15th May, 2013

Birding: Fairhope Alabama Real Estate to Dauphin Island

Spring and fall migrations past Fairhope AL real estate are fascinating. A series of loops along the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail provides Alabama birders with perfect half-day adventures. Depending on the weather fronts from the north or the south, the perfect birding timetables shift slightly. Visitors and residents of Fairhope homes and throughout North Mobile and South Baldwin Counties south to Dauphin Island are in enviable locations for birding.

Fairhope AL homesPopular loops along the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail and near Fairhope real estate include: Gulf Shores-Orange Beach Loop; Fort Morgan Loop; South Baldwin County Loop; Eastern Shore, Mobile Bay Causeway and Blakeley Island Loop; Mobile – Tensaw River Delta Loop; and Dauphin Island – Bayou La Batre Loop.

Birders enjoy and care for the birds and their habitat by staying on the roads and trails and minimizing any disturbances. First-time birders can contact Friends of Dauphin Island Audubon Sanctuary for specific directions to welcome centers and the entire trail, loop by loop.

Eastern Shore, Mobile Bay Causeway and Blakeley Island Loop

Right in the backyard of Eastern Shore Alabama real estate, the Fairhope Pier is a good place to look for winter ducks, loons, gulls, and terns. This loop runs north from Fairhope to Daphne’s Village Point Park. There’s a trail along the bay and pier in Daphne and a marsh around Yancey Branch at the Bayfront Park. Among other birds, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Least Bittern, Clapper Rail, Great Horned Owl and Barred Owl, Great Blue Sharon, Great Egret, and Tri-colored heron are in the area. Birders look for Laughing Gill, Caspian Tern, and Brown Pelican throughout the year. During the winter, American White Pelican, Ring-build Gull, Double-crested Cormorant and many other species are present, including Bald Eagle.

Fort Morgan Loop

Visit the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge at 12295 Highway 180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 and Fort Morgan Historical Park at 51 Highway 180 W., Gulf Shores, AL 36542 for more information about the Fort Morgan Loop. It begins at the intersection of AL 59 and AL 180 in Gulf Shores. Traveling westward, birders pass the Jeff Friend Trail and the Pine Beach Trail with its interpretive kiosk. Migrant birds often hide in the oleander. Look for Royal Tern.

Then a two-mile trail goes southeast to the beach through Little Lagoon and Alligator Lake. Continuing west on the unpaved Mobile Street, birders traverse the marsh and palmetto habitat, occasionally passing alligators. Winter sparrows and waders, Northern Gannett, loons and seabirds are along the way. West into the Pines, birders spot ducks, grebes, and mergansers, Old Squaw, and scoters.dauphin Island

Dauphin Island – Bayou La Batre Loop

Dauphin Island is especially popular during the spring migration. Approximately 85% (345 species) of the list of Alabama birds have been spotted there. At times a cold front causes birds to “literally fall from the sky.”

For information about Alabama properties in the Mobile region, contact Lucinda Briggs of RE/MAX by the Bay at (251) 423-7127.

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