Tigertail Beach Park

430 Hernando Dr., Marco Island, 34145
(239) 252-4000
8am to sunset

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This trail site boasts a species list of over 175 and is considered one of the best all-around birding spots in southwest Florida. The tidal lagoon at the “beach” offers great views of shorebirds including Wilson’s, Piping and Snowy Plovers, as well as Least Terns, Roseate Spoonbills, Red Knots, Reddish Egrets, and Magnificent Frigatebirds. Peregrine Falcons can be found during migration and in the winter, while Osprey, Bald Eagles and pelicans dive offshore. This corner of Marco Island is a true “hotspot” during spring and fall migration; 20+ species of wood-warbler have been found including Cape May. When visiting this site, be aware that the actual shoreline beyond the lagoon is a state-owned critical wildlife area, designed to protect the nesting colonies of some of the species of concern mentioned here. Please respect all beach closings and practice good birding etiquette.

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