• Stars appear behind a dramatic landscape of rocky mountains, rolling hills, and fields of grass

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Birding Sites, Habitats, & Specialties

The sites listed here are just a few of the many birding sites found throughout the Santa Monica Mountains. Sites are listed by site name, location, habitat, and speciality. These are what we consider to be some of the best spots, but we encourage you to explore and find your own. Enjoy!

Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa, Newbury Park:
-- Grassland, chaparral, coastal sage scrub, oak woodland, riparian.
– Greater Roadrunner, Blue Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting, White-shouldered Kite (and other raptors), Grasshopper Sparrow.

Malibu Creek State Park & Gillette Ranch, Calabasas:
-- Grassland, chaparral, oak woodland, riparian.
– Raptors, ducks, woodpeckers, Lazuli Bunting, Blue Grosbeak.

CheeseboroCanyon, Agoura:
-- Grassland, oak woodland.
– Raptors, Lewis’ Woodpecker (in winter).

Malibu Lagoon, Malibu (central):
-- Coastal estuary (brackish), marsh, seashore.
– Shorebirds, shorebirds, seabirds, rails, ducks.

SycamoreCanyon, Malibu (west):
-- Riparian, seashore.
– Vagrants.

Did You Know?

Rangers from California State Parks and the National Park Service discuss program ideas.

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area was established in 1978, but the National Park Service did not own public parkland in the area until 1980. National Park Rangers devised clever ways to promote the national park goals without land by creating thriving partnerships with many agencies.