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“Great bird watching”

Circle B Bar Reserve
Ranked #1 of 37 things to do in Lakeland
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 20 March 2018

The park is still recovering from Hurricane Irma, but most trails have re-opened. An excellent place to spot bald eagle, roseate spoonbill, many herons and egrets, and an abundance of alligators.

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Reviewed 20 March 2018

We enjoyed watching so many species of birds on the Heron Hideout trail; our best bird-watching experience during our winter stay in Florida. There were great photo ops as the birds were so close to the trail. An unexpected sighting was a group of cedar waxwings in a tree along the trail. This is a site bird watchers should not miss. Someday, we would like to explore the other trails of the Reserve. No telling what we would see!!

Thank mjrunderwater
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Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

We got there at Sunrise. Great place to walk plenty of birds and critters. Nice level gravel pathways.
Nice nature pavilion with lot of information.. free admission free parking lot of wildlife. If you like nature you can’t go wrong!

Thank Bill D
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Reviewed 17 March 2018

We spent a FABULOUS day wandering the trails in the preserve, taking pictures and enjoying the beautiful scenery. The trails are all well marked and maintained, and you can wander through forested areas, marsh lands around a lake or visit special exhibits. Or do it ALL! I would take the better part of a day to wander all the trails but the time is well spent. While not at all crowded, the wildlife seems to be used to humans passing by and you can get close enough to get great pictures. The wading birds, especially were unconcerned and would walk right past you nosing around for lunch. The diversity of species is incredible, especially in spring or fall when migrating birds pass through. Some of the raptors include osprey, eagles, kestrels and owls and are easily spotted over the lake and the marsh. Songbirds are in abundance! Cardinals, warblers, chickadees, buntings, mockingbirds - more than I can name and they are everywhere. Prefer wading or fishing birds? Ibis, herons (including an overabundance of great blues), gallinules, roseate spoonbills, anhingas, cormorants, ducks, - you name it and it is
probably there somewhere. We also saw lots of storks and a pair of sandhill cranes with their colt (chick). The usual turtle and frogs represented the reptiles and we were surprised that we didn't see a single snake the whole six hours we were there. We did encounter a couple of black feral pigs in different locations, both of whom just continued their rooting and ignored us instead of scampering off as they usually do. There are a couple of porta pottys around the preserve and restrooms in the Discovery Center and you would be well advised to go before setting out on the trails. Bring a lunch, plenty of water, sunscreen and bug spray. We didn't have bug issues the day we went but it has been unusually chilly. With all the marshes and waterways, I can imagine the mosquitos can be troublesome when it's hot. Wear comfortable clothes and prepare to have a totally enjoyable day in native Florida.

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Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

If you want to see water birds, raccoons, wild boar, eagles and Especially alligators, this is the place to go.
Great park and if you want to see nature in central Florida come visit.
A must see

Thank Scott K
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