Posts Tagged ‘parrots’

71 Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill Over the 94117 – The Most I’ve Ever Seen – A Squawky Bunch

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

Think my previous personal best was 46, over J-Town.

I counted 71 the other day. It was quite a flock over the Panhandle:

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2005, Over Telegraph Hill:

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A Mystery Resolved – Or, How the Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill Reverse Commute to the Sunset Daily

Monday, September 25th, 2017

For some reason dese boids live in Frisco’s northeast but then commute southwest on a daily basis.

So in the morning, you see them over the Western Addition going southwest and then in the evening, you see them heading back northwest, as here over the Golden Gate Park Panhandle, as seen a while back:

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I haven’t ever seen this many in one flight outside of the Coit Tower / Financial District area.

I went looking for them about a dozen years ago – this was the view from the Filbert Steps:

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Seems they reside in the north and east of Frisco, but they reverse commute south and west, for food, I assumed.

And here you have it – the fruits of the Inner Sunset and also the berries of Forest Hill

I figured it was something like this, and now, after 12 years, I see that it’s so…

Look to the Skies for Signs and Wonders.

The Wild Parrots Not of Telegraph Hill – As Seen Over the Eucalyptus of Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

The range of dese boids has increased a lot since I first saw them on the Filbert Steps some 11 years ago:

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Speaking of which, they still hang out there, but they aren’t as approachable as back in the day:

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FAQ

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And some shots from the Aughts

Forty-Six Wild Cherry-Masked Conure Parakeet Parrot Birds Commuting Home to the Northeast

Monday, September 28th, 2015

For some reason dese boids live in Frisco’s northeast but then commute southwest for feeding on a daily basis.

So in the morning, you see them over the Western Addition going southwest and then in the evening, you see them heading back northwest, as here over the Golden Gate Park Panhandle:

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I haven’t ever seen this many in one flight outside of the Coit Tower / Financial District area.

I went looking for them about a decade ago – this was the view from the Filbert Steps:

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It seems there are more birds now, but they’re not hanging out in one big flock anymore. That’s my impression anyway.

Just recently, I saw about ten crows chasing four red-green conures over the Panhandle – I’ve never seen that before either.

Look to the Skies for Signs and Wonders.

The Golden Gate Park Panhandle, Where Peruvian Parrots Fly About Tasmanian Trees – A Southern Hemisphere Smorgasbord

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

You know the Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, from Peru, right?

As seen from the Filbert Steps, 94133 on Telegraph Hill more than a decade ago:

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And of course, you know our eucalyptus trees, from Australia, right?

Put them together and you’ve got this – a Southern Hemisphere smorgasbord, all the way up here in the Northern Hemisphere:

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G’day, mi Amigo…

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill Have a Reverse Commute: Southwest in the AM, and Northeast in the PM

Friday, May 1st, 2015

They don’t have an eight hour work day – it’s a little shorter than that, but every day they commute over Pacific Heights / Alamo Heights / Ignatius Heights / Cathedral Hill to find sweet sweet fruits outside of the Northeast Core of San Francisco.

Heading SW in the AM. once again:

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Squawk squawk squawk all the way…

It’s Orange Bird Season in California! Our Best-Looking Native Bird Has Got To Be … The Hooded Oriole

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Your pet-store Cherry-Headed Conures certainly are handsome animules (see below), but our Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill don’t really belong in Frisco, not really.

So the Hooded Oriole takes the crown

Here’s one [oh, if you want to add your comment to all the others, use this link] at Golden Gate Park’s Stow Lake from, IDK, a decade ago? 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:

Here’s an effort from Bob Gunderson‘s Dust Trombone from a few years back – dese boids are all over the place dese days, so enjoy them while they last.

Now here are your beauty champs from the 415’s Import Division:

A friendly pair in the Presidio. 

They love to fly

and eat flowers.

Look to the skies…

Iconic Sign Design: “BAY AREA BIRD HOSPITAL” on Taraval – Surely a Future Museum Piece

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

A bit of color in the cold, foggy Parkside District:

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(They have another sign that shows a giant parrot / parakeet atop the Golden Gate Bridge, but it’s less iconic ‘n stuff.)

I don’t know how old these signs are, but they probably precede the era of escaped pet parrots going feral and flying about The Avenues in huge flocks. Check it, the Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill are now all over the place, like here, in the cold, foggy Sunset District, around Noriega, just a few blocks north of the cold, foggy Parkside:

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They might look like hated pigeons from a distance, but their loud squawking gives them away every time. It’s still amazing to me to see these birds flying about the 415:

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Look to the Skies for Signs and Wonders…

The Loving Wild Parrots of San Francisco: Is This a Nest High Up in a Pacific Heights Eucalyptus?

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Could be.

These South American parrots should feel right at home in a south-of-the-Equator tree, non?

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Will their chicks soon join the flock in Telegraph Hill?

Or maybe they’ll just end up hanging out in Sue Bierman Park eating flowers:

It will be one or the other, probably…

Ocean Beach has Too Many Sanderling Birds and Not Enough Snowy Plovers, It Seems

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

I’m thinking that Ocean Beach has just about all the sanderlings it can handle these days.

See?

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Them boids remind me of the times when the skies of San Francisco get filled with wild parrots:

Not sure if the rare snowy plovers of San Francisco are supposed to be here this time of year, but I haven’t seen any lately.

This new sign is the only hint I could see that we sometimes have snowy plovers at Ocean Beach:

Oh well.