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In Clearwater, Florida ~ Who left that Fowl Trail?

Great Florida Bird Trail - Clearwater, Florida

Great Florida Birding Trail in Dunedin Florida

 

Over 500 species of birdshave been spotted in Florida - we're a birdwatcher's paradise. This Fowl Trail is actually the Great Florida Bird Trail and information is provided by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

The Great Florida Bird Trail is made up of 2000 miles of self-guided highway trails throughout Florida. There are 445 birding sites located throughout Florida.

These trails were designed to conserve and promote "Florida's bird habitat by promoting birdwatching activities, conservation education and economic opportunity" (Source: GFBT Home page)

The Great Florida Bird trail is divided into 4 Sections and each one has it's own birding trail guide.  Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties birding sites and trails in cities like Clearwater, Dunedin, Tierra Verde, St Petersburg and Tampa can be found in the West Section Guide.

  1. West Section Guide
  2. East Section Guide
  3. Panhandle Section Guide
  4. South Section Guide

The information for the Great Florida Birding Trail is also available in Spanish.

  

Fun things to do in Clearwater, Florida and Tampa Bay

In addition, you can have fun while you learn by participating in the Wings Over Florida program.

Wings Over Florida is a FREE award program open to all birdwatchers - whether you're a Clearwater resident or not. This program encourages YOU to identify as many Florida native birds as you can. You may earn 1 or all 5 of the levels of birdwatching from "Beginner" to "Elite Florida Birder" for which you are awarded Full color certificates.  COST - FREE

birding on the beach on st pete beach florida

Beginners Birding for Kids - Pinellas County, Florida Summer Fun

Check out the the Wings Over Florida Junior Birder Program. This program was created to introduce younger children (3rd grade and up)  to Florida bird watching. Check out the Teacher / Student resources online and create your own unique bird scavenger hunt this summer.

Did you know that Florida has:

  • over 481 native birds;
  • 12 established non-natives;
  • and 4 native birds that are on the extinction list.

The Great Florida Bird Trail website has lots of tips and techniques for the beginner to the most experienced bird watcher. They provide checklist, bird guides, which sites you can expect to see which birds. Hope this provides you with some new ideas of things to do in the Clearwater / St Petersburg / Tampa Bay area.   

Have you ever tried birdwatching? What's your favorite spot or story?

UPDATED: Want to see more Florida bird photos, check out this follow-up article: My Photos Of Some Florida Birds by Lysa Napolitano   

Other Fun on a Budget Things to do in Clearwater / St Petersburg / Tampa Bay Florida Area:

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Comment balloon 54 commentsCyndee Haydon • June 01 2007 09:06PM

Comments

there are soooo many different things that we enjoy in florida on a daily basis that many of us to a certain degree  take for granted.

you've just covered one. 

Posted by Jay Beckingham, Seniors ROCK! ( American Advisors Group...AAG) over 11 years ago

Cyndee,

I never realized that Florida had organized birding trails.  Sounds like a nice way to have some cheap fun while at the beach.

Rita 

Posted by Rita Taylor, Sanford NC Real Estate - Homes for Sale in Sanford North Carolina (None) over 11 years ago
Jay, you are so right - thanks for taking time to leave a comment - where are you from?
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Rita - thank you for visiting - we actually have 15 prime birding spots in Pinellas County alone - it is amazing and the info and guides the FWC provide free online are just amazing.
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago

Cyndee,

Wow, what a wonderful post, so much information here, especially those of us who love the outdoors.  Florida is such a great place, I love it.  Anyone looking for help in your area would no doubt benefit from your knowledge.

And Cyndee only you would come up with such a "fowl" title.

Posted by Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co (Preferred Home Brokers) over 11 years ago

Lynda - glad it caught your attention - it gets harder everyday with 32,000+ and growing. Actually I'm finding blogging is making me an even better resource and my relo packets are getting better and better :-). How's are friend Barbara doing? Tell her I said she's missing all the fun!!!

P.S. Thanks for visiting - we've done well together haven't we in 3 short months - I'll always be thankful to you. 

Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago

Cyndee ~ You're right about your title, it absolutely did get my attention. Your comment about being a better resource is really what it's all about, isn't it? No doubt it's nice to be recognized among your peers, yet for me, that's only the icing on the cake.  You are doing so well, you make me proud!

As for Barbara, I hope to see her soon, she's a little overwhelmed with the whole thing, but I'm not giving up on her for one minute. I hope to share your success with her.

My best to you and your family!

Posted by Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co (Preferred Home Brokers) over 11 years ago
Lynda - thank you for your kind words - I echo all your seniments - maybe it's because we both have the same philosophy about business. Thank you - have you seen Jack is even getting hooked - we have dueling laptops at our home now. (LOL)
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Great Title, Great content - of course your posts always are!
Posted by Paula Henry, Realtor - Indianapolis Real Estate - 317-605-4174 (Home to Indy Team @ HomeSmart Realty Group) over 11 years ago

Paula - I really had a tough week working on "other things" and my friend Susie reminded me the blog must go on :-) I had an even more detailed one done in goggle documents this morning and it got some virus that wouldn't open and I had to start from scratch - glad I could get it pulled back together.

Do you have birding in Indianapolis? A buyer relocating to the area gave me the inspiration to share about the wealth of opportunities we have here. Thank you for you kind words and support my friend.      

Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Cyndee this is a fabulous resource for the bird watchers! I love the idea of these birding trails. As always I learn so much about FL from you.
Posted by Ashley Drake Gephart (Drake Intel Group) over 11 years ago
Ashley - thank you for visiting - how about Albuqurque AZ - got bird trails there? I love it that it's free and you can print the guide right off the computer- with kids thats a great plan B!
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago

I must be tired...I saw those birdies flying and thought it was a video...geez. And then I clicked before I was done and had to click on edit.

You always write great posts that save us a trip to the library...great one Cyndee!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 11 years ago
Sally - that is hi praise coming from you - you are someone that I read and think, "How can I provide great info like that to my community" - thanks for inspiring more often than you know - an your visits and comments are always appreciated.    
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago

Cyndee,

Thanks for this post!  My husband and I will have a great reason to come to Florida now.  We love birdwatching.

Posted by Michelle Ewing, Riverside, CA (Trademark Realtors) over 11 years ago

Michelle - can you believe there are actually 445 designated sites which are usually parks in the state and  we have 15 in Pinellas Couny and about another 10 in Pasco and Hillsborough Counties. what's your favorite thing about birdwatching?

Thanks for taking time to read and comment - I appreciate it and look forward to learning more about Riverside CA. 

Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
okay cyndee....I just teared up a bit...thanks for kind comments....I had a hard day and went through terrible withdrawls...trying to catch up with commenting...see ya.
Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 11 years ago
Sally - glad I could give you a bright spot on a hard day - looking for the good on AR myself - must be a full moon.
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago

Cyndee - since  you are showing your love for nature I have to share this photo - I am not trying to spam your blog - you can delete this and there are no hard feelings.

hawk

Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) over 11 years ago
Cyndee, wonderful post for Localism! I watch birds at my office every day and try to photograph them. I'm currently watching 2 pair nesting, a pair of red winged black birds and the other I've not tried to identify yet who's nest I found yesterday with babies in it that I can see from my desk.

You are so right, Florida is wonderful for bird watchers!
Posted by Lysa Napolitano over 11 years ago
Wow!  what a great blog about "things to do"!!  This one needs to be bookmarked for passing on to others headed down to the Clearwater area.  While I am not an avid birdwatcher, I do enjoy seeing different birds (and our office has a swallows nest just outside the door.  the men are crying "Mess! Mess!" and I'm saying "Precious!"  LOL
Posted by Karen Rice, Northeast PA & Lake Wallenpaupack Home Sales (Davis R. Chant, REALTORS) over 11 years ago
Cyndee - Yes! The blog must go on! It is often difficult for me to stay the course when I get busy. We do have bird trails in Indianapolis, the most popular at Eagle Creek State Park. A real bird watching entusiasts park. You have given me inspiration! Thanks! 
Posted by Paula Henry, Realtor - Indianapolis Real Estate - 317-605-4174 (Home to Indy Team @ HomeSmart Realty Group) over 11 years ago
Great Post Cyndee!!!  I'm not into bird watching..."too quiet" for me!  LOL  (really OUT LOUD)  But I do like the extra tips you left...  

Other Fun on a Budget Things to do in Clearwater / St Petersburg / Tampa Bay Florida Area:

Thanks for sharing!!  We're ony a hop-skip and a jump from Clear-Wa-Wa!

Posted by Susie Roscoe, Real Estate Specialist | Brandon, FL (Signature Realty Associates) over 11 years ago
Thesa, that's a beautiful addition and you know you've made me a big fan of La Pine Oregon. Did I tell you this was inpsired by a woman relocating from Portland Oregon. :-)
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Lysa - that's high praise from some I respect as much as you. Thanks for visiting - I liked it to because like othres said we often forget the simple treasures in our own backyard.     
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Off to show houses in the pouring rain - don't think I'll see many birds today - I'll be back later - thanks for the comments - look forward to chatting when I get back.
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
WOW Cyndee you and Jack are like a rainfall of Clearwater knowledge.. amoung other things!  How could ANYONE in the Clearwater area NOT buy or sell their home with you and Jack is the REAL Question here!
Posted by Katrina Madewell, Tampa FL Homes for sale | Tampa Bay - (813) 777-1196 (Charles Rutenberg Rlty- More than 5,000 agents(813) 777-1196) over 11 years ago

my backyard and the canal nearby are FULL of different species of birds from Black Rains, to Ibises, Herons, Muscovy Ducks (yuck), and a few rare wild parrots...

it is great... and great fun walking with my son and watching him in awe of the wildlife

Posted by David A. Podgursky PA, THE PODGURSKY GROUP - Make the Right Move! (THE PODGURSKY GROUP @ Re/Max Direct) over 11 years ago
Lysa - thanks for the kind words and glad to know this inspired a post by you - bird lovers of Florida unite :-)
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Karen - I agree, thanks for stopping by and checking out Florida's wealth of birding opportunities. I used to live in Delaware County, PA - do you have many birds in Pike County, PA where you are? 
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Paula - looking forward to learning more about birding in Indianapolis!!! See people will know from bird houses to the big houses - you''re the real estate expert. 
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago

Susie - oh can I relate - when I was writing the part about birding for kids - Jack said - oh, the serious bird watchers are going to be mad at you for letting "kids" know about their special spots - with all the noise. (LOL)

You're right there are so many fun on a budget things to do in Clearwater, Florida 

Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Katrina - you are a good friend. Thank you for that high praise. We do love Clearwater, Florida
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
David - you live in such a beautiful place - I love the picture in my mind of you sharing it with your son - priceless.
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago

Cyndee, Now you're making me blush! Thank you so much though! You're right about the simple treasures. I do treasure them every day. I could care a less about who uses which plastic surgeon, give me nature and natural any day!

David... LOL on the Muscovy's!  They aren't that yucky!

Posted by Lysa Napolitano over 11 years ago
Lysa, thanks for the beautiful picture addition - you may add all YOUR pictures here - they are a great bonus for my readers - Love them - thank you!
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago

I just found that this article was Featured on Localism - I want to thank the moderator(s) who chose it.

Thank you - for the recognition, the support and most of all your personal tireless service to make this community and the information we provide consumers the best that's available in the marketplace.  

I received this email from AR and I also wanted to thank Lysa & Rita and all who read my posts and take time to rate them - look, it does make a difference....Thank you fellow readers and friends:  

"Cyndee:
Because of member support we have featured this post on Localism... Lysa and Rita:Thank you for taking the time to flag this post!"
 

Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago

Congrats Cyndee on the feature in Localism!
When David mentioned the Muscoy's I had to add the photo, glad you don't mind. They are rather non attractive aren't they? This is part of a pair that hangs out with a common white duck near the office. They've been trying to nest around our building but I think they picked an out of the way place, I've not seen them in awhile. I call the photo below "Ugly Duckling" :)

Posted by Lysa Napolitano over 11 years ago

Lysa - I do think we have so many prettier birds - but I always root for the ugly duckling too!  :-)

P.S. Thank you -  Go back one comment an see the email I got that acknowledges your rating along with others brought this post to the attention of the modertors - so it really does make a difference, 

Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago

Cyndee,

The email surprised me - I have never gotten one like that before - I wonder if we will get email feedback for all the posts we flag?  Seems like it would take a long time to write an email for each time someone flagged a post.

Rita 

Posted by Rita Taylor, Sanford NC Real Estate - Homes for Sale in Sanford North Carolina (None) over 11 years ago
Rita - maybe just the ones that get featured? All I can say is "Thank you" for taking the time to flag it - just shows it' really makes a difference. :-) So did you get an email too?
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Congratulations Miss Feature!  I like the additional information you added about other things to do in the area!  As always, you are a trusted advisor for the area!
Posted by Leah Ross, Tampa, Florida Mortgage (Your Tampa Bay Mortgage Source) over 11 years ago

Where are you tonight????? maybe a night off finally?  perhaps you are already in bed! ~Where I should be!

Posted by Katrina Madewell, Tampa FL Homes for sale | Tampa Bay - (813) 777-1196 (Charles Rutenberg Rlty- More than 5,000 agents(813) 777-1196) over 11 years ago
Very interesting post---Next time I'm at my west coast Fl home, I think I'd like to check out those trails. 
Posted by Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton (Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC) over 11 years ago
Congrats on the FEATURE!!  How FOWL though to talk about BIRDS!  LOL  I would like to request something NOISY next time...   Thanks!! 
Posted by Susie Roscoe, Real Estate Specialist | Brandon, FL (Signature Realty Associates) over 11 years ago
Leah - thank you for your kind words - its a lot of fun sharing all the great things Tampa Bay has to offer.
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Katrina - sorry I missed you hope you'll visit again soon.
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Diane - thanks for visiting - do you have any birding up in Hilton Head.
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Susie - some of these birds can get REAL noisy (LOL) - I'll keep that in mind! Visit again soon.
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago

Great post, lots of wonderful info, I am learning so much about writing and Florida too.  Please explain the rating system.  Is a 1 better or worst that a 5?

Thanks

Posted by Darrel Quebedeaux (Evergreen Realty & Associates Inc.) over 11 years ago
Hey - done any birdwatching in Pinellas County lately - we're in the mountains this week and enjoying being out in nature.
Posted by Susie Roscoe, Real Estate Specialist | Brandon, FL (Signature Realty Associates) over 11 years ago
Very nice blog. We are having a house in the Algarve, Portugal withe a 300 squaremeter biotop lake which is attracting a diverse variety of wildlife and birds, our lake reflects the changing seasons and natural life cycles all year round. www.quintamar.com
Posted by Philippe over 11 years ago
Great post! Most people don't realize all that Florida has to offer! They only think of sand, sea and golf courses! We have SO MUCH more!!!
Posted by Billnulls Blog Florida Realty Professional, AHWD (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago

Philippe - thanks for sharing about life in Portugal - do you ever vacation in Florida?

Barbara - sometimes I forget myself - we are so blessed with natural resources and beauty here.  

Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago

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