Fall Birdwatching in the Golden Isles

Fall birdwatching in the Golden Isles of GeorgiaGeorgia’s golden isles are a string of barrier islands that lie in the coastal marshlands just off the coast of Georgia, partway between Savannah, Georgia, and Jacksonville, Florida. These historic islands are incredibly beautiful and preserved stretches of habitat. Between the Victorian Country Estates, charming island towns, and Civil War Forts to miles of protected beaches, forests, and wetlands, the Golden Isles are a destination unto themselves. This stretch of coastline has also been deemed as an Important Bird Area by the American Bird Conservancy, making these islands a birdwatching paradise. Come stay at our luxury Bed and Breakfast, just inshore from the Golden Isles, and enjoy a vacation like no other this fall.

Where to Go Birdwatching in the Golden Isles

Both St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island are located on the Atlantic Migratory Flyway. These islands are host to more than 300 full and part-time bird species, ranging from bald eagles to roseate spoonbills. Though birdwatching is great all over these marshy barrier islands, there are some noteworthy hotspots to visit this fall.

  • Goose Pond on Little St. Simons Island is a great place to go early in the morning.  You’re likely to see a variety of incredible birds, including herons, egrets, wood storks, black-necked stilts, glossy ibises, gull-billed terns, and colorful roseate spoonbills.
  • Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island is worth visiting for its hauntingly beautiful driftwood lining the beach.  It’s also a great place for birdwatching, especially shorebirds like least terns, plovers, and sanderlings, as well as an occasional painted bunting.
  • Norm’s Pond on Little St. Simons Island is home to a rookery, which is the biggest draw to the area.  Wading shorebirds are plentiful here, as they nest in areas protected by the pond’s alligator population. There is an observation tower here, giving you great views of the nesting snowy egrets, anhingas, white ibises and black-crowned night herons.
  • The 7-miles of untouched beach at Sancho Panzo Beach on Little St. Simons Island is the perfect place to watch for shorebirds and wading birds. Wood storks, pelicans, herons, egrets, cormorants, bald eagles, terns, and gulls are all commonly seen here.
  • For guided bird watching on Jekyll Island, join Jekyll Island Conservation staff for seasonal ranger walks.

Birdwatching This Fall in the Golden Isles of GeorgiaNaturalist-led tours on Little St. Simon’s island are the best way to experience the bird habitats there and feature many of the island’s best viewing areas that are noted above.  For a comprehensive birdwatching experience, travel along the Colonial Coast Birding Trail, which extends from Savannah south to St. Mary’s. The trail has 18 birdwatching sites, 5 of which are located in the Golden Isles. They are the Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation, Gould’s Inlet, East Beach, the Marshes of Glynn, and, of course, Driftwood Beach.

Luxury Accommodations at a Georgia Bed and Breakfast

When it’s time to retire for the evening, the luxuriously appointed guest rooms at the Horse Stamp Inn will be waiting. Our private retreat, located a short drive from the Golden Isles, sits on 16 beautifully manicured acres, complete with an artesian pond, pool, and relaxing firepit. Enjoy some of Georgia’s best birdwatching this fall, and book a room at our Georgia Bed and Breakfast today.