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.
A 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.
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.
Least Terns are the smallest of it’s kind found in the United States.
They are considered endangered in much of their range due to human impacts on their nest sites, and fluctuating water levels along rivers caused by dam releases.
Found in areas with large, flat spaces to nest, and shallow water nearby for feeding. Such habitats include sandbars, beaches, and flats along coastal areas, rivers, and bays.
There have also been cases of Least Terns nesting successfully on gravel roofs near the coast.
These beautiful members of the gull and tern family have striking white, grey and black plumage, with bright orange-yellow beaks and feat.
Spot them along the beach or hovering over shallow water and plunging for their tiny prey right under the surface of the water.
Their nests are simple indentations in the sand, perhaps lined with a few pebbles and grass, so be very careful not to step on their eggs.
Want To Learn More About Lovers Key?
Lovers Key Beach is between Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Springs.
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Lovers Key Adventures
8700 Estero Blvd,
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931