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Species found at Viewing Site

Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Preserve  - Site # 293

Species:Bottle-Nosed Dolphin
Seen:Yes
Locations:Off beach in Pacific Ocean
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Yr
Reliable:Good

Species:Brandt's Cormorant
Seen:No
Locations:Pacific Ocean/Santa Maria River Estuary
Present Season:W,Su
Season View:W,Su
Reliable:Good

Species:Brant
Seen:No
Locations:ocean, estuary
Present Season:Sp,F
Season View:Sp
Reliable:Poor

Brown Pelican at Abbots Lagoon, Point Reyes National Seashore. Photo by Harvey Abernathey Brown Pelican. Photo by Max Allen
Species:Brown Pelican
Seen:Yes
Locations:Santa Maria River Mouth, along beach
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Yr
Reliable:Excellent

Species:Canada Goose
Seen:No
Locations:estuary
Present Season:W,F
Season View:W,F
Reliable:Poor

Species:Clark's Grebe
Seen:No
Locations:Ocean/santa maria river
Present Season:W,Su
Season View:W,Su
Reliable:Poor

Species:Common Loon
Seen:No
Locations:Ocean/santa maria river
Present Season:W,F
Season View:W,F
Reliable:Good

Coyote at Point Reyes. Photo by Jen Joynt Coyote
Species:Coyote
Seen:Yes
Locations:tracks thru dunes; dunes/riparian woodland
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Yr
Reliable:Excellent

Double-crested Cormorant. Photo by Doug Froning
Species:Double-Crested Cormorant
Seen:No
Locations:Beach/santa maria river
Present Season:W,Sp,Su
Season View:W,Sp,Su
Reliable:Good

Species:Eared Grebe
Seen:Yes
Locations:Beach/santa maria river
Present Season:W
Season View:W
Reliable:Good

Species:Greater White-Fronted Goose
Seen:No
Locations:estuary
Present Season:W,F
Season View:W,F
Reliable:Poor

Species:Horned Grebe
Seen:No
Locations:Ocean/santa maria river
Present Season:W,Su
Season View:W,Su
Reliable:Poor

Humpback whale Pod of breaching Humpbacks at Farallon Islands NWR. Photo by Jessica Weinberg
Species:Humpback Whale
Seen:Yes
Locations:off beach during migration
Present Season:W
Season View:W
Reliable:Good

Species:Least Tern
Seen:Yes
Locations:Beach area/near Santa Maria River mouth
Present Season:Sp,Su,F
Season View:Su
Reliable:Poor

Species:Mountain Pocket Gopher
Seen:Yes
Locations:Associated with riparian area around Santa Maria River. Dusk/dawn best viewing times.
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Yr
Reliable:Poor

Deer at Ahjumawi State Park. Taken from his kayak by Jim Duckworth
Species:Mule Deer
Seen:Yes
Locations:along access road in adjacent fields
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Yr
Reliable:Excellent

Species:Pacific Loon
Seen:No
Locations:Santa Maria River estuary, migrant
Present Season:Sp,Su,F
Season View:Sp,Su,F
Reliable:Poor

Pied-Billed Grebe and chick. Photo by Cindy Tucey
Species:Pied-Billed Grebe
Seen:Yes
Locations:Beach/santa maria river
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Yr
Reliable:Excellent

Species:Red-Legged Frog
Seen:Yes
Locations:outside entry kiosk, anticipated in Solomon Creek and Santa Maria River area
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Su
Reliable:Poor

Species:Red-Necked Grebe
Seen:No
Locations:Beach/santa maria river
Present Season:W,F
Season View:W,F
Reliable:Poor

Snowy Plovers on the beach at Golden Gate NRA. Photo by Jessica Weinberg Snowy Plover on sand spit. Montana de Oro State Park
Species:Snowy Plover
Seen:Yes
Locations:Over 50 nests is typical per year. Viewing from road and beach permitted during nesting season. Present year round, nesting season Mar. 1-Oct.1
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Yr
Reliable:Excellent

Tundra Swans at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. Photo by Phil Robertson
Species:Tundra Swan
Seen:No
Locations:Santa Maria River Estuary, migrant
Present Season:W,Su
Season View:W,Su
Reliable:Poor

Western Grebe at Anderson Marsh. Photo by Harvey Abernathey Western Grebe at Clear Lake State Park. Photo by Harvey Abernathey
Species:Western Grebe
Seen:No
Locations:Ocean/santa maria river
Present Season:W,Su
Season View:W
Reliable:Good

Species:Western Spadefoot
Seen:Yes
Locations:burrows along road edge
Present Season:Sp,Su,F,Yr
Season View:Yr
Reliable:Good

Species:Yellow-Billed Loon
Seen:No
Locations:Santa Maria River estuary
Present Season:W
Season View:W
Reliable:Poor