During this tour, we stand an excellent chance of observing nearly all the south Florida specialties plus a large variety of wintering passerines, with excellent photo opportunities throughout. Birding in south Florida is very dynamic, and with any luck, there might be several strays from the Caribbean present in the area, which will make a special effort to find these. Possibilities include La Sagra’s Flycatcher, Western Spindalis, Bahama Mockingbird, Bananaquit and Thick-billed Vireo.
Day 1: Arrival in Miami with some local birding (Night in West Kendall)
Day 2: Birding Miami (Night in West Kendall)
Day 3: Birding Everglades National Park (Night in West Kendall)
Day 4: Birding Tamiami Trail and Big Cypress (Night in Jupiter)
Day 5: Birding Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Palm Beach Wetlands (Night in Jupiter)
Day 6: Birding Palm Beach, drive to Miami for afternoon departures
This tour is designed to be a relaxed, slow paced tour that spends quality time observing and learning about a number of local birds, rather than chasing and ticking every species in the area.
We stay at only two hotels (West Kendall area in Miami and Palm Beach/Jupiter area in Palm Beach). These will be 3-star hotels.
Each day begins early with breakfast before sunrise (06:30), followed by a short drive to the birding site(s) for the day. The earlier starts maximize our chances at seeing the most interesting bird species while minimizing our time spent in the traffic of this large urban area. We have lunch at approximately 12:00-12:30 at a locally owned restaurant that reflects the culture of the area (Cuban, Peruvian, Argentine etc), or cater a picnic lunch such as in the Everglades National Park where there are no food venues. We enjoy birding at a more leisurely pace in the afternoon, most likely at wetlands or fields where bird activity is high in the early evening commute back to roosting sites. We then meet at 19:00 to discuss the following days activities and enjoy an aperitif before taking dinner.
This tour consists of short drives, with each drive being between 30 min and 1 ½ hrs in length. Road conditions are excellent, almost entirely on paved roads and decidedly flat terrain.