Best Birds To Watch For In Michigan

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The American black duck can be confused with the mallard, but its purple speculum and paler speckled head can help distinguish it. 

American Black Duck

The mute swan, an Old World species transplanted to the Great Lakes, lives year-round throughout much of Lake Michigan's coast.

Mute Swan

If deeper lakes are not frozen, these ducks can be observed across the state in winter.

Red-Breasted Merganser

During summer nights, lakeside homes and campsites can hear the haunting sounds of these graceful divers, who stay out on vast, deep lakes.

Common Loon

In southeastern Michigan, the great black-backed gull is a magnificent sight.

Black-Backed Gull

The pale plumage, pink legs, and yellow bill of these birds make them easy to distinguish.

Iceland Gull

On islands and beaches, summer breeding colonies can also be found, but they are absent from southwestern Michigan.

Common Tern

These small, delicate plovers breed on remote northern beaches near the Straits of Mackinac, and several conservation efforts are in place to safeguard their nesting grounds.

Piping Plover

The upper and northern lower peninsulas of Michigan represent the southernmost extent of this bird's common breeding habitat.

Mourning Warbler

This bird is believed to be near threatened (formerly endangered) because it exclusively breeds in isolated.

Golden-Winged Warbler

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