Posts Tagged ‘birds’

Child Support: Small Parent Bird Tricked into Raising a Huge Baby Cowbird – Brood Parasitism in Golden Gate Park

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Does that make sense? Mom is in the left there and her adopted fledgling is the big one on the right.

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Brood parasitism they call it.

DPW Tries to Reach Frisco’s Many Many Pigeon Feeders: “PLEASE DON’T KILL US! YOU’RE KILLING US WITH KINDNESS.”

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

As seen at our Ferry Building:

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It’s good, but it’s no VELOCIRAPTOR ALERT

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Clevah girl, heh.

Stow Lake Love Triangle: Conflict Among Herons Above Stow Lake – 2017 Season Starts April 15th

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Mama’s on the nest with Junior. The Interloper is being chased away by the Baby Daddy. As seen almost exactly 11 years ago:

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Join the Heron Watch in Golden Gate Park starting halfway through April.

Heron Roost of the Palace of Fine Arts, The Marina District, Frisco

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Black Crowned Night Herons mostly, I suppose. The teenagers of this species are brown:

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I count nine, but who knows how many are lurking about in this stand of trees…

The Invasive Species Nobody Wants to Get Rid Of: The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

As seen in the Financh, lately:

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And as seen from the Filbert Steps, from back in aught-five:

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And here’s the documentary from aught-three…

Irish Flags Fail to Drum Up Interest in the Twitterloin’s Hibernia Bank: “Entire Building For Lease, Entire Building For Lease”

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

All the deets from Peter Lawrence Kane

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But at least this building isn’t falling apart on the sidewalk anymore. Leave us travel all the way back to aught-nine:

 

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See where some bricks used to be, way up high?

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Here’s where some of them landed on the sidewalk of the west side of Jones Street:

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Do you ever want worried-looking police captains and firefighting battalion chiefs hanging out in front of your building in front of yellow tape? No, you do not:

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It was bird poo what hurt drainage what then caused damage to the building causing pieces to fall – that was the “pigeon theory” back in 2009.

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Ah, memories:

“…Hibernia Bank at 1 Jones Street, completed in 1892, was exceptionally advanced, not only for San Francisco but for the country at large. It appeared a year before the Chicago Columbian Exposition swept the nation with renewed appreciation for classical grandeur and order. With its crisp and dignified detailing, its scholarly composition and white Sierra granite walls, capped with a then-gilded dome, the bank appeared like a manifesto near the incoherent City Hall and the adjacent jumble of brick and wood commercial structures. Architect and Engineer reflected in 1909 that “the (Hibernia Bank) became famous at once and marked an epoch in San Francisco architecture and placed its designer in the forefront of his profession, where he has remained ever since. The building from the first to last shows no sign whatever of immaturity.”

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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…

Peninsula Update: Former Go-Kart Track Taken Over by Canada Geese

Friday, March 18th, 2016

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Oh, “DOG MANAGEMENT RULE BOUNDARY” Means “NO DOGS ALLOWED” AT ALL on Ocean Beach in the Sunset? Oh

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Yeah, me right near the beach
Right near my reach is the fire for the streets
If the feds test me, me gwan take aim
Crunch like Nestle, Snipe from the planes
Snipe like Wesley, punch like Hawaiian
Snipe from the planes, yeah we shoot while we flying

Take a look, here’s what our Feds have planned for Ocean Beach:

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Or, IOW, San Francisco is for plovers:

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Let’s take a look to some of the reasons why the Feds want to protect things and critters from dog owners. Here are some Western Snowy Plovers up north at Crissy Field:

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Dogs mess with the boids, that’s the problem:

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Now let’s head over to Ocean Beach. These aren’t snowy plovers, but the dogs don’t care:

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Actually, that’s one of the beefs of some of the unhinged dog activists, that volunteers keeping track of these critters can’t tell a rare plover from a quite-common sanderling…

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…but it’s real easy IRL.

Here we go, Ocean Beach again:

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There are pros and cons to banning dogs from most of Ocean Beach of course.

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But so far, attempts to fix things, like this…

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…haven’t really worked…

The Pigeon Feeders of 6th Avenue – As If These Critters Don’t Have Enough Food Already

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

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