Try a stroll at Ellis Creek

by Dec 2, 2020Birds, Ellis Creek

Try a stroll at Ellis Creek with a pair of binoculars and a mask in the next week or so if you want to see some cool birds. On Saturday, November 28, Andy LaCasse led the monthly nature walk there. A hardy few were rewarded with a number of close views of birds including the American Bittern just off the main road near the first curve beyond the entrance kiosk.It appeared to be waiting for a gopher or smaller critter. Pond D had a couple of Black Crowned Night Herons attempting to hide in the tules, as well as the usual Pied-billed Grebes, a Common Gallinule, and several Song Sparrows.Then on the east side of the pond, a Wilson’s Snipe, only a few feet off the trail, caught Andy’s eye, and eventually, the rest of us, as well as a few other folks passing by. Shortly after, Andy calls out-” An Accipter, a Falcon…Peregrine Falcon!” Definitely moving like the fastest bird on the planet on its way southwest toward the Petaluma Slough or Gray’s Marsh. Both ponds B and C with water now, and several different species including Coots, Mallards, Northern Shovelers, Canvasback Ducks, Buffleheads, and Ruddy Ducks. Another highlight was the very secretive small rail, the Sora, along the edge of pond A. Finally, a White-tailed Kite stooping to have lunch and carry it to one of the willows near the valley oak. Likely a vole as viewed through the spotting scope we had with us. A pretty fair sampling of the more than forty different species the group encountered on a clear sunny morning. Check it out and invite a friend.     

by John Richards

More Like This

Related Posts

Riding with the Researcher

Riding with the Researcher

One of the first things Len Nelson, lead bird researcher, will tell you if you ask to go along on one of his birding trips, is “I hope you don’t have a time limit.” Take my word for it, clear your calendar for the day, it will be worth it! I recently had the privilege...

read more

Let us know what you think…

Comments

1 Comment

  1. Jan Casavant

    Hi! I was on the fun walk with Andy’s group on Nov. 28th, and got several photos of the American Bittern that I’d be happy to share. I posted two of the photos on Instagram and tagged your site.

    Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This