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Birdwatching in the Cape Canaveral Florida Area

Author: Carl from Pahrump
Email: carlball@yahoo.com (More Trip Reviews by Carl from Pahrump)
Date of Trip: March 2010

great black backed gull floridaThe Ponce de Leon County Park and Bird Park attract huge numbers of shore birds, gulls and terns. We once saw 54 Great Black-backed Gulls resting at Bird Park and 700 Bonaparte's Gulls at the fishing pier at Ponce de Leon County Park. Adjacent to Ponce de Leon County Park is a beautiful red lighthouse. The Lighthouse is free, but the county park cost $5 per car for admission.

6. Titusville

Birding Location Bird Count Chain of Lakes Rec Area 45 Enchanted Forest Sanctuary 16 Fox Lake 16 Fay Lake Wilderness Park 8

Ospreys and Red-shouldered Hawks are common around Titusville. The Chain of Lakes Rec Area has a nice trail system around lakes and thru woods.

7. Indian River County Marshes

Birding Location Bird Count Upper St John's River Marsh (Blue Cypress) 50 Blue Cypress Lake Park 41 Fellsmere Grade Rec Area 23 Fort Drum Marsh 12

These in-land areas are good for Limpkins and Snail Kites.

The Fellsmere Grade Rec Area is a gravel road. You need a boat to see much here.

8. Indian River Locations

Birding Location Bird Count N Sebastian Cons Area 49 Fisherman's Landing Park 43 Geiger Point 20

The drive from Sebastian to Malabar on US-1 gives a great view of the west side of the Indian River. The Fisherman's Landing Park is one of the few places you can park off the road to observe the ducks and shore birds. We once counted 9 Ospreys in this area.

9. Cocoa Area

Birding Location Bird Count Lori Wilson Park 22 Kiwanis Is 21 Cruickshank Sanctuary 11

The Lori Wilson Park is a full time dog park, but in the Spring and Fall migrating birds stop here. Ovenbirds and Painted Buntings can be found here in the Winter.

People feed the Scrub Jays at the Cruickshank Sanctuary, so they are abundant.

10. Other Locations

Birding Location Bird Count Three Lakes WMA FBT #103 58 Tomokie SP 29 Lake Woodruff NWR 35

These locations are all pretty far from Titusville. If you were staying in Kissimmee, the Three Lakes WMA FBT (site #103 on the Florida Birding Trail) would only be 36 miles South. Lake Woodruff NWR would be 67 miles North.

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