Archive for the ‘Animals’ Category

Berkeley Pedestrian Bridge Over the I-80 Reads as You Might Expect: “US NAVY – STOP KILLING WHALES”

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

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Vessel vs. Humpback Whale Collisions Must Have Occurred Daily During Sardine Seasons 2016 & 2017 – Is There Anything To Be Done?

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

IDK.

But man, there’s just so much traffic (whales, boats,kite boarders, tankers, container ships, barges, etc.) under and near our Golden Gate Bridge that collisions are inevitable.

This captain was trolling for whale, for example, just this past summer:

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This fishing balena is going to pop up somewhere, so let’s circle around until that happens:

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And on:

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And on:

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Anyway, JMO

A Mystery Resolved – Or, How the Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill Reverse Commute to the Sunset Daily

Monday, September 25th, 2017

For some reason dese boids live in Frisco’s northeast but then commute southwest 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, as seen a while back:

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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 dozen years ago – this was the view from the Filbert Steps:

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Seems they reside in the north and east of Frisco, but they reverse commute south and west, for food, I assumed.

And here you have it – the fruits of the Inner Sunset and also the berries of Forest Hill

I figured it was something like this, and now, after 12 years, I see that it’s so…

Look to the Skies for Signs and Wonders.

Googly Eyes Allow These Home-Made NO DOG POOPING Signs to Really Shine

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

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Funky Chicken: Great Blue Heron Making a Two-Point Landing in Golden Gate Park – A Proud Boid

Friday, August 25th, 2017

That’s quite a wingspan – longer than yours, Gentle Reader:

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Dire Wolves, IRL – Where the Game of Thrones Got Its Fearsome Dogs – Canis Dirus in The House

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

As seen in La Brea, Los Angeles. They’ve got hundreds and hundreds of tar-stained skulls up on a wall:

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And here’s a mama wolf on the right with a male on the left, complete with a wiener bone, no Viagra for me, TYVM:

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And feel free to call this place The La Brea Tar Pits, or The The Tar Tar Pits. It’s your right to do so.

Anyway, I thought direwolves were just made up – shows what I know…

Photos of Our Humpback Whale Season 2017: The Views that You Can Have from the Golden Gate Bridge

Monday, August 7th, 2017

As preschool season begins, whale season ends, for me anyway. But I’ve heard reports from just a few days ago, so you might still be able to see some.

Sometimes you can be on the bridge and see absolutely nothing, even during the middle of an epic season like 2017. But other times, you could see many whales, perhaps a dozen and a half at one time, on both sides of the bridge.

I’ve never seen them “spyglassing” or breeching, but apparently others have from the GGB. Maybe next year for me.

From the west side sidewalk, South (aka PGE) Tower:

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And without the scribbling:

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You’d also see them near Alcatraz, Angel Island, Horseshoe Bay, and Crissy Field, in addition to the entire part of the Golden Gate on the west side of the bridge.

But the best view is when you’re looking down on them when they are very close to the towers.

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Otis, the Semi-Feral Cat

Monday, July 31st, 2017

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Or maybe Otis is just an especially rambunctious house cat what runs around the Jersey barriers of his ‘hood in the daytime, IDK.

Leaving you with hardcore feral cats I’ve seen in Frisco over the years:

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SoMA Costco Update: When Your Comfort Animal Needs Its Own Comfort Animal

Friday, July 21st, 2017

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My Two San Francisco Skunk Sightings: 1) Japanese Tea Garden, 2004; and 2) Mount Sutro, Yesterday

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

From back before the time our Japanese Tea Garden cut down its free hours by about 90% – this was at about 7:00 PM or so, in 2004:

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And here’s yesterday up in UCSF’s so-called cloud* forest:

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That shot was as I was leaving – it was the only time this critter looked at me. It was busy digging along a line. It looked like it was farming or something.

And here’s the other shot, with its hair akimbo, like Robert Smith of The Cure. This animal needs some product:

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It wasn’t threatening me or anything, it was just digging away.

(Of course, I’ve seen more coyotes, foxes and raccoons in Frisco. Skunks is rare.)

In closing, Disintegration is the best album ever.

*Not a forest and not a cloud forest. If you want to call it a stand of exotic trees in a sometimes foggy area, then we can agree.