Lake Michigan, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Photo by NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory / Wikimedia.

Ten Bird Watching Hotspots in Michigan

Whitefish Point Bird Observatory 16914 N. Whitefish Point Rd. Paradise, MI 49768 (906) 492-3596 www.wpbo.org Located in Michigan’s eastern Upper Peninsula, the Whitefish Point area is famous throughout the Upper Midwest for its impressive waterbird migrations, as well as its proven attraction as a vagrant trap. In spring and fall, significant flights of loons, grebes, …

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The common merganser is one of many Michigan winter birds you can find. Photo by Alan D. Wilson / Wikimedia.

Michigan Birding by Season: Winter

Winter Birds of Michigan (December, January, February) In the Upper Peninsula winter has settled in by December, but in southern portions of the state there is still some southbound movement of Michigan winter birds.  Late migrating songbirds, including American pipits, horned larks, Lapland longspurs, and snow buntings, continue to move through, while on the Great …

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Michigan Birding by Season: Fall

Fall Birds of Michigan (September, October, November) Although most of September is still technically summer, with the Autumnal Equinox falling around the third week, the migrations of many groups of birds is in full swing.  Being the peak of migration in general, September is also an excellent month for rarities and vagrant birds to show …

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