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Red-necked Stint at Malibu Lagoon 8-22-21

August 24, 2021
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[Posted by Chuck Almdale]

The first eleven photos of the Red-necked Stint, taken by two photographers (Femi Feminu & Chris Tosdevin), are all of the same bird at two location at Malibu Lagoon, over a period of about 130 minutes, if the camera’s internal clocks are correct. The bird was first seen in the northwest section of the lagoon (channels area) between the westernmost sand island and the peninsula/island closest to the parking lot. It flew from there, but was rediscovered about 40 minutes later in the at the far southeast corner of Malibu Lagoon (see map at bottom), walking on the thick coat of algae.

Other shorebirds present within 25 yards and walking on the algae, sand and mud, but not shown here were: Black-bellied Plover, Killdeer, Semipalmated Plover, Snowy Plover, Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling, Dunlin, Baird’s Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Red-necked Phalarope. Larger shorebirds, gulls, terns, egrets and herons were farther away.

Chris Tosdevin later posted the sighting and photos to eBird, sent his photos to Kimball Garrett at the L.A. County Museum of Natural History. Garrett confirmed the sighting as a Red-necked Stint, and Tosdevin reported the sighting to LACoBirds hot line.

This is reportedly the 4th sighting of Red-necked Stint in Los Angeles County.

Th stint was most recently reported to LACoBirds at 12:40 25 Aug 2021, so it’s been there at least 4 days.

There will be another posting of the day’s trip, including a description of our finding & re-finding the stint, in a few days.

Three more photos were added to this posting on 25 Aug 2021, marked as “added.” Photos are displayed in order of time taken.

An additional eleven photos, taken by Chris Tosdevin on 25 Aug 2021, are at the bottom but above the map.

The first two photos (added) were taken at the first location, from the pavilion south of the parking lot.

Red-necked Stint and Western Sandpiper behind. Malibu Lagoon
(Photo: Femi Faminu, 8-22-21, time: 08:58) This photo was added to this blog on 8-25-21.

/Red-necked Stint, 1st sighting. Malibu Lagoon (Photo: Chris Tosdevin, 8-22-21, time: approx 08:58)
This photo was added to this blog on 8-25-21.
Red-necked Stint; upright. Malibu Lagoon, CA (Photo Chris Tosdevin, 8-22-21, Time 09:38:41)

Red-necked Stint, approaching. Malibu Lagoon (Photo: Chris Tosdevin, 8-22-21, time: 10:01:11)
Red-necked Stint, right side bending. Malibu Lagoon (Photo: Chris Tosdevin, 8-22-21, time: 10:22:58)
Red-necked Stint, left side angle. Malibu Lagoon (Photo: Chris Tosdevin, 8-22-21, time: 10:24:19)
Red-necked Stint, left side. Malibu Lagoon (Photo: Chris Tosdevin, 8-22-21, time: 10:25:02)
Red-necked Stint, left side. Malibu Lagoon (Photo: Chris Tosdevin, 8-22-21, time: 10:25:04)
Red-necked Stint and two Western Sandpipers. Malibu Lagoon (Photo: Femi Faminu, 8-22-21, time: 10:55)

Red-necked Stint and two Western Sandpipers. Malibu Lagoon (Photo: Femi Faminu, 8-22-21, time: 10:57) This photo was added to this blog on 8-25-21.
Red-necked Stint and closer Western Sandpiper. Malibu Lagoon (Photo: Femi Faminu, 8-22-21, time: 11:08)
Red-necked Stint. Malibu Lagoon (Photo: Chris Tosdevin, 8-25-21, time: 08:02:31)
Red-necked Stint. Malibu Lagoon (Photo: Chris Tosdevin, 8-25-21, time: 08:02:32)
Red-necked Stint. Malibu Lagoon (Photo: Chris Tosdevin, 8-25-21, time: 08:02:37)
Red-necked Stint. Malibu Lagoon (Photo: Chris Tosdevin, 8-25-21, time: 08:04:36)
Red-necked Stint. Malibu Lagoon (Photo: Chris Tosdevin, 8-25-21, time: 08:05:52)
Red-necked Stint. Malibu Lagoon (Photo: Chris Tosdevin, 8-25-21, time: 08:05:52)
Red-necked Stint. Malibu Lagoon (Photo: Chris Tosdevin, 8-25-21, time: 08:05:53)
Red-necked Stint. Malibu Lagoon (Photo: Chris Tosdevin, 8-25-21, time: 08:05:54)
Red-necked Stint. Malibu Lagoon (Photo: Chris Tosdevin, 8-25-21, time: 08:25:07)
Photos taken at blue pin at SE corner of lagoon. Bird first seen from pavilion area next to Malibu Lagoon car park. The lagoon outlet to the ocean is currently closed.

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