Crescent City

Crescent City, California

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The Crescent City area has a great variety of habitats in a fairly compact region. There are offshore rookeries, rocky headlands, mixed conifer forests, sandy flats, lagoons, a protected harbor with a breakwater, and a redwood forest at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. Redwood National Park officially begins at Crescent City and extends south to Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Specialty birds: Resident—Pelagic Cormorant, Black Oystercatcher, Western Gull, Marbled Murrelet, Hutton’s Vireo, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Varied Thrush, Wrentit. Summer—Brown Pelican, Brandt’s Cormorant, Heermann’s Gull, Elegant Tern, Pigeon Guillemot, Tufted Puffin, Band-tailed Pigeon, Vaux’s Swift, Allen’s Hummingbird, Pacificslope Flycatcher. Winter—Western and Clark’s Grebes; Harlequin Duck; Bald Eagle; Black Turnstone; Surfbird; Rock Sandpiper; Mew and Glaucous-winged Gulls. Migrant—Pacific Loon, “Aleutian” Canada Goose, Wandering Tattler. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information.

Crescent City Professional Review and Guide

"The Crescent City area has a great variety of habitats in a fairly compact region. There are offshore rookeries, rocky headlands, mixed conifer forests, sandy flats, lagoons, a protected harbor with a breakwater, and a redwood forest at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. Redwood National Park officially begins at Crescent City and extends south to Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Specialty birds: Resident—Pelagic Cormorant, Black Oystercatcher, Western Gull, Marbled Murrelet, Hutton’s Vireo, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Varied Thrush, Wrentit. Summer—Brown Pelican, Brandt’s Cormorant, Heermann’s Gull, Elegant Tern, Pigeon Guillemot, Tufted Puffin, Band-tailed Pigeon, Vaux’s Swift, Allen’s Hummingbird, Pacificslope Flycatcher. Winter—Western and Clark’s Grebes; Harlequin Duck; Bald Eagle; Black Turnstone; Surfbird; Rock Sandpiper; Mew and Glaucous-winged Gulls. Migrant—Pacific Loon, “Aleutian” Canada Goose, Wandering Tattler. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Crescent City
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best April-May for breeding birds and spring migrants; October-April for wintering shorebirds, grebes, ducks, and some gulls.
Local Contacts: Lake Earl Wildlife Area; Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.
Local Maps: DeLorme Northern California Atlas & Gazetteer.
Driving Directions: Directions to Crescent City

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