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Tierra Verde Duck Ponds

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Mar 2018
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Revisit? B
Birding B
Wildlife D
Summer Heat D
Terrain A
Fun Hike Not Rated
Maintained D
Mosquitos B
Biting Files A
Ticks A
 LOCATION: Accuracy: Read me
Map On Big Map: Click map (or on google maps). Address: Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde, FL, Pinellas, USA, 33715

1) What It's Like

Two ponds between a bunch of condos along highway to Fort Desoto park.

2) Kinds of Birds

Ducks mostly but also egrets/herons that kind of thing. During migration seasons anything could show up as well all through pinellas but this area maybe even more.

3) Wildlife

None - city wildlife

4) Amenities

A scrap of land to barely get your car out of the highway.

5) Directions

To get to Fort Desoto from I275 you take Pinellas Bayway - take the left turn at "Isla Del Sol" and the next island is "Tierra Verde". You pass 13th st E and there is pond 1 and "West Shore Blvd" is right before pond 2. To park there's a very very road / driveway that dead-ends into the pond. Park there. I think they tow everywhere else. Those aren't official instructions just what we figured must be what's accepted.

6) Time Requirements

It's a stop so minutes.


This is on the way to Fort Desoto - the birding site that people get (IMHO way too overly) excited about in the Tampa area. We'd passed it several times before realizing there was a spot to stop. There are two ponds - the one that's closer to the mainland has the beginning of a road going to the lake - very short - before stopping. You can park there even though the whole area gives you the feeling the condo owners can't wait to tow you. People seem to spread sunflower seeds all over here. We've seen a fair number of ducks here and once a group of frigatebirds were circling above it. Worth stopping but not someplace to go to on it's own.

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