Birding in Big Sur

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chabil
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Birding in Big Sur

Post by chabil » Fri Aug 26, 2016 8:25 pm

My husband and I will be driving from LA to Palo Alto late September. We are interested in watching the birds and of course the scenery. I think SLO and Moro Bay are good birding places. We think we may like to stay in the are for a couple of days.

Any hotel, motel, B&B suggestions? It will be nice if the place would keep us close to the water and the birds. Also would appreciate suggestions and guidelines and details for birding locations.

Thank you

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Re: Birding in Big Sur

Post by WhyNotUs » Sat Aug 27, 2016 8:37 am

I went to the Elkhorn Slough and stayed at a vrbo in Watsonville surrounded by Strawberry fields (forever).

http://www.elkhornslough.org/sloughlife/birds/
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Re: Birding in Big Sur

Post by TTBG » Sat Aug 27, 2016 9:23 am

I don't know much about birding but if you like to hike, the Pinnacles is a beautiful park. Their webpage has some info on bird watching: https://www.nps.gov/pinn/planyourvisit/bird-watching.htm. If you're really lucky, you might see a condor.

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Re: Birding in Big Sur

Post by Raybo » Sat Aug 27, 2016 9:29 am

I second the suggestion for Elkhorn Slough. I'd suggest renting a kayak and paddling in the slough. You could stay in Monterey, Watsonville, Santa Cruz or between any of them.

There is a fire in Big Sur. Also, when I have hiked there, the birding wasn't very good. Think trees but not much water.
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Re: Birding in Big Sur

Post by hicabob » Sat Aug 27, 2016 9:36 am

There are some California Condors there which are unusual to say the least.
http://www.ventanaws.org/tours/

(tours cancelled due to fire until further notice)

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Re: Birding in Big Sur

Post by chabil » Sat Aug 27, 2016 9:46 am

Raybo wrote:I second the suggestion for Elkhorn Slough. I'd suggest renting a kayak and paddling in the slough. You could stay in Monterey, Watsonville, Santa Cruz or between any of them.

There is a fire in Big Sur. Also, when I have hiked there, the birding wasn't very good. Think trees but not much water.

Oh that's sad. Yes that is going to hurt migration and everything else. I wonder if it affects shore birds as well.

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Re: Birding in Big Sur

Post by chabil » Sat Aug 27, 2016 9:48 am

WhyNotUs wrote:I went to the Elkhorn Slough and stayed at a vrbo in Watsonville surrounded by Strawberry fields (forever).

http://www.elkhornslough.org/sloughlife/birds/


I will check into it, thank you. the website's latest checklist is dated Feb 2016.

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Re: Birding in Big Sur

Post by SuzBanyan » Sat Aug 27, 2016 9:51 am

The local Audobon Society in Morro Bay has a newsletter at morrocoastaudobon.org. There is a talk on the Condors on Sept 19 and birding field trips on the 10th and 20th. There is also an online birding guide for SLO County.

Cal Poly, the local university in San Luis Obispo, starts classes on Thursday, Sept 22, which may make accommodations harder to find.

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