The Ultimate Guide to Florida Bird Watching

Attention “birdies!” An incredible bird watching opportunity awaits. Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach are two of the country’s best spots for migratory birding! If you’re interested in adding some birds to your list that you won’t find anywhere else, it’s time to plan a trip. Everything you need to know about Florida bird watching can be found below! While you’re here, don’t forget to take advantage of our complimentary Vacation Guide. Our guide is full of all of the area’s best restaurants, attractions, and seasonal events, making it the best resource you can find for building your perfect getaway. 

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Florida Bird Watching 

When it comes to birding, Florida offers some of the most beautiful terrains to explore and one of the longest lists of rare birds to discover. Continue reading to learn more about where to go and what you’ll see on your next Florida bird watching adventure! 

Where to Go

There is no shortage of birding hotspots in Florida. For instance, the sprawling marshlands of Everglades National Park harbors some truly unique birds. The Florida Keys are also a great spot to catch some non-breeding migratory birds including black noddies, bridled terns, and brown boobies. Another popular birding spot is Amelia Island. Fernandina Beach attracts some of the rarest and most sought after bird species. Check out Fort Clinch State Park and Egan’s Creek Greenway Trail. 

When to Go

Florida is a migratory path for an incredible number of birds from around the Americas. If you want to catch the best time of year to go bird watching in Florida, you should think about traveling in the winter. In late January, all of the birds on your bird-watching bucket list call Florida home! 

Florida Birds 

If you’re looking for an exhaustive list of Florida’s best birds, you’ve come to the right spot. Here are some of the birds that are worth seeing on your next adventure. 

  • Bald Eagle
  • Stork
  • Roseate Spoonbill
  • Osprey 
  • Florida Scrub Jay
  • Ibis
  • Wood Stork 
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Snail Kite
  • Anhina
  • Sandpiper
  • Limpkin 
  • Short-tailed Hawk
  • Mangrove Cuckoo
  • Burrowing Owl
  • Gray Kingbird
  • White-Crowned Pigeon

Birding Tours

If you want to make sure that you’re getting the most out of your Florida bird watching experience, it’s a good idea to go with a tour group. Travel with a team of other enthusiasts and experts to track down all of the must-see birds. Consider the following tours for the ultimate birding experience: 

Birding Tip: Use this Egans Creek Greenway bird-spotting resource to help track the birds on the top of your must-see bucket list!

Where to Stay on Your Birding Trip

Whatever it is that draws you to Florida, make sure you find the right place to stay. After you’ve explored all of the best attractions in Fernandina Beach, complete your stay at the Fairbanks House bed and breakfast. Located in downtown Fernandina Beach, our B&B sets the scene for your dream vacation. Spend the afternoon surrounded by towering oaks, magnolias, and fragrant flowers. Our beautiful accommodations, such as the Library room, make an excellent home away from home. 

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