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Address: Morro Bay, CA
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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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Herons, Herons, Herons

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 16, 2016
thibbs1955
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Santa Clarita, California
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Los Osos, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 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...

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Santa Clarita, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 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.

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Clovis, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 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 California Coast wildlife, its cool!

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 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 - I'd spend the entire day just watching birds, it's truly fascinating in a way... More 

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Thank DarkXY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016

If you stay at Inn at Morro Bay, you just have to walk across the parking lot to the wire fence. Or take the path toward the estuary, and stop. There are more birds in the rookery than anyone can estimate.

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Del Mar, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016

We walked to this area in the Morro Bay State Park but you really can't see a whole lot from the ground through the trees. The best way to see the birds was from a small boat (we hired Morro Bay Landing - Capt Mike). We took a small boat we chartered for only $15 and were able to see... More 

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Half Moon Bay, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2016

Short and sweet. If you want to get in a quick hike overlooking the bay.. Easy to park and hike. It was an amazing mecca of bird life and even saw a doe munching on a bush.. So sweet. Located close to the golf course. Met some lovely travelers here as well.

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Thank Ethicalreviews333
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2016

very cool place a must see stayed @ inn@ morrobay right next to the rookery the cooing & noises of herons & the cormorants was great to listen very cool place indeed

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Thank Mikemhs
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2016

I traveled up to Morro Bay again this past weekend and was wonderfully surprised to see spring in full bloom. We went on a cruise on the bay for a very inexpensive (if you don't drink the Alcohol) ticket. On the little boat we saw everything they promised, the very first treat we had were the many sea otters swimming... More 

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2016

Earlier in the day, 8 Great Blue Herons were roosting in the tall tree snags at this rookery. But later in the day (afternoon) they had all gone to their hunting sites and were not visible. In order to see the Herons, you need to go in the morning, no later than 9:30 am.

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