The range of dese boids has increased a lot since I first saw them on the Filbert Steps some 11 years ago:
Speaking of which, they still hang out there, but they aren’t as approachable as back in the day:
As seen in the Financh, lately:
And as seen from the Filbert Steps, from back in aught-five:
And here’s the documentary from aught-three…
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:
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:
It seems there are more birds now, but they’re not hanging out in one big flock anymore. That’s my impression anyway.
Anywho, 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.
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:
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:
G’day, mi Amigo…
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…
Just as you could see Mark Bittner feeding wild parrots in the movie Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, you can see people going out of their way to feed wild pigeons on Masonic Avenue. They’re just like the feral cat feeders of Golden Gate Park.
Time for the daily sidewalk feeding:
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Maybe that’s why we have so many pigeons around town.