More from the Reserve

This week our trap cameras captured some cute rabbits and a family of deer.







A Week of Trigger Cam Photos

Researchers at the Reserve have set up some trap cameras on lesser traveled areas around the Slough.  Some of the cameras are triggered by shadows or moving plants, but in the last week the cameras have captured images of raccoon, coyote, bobcat and deer.

Deer takes a swim

Researchers startled a deer in the Parson’s Slough area and it got into the water and swam to the opposite shore.

Thanks to Ron Eby for capturing a quick clip for us.

Humpback Whales!

Just off Moss Landing in the Monterey Bay, Humback Whales, Harbor Seals, California Sea Lions, Sea Otters and sea birds are putting on quite a show.

The whales are here feeding on large schools of anchovies in the Bay.  They are easily seen from shore from the jetty at the end of Jetty Road at Moss Landing State Beach or from the south side of the harbor entrance in Moss Landing.

Get out here and see these beautiful creatures!  Photos courtesy of Paul Zaretsky.

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ESNERR Sightings – June 2014 summary

Grasshopper Sparrow 6-21-14

This Grasshopper Sparrow was seen at the Elkhorn Slough Reserve on 6-21-14


Sightings for the month of June include: Mallards, Double-crested Cormorants, , American White

Pelicans, Brown Pelicans, Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Willets, Long-billed Curlews, Marbled

Godwits, Whimbrel, Turkey Vultures, Osprey, White-tailed Kite Red-shouldered and Red-tailed Hawks, ,

Greater Yellowlegs, Western Gulls, Caspian Terns, Mourning Doves, Barn Owls bt pigeon

Also seen were: Anna’s Hummingbirds, Acorn Woodpeckers,nuttall’s Downy Woodpeckers, Black

Phoebes, Western Scrub-Jays, American Crows, Tree, Cliff, and Barn Swallows, Chestnut-backed Chickadees,

Bushtits, Bewick’s Wrens, Wrentit, Pacific- slope Flycatchers, Swainson’s Thrush, Western Tanager, Brown

Creeper, Spotted Towhees, California Towhees, European Starlings, Common Yellowthroat, Spotted and CA

Towhee, Song Sparrows, Brewer’s Blackbird, Lazuli Bunting, Hooded Orioles, Savannah Sparrows,

Grasshopper Sparrow, Dark-eyed Juncos, House Finches, American Goldfinches.

Also seen on the walks have been: lizards, ground squirrels, rabbits, garter and gopher snakes

Sept 13 Sightings

Beyond the bird sightings this week, recently there have been sightings of dolphins in the slough. There were also reports of  a confused deer in the slough.

Elkhorn Slough Reserve (NERR), Monterey, US-CA
Sep 13, 2013 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
40 species

California Quail  3
Double-crested Cormorant  3
American White Pelican  2
Brown Pelican  23
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  1
Snowy Egret  2
Turkey Vulture  1
White-tailed Kite  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Willet  3
Marbled Godwit  2
Least Sandpiper  7
Red-necked Phalarope  5
Ring-billed Gull  2
Western Gull  3
Mourning Dove  3
Anna’s Hummingbird  3
Acorn Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  1
American Kestrel  1
Black Phoebe  4
Western Scrub-Jay  4
American Crow  7
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  4
Oak Titmouse  1
Bushtit  3
Bewick’s Wren  1
Wrentit  1
Western Bluebird  6
California Thrasher  2
European Starling  9
Spotted Towhee  3
California Towhee  5
Song Sparrow  6
Dark-eyed Junco  12
House Finch  13

Ecotone Wildlife Captured

The transition zone, or ecotone, between salt marshes and uplands is used heavily by wildlife. To characterize animal use of the marsh-upland ecotone, relative to adjacent habitat types, the researchers and interns at the Elkhorn Slough Reserve have been deploying camera “traps”, to capture images of animals triggered by motion sensors.

See all details of their findings.


Long Tailed Weasel

Sent in from Annie:

Yesterday I saw what I think is a long-tailed weasel on my property on Campagna Way. It had a short, smooth dark brown coat, black-tipped tail and a perfect white mask, like a bandit on it’s eyes. Beautiful! Wish I had gotten a picture.

We see the long-tailed weasel from time to time near the visitor center and offices!  See more…

Long-Tailed weasel

Bobcat Video

Seal Pups