Bird Song Opera | YouTube Video


This must be seen and heard to be believed.

Watch it at least twice. It gets better. 3 ½ minutes.

Music by W. A. Mozart, arranged and edited by Volker Pannes,
Many thanks to “Hollywood” Dave Surtees, aficionado of strange humor, for sending this in.   [Chuck Almdale]

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High Water and Snowy Plover chicks at Malibu Lagoon, 27 May, 2018


Immature Brown Pelican with emerging primary feathers p1 & p2.
(Ray Juncosa 5-27-18)

As we move on towards summer, numbers and diversity of the birds continues to drop. This month the decline in ducks was particularly noticeable with only Gadwall and Mallard present, and most of those were ducklings toodling along behind their mothers. The twenty or or thirty birders present enjoyed a nice day and some interesting sightings.

The Usual Suspects keep the haberdashers in business
(Grace Murayama 5-27-18)

The beach breach had closed and lagoon water was very high, well above sea level at the 9:12 AM high tide. The Jumping Mullet seemed to enjoy it, as they were leaping all over the lagoon and channel. There might be a foot of sand yet to clear before the water breaks over the beach into the sea, with the lowest clearance near Adamson house. Lots of little dunes and…

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Snowy Plovers Again Nest on Surfrider Beach


Adult Snowy Plover, Malibu Lagoon (Randy Ehler 5-27-18)

Major Malibu Surfrider Beach news again this year are the nesting Snowy Plovers. Nesting behavior was first noted on April 8, 2018. As of our May 27 field trip, there were two large and well-plumaged young, attended by one adult, presumably the father (the mother leaves a few days after the last egg hatches).

Our diligent Snowy Plover (SNPL) mavens Grace Murayama and Larry Loeher supplied this Snowy Plover Activity timeline.

April 8, 2018: Volunteer Sandy Summer observes and reports possible nesting behavior.

April 9: Ornithologist Dan Cooper checks and agrees; observes adult picking at shells and settling on probable nest.

Snowy Plover mom fluffing up to sit on eggs, Malibu Lagoon
(Grace Murayama 04-10-18)

April 10: Larry & Grace confirm nesting behavior: adult repeatedly returning to same spot on sand; eggs not clearly seen at the time, but later examination of…

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Gathering About Bonsai – Western Australia

Bonsai Eejit

I’m delighted to be working with the Bonsai Society of Western Australia this September. I’m returning to the area after my visit last year were I was truly inspired by the Aussie native species and I’m honoured to be able to help promote bonsai in Bunbury and the surrounding area.

All the details of the weekend are shown below. If you are in WA and are interested, please jump onboard and book your spot and come and enjoy the craic 🙂

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