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Georgia's Colonial Coast Birding Trail

Skidaway Island State Park

Description: This state park is an island separated from the Atlantic Ocean by salt marsh and Wassaw Island. Skidaway Island State Park is characterized by tidal estuaries, salt marshes, salt flats, tidal rivers and mature maritime forests.

Types of Birds: Songbirds, shorebirds, wading birds, waterfowl

Best Birding Seasons: Songbirds (all), shorebirds (all), wading birds (all), waterfowl (winter)Specialties: Osprey, painted bunting, pileated woodpecker, bald eagle

Tips: Warbler watching can be spectacular during spring and fall migrations. Look for nesting osprey in spring and summer. Listen and look for marsh wrens and clapper rails in salt marshes. Look for painted buntings during the spring and summer.

Fee: $5 per vehicle daily parking fee or $50 annual ParkPass

Hours: 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.

Telephone: (912) 598-2300

Fun Things To Do: Walk the Sandpiper Trail to the viewing tower for a panoramic view of the salt marsh. Look for raccoons, alligators and deer.

Directions: Take Exit 164, Lynes Parkway, at the junction of I-16 and I-516. Head south on Lynes Parkway, which becomes Derenne Avenue. Continue down Derenne Avenue to Waters Avenue until it becomes Diamond Causeway. The sign for Skidaway Island State Park is on the right and the entrance to the park is on the left. See the map.