Thursday Oct. 1, 2015 news Volume 14 Issue 14

Ready for Winter

The coot steps were deployed in September, along with the water cup. Was this hopeful thinking? Well yes, a bit early, but hopefully some coots will return at least by this time next month. They drift in, one or two at a time and some individual males can be quite late. You always wonder though considering the US Department of Agriculture having exterminated thousands of American Coots over the past few years, that some day there will be none to return at all. As reported by Voice of San Diego a San Diego private country club had these birds killed at county taxpayers' expense.

Squirrel Status

Squirrels were brought here a hundred years ago for the Panama-Pacific Exibition and released afterward. The squirrels we see today may be descendants. Work to exterminate them at the parks and marina began many years ago after many had become pets for park visitors.

We reported last year in July that a small group of survivors had established territory in the very southeast corner of Marina View Park, and were thriving in a spot as far away as possible from everything.

The squirrels returned again last July and made a spectacular recovery. Now it seems that their population continues to grow, or at least moves about a hundred yards westward along the ditch, where I have seen them at the little parking lot in the middle of the park.

More background on the squirrels is given in Coot News for February this year. See : Coot News for February.

Angry Pigeon

This pigeon with the odd feathers on top of his head still attacks any crow within a few feet of him. The crows, being cautious, run away.

Perhaps his babies were eaten by crows once.

El Niño

The hot weather over the past weeks has been unbearable and there is no doubt that the biggest ever el Niño is here. Seventy degree water temperatures offshore are normal this time of year, but the water is near 80 F now. This brings all sorts of exotic species swimming up with the warm water and creates sort of a solution to the new fishing regulations that makes miles of the ocean off limits. A record blue marlin weighing over six hundred pounds was caught here in September. And you don't need a boat, just walk out to the end of the jetty.


The hot weather is stressful for most wild animals, and the tame female crow has led me to a source of water a few times, making it clear that she was thirsty. I took one of the large water pans from last year and placed it behind some bushes a few feet from the parking lot. After a few days, it was clear that nothing had touched the water. The water remained clear and clean, and in the pan.

So I called the birds (they will follow me) over to the water pan, but none would go within ten feet of the pan. They all seem afraid of the water. But they will drink water from the small plastic dishes.

The Australian Spotted Jellyfish

These jellies are summer visitors in the marina, and are here again. I am sure that I have seen them before, and don't find them especially rare. But they are "in the news" again.

KPBS Evening Edition

In the following video from KPBS Friday night, Sept 25, the Nature Center makes a big deal about these picturesque creatures:

Wikipedia describes this animal in the following link: They are not considered harmful to people but do have a mild sting that can be cured with vinegar.

The Damages

Considering the information that follows, if possible, use Google Chrome as your browser since it somehow avoids much of the malware and adware that is typical of the sort of harassment described below.

I'll just type this stuff in here in no format so everything is in order from bottom to top. I have a few pictures so I will include them if I have time. Nobody I know really belives me except those who know, and they don't say much. It was malware rather like a virus, but I am not certain that it ever attaches to your computer. All I know here is pure speculation, but it follows some pretty good guesses. It is fairly certain that it scrambles your password as you type it in so that you can never get logged into a secure website. This often leaves your password scrambled on the website where it causes further confusion. This is fairly devastating since you have lost all your internet purchase capability. I buy lots of stuff off the internet that is not available anywhere else. Amazon has been especially interesting since they started their same-day-delivery service. The malware appears to be entirely remote controlled and can be steered around to any desired victim or action required. There may be nothing left on the victim's computer to show it had been considered. or so it seems.

Imagine the damage this could if it were directed to all the visitors to a single website for a few days. All sales would stop. Many clients would never come back.

Was this malware a threat, proof of a prototype, or demonstration of the military potential use of software? Maybe it was a disgruntled employee. Why would anyone do such a thing?

This is especially helpful for website owners who think passwords are important. Using the right software and skills, passwords can be read, recorded, and manipulated while in use. This is shown in the increased use of the "security question" that most websites use now.

Passwords often become a burden for the user with 15 or 20 websites to recall. Under that sort of stress, passwords can often be guessed by crooks without any computer skills.

The obvious solution for the individual who is being targeted is to use a different computer at a different location. I have tried that, and paid a fee to establish new service, but so far that ISP has not responded.

Oh, yes, it does have some "bite" to it. My hard drives were all damaged in my main working computer that was central to a large newtork of other devices. I had sort of become comfortable working on it, so everything now is strange and more time consuming than ever. It will be a while until I can do more than type notes but I still can upload them. So, it is gratifying to know that Beakycoot pissed off some political people enough to bring on this sort of punishment. Well, it could have.

First Arrival of the fall migration here Wednesday Sept. 16.

She was here quite early since the majority of migrants don't arrive until October.

She was gone the next day.

check this page again soon for more information.


This bird is an offspring of our pair of "pet" crows. He has this odd lump on his nose and I don't know what it is. It looks like avian pox which is a deadly virus that I have seen here in crows before. At the end of September it is turning black.

Our pair of pet crows is trying to get started at allopreening below:

The female (at right in these pictures) is bowing deeply in hopes of getting her head scratched.

In the picture above, our female "pet" crow is grooming the area around his eye.

Now that is completed, it is time for a walk.


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