Birding

  • Big Flock of Skimmers

Here, Only the Sky is Crowded

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.

  • Located on the Atlantic Migratory Flyway
  • More than 280 species recorded here
  • Value nesting, foraging and stop-over grounds
  • A critical staging for shorebirds
  • Recognized as an Important Birding Area (IBA) by the American Bird Conservancy
  • Recognized as a Reserve Site by the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN)

Recent Bird Activity

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.

Birding Hot Spots

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

  • The walkway to the Norm
  • Viewing birds through a scope at a tower on Little St. Simons Island

Bird List

For questions about the best season to see specific species, please download our bird checklist

Birding Events

Birding Days 2014: April 24-May 1 and September 21-24, 2014

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 rate details and availability.

Birding Research

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:

  • Nature Conservancy
  • American Bird Conservancy
  • Georgia Department of Natural Resources
  • US Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN)
  • Georgia Ornithological Society

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.

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  • Spoonbills in Flight
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  • Big Flock of Skimmers
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  • Birds in Flight over wave
  • Great Egret in flight
  • Boat Tailed Grackle
  • A couple of Pelicans