Fish


Elkhorn Slough Reserve (NERR), Monterey, US-CA
Sep 7, 2012 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     in additon to birds we saw deer, rabbies, lizards and a leopard shark
40 species (+1 other taxa)

Mallard  8
California Quail  7
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Double-crested Cormorant  5
Pelagic Cormorant  3
Brown Pelican  7
Great Blue Heron  3
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  5
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Willet  36
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Marbled Godwit  43
Least Sandpiper  23
phalarope sp.  2
Ring-billed Gull  1
Western Gull  6
Elegant Tern  3
Eurasian Collared-Dove  1
Barn Owl  2
Anna’s Hummingbird  2
Acorn Woodpecker  3
Peregrine Falcon  1
Black Phoebe  2
Steller’s Jay  2
Western Scrub-Jay  5
American Crow  9
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  9
Oak Titmouse  2
Bewick’s Wren  2
Western Bluebird  4
European Starling  4
Orange-crowned Warbler  3
Spotted Towhee  1
California Towhee  5
Song Sparrow  8
House Finch  9
Lesser Goldfinch  12

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

Also referred to as our local “toad fish,” the plainfin midshipman (Porichthys notatus) are visiting the slough for breeding and juvenile growth. Adults usually live in depths of around 400m most of the year, but venture into shallow intertidal locations during spring and early summer for breeding. Males can produce a “hum” to attract females to their nesting site. These fish are to blame from past stories of “generator-like” noise complaints in Sausalito, CA.

These fish have hundreds of photophores along their body which are used to produce light for attracting prey.

Kenton Parker and Cortland Jordan have been following up on development of these little guys from beginning stages of egg masses to early juvenile development.

These photos are from 7/5/12