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Nesting Notes at King Gillette Ranch (former SOKA University) in Santa Monica Mountains

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  • Robert van de Hoek
    Greetings Birders, April 3, 2011 Late in the afternoon, while visiting King Gillette Ranch (former SOKA University) in the Santa Monica Mountains, near the
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      Greetings Birders, April 3, 2011

      Late in the afternoon, while visiting King Gillette Ranch (former SOKA
      University) in the Santa Monica Mountains, near the intersection of Mulholland
      Highway and Las Virgenes Canyon Road (Malibu Canyon Road), where there is a
      man-made dam that has created a pond surrounded by oaks and other trees,
      and which has a small vegetated island, I noticed a female Canada Goose on a
      nest on the island at the pond, with a male Canada Goose nearby on the water. 
      On an oak tree, adjacent to the pond, there is a large nest of a Great Blue
      Heron.  I saw a Great Blue Heron snap a branchlet from another tree on the
      perimter of the pond, and then fly with it to the nest in the oak.   Also of
      interest near the pond in a tree on the recently mowed turf-lawn meadow,, there
      was a very vocal singing American Robin male as sunset was approaching,
      which was hoping to nest if only a female robin might be in the region.  There
      were three American Wigeon on the shore of the pond.  No other water birds were
      notcied.

      "Roy"
      Robert van de Hoek, RC & Conservation Biologist
      Wetlands Defense Fund and Ballona Institute
      Los Angeles (Playa del Rey), California




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