Posts Tagged ‘chicks’

Young Couple Finds a Home to Raise a Family in San Mateo County – Is This a Good Time to BUY? It’s the BEST

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Here’s a new crow family nesting high above the 101:


Good thing that this is Best Buy instead of the USPS, right? I mean official United States Postal Service spokesmodel Augustine Ruiz prolly would have shot these boids with a 12-gauge if this were post office property, I think.

Post office: no birds hurt

U.S. postal officials continue to deny that birds were harmed in the course of the tree trimming. A postal maintenance worker observing the tree-trimming on Saturday reported that no birds were injured, said U.S. Postal Service spokesman Augustine Ruiz.

The injured birds at International Bird Rescue, and a dead bird photographed by The Chronicle, must have been hurt in unrelated incidents, Ruiz said.

“We would never do anything intentionally to harm any living creature,” he said. “We have a very proud tradition of issuing stamps to promote the preservation and conservation of wildlife and nature.”

Anyway, good luck, crows!

Heron Watch 2013: OMG, Great Blue Heron Nesting Season Starts April 13th at Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park!

Monday, March 25th, 2013

You’ll soon be able to see a scene like this in Golden Gate Park when you look across Stow Lake up towards Heron Island.

Get on down to the Stow Lake Boathouse area on Saturdays starting April 13th to get involved with Heron Watch. It’s brought to us by Nancy DeStefanis, director of San Francisco Nature Education, every year.

The view from Strawberry Hill –  Dad watches the kids while Mom’s out hunting gophers and whatnot:

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See you there!

Better Know Your Pied-Billed Grebes of Golden Gate Park – Adorable, Adorable Chicks Ride on Mama’s Back

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Here’s the father:

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And here’s Mom:

Four young-uns in this nest:

A safe place to be:

Hungry, always hungry:



Hurray for Duck OctoMom Plus Two: Ten Eggs Laid, Ten Chicks Hatched – A Perfect Record

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011


Vernal Stow Lake in the GGP:

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Just what Golden Gate Park needs – more ducks!

Heron Watch 2011: OMG, Great Blue Heron Nesting Season Starts April 9th at Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park!

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

You’ll soon be able to see a scene like this in Golden Gate Park when you look across Stow Lake up towards Heron Island.

Get on down to the Stow Lake Boathouse area on Saturdays starting April 9th to get involved with Heron Watch. It’s brought to us by Nancy DeStefanis, director of San Francisco Nature Education, every year.

I mean, these herons aren’t going to watch themselves…

The view from Strawberry Hill almost exactly five years ago – Dad watches the kids sitting in a hundred-pound nest the while Mom’s out hunting gophers and whatnot:

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See you there!

Look to the Skies for Signs and Wonders…

Dramatic Grebe! It’s Time, Once Again, For Adorable Pied-Bill Grebe Season at Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Of course, everybody’s favorite artificial lake in Golden Gate Park is Stow. (Stow Lake is famous for cute animals and pointless lawsuits involving the Boathouse – my mind’s eye can see the judge’s clerk rooting around the courthouse for biggest DENIED (or NOPE!) stamp available,* oh well.)

Anywho, those cute diving ducks, those pied-bill grebes should be getting more active soon – see how dramatic they can be? As dramatic as any chipmunk or prairie dog, anyway.

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And here’s a mom from a few years back:

Happy Spring 2011!

*{Whoops: UPDATE – The judge’s clerk couldn’t find any nope stamps so now there’s a hearing skedded for April 13th, 2011. On It Goes…

Think Pink – The San Francisco Zoo Invites You to See the Flamingo Chicks This Weekend

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Those newborn -hatched Chilean flamingo chicks are getting all kinds of attention at our San Francisco Zoo these days.

Check it:

The San Francisco Zoological Society is tickled pink after the hatching of three Chilean flamingo chicks. Come celebrate these exciting deliveries Labor Day weekend, September 4, 5 & 6, during a special “pink-themed” extravaganza. Pink flamingo lawn ornaments, ribbons and bows will line Zoo Street all the way to Flamingo Island. Plus, Zoo guests who wear a visible article of pink clothing will receive one dollar off general Zoo admission. Pink is in the air!”

So a buck isn’t all that much off of the price of admission but times are tough these days.

Anyway, see you there!

Traffic Signal-Nesting Pigeon Family Will Surely Change Your Prejudice About Flying Rats

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Here’s a scene from my third trip (and counting, there’ll be more) up and down Market today – it seems the traffic signal-loving rock doves of Mid-Market are actually members of yet another young family trying to make a go of it in the big city. They’re nesting up there.

The Almost-Famous Pigeon Family of Market Street (Familia Casi-Famosa de la Paloma de Calle de Mercado, mas o menos) just might change how you think about rock pigeons. Be sure to look up at the Mason Street signal the next time you illegally proceed up Market Street in your private car.

The amber light has the young-uns along with one of the parents while the red and green lights serve as perches for the other parent.

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Bon Courage, Rock Pigeon Family.

Adorable Chihuahua Steals the Show at PETA’s McDonalds Pollo Protest

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

This was the scene today on Van Ness, where these bikini-clad PETA protesters sat in a tub of red water. Why’s that? Something to do with chickens – read about it below.

¡Yo quiero mi garda!Chasque para ampliarse:

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The mise-en-scene:

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A passer by checks things out:

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PETA rep Jena Hunt talking with Sebastian “cBas” Kunz from ClearChannel 910 KNEW / Green 960:


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Two PETA members in red bikinis will be crammed together in a tank of “bloody” water with the message “McDonald’s Scalds Chicks to Death”  to protest the abuse that chickens suffer in slaughterhouses that supply the fast-food chain. 

Why is PETA going after the Golden Arches? McDonald’s currently allows its U.S. chicken suppliers to use a slaughter method that causes many birds to endure broken bones and other abuses. Birds have their throats cut while they are still conscious and are often scalded to death in tanks of hot water. PETA has urged McDonald’s to require its suppliers to adopt an improved slaughter method called “controlled-atmosphere killing” (CAK), which eliminates some of the worst abuses that birds suffer. In 2005, McDonald’s produced a report concluding that CAK offers significant animal welfare benefits over the conventional slaughter method, but the company has not required any of its U.S. suppliers to switch to it.

“McDonald’s has refused to lift a finger to stop its American suppliers from scalding chickens to death and abusing them in other hideous ways,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “McDonald’s customers across the country are now saying, ‘I’m hatin’ it,’ every time they spot the Golden Arches.”

To learn more about the campaign and to watch PETA’s McCruelty video, please visit PETA’s Web site

And There You Have It.

Baby Heron vs Adult Gopher in the Trees Above Golden Gate Park

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

This didn’t end well for the gopher.

The parent bird, the tallest one, just hunted and killed a pocket gopher to bring back to the nest high above Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park. The middle chick (fledgling now?) scooped up the undigested rodent to the chagrin of its siblings.

You can see the outline of the gopher slowly sliding down the neck of the aptly named Great Blue Heron.


Canon 600mm 4.0 IS with Canon 2x II extender.