Heron-204x300Some people devote their lives to spotting different bird species, traveling miles across the country to get a glimpse of as many birds as possible. And many of these passionate bird fans end up in Pasco County, since it is home to more than 325 species of birds and 10 stops along the Great Florida Birding Trail. Even if you have no interest in birds whatsoever, living at WaterGrass may cause your interest to be piqued, since a wide variety of birds may dwell in the neighborhood wetlands.

If you are interested in checking out some of these great birding spots, here are a few in Pasco County:

Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park

Walk or bike on the paved bike trail to see what you can see. On the first Saturday of the month in nice weather, join the nature center staff on bird walks. Beginners can borrow optics from the nature center.

Robert K. Rees Park at Green Key

Called a “birding gem”, this park allows you to see birds year round, as well as wintering shorebird. It includes a mangrove swamp, as well as marine and beach habitats. You can bird by car, boat, or foot, and the best time to go is the morning.

Withlacoochee River Park

You’ll enjoy the observation tower that overlooks sandhill bluffs, a wet prairie, and seasonal wetlands. Bring the family to enjoy a picnic in a shelter, nice walking or bike trails, and canoeing.

New to birding? Read the “Bird Watching Basics” guide for how you can get started.

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