Snowy Plovers, Least Terns, Nests & Chicks: Malibu Lagoon, 25 June, 2017


Lagoon channel view to south towards Malibu Colony (L. Johnson 6-25-17)

The Snowy Plovers and Least Terns nesting on Surfrider Beach next to Malibu Lagoon continue to be the big news. As mentioned last month, Snowy Plovers haven’t nested anywhere in Los Angeles County since 1949 in Manhattan Beach. Least Terns have nested for decades in the Venice Beach – Playa del Rey area, but we have no prior records at all of their nesting at Malibu save for a single attempt in 2013, when the parents left after crows ate their eggs.

Royal Tern flies out, Brown Pelican juvenile flies in
(J. Waterman, left; R. Juncosa right; Malibu 6-25-17)

Having them both nesting on the beach at the same time is a Significant Event. We can’t be sure exactly why they choose to nest here, but in my humble opinion it’s because the beach crew stopped grooming a long…

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