A practical guide to bird watching in Sonoma County, California

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


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Location aliases: Known to birders as the “Ninth St. Rookery.”

Location: On West Ninth St., Between Stony Point Rd. and North Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa, CA, but closer to Stony Point Rd. than to Dutton.

GPS address: 950 West Ninth St., Santa Rosa, CA 95401 

GPS Coordinates: 38 26 29N, 122 44 25W

Access: Can be approached from Stony Point Rd. or from North Dutton Ave. The rookery trees are closer to Stony Point Rd. than to Dutton. On-street parking. 

Habitats: Residential, urban

Typical Species: Trees growing in the median strip and adjacent to Ninth St. are used each spring (most active March through June) as nesting sites by large numbers of Black-crowned Night Herons, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets and Cattle Egrets.

Unusual birds, sightings: The main attraction is the nesting Black-crowned Night Herons, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, and Cattle Egrets.

Restroom facilities: None in the immediate vicinity. Oliver’s Market at 461 Stony Point Road Rd. 284-3530, may be the closest and most convenient.

Restaurants Nearby: Excellent Vietnamese noodles at Pho Vietnam at 711 Stony Point Rd. (571-7687).

Nearby attractions: To be determined

Related bird watching spots: A Place to Play Park, on West Third St., is a short drive away. 

The bird in the photo (above): Black-crowned night heron, Ninth St., Santa Rosa, California

All photos by the author, unless otherwise indicated

Maps by Google Maps



© Colin Talcroft, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Unless noted, all photos by the author. If you would like to use one of my images, please ask for permission for non-commercial use with proper credit or commercial use with proper compensation.


Snowy Egret collecting nesting material that dropped on a lawn

below a Ninth St. Rookery Nest, April 15, 2011

Ninth St. Rookery, Santa Rosa, CA 95401