Cleone Beach and Laguna Point, MacKerricher State Park Birding

Cleone Beach and Laguna Point, MacKerricher State Park Birding

This is a favorite spot not just for birding, but also for watching migrating gray whales and viewing harbor seals sunning on nearby rocks. Park adjacent to Cleone Beach, a spot popular with people but worth scanning for shorebirds and gulls.

A wheelchair accessible loop boardwalk to Laguna Point starts at the south end of the parking lot; viewing areas along the boardwalk offer benches for birding, resting or relaxing before continuing or returning to the car. The walkway follows a rocky shoreline; the viewing areas offer opportunities to scan the ocean for seabirds and alcids – Black Oystercatchers are generally found on nearby rocks. If you are there during high-tide, check the off-shore rocks north of Laguna Point for shorebirds, which may include Rock Sandpiper. The loop returns through coastal grassland and a little grove of cypress, watch for warblers and kinglets.

Best Time for Viewing: Morning and Late Afternoon

Best Months and Seasons for Viewing: Spring, Winter and Fall, especially December through March

ADA Accessibility Notes

There is a wheelchair accessible boardwalk to Laguna Point. It begins at the south end of the parking lot; there are accessible viewing areas along the boardwalk that offer benches for birding, resting or relaxing before continuing or returning to the car.

Pet Friendly Notes

Dogs on-leash are allowed on the board walk.

For More Information, Contact:

Mendocino Coast Audubon Society
http://www.mendocinocoastaudubon.org/

 

Cleone Beach and Laguna Point, MacKerricher State Park Birding