Category Archives: Animals

Slacker Raccoon Invades Bernal Home, Plunders Cat Food, Takes Leisurely Nap

Neighbor Rusty, who lives on the upper reaches of Treat on the north slope, recently played host to an uninvited guest, and his security camera captured the house party: A raccoon came in through the cat door the other night … Continue reading

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Bernal Heights, This Cat Is Watching You. Always. Watching. You.

Neighbor Shannon shared this photo of her cat in the Bernalwood Flickr group. Thanks Shannon! This cat appears to spend a lot of time staring at Bernal Hill. We also suspect the creature may mumble anxiously about “the preciousssssss.”

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Baby Snake Greets Bernal Neighbor on Front Steps

Last night, Neighbor Kendall found a lurker on his front steps: I came home from picking my daughter up from soccer around 6 pm and found this little baby on our front steps on the North Slope. We are aways … Continue reading

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Loudmouth Bernal Heights Frogs Want Sex, Won’t Shut Up

Everyone knows Bernal Heights is home to lots of dogs. And some cats. And some dissident parrots. But Neighbor Lori is playing host to some really chatty Bernal Heights frogs: They are Pacific Chorus Frogs, in my backyard pond. It … Continue reading

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Bernal Butterfly Arrives Early, Uses Hill as Warming Hut

Neighbor Chris photographed some local fauna last weekend on Bernal Hill: In the unseasonably warm sun atop Bernal Hill, this Red Admiral Butterfly stopped long enough for me to snap this photo, warming it’s wings against the red rock. Update: … Continue reading

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Found: Are You Missing Your Parakeet?

Neighbor Sara found this parakeet, and if it’s yours, she’d like you to have it: I found this cute and cold parakeet this morning on Winfield near Esmeralda street. If you know someone who is missing it,  please have them … Continue reading

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BUSTED! Bernal Marmot Captured After Savoring Sweet Taste of Freedom

Remember the Bernal Marmot? And remember the intensive effort to apprehend him/her in late June? Well, you may also recall that Bernalwood never reported news of the marmot’s capture… because as far as we know the marmot was never caught. … Continue reading

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How to Help This Man Repatriate the Bernal Heights Marmot

This is Duane. He’s here to catch a marmot. This is a marmot: Yes, the elusive marmot that has taken refuge in Bernal Heights remains at large in the area around Bocana and Ellert Streets. But Duane works with Wildlife Emergency … Continue reading

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UPDATED: Marmot Alert!! Marmot Alert!! Wild Mountain Creature Spotted in Bernal Heights

There’s been a marmot sighting in Bernal Heights, and rescuers are scrambling to capture the very cute, very decontextualized creature, which normally lives at altitudes above 5000 feet. The SF Appeal just went live with this breaking story: Wildlife rescuers are … Continue reading

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Ancient Godzilla Ancestor Spotted on Bernal Hill

Mike Stickel documented an impressive proto-Godzilla reptile sighting on Bernal Hill over the weekend: Caught this little guy sunning himself (and growing his tail back). PHOTO: Stickel on Instagram

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Errant Waterfowl Returns to Familiar Spot on Precita Ave.

Remember that odd, errant waterfowl that made an incongruous appearance on Precita Avenue last spring? Neighbor Dan reports that a) it’s spring again and b) a near-identical waterfowl has returned to the exact same spot on Precita: Remember that hanger … Continue reading

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Bernal Penguinologist Introduces His Co-Workers at the San Francisco Zoo

During a recent overcast morning, Bernalwood’s Cub Reporter and I headed west to the San Francisco Zoo to visit one of our glamorous Bernal neighbors, penguinologist Anthony Brown. We used the Twitter to warn Anthony we were coming, and he … Continue reading

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Bernal Butterfly Appreciates Quality of Local Scenery

Thanks to Neighbor Ken for taking this snap of a fashionable butterfly taking in the spectacular downtown view from atop Bernal Hill. Just like the humans in Bernal Heights, this is clearly a butterfly with exceptional discrimination and good taste.

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