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Heron and Cormorant Rookery

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I absolutely loved the rookery: Hawks, herons, Cormorants, Turkey Vultures, & Deer! Viewing the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
City of Angels
Interesting place to view nesting birds

It would have been helpful to have better directions in order to find this place. The description... read more

Reviewed 27 July 2017
Orange County, California
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Located in Morro Bay National Estuary, this is a popular place to view a variety of birds.
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  • Very good48%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I absolutely loved the rookery: Hawks, herons, Cormorants, Turkey Vultures, & Deer! Viewing the birds is best from the beach or parking lot of Inn at Morro Bay But dang, I was eaten alive by no-see-ums while walking along the path.....

Thank Auntie-Nanuuq
Reviewed 27 July 2017

It would have been helpful to have better directions in order to find this place. The description said it was next to Morro Bay Inn but the sign to Morro Bay Inn was very small, we passed it several times, and we could see nothing...More

Thank carolmD5497WI
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Not that into birding, but this was so different from anything we've seen before. It was really cool, especially after the natural history museum where we learned the names of the birds we were seeing.

Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

If you are an avid bird watcher and enjoy seeing a lot of sea birds up close and personal, then this is the place for you. This past winter, there was a lot of strong winds and rain, and many of the trees that were...More

Thank CentralCoastWine
Reviewed 28 June 2017

How often can you stand amidst the trees of such a rookery right along the road? You'll experience the sounds and smells of hundreds of birds, caring for their young and guarding their nests. There are some small informative signs for the visitors. The park...More

Thank imabug2
Reviewed 11 June 2017

This was an interesting spot. There were loads of birds in the trees, on the beach and out in the tidal water. The area was obviously saturated by cormorants which are invasive. But there were also plenty of other birds and sea life. Because we...More

Thank Janet F
Reviewed 2 May 2017

Fun to watch the herons and listen to the cormorants. There is also a small beach area. Very peaceful place. Bring your binoculars.

Thank crtrptr
Reviewed 17 April 2017

We were fascinated by the nesting birds. We saw herons (just a few), cormorants and our favorite, great herons. The herons were engaged in nest building, so they were collecting nesting materials and flying them back to their nests. The backlit herons with wings outstretched...More

1  Thank MBTraveler47
Reviewed 16 December 2016

Ten years ago this was a heron and egret rookery--now, due to the takeover by cormorants, most of the perch trees are dead, and few birds attend. Too bad...

Thank harold b
Reviewed 17 November 2016

I took an afternoon walk from Morro Bay State campgrounds, and discovered a Heron rookery about 3/4 of a mile up the bay. There must haver been 100 Herons flying around. I counted over 50 then gave up. It was cool.

Thank thibbs1955
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