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.
-- 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.
Did You Know?
Piece by piece, a trail is forging its way along the "backbone" of the recreation area. California State Parks took the first step toward a 65-mile Backbone Trail in 1978. With 5 miles left to go, single track trails and fireroads will unite this patchwork of public parklands from east to west.