Country:

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Now let’s think back a few years, when writer CW Nevius fretted over “dangerous” urban coyotes – this was just a couple years after he moved here from where, Walnut Creek? Concord? One of those. Anyway, since then, how many people have been killed / seriously injured by fighting dogs? A few, at least. But coyotes? None. Perhaps Chuck was fretting over the wrong thing, trying to get the facts to fit his column’s format, IDK.

Hey, should some dog owners should change behavior instead of going crying to Mr. East Bay Everyman?

Just asking…

The Pigeon Feeders of 6th Avenue – As If These Critters Don’t Have Enough Food Already

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

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The Pig-Nosed Turtles of Golden Gate Park are Aptly Named

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Sometimes in Golden Gate Park you can see pig-nosed turtles weighing up to 30 pounds.

Like this ugly customer:

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Do some people abandon pets at Golden Gate Park?

Yes, some people do.