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Malibu Lagoon Sightings Oct-Nov 2009

November 22, 2009

Merlin momentarily resting (L.Johnson 11/09)

This is an experiment to see if it is feasible to post a table of bird sightings in this blog. If it works, we’ll try to post this monthly, reporting the sightings for the quarter. Thus Jan 2010 will have only one month, Feb will report two months and March will have all three. So far, my experimentation shows that the blog won’t allow enough columns for an entire year’s worth of data. In this month’s table the two rightmost columns show totals for the entire year.

November 22, 2009. We had 59 species total on an unusually fine day for late November, with the most unusual sighting being the female or juvenile Merlin who was very busy catching dragonflies off the water. I saw it catch 4 in about 5 minutes, and it had been doing this for quite a while before I started counting. In other notes, there were 48 Snowy Plovers on the beach, including the bird banded Left Leg: Brown/Orange; Right Leg: White/White which was present on October 25 as well. It was one of three fledglings identically “brood banded” at Vandenberg Air Force Base this past summer.

MALIBU BIRD YEAR – 2009 2009 2009 2009
COUNTS MONTH – 10 11 Year Number
SMABS Collected DAY – 25 22 Total Of
2009
Tide > L +3.5 H +4.6 Birds Months
Species Tide Time > 0941 1137 Seen Seen
1 (Black) Brant 6 3
2 Wood Duck 1 1 1
3 Gadwall Gadwall 4 7 110 10
4 American Wigeon 10 6 58 7
5 Mallard Mallard 24 15 236 11
6 Cinnamon Teal 9 2
7 Northern Shoveler 25 5 84 6
8 Northern Pintail 2 2
9 Green-winged Teal 4 6 51 5
10 Greater Scaup 1 1
11 Lesser Scaup 1 1
12 Surf Scoter 28 3
13 Bufflehead Bufflehead 5 24 3
14 Red-breasted Merganser 1 13 4
15 Ruddy Duck 18 20 94 8
16 Red-throated Loon 2 1
17 Pacific Loon 6 4
18 Common Loon 1 1 3 3
19 Pied-billed Grebe 10 5 41 10
20 Horned Grebe 2 2
21 Eared Grebe 6 6 1
22 Western Grebe 20 15 81 6
23 Brown Pelican 8 12 1009 11
24 Brandt’s Cormorant 1 2 10 6
25 Double-crested Cormorant 25 29 250 11
26 Pelagic Cormorant 1 8 5
27 Great Blue Heron 4 3 37 10
28 Great Egret 1 1 28 9
29 Snowy Egret 15 8 150 11
30 Green Heron 2 2
31 Black-crowned Night-Heron 1 14 6
32 Turkey Vulture 1 1
33 Osprey Osprey 1 1
34 Cooper’s Hawk 2 2
35 Red-shouldered Hawk 2 2
36 Red-tailed Hawk 1 2 11 9
37 American Kestral 1 1
38 Merlin Merlin 1 1 1
39 Peregrine Falcon 1 1 1
40 Sora Rail 4 6 16 6
41 Virginia Rail 1 2 2
42 American Coot 266 295 1237 10
43 Blk-bellied Plover 114 89 510 8
44 Snowy Plover 61 48 306 8
45 Semipalmated Plover 27 3
46 Killdeer Killdeer 5 3 23 9
47 Black Oystercatcher 2 1
48 Black-necked Stilt 2 1
49 American Avocet 13 3
50 Greater Yellowlegs 2 2
51 Lesser Yellowlegs 1 1
52 Willet Willet 40 18 137 10
53 Spotted Sandpiper 4 2 17 8
54 Whimbrel Whimbrel 6 5 66 10
55 Marbled Godwit 25 14 91 7
56 Ruddy Turnstone 12 13 95 8
57 Black Turnstone 2 3 2
58 Sanderling Sanderling 145 155 642 7
59 Western Sandpiper 5 40 6
60 Least Sandpiper 12 28 7
61 Pectoral Sandpiper 2 1
62 Dunlin Dunlin 4 7 3
63 Short-billed Dowitcher 20 29 3
64 Boneparte’s Gull 1 1
65 Heermann’s Gull 12 13 210 11
66 Ring-billed Gull 14 50 298 9
67 California Gull 123 58 2196 10
68 Herring Gull 1 1 3 3
69 Western Gull 82 67 937 11
70 Glaucous-winged Gull 32 4
71 Caspian Tern 1 62 6
72 Royal Tern 19 5
73 Elegant Tern 11 1 795 8
74 Forster’s Tern 2 1
75 Least Tern 1 1
76 Black Skimmer 30 1
77 Rock Pigeon 6 6 57 11
78 Eurasian Collrd Dove 1 1
79 Mourning Dove 10 3 34 10
80 Black-hooded Parakeet 6 1
81 Anna’s Hummingbird 1 4 21 11
82 Allen’s Hummingbird 2 2 36 11
83 Belted Kingfisher 1 4 4
84 Downy Woodpecker 1 1
85 Pacific Slope Flycatcher 1 1
86 Black Phoebe 6 6 86 11
87 Say’s Phoebe 1 1 5 5
88 Western Kingbird 4 2
89 American Crow 5 6 66 11
90 Common Raven 2 1
91 Tree Swallow 1 181 2
92 Rough-winged Swallow 74 7
93 Cliff Swallow 49 5
94 Barn Swallow 53 7
95 Oak Titmouse 1 1 1
96 Bushtit Bushtit 40 80 7
97 Bewick’s Wren 5 1 6 2
98 House Wren 1 4 2
99 Marsh Wren 2 1 5 4
100 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 1
101 Wrentit Wrentit 2 2
102 Northern Mockingbird 3 1 25 11
103 European Starling 12 6 160 11
104 Orange-crowned Warbler 3 2
105 Yellow-rumped Warbler 3 6 33 6
106 Common Yellowthroat 3 5 22 10
107 Spotted Towhee 2 2
108 California Towhee 2 17 6
109 Savannah Sparrow 8 10 2
110 Song Sparrow 6 4 56 11
111 White-crowned Sparrow 4 4 16 4
112 Red-winged Blackbird 6 4
113 Western Meadowlark 1 5 2
114 Brewer’s Blackbird 1 1
115 Great-tailed Grackle 3 8 4
116 Brown-headed Cowbird 7 5
117 Hooded Oriole 7 3
118 Bullock’s Oriole 2 1
119 House Finch 4 6 79 11
120 Lesser Goldfinch 9 5
Total Trip Birds 1233 1093 11519
Totals Individuals
Waterfowl 86 65 718
Water Birds – Other 341 367 2673
Herons, Egrets,Ibis 20 13 231
Quail & Raptors 2 3 20
Shorebirds 455 347 2043
Gulls & Terns 244 190 4586
Doves 16 9 92
Otr Non-Pas’rines 3 7 68
Passerines 66 92 1088
Totals Birds 1233 1093 11519
Total Species
Waterfowl 7 8 15
Water Birds – Other 9 10 14
Herons,Egrets, Ibis 3 4 5
Quail & Raptors 2 2 8
Shorebirds 14 9 21
Gulls & Terns 7 6 13
Doves 2 2 3
Otr Non-Pas’erines 2 3 5
Passerines 17 15 36
Totals – Species 63 59 120
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