March 2011


These are the sightings from the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

South marsh loop:
Pied-billed & Western Grebe; Am. White Pelican; Pelagic& Double-crested Cormorants; Great Blue Heron; Great & Snowy Egrets; Mallard; Gadwall; American Wigeon; Canada Goose; Common Goldeneye; Bufflehead; Red-Breasted Merganser; Northern Harrier; Red-shouldered & Red-tailed Hawk; White-tailed Kite; American Kestrel; Osprey; Turkey Vulture; American Avocet; Ring-necked Pheasant ;Wild Turkey; California Quail; Willets; Whimbrel; Long-Billed Curlew; Greater Yellowlegs; Dowitcher spp.; Long-billed Dowitcher; Marbled Godwit; Spotted, Least & Western Sandpiper; California & Western Gull; Forster’s Tern; Mourning Dove; Barn Owl; Anna’s& Allen’s Hummingbird; Belted Kingfisher; Acorn & Downy Woodpeckers; Black & Say’s Phoebe; Steller’s & Western Scrub-Jays; American Crow; Chestnut-backed Chickadee; Oak Titmouse; Tree Swallow; European Starling; Bushtit; Bewick’s Wren; CA Thrasher; Ruby-crowned Kinglet; Western Bluebird; Wrentit; Yellow-rumped Warbler; Townsend Warbler; Common Yellowthroat; Spotted & CA. Towhee; Song, White & Golden-crowned Sparrows; Western Meadowlark; Dark-eyed Junco; Red-winged blackbird; Purple Finch; House Finch; leopard shark, long-tailed weasel chasing woodrat, bunnies

Five Fingers/Parsons Slough:
Western Grebe; Great & Snowy Egrets; Bufflehead; Mallard; Common Goldeneye; Hooded & Red-Breasted Merganser; Red-shouldered & Red-tailed Hawk; White-tailed Kite; American Kestrel; Willets; Long-Billed Curlew; Forster’s Tern; Mourning Dove; Barn Owl; Hairy Woodpecker; Black Phoebe; Western Scrub-Jays; American Crow; Chestnut-backed Chickadee; Oak Titmouse; Bushtit; Spotted Towhee; Song Sparrow; Marbled Godwit; Western Sandpiper; Western Meadowlark; House Finch; House Sparrow

Thanks again to our spotters: Annie McNeill, Caroline Rodgers; Shirley Murphy, Deirdre Baxter, Lynnette Witwer, Dick LeCour; Laura DeMars; Linda Jordan and your reporter Sheryl Gaebelein

There has been a rare sighting of a Stellar Sea Lion in Elkhorn Slough. He’s been hanging out with the California Sea Lions on the dock near the mouth of the Slough, just north of the town of Moss Landing.

We invite you to send in your photos and we’ll post them here: sloughsightings@elkhornslough.org

Read the whole story here:
http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_17722875