Birdwatching in the Golden Isles

birdwatching in the Golden Isles, GeorgiaGeorgia’s Golden Isles are spectacularly beautiful, and draw guests by the thousands, each seeking their own bit of rest and relaxation. The Golden Isles also happen to be an extraordinary location for avid birdwatchers.  The Horse Stamp Inn is conveniently located near the coast’s Golden Isles, which include popular birdwatching locations like Jekyll Island and Little St. Simons Island. We’re also only about an hour away from Savannah and Amelia Island, and just north of St. Mary’s and Cumberland Island, which puts us right in the heart of some of the best birdwatching country in all of Georgia. Book your room at our luxurious Bed and Breakfast today, and make sure to pack your favorite pair of binoculars.

The Best Places for Birdwatching

The Golden Isles are home to more than 330 different species of birds, most of which can be found along the marshy edges of the shoreline where they enjoy the shade of oak trees.  Popular species that call this area home include herons, egrets, roseate spoonbills, and bald eagles. One of the most popular places to start your birdwatching adventure is the Colonial Coast Birding Trail, which is a network of 18 different stops between Savannah in the North, and St. Mary’s in the south. Beyond that, both Little St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island have been recognized for their pristine bird habitats. Some key places for birdwatching in the area include:

  • Hofwyl-Broadfield plantation. The nature trail from the visitors center to the edge of the marsh in particular is a good place for birding, especially for wood stork, bald eagle, osprey, glossy ibis, painted bunting, yellow-throated warbler, and sharp-tailed sparrow.
  • Altama Plantation Wildlife Management Area offers extraordinary birding, as it is one of the most ecologically diverse habitats in the southeast. It’s home to a number of rare plants and animals.
  • Gould’s Inlet and East Beach on St. Simons Island, which is a great place to spot the American oystercatcher, black skimmer, painted bunting, bald eagle, least tern, and northern gannet. The best time for birding is around afternoon high tide.
  • Birdwatching in the Golden Isles, GeorgiaThe Jekyll Island Causeway is a surprisingly great place for birdwatching. The Causeway cuts across the salt marshes, which are home to an amazing array of birds and other wildlife. Here, shorebirds are best seen at low tide. Summertime is perfect to see nesting ospreys and roseate spoonbills.
  • Head to Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge, and odds are you’ll find nesting wood storks, great egrets, snowy egrets, black-crowned night herons, anhingas and other waders. The best time of year to witness this is May and June. One of the best places in Georgia to view nesting wading birds, Harris Neck provides the only man-made nesting structures for wood storks.

The Golden Isles in Georgia are perfect for quiet sports like birdwatching.  Throughout the remainder of your time at the Horse Stamp Inn, feel free to relax and enjoy our unique amenities, like our artesian pond stocked with bass, bream, carp and catfish, perfect for catch and release fishing; our firepit; our outdoor pool; and the remainder of our beautiful grounds.  This is where relaxation happens, and we can’t wait for you to join us.  Book your room our Georgia Bed and Breakfast today!

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