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Georgia's Colonial Coast Birding Trail

Jekyll Island - South End Beach

Description: This birding site is located on the beach at the southern tip of Jekyll Island.

Types of Birds: Shorebirds, wading birds, waterfowl, gull-like birds

Best Birding Seasons: Shorebirds (all), wading birds (all), waterfowl (winter), gull-like birds (all)

Specialties: Black skimmer, American oystercatcher, marbled goodwit, jaegers, south polar skua, northern gannet, piping plover, glaucous gull

Tips: Look for shorebirds around high tide from mid-summer through spring. Carefully examine gulls; rare gull species are sometimes found here. Don't disturb resting birds, give them a wide berth. Look for scoters, loons, mergansers, buffleheads and other waterfowl swimming offshore.

Fee: $5 per vehicle parking fee or $45 annual ParkPass.

Hours: Open 24 hours a day.

Telephone Number: Toll Free 1-877-4JEKYLL (453-5955)

Fun Things To Do: Take a guided turtle walk and look for nesting loggerhead sea turtles. For information on other wildlife viewing opportunities, call (912) 635-2284.

Directions: Take Exit 29 at the junction of I-95 and US 17, then take US 17/SR 520 north to the SR 520 split. Turn right onto SR 520 and continue to the toll booth and the east end of the causeway. Pay the parking fee and continue straight ahead until the road intersects Beachview Drive. Turn right on Beachview Drive, traveling south. Look for the soccer complex and "Glory" boardwalk on the left. Turn left into the parking lot at the complex and walk the boardwalk to the beach, then turn right to continue to the southern tip of the island. See the map.