Good News on the Silver Strand: The Witch and the Ducks Return

The Wicked Witch of the Silver Strand

The Wicked Witch of the Silver Strand


The Wicked Witch, the Silver Strand’s Halloween mascot, has been released from the hospital and is now back on her perch on Northstar Mall. Following several joint replacements, she is noticeably friskier. On instructions from her physical therapist, she is turning this way and that every few seconds in preparation for her Halloween fly over in 2013.





Killdeer (Photo credit: shortylocaus)


The influx of migratory ducks to the Ballona Lagoon on the Silver Strand is now in full swing including the red-breasted Merganser, Widgeon, and Bufflehead ducks. A gorgeous great blue heron has taken up his post on the Lagoon at the entrance to the path at Via Dolce. Western sandpipers, long-billed Dowitchers, Killdeer and one Black Bellied Plover have also been observed by Silver Strand birders.  The water is being kept low which is good for shorebirds as it makes their food more accessible.


Male and Female Widgeon. Painting by Robert Richert ,1982, commissioned by the State of California for stamp design. Courtesy the artist and the State of California





Bufflehead Duck. Photo Harrison Starr




Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron (Photo credit: Odalaigh)


Red-Breasted Merganser. Photo Courtesy

Red-Breasted Merganser. Photo Courtesy

Black-bellied Plover

Black-bellied Plover. Courtesy

So, get out your binoculars, take a walk on the Ballona Lagoon path and enjoy the visual feast of bird life available in the winter months.






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