Florida, the "Sunshine State" offers great birding, particularly during the winter months when up to twenty species of wood warbler are possible, matched by a cheap, tourist-friendly infrastructure. Stretching for more than 400 miles between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, tourists and birds alike flock to the state for the beautiful weather, sandy beaches and theme park.

High on many visiting birders agenda will be a trip to Fort Myers for pelicans, egrets, herons and spoonbills and the Everglades National Park. But most of the state's specialities can be found without necessarily heading south. Lake Kissimmee State Park near Orlando offers the chance of large numbers of Sandhill Crane as well as the possibility of a sighting of the recently re-introduced Whooping Crane. Merritt Island National Refuge is another excellent site with the largest population of the endemic Florida Scrub Jay in the state. Now all you need to do is distract the kids.

Florida Scrub Jay

Florida Scrub Jay © Ian Merrill

Showing the 30 Most Recent Trip Reports Posted

Florida, 21st - 30th October 2002, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 8, 2004)

Florida (Disney), 18th - 31st October 2002, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 8, 2004)

Florida, January 2003, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 8, 2004)

Orlando, April 2003, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 8, 2004)

Orlando, August 2001 and May 2003, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 8, 2004)

Florida (Disney and more), December 2003 - January 2004, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 8, 2004)

Orlando, Florida, February 7th -21st 2004, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 8, 2004)

Orlando, the Gulf Coast and Everglades, Florida, USA, 10th - 24th February 2001, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 8, 2004)

Florida, 3rd - 10th March 2001, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 8, 2004)

USA - South-west Florida - August - September 2013, author Mike Wheeler (added September 15, 2013)
(Fort Myers Beach)

USA - Central Florida - October 2007, author Chris Wormwell (link created October 23, 2007)

USA (Florida) October 12-13, 2019, author Charles Spagnoli (added October 16, 2019)
(Payne Prairie Preserve, snail kite)

Florida in summer (August 2010), author Antonio Rodriguez (added October 11, 2010)
(Blue Springs, Merritt Island, Everglades, Byscaine, Key West, Big Cypress, Fakahatchee, Bahia Honda)

USA - Orlando, Florida - October 2008, author Jonathan Lishman (added November 15, 2008)
(Lake Buena vista, Swainsons Hawk, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Common Nighthawk, Acadian Flycatcher.)

Florida - April 6th – 17th 2009, author Alan Whitehead (added May 7, 2009)

Flaming Florida - 18th April - 2nd May 2009, author Mark Hows (added May 19, 2009)

Florida, Central & Southern, April 2nd - 18th 2009, author Barry J Evans (added May 15, 2009)

U.S.A. Florida 20th January - 3rd February 2005, author John Wright (added May 12, 2005)
(Ocala, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Everglades, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Key Largo, White-crowned Pigeon)

Florida Peninsula and the Florida Keys - April 24th - May 3rd 2018, author Chris Lotz, Birding Ecotours (link created June 24, 2018)
(While migration was relatively slow, we still managed a respectable 19 species of warblers and 170 species in total. )

Florida Peninsula and the Florida Keys - April - May 2016, author Chris Lotz, Birding Ecotours (link created June 10, 2016)
(In all we covered more than 2,220 kilometres, from central pine forests to southern hardwood hammocks, mudflats and the remote beaches of the Dry Tortugas)

United States of America - across and back - 11th September - 23rd November 2019, author Colin Reid (added January 30, 2020)
(Seattle to Florida and back again)

North America - Florida, author Paul Wetton (link created February 5, 2005)
(Florida, Space Coast, Dry Tortugas, Florida Keys, Everglades, Corkscrew Swamp, Sora, Limpkin, Smooth Billed Ani, White Faced Ibis, Grackles, Sparrows,)

USA - Southern Florida - February 2010, author Alan Miller (added February 24, 2010)
(In two-and-a-half weeks Anne and I enjoyed wonderful hospitality, superb wildlife viewing and plenty of American fayre. With 132 species of birds including 21 lifers it was an experience we can thoroughly recommend.)

How to open .nsf file in Lotus Notes, author sabelinaolive (link created February 14, 2014)
(how to open .nsf file in lotus notes, open notes .nsf files, open notes .nsf files locally, nsf opener, change restricted nsf files to unrestricted nsf files, opening nsf files)

USA - Orlando (Florida) - November 2009, author Antonio Rodriguez (added February 12, 2010)
(Orlando)

Florida, author Mike King (link created December 3, 2004)
(Scrub Jay, Warblers)

USA - Florida, author Clayton Burne (link created December 19, 2010)
(Key Largo, Everglades NP, Tigertail Beach, Corkscrew Swamp, Collier Seminole SP, Babcock/Webb Wildlife MA - Great Horned Owl, Black Skimmer, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Florida Scrub-Jay and Burrowing Owl.)

Florida: Central and Southern Florida including the Keys and Dry Tortugas, April 7th-14th, 2013, author Mike Nelson (added August 1, 2013)
(Snail Kite, Florida Scrub Jay, Dry Tortugas, Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow)

The Great Florida Birding Trail - 1st – 11th March 2009, author Christopher Hall (added April 28, 2009)
(Exploring the Sunset Ranch Trail, we enjoy a warbler fest, with good views of Black-and-white, Yellow-rumped, Yellow-throated and Palm Warblers....)

Florida: 3rd to 11th January 2015, author Ian Merrill (added April 26, 2015)
(American Woodcock, Florida Scrub-jay, Sprague's Pipit, Rusty Blackbird)