Battleship Park is a military history park and museum on the western shore of Mobile Bay, thus providing the birder with a mix of habitats for waterbirds, grassland birds and urban species. As you drive into Battleship Park, look for a paved walkway to your right leading to an observation deck overlooking Pinto Pass. During low tide, this area is filled with herons, egrets and occasionally ibis, especially in late summer. Black-necked Stilt may be around almost any time of the year. In summer, Gull-billed Tern is present and Least Bittern often fly across from one marshy area to the next.
During migration the mudflats are filled with shorebirds. Look for dabbling ducks in the shallows and bay ducks farther out in the deeper water to the south. There may be numbers of Yellow-crowned Night Herons here with many immatures in late summer and Black- crowned year round. Continue around to the parking lot to the east side along the bay, checking for gulls and terns. Here are picnic tables and an overlook. Loggerhead Shrike is a possibility.
The north end of the parking area allows for a different vantage point on the lawn for plovers and sandpipers that you might have missed from the other side. Immediately following heavy rains, the lawns of the park can be excellent for shorebirds including Black-bellied Plover, Least Sandpiper, and Short-billed Dowitcher.
DIRECTIONS: If following directions provided in the Coastal Birding Trail booklet, cross over the bridge going westward and turn into the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park on the left (south) [1.6]. An admission fee is charged per vehicle to enter Battleship Park, which entitles you to use the restrooms in the gift shop.
GPS: N30.68529 W-88.01731
Battleship Memorial Park
Battleship Parkway, Mobile Bay
P.O. Box 65
Mobile, AL 36601-0065