Santa Clara River Estuary
Ventura County, California
2 July 2013
Based on the vertebrae, this is a possible dolphin carcass that had been found near the river mouth.
A pair of recent Sea Lion carcasses were found on the beach, near the river mouth. Based on the level of decomposition, they were likely a few days old. Their cause of death does not appear obvious.
A flock of Least Terns was observed along side a flock of Royal Terns on the beech.
A flock of Royal Terns had been observed along side a flock of Least Terns on the beech.
A male and female Great-tailed Grackle were observed around a pumping station that was draining water from the river mouth.
Several Brown Pelicans were foraging and resting around the river mouth.
Group of 6 adults on the beach.
Seen between 8 and 9am.
Group of 7-8 shovelers foraging together in McGrath Lake.
Flew in, scared the waterfowl away, and then stood on the sand next to McGrath lake for 10-15 minutes.