A prime birding location in South Florida is the Wakodahatchee Wetlands and sister site Green Cay. Near Delray Beach, off jog Road this site is ideal for birding at all times of the year.
Wakodahatchee translates from the Seminole Indian language as "created waters" and that is exactly what this site is. Palm Beach County water management designed the man-made wetlands and they took great care to do it right.
Over 2,000,000 gallons of highly treated water per day is pumped into these wetlands. Not only does this give the region plenty of drinking water but it gives the birding population a wonderful place to live. The 50 acre site is divided into various zones including forest, marsh, and wetlands allowing over 140 species of birds to thrive here. The native Florida plant life ranges from cypress trees, live oak, Cabbage Palm (Florida's State Tree), Sabal Palms, Bulrushes, and Pickerelweed, to name a few.
The fauna is even more plentiful. Most visits will yield sites such as alligators, iguanas, turtles, dragonflies and butterflies. If you are lucky, you may see a an elusive bobcat.
The three quarters of a mile boardwalk system allows you up close access to the wildlife and therefore, the location is a birder's paradise. Most of the birds are familiar with people so they are not as skittish as one would expect.
Small islands around the park create wonderful nesting rookeries in the spring. The birds that nest here include, but are not limited to, Great Blue Heron, Anhinga, Great Egret, Snowy Egrets, Cattle Egrets, Cormorants, Green Heron, Roseate Spoonbill, and Little Blue Heron.
To see high resolution photos of the Wakodahatchee Wetlands click HERE and follow the GFBWT
To see high resolution photos of the Wakodahatchee Wetlands click HERE and follow the GFBWT.
Telephoto Florida has seen American Bitterns, Sora, leucistic Grackles, red-winged blackbirds, limpkin, as well as a variety of woodpeckers.
The site is wheelchair accessible, offers plenty of parking and clean restroom.It is open from 7 am till Dawn and will be suitable for visitors of all ages.
This site is highly recommended as one of the best easily accessible birding sites in Florida.
If in the area be sure to travel the 2 miles west and visit Green Cay wetlands, the sister to this site. To learn more about the Wakodahatchee Wetlands, visit their website.