Modified 20-May-18
Fort Desoto, Florida is a birders paradise, especially during spring migration. You have the opportunity to see shorebirds that are making their way north. Shell Key Island is a favorite stop over point for many smaller migrants. Plovers, Dunlin, Sanderlings, Etc. can be found in abundance on the island. If you don't have a boat there are tours that dock on the island at different times of the year. Or you can walk the beach at Fort Desoto. Here you can find a variety of Herons, Egrets, Pelicans and many others.

Another great place for birding is near Astor Florida, along the Saint John's River. The birds are very tame along the small creeks and inlets. Birding by boat is a must. There are a few tour boats that go out several times a day in this area. There are also a large population of Alligators in this area.
Plovers, Sandpipers & TurnstonesHerons, Egrets, & CormorantsWillets, Dunlins, OystercatchersTernsLimpkin, Ibises and SpoonbillsGullsSkimmers