Watch Nature Take Flight

San Simeon is home to approximately 17,000 animals, but for the bird watching enthusiast, there are few places in the world that offers the same avian diversity and range as San Simeon.

Bird Watching on the Beach
San Simeon beaches are teaming with wildlife and offer a fantastic place to see several birds that call this habitat home. Here, brown pelicans, gulls, terns, snowy plovers and sandpipers can be seen all year long, and cormorants can be seen in spring.

Inland Bird Watching
Further inland, the plateau at Washburn Primitive Campground provides opportunities to see red-shouldered and red-tailed hawks, kestrels, western bluebirds, quail, great horned owls and the western meadowlark. Hawks and turkey vultures can also be seen as they soar overhead, but great blue herons, egrets, mallards, cinnamon teal, harriers, killdeer, goldfinches and kingfishers are plentiful in the area as well.

SeaPhoto iPhone App for San Simeon Bird Watching
Created by the Monterey National Marine Sanctuary, the SeaPhoto app features more than 1,300 high-quality photos of more than 550 species—including seabirds and shorebirds—that live in San Simeon and the vast Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Download it today for a virtual guidebook to the area’s most exciting wildlife.
Download SeaPhoto App from iTunes

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