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Malibu Lagoon Monthly Field Trips: Sunday, 23 December, 8:30 & 10am.

December 20, 2018

The elegant Pintail used to be more common in the late 1970’s
(R. Ehler 12-24-17)

Here in Deep and Dark December, it’s a great day for the lagoon. It’s often sunny, although once ice encrusted the lagoon-edges. A veritable googolplex of species. Dress in layers for cool weather, wind or fog, or even sun and heat.

Some of the great birds we’ve had in December are: Snow & Ross’s Geese, Pintail, Cinnamon & Green-winged Teals, Long-tailed Duck, Red-breasted Merganser, Red-throated, Pacific & Common Loons, Eared, Horned & Western Grebes, Brandt’s & Pelagic Cormorants, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Red-shouldered Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Snowy Plover, Black Oystercatcher, American Avocet, Spotted Sandpiper, Marbled Godwit, Wilson’s Snipe, Boneparte’s & Glaucous-winged Gulls, Black Skimmer, Anna’s & Allen’s Hummingbirds, Belted Kingfisher, Say’s Phoebe, Bewick’s & House Wrens, Wrentit, Spotted & California Towhees, Great-tailed Grackle, Lesser & American Goldfinchs. Phew!

Not a Kiwi, but a Whimbrel
(R. Juncosa 12-24-17)

Adult Walk 8:30 a.m., 4th Sunday of every month.  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., 4th Sunday of every month.   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.)

Beach breach in the distance (G Murayama 12-02-17)

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 2018: Jan-June,
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]




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