Elkhorn Slough and Moss Landing

Watsonville, California

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Elkhorn Slough is a relatively undisturbed coastal wetland. It winds 7 miles into the interior and includes 2,500 acres of marsh and tidal flats. The centerpiece of the area, the National Estuarine Research Reserve, is managed by the California Department of Fish and Game and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Specialty birds: Resident—White-tailed Kite, Peregrine Falcon, Snowy Plover, Tricolored Blackbird. Summer—Brown Pelican, Cinnamon Teal, Heermann’s Gull, Elegant Tern, Allen’s Hummingbird. Winter—Western and Clark’s Grebes; Eurasian Wigeon; Long-billed Curlew; Thayer’s and Glaucous-winged Gulls; Say’s Phoebe. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information.
Birding Northern California

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Birding Northern California

by John Kemper (Falcon Guides)

Elkhorn Slough is a relatively undisturbed coastal wetland. It winds 7 miles into the interior and includes 2,500 acres of marsh and tidal flats. The centerpiece of the area, the National Estuarine Research Reserve, is managed by the California Department of Fish and Game and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Specialty birds: Resident—White-tailed Kite, Peregrine Falcon, Snowy Plover, Tricolored Blackbird. Summer—Brown Pelican, Cinnamon Teal, Heermann’s Gull, Elegant Tern, Allen’s Hummingbird. Winter—Western and Clark’s Grebes; Eurasian Wigeon; Long-billed Curlew; Thayer’s and Glaucous-winged Gulls; Say’s Phoebe. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information.

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Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Watsonville
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best August through April for most shorebirds; October through March for most waterfowl.
Local Contacts: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.
Local Maps: DeLorme Northern California Atlas & Gazetteer.
Driving Directions: Directions to Elkhorn Slough and Moss Landing

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