August 2012


Elkhorn Slough Reserve (NERR), Monterey, US-CA
Aug 31, 2012 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
36 species

Mallard  12
California Quail  3
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  5
Pelagic Cormorant  1
Brown Pelican  3
Great Blue Heron  1
Snowy Egret  2
Turkey Vulture  1
White-tailed Kite  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  3
Black-bellied Plover  1
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Willet  11
Marbled Godwit  9
Least Sandpiper  23
Ring-billed Gull  1
Western Gull  4
Anna’s Hummingbird  1
Acorn Woodpecker  4
Black Phoebe  3
Western Scrub-Jay  6
American Crow  9
Barn Swallow  3
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  4
Oak Titmouse  1
Bushtit  7
Western Bluebird  7
Spotted Towhee  3
California Towhee  7
Song Sparrow  8
Dark-eyed Junco  3
House Finch  13
Lesser Goldfinch  14

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Here’s a few photos taken by Dave Feliz, our Reserve Manager.

Anise swallowtail butterflies use both poison hemlock and fennel as host plants – two very common species here at the Reserve.

Buckeye

A circle of shed leaves from a California Buckeye tree, the first tree to lose its leaves in late summer.

An oak moth caterpillar

Elkhorn Slough Reserve (NERR), Monterey, US-CA
Aug 24, 2012 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     in addition to the birds we saw lots of rabbits, Western Fence Lizards and a Bat Ray
35 species

Mallard  11
California Quail  3
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Pelagic Cormorant  1
American White Pelican  14
Snowy Egret  4
Turkey Vulture  2
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Black-bellied Plover  2
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Willet  61
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Marbled Godwit  72
Least Sandpiper  26
Red-necked Phalarope  23     at Strawberry Road
Ring-billed Gull  1
Western Gull  4
Mourning Dove  1
Anna’s Hummingbird  2
Acorn Woodpecker  4
Black Phoebe  2
Steller’s Jay  2
Western Scrub-Jay  6
American Crow  9
Barn Swallow  3
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  2
Western Bluebird  5
European Starling  7
Spotted Towhee  1
California Towhee  7
Song Sparrow  6
Dark-eyed Junco  3
House Finch  8
Lesser Goldfinch  5

Earlier this week, Reserve Manager Dave Feliz took this video of a bobcat in his backyard.

Elkhorn Slough Reserve (NERR), Monterey, US-CA
Aug 17, 2012 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
40 species

Mallard  7
California Quail  7
Double-crested Cormorant  36
Brown Pelican  3
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  4
Snowy Egret  4
White-tailed Kite  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  3
Black-bellied Plover  1
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Willet  47
Marbled Godwit  58
Sanderling  13
Least Sandpiper  36
Red-necked Phalarope  36     At Strawberry Road
Ring-billed Gull  2
Western Gull  5
California Gull  1
Elegant Tern  2
Black Skimmer  2     Mudflats at Hummingbird Island
Mourning Dove  3
Anna’s Hummingbird  2
Acorn Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  1
Black Phoebe  1
Western Scrub-Jay  5
American Crow  23
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  3
Oak Titmouse  1
Western Bluebird  2
Spotted Towhee  1
California Towhee  3
Song Sparrow  5
House Finch  28
Lesser Goldfinch  16
American Goldfinch  9
House Sparrow  2

Sightings are back! Here’s the latest:

Elkhorn Slough Reserve (NERR), Monterey, US-CA
Aug 10, 2012 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
42 species

Mallard  16
California Quail  3
Double-crested Cormorant  7
Pelagic Cormorant  2
American White Pelican  33
Brown Pelican  2
Great Egret  1
Snowy Egret  7
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  1
White-tailed Kite  1
Northern Harrier  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  4
Black-bellied Plover  1
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Willet  13
Marbled Godwit  36
Least Sandpiper  46
Ring-billed Gull  1
Western Gull  3
Elegant Tern  2
Mourning Dove  1
Anna’s Hummingbird  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Acorn Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  1
Black Phoebe  1
Western Scrub-Jay  3
American Crow  27
Barn Swallow  4
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  3
Oak Titmouse  1
Wrentit  1
Western Bluebird  3
European Starling  4
Spotted Towhee  1
California Towhee  3
Song Sparrow  4
House Finch  9
Lesser Goldfinch  27

Video by Ken Collins.

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