January 2011


At the Elkhorn Slough Reserve, the trail that leads out to Hummingbird Island has been closed for months. Thanks to a lot of hard work, it is open again!

Here’s a catchup on the slough sightings from the last couple months:

January…
South Marsh Loop: Common Loon; Western Grebe; Horned, Eared & Pied-billed Grebes; Double-crested Cormorants; Great Blue Heron; Great & Snowy Egrets; Canada Goose; American Wigeon; Mallards; Bufflehead; Hooded Merganser; Red-breasted Merganser; Common Goldeneye; Turkey Vulture; White-tailed Kite; Red-shouldered Hawk; Red-tailed Hawk; Cooper’s Hawk; Sharp-shinned Hawk; American Kestrel; Peregrine Falcon; California Quail; Black-bellied Plover; Willets; American Avocet; Greater Yellowlegs; Long-billed Curlew; Marbled Godwit; Whimbrel; Spotted & Least Sandpiper; peeps; Long- billed Dowitcher; Ring-billed & Western Gull; Forster’s Tern; Mourning Dove; Rock Pigeon; Barn Owl; Great-horned Owl; Anna’s Hummingbird;; Northern Flicker; Acorn, Downy & Hairy Woodpecker; Black Phoebe; Say’s Phoebe; Hutton’s Vireo; Western Scrub-Jay; American Crow; Tree Swallow; Chestnut-backed Chickadee; Oak Titmouse; Bushtit; Bewick’s Wren; Ruby-crowned Kinglet; Hermit Thrush; American Robin; Townsend’s Warbler; Yellow-rumped Warbler; CA. Thrasher; Spotted Towhee; California Towhee; Song Sparrow; White-crowned Sparrow; Golden-crowned Sparrow; European Starling; Wrentit; Dark-eyed Junco; House Finch

Lizards, garter snake, harbor seal, bunnies, Pacific Chorus frogs, Sea Otter

Thanks again to our spotters: Linda Jordan; Annie McNeill; Shirley Murphy, Caroline Rodgers; Laura; Plant ladies and your reporter Sheryl Gaebelein

December…
South Marsh Loop: Common Loon; Horned Grebe; Eared & Pied-billed Grebe; American White Pelicans; Brown Pelicans; Western Grebe; Pelagic & Double-crested Cormorants; Great Blue Heron; Great & Snowy Egrets; Gadwalls; Mallards; Ruddy Duck; Bufflehead; Hooded Merganser; Red-breasted Merganser; Cinnamon & Green-winged Teal; Common Goldeneye; Northern Pintail; Northern Harrier; Turkey Vulture; White-tailed Kite; Golden Eagle; Red-shouldered Hawk; Red-tailed Hawk; Cooper’s Hawk; Merlin; California Quail; American Kestrel; Black-bellied Plover; Willets; Red-necked Phalarope; Killdeer; Lesser &Greater Yellowlegs; Long-billed Curlew; Marbled Godwit; Spotted Sandpiper; Western & Least Sandpiper ; Dowitcher sp.; Ring-billed Gull; Western Gull; Bonaparte’s Gull; Forster’s Tern; Mourning Dove; Barn Owl; Anna’s Hummingbird; Belted Kingfisher; Northern Flicker; Acorn & Downy Woodpecker; Black & Say’s Phoebe; Hutton’s Vireo; Western Scrub-Jay; American Crow; Brown Creeper; Tree Swallow; Chestnut-backed Chickadee; Marsh Wren; Oak Titmouse; Western Bluebird; Bushtit; Pygmy Nuthatch; Golden-crowned Kinglet; Ruby-crowned Kinglet; Townsend’s Warbler; Yellow Warbler; Hermit Thrush; Spotted Towhee; California Towhee; Song Sparrow; Savannah Sparrow; White-crowned & Golden-crowned Sparrow; European Starling; Wrentit; Dark-eyed Junco; Western Meadowlark; House Finch
Thanks again to our spotters: Linda Jordan; Annie McNeill; Shirley Murphy, Caroline Rodgers; Laura; Plant ladies and your reporter Sheryl Gaebelein