Florida: For the Birds
Positioned as we are along major annual migratory routes and with a wealth of wetlands, Florida offers thousands of places for sightings of both common and offbeat species.
Home to the Great Florida Birding Trail and dozens of birding festivals, Florida is beloved by birders who settle in for the winter months to track those elusive finds.
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Where To Go Birding in Florida
With so many birding destinations to choose from in Florida, where should you focus your time and effort? The map at the top of this page includes ALL destinations in Florida that we’ve visited that say they are birding spots.
The places listed below are those we consider bountiful destinations for birders and photographers. You won’t come up empty-handed on a visit to these parks and trails.
Favorite Birding Locations
While the destinations listed above give you great focal points on where to spend your time looking for birds, we have some personal favorite birding locations we’d also like to share. Walk these trails slowly and you’ll be rewarded for your efforts.
Of course, there are many more locations worth birding in Florida. The links below will help you find many more birding destinations on our website.
Florida Birds You Should Know
Can you tell a roseate spoonbill from a flamingo? Hint: the spoonbill is MUCH smaller, but just as pink, if not even more flamboyant.
How about all those “pretty white birds” in the mud flats?
Here is our growing visual guide to identification information for significant bird species you’ll find in Florida, and how to tell some of the more similar species apart.
Our articles about birding in Florida, including trip reports and information about birds. Scroll through to see all.
Spilling across the Atlantic Coastal Ridge, Ormond Memorial Gardens leads you into a contemplative world mere steps from a major highway
A chance meeting of old friends leads to my first paddling trip down Turkey Creek and the opportunity to connect with our local paddling club, the Space Coast Paddlers, by talking about our most recent guidebook.
On a recent visit to Key West, we sought its natural side – what it looked like before it became a city. And since it’s been a city for more than 150 years, it takes a bit of sleuthing to find natural habitats.
Where the waters of Big Cypress and the Everglades meet the Gulf Coast, the Ten Thousand Islands are a maze of mangrove forest: the second largest mangrove forest in the world, bested only by Bangladesh
Named for two ancient live oaks that have long guided anglers to their favorite fishing hole, Twin Oaks Conservation Area protects 399 acres along Lake Tohopekaliga
With day hiking and cross country trails, Holloway Park & Nature Preserve is a slice of nature inside the city limits of Lakeland, just off the Polk Parkway.
A network of paved trails north of US 98, Gayle’s Trails connect two major parks in Panama City Beach with nearby neighborhoods.
A seasonal reminder from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to walk softly on Florida’s beaches during shorebird nesting season.
Natural lands in Florida with known Florida scrub-jay families or pairs that you might glimpse along the trails as you’re hiking.
Imagine passing by a preserve dozens of times over the years and never seeing it. That’s what I’d done here in Flagler Beach, until I finally discovered Betty Steflik Memorial Preserve thanks to a heads-up from a local innkeeper.
Here’s a gentle walk that’s great for birding – a boardwalk at Wadsworth Park, just west of the Intracoastal bridge on the north side of SR 100 west of Flagler Beach.
It’s an easy walk out to the osprey nesting grounds on Honeymoon Island, and an unforgettable experience.
The tower at Big Lagoon State Park offers a sweeping view of the park, the lagoon, the Gulf of Mexico, parts of Gulf Islands National Seashore, Perdido Key, and the surrounding shorelines.
With the final signs up and brochures circulated, the Great Florida Birding Trail’s Panhandle Section is finally complete. It points you to places of special beauty in Northwest Florida.
This is one of those right place, right time stories. As usual, I was lagging at the tail end of our group of backpackers, taking photos and shooting video between Hickory Hammock and Bluff Hammock. Lori Burris, who led our group, stayed with me. After we descended the high bridge, most of the folks with …