Birding in this privately owned area yields good looks at more than
16 species of falcons, hawks and other raptors that migrate through
the Florida Keys on their way to southern wintering grounds.
Boot Key is under private ownership, so visitors must pull over and
bird from the roadside. Binoculars and a spotting scope will help.
Beginning in late August and September, watch for early migrants
such as swallow-tailed kites, ospreys and Mississippi kites.
Migration continues into early November, but sightings of
broad-winged, Swainson's and sharp-shinned hawks, American
kestrels, and peregrine falcons are more concentrated in the first
week of October. Keep an eye out for migrating songbirds in the
spring and fall, and for mangrove cuckoos and other Keys
Travel south on U.S. 1 through Marathon and look for C.R. 931 near
mile marker 48. Turn left and pull over to check the cellular phone
tower for resting bald eagles and peregrine falcons. The next mile
offers very productive birding.
Florida Wildlife Sites