Posts Tagged ‘anna’s’

The Scary, Batlike Hummingbirds of Golden Gate Park – And This Other One has a Costume for Halloween 2015

Friday, October 30th, 2015

This little critter startled me the other day, as it’s in the same bush where I saw a roof rat a few weeks back.

Dese boids generally have an all-carbs diet, but sometimes they need a little protein. This the last thing some spiders see:

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Sort of looks like a bat to me.

But now it’s time for costumes. This little feller’s mantle is saying, “Hey ladies, look at me!”


(Hey, you know, speaking of scary, area Republican Ron Conway, through his interest in Pinterest, has made more money off of this shot than I have. Taken more than a decade ago with a $4500 camera and $4500 worth of glass it was. I’m in the wrong “business.”)

Happy Halloween!

This Little Anna’s Hummingbird is Proud and Shy at the Same Time

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Anna’s Hummingbirds (Calypte anna), particularly the males, are the biggest jerks in the animal kingdom,* am I right, girlfriends? They spend half the day chasing around other hummingbirds. For this kind of critter, an acre filled with sweet sweet nectar is mine, mine, all mine. No sharing allowed.

But this little one got picked on too much, so all it could do was hide and wait for the bigger boids to move on.

Can’t tell if it’s a girl or a young male:

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Oh, here we go, this Allen’s Hummingbird is all boy, with a brilliant mantle. Saw him at the San Francisco Botanical Garden before they closed it off, before the boycott. Oh well. Anyway, we bad:

*OMG, Animal Kingdom, is it in your NetFlix queue? If not, why not? You can’t ignore a 97% positive rating from Rotten Tomatoes, can you?

Know Your Ornery Anna’s Hummingbirds of the Presidio – El Polin Springs are Certainly Worth Fighting Over, No?

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Hummingbirds are the orneriest of critters – they simply cannot abide, you dig?

Anyway, see if you can follow the action here at Tennessee Hollow in our Presidio:

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The Hummingbirds of San Francisco Don’t Wait for Spring

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

This Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) was seen high above Golden Gate Park preparing for a display dive to impress the girls. These critters can start building nests during Christmastime, so keep a look out.

And this is the one species of hummingbird that can do tail chirps, as was revealed by UC Berkeley researchers last year. So keep an ear out as well.

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See animals such as this and others as well every first Saturday of the months at the San Francisco Botanical Gardens during the Birding Walk:

This Birding Walk is especially designed for kids, age 7 and older, and their families, and focuses on the birds and flowers throughout the Garden. Participants are encouraged to bring a pencil and binoculars. Species from hummingbirds to hawks have been spotted! All children must be accompanied by an adult.  Meet at the Garden Bookstore near the Main Gate on the first SATURDAY of every month.
Co-sponsored by SF Botanical Garden Society, San Francisco Nature Education, and the Golden Gate Audubon Society.
When:         10am–12pm, Saturday, January 3, 2009
Cost:                  FREE