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Birding at Ballona: 9 December, 2017, 8 AM

December 1, 2017
Great Blue Heron (R.Ehler 2/22/15)

Great Blue Heron (R.Ehler 2/22/15)

Low tide will be at 8:20 AM, perfect for a trip starting at 8 AM.  We will have excellent chances to see shorebirds on the rocky jetties lining the creek, and walk as far as we like to check the outer jetty of of the marina’s main channel. We should see most of the common shorebirds, gulls and terns. We will also look for Surfbird, Wandering Tattler, both Turnstones, Dunlin, Black Oystercatcher, Pelagic and Brandt’s Cormorants, Black Skimmer plus whatever scoters, loons, grebes and alcids that may happen to be floating around.

Black Oystercatcher on the Jetty (C.Almdale 11/09)

Join us at the del Rey Lagoon parking lot at 8:00 AM. We will scan the ducks in the lagoon , walk to the Ballona/Marina del Rey jetty and – time permitting – cap our morning’s birding with a short walk at the Freshwater marsh across from Playa Vista. Bring binoculars, hat, water and sunscreen. Solid shoes with grippy rubber soles are recommended for the uneven rock stretches of the jetty. It’s called “rip-rap” and it’s a trip trap. bring your spotting scope if you have one. The largest number of birds is found on the Marina channel breakwater. For your navigation system, the meeting place is at 6599 Pacific Ave., Playa del Rey, in the free parking lot between Pacific Ave and the del Rey lagoon.

Leader: Ellen Vahan ertvahan [AT] aol [DOT] com
Field Trip Chair: Jean Garrett 310-472-7209

Link to Google Map
Via Freeway: #405 south to #90 west, exit at Culver Blvd. Left under freeway and west to Playa del Rey, passing over Lincoln Blvd. and merging with Jefferson Blvd. When Culver intersects Vista del Mar on left (which heads south) continue on Culver 2 blocks, turn right (north) on Pacific and north 2 blocks to parking area on right. Watch out for high entrance over sidewalk.
Via Lincoln Blvd: Lincoln Blvd. south past Marina del Rey to West Jefferson Blvd. Right on Jefferson to where it merges into Culver Blvd., then continue as above on Culver.     [Chuck Almdale]

Surfbird on Ballona Jetty (C.Almdale)

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