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August Algae at Malibu Lagoon, 25 August, 2019

August 30, 2019

Short-billed Dowitchers – note the rufous inner markings on the scapular feathers
(G. Murayama 8/23/19)

The morning was a bit overcast but quite warm at Malibu Lagoon as we observed return-trippers from the north.

Ruddy Turnstone strolls the lagoon shore (G. Murayama 8/9/19)

Few surprises, no ducks to speak of, and a considerable amount of surface algae – the largest amount this observer has seen since the 2012-13 reconfiguration of the lagoon. This is probably because the outflow has stopped and there has been very little offshore wind.

Red-necked Phalarope in the algae (G. Murayama 8/16/19)

Our flock of Snowy Plovers is still low at 14.

Western Snowy Plover banded bb:go (G Murayama 8/16/19)

There were migrant visitors of note: a Long-billed Curlew and a small group of Red-necked Phalarope. Our attendance was down slightly also because of numerous regulars on vacation birding elsewhere in the world.  [Lucien Plauzoles]

Male Ruddy Ducks getting feisty (L. Loeher 8/9/19)

A little later in the month…

Not a volcano in Malibu but a brush fire (G. Murayama 8/30/19)

There was a fire at Malibu, up the slope and east of the lagoon. Fire season in the Los Angeles area usually starts a bit later.

Water drop on the fire (L. Loeher 8/30/19)

Birds new for the season: Ruddy Turnstone, Least Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Red-necked Phalarope, Elegant Tern, Bewick’s Wren, Orange-crowned Warbler.

Many thanks to our photographers: Larry Loeher & Grace Murayama.

White-faced Ibis in a glossy glow
(G. Murayama 8/16/19)

Our next three scheduled field trips: Coastal Cleanup Day at Malibu Lagoon 9am – Noon, Sat. 21 September; Malibu Lagoon 8:30 & 10am, 22 September; Huntington Beach Central Park 8am, Sat 12 October.

Our next program: Birds, Bees and Butterflies: Native Planting in Your Yard, presented by Connie Day & Lili Singer. Tuesday, 1 October, 7:30 p.m., Chris Reed Park, 1133 7th St., NE corner of 7th and Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica.

NOTE: Our 10 a.m. Parent’s & Kids Birdwalk meets at the shaded viewpoint just south (towards the water) of the parking area. Watch for Willie the Weasel. He’ll be watching for you and your big floppy feet.

Links: Unusual birds at Malibu Lagoon recently updated with new photos
9/23/02 Aerial photo of Malibu Lagoon

Prior checklists:
2019: Jan-June
2017: Jan-June, July-Dec   2018: 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.

The 10-year comparison summaries created during the Lagoon Reconfiguration Project period, despite numerous complaints, remain available on our Lagoon Project Bird Census Page. Very briefly summarized, the results unexpectedly indicate that avian species diversification and numbers improved slightly during the restoration period June’12-June’14.

Malibu Census 2019 3/24 4/28 5/26 6/23 7/28 8/25
Temperature 55-64 62-66 57-59 63-68 62-66 72-78
Tide Lo/Hi Height L-0.05 H+3.86 L+0.66 L+0.55 H+3.46 H+3.39
Tide Time 0638 0546 1040 0835 0817 0725
Canada Goose 2 1 6 6 6
Cinnamon Teal 2
Northern Shoveler 1
Gadwall 18 8 13 20 18
American Wigeon 15
Mallard 14 30 22 18 18 18
Red-breasted Merganser 1 1
Pied-billed Grebe 1 2
Eared Grebe 1
Rock Pigeon 15 15 18 15 18 5
Eurasian Collared-Dove 2 4
Mourning Dove 6 3 2 4 8 2
Anna’s Hummingbird 4 1 1 1
Allen’s Hummingbird 2 3 3 6 9 1
American Coot 55 5 4 4
Black-necked Stilt 2
Black-bellied Plover 14 36 72
Snowy Plover 14 2 11 14
Semipalmated Plover 9 2 2
Killdeer 10 6 4 5 8 4
Whimbrel 55 4 85 15
Long-billed Curlew 1 2 1
Marbled Godwit 15 20 1 17
Ruddy Turnstone 2
Sanderling 4
Least Sandpiper 3 3
Western Sandpiper 4 1 17
Short-billed Dowitcher 3
Spotted Sandpiper 2 1 1 1
Willet 9 4 15 16
Red-necked Phalarope 5
Common Murre 2
Bonaparte’s Gull 1
Heermann’s Gull 2 2 15 2
Ring-billed Gull 25 10 15 8
Western Gull 30 95 125 70 80 18
California Gull 22 45 7 2
Herring Gull 1
Glaucous-winged Gull 1
Least Tern 2 12 2 5
Caspian Tern 2 12 13 5 3 12
Royal Tern 65 6 2 1 2 4
Elegant Tern 43 230 165 64
Brandt’s Cormorant 2 1
Double-crested Cormorant 60 23 27 24 22 20
Pelagic Cormorant 2 1 2
Brown Pelican 65 58 108 74 34 6
Great Blue Heron 2 1 4 3
Great Egret 5 3 2 6 2 4
Snowy Egret 2 3 8 6 19 11
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1 1 2 3
Turkey Vulture 1 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1 1 1
Belted Kingfisher 1 1
Nuttall’s Woodpecker 1 1
American Kestrel 1
Peregrine Falcon 2
Nanday Parakeet 2 3 4
Black Phoebe 2 3 5 3 3 2
California Scrub-Jay 1 1
American Crow 6 5 6 5 5 4
Violet-green Swallow 1
Rough-winged Swallow 2 2 4
Cliff Swallow 1 6 8 11
Barn Swallow 3 15 14 30 21 7
Bushtit 8 2 1 5 30 20
Marsh Wren 1
Bewick’s Wren 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Wrentit 2 1 1 1 1
American Robin 1
Northern Mockingbird 3 2 3 6 4 2
European Starling 15 12 8 25 8
House Finch 8 18 8 22 25 3
California Towhee 1 1 3 2 1
Song Sparrow 10 12 5 5 4 3
White-crowned Sparrow 9
Hooded Oriole 1 2 2 4 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 2 15
Great-tailed Grackle 3 6 3 4 2
Orange-crowned Warbler 1 1
Common Yellowthroat 1 1 2 1
Yellow-rumped(Aud) Warbler 2
Totals by Type Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug
Waterfowl 53 40 41 44 42 18
Water Birds – Other 184 83 138 103 61 32
Herons, Egrets & Ibis 9 6 11 14 27 21
Quail & Raptors 2 3 0 3 0 1
Shorebirds 122 56 4 6 162 172
Gulls & Terns 189 400 334 87 111 107
Doves 21 20 20 23 26 7
Other Non-Passerines 7 7 6 11 11 2
Passerines 63 88 63 107 130 84
Totals Birds 650 703 617 398 570 444
             
Total Species Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug
Waterfowl 7 4 3 3 3 1
Water Birds – Other 5 4 4 3 4 4
Herons, Egrets & Ibis 3 2 3 4 4 4
Quail & Raptors 2 2 0 2 0 1
Shorebirds 8 10 1 2 10 14
Gulls & Terns 8 7 7 6 7 7
Doves 2 3 2 3 2 2
Other Non-Passerines 3 4 2 3 3 2
Passerines 17 18 11 15 13 17
Totals Species 55 54 33 41 46 52

 

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