Mendocino Coast

Fort Bragg, California

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The Mendocino coast is one of the most scenic locations in California. Whenever Hollywood wanted a beautiful rocky coast background for a movie, Mendocino seems to have been the choice. Frenchman’s Creek, Johnny Belinda, The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!, and Murder, She Wrote have used this area as background. Although spring and fall climates are superb, summers can have fog, and count on rain in winter. Specialty birds: Resident—Peregrine Falcon, Black Oystercatcher, Hutton’s Vireo, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Pygmy Nuthatch, Wrentit. Summer—Brown Pelican, Osprey, Heermann’s Gull, Pigeon Guillemot, Allen’s Hummingbird, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Hermit Warbler. Winter—Pacific Loon; Black Turnstone; Surfbird; Rock Sandpiper; Mew and Glaucous-winged Gulls; Varied Thrush; Townsend’s Warbler. Migrant—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.

Mendocino Coast Professional Review and Guide

"The Mendocino coast is one of the most scenic locations in California. Whenever Hollywood wanted a beautiful rocky coast background for a movie, Mendocino seems to have been the choice. Frenchman’s Creek, Johnny Belinda, The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!, and Murder, She Wrote have used this area as background. Although spring and fall climates are superb, summers can have fog, and count on rain in winter. Specialty birds: Resident—Peregrine Falcon, Black Oystercatcher, Hutton’s Vireo, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Pygmy Nuthatch, Wrentit. Summer—Brown Pelican, Osprey, Heermann’s Gull, Pigeon Guillemot, Allen’s Hummingbird, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Hermit Warbler. Winter—Pacific Loon; Black Turnstone; Surfbird; Rock Sandpiper; Mew and Glaucous-winged Gulls; Varied Thrush; Townsend’s Warbler. Migrant—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: Fort Bragg
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best All year; April to June is best for breeding birds.
Local Contacts: Mendocino Coast State Parks.
Local Maps: DeLorme Northern California Atlas & Gazetteer.
Driving Directions: Directions to Mendocino Coast

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May 2018