Birding Adventures
Paddy Cunningham
5181 SW 27th Terrace
Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 33312
(754) 201-1141

Birders in the field.

Biologist, Expert Guide and Birding Instructor

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Most events have been cancelled due to the pandemic. Please phone to confirm before making any plans.

Take a birding adventure to explore the natural areas of Florida, United States, and Tropical Belize, searching for local, rare and seasonal birds. Through a series of field trips, expert guiding, bird classes and instruction, YOU WILL GAIN knowledge, increase identification skills, add life birds, and enjoy touring with friends.

My motto is “Where YOU learn the I.D.!!”

For quickest response: or leave a message at 754-201-1141 or 954-805-6810. • •
Make checks payable to Patricia Cunningham.

FEATURING- Florida Keys Hawk Watch, Ft. De Soto Spring Migration


Sun. Jan. 5 — Ascend to Better Birding-Part II - Ten steps to better identification bird class - 2:00-5:00 pm.
Learn a 10 step approach to increase your ability to identify birds such as family groups, behavior, silhouette, habitat, field marks, commonality, seasonality, birding by ear, plumage, use of checklist and apps. The class will include an informative power point, numerous handouts, workshop activity and a walk around the garden to look for birds. Bring binoculars, and a field guide (if possible can be provided upon request). Also if you have bird apps on your phone bring them. COST-$25 per session for adults. Bring binoculars, and a field guide (if possible can be provided upon request).
      CONTACT LINDA at (954) 563-5393 EXT 137. Cost $25
      Pre-registration is required. Cost includes admission to the Bonnet House, so come early to enjoy the gardens.

EVERGLADES BIRDING FESTIVAL - Co-sponsored by SFAS and Birding Adventures — January

Jan. 13-17, 2022

2021 EBF Cancelled for this year ONLY!!

THANK YOU for your interest in the Everglades Birding Festival. It has been a disappointing year for us ALL and I am sorry to say we will not be having a 2021 festival. This would of been our 14th year. The 2020 festival was our biggest ever and sold out. We have had birders from 40 states and 6 countries. During the festivals we have an average of 160 species, with a high of 174 species in 2017 and a total of 245 different species seen of the years.

The Everglades Birding Festival being small with a maximum of 60, has always focused on a low ratio of expert guides to birder. Our festival is designed to have full day van trips to amazing birding destinations with a yummy picnic lunch. Although we keep the groups small with no more than 12 people, this still does not allow for proper social distancing. Many of our field trips are on boardwalks which also effects social distancing. It is for these reasons that we like many other festivals have canceled for this year only.

If things improve it is our hope that in 2022, we will be offering our special festival in the one of the TOP 10 Birding Destinations in the United States. Early registration starts August 15th and full registration starts on October the 15th. We really look forward to birding with you.

This is what our schedule might look like in 2022.

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Feb. 2 — Common Birds of South Florida - Wading and Backyard Birds, 2-5 pm
Learn to identify the common birds of south Florida, one of the TOP 10 birding destinations in the U.S. This class will focus on one of our specialties-Wading Birds. These birds commonly and easily seen everywhere on canal banks and wetlands, but all the white wading birds can be confusing. The class also focuses on commonly found birds in your yard and local parks. The class will include an informative power point, numerous hand outs and birding activity. Bring binoculars, and a field guide. Also if you have bird apps on your phone bring it.
      CONTACT LINDA at (954) 563-5393 EXT 137. Cost $25

March 1 — Birding by Habitat, 2-5 pm
I say birds are creatures of habitat. One of the best ways to find the birds you seek is know what habitat where they can be found. Some birds are very specific like Scrub Jays and some more general like Northern Mockingbirds. Learn what birds are likely to be found in the incredible variety of Florida's natural habitats. The class will include an informative power point, numerous hand outs and a walk around the garden to look for birds in various habitats. Bring binoculars, and a field guide (if possible can be provided upon request).
      CONTACT LINDA at (954) 563-5393 EXT 137. Cost $25

Sat. April 18/Sun. April 19 — Ft. DeSoto, Celery Field, Cecil Webb/Babcock Weekend Adventure Getaway
Ft. DeSoto is one of the best spots for spring migration and the possibility of 100 plus species for this trip. Varieties can include 15 species of warblers-Hooded, Blackpoll, Cape May,12 shorebirds-Whimbrel, Wilson's Plover, Painted/Indigo Buntings Scarlet/Summer Tanagers, Wood/Swainson/Veery Thrushes and Blue/Rose- breasted Grosbeaks. The drive over includes a stop at Archbold Biological Station for Florida Scrub Jay and Red-headed Woodpecker. On Sunday an early a.m. walk in Ft. De Soto for more, and then south to the Celery Fields for Bobolink, Wilson Snipe, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, shorebirds and possible King Rail. At the Cecil Webb for Eastern Bluebird, Pine Warbler, Brown-headed Nuthatch and Red-cockaded Woodpecker. Trip includes 2 days of expert birding by Paddy Cunningham
     1 night's hotel (dbl.occupancy), 1 lunch and 1 breakfast. Cost-$285.
      For further information and reservation contact Paddy at

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In order for your me to help you in identifying your birds you need to be specific and give more details and information. Examples-does a bird have a pointed beak (warbler) or thicker seed eating beak (sparrow)? Where did you see it? High in a tree or low to the ground? Size-sparrow sized or larger-cardinal size?

Remember watch the bird carefully and record any and all information you can-size, shape, feeding behavior, habitat-marsh, forest, shoreline, place found- shrub, tree, water's edge, etc., any special field marks-wing bar, eye rings, color on tail, etc.. in order to help us identify the bird. Watch it as long as you can before it flies away.

Take the information you have observed and recorded in field notes and look in the book for possibilities. If you have an idea what you think it might be, this helps us eliminate possibilities and narrow down what it might be. I hope this is helpful.

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Jamaica Tropical Adventure title=

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Bird Migration

Sanibel Island or possible Bahamas

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