A practical guide to bird watching in Sonoma County, California

(Unless otherwise indicated, all phone numbers are in the 707 area code)


Salmon Creek Rd., Bodega, CA

Location aliases: Generally referred to by local birders as “Salmon Creek Rd.” rather than by nicknames, but not to be confused with Salmon Creek, which is used to refer to the coastal access point at Bean Ave., a few miles north of Bodega Bay.

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Location: This is the mouth of Salmon Creek accessible from Bean Ave., which is a coastal access point within the stretch of Hwy. 1 that runs through Sonoma Coast State Beach. Note that Sonoma Coast State Beach includes all of the coast stretching from Bodega Bay to Jenner in the north. Within the park are numerous named beaches, including Salmon Creek Beach (Bean Ave. dead-ends into the Salmon Creek Beach parking area).

GPS address:

GPS Coordinates: will take you to the Salmon Creek Beach parking lot.

Tide information: See the NOAA Tides & Currents page for Bodega Harbor

Access: On street parking

Habitats: Creek estuary, marshy areas, mud flats, coastal scrub, coastal woods

Typical Species: Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Great Blue Heron, Western Scrub-jay, Crow, Raven, Brewer’s Blackbird, Red-winged Blackbird, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Northern Harrier, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Sanderling, Snowy Plower, Black Phoebe, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Song Sparrow, House Finch, House Sparrow, Eurasian Collared Dove.

Unusual birds, sightings:

Restroom facilities: Restrooms.

Restaurants Nearby: See the Bodega Bay Overview page for restaurant recommendations.

Nearby attractions: See the Bodega Bay Overview page.

Related bird watching spots:


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