Florida bird watching
Where to Bird
United States of America -- Florida
Discover the top birding locations in Florida. Find out more about Florida Bird
Clubs and Birding Organizations in Florida. Print out a checklist of Florida birds. Find
the Rare Bird Alert Phone Numbers for Florida. Order books to help you become a better
birder in Florida. Discover links to Florida Birding web sites. Print out special maps of
Florida before you begin your trip.
Birds of Special Interest: Audubon's Shearwater, White-tailed
Tropicbird, Masked Booby, Brown Booby, Magnificent Frigatebird, Anhinga, Roseate
Spoonbill, Wood Stork, Snail Kite, Short-tailed Hawk, Purple Gallinule, Limpkin,
Wilson's Plover, Bridled Tern, Roseate Tern , Brown Noddy, Black Noddy, White-crowned
Pigeon, Mangrove Cuckoo, Eurasian Collarde-Dove, Budgerigar, Monk Parakeet, Canary-winged
Parakeet, Smooth-billed Ani, Antillian Nighthawk, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Florida
Scrub-Jay, Gray Kingbird, Black-whiskered Vireo, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Bachman's Sparrow,
Spot-breasted Oriole, Shiny Cowbird
|State Bird: Northern Mockingbird
Checklists - Florida
Species Seen in Florida: 485
State Ornithological Society:
Florida Ornithological Society
Rare Bird Alerts:
(941) 242-9338 Statewide
(305) 667-7337 Miami
(305) 294-3438 Lower Keys
(912) 244-9190 Northern Florida
(850) 934-6974 Northwest
Electronic Mailing Lists:
BIRDBRAINS: St. Petersburg, Tampa Florida area.
Subscription: go to web site at http://birdbrains.listbot.com
SWFLBirdline: Ft. Myers/Naples area. Go to http://SWFLBirdline.listbot.com You can opt to
have messages come individually into your e-mail mailbox or you can view them on the web.
Florida Statewide Rare Bird Alert.
Go to http://FLRBA.listbot.com to subscribe.
Florida Wildlife Viewing
Parks Map - Florida
Map of Counties
Retail Birding Stores
Travel Guide by City
Birding Links for Florida:
Christmas Bird Count Database
Florida Birding Trip
Space Coast Birding Festival
Great Florida Birding
Citrus Section - GFBT
South Florida Birding
90 Florida Bird Songs
Birds of the Everglades
Cape Canaveral Area
Everglades National Park
Wood Stork: Everglades National Park
Birds of the Florida Everglades
Naples, Florida Hot Spots
Hot Spots around St. Augustine
Central Florida Birdwatcher's page
Florida Keys Raptor Migration
Polk County Birds
Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary (Sarasota)
Florida Keys Wild Bird Sanctuary
Florida State Parks
Audubon Center for Birds of Prey
South Florida Birding Connection
Florida Nature Tours
Emanuel Nature Tours - Florida
Collier's Reserve Natural Resources Group
Audubon Chapters in Florida
Florida Audubon Society
The Nature Conservancy in Florida
Conservancy of SW Florida
International Osprey Foundation
"Ding" Darling Wildlife Society
Bird Club Ft. Myers
Naples Bird Club
Important Birding Locations in Florida:
Birds of Sanibel Island
Important Bird Areas
US Fish & Wildlife
Service Refuges - Florida
Everglades National Park
Dry Tortugas National Park
"Ding" Darling NWR
Fort Myers (Estero) Beach
Biggs Nature Center
River State Park
Apalachicola National Forest
Paynes Prairie State Preserve
Merritt Island NWR
Space Coast Hot Spots
National Wildlife Refuge
Pete Thayer's Favorite Hot Spots:
26.25 N 81.34 W
A boardwalk through the swamp will let you get up close and personal with birds and other
critters. Watch for Wood Stork and Limpkin.
24.38 N 82.55 W
Fantastic in late April. Almost anything can show up inside Fort Jefferson during
spring migration. Magnificent Frigatebirds and Brown Noddies nest nearby. Watch for Black
Noddies. Bridled Terns are likely on the boat trip back to Key West.
Everglades National Park
25.15 N 80.50 W
Anhinga Trail, Snake Bight Trail, and Eco Pond. Watch for Roseate Spoonbill, Purple
Gallinule and Short-tailed Hawk. Mosquitoes over 6 inches in length may be counted on your
bird life list.
24.42 N 81.23 W
Look for White-crowned Pigeon, Gray Kingbird and Mangrove Cuckoo as you bird your way down
to Key West. Try the airport there at dusk for Antillean Nighthawk.
Fort Myers Beach/Estero
26.43 N 81.91 W
In back of the Holiday Inn is one of the best spots to photograph shorebirds in Florida.
The lagoon and mudflats are full of interesting birds during migration and all winter
long. Wade out to the Gulf beach. If the traffic to Sanibel Island makes you crazy, try
visiting here instead. Go early before the sunbathers show up.
Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
26.28 N 80.13 W
Purple Gallinule, Smooth-billed Ani and Limpkin are possible here. Try landfill at west
end of 45th street in West Palm Beach for Snail Kite. Swing by Jonathan Dickinson State
Park to see Florida Scrub-Jay.
Merrit Island National Wildlife
28.38 N 80.43 W
Where else can you see space shuttle launches and Mottled Duck at the same time? Over 150
species on the Christmas Bird Count including over 20 species of Ducks. Snowbirds welcome!
"Ding" Darling National Wildlife
26.46 N 82.06 W
Drive the loop to see Herons, Egrets, Roseate Spoonbills and alligators! BIG BIRDS that
are RIGHT THERE! One of the top birding spots in North America. Take the kids and grandma.
Eat lunch at the Mucky Duck. The causeway to Sanibel and roads on the island are a
nightmare in winter. Get there early. (Check the woods around the lighthouse for
passerines before you leave Sanibel.)
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge
30.08 N 84.12 W
Red-cockaded Woodpecker country. Lots of waterfowl in the winter. Look for Wood Stork,
Least Tern, Piping Plover and Budgerigar, too.
If you would like to recommend a great birding spot in this region, please feel free to contact us at info(at)birding.com. We welcome your suggestions!