Explore Georgia’s Golden Isles on this relaxed, long-weekend Venture in the midst of fall migration. Lying along the Atlantic flyway, the Georgia coast holds large numbers of migrant shorebirds and songbirds, wintering waterfowl, plus such resident birds of the marshes and wetlands as Roseate Spoonbill and Wood Stork. At this time of year, the coastal live oak woodlands still teem with colorful, southbound warblers and an assortment of vireos, tanagers, and thrushes. The first wave of wintering waterfowl will have arrived and there should be a few straggling Purple Gallinules and Least Bitterns hanging around in the marshes as well. Scenic, sandy beaches and expansive mudflats attract a good selection of shorebirds with Marbled Godwit, Black-necked Stilt, and American Avocet all expected.
From our convenient base on historic Jekyll Island, we’ll bird our way through the island’s myriad habitats at an easy pace, eventually visiting other birdy places farther afield such as Altamaha WMA, the Brunswick Coast, and Harris Neck NWR. The rich birdlife of this ecologically-fascinating place is reason enough to visit but the charm of its historic towns and the promise of a ‘catch-of-the-day’ add to the appeal.
Some of the Birds We Hope to See
Shorebirds such as Willet, Whimbrel, Marbled Godwit, American Avocet, and Black-necked Stilt; Purple Gallinule; Roseate Spoonbill; Wood Stork; and a good selection of waterfowl including Mottled Duck, 10 species of heron including American & Least Bitterns, and Black-crowned & Yellow-crowned Night- Herons; Black Skimmer, Forster’s Tern; transient warblers such as Northern Parula, Magnolia, Black-and- white, Black-throated Green, Yellow-throated and more; Blue-gray Gnatcatcher; Red-eyed and Yellow- throated Vireos; Indigo and Painted Buntings; and so many more.