Mission Black Crowned Night-Herons

Posted: January 27th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Birding, Nature in the Mission | Tags: , | Comments Off on Mission Black Crowned Night-Herons


Skyler Mendoza

Black Crowned Night-Herons perching in the Mission. How crazy is that? Mission lake is long gone, but these water birds instinctively fly back here to roost.


Black Crowned Night-Heron poop

First heard about these Mission Night Herons from Candy on the SF bird yahoo group. I didn’t believe it. But, sure enough, when I walked up Dolores St. on the East Side b/w 16th and 17th I couldn’t miss the poop. Herons are a rather large bird so their poop is pretty big too. With this much rain poop will wash away quickly, but if you see it, that means Skyler is still here chillin’.


Notre Dame Plaza

The plaza is right across the street from Mission Dolores. Skyler is in that tree there.


Skyler Mendoza chillin’.

You might not even notice Skyler if you weren’t looking.


Skyler Mendoza

Skyler, don’t know how long you will stay, but we’re glad you’re here. You’re welcome anytime. Please come again.


Mission mushrooms ♥ the rain

Posted: January 26th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Mushrooming, Nature in the Mission | Tags: | Comments Off on Mission mushrooms ♥ the rain

I walked to McKinley Square behind SF General this afternoon. I was looking up for perchies that I’d seen on previous excursions (future UD bird post), but it was slim pickens.  There was however, an abundance of fun fungi when I looked down. Apparently, these guys just ♥ this wet weather.

After poking around McKinley for a bit, I descended into Dolores park.


Dolores Park Mushroom

I’m new to mushroom hunting, so I’m unable to identify these positively. My partner “kate at yr own risk” will have more insightful mushroom posts. The only thing I can tell you is that all of the mushrooms in San Francisco are “Magic”.