Florida Winter Birding Break
Brief Overview of the Trip
South Florida in the winter is a great time to go birding and
to enjoy the wildlife in this relatively warm area of the
country. The temperature usually reaches into the 70’s
each day. A number of year-round species will be new for
most North American birders including Red-cockaded
Woodpecker, Bachman’s Sparrow, Snail Kite, Short-tailed
Hawk, Purple Gallinule, Reddish Egret, Roseate Spoonbill,
and Pine Warbler. The Everglades, pine forests, prairies,
cypress and mangrove swamps will produce a great
variety of species.

This trip covers the key birding sites around Fort Myers
and Fort Lauderdale. The trip includes Everglades
National Park (Shark Valley), Audubon’s Corkscrew
Swamp Sanctuary and many more excellent sites, and the
trip covers all key habitats including wet prairie, pine
flatwoods, palmetto palm forest and more.

Starting in the pine/palmetto palm forest for Red-cockaded
Woodpecker and Bachman’s Sparrow, we will proceed to
cypress swamp and marsh at the Corkscrew Swamp
Audubon Sanctuary and Everglades National Park for
warblers, herons, egrets, Snail Kites and a few wintering
sparrows. While some of the specialties of southern
Florida will be hard to find in winter, White-crowned
Pigeon, and if we are lucky, Mangrove Cuckoo, will be
possible – but Caribbean strays often find their way to the
area at that time of year and we will chase any reported
species that we can easily get to. Besides a possibility for
winter rarities, Fort Lauderdale birding also offers the
opportunity to search for some exotic parrots, Spot-
breasted Oriole, Red-whiskered Bulbul and Common
Myna, which have become naturalized and in some cases
Day 1:  Flights arrive into Fort Myers airport. Afternoon
and/or evening birding for those who arrive early enough.
Day 2: Birding and wildlife watching at Ding Darling
National Wildlife Refuge.
Day 3: Birding all day at 3 sites:  Oscar Scherer State
Park, Myakka River State Park, and Babcock-Webb
Wildlife Management Area.
Day 4:  Birding at Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp
Afternoon birding at Shark Valley,
Everglades National Park.  
Transfer to Fort Lauderdale.
Day 5:  Wakodahatchee Wetlands and Green Cay
Nature Center
in the morning.  Afternoon return to Fort
Myers area.  
Day 6:  More birding around Fort Myers.
Day 7:  Bird in morning for anything we may have missed
in the
Fort Myers area.  Flights out in the afternoon from
Fort Myers.
Brief Itinerary
Trip Description
Photo by John Drummond
Photo by Bill Schmoker
Photo by Bill Schmoker
Photo by John Drummond
Photo by Bill Schmoker
For more information or to register for this trip, call Charles at
888-203-7464 or Charles directly at 720-320-1974 or by email at
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Florida Winter
Birding Break
Photo by Bill Schmoker (above and
including the banner photo).