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 flock of Heermann's Gulls were seen along the surf zone of 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.
One of the Cormorants that had been diving along side the Brown Pelicans in 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.