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

Rookery Bestshot

This shot is the August winner of the Best Shot Photo Contest.  Taken July 20 at the Rookery near Moonglow.

Great Egret Family © Terry Endo

Great Egret Family © Terry Endo

Poppy Road

This photo came in from Elkhorn Slough Foundation, Stewardship Director, Kim Hayes while traveling on some back roads of ESF’s Brothers Property.

“It is so pretty when things start drying down hard and yet we come upon such gorgeous California poppy displays.”

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Mudflat Critters

Researchers from the Reserve shared some photos of the critters they encountered while conducting their oyster monitoring on Friday.

The Pacific Herring leapt out of the water near the South Marsh footbridge and died minutes later (in the water), maybe as a result of a of  super low tide coinciding with an oxygen low.


This siphon belongs to a Washington Clam.


This sea slug (Navanax sp.) trio we saw were at the Jetty Rd mudflats.



The tile with all the Olympia oysters was the maximum density of oysters we saw (at Whistlestop Lagoon, on the tidal side).


Great Blue Heron Nest

Here’s a great video of a Great Blue Heron nest here at the Slough. Thanks to Ron Eby and Robert Scoles for the video.


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

Seal Pups


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.

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1/26/13 Brants

Sent in from Dave:

My wife and I observed two Brants in the slough at Moss Landing Beach on January 26th. We made the observation from the last parking turnout before the road ended near the mouth of Elkhorn Slough. While we were observing these two individuals, 7 Brants flew over the slough from south to north.