Archive for the ‘Animals’ Category

The Somewhat Tame Western Scrub Jays of Golden Gate Park

Monday, March 20th, 2017

You’d hold up a peanut or something and birdy here (Aphelocoma Californica) would fly over and land on your hand:

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Try it yourself – go out around Stow Lake holding up a peanut and just see what lands on your hand…

Stow Lake Love Triangle: Conflict Among Herons Above Stow Lake – 2017 Season Starts April 15th

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Mama’s on the nest with Junior. The Interloper is being chased away by the Baby Daddy. As seen almost exactly 11 years ago:

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Join the Heron Watch in Golden Gate Park starting halfway through April.

The Fish of Our Conservatory of Flowers: From Piranha to Goldfish, More or Less

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

From back in the day, in the aughts, at our Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, under the giant lily pads:

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They were sort of big, kind of like piranha.

And from 2017:

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Japanese carp, koi.

The Laziest Hummingbird in Golden Gate Park

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

So lazy!

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Lively up yourself, Mon.

Heron Roost of the Palace of Fine Arts, The Marina District, Frisco

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Black Crowned Night Herons mostly, I suppose. The teenagers of this species are brown:

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I count nine, but who knows how many are lurking about in this stand of trees…

Belted Kingfisher, Golden Gate Park

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Megaceryle alcyon (female) with fish, Chain of Lakes Drive:

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She works hard for the money
So hard for it, honey
She works hard for the money
So you better treat her right

Great Blue Heron Makes for an Especially Frisco-Style Weathercock

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

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Double Dog Dare: Transport These Pooches About Town Using a Motorized Chopper Bicycle – Putt, Putt, Putt…

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

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The Battle’s Over and the Canada Geese Have Won: Bird Poo’s All Over Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park

Monday, November 21st, 2016

(I suppose that Strybing has a new name these days, but I don’t approve of the change (and also the new paywall – up to $8 per capita these days), so oh well. Hey, is Strybing for People Who Visit or is it a vehicle for some garden “society” to, somehow, attain “world class” status – that’s the choice, it seems.)

I ‘member when just a few geese would hang out in GGP year ’round, back in the 90’s. Well, that was then and this is now:

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Now IDK if numbers are up over the past decade or so, but what I’ve never seen is goose poop all over the Great Fountain. I expect to see poo on the lawns, but not up here, is what I’m saying.

In the words of one tourist, “Eight bucks for this?”

Vinyl Rain Cat: It’s What YOUR car Needs

Monday, November 7th, 2016

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