Pelicans on pier in Gulf Shores AL

Your Guide to Discover the Birds on the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are top destinations for bird watchers due to the stunning coastal birds that can be found in the area. 

The beauty of the Alabama Gulf Coast is no secret. Residents and guests alike enjoy the natural elements Alabama’s beaches offer. However, humans aren’t the only ones who love to explore Gulf Shores and Orange Beach as plenty of stunning coastal birds can be found in the area. When you’re on the hunt for the perfect piece of paradise to watch these beautiful birds, consider these three off-the-beaten-path places perfect for birders.

Weeks Bay National Reserve Fairhope, AL

Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

In nearby Fairhope, Alabama, the Weeks Bay Estuarine Research Reserve public research and education facility includes some 9,000 acres of protected habitats bordering Weeks Bay and Fish and Magnolia Rivers. Complete with an interpretive center, indoor displays, live animals, and forested boardwalk nature trails, the Reserve is part of a national network of coastal reserves established as living laboratories for long-term research projects. Well-known for birdwatching, Weeks Bay also participates in the annual Alabama Coastal BirdFest held during the first week of October. A festival of sorts, BirdFest is a great way to see and learn about birds in the area as well as their habitats, and no previous birding experience is required.

Mobile Delta Spanish Fort, AL

Meaher State Park

The Mobile Delta wetlands in Spanish Fort are where you’ll discover Meaher State Park. There are a plethora of things to do in this 1,327-acre park, including a self-guided walk on two nature trails with a lovely view of the Mobile Delta. Birders can expect to see herons, red-tailed hawks, egrets, and even bald eagles. It’s a great place to bring the kids and get them hooked on birding.

Bird at Graham Creek Nature Preserve Foley, AL

Graham Creek Nature Preserve

Home to boundless plant and wildlife species, the 500-acre Graham Creek Nature Preserve in Foley offers lots of recreational opportunities as well as educational programs. There are many pet-friendly areas, multiple walking and hiking trails, and a handicap-accessible boardwalk. Enjoy the interpretive center, and don’t miss the chance for birdwatching. The preserve also hosts events throughout the year, including Feathered Friends Day and eco-educational activities.

Fall and spring along the Gulf Coast of Alabama provide ideal opportunities for birdwatching. Learn more about this popular hobby and pack your binoculars for your next beach vacation and be sure to visit the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Book a place to stay nearby!

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