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Malibu Lagoon Trip Report: 25 March, 2012

March 25, 2012

Caspian Terns in better weather. (C.Bragg 5/10)

A fine morning for birding!   With a low ceiling, sporadic rain, and a 10 mph breeze, we were quite wet within the first 20 minutes of birding.   Had we not welcomed a hardy couple from New York, we might have stayed in the car.   The birds, however, seemed stimulated by the cool rainy weather and we were able to see a decent number of species in the lagoon, although fewer than our usual allotment of coastal scrub species.   The Snowy Plovers were few and scattered outside the enclosure.

Western Kingbird (J.Kenney 8/15/11)

Our most pleasant surprise was a flight of migrating Kingbirds (Westerns?)   Where we weren’t wearing waterproofs, we were soaked to the skin by 9:40 and called it a day.   We hope there were no family groups who came after our departure.   [Lu Plauzoles]

Our next three field trips:   Placerita Canyon / Walker Ranch 7 April, 8:30 am;   Paramount Ranch to Malibu Creek Flowers & Birds Hike, 15 April, 8 am;   Malibu Lagoon 22 April 8:30 & 10 am.
Our next program: Tuesday, 3 April, 7:30 pm – Madrona Marsh Flora & Fauna, presented by Tracy Drake.   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: July-Dec’11, Jan-June’11, July-Dec ’10Jan-June ’10, Jul-Dec ‘09, and Jan-June ‘09.
Note: Species and numbers this month are much lower than normal due to difficulty of birding & counting in the rain.

Malibu Census 2012

22-Jan

26-Feb

25-Mar

Temperature

68-75

48-64

52-54

Tide Height

+6.49

+3.37

+3.64

Low/High &Time

H:0803

H:1136

H:1146

Snow Goose 1
Brant 1
Gadwall 31 35 18
American Wigeon 2 8 3
Mallard 23 30 24
Northern Shoveler 46 35 18
Northern Pintail 10 8 5
Green-winged Teal 37 38 11
Surf Scoter 14 40
Bufflehead 26 4
Red-breasted Merganser 6 8 2
Ruddy Duck 59 24 20
Red-throated Loon 2
Pacific Loon 1 3
Common Loon 1
Pied-billed Grebe 3 2
Eared Grebe 4 2
Western Grebe 8 40
Brandt’s Cormorant 3 15 1
Double-crested Cormorant 37 28 30
Pelagic Cormorant 1 2
Brown Pelican 48 12 40
Great Blue Heron 7
Great Egret 2 2 1
Snowy Egret 7 8 12
Green Heron 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron 2
Osprey 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 2
Sora 2 3
American Coot 345 285 20
Black-bellied Plover 65 93 7
Snowy Plover 81 54 14
Killdeer 2 10
Black Oystercatcher 5 2
American Avocet 2 1
Spotted Sandpiper 2 1
Willet 3 3
Whimbrel 1 2 18
Marbled Godwit 2
Ruddy Turnstone 15 13
Sanderling 200 100
Least Sandpiper 12 20
Boneparte’s Gull 2
Heermann’s Gull 16
Ring-billed Gull 150 35 8
Western Gull 120 55 30
California Gull 1900 360 12
Glaucous-winged Gull 5 2
Caspian Tern 3
Forster’s Tern 1
Royal Tern 16 1
Rock Pigeon 5 4
Mourning Dove 2 2
Anna’s Hummingbird 2 2
Allen’s Hummingbird 2 1
Belted Kingfisher 1 1
Black Phoebe 3 4
Say’s Phoebe 1
Cassin’s Kingbird 2
Western Kingbird 16
American Crow 4 8 3
Rough-winged Swallow 2 6
Bushtit 26 4
Bewick’s Wren 1
Marsh Wren 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Hermit Thrush 1
Northern Mockingbird 1 2
European Starling 1 15
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3 1
Common Yellowthroat 4 2 1
Spotted Towhee 1 1
California Towhee 2
Savannah Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 2 8 13
White-crowned Sparrow 22 4
Red-winged Blackbird 15 2
Brewer’s Blackbird 1
Great-tailed Grackle 13 8
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
House Finch 25 10 19
     
Totals by Type Jan Feb Mar
Waterfowl 255 231 101
Water Birds-Other 452 395 91
Herons, Egrets 18 10 14
Quail & Raptors 2 2 0
Shorebirds 388 275 65
Gulls & Terns 2207 455 53
Doves 7 6 0
Other Non-Pass. 5 4 0
Passerines 110 92 62
Totals Birds 3444 1470 386
       
Total Species Jan Feb Mar
Waterfowl 11 11 8
Water Birds-Other 10 12 4
Herons, Egrets 4 2 3
Quail & Raptors 2 1 0
Shorebirds 11 8 7
Gulls & Terns 6 7 4
Doves 2 2 0
Other Non-Pass. 3 3 0
Passerines 16 18 9
Totals Species – 82 65 64 35


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