My family and I may be going on a trip to Orlando next year, and I would like to know any good birding spots. Since we're visiting the parks there, we can't go far from Orlando. I would really like to see Burrowing Owls if possible. Can anyone help me?
Thanks in advance.
I will tell you that we have seen many great birds right on Walt Disney World property at the resorts, at the hotels and all places in between. We have seen Wood Stork, Roseate Spoonbill, Great,Snowy, and Cattle Egrets, Common Galinule, Great and Little Blue Heron as well as Tri-colored and Green Heron, both Night Herons, White and Glossy Ibis, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Limpkin(at one of the ponds at Saratoga Springs Resort @ WDW every year), Sandhill Cranes, Brown Pelicans, Swallow-tailed Kite, Wild Turkey, Red-tailed & Red-shouldered Hawks, Anhingas(of course), Common Nighthawks, Loggerhead Shrikes, both Vultures and a whole host of others right on property. Most were seen each year, but you have to be looking. Also saw many alligators, armadillos, deer, and opposum.
Although I have never been... I have heard the Circle B Bar ranch is a decent place and not too far from Orlando. We went to Merritt Island(about 45 minute away) in late Aug, which is not the best time for FLA birding, and it was OK. I am sure it is much much better during the winter. Another spot close by is the Disney Wilderness Preserve, which I think is in Kissimee(but don't quote me on that). We did go 2 years ago, but a T-storm popped up as soon as we got there and they closed the trails. On the drive into this spot we did have Wild Turkey, Sandhill Cranes, RS Hawks, Loggerhead Shrike, Wood Duck, C. Nighthawk, and we heard a Barred Owl calling. I am sure there were more, but thats a quick list just from memory.
As far as the Burrowing Owls go... If you are going to be anywhere near Cape Coral, FL... this is the place to see them. Town folk are encouraged to put up posts in thier front yards and attract the great little guys. They are on many lawns and empty lots around the neighborhoods in town. You are GURANTEED to get this lifer by driving through this town!