Trip report for Bird L.A. Day
Malibu Creek State Park


Saturday, May 07, 2016

Number of participants: 63 + 2 leaders
Start time 4:50pm
Finish time 7:30pm
Distance covered: 1.95 mile
Weather:  cloudy and 71deg at start, partly cloudy and 67deg at finish.

Rain or shine, our Wild Wings group was ready for a Bird L.A. Day adventure and we weren't disappointed. Mother Nature treated us to a glorious dry afternoon of Spring birding!  Maybe because of the rain earlier in the day, afternoon bird activity seemed higher than normal. The boys were out singing in force and we got both Lazuli Bunting and Blue Grosbeak within the first 10 minutes. And although never seen well, Yellow Warblers were heard throughout the entire walk. Our study subject for the day was an unassuming tyrant flycatcher.  Bad lighting and the fact that it kept its back to us made it quite difficult to identify. The bird finally gave us a front view and we saw it had a vested appearance - a great clue. It then turned its back to us once more, briefly showing two diagnostic white patches.  Bingo - Olive-sided Flycatcher!  As evening approached, we were treated to a spattering of Cliff Swallows, Violet-green Swallows and large flocks of both Northern Rough-wing Swallows and White-throated Swifts.  

After Malibu Creek, 44 of us continued on to the Adobe Cantina where we all enjoyed excellent company, good food, cold drinks and great service.  We can't wait until Bird L.A. Day 2017!! 

 
Birds - 48 species

Drawings (from top) Spotted Towhee, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Great Egret and Song Sparrow.  Done entirely from memory at the Adobe Cantina.
Courtesy of Jacob age 8.
Mallard  
Great Egret  
Turkey Vulture  
Red-shouldered Hawk - heard only
Red-tailed Hawk  
Band-tailed Pigeon  
Mourning Dove  
White-throated Swift  
Anna's Hummingbird  
Allen's Hummingbird  
Belted Kingfisher  
Acorn Woodpecker  
Nuttall's Woodpecker  
American Kestrel  
Nanday Parakeet  
Olive-sided Flycatcher  
Pacific-slope Flycatcher  
Ash-throated Flycatcher  
Cassin's Kingbird  
Western Scrub-Jay
American Crow  
Common Raven  
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Cliff Swallow  
Oak Titmouse  
Bushtit  
White-breasted Nuthatch  
House Wren  
Bewick's Wren  
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  
Wrentit - heard only
Western Bluebird  
Northern Mockingbird  
Orange-crowned Warbler  
Common Yellowthroat  
Yellow Warbler  
Song Sparrow  
California Towhee  
Spotted Towhee  
Western Tanager  
Black-headed Grosbeak  
Blue Grosbeak  
Lazuli Bunting  
Brown-headed Cowbird  
Bullock's Oriole  
House Finch  
Lesser Goldfinch


Mammals:
Mule Deer
California Ground Squirrel
Eastern Fox Squirrel




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