Step 3: About the birds

Shorebird Florida's Shorebirds and Seabirds

Many shorebird and seabird species nest or winter in Florida, and many others migrate through the state (check out the comprehensive species list).

With so many species present, figuring out what you are looking at can be tricky. Fortunately, there are many field guides and online resources available to teach you all those subtle characteristics important to bird ID. Many times, powerful binoculars or a spotting scope will be necessary to see some of these details.

Since the database is divided into breeding and non-breeding sections, it is also important to understand and be able to recognize the differences between breeding and non-breeding shorebirds and seabirds. Learn the basics below:

 

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Breeding Birds

The breeding season for shorebirds and seabirds in Florida extends from mid-February to September, and breeding activity can be divided into the following three stages: Pre-nest, Nest, and Post-nest. Since some species nest multiple times during a season and nesting can be asynchronous within seabird colonies, you may observe all three stages during a visit to a nesting site.

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Non-breeding Birds

Non-breeding shorebirds and seabirds are present year-round in Florida. Large numbers of shorebirds and seabirds migrate through and overwinter in Florida. During the breeding season, some individuals, particularly young birds and birds in poor condition, forgo making an attempt to nest. Similar to breeding birds, the non-breeders can be separated into three general categories: Winter Birds, Migrant Birds, and Summer Birds.

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