Trip report for Malibu Creek State Park
Saturday, May 02, 2015

Number of participants: 78 + 3 leaders
Start time 4:30pm
Finish time 7:05pm
Distance covered: 2 miles
Weather:  mid 80s at the start, cooling to the low 70s and breezy

Wild Wings Patrons Partake in Bird L.A. Day in a Big Way!

We had an incredible turnout for our Saturday afternoon Malibu Creek SP walk - 81 in all!  With so many birdwatchers, sometimes finding birds can be problematic, but our group was simply awesome.  Everyone participated from beginning to end. From finding birds to helping others get on a bird that was in view, everyone worked together as a group.  It really was a team effort!  Most had great looks at Lazuli Bunting, Blue Grosbeak and Nanday Parakeet - a few of our target birds for the day.  We scored big with a nesting pair of American Kestrels who were taking advantage of a cavity in a magnificent Valley Oak tree.  It was also nice to see pair of Downey Woodpeckers along with the expected Nuttall's and Acorn Woodpeckers.  All and all it was a fantastic afternoon with a wonderful group of people.  Birding can be fun on so many levels and we definitely reached another level today, on a day set aside for bird lovers in the City of Angels!
45 Bird Species:


Great Blue Heron

Turkey Vulture

Cooper's Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Rock Pigeon

Photo: Laura Huges
Lazuli Bunting.  Photo: Laura Hughes 

Mourning Dove

Anna's Hummingbird

Allen's Hummingbird

Acorn Woodpecker

Nuttall's Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

American Kestrel

Nanday Parakeet

Pacific-slope Flycatcher

Black Phoebe

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Western Scrub-Jay

American Crow

Common Raven

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Cliff Swallow

Oak Titmouse

White-breasted Nuthatch

House Wren

Bewick's Wren

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher


Western Bluebird

Northern Mockingbird

European Starling


Orange-crowned Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Yellow Warbler

Spotted Towhee

California Towhee

Song Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)

Black-headed Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

Lazuli Bunting

Bullock's Oriole

House Finch

Lesser Goldfinch

California Ground Squirrel
Eastern Fox Squirrel

Western Fence Lizard

Western Tiger Swallowtail
California Sister
Checkered White
Cabbage White
Common Buckeye

Late afternoon Malibu Creek State Park bird watchers

Enjoying food and drinks afterward at the Adobe Cantina

4337 Woodman Ave. Sherman Oaks CA 91423     818-995-0022

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