Specialty Birds


Pacific Loon
Copyrighted Photo courtesy of: Don Des Jardin

Pacific Loon
Gavia pacifica  

Offshore winter visitor [During migration in April and May, tens of thousands may pass within view in a single day.]   

Some of the best Central Coast birding sites where they can be easily observed from shore are:

Monterey County:  
Pt. Pinos
Pt. Lobos State Reserve

San Luis Obispo County: 
Highway 1 parking areas and turnouts 
San Simeon State Park
Morro Rock
Montana de Oro State Park Bluff Trail

Santa Barbara County: 
Channel and Island Cruises 
Rancho Guadalupe County Park
Ocean Beach County Park 
Goleta Point [Campus Point on UCSB]

Ventura County:
Mugu Rock 
Channel and Island Cruises

For information on this bird, visit:


Specialty Birds of the California Central Coast

Central Coast Birding Trail | Monterey | San Luis Obispo | Santa Barbara | Ventura