April 2008


The Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve has a group of dedicated volunteers who (among other things) work hard monitoring the health of the slough. One of the bird monitoring programs at the Reserve checks on the health of nesting raptors.

Three Great Horned Owlets at ESNERR

This photo of three Great Horned Owlets was taken by Reserve docent Shirley Murphy on 4/14/08 using a digiscope with a Nikon ED scope and Nikon Coolpix P4.

These sightings are from 4/12/08 at the Elkhorn Ranch. The Elkhorn Ranch is a private property located on the north side of the main channel of the slough. For more information about this walk, visit http://www.elkhornslough.org/fieldnotes.

Gopher Snake

Pie-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark’s Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Green Heron, Turkey Vulture, Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Lesser Scaup, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Black-bellied Plover, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Greater Yellowlegs, Willet, Marbled Godwit, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Dunlin, Short-billed Dowitcher, Long-billed Dowitcher, Western Gull, Forster’s Turn, Mourning Dove, Eurasian Collard Dove, Barn Owl, Anna’s Hummingbird, Black Phoebe, Western Strub-Jay, American Crow, Tree Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Barn Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Oak Titmouse, Marsh Wren, European Starling, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, California Towhee, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch, American Goldfinch.

Other species: Anise Swallowtail Butterfly, Gopher Snake (in photo).

Flora: Blue-eyed Grass, Suncup, California Poppy, Intermediate Fiddleneck, Creeping Rye, California Meadow Barley, and rare white Owl Clover.

These sightings were reported by Elkhorn Slough Foundation staff with help from Rick Fournier of Monterey Birding Adventures.

SIGHTINGS from the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

3/13/08 – 4/14/08
SOUTH MARSH LOOP: Pied-billed Grebe; Horned Grebe; Eared Grebe; Western Grebe; American White Pelican; Brandt’s Cormorant; Double-crested Cormorant; Pelagic Cormorant; Great Blue Heron; Great Egret; Snowy Egret; Canada Goose; Gadwall; Mallard; Nothern Pintail; Green-winged Teal; Greater Scaup; Surf Scoter; Bufflehead; Red-breasted Merganser; Turkey Vulture; Osprey; White-tailed Kite; Northern Harrier; Cooper’s Hawk; Red-shouldered Hawk; Red-tailed Hawk; California Quail; Black-bellied Plover; Greater Yellowlegs; Barn OwlWillet; Spotted Sandpiper; Long-billed Curlew; Marbled Godwit; Western Sandpiper; Least Sandpiper; Dowitcher sps; Western Gull; Forster’s Tern; Band-tailed Pigeon; Mourning Dove; Barn Owl; Great-horned Owl; Anna’s Hummingbird; Rufous Hummingbird; Allen’s Hummingbird; Belted Kingfisher; Acorn Woodpecker; Downy Woodpecker; Hairy Woodpecker; Northern Flicker; Pacific-slope Flycatcher; Black Phoebe; Hutton’s Vireo; Western Scrub-Jay; American Crow; Tree Swallow; Cliff Swallow; Barn Swallow; Chestnut-backed Chickadee; Oak Titmouse; Bushtit; Brown Creeper; Bewick’s Wren; Ruby-crowned Kinglet; Hermit Thrush; American Robin; Wrentit; European Starling; Orange-crowned Warbler; Yellow-rumped Warler; Townsend’s Warbler; Comon Yellowthroat; Wilson’s Warbler; Spotted Towhee; Califonia Towhee; Song Sparrow; Lincoln’s Sparrow; White-crowned Sparrow; Golden-crowned Sparrow; Dark-eyed Junco; Black-headed Grosbeak; Red-winged Blackbird; House Finch; Lesser Goldfinch; American Goldfinch; House Sparrow.

FIVE FINGERS & PARSON’S : Western Grebe; American White Pelican; Great Egret; Snowy Egret; Canada Goose; Mallard; Northern Pintail; Greater Scaup; Ruddy Duck; Turkey Vulture; Red-shouldered Hawk; Red-tailed Hawk; Black-bellied Plover; Greater Yellowlegs; Willet; Sandpiper sps; Dowitcher spc; Marbled Godwit; Western Gull; Allen’s Hummingbird; Acorn Woodpecker; American Crow; Tree Swallow; Bushtit; Spotted Towhee; California Towhee and Song Sparrow.

HUDSON’S LANDING: Western Grebe; Canada Goose; Gadwall; American Wigeon; Mallard; Green-winged Teal; Blue-winged Teal; Scaup sps; American Coot; Northern Shoveler.

NORTH MARSH: Great Egret; Gadwall; American Wigeon; Mallard; Blue-winged Teal;
American Avocet.

KIRBY PARK: Clark’s Grebe

STRAWBERRY POND: Black-necked Stilt.

Thanks to this month’s volunteer spotters: Jeana Dela Torre, Shirley Murphy, Katherine Klein, Kate Raymundo, Annie McNeill, Colette Darocy, the Plant Ladies, and your reporter Linda Jordan.

Photo by Greg Hofmann 4/11/05 http://www.elkhornslough.org/journal/050411journal.htm

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Sightings from mid-April to mid-May 2008 from the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
South Marsh Loop:  Pied-billed Grebe; Western Grebes; Clark’s grebe; American White Pelicans; Double-crested Cormorants; Black-crowned Night Heron; Great Blue Heron; Great & Snowy Egret; Canada Goose; Mallard; Surf Scoter; Turkey Vulture; Osprey; White-tailed Kite; Cooper’s hawk; Northern Harrier; Red-shouldered Hawk; Red-tailed Hawk; California Quail; Black-necked Stilt; Willets; Greater Yellowlegs; Long-billed Curlew; Whimbrel; Marbled Godwit; Least & Western Sandpipers; Spotted Sandpiper; Dowitchers;  Western Gull; Mourning Dove; Barn Owl;  Forster’s Tern; Anna’s Hummingbird; Rufous Hummingbird; Allen’s Hummingbird; Belted Kingfisher; Acorn Woodpecker;  Pacific-slope Flycatcher; Black Phoebe;  Steller’s Jay; Western Scrub-Jay; Hutton’s Vireo; American Crow; Tree Swallow; Barn Swallow; Cliff Swallow; Chestnut-backed Chickadee; Oak Titmouse; Bushtit; Brown Creeper; Swainson’s Thrush; Bewick’s Wren; House Wren; Ruby-crowned Kinglet; Western Bluebirds; American Robin; Wrentit; European Starling; Cedar Waxwings; Wilson’s Warbler; Common Yellowthroat; Spotted Towhee; California Towhee; Song Sparrow; White-crowned Sparrow; Golden-crowned Sparrow; Dark-eyed Junco; Black-headed Grosbeak; Red-winged Blackbird; Brewer’s Blackbird; House Finch; American Goldfinch; House Sparrow

Five Fingers/Parsons Slough:  Western Grebe; American White Pelican; Brown Pelican; Double-crested Cormorants; Great Blue Heron; Great & Snowy Egret; Canada Goose; Mallard; Turkey Vulture; White-tailed Kite; Red-tailed Hawk; Long-billed Curlew; Gull spp.; Caspian Tern; Barn Owl; Black Phoebe; Western Kingbird; Pacific-slope Flycatcher; American Crow; Tree and Barn Swallows; Chestnut-backed Chickadee; Bewick’s Wren; Common Yellowthroat; Spotted Towhee; Red-winged Blackbird; Song Sparrow

Long Valley: White-tailed Kite; Willets; Marbled Godwits; Chestnut-backed Chickadee; American Crow

Hudson’s Landing:  Pelagic Cormorant; Marbled Godwits; Willets; Red-necked Phalaropes; Sandpipers spp.; American Coots; Canada Goose; Dowitchers; Mallards; Marbled Godwits; Forster’s Tern

North Marsh Overlook:  Black-necked Stilt; Green & Blue–winged Teals; Spotted Sandpipers; Marbled Godwits, Pacific-slope flycatchers; Western Scrub-Jay; American Crow; Tree, Cliff, and Barn Swallows; Chestnut-backed Chickadee; Bushtits; Wrentit; Wilson’s Warbler; Spotted Towhee; California Towhee; Common Yellowthroat; Long-billed Curlew; Song Sparrow; Red-winged Blackbird;

Thanks again to our spotters: Colette Darocy, Plant ladies; Kate Raymundo; Annie Mcneill, Kathleen Klein, Shirley Murphy and your reporter Sheryl Gaebelein

SIGHTINGS From the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

2/12/08 – 3/11/08
SOUTH MARSH LOOP: Red-throated Loon; Common Loon; Pied-billed Grebe; Horned Grebe; Eared Grebe; Western Grebe; American White Pelican; Brown Pelican; Double-crested Cormorant; Pelagic Cormorant; Great Blue Heron; Great Egret; Snowy Egret; Canada Goose; Gadwall; Mallard; Northern Pintail; Green-winged Teal; Bufflehead; Common Goldeneye; Red-breasted Merganser; Turkey Vulture; White-tailed Kite; Cooper’s Hawk; Red-shouldered Hawk; Red-tailed Hawk; Black-bellied Plover; Killdeer; Greater Yellowlegs; Willet; Spotted Sandpiper; Whimbrel; Long-billed Curlew; Marbled Godwit; Western Sandpiper; Least Sandpiper; Dowitcher sps; Ring-billed Gull; Western Gull; Forster’s Tern; Mourning Dove; Barn Owl; Anna’s Hummingbird; Allen’s Hummingbird; Belted Kingfisher; Acorn Woodpecker; Northern Flicker; Black Phoebe; Say’s Phoebe; White-tailed KiteHutton’s Vireo; Steller’s Jay; Western Scrub-Jay; American Crow; Tree Swallow; Cliff Swallow; Chestnut-backed Chickadee; Oak Titmouse; Bushtit; Bewick’s Wren; Ruby-crowned Kinglet; Western Bluebird; Hermit Thrush; American Robin; Wrentit; European Starling; Yellow-rumped Warbler; Townsend’s Warbler; Common Yellowthroat; Spotted Towhee; California Towhee; Fox Sparrow; Song Sparrow; White-crowned Sparrow; Golden-crowned Sparrow; Dark-eyed Junco; House Finch; Lesser Goldfinch and American Goldfinch.

STRAWBERRY AREA: American Wigeon; Blue-winged Teal; Cinnamon Teal; Green-winged Teal; Black-necked Stilts; American Avocet; Greater Yellowlegs.

NORTH MARSH: American Wigeon; Canada Goose; Mallard; Northern Pintail; Scaup sps; Black-neck Stilt; American Avocet.

VISITOR CENTER AREA: Western Bluebird; Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Thanks to our volunteer spotters from the Elkhorn Slough Reserve: Shirley Murphy, Katherine Klein, Colette Darocy, Sheryl Gaebelein, Annie McNeill, the Plant Ladies, Anonymous and your reporter Linda Jordan.

Photo by Greg Hofmann 3/15/05 http://www.elkhornslough.org/journal/050315journal.htm