Leader(s): Skye Haas and TBD
If you plan to attend the 2018 Spring Fling, why not get a head start on the weekend with this pre-Spring Fling trip? The focus of the trip will be spring migration at the point including raptors, waterbirds, and early passerines. A lot of birding will be done at Whitefish Point itself, and this includes spending some time on the hawk deck.
This is one of the most diverse times for raptors and double-digit numbers of raptors for the day is quite possible. Bald Eagles, Northern Harriers, Rough-legged Hawks, Kestrels, Red-tailed Hawks, and Sharpies are very likely, along with other raptor species, including the chance to see a Golden Eagle.
The characteristic sound of flocks of Sandhill Cranes flying overhead will almost surely accompany our trip. Waterfowl are also in good variety with Common Loons, Red-necked and Horned Grebes expected, along with the opportunity for Red-throated Loons (flying by) and other dabbling ducks. The feeders at Whitefish Point are often rather active at this time of year, with many species of sparrows. Some sparrow species possible include Vesper, Lincoln’s and Fox. Overall, a wide diversity of species is found on this trip.
Expect to spend time at the Point, on the hawk platform and at other birding spots in the WPBO vicinity. This trip will begin at dawn, or thereabouts, and last until mid to late afternoon.
This is an all-day trip that will begin in Paradise, MI. You will be notified beforehand about the exact details and directions to the meeting location.
Transportation during the field trip is via personal vehicles.
This trip does not include meals, nor is this trip included in the registration costs for Spring Fling.