February 2009

Check out what the warm weather has sprung on us…



Just when I thought I’d seen every otter photo possible – This one is a must see…


This is a video filmed by Ken Collins, our Assistant Land Steward at the Elkhorn Slough Foundation, and posted on our new Elkhorn Slough Foundation You Tube channel.

SIGHTINGS for the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
South Marsh Loop:  Common Loon; Pied-billed Grebe; Horned Grebe; Eared Grebe; Western Grebe; American White Pelicans; Brown Pelicans; Double-crested Cormorants; Pelagic Cormorant; Great Blue Herons; Great & Snowy Egrets; Gadwalls; Buffleheads; Ruddy Ducks; Red-breasted Mergansers; Northern   Pintails; Green-winged Teals; Common Goldeneye; Canada Goose; Mallards; Greater Scaup; Northern Harrier; Turkey Vulture; White-tailed Kite; Red-shouldered Hawk; Red-tailed Hawk;  Cooper’s Hawk; Peregrine Falcon; Black-bellied Plovers; California Quail; Killdeer; Willets; American Avocets; Greater Yellowlegs; Long-billed Curlew; Marbled Godwits; Spotted Sandpipers; Sandpiper spp.; Dowitchers spp.; Ring-billed Gulls; Western Gulls; Bonaparte’s Gull;  Band-tailed Pigeon; Mourning Dove; Forster’s Tern; Anna’s Hummingbird; Belted Kingfisher; Acorn Woodpeckers; Downy & Hairy Woodpeckers;  Northern Flicker; Black Phoebe; Steller’s Jay; Western Scrub-Jay; Hutton’s Vireo; American Crow; Chestnut-backed Chickadee; Oak Titmouse; European Starling; Bushtit;  Bewick’s Wren; Ruby-crowned Kinglet; California Thrasher; Wrentit; Common Yellowthroat; Yellow Warbler; Townsend’s Warbler;  Spotted Towhee; California Towhee; Song Sparrow; House Finch;  White & Golden-crowned Sparrows; House Sparrow

North Marsh:  Canada Goose; Spotted Sandpiper ; Buffleheads; Red-tailed Hawks; Killdeer
Hudson’s Landing:   Eared Grebe; Western Grebe; American Wigeons; Greater Scaup; Buffleheads; Common Goldeneye; American Coots; Black-bellied Plovers; Black-necked Stilts; Greater Yellowlegs; Willets;  Marbled Godwits; Western & Least Sandpipers; Dowitchers

Jetty Rd.: Common Loon; Pied-billed Grebes; Western Grebe; Eared Grebe; Surf Scoters; Lesser Scaup; Double-crested Cormorant; Great Blue Heron; Great & Snowy Egrets; Buffleheads; Common Goldeneye; Willets; Marbled Godwits; Sandpipers spp.; Dowitchers; Long-billed Curlews; White-tailed Kites; Greater Yellowlegs

Thanks again to our spotters: Kathleen Klein, Shirley Murphy, Plant ladies and your reporter Sheryl Gaebelein