Discover Bird Watching in the Virgin Islands

Gray Kingbird (Tyrannus dominicensis) Caroline Rogers
Throughout the year approximately 144 species of birds can be seen in the park. Of that number about 35 birds are permanent residents and can be seen year round. The other birds are either Neotropical migrants or summer resident seabirds. The Neotropical migrants, like the shore birds and warblers are here from November to April. The summer resident seabirds are here in the summer! See the Parks bird checklist for more specific information.
The most productive place to bird watch is the Francis Bay Salt Pond Trail. As you walk along the dry forest trail you can see hummingbirds, flycatchers, doves, pigeons, cuckoos, thrashers and anis. The trail borders a salt pond and in the pond there are ducks, stilts, morhens, and migratory shorebirds. You will also have a chance to walk along a beach where you can spot pelicans, boobies, and frigates. During the walk you can usually see at least twelve species of birds.

Meet at the trail head for Francis Bay Trail. The guided tour takes about 90 minutes. 

All ages

Service Animals (An animal specifically trained to aid a person with a disability).
  • Service animals are welcome.
  • Service animals must be on a leash and under control at all times.
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.

Francis Bay Trail and Salt Pond

Fridays 7:30 a.m to 9:00 a.m.

Accessibility Information

There is a wooden boardwalk near the Francis Bay Beach parking area which provides wheelchair and stroller access to the bird viewing platform. 

Last updated: January 18, 2017