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Malibu Lagoon Monthly Field Trip: Sunday, 25 December 2022

December 10, 2022

Osprey lifting off with fish (Marsha Collins 12-26-21)

It’s ALWAYS the 4th (not the last!) Sunday of the month.
So YES! it’s on Christmas Day.
Start off your Christmas celebration right with a few birds under your belt.

Covid-19 Rules for Malibu Lagoon trip are
unchanged from last month.
People are still dropping like flies and additional viruses abound.

  • Registration required, max. 30 people. No drop-ins, please.
  • Register to Chuck: misclists[AT], 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-September, 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: misclists[AT]
  • Additional information on our permanent Covid-19 blog page
Osprey – both feet now on the fish (Femi Faminu 12-26-21)
Osprey – on the pole, finally! (Femi Faminu 12-26-21)

Ospreys can haul up to 90% of their own weight out of the water and hang onto it all the while with only one foot. I’ll bet you can’t do that.

Lots of migrants and wintering birds and few humans make it a great day for birding the lagoon. Usually sunny, often cool, with dolphins dancing in the waves. Stuff at home will still be there when you return, have no fear.

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!

If you arrive early you may perchance to espy a trewloue of turtuldowẏs.

Have you donated to SMBAS Yet? (

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 January.

Heermann’s Gull: “Wake me up when he’s finally finished fooling around with that fish.”
(Grace Murayama 12-21-21)

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).

Common Yellowthroat male (Femi Faminu 12-26-21)
Just imagine that those rocks are 3-4 ft. across.

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]

One Comment
  1. Chris Lord permalink
    December 10, 2022 1:05 pm

    Thank you Chuck. I don’t know yet what’s happening on Christmas day but I will be hoping to join you then. Chris

    Sent from my iPhone



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