The range of dese boids has increased a lot since I first saw them on the Filbert Steps some 11 years ago:
Speaking of which, they still hang out there, but they aren’t as approachable as back in the day:
Here’s what I saw the other day:
I’m supposing it’s crayfish from the bottom of Stow Lake.
Now let’s review
Sometimes crayfish look very red, like a lobster, sometimes not?
Great blue herons throw them up in the air and then catch ’em with a big thwack. THWACK:
There’s mudbug juice everywhere.
But pied-billed grebes are neater
There you go, Junior:
Eat some crawdads:
All right, stay safe, mudbugs.
Procambarus clarkii is a freshwater crayfish species, native to the Southeastern United States, but found also on other continents, where it is often an invasive pest. It is known variously as the red swamp crawfish, red swamp crayfish,Louisiana crawfish, Louisiana crayfish or mudbug.
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:
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…
Down in sunny San Mateo County:
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David Cruz explains:
“On a quiet marsh road adjacent to the San Francisco Bay in Redwood City, Snowy Egrets feed their newly hatched young:
-Snowy Egrets are the smallest of local egrets.
-The begging sounds the chicks make reminded me of Donald Ducks voice flutter
-Nesting in the same tree were Black Crowned Night Herons and a Great Egret
-I estimate over 50 Snowy Egret nests in this colony”