Anclote Village Marina


Florida’s central Gulf Coast is bursting with wildlife, and birds are particularly plentiful.

Whether you’re just a casual observer who wants to know more about Florida wildlife or a diehard birdwatcher on the lookout for elusive species, you’ll enjoy observing the feathered friends of Florida.

Mockingbird Birdwatching

Keep your eye out for the common mockingbird, Florida’s state bird. You can find these noble birds throughout the state as they make their homes along the coast.

Once you spot a mockingbird, take a few minutes to listen, they often mimic the sounds of other birds or even manmade sounds like sirens and alarms.

Aquatic Birds

More than 300 types of birds reside in the mangroves and on the islands of the Gulf of Mexico. You’ll see herons, gulls, and pelicans on the prowl for a meal.

In some locations, these birds almost tolerate human contact so they may get relatively close to you. But resist the urge to feed them. Especially seagulls.

Bird Sanctuary on the Gulf

The islands of Anclote Key Preserve State Park are a sanctuary for foraging and nesting shorebirds. Onlookers can see thousands of shorebirds nesting on Three Rooker Island during nesting season.

In fact, an 1800-foot area of the beach on Three Rooker is closed from May 1 to August 1 to support nesting success.

Ready to hear the songs of Florida birds?

Anclote Village Marina is your starting point for a memorable birdwatching adventure.

Call us at 727-937-9737 to discuss boat rental options to access and explore the hidden wonders of Florida’s Gulf Coast.