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Address: , Morro Bay, CA
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Activities: Birdwatching
Description: Located in Morro Bay National Estuary, this is a popular place to view a...
Located in Morro Bay National Estuary, this is a popular place to view a variety of birds.
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Birds, Birds, Birds and all the trimmings

When you enter Morro Bay State Park, come past the golf course, and the Inn at Morro Bay, there is a small parking lot (more of a pull out) that has a small billboard. From here... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 9, 2015
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Atascadero, California
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Anacortes, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Really interesting when viewed from the water by tour boat, kayak or paddle board. Really stinky when viewed from land!

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Atascadero, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

When you enter Morro Bay State Park, come past the golf course, and the Inn at Morro Bay, there is a small parking lot (more of a pull out) that has a small billboard. From here you can spot the trees and nests of the cormorants and others. It is best early morning or late afternoon, as the birds go... More 

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Tucson
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 315 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

All the action is high up in the trees. You may not see the birds, but you will see their "homes." Nests all over, up in those eucalyptus trees, and some so close together you'd think they were living in the California condos. Signs up (and barbed wire) remind the visitor to respect their nesting land.

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San Luis Obispo, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

There is a nature trail that runs along the edge of the rookery down to a small cove. Lovely walk and the birds are fascinating. They all leave in the morning at the same time...Weird.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Rough dirt walking path amongst the rookery. Stay on the path to avoid bird droppings. You can easily see the nests and many birds. Right along the bay and parking nearby.

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Simi Valley, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Sadly the trees are dying due to the amount of bird waste on them. Herons need the greenery to help them feel safe and protected so there are few if any there now BUT it is perfect for the Cormorants and they are plentiful.

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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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

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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