Posts Tagged ‘nesting’

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…

Oh, “DOG MANAGEMENT RULE BOUNDARY” Means “NO DOGS ALLOWED” AT ALL on Ocean Beach in the Sunset? Oh

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Yeah, me right near the beach
Right near my reach is the fire for the streets
If the feds test me, me gwan take aim
Crunch like Nestle, Snipe from the planes
Snipe like Wesley, punch like Hawaiian
Snipe from the planes, yeah we shoot while we flying

Take a look, here’s what our Feds have planned for Ocean Beach:


Or, IOW, San Francisco is for plovers:


Let’s take a look to some of the reasons why the Feds want to protect things and critters from dog owners. Here are some Western Snowy Plovers up north at Crissy Field:


Dogs mess with the boids, that’s the problem:


Now let’s head over to Ocean Beach. These aren’t snowy plovers, but the dogs don’t care:


Actually, that’s one of the beefs of some of the unhinged dog activists, that volunteers keeping track of these critters can’t tell a rare plover from a quite-common sanderling…


…but it’s real easy IRL.

Here we go, Ocean Beach again:


There are pros and cons to banning dogs from most of Ocean Beach of course.


But so far, attempts to fix things, like this…


…haven’t really worked…

Hipsters Spotted Well North of Polk Gulch – Possible Breeding Pair – Nesting Rituals Noted

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

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Young Couple Finds a Home to Raise a Family in San Mateo County – Is This a Good Time to BUY? It’s the BEST

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Here’s a new crow family nesting high above the 101:


Good thing that this is Best Buy instead of the USPS, right? I mean official United States Postal Service spokesmodel Augustine Ruiz prolly would have shot these boids with a 12-gauge if this were post office property, I think.

Post office: no birds hurt

U.S. postal officials continue to deny that birds were harmed in the course of the tree trimming. A postal maintenance worker observing the tree-trimming on Saturday reported that no birds were injured, said U.S. Postal Service spokesman Augustine Ruiz.

The injured birds at International Bird Rescue, and a dead bird photographed by The Chronicle, must have been hurt in unrelated incidents, Ruiz said.

“We would never do anything intentionally to harm any living creature,” he said. “We have a very proud tradition of issuing stamps to promote the preservation and conservation of wildlife and nature.”

Anyway, good luck, crows!

Spring Has Sprung, So the World-Famous BELL PLUMBING & DRAIN Art Van has Once Again Become a Nest for Birds

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

See? It says nest right there:

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It’s Bayshore, baby!

Nesting Snowy Egrets of 2013 from Bay Area Nature Photographer David Cruz

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Down in sunny San Mateo County:

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David Cruz explains:

“On a quiet marsh road adjacent to the San Francisco Bay in Redwood City, Snowy Egrets feed their newly hatched young:


-Snowy Egrets are the smallest of local egrets.

-The begging sounds the chicks make reminded me of Donald Ducks voice flutter

-Nesting in the same tree were Black Crowned Night Herons and a Great Egret

-I estimate over 50 Snowy Egret nests in this colony”

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!

A New Raptor Nest for City Hall: Minerva’s Shield No Protection from Pesky Birds

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

An ideal nesting site high above the Polk Street Steps, don’t you think?

It’s protected from the rain and wind and of course there are plenty of rats scurrying about City Hall these days, non?

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This new nest matches the other one the Polk Side has.

Heron Watch 2011: OMG, Great Blue Heron Nesting Season Starts April 9th at Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park!

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

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 9th to get involved with Heron Watch. It’s brought to us by Nancy DeStefanis, director of San Francisco Nature Education, every year.

I mean, these herons aren’t going to watch themselves…

The view from Strawberry Hill almost exactly five years ago – Dad watches the kids sitting in a hundred-pound nest the while Mom’s out hunting gophers and whatnot:

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See you there!

Look to the Skies for Signs and Wonders…

The Raptor Nests of San Francisco City Hall – Will We Have Our Own “Pale Male?” – Chicks in Spring 2011?

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Well, it turns out that City Hall, home of the Biggest Classical Dome in the Western Hemisphere,*is also home to raptor nests. Check out the Polk side of the northeast corner. See all that straw and whatnot? That’s your raptor nest.

Truth be told, all of our hawks and falcons in the area are pretty much the same boid, so they look pretty much the same. But I’d venture to say that this critter is a red tailed hawk, or a red-shouldered, or one of them peregrine falcons, something in that area.

Anywho, this raptor seemed awful interested in this nest this AM.

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Same critter, but on the north side.

Here’s another angle of the nest on our crumbly City Hall. (Can you see the nightmare-fuel cow’s skull complete with assorted cow skull icons?)

If you like urban birds of prey, look forward to this new joint opening December 10, 2010 in the bay area:

THE LEGEND OF PALE MALE documents the mysterious power possessed by a single red-tailed hawk to open the eyes and hearts of die-hard city dwellers to the wonders of nature. It begins in 1993, when a young man from Belgium looking to change his life has an unexpected encounter in Central Park with a wild redtail hawk, a fierce predator that has not lived in the City for almost a hundred years. He buys a video camera and sets out to track the hawk, and after almost twenty years, realizes he has been led down many trails of life, death, birth, hope, and redemption. THE LEGEND OF PALE MALE is a Balcony Releasing film, runs for 85 minutes, is in English, and is not yet MPAA rated.

Affectionately known to New Yorkers as Pale Male, the hawk becomes an obsession and a metaphor for triumph against the odds. His posh 5th Avenue nest starts out as a novel curiosity to a handful of avid birdwatchers but becomes an international tourist destination until, on a December afternoon without warning, the building management dismantles PaleMale’s beloved nest. In a wingbeat, media from around the world assemble on 5th Avenue to cover the unprecedented protest. Gathering behind Pale Male is an army of birdwatchers, movie stars, poets, children, dogs, and late night comedy show hosts. What unfolds next, as they say, could only happen in New York.”

*Yes, bigger than the U.S. Capitol rotunda. I mean, natch, that was the whole point. We bad.