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Malibu Lagoon Field Trips: Sunday, 25 February, 8:30 & 10am.

February 22, 2018


Male Northern Shoveler (Ray Juncosa 2-28-16)

Still more birds than you can shake a stick at. What can I say? Birds you’ve never dreamed of! Garbled Modwit, Club-sandwich Tern, Faque’s Tourniquet,  Delicious Gull, Fraculated Wiglet, Desert Cormorant, Insignificant Sandpiper, Plaid Oysterroaster, Western Roof-Owl (see our monograph), maybe 65 other species. A quiet beach on a quiet day. Who can complain about that? Dress in layers.

Most of January’s birds will still be with us, including: up to 22 species of passerines, 12 species of gulls & terns, 11 ducks, 8 sandpipers, 4 grebes, 4 herons & egrets, 4 raptors, 4 plovers, 3 loons, 3 doves, 3 cormorants, 2 hummingbirds and the inevitable partridge in a persimmon tree.  Come and meet them all.


Ruddy Turnstone getting another angle on it (Larry Loeher 2-28-16)

Adult Walk 8:30 a.m. – Beginner and experienced, 2-3 hours.  Species range from 40 in June to 60-75 during migrations and winter.  We meet at the metal-shaded viewing area (see photo below) next to the parking lot and begin walking east towards the lagoon.  We always check the offshore rocks and the ocean.  When lagoon outlet is closed we continue east around the lagoon to Adamson House.  We put out special effort to make our monthly Malibu Lagoon walks attractive to first-time and beginning birdwatchers.  So please, if you are at all worried about coming on a trip and embarrassing yourself because of all the experts, we remember our first trips too.  Someone showed us the birds; now it’s our turn.

Children and Parents Walk 10:00 a.m.   One hour session, meeting at the metal-shaded viewing area between parking lot and channel.  We start at 10:00 for a shorter walk and to allow time for families to get it together on a sleepy Sunday morning.  Our leaders are experienced with kids so please bring them to the beach!  We have an ample supply of binoculars that children can use without striking terror into their parents.  We want to see families enjoying nature. (If you have a Scout Troop or other group of more than seven people, you must call Jean (310-472-7209) to make sure we have enough binoculars and docents.)

Map to Meeting Place
Directions: Malibu Lagoon is at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Cross Creek Road, west of Malibu Pier and the bridge.  Look around for people wearing binoculars.
Parking: Parking machine recently installed in the lagoon lot: 1 hr $3; 2 hrs $6; 3 hrs $9, all day $12 ($11 seniors); credit cards accepted. Annual passes accepted. You may also park (read the signs carefully) either along PCH west of Cross Creek Road, on Cross Creek Road, or on Civic Center Way north (inland) of the shopping center.  Lagoon parking in shopping center lots is not permitted.

Prior checklists:
2017: Jan-June, July-Dec
2016: Jan-June, July-Dec 2015: Jan-May, July-Dec
2014: Jan-July, July-Dec 2013: Jan-June, July-Dec
2012: Jan-June, July -Dec 2011: Jan-June, July-Dec
2010: Jan-June, July-Dec 2009: Jan-June, July-Dec.
[Chuck Almdale]




2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jeri Edwards permalink
    February 22, 2018 6:36 pm

    LOL, Chuck! When I lived in Westlake Village I used to come and join you guys every once in a while on these outings. It was always a pleasure no matter what we saw. You, Chuck and Lou and many others have a wonderful way of welcoming everyone to bird and discover. Now I’m living along the Central Coast in SLO County and love the birding up here. But fondly remember you guys. I love reading your posts Chuck. Makes me wish I could be right there with you, enjoying every minute. But hey, you could always come up here for a field trip and I’ll host it! 🙂


    • Chukar permalink*
      February 23, 2018 2:44 pm

      Maybe the chapter – all 4,792 members of it – will drop in on you one day. SLO seems to be a popular area for SMBAS people to retire to. You’re not the first to move there. Yours, Chuck A (not Chuck B)


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