Best Time to Visit This Site:

Migration and winter

Most Sought Species at This Site:

Tricolored Heron, Least Tern, Sandwich Tern, Black Skimmer

Pascagoula Beach Park is one of two designated sites that provide access to the artificial sand beach and seawall that overlook the Mississippi Sound along Beach Boulevard in Pascagoula. From the large parking lot at its western end where a very birder-friendly Glaucous gull spent several weeks in the winter of 2012-2013 to its eastern end just beyond the park, Beach Boulevard is one of the better urban birding sites on the Mississippi Coast. The 1000 foot long fishing pier at Pascagoula Beach Park is a good place to scan for Northern Gannets in winter and Magnificent Frigatebirds in the warmer months. The rock jetty flanking the pier usually has American Oystercatchers, sometimes in considerable numbers. Both Black and Surf Scoter have also been observed here. Some of the roadside of the three mile drive along Beach Boulevard is private property, but there is considerable public land and ample parking. The clumps and groves of live oaks on the north side of the road sometimes act as mini migrant traps in spring and in fall often attract western strays like Western Kingbird and Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. At the western end, the effect of tidal flows and currents at the mouth of the Pascagoula River (and Pointe Park) can generate concentrations of avidly feeding birds of a variety of species. There are a number of places along the road where shorebirds gather as falling tides expose mud flats.


GPS: 30.34383 -88.53401


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Updated: 9/17/2013