• 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?

Franklin Canyon is a great place for natural and city views.

At the geographical center of Los Angeles is a national park site. At Franklin Canyon Ranch in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, you can see cityscapes and natural views. The recreation area extendes in an east-west direction running through the heart of the city.