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Birding

0077475-bird.jpgBirding continues to be one of the most popular activities in the county. It’s always the right time to go birding in Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches. Visitors can keep their eyes to the skies while exploring our 40+ parks and preserves to experience many of the birds that call themselves Florida natives and others that are just passing through. Six of Palm Coast and Flagler Beach trails are listed on the Great Florida Birding Trail which boasts a myriad of birding opportunities you are sure to enjoy.

If you are an enthusiast, you’ll be happy to know that you can find more than 200 species of birds here in the area.  You’re sure to spot many Bald Eagles throughout Palm Coast; however, Princess Place Preserve is one park that is home to a nest. Ever-popular shorebirds can be found on our beaches and throughout our parks and preserves. If you’re looking for guidance, you’ll find it with the Flagler County Audubon Society. This organization is a great resource for beginning and experienced birders. So go grab a beginner’s book and some binoculars for a fun and educational outing with your family.

Look to the sky and see if you can spot these species!

American Coot

The American Coot (Fulica americana) is a bird of the family Rallidae, which can be found in wetlands and near open water from southern Quebec to the Pacific Coast of North America, and as far south as the northern part of South America.

Bald Eagle

The Bald Eagle (Haliaeetu sleucocephalus) has long been a symbol of power, wisdom and beauty in the United States. Also known as the American Eagle, this majestic bird’s range includes most of Canada and Alaska, all of the contiguous United States, and northern Mexico. They can be found near large bodies of open water where there is an abundant food supply and tall trees for nesting.

Brown Pelican

Despite weighing between 6 and 12 pounds with an average wingspan of 6 to 8 feet, the Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) is the smallest of the eight species of pelican.  This bird is found along the ocean shores from North America down to northern Peru, typically nesting in colonies. With a diet of crustaceans, amphibians and fish, it is the only dark pelican and the only one that plunges from the air to catch its food.

Laughing Gull

The Laughing Gull (Larus atricilla) is a medium-sized gull, which resides in North and South America. It breeds on the Atlantic Coast of North America, the Caribbean, and northern South America. Northernmost populations migrate further south in winter.

Northern Gannet

The beautiful Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus) is one of the three gannet subspecies in the world. These seabirds are excellent divers and eat small fish like herring, mackerel, capelin and sandlance, as well as squid near the surface of the water. Northern Gannets are also known as “Solans,” “Solan geese” and “Solant birds.”

Yellow-Rumped Warbler

The Yellow-Rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata) actually refers to four closely related Northern American bird —the eastern Myrtle Warbler, its western counterpart, Audubon's Warbler, the northwest Mexican Black-fronted Warbler and the Guatemalan Goldman's Warbler.  This species breeds from eastern North America west to the Pacific, and southward into Western Mexico.

 

Betty Steflik Memorial Preserve

The Betty Steflik Memorial Preserve's 217 acres offer the visitor a unique view of the salt marsh and coastal scrub communities. Walk the trails through the coastal scrub and stroll the boardwalk over...

815 Moody Blvd.
Palm Coast FL 32137
386-313-4020
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Bird of Paradise Nature Preserve

A passive pet-friendly park on the shoreline of Bird of Paradise Lake provides neighborhood residents a place to enjoy nature. ...

Bird of Paradise Lane
Palm Coast FL 32137
386-986-2323
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Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park

Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park, a piece of the past awaiting exploration, has something for everyone and every interest. While walking through the ruins of what were once rooms in this eno...

3501 Old Kings Road
Flagler Beach FL 32136
386-517-2084
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Flagler Beach Municipal Pier

Officially opened in 1928, the pier is one of the area’s most popular fishing spots. Open 6AM to 12 midnight year round, the pier is great for fishing and bird watching, and stretches out into t...

215 S. Oceanshore Blvd.
Flagler Beach FL 32136
386-517-2436
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Haw Creek Preserve At Russell Landing

Located south of CR 2006 between Dead Lake & County Road 305, this 1,005 acre preserve features boat launch facilities and a boardwalk that winds through the swamp with overlooks on Haw Creek. Ac...

County Road 2007
Bunnell FL 32110
386-313-4020
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Jungle Hut Road Park - Pet Friendly

This two-acre site is great for looking for ruby-throated hummingbirds during the summer and gannets during the winter. Take the dune walkover to find shorebirds, gulls, and pelicans. Activities: walk...

125 Jungle Hut Rd
Palm Coast FL 32137
386-313-4020
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Mala Compra Road Beachfront Park - Pet Friendly

Malacompra Road Beachfront Park offers trails through a maritime oak hammock and ocean scrub community. This 36-acre park overlooks the longest exposed outcropping of coquina rock, monuments of specta...

115 Malacompra Road
Palm Coast FL 32137
386-313-4020
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Princess Place Preserve

Princess Place Preserve is the crown jewel of Flagler County's preserves. This beautiful 1500 acre preserve is located at the confluence of Pellicer Creek, Moody Creek, and the Matanzas River. This be...

2500 Princess Place Preserve
Palm Coast FL 32137
386-313-4020
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