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Georgia's Colonial Coast Birding Trail

St. Simons Island - Gould's Inlet & East Beach

Description: East Beach, which includes Gould's Inlet, is a residential area of St. Simons Island. The area includes some county-owned lands.

Types of Birds: Birds of prey, shorebirds, songbirds, wading birds, waterfowl

Best Birding Seasons: Birds of prey (all), shorebirds (all), wading birds (all), waterfowl (winter)

Specialties: American oystercatcher, black skimmer, painted bunting, bald eagle, least tern, northern gannet

Tips: The best time to see birds in this area is around high tide, especially in the afternoon. The best place to park is in the Coast Guard parking area. Look for painted buntings in spring and summer in the upland habitats. Look for laughing gulls, black skimmers, royal and caspian terns on the beach. In winter, look for common and red-throated loons, scoters, scaup and other waterbirds in the ocean. Look for northern gannets out over the ocean in winter. Look for warblers during spring and fall migration.

Fee: None.

Hours: No set hours.

Telephone: (912) 638-1422

Fun Things to Do: Look for mink scrambling over the rocks at Gould's Inlet. Take a walking tour of the area.

Directions: Take Exit 8, Golden Isles Parkway, at the junction of I-95 and SR 25 (Exit 38). Take SR 25 Spur east to US 17. Turn right (south) on US 17 to the F.J. Torras Causeway. Turn left onto the causeway and proceed to the island. Note: the name of the highway changes to Demere Road. Proceed on Demere Road through two stop lights, past Bloody Marsh National Monument. Continue on East Beach Causeway until you approach the Coast Guard parking lot. Turn left onto Bruce Drive just before the parking lot. See the map.