Posts Tagged ‘telegraph hill’

Stumptown 94108: Palm Trees Belong in L.A., Not Frisco, Ch. CLXVII

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

To wit:

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Oh, here’s another:

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As seen in Union Square.

(Yet oddly, parrots from South America, as seen from the Filbert Steps, DO belong in SF, go figure.)

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I want to live in Los Angeles
OK by me in Los Angeles
No, not the one in South California
They got one in South Patagonia

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.

Frisco’s New Tourist Parking Ban at Coit Tower is a Huge Success, or Failure, Your Choice! – Let’s Take a Look

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

It took me a while to figure this one out:

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So residents are allowed to park but tourists, or “visitors” euphemistically, well you can all go to Hell.

I can see how touristas should be limited to two hours or whatnot, but the top of Telegraph Hill is special, apparently.

Anyway, the real reason you can’t park there is that the locals don’t want you queuing up in a line of twenty cars, which was happening last year during construction time.

So guess what, the scary signs have scared away a good percentage of tourists, so the waiting time to park has gone way down, but the vast majority of the spaces are occupied by tourists anyway. Take a look – all these rides are owned by tourists:

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But a handful of tidy German luxocars owned by local millionaires were on hand, see?

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In theory, all the 20 or so rides up here should have these red stickers, but only three had them when I was there.

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In other words, enforcement appears to be VisionZero or zero or whatever this year’s phrase for goose eggs is.

So there you have it. Is this sitch a success or not?

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Scaring away half the tourists makes things easier for the remaining tourists and our local millionaire BMW and Audi owners too.

Of course, Frisco thinks all you tourists are deadbeats who should pay something like $5 or $10 just for the right to drive into town. (I’m srsly.) So you all are lucky to be able to drive up to Coit Tower without having to pass a toll booth.

Anyway, this program is a huge success or a small failure of democracy – it’s your choice.

(Now don’t go crazy and park up there overnight or anything.)

The “Cars” of Telegraph Hill

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Not much room up there of course.

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Look at that crummy little ride – they call it a SmartCar.

And just in front of it there’s a three wheel motorcycle, which is nice and legal to operate as a car in CA. Wouldn’t you like a Silly Little Car too?

Multiple, Multiple COYOTE ADVISORY Signs, Telegraph Hill, Frisco

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

They mostly come at night, mostly, I assume, since I’ve never seen one in the daytime.

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(Here are the older signs, for the record.)

Anyway, I don’t know how much more our SFGov can do, you know, than what they’re already doing. These critters were here before us and they’ll be here after we’re gone.

Get used to it…

Siberian Tiger Tatiana Memorial is Still Up on Telegraph Hill, Almost a Decade After Her Death

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

It’s unofficial, I ‘spose

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The Invasive Species Nobody Wants to Get Rid Of: The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

As seen in the Financh, lately:

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And as seen from the Filbert Steps, from back in aught-five:

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And here’s the documentary from aught-three…

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…