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 while I was away. He spent about 5 minutes chowing down, then decided to chill out and finally WENT TO SLEEP for 30 minutes before leaving. (He then came back around 2 hours later for a second round of snacks, but only stayed for a few minutes that time.)
My cat seemed oblivious to the whole thing. Lazy cat!
I now have to keep the cat door locked at night.
On the bright side, Bernalwood sources say the raccoon left some very nice comments about Neighbor Rusty’s home on Airbnb.
PHOTO: Security camera images from Neighbor Rusty
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.”
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 away from any shrubbery so I’m not sure how she got here. But she climbed/slithered up several of our front steps. Some research indicates she’s a juvenile gopher snake. There’s no rattle. There must’ve been a hatching nearby. I wonder if other folks are seeing these little guys around? Super cute!
Let’s zoom and enhance for a closer look:
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 ‘s breeding season, and they are loudmouths! The males make a lot of noise, mostly at night. They stop if I get too close. They are native to the Bernal area and were rescued from behind an industrial shop. I’ve had the pond about five years or so, and every spring during the breeding season they sing. They are hard to see, because they are so tiny. But in the summer when it gets dry I find them camped out around the garden hose.
These frogs are small, but they make a big noise. Here’s Neighbor Lori’s recording of the frog chorus in her back yard:
PHOTO: Frog in Neighbor Lori’s backyard, by Neighbor Lori
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: Controversy! In the comments, Neighbor Irene dissents. She says this is a Painted Lady.
PHOTO: Chris Frieber
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 contact me. It is safe and warm inside now, albeit in a bucket. Unfortunately, I am not equipped with a bird cage. Little yellow cheeks with blue dots on top.
Please contact the Bernalwood Small Bird Recovery Hotline (bernalwood@gmail) if you would like to claim the creature.
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.
Now, courtesy of Neighbor Leanne, we have these EXCLUSIVE photographs (shown above) of the Bernal marmot enjoying the sweet taste of freedom yesterday afternoon near Alvarado Elementary School.
Meanwhile, as if to taunt his pursuers, the Bernal Marmot suddenly became active again on Twitter:
However, there is a late-breaking wrinkle to the story: At 6 am this morning, a comment left on an earlier article about the Bernal Marmot indicated that the creature’s day’s of carefree urban living may have come to an end. Jane told Bernalwood:
He is safely in the custody of animal care and control now. He was captured last night at Alvarado school in Noe Valley.
UPDATE, 9:12 am, Aug 8: The @BernalMarmot has released this statement via Twitter:
PHOTOS: The Bernal Marmot, as seen by Neighbor Leanne on Aug. 7, 2013