Specialty Birds


Pelagic Cormorant
Copyrighted Photo courtesy of: Peter La Tourrette

Pelagic Cormorant
Phalacrocorax pelagicus  

Permanent resident of rocky coastline areas and offshore waters.

Some of the best Central Coast birding sites to find it are:

Monterey County: 
Pt. Lobos State Reserve
 Pt. Pinos
Monterey Bay pelagic trips

San Luis Obispo County: 
Highway 1 parking areas and turnouts 
San Simeon State Park
Morro Rock
Montana de Oro State Park Bluff Trail
Shell Beach cliffs and offshore rocks
Avila Beach rocks

Santa Barbara County: 
Channel Island Cruises  
Goleta Point [Campus Pt. on UCSB]

Ventura County:
Mugu Rock 
Channel and Island Cruises
Ventura Harbor Breakwater

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Specialty Birds of the California Central Coast

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