Hannah Buschert, the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail Coordinator, recently visited Red Bug Slough Preserve in Sarasota County. This 72-acre county preserve offers beautiful mesic hammock habitat, perfect for warblers during migration and other forest birds year-round. These trails through the forest lead to an open, scenic view of Red Bug Slough.
Hannah arrived in the late afternoon and ventured out in search of some birds. While on a short hike, she encountered: red-bellied woodpeckers, blue jays and northern cardinals. On longer hikes out along the nearby waterway, you might also see little blue herons, tricolored herons, roseate spoonbills, and maybe even a limpkin!
Nearby, there are several other trail sites (Siesta Beach, Pinecraft Park, Celery Fields, etc.), so it is easy to spend the whole day in Sarasota County birding. But you should not miss Red Bug Slough Preserve! Not only does this site offer a pretty hike, it is also a great place for birding!
Site Address: 5200 Beneva Road, Sarasota, Florida 34231
Contact: (941) 861-5000
Site Hours, Daily: 6:00 a.m. – sunset
Check out the eBird list for this preserve.