One of the Top Birding Spots
Birding Spots on the Island
Dauphin Island, one of the top birding spots in the Southeast, is recognized as a Globally Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society and BirdLife International. Spring and fall migration on the island have been described as “the stuff of birding legend” when, under adverse weather conditions, large flocks of exhausted birds of many species may seek shelter on the island in a truly spectacular “fall-out.”
The entire island is a Bird Sanctuary in which rewarding observations can be made in any of its public areas including parks, beaches, dune, wetlands, and quiet streets. Birders seek out well known hotspots like the East End by Fort Gaines, Pelican Point, the Audubon Bird Sanctuary, the Goat Tree Reserve, the Shell Mounds, Cadillac Square, the Airport Marsh, and the West End. Dauphin Island also has a number of smaller, less well-known locations described in the DIBS Protected Properties that can provide excellent bird watching opportunities. While spring and fall are the most productive time for migratory birding, summer and winter also provide opportunities to view the many permanent species that reside on the island. Waterfowl, seabirds, shore birds, hawks, owls, and recently established Bald Eagles provide rewarding observation for the interested birder.
The Alabama Ornithological Society has graciously shared their Birding Dauphin Island guide with DIBS. The guide provides descriptions and maps of the most popular bird watching locations on the island. They are organized from east to west and prices/local information were updated in 2021. Click on the link below to download this informative guide to Birding Dauphin Island.