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Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

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Address: Entrance at Warner Ave. and PCH, (opposite Bolsa Chica State Beach), Huntington Beach, CA
Phone Number: 714 846 1114
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Activities: Birdwatching

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Birding at its best

Coming from the East coast, a visit to Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve was a great way to add life birds to my list. Additionally, many of the birds are accustomed to people and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Coming from the East coast, a visit to Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve was a great way to add life birds to my list. Additionally, many of the birds are accustomed to people and were not too skittish which allowed some good opportunities for bird photography. Along with wading birds, ducks gulls and terns, it was nice to have the opportunity... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

If you just came on your own, this would be a nice walk and you'd see some birds and small lizards. Unless you're a birding afficionado, that's about it. However, get here on a Saturday by 10 am. A docent takes people on a tour through the reserve from 10-12! You'll learn a great deal about the birds and the... More 

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Framlingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 via mobile

I went here in summer which isn't the best time, I'm sure. It was right at the end if my holiday and I didn't have much time to devote to it, but still managed to pick up a few new birds, though missed out on Black Skimmer, which was the reason I went in the first place. Am sure it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a great nature walk in the wetlands. Many interesting birds and plants. Very peaceful. Free parking. Excellent walking paths.

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Corona, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Very cool day hike and very interesting little center across from beach. A long path including a little known military facts.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 via mobile

I grew up close to this area and always loved it. So nice to remind one that nature and wildlife is beautiful. The variety of birds is nice to see. Can find frogs and fish and lots of small creatures. Great area to watch meteor showers at night. Not much parking but totally worth a visit. Further along the nature... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This place is unusual for having free parking since it's right across popular beaches. But whenever I've been here, I haven't seen people abusing the parking privilege, although I've mostly been here early in the morning. It's also relatively unusual as a park as I can't think of another place like this in LA or Orange County. This reserve is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

It's difficult to see the sign from Pacific Coast Highway. Birdwatching was great and my Mom could see plenty of birds without the binoculars

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Bird viewing at its best!. The trail is over a mile long filled with birds, coyotes, and wonderful sites

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Costa Mesa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Free parking available and usually you can see migrating birds in the area. You can also see the past history with the oil drilling that took place in the area. Seems like they're doing their best to keep the reserve but lots of houses are starting to creep into the area like some wicked blue dream. I love it when... More 

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