On Sanibel Island and Captiva Island, there are a number of other places for bird watching. The interior wetlands are lovely places to walk, either early in the day or toward sunset. Center Tract at the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, the Bailey Tract, and Sanibel Gardens Preserve all have good walking trails for bird watchers. Here, red-shouldered hawks call noisily from overhead. Woodpeckers, most frequently red-bellied or pileated, drum on decaying tree trunks.
CLICK HERE for a map and description of our walking trails on Sanibel Island.
And when you go to the beach to sunbathe and shell, remember that birdlife on the beaches is exciting, too.
Wherever you encounter birds on the islands, please remember that these islands are their home. Give them some space and disturb them as little as possible. Remember that Sanibel prohibits hand-feeding of any wild birds, including gulls.