Spring in Florida 2024

Specialties & Migration

April 17 – 26, 2024

Tour Length: 10 days
Est. Spaces Left: Spaces available!

Florida is unique among the 50 states with its geology, geography, flora, and fauna offering a fascinating mix of north and south, with a flavor of the Caribbean, and a major flyway for Neotropical migrants. This short and relaxed tour combs through Southern Florida’s highlights with visits to the world-famous Everglades, the beautiful Keys, the central pine barrens, and the remote Dry Tortugas. The Everglades are a one-of-kind natural wonder among southern Florida’s many wild treasures and the Keys offer spectacular beaches, plus unique hardwood hammocks home to numerous bird specialties. We will also spend a day in the Dry Tortugas amidst spectacular seabirds and we will witness the heartbeat of Spring migration here.
Even within the greater Miami area nature still survives and thrives among burgeoning development and we will visit local migrant hotspots and seek some of the ABA countable exotic species (always a fun and interesting venture).

Tour Leaders

Kip Miller


Birds, Photography, Wildlife


Double Accommodation: $4,900/person
Single Supplement: + $600
Deposit: $500

Max Group Size

7 (1 leader)


Relaxed; Short walks with optional longer hike; some longer drives

Future Departures

April, 2025

Tour Descriptions

Southern Florida harbors a large number of bird specialties, species that are absent or difficult to find in other parts of the ABA area, including Magnificent Frigatebird, Masked Booby, Sooty Tern, Brown Noddy, “Great White” Heron, Short-tailed Hawk, Snail and Swallow-tailed Kites, Purple Gallinule, Limpkin, Mangrove Cuckoo, Antillean Nighthawk, White-crowned Pigeon, Florida Scrub-Jay, Gray Kingbird, Black-whiskered Vireo, “Golden” Yellow Warbler, and “Cape Sable” Seaside Sparrow. During this tour, we will stand excellent chances of seeing all south Florida specialties plus a wide variety of neotropical migrants with excellent photo opportunities of the myriad waterbirds and shorebirds.

The warm, tropical climate of the region also supports populations of many exotic and feral species, some of which are countable on the ABA list, including Gray-headed Swamphen, Monk and White-winged Parakeets, Nanday Parakeet, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Common Myna, and Spot-breasted Oriole. We will spend some time adding these to our list and it is always fun to see what else is flying around the Miami area.

With luck one or two strays from the Caribbean could be present and we will make a special effort to find these, rare possibilities could include La Sagra’s Flycatcher, Bahama Mockingbird, Thick-billed Vireo, Bananaquit, and Western Spindalis, but these species are only sporadically present.



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Trip Highlights

Top Birds

Short-tailed Hawk; Snail Kite; Mangrove Cuckoo; White-crowned Pigeon; Antillean Nighthawk; Gray Kingbird; Black-whiskered Vireo; the endemic Florida Scrub-Jay & rare Shiny Cowbird; Red-cockaded Woodpecker; Brown-headed Nuthatch & Bachman’s Sparrow; Sooty, Roseate & Bridled Terns; Brown & Black (uncommon) Noddies; Masked & Brown Boobies; American Flamingo (uncommon); countable exotics, such as Egyptian Goose, Gray-headed Swamphen, White-winged & Nanday Parakeets; Red-whiskered Bulbul; Common Myna & Spot-breasted Oriole; a plethora of migrant shorebirds, warblers, thrushes, vireos, buntings & tanagers; Caribbean rarities, e.g., Bahama Mockingbird and others can sometimes be found.

Top Mammals

Bobcat; West Indian Manatee; Key West Deer

Habitats Covered

Marshlands & swamps; pine woodlands; hardwood hammocks; coast & island habitats.

Other Attractions

Dry Tortugas National Park & Historic Fort Jefferson; Key West; Everglades National Park; rare subtropical landscapes and habitats

Planning for the Trip

Meeting Location

Miami International Airport at 4:00 PM


Comfortable 2 – 3 star hotels


From Miami International Airport, 9 nights lodging, all meals from dinner on first day to breakfast on last day
guide, transportation,entry fees & permits, taxes & tips (tips to guide optional)


Alcohol, personal calls, laundry, other personal expenses.

Expected Climate

Hot & humid in most places; can be cool on boat trip to Dry Tortugas.

Suggested Clothing and Gear

Credit cards / cash
Scope and tripod (optional)
Sunglasses and sunscreen
Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses
Water bottle
Small umbrella
Small day pack / fanny pack
Small flashlight
Mosquito/insect repellant (DEET 25% or greater)
Itch relief cream
Lip screen/balm
Prescription drugs – carry in original packaging to avoid customs problems
OTC medicines (antibiotics, cold/sinus, cough drops, eye drops, analgesic (Motrin, aspirin), anti-diarrheal)
Small alarm clock
Field guides
Hiking Boots/Shoes
Lightweight shoes/sneakers/sandals
Light-weight long pants
Light-weight long-sleeved shirts
Hat with brim/visor
Safari (e.g., Tilly) hat
Rain jacket/wind breaker
Medium-weight jacket
PJs or shorts for lounging/sleeping