A little north of Valano and Mickler’s Landing, and of all places, behind a library, is a little place called Bird Island Park. There’s a shrubbery maze shaped like a giant turtle. There’s a path around the park with a mosaic of beautiful tiles, a colorful turtle statue, and a fountain.
There’s a playground and a boardwalk around a pond. There are fish, turtles of all kinds, and ducks in the pond. On the side closest to the library is the tree “rookery”. It was full of adult and juvenile Anhingas. There are benches behind the library to sit and read and enjoy watching the birds.
This is a quiet place right behind a busy street. Just driving by, you might not notice unless you watch for the signs. It is well worth a visit and it’s free. It’s a wonderful place for peaceful reflection and bird and turtle watching. We highly recommend checking it out. Before leaving the area, if you like seashells, you should stop by Mickler’s Landing Beach. They have nice restrooms and showers there as well.