"Bird Island" 17 Mile Drive Tip by iandsmith

17 Mile Drive, Carmel-by-the-Sea: 10 reviews and 26 photos

  Brandt's cormorants on the wing
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  • Brandt's cormorants on the wing - Carmel-by-the-Sea
      Brandt's cormorants on the wing
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  • Western gull awaiting a handout - Carmel-by-the-Sea
      Western gull awaiting a handout
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  • Seals by the seashore - Carmel-by-the-Sea
      Seals by the seashore
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  • Got something for me - Carmel-by-the-Sea
      Got something for me
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  • Bird Island - Carmel-by-the-Sea
      Bird Island
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They could have named it Seal Island and been just as correct. Both animal species cover these rocky outcrops in some numbers.
Brandt's cormorants, western gulls and brown pelicans abound here on the wing while in the water you're more likely to find California sea lions and harbour seals. If you can't see them you're bound to hear them. The interminable squabbling between males for a dominant position drones on throughout the day.
Meanwhile, on the shore the sign saying "Do Not Feed The Animals" seems to inspire tourists to do just that, much to the delight of the numerous squirrels darting in and out of the rocks.

Address: Pebble Beach, California
Directions: Located in-between Carmel-by-the-Sea and Pacific Grove, with entrances in both towns. This drive is one of the highlights of the Monterey Peninsula.
Phone: 1 831 647-7500
Website: http://www.pebblebeach.com

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 5, 2011
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