Tour price (Per person): USD2,695 * GBP1,994 * EUR2,390 * AUD3,757
Together, both climate and geography isolate Florida from the rest of the country. Because of its geographically unique position, Florida is a crossroads between the temperate north and the sultry Caribbean south. Indeed, about a dozen bird species of West Indian origin reach the northern limits of their range here. Many of these West Indian species live nowhere else in the United States. Furthermore, due to its southerly position and proximity to the Gulf Stream, the southeast corner of the Sunshine State hosts an incredible assortment of warblers, vireos, flycatchers, raptors and shorebirds -- up to twenty-five warbler species and ten flycatcher species have been recorded in a single winter season! It is also the best time of year to catch up with some Florida specialties which are much more difficult on normal spring itineraries like Short-tailed Hawk. Indeed, the excellence of winter birding in South Florida is one of North America's secrets, as it is the time when avian diversity peaks in the region.
On this tour, we cover the southern third of the state in search of the many specialty birds and winter visitors on offer. We begin by exploring Miami, a city with a decidedly Caribbean flair, in search of several ABA-countable exotics such as Spot-breasted Oriole, White-winged Parakeet and Red-whiskered Bulbul, as well as a wide variety of winter residents such as Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Summer Tanager, and a score of warblers. A little further north, a series of well-planned wetlands are home to all of the Florida wetland specialties: Wood Stork, Purple Gallinule, Limpkin, Sora, and more. We also explore nearby oak scrub for Florida’s only endemic bird, the Florida Scrub Jay. On the last leg of our journey, we explore bald cypress forests, pinelands and mudflats in southwestern Florida for charismatic waders such as Piping and Snowy Plovers and memorable woodland species such as Brown-headed Nuthatch and Red-headed Woodpecker.