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Heron and Cormorant Rookery

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Address: Morro Bay, CA
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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 4, 2015
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Tucson
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333 reviews 333 reviews
206 attraction reviews
286 helpful votes 286 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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41 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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42 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 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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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 reviews 5 reviews
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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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184 reviews 184 reviews
51 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
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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26 reviews 26 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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