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Know Your Foxes and Know Your Coyotes of Golden Gate Park – Both are Harmless – Tail Up or Tail Down?

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Get your 2015 coyote update from Hoodline.

Coyotes are small, brownish, wild dogs, basically. They run with their non-bushy tails held down.

Thusly, as seen on JFK Drive near the Bison Paddock, shortly before Fish and Game plumb blew this critter away, with a rifle:

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Lots of people don’t notice them, cause they hide most of the time. And sometimes, off-leash dog people flush them out, with bad results…

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But coyotes is harmless, despite what any SF Chronicle columnist from Walnut Creek might imply.

Years ago, I invited people to send in their photos of foxes and people only sent in photos of coyotes ID’ed as foxes, oh well. Moving on … to real foxes.

I’ll tell you, the Presidio has gray foxes, I understand, but I’ve never seen a gray fox.

Gray foxes belong in the bay area as a native species. OTOH, red foxes are exotics brought here for hunting.

The foxes seen over the years in GGP are all red, and they’re smaller than coyotes, and they run with their bushy tales held higher. Thusly:

As seen in GGP’s Strybing Arboretum, back before they changed their name and started charging admission:

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

From about 175 feet away from the Primitive Garden in GGP. She’ll see you before you see her:

I haven’t seen the red foxes of GGP for a good long time. They took a hit when Rec and Park put out poison to kill vermin, like rats and mice.

Maybe I’ll never see a fox in Golden Gate Park ever again.

But coyotes, we’ve got tons of those. Just keep your pup on a leash and away from the coyotes and everything should be fine.

(Or simply tell the coyotes to “get the fuck out of here” – your choice.)

Nature Scene at the World’s Smallest Lake: A Great Egret Across the Street from Our Busy Stanyan Whole Foods

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Can you even see Golden Gate Park’s “world-class” Alvord Lake on a map? I suppose, but it’s smaller than most ponds IRL.

Anyway, here it is, complete with a giant Great Egret looking for food right across the street from people looking for food at the Whole Foods Stanyan:

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Or if you don’t want to call it an egret, you can play it safe, as writer CW Nevius might, by guessing “heron,” ’cause that’s close enough. (Hey, is he making a joke about the tower crane in the reflection? I can’t tell. Prolly not, but I can’t tell. It is a heron, a great blue heron, a giant bird that just loves SF. A GBH will get a little irritated if you walk right up to it when it’s hunting, but usually not so much that it would fly away)

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Anyway, all dese kinds of boids are in the heron family, and lots of them hang out in GGP, occasionally

Black Crowned Night Heron:

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Great Blue:

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Green:

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Snowy Egret:

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American Bittern:

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And most of the time all they do is stand around and hang out, ’cause herons is herons, mostly – they’re all pretty much the same…

Ocean Beach Graffiti Whale, 1919 – Apparently, Painting Ads on Whale Carcasses was a Thing in the 20th Century

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

I cry foul:

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The Devil Dogs of Corona Heights: A Standard Poodle

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Yowzer.

Corona Heights dogs be OOC, out-of-control, and I’m not even talking about all the poop being left around by thoughtless owners / guardians.

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The owner of this pooch is probably oblivious, oh well. But I’ll tell you, at least one person in this photo was temporarily horrified by the poodle. Man, she looked pissed. And for good reason.

If this is the way Corona Heights Park is operating, then something is wrong with Corona Heights Park.

Or, in other words:

“The dog people own this park; it’s not for kids or anyone else who doesn’t enjoy seeing leash laws broken, dog piss everywhere, and taking the chance that one might bite your kid.”

Chewbacca Sells Out – Gets a Lexus Wagon, Moves to the ‘Burbs

Monday, January 5th, 2015

What do you have to say for yourself, man?

Oh, what’s that, you’re all, “Arwwwwwaaaaaaaarrrrrrahahahahahhaahhhhaa?”

Well, that’s your answer to everything.

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I remember when you used to be cool, Chewie!

Cafe Playfield, 94132: Where Every Hot Dog Comes with a Seagull Theft Insurance Policy

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

I’ve never seen a hot dog replacement request not fulfilled

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Seagulls are voracious monsters, certainly.

Is This the Marissa Mayer / Zack Bogue Cast-Iron Bison Paddock Sign that has “Taken a Beating?”

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Here you go:

Marissa Mayer And David Sacks Are Backing San Francisco’s Bison

Bradshaw tells us he later saw the sign a bit worse for wear, having “taken a beating.” Weird. Who dislikes bison?”

And here’s the sign in question, I think. It’s on the east end of the paddock, on JFK in GGP. And it’s cast iron, I think. Pretty indestructible, IMO. It’s the color of iron oxide:

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It’s a little bit lighter in color on the left side, but otherwise it looks A-OK to me, condition-wise.

Anyway, I don’t know what “taken a beating” means.

Stand-Up Paddle Boarder Tends His Crab Pots Outside of the Golden Gate

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Here are the rules to the game:

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Dude was about a quarter mile away from the beaches of northwest Frisco.

IMO, this fellow (who was, granted, west of the Golden Gate) was in San Francisco Bay. But the rules for dungeness crab trapping seem to indicate that he was _outside_ of SF Bay. Ergo, this hobby is A-OK.

News to me…

Best MUNI Bus Ad Ever: “Have a Compassionate Holiday Season” – Be Kind to Turkeys” – UNITED POULTRY CONCERN

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Turkeys – Who Are They?

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A San Francisco YOLO Bird – You Only Live Once, So Steal As Many Peanuts As You Can – A Stellar Jay

Monday, December 15th, 2014

This Steller’s Jay didn’t have time to eat the peanut in its beak, but it did have time to grab two more.

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YOLO.