Archive for the ‘Animals’ Category

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. 

Fire Boat vs. Humpback: SFFD Slows and Stops to Avoid Striking a Whale Beneath the Golden Gate Bridge

Monday, July 17th, 2017

This was yesterday:

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With the whale down again, the San Francisco Fire Department boat then puttered away.

We’ve had a lot of documented whale strikes lately, but this is the most care I’ve seen displayed by a boating crew.

Well-Trained Blue Jay, Golden Gate Park: Will Pose for Photos for Peanuts – Just Hold One Hand High in the Air

Friday, July 14th, 2017

As seen in the former Strybing Free Garden (which got replaced by the non-Strybing, non-free garden) in Golden Gate Park, back when it was still called Strybing Arboretum

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You’d hold up a peanut and then this Western Scrub Jay would fly over, grab the nuts, and then hang out on your hand for a few seconds, enough time for your friend to take a shot. What a lightweight animal, thought I.

(Or maybe it’s people what are the well-trained ones…)

It’s Inevitable that People Will Crash Into Whales on Kite Boards, Sail Boards and Boats – There’s No Whale Vision Zero

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

As seen from the Golden Gate Bridge:

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So here’s the deal – you’ve got sail boarders going back and forth from Crissy Field to Horseshoe Cove at the same time you have humpback whales going up and down getting sardines.

This person knows that whales are in this area these days. If you see a whale going down, you can guess that it will pop up again in about the same area in about two minutes.

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So if there’s a collision, this isn’t necessarily running into whales on purpose, which seems to what’s worrying some in Frisco these days.

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Same thing for kite boarders

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This here is from Fort Point on a foggy evening:

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These sail boaters are more or less hanging out with the whales, going back and forth in a small area between Alcatraz and the GGB:

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They’re on their own whale watching tour:

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But I didn’t see any whale strikes on this day.

Now, back up to the bridge, this was the last time I was up there. This 40 foot sailboat had just tacked going upwind and then up comes a whale. The boat hit the whale but it was more of a glancing blow. The boaters weren’t aiming for the whale as they couldn’t even see it until after they hit it – it’s just something that happens.

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VisionZero is a governmental promise that nobody will ever get injured / killed in transportation accidents in San Francisco from 2024 to eternity. IMO it’s shameful to promote the idea that there’s any kind of chance of this actually occurring IRL – somehow the politics of the situation has people doing this, oh well.

But what about whales? If you want to live in a world without whales getting hit by watercraft, you’d need to ban watercraft from transiting the Golden Gate when the whales are around. That would be Vision Zer whale strikes, I don’t think that’s practical.

The whale above did fine. It floated about for a while and then went back to fishing.

So I don’t know. Let’s be careful out there, but these types of incidents are inevitable when you have so many whales about in the summertime…

Presidio Trust Puts Up Coyote Warning Signs for Good Reason – But Professional Dog Walkers Ignore the Signs for NO GOOD REASON

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Here’s our Presidio on coyotes.

And here’s the signage on the Bay Area Ridge Trail:

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And here are the dog walkers upon the Bay Area Ridge Trail:

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Just saying…

Only in Marin: Rudolph Hazard

Monday, July 10th, 2017

As seen, as the deer flies, less than a mile away from our Golden Gate Bridge:

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Water Witch Feeds Her Baby a Mud Bug, Golden Gate Park – Pied-Billed Grebes, Adult and Juvenile – Podilymbus Podiceps

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Other names of this grebe include American dabchick, dabchick, Carolina grebe, devil-diver, dive-dapper, dipper, hell-diver, pied-billed dabchick, pied-bill, thick-billed grebe, and water witch.”

As seen in GGP, click to expand:

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Crayfish, also known as crawfish, crawdads, freshwater lobsters, mountain lobsters, mudbugs, riverbadgers or yabbies, are freshwater crustaceans resembling small lobsters…

Heaven, or Hell: This is Where Your Dog Hangs Out When You’re at Work – There is NO LIMIT to the Number of Pooches One Can Walk

Friday, July 7th, 2017

Well, IDK, there might be a legal limit, for Frisco County, or for the nearby Presidio (which has its own registration requirements now, and the limit is zero on some trails currently, owing to the problems that dog owners/guardians pose to local wildlife), and BIG DOG, those fleet-of-vans-owning companies what you see all over, they might have their own policies, but it seems like seven dogs each is what some of these walkers had.

Anyway, the Secret Life of Pets, IRL:

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Who Let The Dogs Out, indeed.

Frisco Boats vs. Frisco Whales – How Close is Too Close? – “iSailboat” Bears Down on Diving Humpback

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

IDK the answer to this question.

This is prolly the closest I saw the past week or so. A large Beneteau 40 sailboat (named iSailboat, worth what, a couple hundred thou?) east of the Golden Gate Bridge was just seconds away from having its hull or keel hitting this humpback:

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You know, IMO.

Other recent examples:

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Not real sailing here, just puttering around with the whales for a while.

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Anyway, just saying.