Birding in Iberville Parish

Iberville Parish is uniquely located between two major bird flyways, the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Flyways, which offers the public an excellent opportunity to see some unique and beautiful birds. 

Iberville Parish retains as much as 75% of the land in green space such as wetlands, swamps, and forest that is prime habitat for birds. Additionally, Iberville Parish has some 600 miles of waterways that dissect vast areas of swamp and forest providing even better habitat for birds. The parish is working diligently to establish more public opportunities for bird watching, including a public birding trail and designated public bird watching areas. 

The best ways to see birds in Iberville Parish is getting out on the water from one of the 13 public boat launches, driving along a scenic bayou road, i.e. LA Hwy 77, and in the Sherburne Wildlife Management Area. The types of birds you can expect to see are “neotropical migratory songbirds” (buntings, flycatchers, kinglets, tanagers, vireos, and warblers), “migratory hummingbirds” (ruby throated, rufous, black chinned, buffed bellied, and broad billed), “migratory wading birds” (herons, egrets, woodstorks, and cormorants), and “raptors” (swallow-tailed kite, Mississippi kite, black-shouldered kite, hawks, osprey, kestrel, and owls). 

One of the local favorites is the “Prothonatary Warbler”, sometimes locally called the “swamp canary” or “yellow tee-pop”. They are most often seen hopping along low lying branches of trees and shrubs located along the water’s edge. Listen for their signature call…swee swee sweet. 

Look for the “Ruby Throated Hummingbirds” feeding on native flowers and of course hummingbird feeders.  Another local favorite is the “Yellow Crowned Night Heron”, a nocturnal feeding heron; however, it can be readily seen during the day along the waterways and in deep swamps. Last but not least, is the very rare “Swallow-tailed Kite”, one of the most aerial of all birds that captures flying insects, often drinking water while in flight, and collecting nest material while in flight.  The swallow tail kite is easily distinguished while flying overhead by its classic “V-shaped” tail. 

Best Time: Early morning right after day light and late evening before dark... just stop, look up, and listen for bird sounds. Watch in the sky for flocks flying to and from their nest rookery.  Evenings watch for flocks of heron and egret (colonial birds) in route to their nesting site (rookery) usually located deep in the swamp. Come morning time, you'll see the same birds flying from the rookery to feed somewhere else, usually along a waterway of bayou.   

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Latitude: 30.283679 Longitude: -91.255906 Elevation: 17 ft

Primary Species Commonly Experienced Here

Heron, Snowy Egret, Swallow-tail Kite, Humming Birds, Bald Eagle, Wood Stork, Prothonary Warbler, Red-wing Hawk, Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Turkey Vulture, Duck, Wild Turkey, Red-headed Woodpecker, Whooping Cranes, White Pelican and Cormorant to name a few.

Best Times and Seasons for Viewing

Birding opportunities in Iberville Parish are spectacular year round. Of particular interest is our Wood Stork Birding Event which takes place annually the third Saturday in July.

Access Considerations and Directions

South Farm Unit, Sherburne Complex WMA - From Baton Rouge, LA, go west in I-10 approximately 20 miles to Exit 135 in Ramah. Drive west 1 mile to the Atchafalaya Basin East Protection Levee. Go north along the East Protection Levee 1.5 miles. Cross the cattle-guard and go left (west) on the road over the levee into the South Farm parking area.

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