Florida

  1. 2018
    Monday, February 26, 2018 to Tuesday, March 6, 2018
    Tour Duration: 
    9 days
    Tour Price:
     $4,680 CAD, $3,395 USD
    Single Supplement:
     $1,275 CAD, $925 USD
    Tour Starts/Ends: 
    Fort Myers / Miami
    Guide: 
    Number of Persons Limit: 
    12
Highlights

• Excellent and often easy wildlife viewing, especially large waders

• Specialties of the pine woods of the southeast USA

• Exciting birding on the Keys and the Dry Tortugas

 

Overview

Late winter is a great time to visit south Florida, the subtropics of the United States. In our Florida birding tour, we experience a range of fascinating habitats from upland pine forests, prairies and cypress swamps to mangrove swamps, hardwood hammocks, and the sheltered waters of the Florida Keys. We take in the famous Ding Darling NWR for its waterbirds, Babcock-Webb WMA for the pine trio of Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Bachman’s Sparrow and Brown-headed Nuthatch, Everglades National Park for Mottled Duck, Limpkin, Wood Stork, Roseate Spoonbill, Snail Kite, Swallow-tailed Kite, Short-tailed Hawk, Purple Gallinule and others, and the Keys for southern Florida specialties such as Mangrove Cuckoo and White-crowned Pigeon.

We also take a day trip to the fabulous Dry Tortugas, to witness the onset of breeding by thousands of Sooty Terns, Brown Noddies and Magnificent Frigatebirds. We end our tour in the Miami area, where several exotic species have become naturalized - various parakeets and parrots, mynas, exotic waterbirds, Red-whiskered Bulbuls and Spot-breasted Orioles are resident here. We will also keep track of local sightings, in case a vagrant occurs close by.

Itinerary View Full Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival

Day 2. Ding Darling NWR and San Carlos Bay

Day 3. Babcock-Webb WMA 

Day 4. Corkscrew Swamp and Miccosukee

Day 5. Everglades

Day 6. Florida Keys

Day 7. Dry Tortugas

Day 8. Miami Area 

Day 9. Departure

 

Map
Featured Wildlife
Past Tour Checklists
Reviews

"This was my first official birding tour. The daily schedule was well thought out. The birding was wonderful due to planning and Kyle." - 2016 Florida participant

"Overall the tour was pleasant, interesting and very well led by Kyle. I am not a serious birder but found the various locations he took us to interesting, especially as attention was paid to habitat, other life forms such as butterflies and reptiles." - 2016 participant

"The selection of birding sites and pacing of the tour was good; we particularly liked the visit to the Florida keys (2 days) and unexpectedly, some of the Miami stops." - 2016 participant

"It was a trip to remember. 5/5 stars" - 2015 participant

"A very well-conceived and led tour. The small group was congenial and Kyle was a knowledgeable and enthusiastic director." - 2015 Florida participant