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Richmond Hill is For the Birds!

Richmond Hill, Georgia, includes two sites along the Colonial Coast Birding Trail:

Fort McAllister State Historic Park, which marks the end of General William T. Sherman's March to the Sea during the Civil War, is located on the banks of the Ogeechee River, and includes a mix of salt marsh and forested habitats. Here, you’ll see painted buntings and other songbirds, wading birds, waterfowl such as wood ducks, and raptors such as osprey and bald eagles year round. In winter, migratory birds such as the northern harrier are seen.

Image taken at Fort McAllister State Historic Park

Wetland's Trail at J.F. Gregory Park  This park offers a variety of habitats, including wetlands and wooded areas, attracting a diverse range of bird species. Songbirds, wading birds and raptors are seen all year, and migratory waterfowl in winter. Look for warblers during spring and fall migrations. Prothonotary warblers are best seen from April to June. Don't forget your notebook and binoculars!

Image taken at Richmond Hill J.F. Gregory Park

Get up early and grab a cup of coffee from one of our local cafes, then head out to either of these two sites to listen to the birds awaken!

Image taken at Fort McAllister State Historic Park

After a morning of noting or photographing your sightings, try an international-style lunch in Richmond Hill.

Image taken at Fort McAllister State Historic Park

You can spend your afternoon either north at such sites on the Colonial Coast Birding Trail as Skidaway Island State Park, Tybee Island, and the Savannah-Ogeechee Canal Museum & Nature Center, or south at Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge, the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island, or a number of other sites. More than 300 species of birds (75 percent of the total species of birds seen in Georgia) have been spotted at the 18 sites along the birding trail. See the complete list of sites here.