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Grayling, Midwest United States (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Grayling, Midwest United States

Map of Grayling, Midwest United States

Kirtlands Warbler (Setophaga kirtlandii) Kirtlands Warbler (Setophaga kirtlandii)

Management area for the Kirtland's Warbler.


Moving the Car

6/2/2012: I woke up early, and I was surprised to find my brother willing to look for the Kirtland's Warbler in the rain. We drove north to Grayling, Michigan to meet up with the wildlife biologist. There was an impressive group at the site despite the fact that it was raining and not too far above freezing.

As soon as we got to the site, we heard a couple of the warblers singing. It was difficult to find the birds in the dense shrubs, though, and we spent the better part of two hours walking around in the wind and rain with only a few cursory views.

A couple of people gave up at this point. At last, we were running out of time, and it was time to head back to Grayling for the 11:00am tour.

As it so often seems to work, we encountered a pair of the warblers essentially on the path after we had given up hope on any chance for a good viewing.

Previous Visit (Higgins Lake: 6/1/2012)
Next Visit (Nellsville Boardwalk: 6/3/2012)

Species Recorded (30)

Birds ( 30 )

Herons ( Ardeidae )
Great Blue Heron - Ardea herodias

Swans, Geese, and Ducks ( Anatidae )
Common Merganser - Mergus merganser

New World Vultures ( Cathartidae )
Turkey Vulture - Cathartes aura

Grouse, Turkeys, and Allies ( Phasianidae )
Ruffed Grouse - Bonasa umbellus

Pigeons and Doves ( Columbidae )
Mourning Dove - Zenaida macroura

Kingfishers ( Alcedinidae )
Belted Kingfisher - Megaceryle alcyon

Piculets and Woodpeckers ( Picidae )
Northern Flicker - Colaptes auratus
Pileated Woodpecker - Dryocopus pileatus
Red-headed Woodpecker - Melanerpes erythrocephalus
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - Sphyrapicus varius

Tyrant Flycatchers ( Tyrannidae )
Great Crested Flycatcher - Myiarchus crinitus

Jays and Crows ( Corvidae )
Blue Jay - Cyanocitta cristata

Chickadees and Titmice ( Paridae )
Black-capped Chickadee - Poecile atricapillus

Nuthatches ( Sittidae )
Red-breasted Nuthatch - Sitta canadensis

Wrens ( Troglodytidae )
Winter Wren - Troglodytes hiemalis

Thrushes and Allies ( Turdidae )
American Robin - Turdus migratorius

Mockingbirds, Thrashers, and Allies ( Mimidae )
Gray Catbird - Dumetella carolinensis
Brown Thrasher - Toxostoma rufum

Waxwings ( Bombycillidae )
Cedar Waxwing - Bombycilla cedrorum

Vireos ( Vireonidae )
Red-eyed Vireo - Vireo olivaceus

Wood-warblers ( Parulidae )
Nashville Warbler - Leiothlypis ruficapilla
Black-and-white Warbler - Mniotilta varia
Yellow-rumped Warbler - Setophaga coronata
Kirtland's Warbler - Setophaga kirtlandii
American Redstart - Setophaga ruticilla

Grosbeaks and Buntings ( Cardinalidae )
Northern Cardinal - Cardinalis cardinalis
Rose-breasted Grosbeak - Pheucticus ludovicianus

Brushfinches, Seedeaters, Sparrows, and Allies ( Emberizinae )
Song Sparrow - Melospiza melodia
Vesper Sparrow - Pooecetes gramineus

American Blackbirds and Orioles ( Icteridae )
Common Grackle - Quiscalus quiscula


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