Plantation Preserve Linear Trail – A Birder’s Paradise

Who would have guessed that a trail through a golf course would be one of the better spots for bird watching in south Florida. I have seen about 30 different birds on my many visits to Plantation Preserve Linear Trail in Plantation Florida. The best time for bird spotting is between December and May. Here are some of the birds I saw on a cool November day.

Bird Count at Plantation Preserve Linear Trail

It’s the 3rd day of the 19th annual Great Backyard Bird Count and I went back to Plantation Preserve Linear Trail to look for birds. I walked the 1.3 mile trail and did not see anything interesting. I spoke with someone at the end of the trail and he said he saw Red-shouldered Hawk and Belted Kingfisher a few days ago. As I was walking back to the car I saw a medium-sized bird flying nearby. I went looking for it and found what appeared to be a Red-shouldered Hawk. A short time later I spotted a Belted Kingfisher. Closer to the start of the trail I saw an Osprey with a fish in its talons.

The Hawk and Kingfisher was a good distance away so the images are small and not detailed. However the image of the Osprey was tack sharp.

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My GBBC Starts at Plantation Preserve Linear Trail

According to Audubon.org “The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online at birdcount.org.”

The 19th annual GBBC starts today Friday, February 12, and runs through Monday, February 15, 2016. I decided to stop by Plantation Preserve Linear Trail because there is a good chance I would see at least 5 different birds. My bird count lasted more that 15 minutes and when it was done I had over 50 bird images. Here are a few of the better images from today.

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