March 12, 2011 Saturday
There were four Black Skimmer at Malibu Lagoon this morning (10:30am) and one
had a silver band on the right leg. All four were resting for at least an hour
at the entrance of the slough channels, adjacent to a small island that has been
nicknamed "Lori's Island" by several naturalists and birders.
The band numbers were as follows:
54 ... 55 ... 34.
Above the two numbers of 55 were some letters: R&W... and below those letters
I would be interested to know the age and sex of this skimmer and any other
information about this individual's life history.
I also noted a singing/calling Marsh Wren, Virginia Rail, and several Sora, as
well as a singing Red-winged Blackbird.
A Great Blue Heron gathering nesting twigs from the saltgrass meadow at the
second bridge island, brought them up to the Cypress trees near the southwestern
boundary of Malibu Lagoon, where also can be found roosting Double-crested
A pair of Killdeer and a pair of Mallard appeared to be in courtship.
And there was a Song Sparrow gathering nesting material (vegetation fragments)
and flying across the slough channel to a saltbush.
Spring is in the air at Malibu Lagoon, i.e. nesting season is underway.
Robert van de Hoek, Conservation Biologist & Restoration Ecologist
Ballona Institute and Wetlands Defense Fund
Los Angeles (Playa del Rey), CA
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