This new spring-migration itinerary winds its way through the less-busy sides of Michigan at the peak season. We'll start along the southern Lake Michigan coast (guide Cory Gregory's former haunts) where we'll hope for breeding Louisiana Waterthrushes and Cerulean Warblers, continue through the grasslands of western Michigan that Upland Sandpipers, Sedge Wrens, and Henslow's Sparrows call home, proceed northward to the boreal forests and bogs of the Upper Peninsula, and then return southward along the scenic Lake Huron coastline with a grande finale of birding the famed Tawas Point!
The wide range of habitats and latitudes that Michigan hosts (not rivaled by any other Midwestern state) yields an excellent variety of breeding and migrating songbirds. From southern breeding species like Yellow-throated Warbler, to northern breeders like Palm Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, and even Connecticut Warbler (rare), this tour is sure to encounter an impressive variety of warblers. In fact, we'll make a special effort to see the rare Kirtland's Warbler in the Jack Pine forests of northern Michigan.
Crossing the Mackinaw Bridge, we'll continue north to the bogs of the Upper Peninsula where we'll hope for targets such as Boreal Chickadee (rare), Canada Jay, Black-backed Woodpecker, Spruce Grouse, Sharp-tailed Grouse, and breeding loons and swans. While there, we'll visit the well-known Whitefish Point Bird Observatory where the songbird and waterbird migration can be legendary. Last, we'll spend two nights near Tawas Point on the Lake Huron coastline, a site that easily ranks as one of the premier Midwestern migration hotspots. If we're lucky with weather, the migration spectacle here can be breathtaking!
Come visit one of the most diverse Midwestern states and see what spring migration in Michigan is all about!
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