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Reminder: Butterbredt Spring Halloween: Sat-Sun, 1-2 November, 8:30am

October 30, 2014
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Join us for our annual Halloween Campout!

We few! We carven few! We group of gourds! (R. Seidner 11/3/12)

We few! We carven few!
We gathering of gourds!
(R. Seidner 11/3/12)

Travel will be on graded dirt roads. Birds we hope to see are the typical desert species (Golden Eagle, Sage Sparrow, etc.) and fall migrants such as (we hope) large flocks of Pinyon Jays. Bring a pumpkin for the annual Carving Exhibition and Ghostly Tree Display. Bring water for cooking and washing and warm clothing for the desert night. Don’t leave Mojave without filling up on gas.

Some of the great birds from prior trips were:  California Quail, Cooper’s Hawk. Wilson’s Snipe, Greater Roadrunner, Western Screech Owl, Hooty Hoot Owl, Williamson’s Sapsucker, Pinyon Jay,  Rock, Bewick’s & Cactus Wrens, Western Bluebird, California Thrasher, Loggerhead Shrike, Cedar Waxwing, Bell’s (prev. Sage) Sparrow, Pine Siskin.

Prior Trips:  October 2013November 2012October 2009

Family guide: great fun for children over 10. In fact, we encourage families to attend this camping trip. We have been invited to stay at Sageland Ranch, home of Keith Axelson. There will be camping space for all, but please bring enough water for cooking and washing, and some firewood would be greatly appreciated too. You can cook on the main campfire or on one of the barbecues.

Leaders: Liz Galton & Mary Prismon
The leaders may go up Friday night and camp at Sageland Ranch. Contact them if you are interested in joining them.

Note: Participants need to phone or email the leader to sign-up for this trip. They will receive directions, time and place of meeting, and be asked to sign a release form which will be available at the beginning of the trip or by sending a SASE to Mary Prismon, 4310 Ocean View Dr. Malibu, CA 90265 (310-457-2240) when signing up.

The rock admiration society (R. Seidner 11/3/12)

The Rock Admiration Society, Kelso Valley Chapter (R. Seidner 11/3/12)

Directions: From Santa Monica: take the San Diego Freeway north to Highway 14 which goes east and then north to the Antelope Valley. From Mojave continue on Highway 14 about 20 miles to the Jawbone Canyon turnoff. Take Jawbone Rd. for 6.2 miles and take the right fork. Go another 5.7 miles to the Butterbredt Sign, turn right and go another 0.9 miles to the spring. Travel time is about 2½ – 3 hours from Santa Monica. Meet at the spring at 8:30 a.m. Leave your name and telephone number with the contact person in case of cancellation due to bad weather. If you have an FRS radio, bring it along tuned to Channel 11, privacy channel 22.

Map to meeting place and probable route
Hint: Switch to “Satellite” and zoom in to see spring close up.
[Chuck Almdale]

Ballona Creek Area Field Trip, 8 November, 8:30 AM

October 30, 2014
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The Ballona Creek area has six great birding areas: the ocean, the beach, the creek breakwaters and edges, the salt marsh, del Rey Lagoon and the freshwater marsh. On the breakwaters we see rock-loving birds we don’t find on the beach: Surfbird, Black Turnstone, Wandering Tattler, Black Oystercatcher, all three cormorants. Elsewhere, in addition to the usual suspects in the gull and tern community, we find sea ducks, dabbling ducks, loons, grebes, egrets, sandpipers, the occasional alcid and perhaps an unusual sparrow or two. If time permits after exploring del Rey lagoon and the jetty areas we’ll go to the opposite end of the wetlands and bird the freshwater marsh next to Lincoln Blvd. The ever-expanding bird list for the Freshwater marsh was 233 species at last count.

Black Oystercatcher on the Jetty (C.Almdale 11/09)

Black Oystercatcher on the Jetty (C.Almdale 11/09)

Prior Trips:  February 2013February 2011,  November 2009
Family guide:
1-2 miles walking on pavement, dirt trails and rock jetty if you’re sure footed. Usually cool, sometimes windy.
[Directions]
From Lincoln Blvd. in Playa del Rey take Jefferson Blvd. towards the ocean. Jefferson merges into Culver Blvd as you continue. Just past the stop light in the center of town, do not follow the curve to the left which becomes Vista del Mar, but continue straight on Culver two short blocks, turn right onto Pacific Ave (almost at the end of Culver); go to about 64th Ave. where you will find a free parking lot on the right between Pacific Ave. and the Del Rey Lagoon.
Meet at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot by the lagoon.
Leader: Lu Plauzoles (310-395-6235) & Ellen Vahan
Mapquest Link: http://mapq.st/fGIbQX
[Chuck Almdale]

Safari Birding in Kenya, with Alex Oloo: Evening Meeting, Tuesday, 4 November, 7:30pm

October 24, 2014
Just one of Kenya's sunbirds (from ANT website)

Just one of Kenya’s stunning sunbirds, the Northern Double-collared
(from ANT website)

With over 1200 species of birds in Kenya and many hundreds more in neighboring Uganda and Tanzania, not to mention all those large and beautiful  mammals roaming the savannas and forests, East Africa remains one of the premier birding destinations of the world. This program will cover numerous aspects of safari travel in this bird and culture-rich environment, including: biogeography of bird populations, threats to conservation, the Important Bird Areas (IBA’s) of Kenya, best times to visit Kenya and why Kenya is a terrific place to bird.

Grey Crowned-Cranes (from ANT website)

Grey Crowned-Cranes (from ANT website)

 Born in Kenya, Alex Oloo, lived there most of his life, and was an ornithological tour guide in East Africa for almost ten years. He worked for Roadscholar (formerly Elderhostel) as their East Africa guide, and also was research assistant with the Ornithological Department of the Kenya National Museum. He now operates his own Alex Nature Tours and organizes safaris to East Africa, including one to Kenya designed for L.A. birders in January, 2015. He is currently studying Political Science at Pierce College, and is a docent at the Los Angeles Zoo.

There'll be no leopard-like snoozing during this program (from ANT website)

There’ll be no leopard-like snoozing during this program (from ANT website)

We continue to meet at Christine Emerson Reed Park, 1133 7th Street. (between 7th St. & Lincoln Blvd., California Ave. & Wilshire Blvd.), Santa Monica. Previously known as Lincoln Park. If you’re coming from outside Santa Monica, exit the #10 Fwy at Lincoln Blvd., turn north  and drive 5 blocks north to Wilshire Blvd.

Link to Google Map
Meeting Room: Mid-park in Joslyn Hall, accessible from Lincoln Blvd, California Ave. and 7th St.  Its glass wall faces north towards St. Monica Church on California St.  If you’re walking from Lincoln Blvd., it’s located directly behind (west) of the large Miles Playhouse building. Not accessible directly from Wilshire Blvd.

Meetings begin at 7:30 sharp with a little business, and then our main presentation. Refreshments are served afterward. 

Parking: The entire block between Wilshire and California Ave, 7th and Lincoln, on the sides closest to the park, is metered. Meter enforcement ends at 6PM, so free parking for the meeting!  We had almost 50 attendees in February and we know of only two people who couldn’t find parking. However, the local natives are engaged in a survival-of-the-fittest scramble for free parking, so the after-6pm free parking spaces disappear quickly.  We suggest that you arrive no later than 7:15 pm.

If all those spaces are filled, go south of Wilshire, not north of the park, as resident-only permit parking zones abound to the north. The east side of Lincoln Blvd. is also by permit parking only. We found plenty of spaces on 7th St. or Lincoln south of Wilshire. Most of those seem to be “until 6PM” meters also. Wherever you park, please read parking signs carefully and avoid a big fat $40+ parking ticket.
[Chuck Almdale]

Malibu Lagoon Field Trips: Sunday, 26 October, 8:30 & 10am.

October 23, 2014
Artist's perspective of west channels view from SW corner (RestoreMalibuLagoon . com)

Artists 2012 perspective of finished project
(RestoreMalibuLagoon . com)

Lagoon looking east - compare to Artist's Perspective (R. Ehler 7/27/14)

Channel & Lagoon looking east on 7/27/14
(Randy Ehler )

As the summer sunbathers leave, the lagoon and beach fill up with migrants and wintering birds arriving from the north. It may be sunny, it may be cool, but it probably won’t rain. Whether you’re experienced or new to our coastal birds, this would be a great day to introduce yourself to them.

Some of the great birds we’ve had in October are: Snow Goose; Bufflehead; Common Loon; Horned, Eared & Western Grebes; Brandt’s & Pelagic Cormorants; Osprey; Cooper’s Hawk; Merlin; Peregrine Falcon; Sora; Snowy Plover; Black Oystercatcher; Ruddy & Black Turnstones; Pectoral Sandpiper; Dunlin; Heermann’s, Mew, California & Herring Gulls; Caspian, Forster’s, Royal & Elegant Terns; Anna’s & Allen’s Hummingbird; Black-hooded Parakeet; Say’s Phoebe; Tree & Violet-Green Swallows; Marsh Wren; Black-throated Gray and Townsend’s Warblers; Western Meadowlark.

Prior checklists:
2014:   Jan-July                                 2013:   Jan-June,   July-Dec
2012:   Jan-June,   July -Dec         2011:   Jan-June,   July-Dec
2010:  Jan-June,   July-Dec           2009:
  Jan-June,   July-Dec.

Adult Walk 8:30 a.m. – Beginner and experienced, 2-3 hours.  Species range from 40 in June to 60-75 during migrations and winter.  We meet at the metal-shaded viewing area (see photo below) next to the parking lot and begin walking east towards the lagoon.  We always check the offshore rocks and the ocean.  When lagoon outlet is closed we continue east around the lagoon, and around to Adamson House.  We put out special effort to make our monthly Malibu Lagoon walks attractive to first-time and beginning birdwatchers.  So please, if you are at all worried about coming on a trip and embarrassing yourself because of all the experts, we remember our first trips too.  Someone had to show us the birds, and it’s our turn now.

Meeting place - What's that animal in the foreground?  See photo below of him heading the other way. (Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation 6/18/13)

Meeting place – Hey, what’s that animal in the foreground?
See him heading the other way in photo below.
(Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation 6/18/13)

Children and Parents Walk 10:00 a.m.   One hour session, meeting at the metal-shaded viewing area (see photo above) between parking lot and channel.  We start at 10:00 for a shorter walk and to allow time for families to get it together on a sleepy Sunday morning.  Our leaders are experienced with kids so please bring them to the beach!  We have an ample supply of binoculars that children can use without striking terror into their parents.  We want to see families enjoying nature. (If you have a Scout Troop or other group of more than seven people, you must call Mary (310-457-2240) to make sure we have enough binoculars and docents.)

Directions: Malibu Lagoon is at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Cross Creek Road.  Look around for people wearing binoculars.  Parking in the official lagoon lot is $12+ or by annual pass.  You may also park either along PCH west of Cross Creek Road, on Cross Creek Road itself but be careful – some parts of PCH are off-limits (read the signs carefully), or on Civic Center Way north (inland) of the shopping center.  Lagoon parking in the shopping center lot is not permitted.
Map to Meeting Place
[Chuck Almdale]

Locally known as 'Willie the Weasel' (Cal. State Parks 6/18/13)

Locally known as ‘Son of Willie the Weasel’
(Cal. State Parks 6/18/13)


Butterbredt Spring Halloween: Sat-Sun, 1-2 November, 8:30am

October 23, 2014
by

Join us for our annual Halloween Campout!

We few! We carven few! We gathering of gourds! (R. Seidner 11/3/12)

We few! We carven few!
We gathering of gourds!
(R. Seidner 11/3/12)

Travel will be on graded dirt roads. Birds we hope to see are the typical desert species (Golden Eagle, Sage Sparrow, etc.) and fall migrants such as (we hope) large flocks of Pinyon Jays. Bring a pumpkin for the annual Carving Exhibition and Ghostly Tree Display. Bring water for cooking and washing and warm clothing for the desert night. Don’t leave Mojave without filling up on gas.

Some of the great birds from prior trips were:  California Quail, Cooper’s Hawk. Wilson’s Snipe, Greater Roadrunner, Western Screech Owl, Hooty Hoot Owl, Williamson’s Sapsucker, Pinyon Jay,  Rock, Bewick’s & Cactus Wrens, Western Bluebird, California Thrasher, Loggerhead Shrike, Cedar Waxwing, Bell’s (prev. Sage) Sparrow, Pine Siskin.

Prior Trips:  October 2013November 2012October 2009

Family guide: great fun for children over 10. In fact, we encourage families to attend this camping trip. We have been invited to stay at Sageland Ranch, home of Keith Axelson. There will be camping space for all, but please bring enough water for cooking and washing, and some firewood would be greatly appreciated too. You can cook on the main campfire or on one of the barbecues.

Leaders: Liz Galton & Mary Prismon
The leaders may go up Friday night and camp at Sageland Ranch. Contact them if you are interested in joining them.

Note: Participants need to phone or email the leader to sign-up for this trip. They will receive directions, time and place of meeting, and be asked to sign a release form which will be available at the beginning of the trip or by sending a SASE to Mary Prismon, 4310 Ocean View Dr. Malibu, CA 90265 (310-457-2240) when signing up.

The rock admiration society (R. Seidner 11/3/12)

The Rock Admiration Society, Kelso Valley Chapter (R. Seidner 11/3/12)

Directions: From Santa Monica: take the San Diego Freeway north to Highway 14 which goes east and then north to the Antelope Valley. From Mojave continue on Highway 14 about 20 miles to the Jawbone Canyon turnoff. Take Jawbone Rd. for 6.2 miles and take the right fork. Go another 5.7 miles to the Butterbredt Sign, turn right and go another 0.9 miles to the spring. Travel time is about 2½ – 3 hours from Santa Monica. Meet at the spring at 8:30 a.m. Leave your name and telephone number with the contact person in case of cancellation due to bad weather. If you have an FRS radio, bring it along tuned to Channel 11, privacy channel 22.

Map to meeting place and probable route
Hint: Switch to “Satellite” and zoom in to see spring close up.
[Chuck Almdale]

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