John R. Bonner Nature Park
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John R. Bonner Nature Park
14444 143rd St
I think we all know it's not the size of a package
rather it's what is in the package? This week we
are visiting a small park hidden away in a nice
Largo neighborhood.


The people that know of it really love and enjoy it. It's located on the Intracoastal waterway and is seldom crowded, especially during weekdays. Its beauty and amenities make this one definitely worth your visit.
Just as you enter the gate you will note a trail leading to both the left and the right. You will see on the map that they are accessible from the parking lot. Both are not excessively long but offer good chances of seeing migrating songbirds. This park is located on the Great Florida Birding trail and the shady hammock makes this a perfect stopover. There is always a possibility of seeing hooded warblers and hermit thrushes.
Entering the parking lot you will notice nice restrooms, a great shaded children's play area, and covered pavilion. The trails begin between the pavilion and play area. Trails we noted near the entrance begin and end on the left just past the picnic pavilion.

Going straight will take you on the long boardwalk over the marsh area to the large roofed platform. There you can watch the traffic on the waterway as well as the many birds diving for their dinner. A very serene spot to spend some quiet quality time.

“A small spot of green in urban Pinellas County, this city park’s cool, shady hammock attracts migrating songbirds in spring and fall. Walk the woodland trails (paved and crushed shell) on either side of the park’s entrance road looking for species such as Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Red-eyed Vireo, Hooded Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager and Wood Thrush. Wading birds like Great Egret forage at the pond near the parking area.

A 460-foot boardwalk leads out to a covered platform set among the mangroves on the Intracoastal Waterway; watch here for gulls, terns, shorebirds, waterfowl and wading birds like Reddish Egret, Green Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron and Roseate Spoonbill. Osprey, Brown Pelican and Double-crested Cormorant are common all year.

Watch for Northern Rough-winged Swallow and Cooper’s Hawk in spring and Gray Kingbird in fall.”
Bonner Park is located just 2 minutes off Walsingham Road (Ulmerton).
Take 143rd street straight North to the gate and the park.
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