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Old Monday 15th January 2018, 12:10   #1
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Nr Cape Coral, April 2018

Hi all on the Florida patch forum! Going to be based in Cape Coral for 6 days pre-Disneyworld in April (1st-6th) and looking for tips if folks would be so kind, on what may be the best places bird-wise from there.

Neither of us have birded the US properly before so no specific interest in rarities or specific additions to a US/World list. The best places for diversity/abundance of common residents/migrants would be great.

We will have a hire car but it won't be an SUV. We're planning at least one round trip to Everglades but keen to hear of good spots on route.
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Old Wednesday 17th January 2018, 16:23   #2
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You may want to include Corkscrew Swamp in your itinerary. The swamp itself is beautiful and the birding isn't too bad either. Many of the birds are used to people on the extensive boardwalk and therefore not overly shy. Also, by now, you probably know about the very popular Sanibel Island, very near to Cape Coral.
A ferry can take you to Cayo Costa from Pine Island for something a little different. My wife and I kayaked to Cayo Costa from Boca Grande and camped on Christmas day there in 2011. We got to see nickerbeans, gopher tortoises and rented bikes to explore the extensive trails and white sand beach.
If you get as far as Rt. 41, (Tamiami Trail), another different way to go birding is to take the Shark Valley Tram tour. We had a half dozen Limpkins hold up the tram momentarily, Spoonbills, Purple Gallinules, big alligators and soft-shelled turtles. Be sure to stop at the Miccosukee Restaurant and try some of their specialty foods, such as fried pumpkin bread. Wasn't bad, really! I think I put out a trip report on that in April of 2014...

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Old Wednesday 17th January 2018, 19:52   #3
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Yes, as Hamhed mentioned, go to Sanibel's Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. This is a must visit site in that area. Also, when you're heading up to Disney in Orlando, save a day or two for birding there. Lake Apopka and Orlando Wetlands are also top Florida birding locations. Enjoy your trip!
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Old Wednesday 17th January 2018, 23:47   #4
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This is a great resource and you will find a wealth of info in it... http://floridabirdingtrail.com/trail...south-section/

I will also add that Cape Coral has plenty of Burrowing Owls around the town... I believe there are still burrows on the Town Hall grounds as well as the Library. If not than I would suggest driving around the neighborhoods early morning or later afternoon and you should see some... just look for the cross-like perches or signs in yards and empty lots for their burrows. Residents are encouraged to allow them to nest. http://www.capecoral.net/department/...p#.Wl_qINQrK9I

I will second the Ding Darling and Corkscrew recommendations. I would strong recommend you check the times of low tide at Ding Darling... it is a MUCH better place bird-wise at low tide. We have also been to 6 mile Slough and Bunge Beach... 6 mile was nice but not the best bird-wise(but that was late August too). Bunge Beach should be very good for shorebirds and waders... but you may want to check the tide table times here as well.
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Thanks to you all. Any further tips / concurrence much appreciated.
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