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Windy November at Malibu Lagoon: 23 Nov., 2014

November 26, 2014
Breach looking one direction (J. Kenney 12/2/14)

Breach looking in one direction (J. Kenney 12/2/14)

With the Santa Ana wind blowing at 15-25 miles per hour, some of our members decided to go birding in another location or at another time. I cannot say they were unwise. For the first 40 minutes of our outing I was struggling to hold on to my scope as the wind tried to blow it over, coughing sand out of my throat, and trying to ID birds through wind-shaken binoculars.

Breach looking the other direction (J. Kenney 12/2/14)

Breach looking in the other direction (J. Kenney 12/2/14)

However, there were some birds, and a few intrepid birders too, and eventually the wind died down enough that we were able to manage an honorable count for the day, despite some glaring absences, in the duck family especially. Through it all the State Parks-directed CCC crew was pulling up more mulefat (Baccharis salicifolia)and planting hundreds of pots of other natives on the islands and banks of the lagoon.

Spotted Sandpiper on the log (J. Waterman 9/22/13)

Spotted Sandpiper on the log (J. Waterman 9/22/13)

Here is a count of the birds I was able to record. If you saw any more, or wish to correct sightings, please feel free to comment below. We curtailed the walk at 11:15am and did not walk to the Adamson House this time.   [LucienP]

Mallard 2
Green-winged Teal 1
Red-breasted Merganser 25
Ruddy Duck 36
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Horned Grebe 2
Eared Grebe 8
Western Grebe 12
Brandt’s Cormorant 2
Double-crested Cormorant 9
Brown Pelican 32
Great Blue Heron 4
Great Egret 4
Snowy Egret 20
Red-tailed Hawk 1
American Kestrel 1
American Coot 100
Black-bellied Plover 45
Snowy Plover 40
Killdeer 1
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Willet 4
Whimbrel 1
Marbled Godwit 3
Ruddy Turnstone 6
Sanderling 32
Least Sandpiper 1
Bonaparte’s Gull 2
Heermann’s Gull 1
Ring-billed Gull 60
Western Gull 81
Forster’s Tern 3
Elegant Tern 4
Belted Kingfisher 1
Black Phoebe 1
Say’s Phoebe 2
Yellow Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
European Starling 60
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Common Yellowthroat 1
Western Meadowlark 7
Great-tailed Grackle 1
      Total Species  43

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