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Heron and Cormorant Rookery

#12 of 37 things to do in Morro Bay Features Animals
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Unexpectedly cool

Not that into birding, but this was so different from anything we've seen before. It was really... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Right next to the Inn at Morro Bay.

If you are an avid bird watcher and enjoy seeing a lot of sea birds up close and personal, then... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Central Coast
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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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  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 10 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 1 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 16 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 15 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 16 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
Reviewed 16 November 2016

Birds, birds and more birds. If you are lucky, you will find more than just cormorants and herons. There are egrets, hawks and eagles. Ducks and sparrows, and a diverse ecosystem that supports all of them. Come enjoy the walk, and get to know Central...More

2  Thank TracyH566
Reviewed 10 October 2016

Happened to enjoy the view of this rookery from kayak (and had an opportunity to pull up on shore), and I think this will be the best way to observe the birds. I haven't had binoculars on me and really regretted it! If i did...More

Thank DarkXY
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