Malibu Lagoon Bird Walk Report April 22, 2018 Happy Earth Day

SANTA MONICA BAY AUDUBON SOCIETY BLOG

A beautiful day at the Lagoon as spring migration tails off. Maybe it’s a little earlier than usual this year. We had few ducks and shorebirds, but just enough for the edification of the ten or so new faces we welcomed to “our” lagoon. Some signs of renewal in the fifth year since the reconfiguration of the area: Black-crowned Night-herons exploring the trees around the lagoon, and a Red-winged Blackbird checking out the reeds, …for nesting? The best drama award went to the mom Snowy Plover sitting on her nest who bolted out of the protective wire exclosure when a pushy Killdeer approached. She put on an extensive broken-wing, distressed diversion and eventually led the Killdeer a good hundred feet from the nest.
Total 38 species. Not very rich for spring–more like a summer doldrums count. Maybe we’ll be surprised in May.

Gadwall (Mareca strepera) 5
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 4

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