Birds of Michigan by Ted Black is a good book to have around if you’re unsure of a bird’s timetable. It includes a range map and the status for each species in an average year.
You can also click here to view an earlier blog with informative websites.
Below is a list of the most frequently asked about birds and their migratory arrivals and departures:
- Bluebirds are year round in mid-Michigan and can begin scouting out possible nesting sites as early as January.
- Robins are year round in mid-Michigan but you’ll see them more frequently in your yard~mid-February
- Red Winged Blackbirds ~ Beginning of March
- Sandhill Crane ~ March
- Turkey Vulture ~ late March
- Ruby-throated Hummingbird ~ April 15 (tax time)
- Purple Martin ~ Mid April
- White-crowned Sparrow & White-throated Sparrow~ pass through mid-Michigan from mid-April to late May. White-crowned is usually a week behind the White-Throated.
- House wren ~ end of April
- Baltimore Oriole ~ beginning in May
- Warblers ~mid-May
- Canada Goose ~ are year round in mid-Michigan shifting to nesting grounds March to May
- Wood Duck ~ Mid-March
- Tundra Swan ~ Not a Michigan resident. Migrates through late Feb. to mid-April.
- Dark eyed Junco ~ leaves mid-MI end of May
- Red-breasted Nuthatch ~ leaves mid-MI in May