Posts Tagged ‘gophers’

Crows Have Replaced Hawks at the Top of the Food Chain the Past Decade Atop Twin Peaks – Good-Bye Raptors, Hello Corvids

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

A decade or two ago, you’d see hawks hunting for mice above Twin Peaks, like every day. There were hawks, like this one, all over:


But they’re gone now.

Replaced by crows. Here’s one with a field mouse from a few weeks ago:

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Anyway, hawks out, crows in, for whatever reason…

San Francisco’s Cutest Vegetarians Have Gotta Be the Botta’s Pocket Gophers of Golden Gate Park

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

As seen in Caddyshack:

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YouTube Video: Mean Great Blue Heron Kills Gophers in Richmond Just for Fun?

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Sure looks that way:

The Pocket Gophers of San Francisco Lead Dangerous Lives

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Pity the poor Botta’s pocket gophers of Golden Gate Park. You know who wants to eat them? Adult herons, baby herons, foxes, coyotes, tiny terriers, feral and house cats [added per request of commenter “Dude”], and of course hawks (but feel free to call them “falcons,” as “born and raised” San Franciscans are sometimes wont to do).

And speaking of native sons, Carl Nolte recently did a bit about the Circle of Life, incuding hawks and gophers, of the City. Of course some people, like gardeners and soccer players, just can’t stand these little rodents. Oh well.

A red tailed hawk takes an unlucky gopher back to the nest in Golden Gate Park. Click to expand.

Poor little feller.