Bird Watching on Sanibel

Sanibel Island has an array of activities for every age to enjoy.  Bird watching is a fantastic way to feel, hear, and see, the vibrancy of island life. A soothing way to enjoy the island and wild life through the stunningly agile movements of these docile, beautiful creatures. The most common of birds on Sanibel Island are called wader birds: a water bird, especially one with long legs, that habitually wades (walks through water) such as herons, egrets, storks, and stilts.

Where to Bird Watch

The most popular place on the island for bird watching is the  J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. This is a four mile paved trail through a protect refuge on the island. The refuge consists of over 6,400 acres of mangrove forest, submerged seagrass beds, cordgrass marshes, and West Indian hardwood hammocks. You can find wading birds, shorebirds, and waterfowl feeding near the dike formed by two tidal impediments, east and west.


The Birds of Sanibel

Sanibel is home to 245 bird species making bird watching on the island interesting and a hobby that makes each day different and unique. Simply walking and biking through the island designated paths is an easy way to bird watch. Fun for the whole family. Some of the most popular birds on the island Roseate Spoonbill, Osreys, Brown Pelicans, Great Blue Heron, and The Great Egret. When it comes to seeing rare birds of the island have fun trying to find birds such as the Macgillivray’s Warbler, American Avocet, Black-necked stilt. You may just see other wild life, on top of enjoying the beautiful weather, flowers, and greenery of the island.

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