You’d hold up a peanut or something and birdy here (Aphelocoma Californica) would fly over and land on your hand:
Try it yourself – go out around Stow Lake holding up a peanut and just see what lands on your hand…
Mama’s on the nest with Junior. The Interloper is being chased away by the Baby Daddy. As seen almost exactly 11 years ago:
Join the Heron Watch in Golden Gate Park starting halfway through April.
Here’s what I saw the other day:
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.
Things were a little contentious for a while there, what with the crew from Save Stow Lake, who supported the former vendor what operated this place. Get a taste of that conflict here. (And see what became of SaveStowLake.org down below – it’s kind of funny.)
Here it is, looking more like Camp Crystal than what you’d expect to see in Frisco:
Here’s your seating area for the cafe. The worry back in the aughts was that this room was going to go upscale, become an upscale dining establishment. That didn’t happen.
Now back in the day, the old vendor simply raised prices without telling/getting permission from Rec and Park, so today’s prices are basically the same as back in the aughts. The new Family Boat seats six, I figure.
Le Cafe, complete with pink popcorn for sale, as was desired by the alarmist preservationists who supported the former vendor:
Oh, this is new – room rentals
I don’t think the Save Stow Lake people saw this coming, ’cause I don’t recall them complaining about the specter of private parties in a public park, oh well. I think it’s like $100 an hour to have a birthday party in a rented room these days. Naturally, visitors will think a bathroom is where all the people are milling about, so this sign keeps them out and points them across the street, fair ‘nough.
Now if conditions get too rough for you out on the high seas of this quite artificial “lake,” well you can always dial the snack bar and they’ll talk you home, like the air traffic controllers from Airport ’75
So that’s your update.
Now, here’s what’s become of SaveStowLake.org. So who’s selling what here? IDK, but, from Japan, it’s the “Telephone Lady” who has tax tips for you:
Anyway, that’s the bizarre end to the bizarre movement to “save” Stow Lake, which of course is still with us even though these Save Stow Lake people lost, big-time.
What’s this? It must mean that Heron Watch 2016 is on in Frisco:
Here’s the scene, on the other side of Stow Lake this year:
Passersby wonder what the fuss is about, then stop to check things out:
And here they are, some of the new babies:
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…
Sometimes in Golden Gate Park you can see pig-nosed turtles weighing up to 30 pounds.
Like this ugly customer:
Do some people abandon pets at Golden Gate Park?
Yes, some people do.
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:
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…
Animals Riding Animals is hot in 2015 – it’s the latest thing.
I’m the King of the World! YOLO!
Poor CW Nevius is still smarting over the drubbing he took over “This isn’t Oakland.” Check it:
See how that works? You all need to check in with CW himself before you criticize him – that’s the rule. It’s a kind of YOU DON’T KNOW ME! defense, one supposes.
So that’s the context.
Now look! San Francisco Chronicle’s right-of-center Everyman has lurched across the aisle with this recent effort about the local history of the Gay Olympics / Gay Games:
S.F. backstory to Olympics’ new policy on gays, by C.W. Nevius
Now here’s your real back story. First, bone up on this:
And then see the court case that explains why the term Gay Games is kosher but Gay Olympics isn’t. A 7-2 decision, more or less:
Here’s my point – what Nevius is saying is that the USOC’s effort to defend its “brand” back in the 1970’s was “pointless.” Except the USOC won and now the Gay Olympics is known as the Gay Games and life goes on.
Do you want to get into why the IOC / USOC and all the other OC’s of the world tolerate people using a term like “Redneck Olympics,” at least until it grows into a big event? Be my guest.
(Oh, but wait, the official name of that event in Georgia is now the Redneck Games. Is the USOC against rednecks? IDK.)
Speaking of points, here’s one:
Mess with the Olympic brand long enough and you just might end up with a lien on your house.
Which is fair enough, I suppose.
(And actually, the USOC lifted the lien anyway.)
Hey remember what CW Nevius had to say before the disastrous 34th America’s Cup came to town? He called it:
Except we ended up with a lot of downsides.
And now he’s cheerleading for the 2024 Olympics to come to town. And while he’s doing that, he criticizes the USOC for stuff from a third of a decade ago.
Of course, he could criticize the current USOC, but no, Nevius doesn’t want to do that.
And when was this shot taken, was it a third of a century ago?
Oh no, it was this year.