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Sanibel Island draws avid birders from around the world every year. The island’s variety of habitats are home to over 240 species of birds! These different habitats are all located within Sanibel Island and include freshwater wetlands, mangrove stands, beaches, dune and coastal ridge woodland.

Sanibel Island’s location is perfect for migratory birds, which make the island their temporary home during the long voyages between the northern and southern hemispheres.

Here is a list of birds to see on Sanibel Island (depending on the time of the year)

Sanibel Island Birds

Loons Grebes
Pelicans & Allies Herons, Egrets and Allies
Plover, Sandpipers & Allies Ibises, Spoonbill and Storks
Waterfowl Vultures & Hawks
Gulls, Terns and Skimmers Pigeons and Doves
Cuckoos Owls
Goatsuckers Gallinules & Coots
Swifts Hummingbirds
Woodpeckers Flycatchers
Warblers Martins & Swallows
Jays & Crows Wrens
Gnatcatchers Thrushes
Tanagers New World Finches
Sparrows Rails
Blackbirds, Grackles, and Orioles Cowbirds
Mockingbirds & Thrashers Northern Finches
Old World Sparrows Waxwings
Starlings Vireos

For more information on birding and Sanibel Island wildlife please visit the J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge