2/24/13

This was sent in today: “spotted a pair of Brant geese near the jetty at Moss Landing as a sea otter was “walking”, more like hobbling onto the beach (either a heavy pregnant female or a sick animal)”

Surfing Deer in Moss Landing

This footage was taken in Moss Landing by Ryan Gobler

Witnesses nicknamed it “the surfing deer” because of its water skills.

Read more: http://www.ksbw.com/news/central-california/monterey/Deer-spotted-swimming-off-Moss-Landing-beach/-/5738820/18974624/-/yxkgt8/-/index.html#ixzz2LKjU3HJ2

Entangled Buck Rescue

This dramatic video is of two deer caught up in some old telephone line near Corralitos (not within the watershed). One of the bucks in the video is dead and the rescuer frees the other.

 

Here’s a link to whole story: http://wildrescue.blogspot.com/2012/10/two-bucks.html

Sightings September 14, 2012

Elkhorn Slough Reserve (NERR), Monterey, US-CA
Sep 14, 2012 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     in addition to the birds we saw rabbits, lizards and a coyote
43 species

Mallard  9
California Quail  3
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Brown Pelican  7
Great Blue Heron  3
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  4
Turkey Vulture  1
White-tailed Kite  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  4
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Willet  13
Marbled Godwit  18
Western Sandpiper  5
Least Sandpiper  12
Western Gull  5
Elegant Tern  11
Mourning Dove  2
Barn Owl  1
Anna’s Hummingbird  2
Acorn Woodpecker  4
Black Phoebe  3
Steller’s Jay  2
Western Scrub-Jay  5
American Crow  7
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  3
Oak Titmouse  2
Bushtit  7
Bewick’s Wren  1
Wrentit  1
Western Bluebird  8
European Starling  7
Common Yellowthroat  2
Spotted Towhee  4
California Towhee  6
Song Sparrow  8
Dark-eyed Junco  8
House Finch  15
Lesser Goldfinch  13
American Goldfinch  5
House Sparrow  2

Elkhorn Slough Bird Sightings 9/7/12

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

Sightings 8/24/12

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

Bobcat in the Yard

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

Long-tailed Weasel

The Reserve’s Cortland Jordan managed to get a quick shot of a long-tailed weasel that has been spotted around the parking lot recently.

A day at the slough

Sent in from Avis Rose who spent the morning at the slough.

Bobcat at the Slough

Our Land Steward surprised this bobcat who was crossing the road from the Elkhorn Slough Reserve to ESF’s protected lands.