Popular Birds of Michigan to look out for

In Michigan, bird watching has developed into a national pastime. There are a lot of birds found in the deep forest of Michigan. So living there and some of them are seasonal visitors.

However, here are a few popular birds of Michigan you will be able to spot quickly. 

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Summer visitor: Piping Plover

It is a tiny shorebird, which only about 7 inches long. The upper body of the bird is lightest-brown; meanwhile, the lower body is white. They are a summer season visitor in Michigan. They visit Michigan to breed; hence you can find their nest in the tree in April and May. However, they have been declared as an endangered species. Therefore the state has put fences in the area they breed in, and you can look from outside those places.

Winter visitor: American Robin

This famous bird of Michigan is found in flocks in the winter season. They are also known as the songbirds and have circular bodies with long legs. The lower body has an orange tint; meanwhile, the wings have grayish-brown shades. They can easily be spotted in the local parks and the pine forest of Michigan. 

Oldest species: Common Loon

It is one of the old species that have lived over a hundred million years in Michigan. They are water birds and have a black upper body and white underparts. They make a loud noise known as eerie yodel, which can be heard even from long distances. They make the noise to smudge their territory. 

Summer visitor: Scarlet Tanager

This bird specie can be spotted in the summer season of Michigan. The male has a bright red body paired with black wings; meanwhile, the females are olive-colored. Though they have striking colors, they can’t be easily spotted because they live in dense forest areas.

Found on Shores of Michigan: Great Blue Heron

They are large birds and have an ‘S’ shaped long neck. The mature Herons have stiff feathers; meanwhile, the younger ones don’t. Their wings have a greyish and blue tint at the end. They are easily found on the shores of Michigan but can sometimes also be spotted in ponds.

Aggressive Natured: Wild Turkey

They can be found in flocks in the suburban areas and small towns of Michigan. They are popular as they are bid upon in hunting games. However, one should be careful while doing so because they have a big appetite and an aggressive nature.

Most- sought: Northern Goshawk.

They are one of the most exclusive birds of Michigan and live in the peninsula around the year. Every bird-watcher seeks this bird; however, they are rarely seen. They are commonly spotted in agricultural and rural areas of Michigan because they find their prey in these areas. They are well-spread in the whole of Michigan.

Striking and loud: Pileated Woodpecker

These 17-inch birds have a read head and a black body. They peck on trunks of trees to find their prey (insects) but do it silently. You can tell if they were there if you see a rectangular section of the tree trunk missing.  They are one of the widely present but hardly spotted species of birds of Michigan.

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