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.


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

An oak moth caterpillar


We found this blog from a teacher who attended the recent Elkhorn Slough Reserve’s teacher workshop.

She gave a nice account of her day’s sightings and some nice photos too.

Here’s some of her bird sightings:

Canada Goose – Branta canadensis     2
Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos     8
Bufflehead – Bucephala albeola     10
Common Merganser – Mergus merganser     1
Western Grebe – Aechmophorus occidentalis     1
Double-crested Cormorant – Phalacrocorax auritus     10
Great Blue Heron – Ardea herodias     1
Great Egret – Ardea alba     8
Snowy Egret – Egretta thula     4
Turkey Vulture – Cathartes aura     4
White-tailed Kite – Elanus leucurus     1
Northern Harrier – Circus cyaneus     1
California Gull – Larus californicus     X
Forster’s Tern – Sterna forsteri     10
Anna’s Hummingbird – Calypte anna     3
Belted Kingfisher – Megaceryle alcyon     1
Black Phoebe – Sayornis nigricans     4
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) – Aphelocoma californica californica     2
American Crow – Corvus brachyrhynchos     4
Common Yellowthroat – Geothlypis trichas     2   **LIFER**
Song Sparrow – Melospiza melodia     4

Check out what the warm weather has sprung on us…

These sightings are from 4/12/08 at the Elkhorn Ranch. The Elkhorn Ranch is a private property located on the north side of the main channel of the slough. For more information about this walk, visit

Gopher Snake

Pie-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark’s Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Green Heron, Turkey Vulture, Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Lesser Scaup, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Black-bellied Plover, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Greater Yellowlegs, Willet, Marbled Godwit, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Dunlin, Short-billed Dowitcher, Long-billed Dowitcher, Western Gull, Forster’s Turn, Mourning Dove, Eurasian Collard Dove, Barn Owl, Anna’s Hummingbird, Black Phoebe, Western Strub-Jay, American Crow, Tree Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Barn Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Oak Titmouse, Marsh Wren, European Starling, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, California Towhee, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch, American Goldfinch.

Other species: Anise Swallowtail Butterfly, Gopher Snake (in photo).

Flora: Blue-eyed Grass, Suncup, California Poppy, Intermediate Fiddleneck, Creeping Rye, California Meadow Barley, and rare white Owl Clover.

These sightings were reported by Elkhorn Slough Foundation staff with help from Rick Fournier of Monterey Birding Adventures.