Monday, January 5, 2015

Florida's 18th Annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival 2015

Florida's "Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival" starts January 21st in Titusville, Florida. Its one of the largest such shows in the U.S. With some luck attendees will spot the most colorful songbird in all of North America, the Painted Bunting, which winters in the Space Coast of Florida. Generally holding in dense thickets of oaks and even Brazilian Pepper scrub they are very hard to spot in the wild away from backyard feeders. One of my favorites is the Brown Thrasher, another bird that generally holds to dense scrub thickets. It is also woodpecker season and while its always exciting to see the Downy Woodpeckers and the giant Pileated Woodpeckers - your goal should be to spot the exceedingly rare Red Cockaded Woodpecker. Of course raptors in wide open spaces and shorebirds and water birds by the score are a given! The Florida Scrub Jay one of only 15 bird species endemic to the U.S. is also a potential highlight. The videos below highlight some of the amazing birds that inhabit the Space Coast in January. Come on down!