Archive for the ‘Animals’ Category

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.

Mother Whales and Baby Whales, ‘Neath the Golden Gate Bridge

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

IDK if Golden Gate Humpback Whale Season 2017 is over already, but man, I’ve never seen so many whales in Frisco waters as I’ve seen the past week.

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And this was from farther away. I was thinking that maybe this mama whale had a chunk taken out of it by a killer whale but now I’m thinking this is prolly just an optical delusion, so these could be the very same animules as above.

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Whale Fever, Catch It!

Boat-Damaged Humpback Whale, Golden Gate

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

As seen from the Golden Gate Bridge.

None of the others looked like this, AFAICS.

The lines running from lower left to upper right:

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Boat vs. whale has been in the news lately…

Golden Gate Park’s Lily Pond Should be Renamed Algea Pond – But at Least the Clawed Frogs are Gone, I Guess

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Get up to speed here.

I don’t know why there’s so much green atop these days. I don’t know if this has anything to do with its history as the Quarry Pond, you know, the former name. Anyway, no lilies to be seen.

But there is a funky chicken in the lower left:

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Oh, here it is:

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And here’s RPD’s Attention Comrades sign, so that the frogs won’t get dumped here again:

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That’s your lily pond update for 2017.

Trail Bunnies, Marin County – Sylvilagus Bachmani, the Friendly California Brush Rabbits Just North of Frisco

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Two adults and one baby bunny, quite unworried about people approaching, West Marin:

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Presidio Update: Park Trail & Section of Ridge Trail Now CLOSED Due to COYOTE PUPPING SEASON

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

First up:

Dog owners report ‘aggressive’ behavior from coyote in Presidio

And then there’s this:

They want the Presidio Trust to remove the animals now before something worse happens. Debbie McMicking lives next to the Presidio and said, “I think it’s just a matter of time until one of them darts out and grabs a little kid.”

Oh geez. (Perhaps Yosemite should get rid of its bears next.)

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Anyway, here’s the word from our Presidio Trust this AM:

“Coyote Management Update – Immediate Closure of the Park Trail and Section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail

During pupping season, coyotes are especially protective of their pups, and the parents may exhibit aggressive behaviors when they encounter other canines. In response to reports of aggressive coyote behavior towards dogs in the Presidio, the Presidio Trust is taking additional precautions to protect people and pets. Effective immediately, the Park Trail between West Pacific and Crissy Field and the Bay Area Ridge Trail between Arguello and Rob Hill Campground will be temporarily closed to all dogs on or off-leash. We expect to reopen these trails to dogs in August/September after pupping season ends.

Please visit www.presidio.gov/coyote for a map of the closure area and guidance for what to do if you encounter a coyote in the Presidio.

If you have an encounter with a coyote anywhere in the Presidio that concerns you, please report it to the Presidio Trust coyote hotline at (415) 561-4148 or by email to coyote@presidiotrust.gov.

Thank you.”

Here’s your map, dog owners

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And here’s your Know Your Coyote ID Chart. Pretty bad-ass:

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They look like this, like small, timid, hungry dogs:

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Anyway, your dog doesn’t know how to follow the rules, but you do, right?

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Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

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Exotic Red Foxes Haven’t Been Seen in Frisco Since the Aughts – Where Did They Go?

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

At least not by me.

Most fox sightings around town turn out to be coyotes.

There are some grey foxes up in the Presidio, I believe, but the ones I’ve seen were red foxes, introduced to the bay area for hunting purposes.

For whatever reason, they’re not around anymore…

Golden Gate Park:

This critter here was killed crossing over Crossover Drive, I believe, back in the mid-aughts:

From about 60 yards away. She’ll see you before you see her:

 

Adieu renard: