St. Augustine is the oldest continuously-inhabited European-established settlement in the contiguous United States. Founded in September 1565, by Spanish admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, Florida's first governor. He named the settlement "San Augustín", as his ships bearing settlers, troops, and supplies from Spain had first sighted land on August 28, the feast day of St. Augustine. The city served as the capital of Spanish Florida for over 200 years. It was designated as the capital of British East Florida when the colony was established in 1763; Great Britain returned Florida to Spain in 1783. Florida was ceded to the United States in 1819, and St. Augustine was designated the capital of the Territory upon ratification of the Adams–Onís Treaty in 1821. The territorial government established Tallahassee as the new capital of Florida in 1824.
Our plan is to spend time exploring the best of birding in St. John’s County in the mornings, and enjoying some of the history in the afternoons. The Castillo de San Marcos was built between 1672 and 1695 and sits next to the Matanzas River, so birding will blend well with the history. Coastal species will be obvious, so we expect to see Black Skimmer, American Oystercatcher, Wilson’s and Black-bellied Plover, Royal and Caspian Terns and many others. We will also explore some freshwater habitats, as well as wooded areas that may hold lingering warblers and vireos, as well as newly-arrived sparrows.
Join us for a new Venture blending history and birding in America's oldest city.
Some of the Birds We Hope to See
Black Skimmer, Royal and Caspian Terns, American Oystercatcher, Whimbrel, Wilson’s and Black-bellied Plover, White-winged and Eurasian Collared-Dove, Magnificent Frigatebird, Northern Gannet, American White and Brown Pelicans, Nanday Parakeet, Loggerhead Shrike, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Marsh Wren, Seaside and Savannah Sparrows, Black-and-white, Orange-crowned, Northern Parula and Palm Warblers, plus we will keep our eye on the local birding scene in case any rarity appear,