Cleone Beach and Laguna Point, MacKerricher State Park Birding
Photo © MAPA
This is a favorite spot not just for birding, but also for watching migrating gray whales and viewing harbor seals sunning on nearby rocks. Park adjacent to Cleone Beach, a spot popular with people but worth scanning for shorebirds and gulls.
A wheelchair accessible loop boardwalk to Laguna Point starts at the south end of the parking lot; viewing areas along the boardwalk offer benches for birding, resting or relaxing before continuing or returning to the car. The walkway follows a rocky shoreline; the viewing areas offer opportunities to scan the ocean for seabirds and alcids - Black Oystercatchers are generally found on nearby rocks. If you are there during high-tide, check the off-shore rocks north of Laguna Point for shorebirds, which may include Rock Sandpiper. The loop returns through coastal grassland and a little grove of cypress, watch for warblers and kinglets.
Best Time for Viewing: Morning and Late Afternoon
Best Months and Seasons for Viewing: Spring, Winter and Fall, especially December through March
There is a wheelchair accessible boardwalk to Laguna Point. It begins at the south end of the parking lot; there are accessible viewing areas along the boardwalk that offer benches for birding, resting or relaxing before continuing or returning to the car.
Dogs on-leash are allowed on the board walk.