Here’s an update (as of April 2010)  from the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve of the nesting birds from this spring as reported by  dedicated volunteer Shirley Murphy.

SEAL BEND ROOKERY:  there are 10 Great Blue Heron and 4 Great Egret nests as of March 23rd.

RAPTORS: there are 2 confirmed Red-tailed Hawk nests and 5 of the 6 Barn Owl boxes are being used; one box is being used by a Great Horned Owl, which is a first here at the reserve.

BIRD BOXES: This figure changes daily so as of March 24th we have 14 definite and 5 possible nests already in action. At least 5 boxes have eggs already and two boxes have completed their clutch and have started incubating.

(Titmice are at work in box outside docent den window – Tricia)

WHITE-TAILED KITES:  we have three pairs staying in one place long enough to confirm breeding even though we cannot pinpoint the actual nest.