Birding in Gulf Shores, Alabama

This morning I went on a birding walk with two volunteers at the Bon Secour Nature Reserve. We saw lots of birds but only one or two water birds.  The two most exciting sightings for me were a brown-headed nuthatch and a ruby-crowned kinglet.  This is not good a good time of the year here for bird-watching but we found plenty to look at anyway.  In March, the migrants would be here in droves.  If I ever come back, that’s when I want to come. Here is my bird list for Gulf Shores: Common Loon, Double-crested Cormorant, Hooded Merganser, Brown Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Tricolored Heron, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, American Coot, Snowy Plover, Willet, Sanderling, Herring Gull, Laughing Gull, Caspian Tern, Common Tern, Sandwich Tern, Forster’s Tern, Gull-Billed Tern, Mourning Dove, Red-headed Woodpecker, Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Brown-Headed Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, Eastern Bluebird, Hermit Thrust, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow-Rumped Warbler, Red-Winged Blackbird. Photos below are of the brown-headed nuthatch and of a heron showing his reflection in the water.

Brown-Headed Nuthatch - CopyHeron Reflected