April 2009


I love this photo.  It was sent to me by ESF’s own Kevin Contreras.

It was taken back in February.

“I found this racoon sleeping in the crook of an oak tree near Elkhorn Slough.  She must have been sleeping soundly since I didn’t wake her while I moved in close for a photo.”

by Kevin Contreras

by Kevin Contreras

South Marsh Loop: Common & Red-throated Loons; Pied-billed,Western & Clark’s Grebes; Double-crested Cormorants; Great Blue Heron; Great & Snowy Egrets; Buffleheads; Red-breasted Mergansers; Northern Pintails; Common Goldeneye; Canada Geese; Mallards; Northern Harrier; Turkey Vulture; White-tailed Kite; Red-shouldered & Red-tailed Hawk; California Quail; Killdeer; Willets; American Avocets; Lesser & Greater Yellowlegs; Long-billed Curlew; Marbled Godwit; Spotted Sandpiper; Sandpiper spp.; Dowitchers spp.; Ring-billed & Western Gulls; Mourning Dove; Barn Owl; Forster’s Tern; Band-tailed Pigeons; Anna’s & Rufous Hummingbirds; Belted Kingfisher; Acorn, Downy & Hairy Woodpeckers; Northern Flicker; Black & Say’s Phoebe; Steller’s & Western Scrub-Jay; Hutton’s Vireo; American Crow; Tree & Cliff Swallow; Chestnut-backed Chickadee; Oak Titmouse; European Starling; Bushtit; Pygmy Nuthatch; Bewick’s Wren; Ruby-crowned Kinglet; Cedar Waxwings; CA. Thrasher; Orange-crowned, Yellow, Townsend’s & Wilson’s Warblers; Common Yellowthroat; Spotted & CA. Towhee; Song Sparrow; Brewer’s & Red-winged Blackbirds; American Robin; Western Meadowlark; House Finch; Dark-eyed Junco; White & Golden-crowned Sparrow; American Goldfinch; Lesser Goldfinch

North Marsh Overlook: Greater Egrets; Canada Geese; American Wigeon; Blue-winged, Green-winged & Cinnamon Teals; Killdeer; Northern Shovelers; Northern Pintails; Black-necked Stilts; American Avocets; Greater Yellowlegs; Marbled Godwits; Dowitchers spp.; Black Phoebe; Western Scrub-Jay; Common Yellowthroat; Song Sparrow

Five Fingers/Long Valley: American White Pelican; Great & Snowy Egret; Mallards; Canada Geese; Northern Pintail; Greater Scaup; Buffleheads; Common Goldeneye; Red-breasted Mergansers; Turkey Vulture; White-tailed Kite; Red-tailed Hawk; Cooper’s Hawk; Willet; Long-billed Curlew; Marbled Godwit; Western Gulls; Sandpiper spp.; Mourning Dove; Acorn Woodpeckers; Northern Flicker; Anna’s Hummingbird; Say’s Phoebe; Western Scrub-Jay; American Crow; Tree Swallows; American Robin; Chestnut-backed Chickadee; Common Yellowthroat; Bushtits; Bewick’s Wren; Cedar Waxwings; California & Spotted Towhee; White-crowned, Golden-crowned & Song Sparrows; Brewer’s Blackbirds; American Goldfinch;  Dark-eyed Junco

Hudson’s Landing: Pied-billed Grebe; Western Grebe; Great Blue Heron; Great Egret; Canada Geese; American Wigeon; Mallards; Blue-winged, Green-winged, & Cinnamon Teals; Lesser Scaup; Buffleheads; Common Goldeneye; Ruddy Ducks; American Coots; Black-bellied Plovers; Black-necked Stilts; American Avocets; Greater Yellowlegs; Dowithcers sp.; Marbled Godwits; Willets

Visitor Center Area : Tree Swallows; Say’s Phoebe ; lots of Painted Ladies (butterflies)

Thanks again to our spotters: Annie McNeill; Katherine Klein, Shirley Murphy, Plant ladies and your  reporter Sheryl Gaebelein

These are the sightings from the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve from February 2009.

South Marsh Loop: Pied-billed Grebe; Western Grebe; American White Pelicans; Brown Pelicans; Double-crested Cormorants; Great Blue Heron; Great & Snowy Egrets; Gadwalls; Buffleheads; Ruddy Ducks; Red-breasted Mergansers; Northern Pintails; Green-winged Teals; Common Goldeneye; Canada Goose; Mallard; Scaup sp.; Northern Harrier; Turkey Vulture; White-tailed Kite; Red-shouldered Hawk; Red-tailed Hawk; California Quail; Killdeer; Willets; American Avocets; Lesser Yellowlegs; Greater Yellowlegs; Long-billed Curlew; Whimbrel; Marbled Godwit; Spotted Sandpiper; Sandpiper sp.; Dowitchers sp.; Ring-billed Gull; Western Gull; Mourning Dove; Great Horned Owl; Barn Owl; Forster’s Tern; Anna’s Hummingbird; Belted Kingfisher; Acorn Woodpecker; Downy & Hairy Woodpecker; Northern Flicker; Black & Say’s Phoebe; Steller’s Jay; Western Scrub-Jay; Hutton’s Vireo; American Crow; Tree Swallow; 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; Brewer’s Blackbird; American Robin; Western Meadowlark; House Finch; Dark-eyed Junco; White & Golden-crowned Sparrow; House Sparrow

Visitor Center Area : Western Meadowlark; Say’s Phoebe; European Starling;

Thanks again to our spotters: Annie McNeill; Katherine Klein, Shirley Murphy, Plant Ladies and your reporter Sheryl Gaebelein