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Heron and Cormorant Rookery

Morro Bay, CA
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Ranked #10 of 14 attractions in Morro Bay
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Birdwatching
Description: Located in Morro Bay National Estuary, this is a popular place to view a variety of birds.
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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

My wife and I just happened upon this rookery while staying in the adjacent hotel, and we loved seeing all of the egrets, heron, and cormorants roosting! I watched two night heron for a while and got some great pics. As already mentioned, it does take a strong nose to stay long, but the endurance is worth it!

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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

It smells, but it's something worth seeing! I loved watching the birds. Would have liked to have had more information about the birds on the poster outside the rookery.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013 via mobile

my husband & I come here because we love birds. You have to come in April or May if you want to see a lot of bird activity. We love the smells and sights of them flying back and forth making their nests and feeding their babies. We have been coming here for 15 years

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St. George
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

This is a very interesting stop for nature lovers. You can visit the little history museum, then walk to the rookery. The birds are bountiful, so you must just accept that there will be an associated smell. Do visit, just don't plan on picnicking there.

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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

You are not guaranteed to see lots of birds when you go to this site. This is a fenced off area of the coastline in Morro Bay State Park very near the Natural History Museum. I have been there on two separate occasions, once last August and again in January a few weeks ago. On one occasion I did see... More

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Cayucos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

This is an amazing rookery of great blue herons and cormorants. Yes, when visiting a rookery (any ole rookery) one encounters smells. Keep vicks vapor rub handy and enjoy. My husband and I (locals) have the rookery on our "To Do List," from March to May. Have I mentioned that great blue herons look prehistoric...?

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Moorpark, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

We were able to see the Heron Rookery from our Half-day Kayaking trip with Central Coast Outdoors. We were able to see the Great Heron's from the kayaks and able to get really close.

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Eureka, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2011

Wonderful birds- warming themselves in the red light.

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Buellton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2011

A large grove of trees at the edge of Morro Bay hosts the rookery. The nests are high, so binoculars and a telephoto lens are helpful. You can see the chicks and parents feeding, and hear them calling back & forth. Very cool.

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