Birds on Anna Maria Island

I am not an avid birdwatcher, but I have really enjoyed spotting ospreys, herons, egrets, and even bald eagles since coming to live on Anna Maria Island. There are a variety of shorebirds, seabirds, and land birds that are here year-round or stop for a break on their way further south. If you have not already seen some interesting birds on your Anna Maria Island vacation, be on the lookout and have a camera ready! Here are just a few of the many birds we have seen:

Ospreys are birds of prey – particularly preying on fish. Almost every morning last summer, I would wake up and have a cup of coffee while checking my email in our office upstairs. Like clockwork, an osprey would land on the telephone pole across the street and sit there for a few minutes. There were many times when I could see a shiny fish in his claws. What an awesome sight! They are dark brown on top and white/grey speckled underneath. You can spot them flying along the water – they dive and come back up with a fish. We have also seen them nesting in high places – such as the top of Australian pines.

There are a variety of birds that live on Anna Maria Island or stop for a break here on their way further south.

Bald Eagles on the beach??? Well, I have never seen them on the beach, but many families on vacation on Anna Maria Island have spotted them. I have spotted them flying and also have seen them while visiting Robison preserve, which is located a short drive or biking distance from the island. They are hard to miss with their dark bodies and striking whiteheads.

Herons, egrets, pelicans, and many others can be found on the white sugar sand beaches, vintage piers, and pretty yards of Anna Maria Island. Even the top of the Luthern church hosts a huge nest. I am not sure if the same birds always occupy it or if different types of birds ‘claim’ it every year – I believe I have seen osprey there in the past. Next time you are going by, take a look and see if you can identify the hovering birds.

During the summer, some of the shorebirds are protected by large roped off areas of the beach where they nest. The Island Turtle Watch is also a good source to contact if you are looking to identify a particular “mystery” bird. Below are some other bird pictures of delightful feathered friends taken by friends and family. Happy Birdwatching!!!!

Birds on Anna Maria Island

Birds on Anna Maria Island

Birds on Anna Maria Island

Birds on Anna Maria Island

Birds on Anna Maria Island

 

Discover some other great articles with local information about Anna Maria Island:
Bradenton Riverwalk
Bird’s Eye View!
Early Morning Shelling
The Sand Castle

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