Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California

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Santa Cruz is a delightful place. So many people find it so that it is dreadfully crowded on weekends, especially in summer. Santa Cruz faces south on Monterey Bay, and there is often no fog here when it is foggy elsewhere. Many people live in Santa Cruz and commute to their jobs “over the hill” in the San Jose area, so California Highway 17, the main artery over the mountains, is choked at rush hours and on weekends. Specialty birds: Resident—Wood Duck, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Pygmy Nuthatch, Wrentit. Summer—Brown Pelican, Heermann’s Gull, Elegant Tern, Allen’s Hummingbird. Winter—Pacific Loon; Western and Clark’s Grebes; Black Turnstone; Surfbird; Rock Sandpiper; Thayer’s Gull. 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.

Santa Cruz Professional Review and Guide

"Santa Cruz is a delightful place. So many people find it so that it is dreadfully crowded on weekends, especially in summer. Santa Cruz faces south on Monterey Bay, and there is often no fog here when it is foggy elsewhere. Many people live in Santa Cruz and commute to their jobs “over the hill” in the San Jose area, so California Highway 17, the main artery over the mountains, is choked at rush hours and on weekends. Specialty birds: Resident—Wood Duck, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Pygmy Nuthatch, Wrentit. Summer—Brown Pelican, Heermann’s Gull, Elegant Tern, Allen’s Hummingbird. Winter—Pacific Loon; Western and Clark’s Grebes; Black Turnstone; Surfbird; Rock Sandpiper; Thayer’s Gull. 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: Santa Cruz
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best Fall, winter, spring.
Local Contacts: Natural Bridges State Beach.
Local Maps: DeLorme Northern California Atlas & Gazetteer.
Driving Directions: Directions to Santa Cruz

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May 2018