Great Winter Birding Away from the Crowds and the Cold with Ron Davis
Many Maine birders would love to spend a midwinter week or longer birding in Florida but don’t want to deal with the South Florida crowds. With few exceptions, the same species can be seen in North Florida including at the much less crowded Panhandle. This area has large, protected tracts including coastal wetlands where many of the waterfowl and shorebirds that breed in the arctic overwinter. Other North Florida species are near the northern end of their largely tropical breeding ranges. Ron will describe the main bird habitats of the area and highlight their most interesting and beautiful birds with his photos.
Photo: Reddish Egret
In Northern Florida, Reddish Egrets are near the northern limit of their range. Their primary habitat is coastal saline-brackish wetlands. They employ their wings in a unique form of “canopy feeding” that Ron will describe.