Archive for the ‘Animals’ Category

Child Support: Small Parent Bird Tricked into Raising a Huge Baby Cowbird – Brood Paratisism in Golden Gate Park

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Does that make sense? Mom is in the left there and her adopted fledgling is the big one on the right.

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Brood parasitism they call it.

Five Adorable Grey Fox Babies Under the Boardwalk of Muir Woods Natl. Mnmt. are Creating a Stir

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Just like last year.

One of the playful kits:

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And here’s the stir:

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Annual membership MWNP / MWNM is just $40 (which gets four in at any time for a whole year), but I shan’t renew as the feds are fed up with all the people here, so a privately-operated for-profit parking system is a-coming. (I wasn’t aware that it was so bad to park next to the creek.) Anywho, there are a lot of ways to get in an around Muir Woods without getting in a traffic jam, waiting for parking, or, far that matter, paying any fees at all.

Basically, the toll gate at the main entrance is only for inbound travelers and there are a lot of other entrances.

Anyway, they want fewer people/tourists milling about the main entrance / gift shop, and that’s what they’ll get. I’ll see you all as I exit through the gift shop.

Our Thoughtful RPD Provides a Bird Bath for Our Fine Feathered Friends – Or, This Fountain has been Broken for Years and Years

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Well, I guess it’s been broken.

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Can’t really turn it off, and it’s generally all plugged up, so it’s now a birdbath…

(And ask about our nearby rats they live about 20 feet away. And of course, that attracts birds of prey. Check it. But they’re far too big to take a bath in a bubbler.)

I’m Glad I Got My Giant Heron Nesting Photos Done BEFORE Camera Thieves Took Over Stow Lake

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Here’s the news:

SFPD INVESTIGATING RASH OF CAMERA ROBBERIES IN GOLDEN GATE PARK

Here’s my effort, from a few years back, when dese boids nested on a different island, taken with a 12-pound lens on a spindly tripod. Isn’t it beautiful?

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You’re welcome.

DPW Tries to Reach Frisco’s Many Many Pigeon Feeders: “PLEASE DON’T KILL US! YOU’RE KILLING US WITH KINDNESS.”

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

As seen at our Ferry Building:

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It’s good, but it’s no VELOCIRAPTOR ALERT

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Clevah girl, heh.

The Shiny Yellow Hummingbirds of Golden Gate Park

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

They’re all over the places these days:

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So shiny!

Spreckels Lake Sea Monster: Don’t Turn Your Back on This Wild Carp in Golden Gate Park

Monday, May 1st, 2017

As seen emerging from Spreckels “Lake.”

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Larry, we have to close the beaches

Creeper Seal, Monterey, CA

Friday, April 28th, 2017

[UPDATE: And not a sea lion. See Comments.]

Observing a mother sea otter with pup, somewhere off of 17 Mile Drive:

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The Pigeon Feeders of Market Street – Why We Have So Many of Dem Boids

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Market, McAllister, Jones:

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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…