About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring Birds of Michigan

Spring is here officially! With spring’s arrival, the pace of migrants returning increases with swallows, killdeer, blackbirds, and sparrows. Long distance travelers like the orioles and hummingbirds are on the move but still way down south.

Orioles usually hit my mid-Michigan feeder at the beginning of May with a big song and dance. I'll put my feeder up on the window at the East Lansing Wild Birds Unlimited store by mid-April just in case he arrives early. You can watch their journey north on a fist sighting map:  http://www.learner.org/jnorth/maps/

I also put up my hummingbird feeder mid-April. You can track the migration of the Ruby-throated hummingbird on www.hummingbirds.net.


The hummingbirds we see in April probably won’t stick around but continue on to nest in the Upper Peninsula or Canada. The hummingbirds that choose to nest in our area (the regulars) usually arrive by Mothers Day, the second Sunday in May.
 
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Facts on the Baltimore Oriole http://bit.ly/GzSTbi
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