Tens of thousands of migrating birds find Pensacola’s tree-lined coast the perfect rest stop to fuel up. Our miles of undeveloped coastline - with oak hammocks, dune vegetation and fresh water sources - is like a buffet for migratory birds seeking the fuel and rest they need to make the hundreds of miles flight ahead of them. Like human vacationers flock to our shores, so many species of colorful, tropical birds (orioles, towhees, indigo buntings, warblers in hues of greens and yellows, and ruby-throated hummingbirds) return to Pensacola’s beaches every year to rest, relax and refuel.
But even our winged permanent residents will keep you guessing year-round, as you never know what might fly over at any time.
The Pensacola Bay Area features bays, bayous, beaches, rivers and woodlands, all within very close proximity. It’s why more than 300 species of birds call Pensacola home. Colorful songbirds, birds of prey, waterfowl and coastal birds - all can be spotted here if you’re patient and know where to look.