Anastasia Island State Park., Saint Augustine
The park area has a lightly wooded section, an ocean-front, beach section and a grassy marsh section, so you can see a variety of wading and shore birds. The park is on a migratory path for many species so what birds you see will depend on the time of year for your visit. (see the "birding" section in the website below for more details).
This park requires a lot of walking through beaches and grassy areas so come prepared with good footwear and pants.
You will see spoonbills, storks, the ever-present gulls, cranes, ducks, sandpipers at least. Swallows and owls are more rare sightings. We even saw a fair assortment of butterflies which must have been migrating through the region.
to get there:
from the corner of routes 214 and 1A, go southeast along route 1A to connect to A1A. go east on A1a to the park entrance
Anastasia State Park is a great place to use as a base for exploring St. Augustine and surrounding areas. I camped in the park for five days while exploring the city and enjoying the beach everyday. There is a goody shack at the beach parking lot as well if you forgot to bring refreshments for you and yours.
Visit Anastasia State Park. There is a little bit of everything for everyone at this Park. You can be involved in the following activites:
Nature Trails and Picnicking
A few miles east on A1A on Conch Island are the beaches of St Augustine and Anastasia Island State Park. This area is perhaps one of the last unspoiled beach areas on the east coast...no condos and plenty of seagrass, turtles and sea oats. Often you can see dolphin jumping in the distance in the early morning.
These graceful birds may be seen wading in marshes or retention ponds, assembled on the banks with other crane species, or amassed high in the branches. This picture was taken in July 2003.
Groups of fifty or more roseate spoonbills hang around the lakes in the Marsh Creek area of Anastasia Island, between the ocean and the old city. This photo was taken May 30, 2003.