Birds of Florida: Spoonbill

Birds of Florida Amaze Kids and Parents Alike

Stan Tekiela photographer and naturalistWildlife photographer and naturalist Stan Tekiela makes his case on why Florida is a fantastic place to see all sorts of birds. Let’s hear from him!

More than 500 species of birds are found in Florida! That makes it one of the top states where you watch an incredible variety
of birds.

There are marvelous habitats in Florida that are perfect for birds. Each habitat supports different kinds. Ocean surrounds most of the state. Beaches and rocky shores are wonderful places to see a wide variety of shorebirds, such as Brown Pelicans, and wading birds, such as Snowy Egrets. Florida also has extensive forests, which are home to many smaller songbirds, like Brown Nuthatches.

The state has lots of deciduous forest habitats. Birds that prefer this habitat are often bright and colorful, and they build nests in leafy trees.

Florida heron

In addition, Florida has a lot of ponds, rivers, and lakes. These fresh-water environments are home to Ring-necked Ducks, Roseate Spoonbills, Great Blue Herons, White Ibis, and more.

The weather also plays a role in the kinds of birds you can see. Carolina Wrens, Monk Parakeets, and many more birds nest here during summer. Migrating shorebirds, such as Ruddy Turnstones and Sanderlings, come to Florida for the warm winters. A wide array of other birds, including Sandhill Cranes and Bald Eagles, live in the state all year long. On top of that, backyard birds, most notably buntings, bluebirds, and cardinals, enjoy Florida’s seasons year-round.

As you can see, Florida is a terrific place to watch all kinds of cool birds. It is my sincere hope that you and your family will like watching and feeding birds as much as I did with my family when I was a kid.

Stan Tekiela’s famous Birds of Florida Field Guide has been delighting bird-watchers for more than 15 years. Now, the award-winning author has created a perfect identification guide for children! The Kids’ Guide to Birds of Florida features 87 of the most common and important birds to know, with species organized by color for ease of use. Order your copy now!

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Liliane Opsomer
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