"The Birds" Bodega Bay and Bodega. For film buffs take a short drive to Bodega Bay and Bodega to see where the Alfred Hitchcock Movie "The Birds" was filmed.
After filming “Shadow of A Doubt” in Santa Rosa in 1948, Alfred Hitchcock returned to Sonoma County in 1961 to find a remote coastal location for his next project “The Birds.” He chose Bodega Bay, with surrounding bleak treeless hills, quiet fishing harbor and fog.Nearly three years were required to complete work on the film for its release in 1963. Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) drives north up the California coast to Bodega Bay, centre of the bird attacks. Bodega Bay, once a small fishing village, on the coast 50 miles north of San Francisco.
The Birds filming location Bodega Bay: The Tides Wharf & Restaurant, in which the assorted locals shelter from the bird attacks, has expanded into an unrecognizable hotel complex since the film was made.Various restaurant scenes, portions of the gas station fire, and the boat dock scenes where filmed at the Tides Wharf and Restaurant. The ranch house on Westshore Road, part of the Gafney ranch that had occupied Bodega Head for nearly 100 years was used for exterior shots of the Brenner House. The derelict structure, now part of the U.C. Marine Laboratory in the Sonoma Coast State Beach, was repaired by the film crew and used for exterior shots, including the children’s birthday party and the end of the film. The house has been demolished, but the ancient cedar trees look much the same as they did in “The Birds.” The scenes of Tippi Hedren driving her Aston Martin into Bodega Bay were filmed on Bay Hill Road, about a mile and a half north of the Visitors Center.
Foodie Tip: Great Crab sandwiches and clam chowder at Spud Point Crab Company a must stop. Across from the Spud Point Marina on Westshore Road. The Tides and Lucas Wharf have fish markets with daily catches.
The Birds filming location Bodega: A few miles inland is the quaint village of Bodega itself, where you can see the schoolhouse of Annie Hayworth (Suzanne Pleshette), at 17110 Bodega Lane, which, in the film, appears to be just up the hill from the bay. The house was originally a schoolhouse, a local community centre and for a while a guest house. It’s now a private residence.The 150 year old Potter School behind St. Theresa’s Church five miles south of Bodega Bay in Bodega, was vacant at the time of the filming. After Alfred Hitchcock’s crew repaired the exterior it was used for several scenes. Many of the shots of the children running from the schoolhouse were done on Taylor Street in Bodega Bay above the Diekmann’s Bay Store with the original two story store visible at the bay’s edge.
Take Hwy 1 out of Jenner to Bodega Bay. From Bodega Bay take Hwy 1 and make a right at Bodega Highway. There is a store that specializes in the movie.