Birding Florida and the Keys
Brief Overview of the Trip
South Florida in April is a great time to visit as migrants
add to the resident birds and most of the special breeding
birds have arrived.  The Everglades, pine forests, prairies,
cypress and mangrove swamps and keys habitat types will
produce a great variety of species.

We will start in pine/palmetto forest for Red-cockaded
Woodpecker and Bachman’s Sparrow and then proceed to
cypress swamp and marsh at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
and Everglades National Park for warblers, herons, egrets,
Swallow-tailed and Snail Kites.  The specialties of the Keys
such as White-crowned Pigeon, Gray Kingbird, Black-
whiskered Vireo and, if we are lucky, Mangrove Cuckoo,
will come next.  On the day of the boat trip to the Dry
Tortugas we will see colonies of Sooty Tern and Brown
Noddy, and inside Fort Jefferson many tired warblers,
thrushes, buntings, flycatchers, etc., resting on their
migration north.  Finally, we will finish in the Fort
Lauderdale area, which offers excellent opportunities for
viewing wading birds, with perhaps our best chance to see
Day 1:  Flight arrivals into Miami airport by mid-afternoon.
Day 2:  Birding Babcock-Webb Wildlife Management
Area, Punta Gorda
and Port Charlotte.
Day 3:  Travel to Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and the
Day 4:  Spend the morning birding Everglades National
including Anhinga Trail,  then drive to Key West.
Day 5:  Boat trip to the Dry Tortugas and Fort
.  possibly the most exciting birding day of trip.
Day 6:  Birding along the Keys looking for local specialties
as we head towards Miami.  Late afternoon search for
parrots coming in for night roosts.
Day 7:  Morning birding including Wakodahatchee
and Green Cay Wetlands. Return flights
should be scheduled for after 2 PM from Fort Lauderdale.
Brief Itinerary
Trip Description
Tricolored Heron
photo by Bill Schmoker
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel
photo by Bill Schmoker
Red-cockaded Woodpecker
photo by John Drummond
Birding Florida
and the Keys
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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Roseate Tern photo (above) by Bill Schmoker
Banner photo also by Bill Schmoker