Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Golden Gate bridge and birds

 There were ladies (I think) swimming in the chilly water. Professional swimmers, practicing, I guess.
 The Golden Gate bridge. Something unknown to many is that the name, “Golden Gate”, actually refers to the opening to the San Francisco Bay and not the bridge itself. The strait became known as the Golden Gate during the Californian gold rush in the mid 19th century.

 The view from the bridge. The city is really lightly colored.
 The view under the bridge. Sometimes people park their cars there. And sometimes huge waves crash over them.

It's getting windier an chillier. There was a free phone one could use in case he/she felt very lonely and ready to hit the water beneath the bridge. All we have on one of the bridges in Vilnius is a phone number and "You matter to us". 
Brewer's Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus). So common, I've seen it snatching food from the pavement in China town.
I also happened to see another blackbird, the red-wing. A spectacular bird, but no good photos of it unfortunately.
The female, keeping a good company.
This American crow was really checking me out. The crowing of these birds are different from those in Europe. 

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