October 2010


Sorry for the delay – we’re catching up on our bird sightings here.

September from the Elkhorn Slough Reserve

South Marsh Loop: Pied-billed Grebe; Brown Pelican ; Am. White Pelican; Double-crested Cormorant; Great Blue Heron; Great & Snowy Egret; Black-crowned Night-Heron; Canada Geese; Mallards; Turkey Vulture; Northern Harrier; Red-shouldered Red-tailed & Cooper’s Hawk; American kestrel; Cal. Quail; Black-bellied Plover; Greater Yellowlegs; Lesser Yellowlegs; Willets; Long-billed Curlew; Whimbrel; Marbled Godwit; Least Sandpiper; Spotted Sandpiper; Ring-billed, Cal.& Western Gull; Band-tailed Pigeon; Mourning Dove; Say’s Phoebe; Hutton’s Vireo; Steller’s Jay; Western Scrub-Jay; American Crow; Chestnut-backed Chickadee; Oak Titmouse; Brown Creeper; Bushtit; Bewick’s Wren; Ruby-crowned Kinglet; Western Bluebird; Wilson’s Warbler; European Starling; Spotted & Cal Towhee; Song Sparrow; Wrentit; Dark-eyed Junco; House Finch; Lesser & American Goldfinch; Snakes, lizards and bunnies, deer, otter, jellyfish – Sea Nettle

August from the Elkhorn Slough Reserve

South Marsh Loop: Pied-billed Grebe; Brown & Am. White Pelican; Double-crested Cormorant; Great Blue Heron; Great & Snowy Egret; Black-crowned Night-Heron; Canada Geese; Mallards; Turkey Vulture; White-tailed Kite; Northern Harrier; Red-shouldered Red-tailed & Cooper’s Hawk; Black-bellied Plover; Greater Yellowlegs; Lesser Yellowlegs; Willets; Long-billed Curlew; Whimbrel; Marbled Godwit; Least Sandpiper; Spotted Sandpiper; Ring-billed, Cal.& Western Gull; Caspian Tern; Elegant Tern; Band-tailed Pigeon; Rock Pigeon; Mourning Dove; Barn Owl; Anna’s Hummingbird; Belted Kingfisher; Acorn, Hairy & Downy Woodpecker; Northern Flicker;Black Phoebe; Hutton’s Vireo; Steller’s Jay; Western Scrub-Jay; American Crow; Barn, Tree, & Cliff Swallow; Chestnut-backed Chickadee; Oak Titmouse; Brown Creeper; Bushtit; Bewick’s Wren; Ruby-crowned Kinglet; Western Bluebird; Wilson’s Warbler; Cal. Thrasher; European Starling; Spotted & Cal Towhee; Savannah & Song Sparrow; Wrentit; Dark-eyed Junco; House Finch; Lesser & American Goldfinch; Snakes & lizards and bunnies, oh my!

Thanks again to our spotters: Annie McNeill, Shirley Murphy, Jeana De La Torre, Linda Jordan; Amanda A., Caroline Rodgers, Deirdre Baxter, Laura DeMars; Marth Kenner and Trudi Stone (visiting from Oregon)

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Tricia updated us on the status of the caterpillar they were observing at the Reserve.

Remember the beautiful caterpillar?

Spotted Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Well, look at it now! It was still working inside the cocoon when this picture was taken!

Spotted Tussock Moth Cocoon

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What a surprise to see two bobcats – mother and cub – crossing a path on the Reserve.  One of the finest reasons to preserve land is so all creatures can find a place to live.  The Reserve is 1700 acres and the Foundation owns/manages another 3,600 acres providing some roaming room for deer, wild turkeys, coyotes, and a few bobcats.   We’d like to thank David Eddy for sharing these photos with us.

Kenton Parker, Education Director at the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve found these caterpillars hanging out in some willows by the offices here at the Reserve this week.

Spotted Tussock Moth Caterpillar

This taken by Tricia Wilson, Visitor Center Naturalist at the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.

These are from the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

South Marsh Loop: Pied-billed Grebe;Brown & Am. White Pelican; Double-crested Cormorant; Great Blue Heron; Great & Snowy Egret; Black-crowned Night-Heron; Canada Geese; Mallards; Turkey Vulture;  White-tailed Kite; Northern Harrier; Red-shouldered Red-tailed & Cooper’s Hawk; Black-bellied Plover; Greater Yellowlegs; Lesser Yellowlegs; Willets; Long-billed Curlew; Whimbrel; Marbled Godwit; Least Sandpiper; Spotted Sandpiper; Ring-billed, Cal.& Western Gull; Caspian Tern; Elegant Tern; Band-tailed Pigeon; Rock Pigeon; Mourning Dove; Barn Owl; Anna’s Hummingbird; Belted Kingfisher;  Acorn, Hairy & Downy  Woodpecker; Northern Flicker;Black Phoebe; Hutton’s Vireo; Steller’s Jay; Western Scrub-Jay; American Crow; Barn, Tree, & Cliff Swallow; Chestnut-backed Chickadee; Oak Titmouse;  Brown Creeper; Bushtit; Bewick’s Wren; Ruby-crowned Kinglet; Western Bluebird; Wilson’s Warbler; Cal. Thrasher; European Starling;  Spotted & Cal Towhee; Savannah & Song Sparrow; Wrentit; Dark-eyed Junco; House Finch; Lesser & American Goldfinch; Snakes & lizards and bunnies, oh my!

 

 

Thanks again to our spotters: Annie McNeill, Shirley Murphy, Jeana De La Torre, Linda Jordan; Amanda A., Caroline Rodgers, Deirdre Baxter, Laura DeMars; Marth Kenner and Trudi Stone (visiting from Oregon)