A Flamingo at Elkhorn Slough!
We’ve had a couple of reports of a flamingo being seen around the Slough. We are hoping to get some photos posted here. If you have a sighting or a photo of this bird send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll post it here.
Tricia from the visitor center reported that two visitors had seen the bird on Thursday 1/21/10: A flamingo was seen from Kirby Park. on Thurs. It then flew to the North Marsh, where it was observed from the Elkhorn Rd.
This came in from Barbara Kossy on Saturday 1/23/10: Kayaking the slough today I was stunned to see the flamingo!
Looking through photos, and comparing sizes, I think it’s a Lesser Flamingo. It had a yellow band.
Will it survive? Will it be returned to its owner?
This was posted by Todd Newberry to Birdingonthe.Net:
In the late '60s and early '70s a few wintering flamingos graced the Moss Landing salt pans. Of course (=?) they were escapees, at first maybe from a local cage and after that from . . . where, Santa Anita? But there they were, on dark days like flames in the rain. Since then I have always thought of them as an aching winter absence there, and it cheers me to hear that they are back. Todd Newberry Santa Cruz And one more from Bernadette Ramer:Yes, I knew these flamingos well! While doing shorebird censuses in Elkhorn Slough and the Moss Landing Salt Ponds from late 1977 through 1980, I saw 2-3 flamingos regularly. In particular, 3 on 11 April 1978 and 5 on 30 April 1980, both in the Moss Landing Salt Ponds. . At that time, the "Salt Ponds" were a brine shrimp operation, and the flamingoes would be seen feeding there. With all the typical grays, browns and blacks in shorebird land, seeing a flaming flamingo was always exciting. Bernadette Ramer Santa Cruz