Posts Tagged ‘great blue heron’
I’ll tell you, I’ve never seen this old statue in the Music Concourse area like this:
Before, there was a lot of shrubbery around the thing, to hide it, I thought. But now, most of that shielding is all gone.
Oh, here’s what I had to say back in aught-ten. Hey, do you suppose that the recent pruning could open up SFGov for a constitutional challenge?
Mmmm. I’ll tell you, in the past, judges have concerned themselves with how prominent religious symbols can be. Like with the nearby Prayerbook Cross and the Mount Davidson Cross.
Anyway, I’ll look into this. I’m just saying that this cross has become A LOT more prominent…
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.
Nature Scene at the World’s Smallest Lake: A Great Egret Across the Street from Our Busy Stanyan Whole FoodsWednesday, January 21st, 2015
Can you even see Golden Gate Park’s “world-class” Alvord Lake on a map? I suppose, but it’s smaller than most ponds IRL.
Anyway, here it is, complete with a giant Great Egret looking for food right across the street from people looking for food at the Whole Foods Stanyan:
Or if you don’t want to call it an egret, you can play it safe, as writer CW Nevius might, by guessing “heron,” ’cause that’s close enough. (Hey, is he making a joke about the tower crane in the reflection? I can’t tell. Prolly not, but I can’t tell. It is a heron, a great blue heron, a giant bird that just loves SF. A GBH will get a little irritated if you walk right up to it when it’s hunting, but usually not so much that it would fly away)
Anyway, all dese kinds of boids are in the heron family, and lots of them hang out in GGP, occasionally
Black Crowned Night Heron:
And most of the time all they do is stand around and hang out, ’cause herons is herons, mostly – they’re all pretty much the same…
Hey look at this silly goose on Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park:
So you notice the new gopher holes and you figure there might be some action so you pass the assembled hippies talking about philosophy or drugs or whatever.
Oh, much closer now:
I’ll spare you the shot of this boid waiting above the gopher to give you the lunge:
Poor little feller:
And now, down the hatch…
Sure looks that way:
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!
Helmetcam Footage: What It’s Like for a Motorcyclist to Get Hit From Behind on 19th Avenue Way Out in the Sunset DistrictFriday, March 30th, 2012
It goes a little something like this, on southbound 19th Avenue exiting Golden Gate Park betwixt Lincoln and Irving.
Go on, you have 31 seconds to spare, don’t you?
At least dude got a quick apology.