Catch of glimpse of owls during your time in Orange Beach.

Travelers who head to the Gulf Coast are often familiar with the wonders of bird watching, but those who are extra curious can keep their eyes peeled for owls. These nighttime creatures are frequently spotted in Orange Beach and are a welcome sight for many.

Get a hoot out of owls in Orange Beach

Bird watching is a well-established pastime along the Gulf Coast. However, many travelers staying at Orange Beach condos are not aware of all of the options that lie at their fingertips with regard to exploring nature. While many choose to head to bird sanctuaries or nature trails found throughout the area, few know about the unique opportunity to gaze upon owls. With just a little bit of effort, you can successfully incorporate observing these amazing birds of prey into family vacations. 

Owls flock to Orange Beach

Catch of glimpse of owls during your time in Orange Beach.Like many other birds, owls head to the Gulf Coast area once autumn brings cooler weather to the rest of the country. These elusive animals begin migrating to the region in October. Unlike other birds, however, owls make it a point to stay in the Orange Beach area for an extended amount of time. They nest and mate in spaces around town before settling down as they wait for eggs to hatch.

It typically takes about a month for eggs to hatch after they are laid, which usually occurs sometime around late December or early January. That means locals and visitors alike will have a chance to watch owls in Orange Beach well into the winter, with the animals leaving just as others are returning for spring. 

Get a glimpse at any time

Although visitors who stay in Orange Beach have an inside track when it comes to viewing owls, the fun doesn't have to stop when you leave the Gulf Coast. A few Orange Beach residents have banded together to launch a round-the-clock online feed that provides a look at the owls as they nest and wait for their young to hatch.

The website was launched thanks to Ken Cooper and his wife Sharon Swann, Gulf Coast News Today reported. They spotted a great-horned owl and photographed it, which got a lot of positive feedback from the community. When Phillip West, the Orange Beach director of coastal resources, saw the overwhelming response, he teamed up with Cooper to get the live camera feed up and running.

Used to track ospreys in the spring, the feed provides a constant look-in at owls in key spots around the region. The group hopes to eventually add an infrared camera to get a clearer nighttime view of the creatures.

Make it into a fun activity

Families who spot one of these majestic birds of prey during their trips to Orange Beach can use the owl camera to check in over the course of several weeks. Children who see the creatures may be particularly drawn to owls, and they could easily become curious about the fate of the stunning species.

Accessing the online camera provides you with a way to show younger travelers how the owls go about their time in Orange Beach. You can even turn it into a teaching experience. There are many opportunities for you and your kids to learn more about the owls that settle along the Gulf Coast, and using past bird watching activities is an excellent way to connect the lessons to real life.

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