The Everglades in December: A Gift for Birders

airboat ride in the Florida Everglades

You won’t see a partridge in a pear tree if you book an airboat ride in the Florida Everglades in December, but you are likely to see quite a few other birds. 

December is the beginning of the dry season in South Florida. It is a popular time for seasonal visitors to fly in – whether they come through one of our three main airports (Miami, Hollywood-Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach) or come under the power of their own wings. 

Many of our land-bound visitors will be staying with family and friends; others will book into oceanfront resorts, open up the condos where they spend the winter months or take advantage of other seasonal accommodations. 

When it comes to our feathered visitors, however, the Everglades is a popular destination. 

As the Audubon Society reports, “Everglades National Park is the most significant breeding ground for wading birds in North America, providing important foraging and breeding habitat for more than 400 species. Located on Florida’s peninsula, the park is critical stopover habitat for birds migrating along the Atlantic Flyway, such as the Yellow-throated Warbler.” 

Other birds you might see in the Everglades during the winter dry season include: 

  • Anhinga
  • Cormorants
  • Purple Gallinules
  • White Pelicans
  • Great Egrets
  • Wood Storks
  • Osprey
  • Herons 
  • Roseate Spoonbills
  • Turkey Vultures
  • Ibis
  • Cape Sable Seaside Sparrows
  • Bald Eagles
  • Warblers
  • Barred owls 
  • Snail Kites
  • Limpkins
  • White-Crowned Pigeons
  • Mangrove Cuckoos
  • Flamingos
  • American Coots
  • Red-Shouldered Hawks
  • Rails
  • Painted Buntings

Experts estimate that about 300 different varieties of wading birds, ducks, shorebirds, birds of prey and migratory visitors can be found in the Everglades. 

Of course, you don’t have to be a birder to appreciate an airboat ride in the Florida Everglades this time of year. The weather is usually sunny and mild (highs in the 70s/lows in 50s or 60s). The humidity is low, too.  

In fact, a Florida airboat charter might be the perfect gift for someone special on your gift list this year. If you would like us to help you arrange a surprise, please contact us.