Black-and-white warblers are one of the easiest warblers to identify. They are a little smaller than a House Sparrow at 5 inches long and they have very obvious black and white stripes like a referee’s shirt. The females and young look a little duller and have a dark gray cheek instead of black.
Keep your eyes open for them migrating through from May to early July mid-Michigan area from and then again in the fall from late August through October. They are common in mature and second-growth deciduous forests during the summer throughout the eastern United States and Canada, and they have an unusually extensive winter range that extends from Florida to Venezuela and Colombia.
Their gentle oscillating song sounds like the squeaky wheel of a car coming to a stop. So keep your eyes and ears open for new birds visiting your yard. All birds need water and a lot of these bug eating birds enjoy Peanut Butter Suet or the nuts they can pick out of the No-mess blend bird seed. It is helpful to feed the birds during spring migration because a busy yard full activity will call in the migrating birds to rest. If other birds are there, they know your yard as a safe stopover.