Archive for the ‘Animals’ Category

Heron Watch Season Returns to Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park – Giant Birds in Giants Nests

Monday, April 25th, 2016

What’s this? It must mean that Heron Watch 2016 is on in Frisco:

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Here’s the scene, on the other side of Stow Lake this year:

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Passersby wonder what the fuss is about, then stop to check things out:

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And here they are, some of the new babies:

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I’ll tell you, I prefered the former breeding location, near the Stow Lake Boat House – you can see one parent here, what just had barfed up / regurgitated a freshly-killed gopher. Can you see which fledgling gulped it down?

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Dem boids were certainly were closer to shore back in the day, easier to see.

Anyway, on it goes. They’ll fly the coop by the end of May, most likely…

Crows Have Replaced Hawks at the Top of the Food Chain the Past Decade Atop Twin Peaks – Good-Bye Raptors, Hello Corvids

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

A decade or two ago, you’d see hawks hunting for mice above Twin Peaks, like every day. There were hawks, like this one, all over:

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But they’re gone now.

Replaced by crows. Here’s one with a field mouse from a few weeks ago:

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Anyway, hawks out, crows in, for whatever reason…

Tiny Pooch Comes Prepared to Ride a Motorcycle in Frisco – A Black Backpack and White Goggles do the Trick

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Via Frisco photographer James Corrigan – he’s Everywhere You Want To Be.

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Eight is Enough: Area Man Pushes the Limits of Dog-Walking in the Presidio

Monday, April 18th, 2016

But if he has his dog walking license (and all these Frisco pooches are registered, which is unlikely but whatever), then this spectacle is Nice And Legal, AFAIK.

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(As you can see, at least one tourist at the Broadway Gate thought this scene was noteworthy enough.)

Have fun, pooches!

Whistling-Blowing Park Ranger Harshes Owner of Unlicensed, Unleashed Dog in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Camera left shows the Ranger and camera right shows the errant dog owner.

I’ve never seen this:

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Reader Notes:

I’m assuming the dog’s unlicensed, as the vast majority of canines aren’t licensed in Frisco and I imagine the rate for non leash owning dog owners is lower still.

Don’t know if any woo woo or wee wee came out or if it was picked up.

The owner and dog sauntered away, with no threat of getting cited, it appeared.

Anyway, I’ve never seen this…

Maple Syzzurp Bear, Divisadero – DivCo Street Life North of Northeast of Panhandle (NoPA)

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

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Popping bottles in the ice, like a blizzard
When we drink we do it right gettin slizzard
Sippin honey bear sizzurp in my ride, like Three 6
Now I’m feeling so fly like a G650

CATFISH ABDUCTED, North of North of Panhandle – $300 Reward

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

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How to Drive Richmond District Residents Crazy: Park a Bunch of Red Dog-Walking Vans on the Street

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Leaving the poor The Richmond resident circling the block looking for a parking space:

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That’s Life In The Suburbs..

An Amazing Scene: Feathered Man High Atop Twin Peaks Confronting Strong Winds ‘Neath a Murder of Crows

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Dude was having a moment here, so I didn’t make it all the way up the hills we call Twin Peaks.

I’ll tell you, back in the day I’d see hawks and falcons patrolling the slopes of Twin Peaks. But now it’s flocks of crows / ravens? OK, but this is the first I’ve seen like this:

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Anyway, after going to the parking lot and coming back, Dude was still up there:

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He was having a Moment.

It must have been cold…

Does San Francisco Really “Need” a Coyote Mapping Mobile App Tool? – NOT AT ALL – And Yet, Here We Are

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Here you go, one of your purported CIVIC NEEDS:

“Animal Care and Control (ACC): Coyote Mapping Tool

Context: The Department of Animal Care and Control (ACC) is committed to the delivery of effective, courteous, and responsive animal care and control services to the residents of San Francisco. Coyotes play an important role in a healthy ecosystem by keeping the rodent population under control. Problems arise when people help coyotes lose their natural fear of humans by feeding and interacting with them and by not using vexing techniques to keep them fearful. Coyote safety is rapidly becoming a hot button issue for communities throughout the City.

Technology Tool: ACC seeks a mobile app that contains helpful information for the public about coyotes and has the ability to mark and map coyote sighting locations in the City and send alerts to the public.”

Or, in other words:

“San Francisco needs a mobile app to monitor coyote sightings…”

So who would install this app, this Foursquare For Specific Canines?*

I don’t know.

I mean, how would you get people to download the app?

And what’s its purpose – to get people to follow the rules here PLUS record recent sightings as if coyotes are at all dangerous?

Hey, is there a Porcine Mapping Tool out there? ‘Cause I have a recent sighting of useless pork barrel spending.

(And then we’re supposed to thank the Tech Bros for all they’ve done for us, now that they’ve “GIVEN BACK?”)

Thank You, Drive Through.

Who’s the Monster, who’s the Visitor?

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*Or is the idea to target frantic citizens who think they’ll be like volunteer spotters during the Battle of Britain only to discover, after reading through the webpage-of-coyote-tips-masquerading-as-an-app part of the app to discover that the Enemy Is Us? Mmmm… That’d be nice, but nobody’s going to download this app. Sry.