There are several openings still available with Florida Nature Tours (http://www.floridanaturetours.net) with Wes Biggs and other fine leaders this month (April 2013). I went to the Dry Tortugas April 24-27, 2012 with Wes and company and had a blast. The birds were in good supply, the weather was phenomenal, and the exotic blue waters were as magical as ever.
The brunt of the available spaces occur on the last trip in April 26-29, 2013. Is this a good time to go? If you check on eBird, you will find that almost 300 species of birds have been recorded in just the Dry Tortugas and Key West in Florida. Of those 300 species, 221 have been recorded during the last week in April (the best week of the year in this area). A whopping 39 species of warblers have been recorded in eBird for this area and 34 species during the last week of April.
I really love the mild weather and beautiful blue waters. And the birds are fabulous. You can walk around the Fort or you can sit on a bench and watch the show. The show, you say? Yes. The Fountain. A fresh water fountain is in the middle of the Fort. Most all of the species of birds there will eventually show up at The Fountain for a drink. It’s also a fun place to set up for photography (if that is your inclination).
The Dry Tortugas are a must-see spot for any birder. A few specialty birds occur in the Keys and the Dry Tortugas including Mangrove Cuckoo, Antillean Nighthawk, White-crowned Pigeon, Black-whiskered Vireo, Gray Kingbird, Brown Noddy, Sooty Tern, Brown & Masked Boobies, and Magnificent Frigatebird. Excited yet? You should be. It’s a great place to go birding.
Here is info from Florida Nature Tours:
Dry Tortugas photo & message for Florida Nature Tours
Dry Tortugas 2013 info sheet for Florida Nature Tours
And here are some photos from my trip last year to the Dry Tortugas with Wes Biggs (and a host of other fine leaders):
American Redstart adult male displaying – Dry Tortugas FL – 2012-04-26 photo by Greg Miller
Black-throated Blue Warbler – Key West FL – 2012-04-24 photo by Greg Miller