When it comes to nature, Mendocino truly has it all. From sea creatures to woodland animals, you can have a plethora of experiences when you are here. Here at Sea Rock Inn, we love suggesting activities for our guests. Many of those are discovering our different ecosystems. If you are looking for an amazing way to pass the time, try birding in Mendocino. There are a lot of different types of birds to see while you are here. Check out these top 7 scenic areas for birding in Mendocino.
Parks for Birding in Mendocino
MacKerricher State Park
Up the coast near Fort Bragg, you will find MacKerricher State Park. A great spot for birding is to either head to the tide pools or the observation point. There you will see birds in flight and on the ground. After enjoying the birds, be sure to head over to Glass Beach, a unique attraction!
Montgomery Woods State Reserve
Head inland for a quick drive to Montgomery Woods. It’s a small park that has a winding trail that is easy for any type of walker. There are some of the tallest trees found here and beautiful redwoods are here too. Here you will also see different species of birds who love to live in the tall branches.
Jughandle State Reserve
This state park is back on the coast and besides being a Mendocino birding hot spot, it has some interesting attractions of its own. Be sure to take a stroll on the Ecological Staircase. It is 2.5 miles and starts on the beach and works up. Each “stair” you are on is a moment in time. They were formed by waves, glaciers, and tectonic activity. You should not miss seeing so many birds in different ecosystems so close together.
Russian Gulch State Park
This is another Mendocino park that combines the ocean and the forest. It is a spectacular spot for Mendocino birding. There is a paved road as well as typical trails so many can enjoy the views. Certain trails do link up with nearby Jackson State Forest for more walking and fun.
Mendocino Headlands State Park
If you are looking to stay close to town, then be sure to check out Mendocino Headlands State Park. They have trails that follow the ocean and around the headlands. Not only do many love going birding here but it is a prime location for whale watching. Before you head out, be sure to visit the Historic Ford House.
Ten Mile River
The area known as Ten Mile River is known by many different names. You can hear it being called Ten Mile River, Beach, or Haul Road. They are all the same and it is a great place to go Mendocino birding. It is a ten-mile stretch that follows the coast and was once a lumber hauling road. It also is near MacKerricher State Park so you can see both areas very easily.
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
If you truly want to immerse yourself in birding in Mendocino, the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is a great place to start. Not only do they have gardens of flowers that attract the birds but they are on the coast as well. Be sure to sign up for one of their fun Bird Walk Series as well.
Plan Your Stay
As you can see, birding in Mendocino is a wonderful pastime. Looking to plan a birding trip soon? Consider staying with us at Sea Rock Inn. Our lovely B&B is located close to Mendocino and many of these state parks. Even from our rooms, you can see a lot of wildlife. After a restful night’s sleep in our cozy beds, join everyone for a filling breakfast before you start your day. Contact us today and begin planning your first of many birding trips in Mendocino.
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