Contra Costa Times has a story about taking a scenic drive up to Bodega Bay, which Alfred Hitchcock defamed for all eternity in “The Birds.”

Mile 20

Sonoma Coast State Beach, Bodega Head: Stretch your legs at this rugged promontory that forms the entrance to Bodega Harbor. Enjoy spectacular views out to sea and down the craggy coastline to Point Reyes. Follow hiking trails along bluffs and down to sandy coves. Keep your eyes alert for pelicans, oystercatchers and pods of dolphins. Fall and spring signal gray whale migrations, and this is a great place to watch. Located at the end of Westshore Road.

Turn around and head back through Bodega Bay for the two final stops. As you drive up Westshore Road, watch for seabirds, such as white pelicans, along the shore.

(Mind you, having been defamed by Hitchcock is an exalted status).