UPDATE. Lover’s Key Adventures is gradually opening up! Mid-beach rentals are available. The bait shop is open for live shrimp and rentals. We are opening the gift shop this Saturday 5/16. The only things not open to start are the tram and Hurricane Charlie’s. For further information about the re-opening of Lover’s Key  State Park GO HERE.

3 Rare Florida Birds to Look For in Lovers Key State Park

The Lovers Key area in Florida is home to more than 40 different species of birds. With this wide variety of Florida birds, you can enjoy amazing bird watching and relish nature on a tour or at your own pace.

The State Park has numerous trails for both hiking and biking so you can enjoy Florida birds and bask in nature.

Don’t want to travel by land? You can rent canoes and kayaks for your next adventure. Make a reservation in advance, especially in peak season, to ensure your vessel is available!

As you explore, keep your eyes and ears open for these rare Florida birds.

Grasshopper Sparrow: The Rarest Of Florida Birds

This may be your last chance to see this bird before it goes extinct. The grasshopper sparrow is now the rarest of Florida birds.

widespread disease has killed these birds. These could be the next bird extinction since 1987 when the dusky seaside sparrow became extinct.

Grasshopper Sparrows are around five inches long. They have short tails with black and gray feathers. Their heads are flat.

These birds are heard more than they are seen. Listen for a call with two or three notes followed by a buzz similar to an insect noise.

Grasshopper Sparrows reside in meadows, pastures, and other open areas.

Painted Bunting

If you enjoy brilliant colors, you should keep your eyes open for Painted Buntings. The males are some of the most colorful birds in the US with blue heads, red bellies, and green backs.

During breeding season, males are often in open areas singing.

Females and young birds are solid yellow-green with lighter undertones. They are still brighter than most songbirds.

These birds are about five inches long. They are larger than an American Goldfinch and smaller than an Eastern Bluebird.

Painted Buntings are typically found in weedy habitats or less dense forests.

The number of Painted Buntings has declined recently because of cowbirds taking over nests. Painted Buntings are frequently captured to be cage birds.

Listen for high-pitched, loud calls to find these birds.

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A pair of Florida Burrowing Owls stand near the entrance to their burrow in a field of green and small flowers.

Burrowing Owl

Burrowing Owls are found throughout Florida, but have most recently moved to South Florida because of land development.

These owls are active during the day, which is not common for owls. They do most hunting for small rodents and large insects from dusk until dawn. However, you will not find them in the midday heat.

The Burrowing Owl is about nine inches long. Their beaks are often dark yellow or gray. They do not have ear tufts.

A unique feature of these owls is their long legs. They are between the size of an American Robin and a crow.

These owls have distinct white eyebrows and a white patch near the chin area. Adults have brown heads, and their wings have white spots. Males and females look similar.

You can find Burrowing Owls in grasslands, open dry areas, or agricultural areas. These birds do most of their hunting from dusk until dawn.

The numbers of these owls have decreased recently because of prairie dog and ground squirrel population control.

Burrowing Owls get their names because they burrow in ground nests they take over from prairie dogs or ground squirrels.

Want To Learn More About Lovers Key?

Lovers Key Beach is between Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Springs.

Plan your trip by contacting us today!

Lovers Key Adventures
8700 Estero Blvd,
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

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