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Bird of the Week: Northern Shoveler

November 14, 2022 If the Northern Shoveler’s bill doesn’t catch your eye, the male's blocky colors sure will, with its bright white chest, rusty sides, and green head it’s hard to miss. The female is no less interesting with a…

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Bird of the Week: Cooper’s Hawk

November 7, 2022 Take a close look at this pictured bird and try to identify it. If you are struggling, don’t worry, you are not alone! That is because this picture is of the Cooper’s Hawk who is known for…

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Bird of the Week: Ring-necked Duck

October 31, 2022 This bird’s common name Ring-necked Duck refers to a hard-to-see chestnut collar on its black neck. It’s not a good field mark to use for identifying the bird, so don’t go looking for this ring around its…

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Bird of the Week: Eastern Screech-Owl

October 24, 2022 Have you ever been outside at night, surrounded by trees with water nearby and hear a “whinny” coming from nearby or above you? It is very likely that you heard an Eastern Screech Owl! You can hear…

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Bird of the Week: Yellow-Rumped Warbler

October 10, 2022 The Yellow-Rumped Warbler is a common sight during migration, partly due to their abundance and partly due to their striking appearance. Eastern Yellow-Rumped Warblers, known as “Myrtles,” have a white throat and black eyespot that give them…

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Bird of the Week: Marsh Wren

October 4, 2022 A hidden voice of the marsh, this diminutive but feisty ball of feathers is more often heard than seen. The boisterous males sing incessantly, often spending up to twenty minutes blurting out their loud and chaotic mixture…

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Bird of the Week: Cape May Warbler

September 26, 2022  This small, tiger striped warbler lives an incredible double life: it winters in the Caribbean where it inhabits a variety of trees, and during the summer breeding season heads for northern boreal forests where it specifically nests…

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Bird of the Week: Northern Parula

September 20,2022 September signals the start of fall warbler migration in southeast Michigan, so now is your chance to spot this week’s Bird of the Week, the Northern Parula, and many other warblers on the long southern flight to their…

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Bird of the Week: Nashville Warbler

September 12, 2022 “Sipa sipa sipa sipa tea-tea-tea-tea!” The endearing song of the Nashville Warbler, this week’s Bird of the Week, can be heard across the state during spring and fall migration in May and September. With a small body…

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Bird of the Week: Belted Kingfisher

September 5, 2022 If you have ever noticed a bird flying quickly up and down rivers and shorelines, while giving a loud, rattling call, you might have spotted a Belted Kingfisher. They also spend much of their time perched on…

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