Colonial Coast Birding Trail
Georgia’s Colonial Coast Birding Trail extends from Savannah southward to St. Mary’s, and westward to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. More than 300 species of birds have been spotted along the Trail’s 18 sites, five of which are located in the Golden Isles.
Start your Golden Isles bird watching journey at Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation on Hwy 17, just north of Brunswick. Then continue south to our next stop on the Trail, Gould's Inlet and East Beach on St. Simons Island. After that stop along the Jekyll Island Causeway, crossing the famous Marshes of Glynn. The remaining two Trail sites are on Jekyll Island—Driftwood Beach on the northern shore, and South End beach, including St. Andrews Picnic Area.
Depending on the time of year, you can spot unique species of birds almost anywhere in the Golden Isles. Sightings can include birds of prey such as bald eagles, waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds, gulls, and many more.
Little St. Simons Island
In addition to the Colonial Coast Birding Trail, another significant birding area in the Golden Isles is Little St. Simons Island. More than 300 species of birds have been recorded on the 11,000-acre island, including red-bellied, hairy, and pileated woodpeckers, eastern screech-owl and white-eyed vireo. Naturalist-led tours feature many of the island’s best viewing areas, complete with a rookery and bald eagle nests.
The Georgia Barrier Islands are internationally recognized as important for shorebirds. Many of the islands are undeveloped, which reduces disturbances for birds, and the expansive marshes create great food sources. It's important that we don't get too close to nesting birds, try not to disturb any birds or other wildlife, and keep dogs leashed. During the summer, it's best to stay on the wet sand and observe for signs or roped areas.
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