Archive for the ‘Animals’ Category

Official Coyote Warning, Golden Gate Park Panhandle

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Aint never seen this, in all my years.

As seen where the Panhandle bike path splits from the newly resurfaced walking path, betwixt Fell and Oak and near Stanyan:

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Continue west and then you’ll wind up on JFK Drive, which has been Coyote Central, over the years. My closest daytime encounter:

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This particular pup was spotted near the Buffalo Paddock, back in the day. (Then it was plumb blown away by CA Fish and Game. Oh well.)

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(And of course all the signs remind one of the VELICIRAPTOR ALERT, also from back in the day:)

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Remember, coyotes are Mostly Harmless.

Taking a Break – Have a Great 2018

Friday, December 29th, 2017

Gentle Readers, I must leave you. Why, I cannot say. Where, you cannot know. How I will get there, I haven’t decided yet. But one thing I can tell you, any time I hear the wind blow it will whisper the name, Gentle Reader. And so let us part with a love that will echo through the ages.

Plus it’s been a decade of regular postings. Posts’ll be sporadic at best in future…

Leaving you with the dolphins of Fort Funston:

Baby dolphins too, avec maman:

Have a great 2018!

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Gopher: It’s What’s for Dinner in Golden Gate Park

Friday, December 29th, 2017

It’s the circle of life:

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Buteo jamaicensis vs. Thomomys bottae

The White Tiger Stencils of Steiner Street

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

From back in the day:

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What do they mean?

The Goats of Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

You know, your more urban part of GGP, and of course this is a Pontiac, a kind of Tempest, aka Gran Turismo Omologato, aka Grand Tempest Option. And as Wiki recalls for us, “it had become known in the youth market as the ‘goat.'”

As seen through the giant trees of the Panhandle:

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But if you want to see a real goat in GGP, well just look the other direction, maybe you’ll see more evidence of the goats as pets movement:

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The Vanishing White Deer of Point Reyes – “White raises them to mythical status” – Soon They’ll All be Gone

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

As close as I got back in aught-10, as seen from Pierce Point Road:

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And here’s the whole story.

Females only these days, Jurassic Park-style. They should die off by 2021 or so…

Meta – The Self-Aware Turtles of Golden Gate Park

Friday, November 24th, 2017

Art meets Life:

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The Tiny Fish of Golden Gate Park Like Peanuts – Go Figure

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Or should I say small bits of peanut:

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They’ll chase each other for this bits, such is their ardor.

Conclusion: Fish Like Peanuts

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Hawk vs. Rat at the Golden Gate Park Panhandle Bike Path – Quite a Scene

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Story I heard is that birdie here had just caught a rat, but then fumbled it away because birdie was of afraid of all the people nearby. So it flew up to a tree limb over the bike path to wait for its lunch as passersby inspected the rat carcass:

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Delayed lunch. Nose to extended feet was longer than my shoe, slightly. Throw in the tail and that’s why people talk about “twelve inch rats.’

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I left birdie staring intently at the dead rat from above…

Our RPD has been struggling with rats in the GGP Panhandle recently, for various reasons.

71 Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill Over the 94117 – The Most I’ve Ever Seen – A Squawky Bunch

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

Think my previous personal best was 46, over J-Town.

I counted 71 the other day. It was quite a flock over the Panhandle:

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2005, Over Telegraph Hill:

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