PHOTOS: River Otter Spotted at Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek

January 30, 2015 14:00 pm · 25 comments


Thanks to Peter Avery for this picture of a river otter swimming in the pond at Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek.

This guy was also photographed in 2014, click on the link below to view some up-close pictures.

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Anon January 30, 2015 at 2:04 PM

Do they eat water fowl? We hope.

ME January 30, 2015 at 2:13 PM

They are often spotted at Heather Farm. Wildlife photographers that hound the park have hundreds of pics. I believe last year or so they were raising a family there even. Nothing new but still exciting to see in person.

Sick Of It January 30, 2015 at 2:18 PM

I like him.

Shawniqua January 30, 2015 at 2:42 PM

How he got there.

GRX January 30, 2015 at 2:43 PM

The radical enviro left would say eradicate all invasive species because it’s the common sense thing to do.

The Mamba January 30, 2015 at 3:00 PM

That’s fantastic! I’m trying to think of how he got there and what he’s eating, but great to see the little visitor!

Sick Of It January 30, 2015 at 3:01 PM


Ss they cry for more invasive species living next door.

Mr.Wonderful January 30, 2015 at 3:34 PM

That’s the otter that tried to steal the fish that was on the other side of my fishing pole. Those otters eat the trout that are stocked up there, so do I. 🙂

WC January 30, 2015 at 3:34 PM

OMG!!! It’s due to global climate change!! AAAAHHHHHHHH!

Skeptic January 30, 2015 at 3:34 PM

Claycord trolls come out, even for river otter posts. River otters can travel a fair distance on land and they wander in and out of the park traveling by canal systems and creeks. The fish-stocked pond must be calling to them at the moment.

Frambley1 January 30, 2015 at 3:40 PM

Amelia Pond….

Cowellian January 30, 2015 at 3:40 PM

They couldn’t go to Martinez, because the beavers already laid claim to those waters.

Greg January 30, 2015 at 4:02 PM


They use the creek beds to get around.

Silva January 30, 2015 at 4:17 PM

That’s adorable.

Sick Of It January 30, 2015 at 4:19 PM


Flexing your PhD in aquatic mammals fresh from wikpedia…….yep those damn trolls.

Duh January 30, 2015 at 4:30 PM

How did he get there? They fly!
I have seen them flying at night. And they go “MOO” when they fly.
I thought it was cows flying but we all know cows don’t fly at night.

J. January 30, 2015 at 4:35 PM

That’s the Loch Ness Corn Snake.

Eater of otters January 30, 2015 at 6:09 PM

Yum! Dinner is awaitin, and a new otter skin cap to boot.

J.S. January 30, 2015 at 6:45 PM

River otters are in Martinez in Hidden Valey Park.

Fritzhugh Ludlow January 30, 2015 at 6:52 PM

I once saw two of these Critters on the West Sherman Island Levee Rd, about a mile from Eddo’s Harbor, in the late evening , resting on the roadway. They growled at me as I slowed down and stopped then ran off and swam into the SanJoaquin River.

anon January 30, 2015 at 7:17 PM

I thought it was Ezra Pond…….

Walnut Creek Resident January 31, 2015 at 4:13 PM

I saw a whole bunch of them one time about a year ago and they were playing on a metal plate the kind of floats on top of another farm out there in the pond! They get there from Martinez! I heard from the waterways like all the canals! and stuff they can get there. They also have them at Lafayette reservoir and the Ranger told me that when you see the otters that is a sign that the water is a very very clean! They are very playful but they can be very dangerous if you get close to them which is good because they have babies usually!!

Skeptic January 31, 2015 at 7:59 PM

#15 I got my otter information from the Contra Costa Times–they did a story on river otters last year. I was referring to the troll post referring to the “radical enviro left,” which is not in abundance in Contra Costa County, and would never claim that an occasional river otter in its own environment was an invasive species anyway.

jtkatec February 2, 2015 at 10:40 AM

J.’s right. That ain’t no stinkn’ otter, that’s the Claycord Cornsnake!!

The Mamba February 2, 2015 at 2:03 PM

#16, you seem super smart.

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