Lillian Swamp encompasses nearly 3,000 acres managed for conservation by the ADCNR State Lands Division and hosts a variety of habitats representative of the lower Coastal Plain. At any time of year, Northern Flicker, Blue Jay, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Eastern Bluebird, Brown Thrasher and other resident species are common in the piney uplands and adjacent thickets.
In spring and fall, varying assemblages of migrants can be seen depending on weather conditions. Continuing north on the road, the piney uplands transition to forested swamplands and open pitcher plant bogs. These areas are good for wintering sparrows, migratory shorebirds, waterfowl and an assortment of waders. Recent notable winter sightings include Rusty Blackbird, a species of high conservation concern. Osprey and Bald Eagle are seen regularly year around, particularly along the Perdido River to the east.
GPS: 30.42215 -87.41866
If following directions provided in the Coastal Birding Trail booklet, from AL 59 in Foley, turn right (east) onto US 98 and drive to Lillian [15.0]. In Lillian, turn left (north) at the last stoplight before the bridge onto Boykin Blvd. Continue to Oak Street [1.7], turn left (north) and park in designated parking area. There is no parking or entrance fee. Be sure to check the billboard for hunting season dates. Enter from the parking lot (past locked gate) and follow the sandy roads into the tract. Bicycles are allowed, but can be difficult to use where roads traverse through deep sand. Because of the large size of this tract, be prepared to spend at least a half day and bring plenty of water, snacks and insect repellent.