Posts Tagged ‘great blue heron’

Golden Gate Park’s Lily Pond Should be Renamed Algea Pond – But at Least the Clawed Frogs are Gone, I Guess

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Get up to speed here.

I don’t know why there’s so much green atop these days. I don’t know if this has anything to do with its history as the Quarry Pond, you know, the former name. Anyway, no lilies to be seen.

But there is a funky chicken in the lower left:

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Oh, here it is:

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And here’s RPD’s Attention Comrades sign, so that the frogs won’t get dumped here again:

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That’s your lily pond update for 2017.

I’m Glad I Got My Giant Heron Nesting Photos Done BEFORE Camera Thieves Took Over Stow Lake

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Here’s the news:

SFPD INVESTIGATING RASH OF CAMERA ROBBERIES IN GOLDEN GATE PARK

Here’s my effort, from a few years back, when dese boids nested on a different island, taken with a 12-pound lens on a spindly tripod. Isn’t it beautiful?

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You’re welcome.

Great Blue Heron Makes for an Especially Frisco-Style Weathercock

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

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Father Junipero Serra Revealed in Golden Gate Park – Take a Look at the CalAcademy’s Neighbor

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

I’ll tell you, I’ve never seen this old statue in the Music Concourse area like this:

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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…

Crayfish: It’s What’s for Dinner in Golden Gate Park – Everybody’s Eating These Tiny Lobsters

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Here’s what I saw the other day:

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I’m supposing it’s crayfish from the bottom of Stow Lake.

Now let’s review

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Sometimes crayfish look very red, like a lobster, sometimes not?

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Great blue herons throw them up in the air and then catch ’em with a big thwack. THWACK:

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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 Foods

Wednesday, 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:

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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)

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Anyway, all dese kinds of boids are in the heron family, and lots of them hang out in GGP, occasionally

Black Crowned Night Heron:

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Great Blue:

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Green:

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Snowy Egret:

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American Bittern:

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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…

Life and Death on Hippie Hill: Great Blue Heron vs. Botta’s Pocket Gopher

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

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…

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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:

Usually, Poo on the SIdewalk is a Bad Thing But in the Marina District It Means That a Great Blue Heron Roosts Above

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Thusly:

And thusly, directly above:

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!