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Ventura Audubon Society is a chapter of the National Audubon Society located in Ventura County, California

Mailing address: P. O. Box 24198, Ventura, California 93002

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Ventura County Coastal, Inland, and Mountain Birding Sites

 

Below is a list of the most popular birding sites in Ventura County.  No matter the site it’s always a good practice to lock and leave no valuables visible in your car.  

 

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Coastal Habitat - (Beaches, Estuaries, Wetlands, Marshes, and Lagoons along our coast)
 

Carpinteria Salt Marsh

Services:  Rest Rooms on South Side
Habitat: The Salt Marsh Reserve is an excellent birding location due to the estuary, wetlands, and upland habitats.
Location: Take HWY 101 North to Carpinteria, exit Casitas Pass Rd., right on Carpinteria Ave, left on Linden & right on Sandy Lane Road to Ash. Park along Ash.
Highlights: Special birds of concern can be found here, including Belding’s Savannah Sparrow, Clapper Rail, Green Heron, White-tailed Kite, and California Thrasher. Several species of heron are often seen at once.
Best Season: Year round, but spring and fall best.

 

Emma Wood State Beach/Ventura River Estuary

Services: State Beach is full service.
Habitat: Willow forest, sand dunes, and riparian are all here.
Location: From US-101, exit California St, turn right and then make a quick left onto Thompson Blvd.  Follow Thompson (becomes Garden St) and turn left on W. Main Street heading north crossing the Ventura River and take the first left after passing the Ventura Beach RV Park which leads right into Emma Wood State Beach. There are picnic tables on-site and hiking trails that lead to the Ventura River Estuary for excellent birding opportunities.  
Highlights: Snowy and Semipalmated Plovers and Caspian Terns. One can then walk along the path that leads through the willow forest and across sand dunes to the Ventura River Estuary. The estuary is always an exciting place to bird, and target birds will include: Black-bellied Plover, Willet, Whimbrel, Black Turnstone, Red-necked Phalarope and Forster’s Tern.
Best Season: Year round

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Mugu Rock Overlook and Mugu Lagoon

Services: None.
Habitat: Part of Mugu State Park but at the Pacific Ocean backed by cliffs.
Location: Take Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy 1 ) south from Ventura past Naval Air Weapons Station and Las Posas Road. Lagoon on right past end of freeway. Mugu Rock is ½ mile south of lagoon. Park in dirt areas at both sites.
Highlights:  Lagoon waders, shorebirds, ducks, terns, swifts, murrelets, shearwaters, scoters, phalaropes. And at sea:  whales, porpoise, and seals in season.
Best Season: Winter, spring

 

Ormond Beach, Oxnard

Services:  Parking at the end of Arnold Road with a portable potty at the entrance to the beach.
Habitat: Ormond Beach is a 1,500-acre area composed of agriculture, industry, and wetlands and on the Pacific Flyway. A two-mile-long beach extends from Port Hueneme to the northwestern boundary of Pt. Mugu Naval Air Station, which encompasses Mugu Lagoon. Although the wetlands have been drained, filled and degraded over the past century, this is one of the few areas in southern California with an intact dune-transition zone–marsh system.
Location:  In Oxnard follow Ventura Road from the 101 freeway to Port Hueneme Road where you turn left. Follow this about 2 miles to Arnold Road and make a right. It’s a narrow road with agricultural land on each side which you follow to the end. Do not use Perkins Road to access the Northern end of Ormond.
Highlights:  The Ormond Beach area hosts over 200 migratory bird species and more shorebird species are known to use Ormond Beach than any other site in Ventura County. This is a nesting site for the endangered California Least Tern and the threatened Western Snowy Plover. Shorebird species include terns, Brown Pelican, bitterns, Red-tailed and Red-shouldered hawks with rare migrants often found. Also hosts Willets, Whimbrels, Black-necked Stilts, Black-bellied Plovers and occasionally Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Peregrine Falcon, and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers.
Best season:  All year, especially summer for shorebirds; early spring and summer for nesting species.

 

Santa Clara River Estuary

Services:  Restrooms are available at Surfers Knoll and McGrath State Beach (fee)
Habitats:  Coastal estuary, salt marsh, riparian.
Location:  North side of estuary can be reached from the parking lot at Surfers Knoll.  Walk South approximately 400 yards to the estuary.  South side of the estuary can be reached from McGrath State Beach Park. 
Highlights:  Terns, plovers (California Least Tern and the Western Snowy Plover nest here), Peregrine Falcon (winter), avocet, Black Skimmers (rare), and many other shorebirds such as grebes, turnstones, whimbrels, godwits, cormorants and sandpipers, along with many ducks and gulls.
Best Season:  All year.

 

Ventura River Estuary, River Trail and Ocean Shore Trail

Services:  No services, but restrooms are available on the beach promenade.
Habitat:  Coastal inlet, estuary, dunes, riparian
Location: From the West Main Street Parking Lot which is located at the West end of downtown Main street just before crossing the bridge over the Ventura River.   You can park your vehicle there and walk down the path along the river to the estuary.  You will find Ventura Audubon Society signage there overlooking the site and the ocean is a short walk from there.  You also are on the Ventura City promenade to continue to walk along the shoreline.
Highlights:  Osprey, cormorants, pelicans, gulls, terns, plovers, sanderlings, and even more shorebirds along the beach.
Best Season:  All year round

Ventura Water Treatment Plant Wildlife Ponds, Ventura

Services: None
Habitat: Coastal dunes, ponds, willows, reeds, habitat varied. Open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location:  From Highway 101 in Ventura, take Seaward toward the beach. Turn left onto Harbor Blvd. Continue on Harbor to Spinnaker Dr. Turn right. Make a left onto Angler Court and you will see the chain link fence and entrance to the ponds immediately on your right. Park across the street from the entrance.
Highlights:  Bonaparte’s and many other gulls and terns, ducks, Sora, Common Moorhen, Marsh Wren, Green Herons, Phalaropes, warblers, grebes, Peregrine Falcon, and spring swallows.
Best Season:  All year, especially spring, fall, winter.

 

Inland Habitat - (Riparian, chaparral, woodland, hillside, and grass land) 

 

Arroyo Simi at Madera

Services:  None
Habitat:   Arroyo and suburban interface.
Location:  Same as Rancho Simi except exit 118 at Madera; proceed south and turn left on Easy street, park on street; enter Arroyo Simi entrance at Madera.
Highlights:  Waterfowl, ibis, herons, egrets, shorebirds, gulls, swallows, warblers and rock wrens.
Best Season:  All year, esp. spring and fall.

 

Arroyo Verde City Park, Ventura

Services:  Restrooms and Parking.  
Habitat:  Varied city park oak woodland, grassy areas, chaparral, in a long broad canyon stretching into hiking trails that extend into the back country.
Location:  From 101 exit at Victoria. Go north to Foothill Rd. Turn left. Continue to Day Road and make a right turn into the park entrance.
Highlights:  Kingbirds, hummingbirds, finches, orioles, raptors and early spring migrants.
Best Season:  Year-round.

 

Briar's Bluff Open Space

Services:  None
Habitat:  Riparian corridor and chaparral hillsides.
Location:  Hwy 101 to the Lynn Rd. Exit and travel north 3.8 miles to Mountclef Blvd. (Lynn Rd. becomes Olsen Rd. near the campus). Travel north on Mountclef Blvd. to the end of the road.
Highlights:  Cactus Wren, the endangered California Gnatcatcher, quail, meadowlarks, roadrunners, warblers and thrashers.
Best Season:  All year, esp. spring and fall.

 

Bubbling Springs Park and Recreational Corridor,  Pt Hueneme

Services:  Facilities include children's play equipment, picnic sites, barbecue pits, public restrooms, 2 to 3 hardball fields, one t-ball field, concession building, and large open grass areas.
Habitat:    Bubbling Springs Park and Recreation Corridor connects Bubbling Springs Park to Hueneme Beach Park and is a great place for a nice walk or bike ride.  Bubbling Springs Wildlife Area is a natural, unlined storm water channel that provides drainage from the Bard Road area to the beach. The channel discharges into the J Street Canal which then drains to the ocean. There is a variety of animals living in and adjacent to Bubbling Springs.  One can see birds, fish, frogs, lizards, and even a gander that has taken up residence.  

Location:  Bard Road and Park Avenue
Highlights:  Bubbling Springs is a fantastic place to view many gulls and ducks up close such as Mallards and Widgeons etc.  Then you can follow the J St Canal and walk to Hueneme Beach and the pier where you will see a variety of grebes and shorebirds.
Best Season:  Year-round.

 

Camarillo Grove Park, Camarillo 

Services:  Restrooms, Parking, Fee.
Habitat:  Camarillo Grove Park, a former stage coach stop and home to the oldest tree in the district, is nestled in a rustic setting near the base of the Conejo Grade at the end of Camarillo Springs Road. Varied city park with cactus, oak, grassy areas, chaparral.
Location:  Take 101 South through Camarillo to Camarillo Spring Road. Exit the freeway and turn left under 101 to stop sign. Turn right and continue to the park.
Highlights:  Cactus wren, Hermit thrush, Ground Dove, Cedar Waxwings, raptors, bluebirds, woodpeckers, kinglets.
Best Season:  Year-round, especially fall, winter, spring.

 

Camino Real Park, Ventura

Services: Camino Real is 38 acres of sports lover’s paradise.  There are, of course, the sporting arenas, but there are also offerings for those supporting the players, such as restrooms, picnic facilities and children's play areas.  The many trees provide much needed shade and a rustic feel to this busy sports complex.
Habitat: Bird the open grassy area ringed by pines. Eucalyptus trees along the barranca and Aurora Drive forming north border of park are resting places for migrating monarch butterflies in late fall and winter.
Location: Dean Drive and Varsity Drive in Ventura. From Ventura College and Telegraph Road travel south on Estates Avenue for four blocks turning right on Dean Drive. Entrance to the park will be on your left about six blocks from Estates Avenue.
Highlights:  Hot spot for migrants, vagrants, and rarities. Allen’s Hummingbird and Red-Shouldered Hawk are residents.
Best Season:  All year, especially early spring and winter. Early morning is best.

 

Cañada Larga Road, Ventura County

Services: No services or fee.
Habitat: 5-mile dead-end road. This is an oak woodland/savanna, running through private ranch land.  Please respect the private property and be alert for faster traffic on this two-lane road.
Location:  Take Highway 33 off 101. Exit at Canada Larga Road. Turn right and park off road as you bird the canyon road to the end. Be careful to stay off the road because there is a local traffic.
Highlights:  Early morning or late evening for owls, Golden Eagle (regular), hawks, Mountain (rare) and Western Bluebirds; and a variety of sparrows in winter. Also Phainopepla, grosbeaks, and orioles are here in the spring.
Best Season:  All year, especially in spring, winter.

 

CSU Channel Islands University Park      

Services:  None and parking may have a fee.
Habitat:  The Park site is currently undeveloped and open to the public seven days a week with access by foot or bicycle.  Parking permits are required and available as self-pay on site or daily permit from the CI Parking office on campus. There are no restrooms, water, benches or tables at the Park site.  The ponds where the birds reside are slightly Southwest of the park itself.
Location:  From Hwy 101 head South on Lewis Rd and then turn left into CSUCI on University Drive.  You will pass some fields left and right until you see the sign for Parking Lot A3.  Turn into the lot and park.  You can reach the ponds by following a dirt path and bern around them. 

Highlights:  Chapparal birds, Cactus Wrens, ducks and shorebirds on the ponds.
Best Season:  Winter, early spring.

 

Foster Park/Ventura River

Services: Restrooms in the Park
Habitat: The Ventura River flows through this green park with lots of shade trees.
Location: From Ventura, take 101N to Hwy 33. Exit Casitas Vista Rd. Make two quick right hand turns and park under the freeway bridge or enter the Park for a small fee.
Highlights: With winter rains, you may see some interesting species at the river, such as Green Heron or Hooded Mergansers. Inside the park, you will see oak land species such as Oak Titmouse, California Quail, Western Bluebird and several species of woodpeckers.
Best Season: Year round

 

Happy Camp Regional Park, Moorpark  

Services:  Restrooms and parking. 
Habitat: The trail passes through coastal sage scrub and eventually enters oak woodland and riparian habitat
Location:  From Hwy 118 in Moorpark turn north on Princeton Ave. and then left on Campus Park Dr.   The entrance to the park is adjacent to the Rustic Canyon Golf Course.
Highlights:  Phainopepla, Roadrunner and Shrike as well as nesting owls and hawks, California Quail, and California Thrasher. Even a Golden Eagle flyover is possible.
Best Season:  All year, esp. spring and fall.

 

Hill Canyon/Santa Rosa Park

Services:  Parking and Restrooms at the Park
Habitat: Riparian corridor and chaparral hillsides.
Location: Hill Canyon/ Santa Rosa Park (10241 Hill Canyon Road) is at the north edge of Thousand Oaks off of Santa Rosa Road. 
Highlights: Cactus and Canyon Wrens, towhees and woodpeckers as well as migrating warblers, vireos and sparrows.
Best Season: All year, esp. spring and fall.

 

La Jolla Canyon - Part of Pt. Mugu State Park

Services:  Restrooms and parking. Fee. 
Habitat: Coastal sage scrub, campground. Trail starts just past main parking lot. The main trail closed in January 2015, but you can still go in .5 mile.  You can take a path to the right as you enter the canyon which will take you up and around the canyon with Ocean views and also intersecting with Sycamore Canyon.
Location:  From Ventura or Oxnard take Highway 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) south past Naval Air Weapons Station and Pt. Mugu Lagoon and Rock. La Jolla is about 2.5 miles south of the rock on the left. Park outside the entrance and walk or pay fee and drive in.
Highlights: Lazuli Bunting, Rock and Canyon Wrens, Costa’s Hummingbird, Swallows, Orioles (spring), California Quail, and Thrashers.
Best Season:  Spring, early summer

 

Laguna Tams, Oxnard

Services: None.
Habitat: The tamarisk trees at Laguna Rd in Oxnard are a migrant hot spot.
Location: From Hwy 101, take Rice Ave south (towards the ocean), turn right (east) on E Pleasant Valley Rd, turn right on Laguna Rd. Please observe good birding etiquette at this location as it is a fairly busy road in an agricultural area.
Highlights: Migrating birds are attracted to the insects in the trees and a number of uncommon to rare birds often show up at this location.
Best Season: During spring migration

 

Lake Casitas Recreation Area

Services:  Restrooms and parking with a $10 fee or park outside the main gate.
Habitat: Camping, lake area, freshwater marsh, oak woodland, open meadows.
Location:  From the 101 in Ventura take Highway 33 north toward Ojai. Turn left onto Highway 150 west to the park entrance.
Highlights:  Early summer: sparrows, grosbeaks, Clark’s and Western Grebes, Osprey, resident Bald Eagles, Western Bluebird, raptors, woodpeckers, nuthatches as well as Green Heron, Chipping and Lark Sparrows, Common Merganser and Spotted Sandpiper.
Best Season:  Good all year; best winter and spring.

 

Lake Piru Park Recreation Area

Services: Restrooms, Parking, Camping, $13 Fee per vehicle.
Habitat: Varied habitat with an inland lake. Popular for boating, swimming, water skiing, fishing, and camping.
Location: Take Highway 126 about 25 miles through Santa Paula and Fillmore to Lake Piru turnoff. Turn north. Follow signs to park entrance.
Note: There is a $2 entrance fee for Lake Piru.
Highlights: Herons, egrets and other birds that come to feed on the leftovers from the fish feeding, as well as sparrows, warblers, raptors, ducks and Bald Eagles. Bird entire area, especially perimeter and approach road.  Check surrounding ridgelines and you might see a California Condor.
Best Season: Winter, Fall and Spring

 

Las Llajas Canyon Trail

Services:  None with street parking
Habitat: Riparian corridor with oaks, cottonwoods and willows and chaparral hillsides.  There is a loop trail that runs from the Chumash Trail and to Evening Sky Drive.  It provides amazing views of Simi Valley and the surrounding hills.
Location:   The trailhead of Las Llajas Canyon is at approximately 5715 Evening Sky Drive in Simi Valley, from Highway 118 in Simi Valley exit at Yosemite and head north.  Turn right on Evening Sky Drive and proceed to the trailhead.
Highlights: Roadrunners, hawks, woodpeckers, flycatchers, bluebirds, phainopepla, grosbeaks and Lazuli Buntings
Best Season: All year, esp. spring and fall.

 

Ojai Meadow Preserve

Services:  None
Habitat:  The Meadow is a flat, two (2+) mile trail along a restoration area, riparian wetland, and a pond. 
Location: Take Hwy 33 toward Ojai and turn left at Nordoff high school. The preserve is down past the school and on the left side. Parking is available in front of the entrance and also at the nearby high school or church, if necessary.
Highlights: The pond can be dry, but if it has water expect ducks, shore, and marsh birds.  Birds include, Red Shouldered Hawk, Red Winged Black Birds, Red Tailed Hawks, Great Tailed Grackles, White-breasted Nuthatch, Says Phoebe, Cassin’s Kingbird, American Kestrel, Western Blue Bird, Acorn Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, and Hermit Thrush
Best Season: Fall, spring, and winter

 

Rancho Sierra Vista – Satwiwa - Part of Mugu State Park

Services:  Restrooms, interpretive center, parking.
Habitat: Low coastal mountain park, open meadows, chaparral and sage scrub, some riparian, small ponds.
Location:  From the Ventura 101 freeway to the Lynn Rd exit.  Head South on Lynn Rd 5.25 miles to Via Goleta.  Park entrance is on the left.
Highlights:  Lazuli Bunting, Blue Grosbeak, Savannah and Grasshopper Sparrows, White-tailed Kite, Costa’s Hummingbird, raptors, Greater Roadrunner.
Best Season:  All year, especially spring and winter.

Rancho Simi Community Park

Services:  Full service park with swimming pool
Habitat:  Parkland, arroyo and a duck pond park
Location: 101 to 23 north to 118. Exit at Erringer and proceed south towards Royal Ave. Park is on your right.
Highlights:  In spring nesting snowy egrets and night-herons in Duck Pond. waterfowl, herons, hawks, swallows, bluebirds, kingbirds, orioles.
Best Season:  All year esp. spring and fall.

 

Rocky Peak Park, Simi Valley

Services:  No restrooms, parking is limited, overflow parking available across the freeway bridge.
Habitat:  Encompassing 4,800 acres in the Santa Susana Mountains between Chatsworth and Simi Valley, this extraordinary Rim of the Valley Trail Corridor property stretches from the 118 freeway five miles northward to Las Llajas Canyon, and forms the most critical wildlife habitat linkage between the Simi Hills and the Santa Susana Mountains. Spectacular sandstone boulders, outcroppings, oak savannahs, and perennial water sources provide diverse habitat for birds, mammals, and reptiles.
Location:  From 101 South take Route 23 north to 118 east. Follow 118 to Yosemite Avenue in Simi Valley and turn North. Follow that to Flanagan and turn right and go to the end. Park is on the street at the right. Take trail north from the map kiosk.
Highlights:  Sparrows, wren, thrashers, Greater Roadrunner, grosbeaks, Lazuli Bunting, finches and great wild flowers.
Best Season:  Early spring

 

Santa Paula Canyon and Steckel Park

Services: No services, Camping, Fee.
Habitat: Varied with live oak, open grassy areas and creek side trails. Canyon is accessed from the grounds of St. Thomas Aquinas School. Expect a guard just inside grounds of school. Register and follow trail signs.
Location:  From Ventura take the Santa Paula Freeway (Highway 126) east to 10th St. (Highway 150 to Ojai). Exit and turn left and follow 150 North to Steckel Park. Santa Paula Canyon is about 2 miles further along Highway 150. Park outside on the side of the highway.
Highlights:  Woodpeckers, raptors, warblers, kinglets, vireos in park. Canyon yields spring warblers, vireos, flycatchers, dipper, tanagers, orioles, grosbeaks, Canyon Wrens, swifts, Costa’s Hummingbird, Golden Eagle, Zone-tailed Hawk (especially in winter).
Best Season:  All year, especially spring.

Santa Rosa Valley Park   
Services:  Restrooms and parking.
Habitat:  This regional park offers 50 acres of natural open space that is suitable for horseback riding, wilderness exploring, hiking, or other environmentally friendly activity. Visitors can access a number of local trails from this park. Two equestrian riding areas are available, with a training area.
Location:  The park (10241 Hill Canyon Road) is at the north edge of Thousand Oaks, off of Santa Rosa Road. 
Highlights: Cactus and Canyon Wrens, towhees and woodpeckers as well as migrating warblers, vireos and sparrows.
Best Season: All year, esp. spring and fall.

 

Soule Park, Ojai

Services: Parking fee with restrooms, water, picnic tables, BBQ and a Park Host on-site.
Habitat:  Nestled amongst the majestic Topa Topa mountain range, this charming 223 acre park offers open grasslands with plenty of mature shade trees throughout.

Location: From Ventura, go north on Hwy 150 through Ojai, turn right on Boardman Rd, and turn right into the park entrance.
Highlights: The grasslands bring out winter feeding flocks: sparrows, bluebirds, & warblers and the large shade trees provide cover for woodpeckers and raptors. Shady bushes hide thrushes & thrashers. This is easy flat walking around one of our most scenic birding spots.
Best Season: Year round, but summer can be very hot

 

Sycamore Canyon - Part of Pt. Mugu State Park.

Services: Parking, Restrooms, Camping, Fee.
Habitat: This is a very large canyon with coastal sage scrub, eucalyptus and sycamore groves. Easy walking in the camp areas, but the canyon trails are more difficult.
Location:  Follow Highway 1  (PCH) South past Mugu Rock about 4 miles.  Park on highway or pay day use fee.
Highlights:  Thrashers, towhees, migrant flycatchers and warblers, grosbeaks, woodpeckers.
Best Season:  Early spring, summer, fall.

 

Wheeler Canyon Road and Aliso Canyon Road

Services:  None
Habitat:  Dead-end canyon roads lined with private ranches, pastures, orchards, oak woodland and chaparral. Respect private property and bird from road only.
Location:  From Ventura take Seaward Ave inland until it dead ends at Foothill Rd. Turn right and follow that about 12 miles east toward Santa Paula. Both canyons are on left. Park at the beginning of the canyon and walk along the road.
Highlights:  Orioles, warblers, sparrows, raptors, a wintering Zone-tailed Hawk (fairly regular), bluebirds, kites and owls are out early morning or evening.
Best season:  All year, especially early spring

Wildwood Regional Park, Thousand Oaks

Services:  Restrooms at bottom of canyon only, parking, benches and 3 drinking fountains
Habitat:  Varied city park oak woodland, grassy areas, chaparral, in a long broad canyon stretching into hiking trails that extend into the back country.
Location:  928 W Avenida De Los Arboles, Thousand Oaks, CA
Highlights:  Kingbirds, hummingbirds, finches, orioles, raptors and early spring migrants.
Best Season:  Year-round.

 

Mountain Habitat - (A broad term that defines the terrain rising above the foothills)

Mount Pinos Frazier Park Area (elevation 8,831 feet)

Services:  Camping, restrooms with fees are available in several area camps.
This is a mountain area in NE Ventura county.
Habitat: Mountain area in Northeast Ventura County.
Location:  From Ventura (90 miles), take Highway 126 east to Castaic Junction. Merge onto Interstate 5 north and exit at Frazier Park. Take Frazier Park Road west; follow signs to Mt. Pinos. One mile past the campgrounds at the top of the mountain is a large parking lot and several trails.
Highlights:  High elevation birds such as the White-headed Woodpecker, Clark’s Nutcracker, Pygmy Nuthatch, Western Wood Pewee, and Green-tailed Towhee. All areas produce good sightings, especially good in campgrounds.
Best Season:  All year; best in spring, summer, fall.

 

Pine Mountain Lockwood and Cuyama Valleys (elevation 6,650 feet)

Services: Very few services and only in camps or at the few stores along the route. Start with a full gas tank. Take water and snacks. Be prepared for snow in winter. This is a full day trip from Ventura.
Habitat: This is a mix of high desert, montane, valleys, open grassland, and agriculture. There are many pockets of habitat for excellent birding.
Location: From Ventura take Highway 101 to Highway 33 north to Ojai. Turn left at Maricopa Highway (Highway 33). Continue on 33 for 30-35 miles to Pine Mountain Summit. Continue on past Ozena Station (Good birding there, too.) About 1/2 mile beyond that is Lockwood Valley Rd. To bird Cuyama Valley, continue on Highway 33 past Lockwood Valley Rd.
Highlights: Valley good for many sparrows, several raptor species. Camps yield nuthatches (including Pygmy Nuthatch), creepers.  Mountain Bluebird, White-headed Woodpecker in high camps and a rare Pygmy Owl.
Best Season: Winter, spring, late fall.​

 

Wheeler Gorge Campground, Ventura County  (elevation of 1,755 feet)

Services: Restrooms, Interpretive Center, Parking, Fee
Habitat: Mountain Park with a variety of trees, small gorges, and chaparral. There is a bird camp area plus a river trail that fords the creek (fairly difficult) and on up the mountain.
Location: Take Highway 33 from Ventura. Drive north past Ojai (Hwy. 33) through two tunnels to the campground. Park on right side of road and walk across to camp or drive in and pay a small fee..
Highlights: Orioles, Olive-sided flycatchers, Steller’s Jay, dipper (rare), thrushes, Solitary Vireo, Golden-crowned Kinglet (rare).
Best Season: Spring and summer.