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Birds and Butterflies

Pensacola Beach is a bird watchers delight. Hosting a variety of species from tiny nesting birds to great egrets and osprey, visitors will always find interesting species to observe.  Along Pensacola Beach’s stretch of land, there are many places to spy different bird species – from the white sand beaches along the coastline where shore birds abound to the Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier, a great spot to see herons and pelicans.

The types of birds found along Pensacola Beach are Shore Birds, Coastal Sea Birds, Wading Birds, and Nesting Birds. Some birds may belong to more than one of these categories, and each category has specific characteristics that define that type of bird.

Shore birds share a preference for wet habitats and shorelines, round heads, and useful bills to probe for food in the sand, gravel, and water. Coastal sea birds spend most of their time in or flying above water, feeding on fish and other animals found there. They typically have webbed feet to aid in their swimming, and they are powerful fliers, some able to soar for hours with very little effort. Wading birds are usually long-legged and long-necked birds that frequent shallow water, especially when in search of food. Nesting birds build their nests, lay eggs, and raise their young on land, sometimes in places where people frequent.  

Along with birds, monarch butterflies also inhabit the area during their migrations to and from the south.