Florida is a destination state for anyone with a love of birds. If you have a list of species you want to see in your lifetime, Florida is renowned for its avian riches. Florida is home to more than 300 parks, many of which promise plenty of great birding. If you’re on the lookout for shorebirds, or colorful songbirds spending the winter, plan your trip.

Make a stop at the Florida Keys in the month of April to catch sight of our feathered friends returning from the tropics. There’s also the Everglades, along with various state parks, sanctuaries and refuges.

Practice safe bird feeding in Florida

However, in Florida, it’s especially important to be safety-minded when feeding your backyard friends.

First, confirm that feeding the birds is allowed in your area. Federal, state and even neighborhood association laws might affect whether feeding birds is allowed, so do your homework and make sure you’re on the up and up.

Second, the heat and humidity of Florida create the perfect conditions for mold growth. Keeping feeders clean and disinfected is key to keeping birds safe. Especially after hot or wet weather, you’ll want to discard the old seed and give the feeder a good scrubbing. After cleaning with hot soapy water and a bristle brush, disinfect with a 10% bleach solution. Finally, rinse and allow to dry before refilling with fresh, dry seed.

Top 40 backyard birds in Florida

How many of these birds visited your backyard? Take a look at this list, and click through to read up on your favorite species. The following list is compiled from Project Feederwatch, and it’s based on the observations of citizen birders in Florida from November 2020 through April 2021.

  1. Northern Cardinal
  2. Mourning Dove
  3. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  4. Blue Jay
  5. Tufted Titmouse
  6. Northern Mockingbird
  7. Carolina Wren
  8. Carolina Chickadee
  9. American Goldfinch
  10. House Finch
  11. Downy Woodpecker
  12. Common Grackle
  13. Chipping Sparrow
  14. Gray Catbird
  15. Pine Warbler
  16. Palm Warbler
  17. Yellow-rumped Warbler
  18. American Crow
  19. Brown Thrasher
  20. Red-winged Blackbird
  21. Painted Bunting
  22. Eastern Phoebe
  23. Eastern Bluebird
  24. White-winged Dove
  25. American Robin
  26. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  27. Brown-headed Cowbird
  28. Eurasian-collared Dove
  29. Common Ground Dove
  30. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  31. Yellow-throated Warbler
  32. Baltimore Oriole
  33. Purple Finch
  34. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  35. Black-and-White Warbler
  36. House Sparrow
  37. Orange-crowned Warbler
  38. Cedar Waxwing
  39. Indigo Bunting
  40. Eastern Towhee

If you’re interested in attracting any of these birds to your feeder, the best way to start is by using a high-quality, premium birdseed. Lyric Supreme Wild Bird Mix contains many different seeds, a variety of nuts, sunflower kernels and cracked corn perfect for enticing a wide range of birds to come in for a landing.