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Boating, Birding and Bird Watching on Pensacola Beach

Pelican and dolphin high five over the Santa Rosa Sound in Escambia County.

Birding or Bird Watching in Pensacola: There IS a difference.

A pelican seen from a guests aboard the Frisky Mermaid dolphin cruise boat

Stunning photo of a pelican taken by WhitPics aboard the Frisky Mermaid dolphin cruise boat

Birders tend to be highly competitive in their pursuit of extension of their Birding Life List. Bird Watchers, on the other hand, take bird observation with much more of a slower pace.  Pensacola Beach offers a captivating experience for all bird enthusiasts, providing a diverse array of shorebirds, seagulls, and other avian species. The pristine shoreline, becomes a natural aviary, especially when the skies are filled with the vibrant colors of the Pensacola skies.  See the shoreline from the water and see all graceful movements of various bird species up close.  Hopping on a Scenic Bay Dolphin & Sightseeing Tour or renting a Pontoon Boat to explore on your own is the best way to bird and bird-watch…on the water.

One can witness a fascinating variety of birds over the waters of Pensacola Beach and local bays, ranging from elegant egrets and herons (named Fred) to coastal seagulls (named Carl) who likes Goldfish snacks.

These coastal areas serve as crucial habitats for migratory birds and resident species alike. During birdwatching excursions, enthusiasts may spot the majestic Brown Pelican, known for its distinctive dive-bombing fishing technique, or the charming, Piping Plover a small shorebird often seen darting along the water’s edge.

Optimal Bird Watching Experience on Untouched Quiet Beaches

For an optimal bird-watching experience, certain areas along the beach are particularly renowned. The Gulf Island National SeashoreFrom Frisky Mermaid, a little white bird hanging out in the water. with its protected natural habitats, provides an ideal setting for observing a plethora of bird species. The shoreline and sand dunes serve as prime locations to catch glimpses of these feathered inhabitants.  For others, that prefer to be in a location away from the crowd at a secluded beach, taking a pontoon boat or an extended dolphin cruise that stops at a hidden beach is an ideal way to get you up close.Pensacola shorebird flying over Frisky1 dolphin boat.

So, whether you’re a seasoned birder or a casual observer bird-watcher, Pensacola Beach offers an immersive and rewarding bird-watching experience. The symphony of calls, the graceful flights, and the chance to witness these avian wonders against the backdrop of the Gulf of Mexico make birding in Pensacola Beach a truly enriching endeavor.  There’s Carl again to the right.