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…
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…
I’ll vouch for the coyote part of this photo showing the poor critter wandering the early morning Streets of San Francisco, but I won’t vouch for the sign being there IRL.
In either event, this is How We Live Now in urban Frisco, where urban Laguna Honda is Coyote Country:
Now let’s think back a few years, when writer CW Nevius fretted over “dangerous” urban coyotes – this was just a couple years after he moved here from where, Walnut Creek? Concord? One of those. Anyway, since then, how many people have been killed / seriously injured by fighting dogs? A few, at least. But coyotes? None. Perhaps Chuck was fretting over the wrong thing, trying to get the facts to fit his column’s format, IDK.
Hey, should some dog owners should change behavior instead of going crying to Mr. East Bay Everyman?
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.
Squawk squawk squawk all the way…
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…
Famous Bay Area photographer David Cruz has been keeping busy this summer – busy keeping track of Golden Gate Parks coyote pups.
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“People are urged to coexist with Coyotes in SF, a healthy group of at least 3 pups approach the end of the summer in the meadows, forests and lakes of western Golden Gate Park.
Taken over the past 2 months. Free for sharing/posting.
September 6, 2013″
*Well, a link to Virginia’s Gannett Co. Inc The Bold Italic, my first. If they had had more time, they’d have replaced the actual photos with a couple dozen large coyote graphics and then called the piece “Will a Wild Golden Gate Park Coyote Pup Eat Me?“