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MICHIGAN & NEW HAMPSHIRE

Sunday 27th May - Saturday 2nd June 2012

Matt Denton

Kirtland's Warbler (Matt Denton)

Kirtland's Warbler (Matt Denton)

Birdquest's tour to Michigan & New Hampshire was the third of our 2012 linking spring tours in North America. The birds which we most hoped to see on this short tour, namely Kirtland’s Warbler and Bicknell’s Thrush, were both seen on their breeding grounds. By seeing both species on territory, we were better able to appreciate these birds and their specialist habitat requirements. Some of the other avian highlights included sightings of Hooded Merganser, Trumpeter Swan, American Woodcock, Virginia Rail, Black-billed Cuckoo, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Eastern Whip-poor-will, Red-breasted Nuthatch, American Redstart, Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green and Chestnut-sided Warblers, Field and Swamp Sparrows, Scarlet Tanager and Bobolink. During the tour we recorded a total of 121 bird species. Some of the mammals we saw were American Beaver, Woodchuck and American Black Bear. This is a lovely time of year to visit the northern United States. This tour made for a very rewarding visit to these two distinctive regions with lots of bird activity, pleasant weather, and wonderful company.

Bicknell's Thrush (Matt Denton)

Bicknell's Thrush (Matt Denton)