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Malibu Lagoon Monthly Field Trip: Sunday, 28 August 2022

August 10, 2022

Rules for Malibu Lagoon trip are
unchanged from last month.

Results of last month’s poll:

  • Total poll recipients 54
  • Total responses 23 or 43%
  • Plurality of votes: Will come no matter what others do, will don mask if feeling unsafe, usually won’t if feeling safe.
  • My goal was to determine if dropping restrictions would frighten people away. Mostly it won’t. However, some people wanted the restrictions to remain. Out of deference to them, the same restrictions will remain in effect for the foreseeable future.

The following rules will be in effect:

  • Registration required, max. 30 people. No drop-ins, please.
  • Register to Chuck:, not to this email or to the blog, please.
  • Masks are not required but will be appreciated.
  • Bring your Covid-19 Vaccination Record Card and a photo ID card. They will be checked. If you do not have two shots and a booster recorded on your card, you must wear a mask while you are with the group.
  • If we checked your Covid card In March-July, we won’t check it this month.
  • Bring your own binoculars; telescope too if you have one.
  • All Field Trips are designed to maximize your safety, while also enjoying birds. CDC Guidelines are followed. Participants are encouraged to observe safe distancing, and face coverings are required for those who are not fully vaccinated (2 shots + booster) for Covid-19.
  • Participation in social activities, such as field trips, comes with an inherent risk of exposure to infectious disease. Prospective participants should self-evaluate or discuss with their doctor if their participation merits this risk. If you’re sick or experiencing any symptoms that indicate you might be sick, STAY HOME.
  • The 10am Children & Parents Walk is NOT yet reinstated.
  • For general questions or help registering, contact Chuck:
  • Additional information on our permanent Covid-19 blog page:
Late August is a reasonably good time for Baird’s Sandpipers
(Kirsten Wahlquist, both photos 8-28-16)

The migrating shorebirds are picking up in numbers and diversity as are gulls and terns. Many may still have their bright breeding plumages. Migrating Snowy Plovers are returning from breeding. And the Jumping Mullet are living up to their well-deserved reputation.

Some of the great birds we’ve had in August are: Green-winged Teal, Brandt’s & Pelagic Cormorant, Snowy Egret, White-faced Ibis, Osprey, White-tailed Kite, Red-tailed Hawk, Semipalmated Plover, Spotted Sandpiper, Ruddy & Black Turnstones, Sanderling, Western & Least Sandpipers, Pectoral Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Least, Forster’s, Royal & Elegant Tern, Black Skimmer, White-throated Swift, Belted Kingfisher, Merlin, Western Wood-Pewee, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Oak Titmouse, House Wren,  Orange-crowned, Warbler & Wilson’s Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Savannah, Song & Lincoln’s Sparrow, Western Tanager, Red-winged Blackbird, Bullock’s Oriole.

It will be, as as they frequently say in Malibu over a double-spiced mocha frappachino with sprinkles, served in a golden slipper: “A sege of heyrōnys!” 

Jumping (aka Black, Bully, Common, Flathead, Grey, Sea, Flathead Gray, Red, Striped and plain ol’ ordinary Mullet) Mullet. Also Goatfish. Adult commonly 16-22″ but have been recorded up to 47″ and 8 kilos (17.6 lb). In Malibu Lagoon they learn ancient piscine history in summer school, taught by a Pepperdine professor. Their preferred water temperature is 8-24°C (46-75°F), but reportedly have survived for a while in water 34.5°C (94°F) (Smartfarming)
Woe unto the unwary Mullet, for his generations shall be no more.
(Jeffrey Davidson 7-10-16)

Adult Walk 8:30 a.m., 4th Sunday of every month.  Beginner and experienced, 2-3 hours.  Species range from 35 in June to 60-75 during migrations and winter.  We move slowly and check everything as we move along.  When lagoon outlet is closed we may 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. Bring your birding questions.

Children and Parents Walk: Still canceled due to Covid-19 pandemic, immunization and masking problems, especially with young children. Maybe in September.

Algae you can make your stand on! (Lillian Johnson 7-25-21)

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 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 signs carefully) on either of 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 (i.e. they tow cars).

Prior checklists:
2021: Jan-July
July-Dec 2022: Jan-June 
2020: Jan-JulyJuly-Dec  2019: Jan-June, July-Dec  
2018: Jan-June, July-Dec  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

[Written & posted by Chuck Almdale]

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