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28 Nov 2022
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Bird-watching on South Carolina's beautiful Hilton Head Island is one of the most exciting and enjoyable activities you can do. Whether you're a beginner or an expert, it promises to be a thrilling experience! From visitors traveling thousands of miles to those who call Hilton Head home, birds of all backgrounds can be seen on Hilton Head Island! Let's explore the top locations to see these birds and what species you'll encounter! 

Bird Watching in Hilton Head Island, SC 

Where can I see the birds? 

Audubon Newhall Preserve 

The Audubon Newhall Preserve is a 50-acre preserve where you can get up close and personal with some of the area's most beautiful birds. Look for Great Egrets, White Ibis, and Double-Crested Cormorants among the coastal habitat. This preserve is dog-friendly, but be sure to keep your furry friend on a leash! The preserve is open from sunrise to sunset, so there is no need to rush. 

Sea Pines Forest Preserve 

This 600-acre preserve is a great spot to view some of the native birds. Birders can expect to see Bald Eagles, Woodpeckers, Hawks, and more! There are trails with varying levels of difficulty for all skill types. Be sure to bring your binoculars along for an up-close look at our feathered friends! Come and experience the largest tract of undeveloped land on Hilton Head! 

Pinckney Island National Wildlife Reserve 

Pinckney Island is another natural area that has endless beauty! Birders can find birds that range from the Great Blue Heron to the Clapper Rail. Birding at Pinckney Island is a great way to immerse yourself in nature, take in some beautiful views, and reconnect with the local birds and other wildlife! 

These areas are just a few of the most popular locations. Check out the complete list for even more options! Each offers unique views and experiences! Are you looking for a more casual birding experience? Simply walking the beach or biking the island are great ways to see birds! 

What birds will I see? 

Hilton Head Island draws a wide variety of birds, so you'll never know what you'll see! Birders commonly spot pelicans, egrets, terns, warblers, and much more. Birders also have an opportunity to catch a glimpse of rare migratory species, such as the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker! These are only some of the species visitors can see. Check out the detailed list for more sightings. 

When the birds return to their nests for the evening, head back to your personal sanctuary! 

At Beach Properties of Hilton Head Island, our rental properties offer high-quality finishes and plenty of room for everyone coming along! Our rental homes feature unique amenities and are located within the best communities on the island! Whether you're looking for an oceanfront escape or a tucked-away retreat, the perfect vacation rental home is just a few clicks away! Book your home today and see why Hilton Head Island is the premier South Carolina destination!