My husband and I visited Skidaway Island State Park in the hopes of viewing some birds that are absent or just a little harder to find in Tennessee, and we were not disappointed. The moment we stepped out of the car, we started hearing and seeing interesting birds. We'd already identified several before even leaving the parking lot. The Interpretive Center located nearby provided binoculars and books to help in identification of local species, as well as pictures and painted wood carvings of birds and examples of nests. They had also provided feeders in order to attract the birds. The books are available for purchase at the Park Office. Even though it was late in the year, we were able to see a painted bunting at the feeder, among many, many others. We were given a map when we entered the park that detailed the best trails on which to see birds and what birds might be seen, and we proceeded to take the Sandpiper Trail and the connecting Avian Loop. Many different coastal environments were presented, and almost every step we took, we discovered something new. We saw every bird we came to see, plus some, and I would definitely return just to see them again or perhaps to see the summer and winter birds we missed out on. It was an excellent birding experience all around.
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