Birding / Central Florida

Great birding destination near Lakeland: Circle B Bar Reserve

LAKELAND FL — If you don’t live near it, you probably don’t know about Circle B Bar Reserve, a Polk County park that is just as impressive as many of Florida’s state parks. (And Florida state parks are award-winners.)

Located in Lakeland Fl, midway between Orlando and Tampa, it is just 20 minutes south of I-4 on the Polk Parkway toll road, SR 540. Circle B Bar Reserve is especially terrific for birding from fall through spring, when nature photographers flock there to capture images of the huge white pelicans, tropical-pink spoonbills, leggy sandhill cranes, iconic bald eagles and dozens of other birds. (Photos by some of these talented wildlife photographers are on this page.)

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  5. Great article. Thanks for the plug. Circle B is one of the most amazing places for wildlife. And I haven’t even gotten picture of the otter, raccoons, coyotes, bobcats and wild pigs.

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