A purple gallinule at Emeralda Marsh, Leesburg, Florida. Photo by Maureen Allen.

Florida Bird Watching

Birding Florida

Florida is a unique place for birds and birding in the United States. Projecting as it does into the Gulf of Mexico, it provides a natural funnel through which millions of migratory birds pass each year either on their way to wintering grounds in the Caribbean and Central America or on their way back to breeding grounds in the United States and Canada. This phenomenon can be witnessed at key migration watch points throughout the state, mainly at coastal sites in the spring and inland sites in the fall.

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