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Old 01-19-2019, 04:52 PM   #1
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Hello,

Some friends from the east coast are visiting in March who are active birdwatchers. They will be renting a camper and would love us to all go camping in an area where they can see a variety of birds. Anyone have any ideas for campgrounds in California anywhere from San Francisco to Ventura region? Could be from the Sierras to the coast.

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Old 01-19-2019, 06:37 PM   #2
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You can sometimes view the rare California Condor at the Pinnacles National Monument. They also have some great hiking there as well. The California Condors are the largest wild birds in North America.
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Hello,

Some friends from the east coast are visiting in March who are active birdwatchers. They will be renting a camper and would love us to all go camping in an area where they can see a variety of birds. Anyone have any ideas for campgrounds in California anywhere from San Francisco to Ventura region? Could be from the Sierras to the coast.

Thanks so much!
There are a number of sites which describe areas around Ventura and the birds that can be seen there. The Ventura Audubon society is just one organization that promotes the concept of birding trails which are well researched by locals. Usually visitor information centers have printed brochures with a map, species observed in the area, parking sites, etc. When we developed one for eastern Iowa we received funding for printing from some commercial enterprises such as wineries and restaurants which were all well researched by the locals. A morning of pursuing the yellow bellied sapsucker can give a body an appetite.
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Old 01-19-2019, 07:48 PM   #4
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You can sometimes view the rare California Condor at the Pinnacles National Monument. They also have some great hiking there as well. The California Condors are the largest wild birds in North America.
Yes, They fly back and forth between Pinnacles and the Big Sur Coast along Hwy. 1. Also, anywhere along the western foothills of the Sierras are good for a variety of smaller birds and larger raptors. We don’t have any favorite areas, but always have two pair of binoculars at the ready.
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Old 01-19-2019, 08:11 PM   #5
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You don’t specify what type of birds your friends would like to see but there is a good variety, including the California Condor, in the Tehachapi Mountains:

Pen in Hand: Endangered California Condors visit Tehachapi — dozens of them | Lifestyle | tehachapinews.com

We see them frequently in our community of Bear Valley Springs.
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a spectacular site for seeing wintering shore birds is the Elkhorn Slough behind Moss Landing. This would be a day trip from most anywhere in the Monterey to Santa Cruz area (its midway between them). https://www.elkhornslough.org/

there's a tiny KOA Express right in Moss Landing, if they do stay there I highly recommend lunch at the Moss Landing Cafe, far better than the more famous Phil's Fish Market which has degenerated into a tourist trap.
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Here is a link to all the latest bird sightings in Ca. http://birding.aba.org/search.php
We use it all the time when we are down there.
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each time we've camped at San Simeon State Park (38 mi. N of San Luis Obispo on CA-1), we've encountered groups of Birders in the campground, on the trails, and along the beach.
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Great White Fronted Goose

Our Central Communty Park has been overrun with Canada Geese for decades, as they decided not to migrate. Today, on a little 2 miler around the lake, we saw our first Great White Fronted Geese having a social with the Canada Geese. Too bad we didn’t have our binocs!

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/...Goose/overview
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Morro Bay is a bird sanctuary; MB State Park and Montana de Oro SP have campsites.
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