Birding Factoids

407 species
in 46 families

33 of the 246 species 
endemic to 
North America are 
represented here. 
No state endemics
No USA endemics

    Michigan
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Michigan Specialities
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American Robin - Michigan State Bird - Photo by Jim Stasz
Photo copyright Jim Stasz

Wild Turkey - Photo copyright Douglas Herr

Photo copyright Douglas Herr

Kirtland's Warbler - Photo by Vic Fazio

Photo copyright Vic Fazio

Mute Swan - Photo copyright William J. Stone

Photo copyright William J. Stone





















 

    Key to Icons....Greyling, Michigan - location of the Kirtland's Warbler NWR, the 
      nesting site of the Kirtland's Warbler.
    Key to Icons....Great Birding in the Great Lakes - Whitefish Point is a place of 
      birding and natural wonders. Whether you want to sharpen your birding skills, witness the awesome migration, or enjoy the scenic beauty and ecology of the Great Lakes, Whitefish Point is the place for you.
    ....Places to Go Birding in Michigan - This page is arranged by Michigan
      counties. Click on the county name, then this will take you to a page that has birding information and a link to a page that has a county map. 
    ....Bird-Watching in Michigan - by Tom Pavlik -
      Site Guide information is provided for the following "Places to go in Michigan" (More on the way):
      • Bay County
      • Genesee County
      • Hillsdale County
      • Ingham County
      • Livingston County
      • Monroe County
    ....Northern Michigan Birding - this comprehensive website provides
      a wealth of information about birds and birding in northern Michigan.
    ....Birding in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan - by Vince Cavalieri. 
      The U.P is a place truly rich in bird life. With a good mix of northern boreal bird life as well as many species at the northern or eastern extremes of their ranges. 
    ....Birding Sites in Southeast Michigan and Vicinity - Here are directions
      and other information about interesting birding locations in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County, elsewhere in Michigan (mostly southeast), northern Ohio, northeast Indiana, and southern Ontario. 
    ....Birding Areas in Jackson County - from the Jackson Audubon Society.
      This site provides a listing of some of the best birding areas in Jackson County. There is a county map, showing where these places are located. Each site listed below will have its own page(s) with maps of the area. 
    ....Birding Hotspots - by the Owashtanong Islands Audubon Society.
      Includes information on:
      • Nayanquing Point
      ....Key to Icons   Whitefish Point
      • Southwest Michigan
      ....Key to Icons    Point Pelee
      • Point Mouillee
      • West Michigan
      • Sault St. Marie
      ....Key to Icons    Kirtland's Warbler 
    ....Saginaw Bay's Best Birding Destinations - includes information on:
      • Nayanquing Point Wildlife Area 
      • Bay City State Recreation Area 
      • Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge 
      • Fish Point Wildlife Area 
      • Port Crescent State Park 
      • Tawas Point State Park 
    ....Birding in the Traverse City Area - from the Grande Traverse 
      Audubon Society. Directions to 11 key birding sites in the Traverse City area.
    ....OAS-Area Birding Hotspots (Pontiac and northern Detroit suburbs) -
      from the Oakland Audubon Society.
    ....Bird watching gains momentum in Michigan - By Greta
      Guest / Associated Press.  This newspaper article ends with a brief description of the best birding spots in Michigan.
    ....Wings over Michigan's Top Birding Hotspots! - Here are the top three
      Spring birding hotspots in or near Michigan.
      • Point Pelee National Park
      • Magee Marsh Wildlife Area and Crane Creek State Park 
      • Whitefish Point
    ....Rouge River Bird Observatory - the donor-funded
      bird research program of the Natural Areas Department at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
    ....National Wildlife Refuges  - Michigan - Map showing
      locations of all Michigan National Wildlife Refuges.
    ....Point Pelee, northern Michigan and Southern Ontario - Trip Report
      by Trev Feltham. As this was my first birding trip outside Britain, naturally I felt like a child let loose in a toyshop on Christmas Eve. There was so much to see and take in, I didnít know where to start, in fact it was almost overwhelming, with the emphasis on the word ALMOST. It was probably the most unforgettable twenty-three days of my life - I had driven 5,500 miles (on the wrong side of the road), and seen 225 species of birds. Definitely an experience Iíll never forget for as long as live.
    ....1998 Point Pelee & the Kirtland's Warbler Trip Report
      by Peter Burke. This (commercial) trip report identifies birding locations in the Point Pelee, Ontario area, with a side trip to Michigan, and the birds to be found there.
    ....Trip Report - Michigan - March 2001. By Robert Royse. I was looking
      for some interesting birding where I didn't have to pay for a plane flight or car rental. Due north was my destination. The Sault Sainte Marie area is well known for its wintering owls and finches. I was worried that March would be too late, but it was still very much winter up there. See also Robert's May/June 2001 Report.
    ....Michigan Trip Reports - a number of Michigan trip reports are available
      from Blake Maybank's "Birding the Americas - Trip Report and Trip Planning Repository".

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Tours and Guides

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    **..Point Pelee and the Kirtland's Warbler with Victor Emanuel Nature Tours
      (VENT). Point Pelee National Park in Ontario, Canada, has long been famous as one of the most remarkable migration concentration points in North America. Extending some nine miles into the western end of Lake Erie, Point Pelee is a funnel of land that birds follow on their way south in fall. More significantly, it is the first available land that trans-lake migrants reach on their way north in spring. The great variety of habitats in this relatively small area further increases the diversity of birds using the Point during migration, and it is little wonder that the park checklist includes well over 300 species. Following our stay at Pelee, we will travel to the jack pine forests of north-central MichiganĖthe breeding grounds of the endangered Kirtland's Warbler.  VENT offers nearly 140 tours to over 100 land-based destinations each year and is the largest tour company in the world specializing in birding and natural history.
    ....Guided Birding Tours in the Saginaw Bay Area - Johnny Panther
      Quests - Contact:  Will Hufton at 810-232-5044. 
    ....Watch a Kirtland's Warbler !! - 1998 Kirtland's Warbler Tours
      To protect this rare bird, Kirtland's warbler nesting areas in northern Michigan will be closed and posted against public entry during the 1998 nesting season. However!! Warbler watchers may see the bird and view nesting areas by participating in guided tours conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service.

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Local Birding Events

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Rare Bird Alert

         Sault Sainte Marie Hotline: (705) 256-2790 
         Michigan (Statewide) Hotline: (616) 471-4919 
         Detroit (Coverage: Michigan, South Ontario, North Ohio) Hotline: 
      (810) 477-1360 
         Check also Michigan RBA Achives

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North American Specialities in Michigan

Information derived from Sibley & Monroe checklists in Thayer's Birder's Diary - Version 2.5.
These counts will differ in minor ways from counts based on the ABA classification,
but an international checklist system was required to enable world-wide
country to country comparisons.These speciality birds may be uncommon, or extremely rare
at this location, or may only be present in migration. However, documented sightings of each species
noted below have been made in Michigan. Consult the Breeding Bird Survey or
Christmas Bird Count data on the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center website
to determine the "best" place to see each bird. Species printed in blue are endangered.


North American Endemic Specialities in Michigan - No USA Endemics

___ Bachman's Sparrow
___ Bewick's Wren
___ Black-headed Grosbeak
___ Black-throated Sparrow
___ Broad-billed Hummingbird
___ Bullock's Oriole
___ California Gull
___ Carolina Chickadee
___ Cassin's Sparrow
___ Chestnut-collared Longspur
___ Clark's Nutcracker
___ Ferruginous Hawk
___ Grey-crowned Rosy-Finch
___ Harris's Sparrow
___ House Finch
___ Le Conte's Sparrow
___ McCown's Longspur
___ Mountain Bluebird
___ Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow
___ Pileated Woodpecker
___ Prairie Falcon
___ Red-bellied Woodpecker
___ Red-Shouldered Hawk
___ Ruffed Grouse
___ Sage Thrasher
___ Say's Phoebe
___ Sharp-tailed Grouse
___ Smith's Longspur
___ Spruce Grouse
___ Townsend's Solitaire
___ Trumpeter Swan
___ Tufted Titmouse
___ Western Grebe
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Other Notable Michigan Birds

___ Kirtland's Warbler

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Print and Other Resources on Birds

and Birding in Michigan

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Links checked November 30, 2000