Posts Tagged ‘blackbird’

It’s Orange Bird Season in California! Our Best-Looking Native Bird Has Got To Be … The Hooded Oriole

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Your pet-store Cherry-Headed Conures certainly are handsome animules (see below), but our Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill don’t really belong in Frisco, not really.

So the Hooded Oriole takes the crown

Here’s one [oh, if you want to add your comment to all the others, use this link] at Golden Gate Park’s Stow Lake from, IDK, a decade ago? This male has a blush of orange, as is typical for this time of year – they generally have more of a pure yellow color at other times:

Here’s an effort from Bob Gunderson‘s Dust Trombone from a few years back – dese boids are all over the place dese days, so enjoy them while they last.

Now here are your beauty champs from the 415’s Import Division:

A friendly pair in the Presidio. 

They love to fly

and eat flowers.

Look to the skies…

My Submission for “Animals Riding Animals” – A Brewer’s Blackbird and a Red Tailed Hawk Mom Above Golden Gate Park

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Animals Riding Animals is hot in 2015 – it’s the latest thing.

I’m the King of the World! YOLO!

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Here’s the Bright Yellow and Black Bird You’re Googling For, California: It’s a Hooded Oriole and It’s In Season Right Now

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

As seen on Strawberry Hill at Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park, back when there was an ornamental fan palm at the south end of the northern bridge:

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This is the post from a while back – lots of comments are there.

The Harassed Hawks of Golden Gate Park are Always Getting Hassled by Smaller Birds

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Your crows, ravens, and blackbirds of  Golden Gate Park just won’t tolerate the presence of raptors.

They can’t abide.

Above the Golden Gate Park Panhandle, just yesterday:

Canon 200mm 2.8L

Above what used to be called Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park:

Canon 400mm 4.0 DO IS

Above Stow Lake:


Canon 300mm 2.8LIS + 2x extender

Brace Yourselves: Hooded Oriole Season is Almost Here – Where Will YOU Spot These Very Yellow Birds?

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

[UPDATE: Comment below or on this thread from a year ago…]

Oh, they’re making their way here right now, these yellow-orange Hooded Orioles.

Look for them in Dolores Park and the Presidio and Golden Gate Park and all over, basically.

As seen on Strawberry Hill, back in the day:

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Extremely Yellow Hooded Orioles are Back in Golden Gate Park

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

I don’t know where these little yellow fellows go the rest of the year, but these days they’re in Golden Gate Park.

So if you see a flash of bright orangey-yellow up in the air, it very well could be a hooded oriole.

Here’s one at Golden Gate Park’s Stow Lake from a few years back. This male has a blush of orange as is typical for this time of year – they generally have more of a pure yellow color at other times:

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(Or you might spot a similar-looking yellow-headed blackbird around town, but probably not.)

Look to the Skies for Signs and Wonders.

Sky Surfing on a Hawk Above Golden Gate Park

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

I’m the king of the world! Whoo hoo!”

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Small Brewers Blackbirds generally don’t take kindly to any kind of hawk flying by their nesting areas. The problem is that this hawk is hunting around her own nest. She’s not going to abandon her young ‘uns, so she just ignores the daily harassment.

The blackbird rode on the hawk’s back for a short while and then flew away, to come and fight another day.