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27 December ’09 – Malibu Lagoon Trip Report & July – December 2009 Results

December 27, 2009

The few, the happy few, the band of brothers & sisters on St. Crispin's Day (C.Almdale 12/09)

Cool and cloudy weather greeted those who ventured out, but the birding was great and the weather warmed up to be quite pleasant. Loads of gulls, shorebirds and ducks. Surfers were out in force as the waves were great (storm warning issued for 3 p.m.) but the water was very cold. I found this out when I waded across the outlet stream to count Snowy Plovers – 59 birds, including the banded bird “brown, orange : white, white” now spending his/her 3rd month at the lagoon. The tide was far out with more rocks showing than I can previously recall.

Adult Heermann's Gull (C.Almdale 12/09)

They were mostly covered with California Gulls but 4 Black Oystercatchers were among them, only the 8th time we’ve had them at the lagoon. (They’ve been there since Christmas Day, apparently.) One Glaucous-winged Gull among the Western Gulls. Those who stayed to the end got scope views of the distant Long-tailed Duck (aka Oldsquaw) hanging out with a small flotilla of Surf Scoters over by the Malibu Pier. This was a life bird for some and a new bird for the lagoon area. After counting plovers, I headed towards the pier to photo it, but it headed out to sea. Altogether we had 2,638 birds in 63 species. See the chart below for the details.

Here is a record of the period July-December for the lagoon. Six visits, 105 species total with 6,791 individual birds counted. Not too shabby!  Link to January-June 2009 sightings.

Malibu Bird Census 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009
For 2009 Jul 26
Aug 23
Sep 27
Oct 25
Nov 22
Dec 27
Temperature 68-75 65-75 72-80 60-74 60-72 50-60
Tide Height +0.4 +5.7 +3.9 +3.5 +4.6 +0.2
Low/High & Time L:0704 H:1201 H:0731 L:0941 H:1137 L:1241
Wood Duck 1
Gadwall 4 11 4 7 23
American Wigeon 8 10 6 26
Mallard 25 35 22 24 15 16
Northern Shoveler 8 25 5 15
Northern Pintail 1 1
Green-winged Teal 4 6 8
Greater Scaup 1
Surf Scoter 50
Long-tailed Duck 1
Bufflehead 5 25
Red-brstd Merganser 1 3
Ruddy Duck 1 18 20 25
Red-throated Loon 3
Pacific Loon 5
Common Loon 1 1 2
Pied-billed Grebe 6 7 4 10 5 5
Eared Grebe 6 1
Western Grebe 2 20 15 4
Brown Pelican 40 185 12 8 12 56
Brandt’s Cormorant 1 2
Dble-crstd Cormorant 15 12 14 25 29 35
Pelagic Cormorant 3 1 3
Great Blue Heron 3 7 5 4 3 4
Great Egret 5 5 3 1 1
Snowy Egret 40 17 14 15 8 20
Green Heron 1
Blk-crwnd N-Heron 2 3 4 1
Cooper’s Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1 1 1 2
Merlin 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
Sora 2 4 6 2
Virginia Rail 1 1
American Coot 20 147 266 295 403
Blk-bellied Plover 71 102 114 89 45
Snowy Plover 1 36 33 61 48 59
Semipalmated Plover 10 2
Killdeer 3 4 5 3 4
Black Oystercatcher 4
Black-necked Stilt 2
Lesser Yellowlegs 1
Willet 1 16 33 40 18 12
Spotted Sandpiper 2 1 4 2 2
Whimbrel 1 29 6 6 5 4
Marbled Godwit 2 4 25 14 14
Ruddy Turnstone 11 4 12 13 18
Black Turnstone 1 2
Sanderling 105 41 145 155 115
Western Sandpiper 1 8 5
Least Sandpiper 3 3 12 35
Pectoral Sandpiper 2
Dunlin 2 4
Short-billd Dowitcher 3 6 20
Wilson’s Snipe 1
Heermann’s Gull 12 21 14 12 13 24
Ring-billed Gull 2 2 14 50 360
California Gull 2 1 15 123 58 1060
Herring Gull 1 1
Western Gull 30 132 84 82 67 68
Glaucous-wingd Gull 1
Caspian Tern 1 1 1
Royal Tern 3
Elegant Tern 1 5 11 1
Forster’s Tern 1
Least Tern 1
Rock Pigeon 1 6 4 6 6 4
Eur. Collared-Dove 1
Mourning Dove 1 4 2 10 3 2
Anna’s Hummingbird 1 1 3 1 4 3
Allen’s Hummingbird 3 2 2 2 2 2
Belted Kingfisher 1 1 1 1
Black Phoebe 6 6 7 6 6 5
Say’s Phoebe 1 1 2
Western Kingbird 2
American Crow 1 3 6 5 6 2
Tree Swallow 1
Rough-wingd Swallow 2 3
Cliff Swallow 24 2
Barn Swallow 12 25 2
Oak Titmouse 1
Bushtit 6 7 40
Bewick’s Wren 5 1
House Wren 3 1
Marsh Wren 2 1 2
Wrentit 1
Northern Mockingbird 3 2 3 3 1 1
European Starling 6 8 8 12 6 10
Ornge-crwnd Warbler 1
Yellow-rumpd Warbler 2 3 6 12
Common Yellowthroat 2 1 3 3 5 5
Spotted Towhee 1
California Towhee 2 2 2
Savannah Sparrow 2 8 3
Song Sparrow 1 4 4 6 4 4
White-crwnd Sparrow 4 4 1
Red-winged Blackbird 2 1
Western Meadowlark 4 1
Brewer’s Blackbird 1
Great-tailed Grackle 2 3
Brwn-headed Cowbird 1 1
Hooded Oriole 2
House Finch 24 5 4 4 6 6
Lesser Goldfinch 1 7
Totals by Type Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Waterfowl 26 39 51 86 65 193
Water Birds – Other 81 204 185 341 367 519
Herons, Egrets & Ibis 50 32 27 20 13 24
Quail & Raptors 1 1 1 2 3 1
Shorebirds 4 303 243 455 347 313
Gulls & Terns 44 162 120 244 190 1515
Doves 3 10 6 16 9 6
Other Non-Passerines 5 3 6 3 7 6
Passerines 95 64 61 66 92 61
Total Birds 309 818 700 1233 1093 2638
Total Species Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Waterfowl 2 2 6 7 8 11
Water Birds – Other 4 3 8 9 10 11
Herons, Egrets & Ibis 4 4 5 3 4 2
Quail & Raptors 1 1 1 2 2 1
Shorebirds 4 16 14 14 9 12
Gulls & Terns 3 8 5 7 6 7
Doves 3 2 2 2 2 2
Other Non-Passerines 3 2 3 2 3 3
Passerines 16 13 18 17 15 14
Totals – Species 40 51 62 63 59 63
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