Coastal, Gulf Shores - Orange Beach Loop | Baldwin | Best Seasons: Fall | Spring | Winter
Little Lagoon is now essentially surrounded by development, but birds can be seen from this little park provided by the City of Gulf Shores. From here you may scan a sandbar (north) and part of Little Lagoon. A fair number of gulls, terns, Brown Pelican and, occasionally, American White Pelican and shorebirds are generally found here. Chances to see rarities increase during migration. Reddish Egret occurs here regularly. Birding is usually best around low tide.
Little Lagoon is 10 miles long and 1/2 mile wide on the north side of the Gulf of Mexico on the Alabama coast. It is separated from the Gulf by a 1/2 mile wide stretch of beach known in Gulf Shores as West Beach. Its brackish water is a mix of overflow from the mostly fresh water Lake Shelby and salt water from the Gulf of Mexico that enters through the pass 3 miles west of Gulf Shores Parkway (St. Hwy. 59) under the Lee Callaway Bridge on West Beach Boulevard (St. Hwy. 182).
GPS: N30.24180 W-87.73671
If following directions provided in the Coastal Birding Trail booklet, from the Gulf State Park fishing pier, turn left (west) on AL 182 and drive through the main beachfront intersection at AL 59 and continue to the bridge over Little Lagoon Pass [4.2]. There is a parking lot on the right (north) with restrooms.
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