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WINGS Birding Tours – Photo Gallery

Spring Migration in the Midwest

Eastern Wood Warblers including Kirtland's

We’ll begin in the Shawnee Forest in southern Ohio where we hope to find a number of southern warblers that we may not encounter later.
We’ll also look for the scarce and very local Henslow’s Sparrow. We’ll travel north to Magee Marsh, famous not only for the variety of neotropical migrants, but how well they can be seen…
..and even though there are usually lots of other birders around, viewing is excellent… …and we may see more than 20 species of warbler perhaps including Black-throated Blue… …Cerulean (this is a female)… …Canada… …Chestnut-sided… …and Ovenbird. We typically encounter an American Woodcock or two sauntering and bobbing through the wet leaf litter… …and the nearby marshes have a variety of waterbirds, sometimes including scarce species, like this adult Little Blue Heron.
A bit further west lies the Oak Openings Region, a mixed region of oak woodland and small fields.  Here the redbuds and daffodils are in full bloom…
Red-headed Woodpecker is a local species this far east, but at Oak Openings
they are common. Further north, the Tawas Point light is a prominent landmark,nd the point is often wonderful for migrants including…
…brilliant Baltimore Orioles… …stunning Rose-breasted Grosbeaks…. …and more superb warblers such as Black-throated Green… …Magnolia… …and Blackburnian. We’ll visit a nearby marsh where in recent years one or two pairs of elegant Upland Sandpipers have been resident. On our final day we’ll spend the morning searching for the endangered Kirtland’s Warbler….. …and on our way back to Detroit, visit a lovely woodland to look for any late migrants that we might still be missing such as Acadian Flycatcher.