Sunday, June 10, 2012

Monterey County and birds

Monterey County is really beautiful.  The entire drive from Salinas to Pinnacles was frankly beautiful.  Because we went to the east entrance of Pinnacles, we had an hour and a half both ways to enjoy the scenery.  You drive through rolling hills of vineyards and cattle grazing. 

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And then I went birding in Elkhorn Slough. I'm a member of the Elkhorn Slough Foundation so sometimes when I go down to Monterey I participate in their activities. Elkhorn Slough is a really incredible place to look for birds; they have 340 species that make this area their home at some point. We saw 50 species in our few hours wandering Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve. Don't ask me their names -- I'm only skilled at identifying tropical birds.

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This seagull is eating a dead shark.

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Owl poop

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Tadpoles

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