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Birding the Orlando area
- If you are a birder facing a family fortnight in Orlando in high summer, do not despair, if you can get away for a few hours, particularly early morning, then you should be able to see most of the central Florida specialties. Good luck...Michael Grunwell reports.
- Last august I spent my holidays in Florida, with the idea of doing some birding...Antonio Rodriguez-Sinovas reports.
Birding the Orlando area
- Late August is probably the worst time to go birding in central Florida – it is very hot, birds are quiet and there are very few migrants. But as I was there on a Family holiday I thought I would give it a go. The result was some excellent birding...Graeme Wright reports.
Florida and Georgia
- An invitation to celebrate a wedding on Tybee Island, Georgia prompted an extended holiday to take in some spring migrants, hopefully a number of warblers in their breeding finery, in both Georgia and Florida...Bob Marchant reports
The Great Florida Birding Trail
- We wake up to a clear blue sky in a new world, and dozens of American Robins are hopping around outside our rooms at The Desert Inn in Yeehaw Junction, while Cedar Waxwings drop into the bushes and a Red-shouldered Hawk looks down from the top of a telegraph pole...Chris Hall reports
Florida and Connecticut
- A family holiday based in Central Florida, staying with relatives at Whispering Point, Casselberry north-east of Orlando with an extra week in Connecticut....Bob Marchant reports with lots of photos.
St. Petersburg Area.
- Atop a tree
was an Eastern Wood-Pewee, and flitting about in the undergrowth
at the bottom was a Worm-eating Warbler. A Kentucky Warbler
came down to the fountain to drink....Ray
- At South Park we found small flocks of American Robin, most of the Woodpecker species including one good observation of Pileated Woodpecker, one Meadow Lark, one Ground Dove, a few Northern Cardinals, a skulking Brown Thrasher and Chipping and Savannah Sparrows...Jan Landsverk reports
- Corkscrew Swamp is wonderful and great
if you are a photographer. JR ‘Ding’ Darling
National Wildlife Refuge is a 5 mile drive with plenty of viewing
places. We had great views of White Pelican and a Yellow Crowned
Night Heron. Tigertail Beach at Marco Island is good for waders....Kevin
and Sue Boyd report.
- It spite of the ‘adversity’,
I still saw between 90 and 95 species of which around 40 were
lifers. Both these totals were about twice what I’d dared
hoped...I was more than happy with my lot, and was able to thoroughly
enjoy the holiday for what it was, knowing that the birding chances
I’d had were good as well...John Armstrong reports.
- “I’m just going to take
a short detour, to a site you may like” Trevor announced.
30 seconds later, he pulled the car up on a roadside verge and
we were looking at the nest of a Bald Eagle not
100 yds away, complete with adult and fledgling...Chris
- Follow the Osprey trail to see the nesting
and roosting Great Horned Owls, If you have troble locating them,
just ask the warden. The trail produced good numbers of Warblers,
Vireos, and Woodpeckers, every other tree seems to have a Ospreys
nest...John Brown reports.
the Orlando area.
- The very idea of theme parks and crowds of
people would have most bird watchers heading in the opposite direction,
but with over 3000 lakes, vast acres of forest and the coast approximately
an hour away, Orlando in Florida has much to offer the visiting
bird watcher...Brendon Fagan reports
Birding with the Mouse
South Florida & Dry
- In august 2001 and May 2003 our
family holidays took us to that ultimate tourist destination,
Orlando. Birding was not a high priority in their minds but was
uppermost in mine, especially as it was to be my first visits
to the other side of the pond. What follows will probably be
of more help to a birder in a similar situation to myself, where
holiday locations are based more on family requirements rather
than species diversity!....Andy Benson reports.
- A fantastic trip with the majority of target
birds being seen, the only major dips being Red-Cockaded Woodpecker,
Whooping Crane and Cave Swallow which I think we were a little
early for anyway. However as time progressed the birding was so
pleasurable the importance of seeing all targets seemed to dwindle
as we were just enjoying being out there seeing fantastic wildlife....Marcus
& Zoe Ward report.
- I persuaded the family that they might like
to take in something of the real Florida and visit
Orlando Wetland Park. This is a site on the Great Florida Birding
Trail, about 20 miles east of Orlando, and more or less on the
way to the beach. It was blisteringly hot, but it was a marvellous
place, with good views of Least Bittern, Red-shouldered Hawks,
Red-winged Blackbirds, Fish Crows, Purple Martins and American
Purple Gallinules...Colin Davies reports.
- There were Alligators in all the pools, and
we also spotted 3 kinds of snake in the water. One was about three
feet long, two inches thick, black with narrow white/creamy bands.
We later identified this as a Florida Banded Watersnake. There
were also Turtles, Terrapins, plenty of Butterflies, Dragon and
Damselflies. A truly wonderful place. The Limpkin was another
bogy bird out of the way....Ray Thorneycroft reports
- For various reasons we found ourselves in
need of a short, preferably sunny break with reasonable birding
thrown in. We opted for Florida with its guaranteed sunshine and
some virtually endemic species...Mark & Sandra Dennis
- Florida was magic, and we didn't even visit
Mickey Mouse. We did see the Everglades, brightly coloured American
warblers, the Kennedy Space Center and lots more besides. For
three-quarters of the time we followed our own itinerary. This
enabled us to include non-birdwatching activities. The other three
days - perhaps the highlight of the trip - were spent on an organised
trip with American birdwatchers, visiting the Dry Tortugas. It
was a good balance for a holiday.
Birding in Southern and
- The participants on this brief birding trip
to Southern and Central Florida (including a day trip to the Dry
Tortugas) were Jan and Steve Mawby and Sue and John Price-Stephens.
The trip was made during the Easter school holiday period and
to keep down the cost of airfares
- Despite being a family holiday Dad and I
managed to see 108 species. We spent the 1st week in
the Orlando area and the 2nd on the Gulf Coast at Bradenton.
Our fortnight also included 2 days at Key Largo which enabled
us to spend 1 ½ days birding in the Everglades National Park...Andy
Orlando -Disney - Merrit Island
- A birders diary of how to spend no less than
eleven days around the Disney Resorts and yet still see almost
a hundred species of birds with no prior knowledge of where to
go! John Girdley reports
Other Recommended Sites in
- A compilation report based on the comments
of experienced U.S. birders John J. Collins, Bill and Sue Nester
and Ivan Oelrich. The Everglades and the Dry Tortugas are
among the sites that they recommend.
Sanibel Island / Corkscrew
Swamp /Captiva Island
- Alec Cheney visited the Sanibel Island
Area of Florida in April '99. He saw an impressive array of birds.
Fort Myers / Shark Valley
/ Ding Darling / Marco Island etc...
- My wife Irene and I are two over sixties
paying our second visit to Florida with the primary reason of
enjoying the birds again. We did not expect to see as many new
species as last April but we hoped that we would see some species
that we missed out on last time...(Alec Chaney reports)