This driving trip has been designed as part of our new “Road Trip America” series – where we independently drive to our destination, birding along the way. Usually leaving from Asheville, NC we will wend our way towards our destination hitting good local birding spots along the way. What better way to usher out winter and welcome spring with a leisurely trip across the Florida Panhandle. We will travel slowly from the Tallahassee area to Pensacola hitting all the popular hotspots on the way. The shoulder season on the Florida panhandle is great for Gulls, Terns, Waders, Rails, and early neo-tropic migrants. There are countless number of great birding destinations on the Florida panhandle including St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. St. Marks has been home to a long staying American Flamingo that will be a main target for our time there. We will visit sandy beaches, salt marshes, and pine forests as we wind our way across the panhandle.n driving directions and a list of our potential stopping places, and aside from transportation, all accommodation, and food will be included in the trip price.
We will start our tour in Tallahassee visiting a few places in the area. We will be looking for Waders and ducks at local lakes and whatever else is in the area. Next, we will hit the major hot spots on the panhandle including St. Marks NWR, Apalachicola Natural Estuarine Reserve, Bald Point State Park, St. Josephs Peninsula State Park, Pine Log State Park, Grayton Beach State Park, Gulf Islands National Seashore, and many more places along the way. We will end the tour in Pensacola having sauntered our way across the Florida Panhandle. This slow-paced refreshing tour of the Florida panhandle is a great way to relax, see some great birds, and get out in a safe and socially distanced environment. Please join us on our tour!
We should expect to see well over 100 species of birds on this trip including:
Some of the Birds We Hope to See
Northern Gannet, Anhinga, American and Least Bitterns, Tricolored and Little Blue Herons, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Glossy Ibis, Wood Stork, Common Goldeneye, Bald Eagle, Wild Turkey, Northern Bobwhite, Clapper Rail, Purple Gallinule, Limpkin, Sandhill Crane, Piping Plover, American Oystercatcher, Marbled Godwit, Bonaparte’s Gull, Caspian and Royal Tern, Common Ground-dove, Barred Owl, Ruby-throated and Rufous Hummingbirds, Red-headed and Red-cockaded Woodpeckers, Horned Lark, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Sedge, Marsh and Winter Wrens, American Pipit, Yellow-throated, Orange-crowned, and Black-and-white Warblers, Bachman’s, Nelson’s, and Henslow’s Sparrows, Rusty Blackbird, and many more.