I was looking for an ideal beach vacation for my family as I researched Alabama’s beaches, and in my quest, I found a hidden treasure. I found a destination with a population of birds that would excite any bird lover. As an avid birder, I had been looking for the perfect destination to add new specimens to my bird life list. Alabama has more than 430 bird species, and the state has many committed bird trails that can keep a birding enthusiast busy for days.
With my binoculars and a park map in hand, I trekked through the coastal trail looking for some remarkable finds. Eagles are abundant and easily viewed from the boardwalk on the main trail., I was there in March, and the hatchlings were demanding their dinner. Just across the path takes birders to Lake Shelby, where they can get a good look at the coastal waterfowl that call this part of Alabama home. Blue Heron, Coots, Kingfishers, and cormorants are plentiful, and if you are lucky, you can take some great photos of them here along the lake's shore.
My birding adventures were not limited to the wooded marsh areas of the park; just a short walk was the stunning shoreline of the Alabama Gulf Coast. Breezes off the water met me as I stepped onto the sand and pulled up my binoculars to scan the horizon. Seagulls cried at me, and sandpipers ran to and fro in the foam left from the crashing waves as I slowly moved along the beach. It was like heaven.
When our time along the Alabama Gulf Coast came to an end, I was surprised at how much we still had yet to see and explore. Dauphin Island’s Audubon Bird Sanctuary and Fort Morgan were on the list, but we ran out of time before we could get there. That just means we will need to get back to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach again soon. How many days do you need to bird along the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail? My best sage birding advice is as many as you can.
Learn more about birding along Alabama’s beaches and discover the beautiful species that call Gulf Shores and Orange Beach home!