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March and April are prime spring migration months on the Gulf coast, and Wakulla
County’s strategic location and wealth of accessible public lands make it a convenient
base for exploring the area. Migrant birds crossing from the Yucatan peninsula mix
with birds migrating through the Caribbean and the Florida peninsula to create a
diverse avian mix to enjoy.
Fallouts on the Wakulla coast can result in sightings of tanagers, grosbeaks, orioles,
eighteen species of transiting warblers and four returning resident warblers as migrants
stop to feed and rest. Check out Tower Pond Trail or along Wakulla Beach Road in the
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. Bird the trails at Wakulla Springs State Park, where
you can also find nesting Prothonotary and Hooded Warblers before taking the River
Boat tour for close-up views of swamp birds and manatees.
Early risers can start the day at the Lighthouse Levee Trail on the Refuge or
Mashes Sands County Park and watch as hundreds of Common Loons take off on
their return flight to the North Country. Try the Wakulla River for Limpkin and check
the mid-morning skies for mixed flocks of returning Mississippi and Swallow-tailed
Kites, as you head inland to Ochlocknee River State Park to find singing Bachman’s
Sparrows and nesting Red-cockaded Woodpeckers.
For the spring birder, Wakulla County provides a remarkable array of birding
opportunities with easy access to birding sites, great local restaurants serving fresh
seafood and reasonably priced accommodations.