Harlan’s Hawk spotted at Elkhorn Slough Reserve

Recently what was thought to be a dark red-tailed hawk was spotted at the Reserve by Jane Rudebusch. Upon further observation, from Jane and other staff, they realized it was probably something else.  Local birding experts came out and finally concluded it was a Harlan’s Hawk.  There has been a lot of debate around calling Harlan’s a sub species of red-tailed hawks or it’s own species.  All of that aside, this bird is not normally seen here at the Slough as it is known to nest in remote areas of Alaska and Western Canada.

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This photo is by Don Roberson and the following is a link to his ebird report of the sighting for more detailed information. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27434490

Further details: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27515556

And more: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27515556

Slough Sightings April 12, 2015

Elkhorn Slough Reserve (NERR), Monterey, US-CA
Apr 12, 2015 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
27 species

Canada Goose  9
California Quail  6
Double-crested Cormorant  100
American White Pelican  4
Brown Pelican  7
Great Blue Heron  9
Great Egret  40
Snowy Egret  20
Turkey Vulture  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Willet  15
Marbled Godwit  80
Barn Owl  3
Great Horned Owl  1
Anna’s Hummingbird  2
Acorn Woodpecker  2
Black Phoebe  2
Western Scrub-Jay  3
Tree Swallow  12
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  1
Bewick’s Wren  1
Wrentit  1
European Starling  7
Common Yellowthroat  1
California Towhee  2
Song Sparrow  5
Dark-eyed Junco  2

Slough sightings – November 28, 2014

Elkhorn Slough Reserve (NERR), Monterey, US-CA
Nov 28, 2014 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     S Murphy
52 species

Mallard  6
Bufflehead  55
Wild Turkey  2
Eared Grebe  4
Western Grebe  4
Double-crested Cormorant  5
Brown Pelican  1
Great Blue Heron  4
Great Egret  23
Snowy Egret  32
Turkey Vulture  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  3
American Coot  9
Black-bellied Plover  6
Killdeer  9
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Willet  31
Marbled Godwit  38
Least Sandpiper  7
Bonaparte’s Gull  3
Ring-billed Gull  4
Western Gull  4
Forster’s Tern  5
Anna’s Hummingbird  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Acorn Woodpecker  9
Downy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  1
American Kestrel  1
Black Phoebe  4
Say’s Phoebe  1
Steller’s Jay  2
Western Scrub-Jay  7
American Crow  2
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  3
Bushtit  6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
Common Yellowthroat  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
California Towhee  2
Savannah Sparrow  1
Fox Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  5
Lincoln’s Sparrow  1
White-crowned Sparrow  22
Golden-crowned Sparrow  8
Dark-eyed Junco  3
Western Meadowlark  8
House Finch  7