Spring Birdwatching in the Golden Isles

Birdwatching in the Golden Isles, GeorgiaIf you haven’t yet made it a priority to visit Georgia’s coastline, especially the area known as the Golden Isles, this spring is your perfect opportunity. The Golden Isles are spectacularly beautiful stretch of coastline, and draw visitors by the thousands. In the Spring, these barrier islands are especially popular for birdwatching. Our Georgia Bed and Breakfast is conveniently located approximately 30 minutes from Georgia’s barrier islands of St. Simons, Jekyll Island, and Little St. Simons Island; all spectacular birding areas. The Horse Stamp Inn is also approximately one hour’s drive from both Savannah and Amelia island, and is just north of St. Mary’s and Cumberland Island. That puts us right in the heart of Georgia’s prime birdwatching territory, and makes us the perfect home base for all of your spring birding adventures. Pack your binoculars, and book your room at our luxurious Bed and Breakfast today.

The Best Birdwatching Near Our Georgia Inn

In total, the Golden Isles are home to more than 330 different species of birds. Many of these birds can be found along the marshy shorelines, where they enjoy abundant food sources and the comforting shade of the towering oak trees that grow there. Some of the most common birds enjoyed by birdwatchers include Great Blue Herons, egrets, roseate spoonbills, and bald eagles. If you’re new to birdwatching, we recommend getting started with the Colonial Coast Birding Trail; an extensive network of 18 different stops between Savannah in the North, and St. Mary’s in the south. It’s a comprehensive guide to the area, and sure to result in some exciting moments for birding enthusiasts. If you’re a more seasoned birdwatcher, both Little St. Simon’s island and Jekyll Island have been recognized for their pristine bird habitats. Here are a few of the key places that have proved fruitful for birdwatching over the years:

  • The 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.
  • Gould’s Inlet and East Beach on St. Simons Island are both great places 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, when the shorebirds come out to feed.
  • Birdwatching in the Golden Isles of GeorgiaThe Altama Plantation Wildlife Management Area is one of the most ecologically diverse habitats in the southeast, and accordingly is home to a number of rare plants and animals.
  • The nature trail from the visitors center at the Hofwyl-Broadfield plantation to the edge of the marsh is a good place for birding. Common sightings here include wood stork, bald eagle, osprey, glossy ibis, painted bunting, yellow-throated warbler, and sharp-tailed sparrow.
  • 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.

We can’t wait to get outside for a little birdwatching this spring, and hope to see you here at the Horse Stamp Inn with your binoculars as well.  Throughout the remainder of your stay, our stunning 16-acre property is yours to enjoy. 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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