American Bittern Seen & Heard at Shollenberger

American Bittern Seen & Heard at Shollenberger

From Roger Elliott, 5-2020 Living just a few blocks from Shollenberger Park in Petaluma for 15 years I’ve become quite familiar with its 2-mile loop starting from the parking lot off S. McDowell Blvd. It has become my “quiet place” to reflect, create imagery and meet...
Barn Owl at ECWRF with Chicks

Barn Owl at ECWRF with Chicks

We recently spotted chicks with the owl camera at ECWRF. Last we looked there were 8 eggs in the nest. Two chicks are visible in this picture capture by Len Nelson, who checks on the owls every day. If you want to follow along with your smart phone, contact John...
Double Crested Cormorants at ECWRF

Double Crested Cormorants at ECWRF

Len Nelson sent in some pics he took this week at Ellis Creek: There is one tree in Ellis Creek just east of pond D that is the home to nesting Great Blue Heron, Great Egrets and Double- Crested Cormorants. The birds nest on the far side of that tree to avoid the wind...
Owl Boxes Cleaned Out, Camera Now In One.

Owl Boxes Cleaned Out, Camera Now In One.

Len Nelson lead of team to helpers and over several mornings was able to clean out all of the 19 owl boxes in Ellis Creek. Most are on the path next to Ellis Creak. The largest one is in the Eucalyptus tree in the center of the property between the ponds. This box got...
Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Len Nelson sent me recent pictures of a Great Blue Heron preparing and then launching into flight. See series of pics below. Enjoying the Scenery. Get Ready. Preparing. Spread Wings. One last stretch. Thinking about it some more. Where to go next? Waiting for the...

Birds of the Month, AUG 2018

From Peter Colasanti, August 2018 August is the month when birding rises back out of the summer doldrums in the Petaluma Wetlands as birds that breed to the north start their southward journey to winter quarters. Fall migration is much more leisurely than spring and...

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