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Field Trip Report Malibu Lagoon May 22, 2016

May 25, 2016
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It may have been early in the month for our 4th Sunday, but for us it seemed quite late in the migration cycle. On a comfortable but gray Sunday we saw very few birds, especially in the wader category. One new arrival was a solitary Brant. Don’t let this rather low total (41 species) discourage you from visiting our favorite hot spot. Since that outing a number of interesting birds have shown up at the Lagoon, including a colorful female Wilson’s Phalarope, southward bound I’m told, spotted by Grace Murayama last week (June 8th). See you June 26th!  [Lucian]

Brant (Branta bernicla)  1
Gadwall (Anas strepera)  8
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  4
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)  1
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 1
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  7
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)  14
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  2
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  1
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)  2
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  1
Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) 6
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  6    ( Incl. 4 immature)
Willet (Tringa semipalmata)  16
Heermann’s Gull (Larus heermanni)  8
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  26
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis)  23
California Gull (Larus californicus)  3
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)  9
Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus)  48
Elegant Tern (Thalasseus elegans)  10
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon))  1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  2
Allen’s Hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin) 2
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)  1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 4
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)  6
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  4
Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) 4
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)  2
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  1
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  2
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  2
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  4
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  12
Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)  3
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  7
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  3
Species Total: 41

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