May 2011


Some sightings from a frequent contributor, May 5, 2011…

The deer was seen at 4:30pm at Whistlestop Lagoon.


The wild turkey was seen about 4:50 pm in the brush just below the spotting scopes. I heard something moving in the tall brush on the left as you  climb to the scopes. Once  the turkey spotted me, it ran out and crossed toward the road leading to the barn.

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Below is the list of sightings for the month of April 2011 from the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.

South Marsh Loop: Eared, Horned, Pied-billed & Western Grebe; American White Pelican; Double-crested & Pelagic Cormorant; Great Blue Heron; Great & Snowy Egret; Mallard; American Wigeon; Canada Goose; Common Goldeneye; Bufflehead; Gadwall; Cinnamon Teal; Red-Breasted Merganser; Northern Pintail; American Coot; Turkey Vulture; Red-shouldered, Red-tailed & Sharp-shinned Hawk; White-tailed Kite; American Kestrel; American Avocet; Black-bellied Plovers; California Quail; Willets; Long-Billed Curlew; Whimbrel; Greater & Lesser Yellowlegs; Dowitcher spp; Marbled Godwit; Spotted Sandpiper; California, Ring-billed & Western Gull; Forster’s Tern; Caspian Tern; Mourning Dove; Barn Owl; Anna’s & Allen’s Hummingbird; Acorn & Downy Woodpecker; Belted Kingfisher; Black & Say’s Phoebe; Hutton’s Vireo; Steller’s Jay; Western Scrub-Jay; American Crow; Chestnut-backed Chickadee; Oak Titmouse; Tree Swallow; European Starling; Bushtit; Bewick’s Wren; Cedar Waxwings; Ruby-crowned Kinglet; Western Bluebird; Robin; Wrentit; Wilson’s, Orange-crowned & Townsend’s Warbler; Common Yellowthroat; Spotted & California Towhee; Red-winged Black bird; American and Lesser Goldfinch ; Song, White-crowned, Golden-crowned & House Sparrow

Five Fingers/Parson Overlook: American White Pelicans; Western Grebe; Great Blue Heron; Great & Snowy Egret; Mallard; Black-bellied Plovers; Willets; Marbled Godwit; Sandpipers spp.; Dunlins; Ruddy Turnstone; Red-tailed Hawk; Spotted & California Towhee; White & Golden-crowned Sparrow; House Finch; Bewick’s Wren; Chestnut-backed Chickadee; Oat Titmouse

Main Channel: Red Knot; Black Skimmer

Thanks again to our spotters: Annie McNeill, Caroline Rodgers, Laura DeMars, Linda Jordan, Shirley Murphy, Jeana De La Torre, Deirdre Baxter, Pat Raugust, Marth Kenner, Elenita Mathew, Plant Ladies, and your reporter Sheryl Gaebelein

Researchers witnessed the birth of a sea otter in the Elkhorn Slough.

See photos, video and find out more here…