Birdwatching in California

Birdwatching in California

The vast expanse of California’s many nature reserves and wildlife refuges make the diverse terrain of the state perfect for animal lovers. Pair that with the Pacific-side migration hubs for birds from across the world, and with the desolate landscapes of the Great Basin, visitors staying at hotels in California open can find the state ripe with birdwatching opportunities.

The terrain of California is dramatically varied, which means you’ll find plenty of variety when it comes to bird watching in the state. This blog will outline some of the best spots across the 424 thousand square kilometre state for California tourists and guests using Good Nite Inn promo codes to enjoy the feathered visitors of the state.

Mono Lake, Lee Vining

Located in the Eastern Sierra, Mono Lake is home to over 80 different species of migratory birds and provides a vast alkali feeding ground for them and other types of animal. From tens of thousands of California gulls to Wilson’s phalaropes that feed at the lake before flying 3000 miles to Argentina, there are scores of avian life to chart and study at Mono Lake. Make sure not to miss the surrounding mountain ranges close to Mono Lake, including Mount Dana and the famous state-straddling Potato Peak.

Point Reyes Coast

Located at the edge of the Gulf Of Farollones, Point Reyes is located in the fertile lands of Northern California and provides a stunning insight into over 490 bird species. With walking trails linking through Abbotts Lagoon and through the Estero Trails, you’ll easily spot pied-billed grebes, black-shouldered kites and Caspian terns, all framed by breathtaking coastlines overlooking the North Pacific Ocean.

Big Sur

Guests at the Good Nite Inn can easily reach this thriving coastal state park and enjoy nature tours focusing on the state parks largest winged attraction – the California condor. This bird of prey can have up to a 10-foot wide wingspan and Big Sur and Pinnacles State Park, just a 20 km drive inland, are the prime spots at which to see them in action.

Salton Sea

The Salton Sea is a huge lake that formed after Colorado River dams burst in the nearby Anza-Borrego Desert. There was a silver lining to this accident, millions of grebes and avocets make it their home every winter. It’s not only these migrating birds you can catch glimpses of; white pelicans, burrowing owls and gull-billed terns have all made their home around this saline sea in Southern California.

Elkhorn Slough

Elkhorn Slough is a unique area of rivers and wetlands that has become home to countless species of shorebirds and waterfowl. You’ll also find peregrine falcons make their home in the Monterey Bay area, where salt marshes, mudflats and walking trails interconnect for a beautiful spot for bird watching.

Lake Yosemite

Located close to the University of California Campus, there’s more to see here than flocks of students. Lake Yosemite is home to hundreds of thousands of migrating birds, including Ash-throated flycatchers, great horned owls and ospreys. Make sure to check out the beautiful eucalyptus groves and oak tree woodlands.

Coal Oil Point

Southern California’s offshore petroleum seeps aren’t the only phenomenon in this rural wetland habitat. With a breeding colony of western snowy plover on Sands Beach, Coal Oil Point has become a favourite spot for birdwatchers from all across California.

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