Posts Tagged ‘heron’

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


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.

Heron Watch Season Returns to Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park – Giant Birds in Giants Nests

Monday, April 25th, 2016

What’s this? It must mean that Heron Watch 2016 is on in Frisco:

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Here’s the scene, on the other side of Stow Lake this year:

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Passersby wonder what the fuss is about, then stop to check things out:

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And here they are, some of the new babies:

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I’ll tell you, I prefered the former breeding location, near the Stow Lake Boat House – you can see one parent here, what just had barfed up / regurgitated a freshly-killed gopher. Can you see which fledgling gulped it down?


Dem boids were certainly were closer to shore back in the day, easier to see.

Anyway, on it goes. They’ll fly the coop by the end of May, most likely…

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)


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

Black Crowned Night Heron:


Great Blue:




Snowy Egret:


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…

Bayview Rise: The 187-Foot Tall Pterodactyl Murals of SF – Abandoned Grain Silo at Pier 90 Becomes a Giant Canvas

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Here it is, unexpected artwork seen right next to the 280:

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99 luftballons 
With dizzying effects and bright colors….

This is what the Port of San Francisco does with your money, it sends it up to Seattle to give to white people, just saying.

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


And thusly, directly above:

The Rare Anthony Green Herons of Golden Gate Park

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Via David Cruz:

“A common species on earth however rare for Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

Joseph Mailliard listed it as a rarity during the summers at Golden Gate Park in his book “The Birds of Golden Gate Park” published in 1930. At the time it was referred to as an “Anthony Green Heron” p.24.”

Here’s a shot from the former Strybing Arboretum eight years ago, when there were a few about.

(That was from before paywall went up at Strybing Arboretum. The Board of Supervisors said that they would revisit the issue of charging for admission at the “San Francisco Botanical Garden” if things didn’t work out and, actually, things didn’t work out, but I don’t think anybody’s going to seriously reconsider the pay gates.* Oh well. So, I’m never going back there. Oh well.)

*Uh RPD, do you want ideas about what to do instead of blindly following whatever the Botanical Society tells you to do? Oh, not really? OK. Uh, RPD, don’t you know that everybody knows that you were lying about the projected attendance figures in the post-paywall era? You do? Good. But the attendance figures are much lower than what you were actually expecting, right? And what you were actually expecting was a lot lower than what you said you were expecting, right? And you’re cool with that, and you had no other options at all, RPD, so this is the greatest thing ever, right? OK fine.


Seafood Buffet at Stow Lake: This Great Blue Heron Noshes on Crawdads – They’re Like Little Lobsters!

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

This giant bird with a wingspan bigger than your outstretched arms has managed to stay well-fed on tiny crawdads in Golden Gate Park.

See? Nom nom nom:

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The Best Place to Score Drugs in SoMA is Probably on Heroin Street, Right Next to Quality Brake Supply on Tenth

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

[Here’s how rooted in the 80’s I am – this simple ditty gives me chills within the first second of play. (Sinead O’Connor proved that you don’t need hair to look good when you have excellent, excellent genes.)]

Or Heron Street, some people call it that…

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Or some people might read it as “END Heroin.”

Your pick…


And the Crawdad Goes Splat: Mud Bug Juice A-Flying in Golden Gate Park

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011


As seen in the pool below Prayerbook Cross in Golden Gate Park, which is the summit of our annual Bay to Breakers race – no not the Hayes Street Hill, despite what they tell you, year after year.

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