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Florida

Tour Code: USA02

Escape the British winter with some Florida sunshine and experience the wide variety of birdlife that inhabits its woodlands, wetlands and sawgrass prairies.

9 days from £2095(inc flights) Land Only Price: £1595 SRS: £350


h3>The perfect introduction to American birds!/h3>

Florida is one of the best birdwatching locations in North America: the perfect place for an introduction to American birds, as well as for a temporary escape from the British winter! This 9-day ‘Bargain Birdwatching tour’ begins in Orlando and concludes in Miami. It visits many of Florida’s outstanding wetland and coastal habitats as well as areas of woodland and open prairie. The famed Everglades Swamps ensure that the bird tally includes impressive concentrations of herons and waterbirds, but we should also see many species of wader and raptor as well as local specialities such as Roseate Spoonbill, Snail Kite, Sandhill Crane and Red-cockaded Woodpecker.

  • Explore the world-famous Everglades
  • Enjoy warm winter sunshine
  • Comfortable motel accommodation
  • Guided by an expert Naturetrek ornithologist br />

Food

No meals are included in the tour cost. Please allow about £20-25 per day.

Accommodation

Accommodation will be in standard motels with private facilities on the basis of sharing a twin-bedded room.

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Paul Marshall)

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Paul Marshall)

Outline Itinerary Download

Day 1 Orlando

Day 2 Cocoa Beach

Day 3 West Palm Beach

Day 4 Naples

Day 5 Naples

Day 6 Homestead

Day 7 Homestead

Day 8 In flight

Day 9 London

Florida, in the south-east corner of the USA, provides a great introduction to birding in North America with the added bonus of a sub-tropical climate. As well as a great selection of east coast birds there are a good number of ?specialities? to be searched for such as the endangered Snail (Everglade) Kite, the unique Limpkin, the bizarre Smooth-billed Ani, Caribbean species such as Short-tailed Hawk, Shiny Cowbird and White-crowned Pigeon. The southern latitude also encourages a number of other species to over-winter rather than migrate to Central and South America; these include a number of American warblers and possibilities of Scissor-tailed Flycatcher and always a chance of a Caribbean vagrant. Add to this the wealth of wintering wildfowl and shorebirds plus the array of resident species and introduced exotics (68 species of parrot have been recorded in Florida!), there are the makings of a mouth-watering trip. February is normally a settled month weatherise with temperatures at Miami averaging 24?C with a humidity of 54% and precipitation of 47mm. Given a ?normal year? then conditions should be perfect for pleasant birdwatching. The trip will have few long drives (more than two hours) without regular stops at some of the plethora of State Parks, Wildlife Refuges and National Preserves. We will visit Merritt Island (Cape Canaveral) but not for the Space Centre but for one of Florida’s richest Wildlife Refuges, protected by its proximity to NASA HQ! The prairies and swamplands around Kissimee and Lake Okeechobee will also focus our attention as will the complex of Refuges on the Gulf Coast around Sanibel Island and the primeval Corkscrew Swamp. Finally we will drive across the northern edge of the Everglades National Park, explore the park as far as Flamingo and bird around the Homestead/South Miami region for a strange mix of exotics! Birds in Florida are often ridiculously tame, especially some of the herons and egrets, offering great photo opportunities to both beginner and experienced photographers. The relatively relaxed pace of the trip will accommodate such needs. It is unlikely that this will be your first and last trip to North America!

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T.M.
Suffolk
The holiday was a wonderful experience. The itinerary was very varied and well balanced and the management and birding skills of the leader, Will Wagstaff, exceptional. He was ably assisted by Rob Mileto who helped to ensure that the whole trip more than lived up to my expectations.
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Mon 11th February 2019 - Tue 19th February 2019

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£2095

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The holiday was a wonderful experience. The itinerary was very varied and well balanced and the management and birding skills of the leader, Will Wagstaff, exceptional. He was ably assisted by Rob Mileto who helped to ensure that the whole trip more than lived up to my expectations.
T.M., Suffolk