Posts Tagged ‘hooded’

Here’s the Bright Yellow and Black Bird You’re Googling For, California: It’s a Hooded Oriole and It’s In Season Right Now

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

As seen on Strawberry Hill at Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park, back when there was an ornamental fan palm at the south end of the northern bridge:

Click to expand

This is the post from a while back - lots of comments are there.

Financial District Nazgul – The Freakiest Thing You’ll Ever See in the 94104 – “Faceless Rooftop Wraiths”

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Twelve feet tall they are:

Click to expand

These 12-Foot-Tall Statues High Atop the 580 California Building Will FREAK YOU OUT the First Time You See Them

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Here’s what you can see across the street from the former Bank of America World Headquarters at 555 California betwixt Kearny and Montgomery in the Financh.

OMG, On My Guard:

Don’t click to expand

That’s right, it’s the art at the top of 580 California:

The postmodern, 107 m (351 ft), 23 story tower is … is topped with twelve statues described as “The Corporate Goddesses” by Muriel Castanis on the twenty-third floor.”

The LA Times calls these twelve statures faceless rooftop wraiths.”

Yep.

Avert your gaze.

But these workers inside 580 have no choice:

Pray for them.

Courage.

Brace Yourselves: Hooded Oriole Season is Almost Here – Where Will YOU Spot These Very Yellow Birds?

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

[UPDATE: Comment below or on this thread from a year ago...]

Oh, they’re making their way here right now, these yellow-orange Hooded Orioles.

Look for them in Dolores Park and the Presidio and Golden Gate Park and all over, basically.

As seen on Strawberry Hill, back in the day:

Click to expand

Extremely Yellow Hooded Orioles are Back in Golden Gate Park

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

I don’t know where these little yellow fellows go the rest of the year, but these days they’re in Golden Gate Park.

So if you see a flash of bright orangey-yellow up in the air, it very well could be a hooded oriole.

Here’s one at Golden Gate Park’s Stow Lake from a few years back. 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:

Click to expand

(Or you might spot a similar-looking yellow-headed blackbird around town, but probably not.)

Look to the Skies for Signs and Wonders.

The Sleepy Hooded Merganser Ducks of Golden Gate Park

Monday, March 9th, 2009

This pair of Hooded Mergansers (Lophodytes cucullatus) are definitely taking a rest with their heads tucked in.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean they close their  golden eyes…

Click to expand:

As seen in the Wildfowl Pond in the San Francisco Botanical Garden (nee Strybing) inside Golden Gate Park.

A Hooded Oriole in Golden Gate Park

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

A very yellow bird, with a little bit of orange during mating season. (The yellow-headed blackbird looks similar, but is pretty much all black below the neck.)

Look for these guys hanging around ornamental fan palms this time of year.
_o8f9480a1.jpg