Posts Tagged ‘Coastal’

Birds vs. Spiders, the Never-Ending Battle: Hummingbird in Alamo Square, Scrub Jay in Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Ouch:

And in Golden Gate Park:

And leave us not forget, the Bohemian Club in Union Square.

Arachnophagic Blue Jays of Golden Gate Park: Pumpkin Spider Goes to Heaven Just Six Days Before Halloween

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

This coastal Western Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma californica, aka California Jay, Long-tailed Jay ) in Golden Gate Park don’t like them spiders. You can tell because the blue jay spotted a web from a great distance, found a tasty, 8-legged, 4-eyed treat (Araneus trifolium, aka Pumpkin Spider) and then mashed it into bits.

Poor little feller. He almost made it to Halloween.*

Anyway, nummers!

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Poor little feller.

*Halloween 2004 that is. But the EXIF says October 25th and that’s six days a’fore Hallo’ween no matter the year…

The Well-Trained Western Scrub Jays of Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

This Western Scrub Jay is just like all the others at San Francisco Botanical Garden (aka Strybing Arboretum) – it loves to sit in a tree about ten feet off the ground waiting for you to hold up a peanut above your head. Then the jay will fly over, grab the nut out of your hand, and then either eat it or bury it like the larder hoarder that it is.

This one decided to hang on a tourist’s hand for a bit before flying off. You might get an infection if your finger gets scratched by a talon but you probably won’t get West Nile Virus, so that’s a good thing:

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The Arachnophobic (Spider-Hating) Blue Jays of Golden Gate Park

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

This coastal Western Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma californica, aka California Jay, Long-tailed Jay ) in Golden Gate Park don’t like them spiders. You can tell because the blue jay spotted a web from a great distance, found a tasty, 8-legged, 4-eyed treat (Araneus trifolium, aka Pumpkin Spider) and then mashed it into bits.

Nummers!

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Per the comments section, perhaps “arachnophagic” is a better term to use…

The Presidio’s Newest Trail – the 1000-Step Immigrant Point/Coastal Connector

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Now up in Marin, you go to the hoosegow if you start trailblazing on public lands. But in San Francisco, the authoritahs are more understanding. They’ll talk about how you forged a “social” or “non-designated” trail, and then they’ll go and spend time and effort to make it proper.

As is the case in the Presidio, with the recent unveiling of the winding, “ass-kicking” Immigrant Point/Coastal Connector, a so-called 1000 Steps Trail. (Really, it’s only just 808 footsteps directly down from the Immigrant Point Overlook on Washington to the nude area of Baker Beach via the sand ladder trail, but oh well.)

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You should check it out. The top part is just like a stair-stepping machine, except you’re outdoors in the fresh air. How unnatural.

The map link is above, here is the map. The trail starts on the south side of the Overlook on Washington Blvd and then winds down to Lincoln Blvd. (This photo is from before the recent changes, so you can’t see all of the new trail, FYI) From there, you can go wherever you want on Lincoln. The sand ladder to the nude part of Baker Beach is on the left:

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See you there!

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