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Birding on The Space Coast

If you are a birdwatcher, welcome to paradise! Located on the Eastern Continental Flyway, a major bird migration corridor, this region provides prime stopover habitat for many migrating shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors, and passerines. More than 330 species of birds have been seen here. Thousands of birds migrate from their northern homes to spend the winter here; the Painted Bunting, North America's most colorful bird, is a winter resident. The Space Coast is also home to one of the largest populations of Florida Scrub-Jays remaining in the state.

The fastest growing passive sport in America, bird-watching is an activity that can be enjoyed by families, groups and individuals. Easy and inexpensive, it requires minimal equipment, skill or physical fitness. With its diverse habitats and favorable climate, the Space Coast is among the best birding locations in North America. Featuring numerous charismatic and colorful birds, easily seen and identified with a field guide, this area appeals to beginning birders as well as experts. The animated Reddish Egret ( the rarest heron in North America), spectacular Roseate Spoonbill (the pink bird that many assume is a flamingo) and the imposing Bald Eagle are not as common in other areas as they are on the Space Coast. Other avian species coveted by experienced birders can be seen here, including Crested Caracara, Snail Kite, Swallow-tailed Kite, Peregrine Falcon, Black Rail, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Bachman's Sparrow, Redcockaded Woodpecker and many more. Another magical opportunity is the possibility of spotting pelagic seabirds in fall and winter. On days with strong winds from the east, Northern Gannets and jaegers may be seen from the beach. Tropicbirds and Magnificent Frigatebirds are sighted occasionally.

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