Located on the Atlantic Migratory Flyway, our Island is a prized paradise for avid and casual birders. More than 280 species have been regularly spotted here, from Bald Eagles and Roseate Spoonbills to Oystercatchers and Painted Buntings. And the Island's undisturbed beaches and woodlands are havens for a number of threatened and endangered species.
Early morning birding trips, evening owl prowls and other bird-seeking excursion are regular activities led by our skilled naturalists. Or strike out on your own with binoculars, a map of birding hot spots and a Little St. Simons Island Birding Checklist.
To see bird sightings on Little St. Simons Island recorded by our Naturalists as well as guests and local birders please visit eBird’s Hotspot Map. You can also visit our News page where our Naturalists post notable sightings.
Our Naturalists can either take you to or direct you to the best locations for spotting various bird species. In general terms, these are the Island's birding Hot Spots:
North Pond, Goose Pond, Skimmer Pond: Herons, Egrets, Ibis, and Spoonbills
Main Beach: Pelicans, Terns, Skimmers, Plovers and Gannets
Sancho Panza Beach: Shorebirds and Waders
Myrtle Pond Observation Towers: Waterfowl and Egrets
Myrtle Pond Blind: Wood storks and Roseate Spoonbills
South End Road: Osprey, Eagles, Kingfishers
Middle Woods Road: Owls and Woodpeckers
North End Road, Old House Road, Backbone Trail: Flycatchers, Vireos adn Warblers
For questions about the best season to see specific species, please download our bird checklist
Fall Birding Days 2015: September 24 - 30, 2015
Spring Birding Days 2016: April 22 - 28, 2016
Enjoy guided outings and evening lectures with guest ornithologists during bird migration season on Little St. Simons Island. This is a great opportunity for beginner and advanced birders to see migrants and residents in their natural habitats.
All-inclusive rates cover guided tours, nightly presentations, all meals, use of island equipment, and boat rides to and from the island. Please call 888-733-5774 for rates and availability.
Little St. Simons Island partners with many state, Federal and non- governmental organizations to conduct valuable research on the bird species on the Island–including many threatened and endangered species. Little St. Simons Island’s birding research partners include:
In conjunction with our partners, our naturalists conduct surveys and collect data on the Island’s permanent and migratory populations. We report rare species sightings, track migration and are involved in special projects with breeding species. For more information, please visit the Ecological Projects page.