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Birding in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

This is a Gray Jay, a friendly bird of the northwoods. It is the mascot of my site.

The U.P is a place truly rich in bird life. With a good mix of northern boreal bird life as well as many species at the northern or eastern extremes of their ranges. Following are a few sites in the UP well worth visiting for any serious birder.

  • Sault Ste. Marie on the Canadian border is one of the best spots in the lower 48 to see far northern species like the Gyrfalcon, Snowy owl, and Hawk Owl.
  • Whitefish point is located in the northeastern UP. It is the best spot in the Upper midwest for viewing migration. In the spring huge flocks of raptors and waterfowl pass by here. Rarities such as the Boreal Owl and Jaegers are occassionally seen as well.
  • Seney National Wildlife Refuge is in the Eastern UP. Consisting of large amounts of wetlands such as ponds, bogs, and Sedge Meadows, Seney is a haven for birds. Here Bald Eagles, Ospreys and Loons seem almost common. Much sought after species such as Le contes Sparrow and Yellow Rail occur here as well.
  • The endangered Kirtland's Warbler, a bird that formally only inhabited the Lower Peninsula is now found in the UP as well. Although still rare, there are now a few Jack Pine forests neer Gwinn and Rapid River that have hosted a few of the Warblers for a few years now.
  • One site not covered in a lot of books is the city of Marquette. In the summer Merlins and ather birds of Prey like Goshawks breed here and in the winter rare gulls and owls can be seen in the lower harbor.

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    Here are some of the specialty birds that can be seen in the U.P.

  • Kirtland's Warbler Go here for more extensive info on Kirtland's Warblers in the U.P.

    Gray Jay

    Spruce Grouse

    Yellow Rail

    Le Conte's Sparrow


    Boreal Owl

    Connecticut Warbler

    Boreal Chickadee

    Olive-sided Flycatcher

    Black-backed Woodpecker

    Northern Hawk Owl

    Great Gray Owl

    This is a Black-backed Woodpecker, it can most often be found in burned over coniferous forests.

  • This is the mythical Spruce Grouse, it is a fake bird of the northwoods. It is like the bigfoot and the lochness monster. Don't even try to find it I have spent countless days trying to find one it becomes an obsession, don't fall into the trap like I did, just enjoy these other fine quality birds!!!! Go here for more extensive info on Spruce Grouse in the Upper Peninsula
    My favorite Birds
    Kirtland's Warbler Gray Jay Boreal Chickadee

  • This is for reporting your U.P. sightings!

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    My Favorite Web Sites

    A great site for more information on birding in Northern Michigan, also has a message board to report sightings from the UP or northern LP
    The website of the American Birding Association
    This site has a great birding quiz and also links to the Dickcissel a magazine on birding for young birders
    Play here, it has a bunch of games!

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    If anyone wants to bird the U.P. you can e-mail me and I would be glad to give you any information you would like pertaining to birding here.

    Happy Invasion Winter!!!! Check the Guestbook, I will post locations of these northern winter owls as I here about them!!!
    Boreal Owl
    Hawk Owl
    Great-Gray Owl
    Snowy Owl