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Malibu Lagoon Trip Report: 27 November, 2011

November 29, 2011

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Your usual reporter wasn’t present, so this month’s data is supplied by Lucien Plauzoles. Temperatures were warm, about 70°, and there was a 10-15 mph breeze. Human turnout was good with 25 persons.  The avian species count of 51 was a bit low for November, as the average is closer to 62. Nothing particularly unusual showed up, but the 9 Canada Geese were nice to see. The Black-bellied Plover count of 263 was down from last month’s estimate of 700, but that was an estimate of flocks continually coming and going.

The new arrivals were: 9 Canada Geese, 8 Bufflehead, 9 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Cattle Egret, 1 American Kestrel, and 1 Glaucous-winged Gull.

Two female Buffleheads cruising down the creek (J. Kenney 11/12/11)

Incidentally, on 6 Dec., 9:15am, Chuck & Ellen counted 67 Snowy Plovers gathered around the western life guard station, which appears to be an all-time high. This included two returning banded birds – GG:AR; NO:WW.  GG:AR is a young bird, banded last summer at its nest site at Oceano Dunes (near Pismo Beach), and first showing up at Malibu in September. NO:WW, on the other hand, is an old-timer, first appearing at Malibu in October 2009, after being hatched at Vandenburg Air Force Base that summer. He (or she) apparently likes Malibu, as it was there in Nov. 09 – Feb. 10, Dec. 10 – Feb. 11, and now Nov. 11.

I presume that everyone had a wonderful time as I have heard no complaints. [Let’s keep it that way.]

Long term lagoon resident, Snowy Plover NO:WW, catches a few rays (C.Almdale)

Our next three field trips: Malibu Lagoon – 25 December (yes!, Christmas Day);  Antelope Valley Raptors – 14 January;  Malibu Lagoon – 22 January
Our next program: Tuesday, 7 February, 7:30 pm – Owls of Southern California, presented by Lance Benner.
The usual reminders will be emailed from the blog.

As a reminder to those coming to our 10 a.m. Parent’s & Kids Birdwalk, it meets at the beach trail footbridge closest to the parking lot.

Links: Unusual birds at Malibu Lagoon
Aerial photo of Malibu Lagoon from 9/23/02.
Prior checklists: Jan-June’11, July-Dec ’10Jan-June ’10, Jul-Dec ‘09, and Jan-June ‘09.
[Chuck Almdale]

 Malibu Census 2011

24-Jul

28-Aug

25-Sep

23-Oct

27-Nov

Temperature

65-72

72 – 81

61-69

59-64

70

Tide Height

+2.61

+5.03

+5.33

+5.40

+6.63

Low/High &Time

L:0947

H:0942

H:0830

H:0178

H:0945

Canada Goose

9

Gadwall

10

6

4

Eurasian Wigeon

1

American Wigeon

3

15

Mallard

54

60

48

25

30

Blue-winged Teal

2

Northern Shoveler

10

12

10

Green-winged Teal

2

4

Bufflehead

8

Red-brstd Merganser

9

Ruddy Duck

2

5

8

3

Pacific Loon

1

Common Loon

1

Pied-billed Grebe

4

15

13

4

1

Eared Grebe

5

3

6

Western Grebe

10

6

Brandt’s Cormorant

3

1

3

2

Dble-crstd Cormorant

31

48

47

32

31

Pelagic Cormorant

1

3

2

1

Brown Pelican

407

77

60

12

8

Great Blue Heron

6

3

2

3

2

Great Egret

4

2

2

2

3

Snowy Egret

11

15

23

26

30

Cattle Egret

1

Green Heron

1

Blk-crwnd N-Heron

11

4

12

Osprey

1

1

Red-tailed Hawk

2

2

American Kestrel

1

Merlin

1

Peregrine Falcon

1

1

Virginia Rail

1

2

1

Sora

3

1

3

American Coot

20

75

410

370

57

Blk-bellied Plover

4

46

40

700

263

Snowy Plover

13

36

62

5

52

Semipalmated Plover

2

4

Killdeer

2

8

6

15

5

Black Oystercatcher

2

Black-necked Stilt

1

Spotted Sandpiper

2

2

3

2

Wandering Tattler

1

Willet

4

7

10

4

Whimbrel

41

26

28

Marbled Godwit

2

2

Ruddy Turnstone

7

4

7

10

1

Black Turnstone

1

3

Sanderling

15

3

308

Western Sandpiper

2

11

1

Least Sandpiper

1

6

3

16

15

Dunlin

2

Long-billed Dowitcher

2

2

Red-necked Phalarope

7

Heermann’s Gull

41

24

15

14

Ring-billed Gull

1

7

18

60

Western Gull

107

146

66

80

50

California Gull

8

16

120

30

Herring Gull

1

Glaucous-wingd Gull

1

Least Tern

13

Caspian Tern

3

12

Common Tern

1

Forster’s Tern

3

2

Royal Tern

18

15

1

Elegant Tern

8

36

4

Black Skimmer

1

1

Rock Pigeon

6

5

5

4

Mourning Dove

3

2

2

2

Vaux’s Swift

100

Anna’s Hummingbird

3

4

3

2

2

Allen’s Hummingbird

3

2

2

Belted Kingfisher

2

1

2

1

Nuttall’s Woodpecker

1

Western Wood-Pewee

1

Black Phoebe

8

10

6

10

5

Say’s Phoebe

1

2

Cassin’s Kingbird

1

Western Kingbird

1

4

Western Scrub-Jay

2

American Crow

4

3

2

4

4

Rough-wingd Swallow

20

22

1

Barn Swallow

18

45

30

Cliff Swallow

25

2

Oak Titmouse

2

Bushtit

8

6

6

20

30

Bewick’s Wren

1

1

1

1

1

House Wren

1

1

Wrentit

1

Northern Mockingbird

2

3

2

2

1

European Starling

38

20

23

60

40

Ornge-crwnd Warbler

1

Yellow-rumpd Warbler

8

2

Common Yellowthroat

1

8

5

9

4

Wilson’s Warbler

1

2

California Towhee

3

1

Savannah Sparrow

1

Song Sparrow

1

5

3

4

3

White-crwnd Sparrow

18

8

Bobolink

1

Red-winged Blackbird

17

32

18

Brewer’s Blackbird

2

Great-tailed Grackle

3

5

12

8

4

Brwn-headed Cowbird

6

Hooded Oriole

6

House Finch

4

8

12

5

30

Lesser Goldfinch

4

2

1

2

Totals by Type

July

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Waterfowl

56

65

79

48

92

Water Birds-Other

463

221

542

440

115

Herons, Egrets

32

24

40

31

36

Quail & Raptors

0

3

1

5

1

Shorebirds

32

187

161

797

650

Gulls & Terns

175

248

124

233

143

Doves

9

7

7

6

0

Other Non-Pass.

6

7

106

6

3

Passerines

167

181

133

157

134

Totals Birds

940

943

1193

1723

1174

   
Total Species

July

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Waterfowl

2

2

5

6

9

Water Birds-Other

5

6

9

12

9

Herons, Egrets

4

4

5

3

4

Quail & Raptors

0

2

1

4

1

Shorebirds

8

14

12

13

8

Gulls & Terns

8

8

7

5

5

Doves

2

2

2

2

0

Other Non-Pass.

2

3

4

3

2

Passerines

19

18

23

17

13

Totals Species – 106

50

59

68

65

51

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