"From a birder’s point of view, there is hardly any other place where such a variety of birds can be seen (mostly in winter), and at reasonably close range. On weekends and during vacation periods, the roads and parking areas can be crowded, because Sonoma Coast is California’s second most popular state park (Old Town San Diego is number one). But during the week in winter you can have the place almost to yourself, and that is when the birds are at their best. One of Bodega Bay’s claims to fame is that it was the site for the Alfred Hitchcock thriller The Birds, released in 1963. Some of the shots were taken in Bodega Bay, and others were taken in the nearby village of Bodega. Bodega Bay has been classified as a Globally Important Bird Area because it is an important migrant stopover and wintering area for waterbirds and shorebirds, and also because California Black Rail and Snowy Plover have been recorded there. Specialty birds: Resident—Brandt’s and Pelagic Cormorants; Whitetailed Kite; Peregrine Falcon; Snowy Plover; Black Oystercatcher; Cassin’s Auklet. Summer—Black-footed Albatross, Brown Pelican, Cinnamon Teal, Osprey, Heermann’s Gull, Elegant Tern, Pigeon Guillemot, Tufted Puffin. Winter—Pacific Loon; Western and Clark’s Grebes; Laysan Albatross; Short-tailed and Black-vented Shearwaters; Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel; Wandering Tattler; Long-billed Curlew; Black Turnstone; Surfbird; Rock Sandpiper; Mew, Thayer’s, and Glaucouswinged Gulls; Ancient and Marbled Murrelets; Rhinoceros Auklet. Migrant or postbreeding visitor—Pink-footed, Flesh-footed, and Buller’s Shearwaters; Ashy and Black Storm-Petrels; Sabine’s Gull; Xantus’s and Craveri’s Murrelets. 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."