Birding Field Trip to South Haven Pier and Northpoint Preserve

May 3, 2014 @ 11:30 am – 4:00 pm
South Haven Pier & Northpoint Preserve
South Haven
Russ Schipper

Meet at the Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery parking lot (turn south on Fish Hatchery Road, off of M-43 about one mile west of the Kalamazoo/Van Buren County line) and carpool to South Haven, *leaving at 7:30 AM.

First we’ll spend about an hour or so at the forested dunes of the Northpoint Preserve just south of South Haven looking for landbird migrants such as Great-crested Flycatcher, Blue-headed Vireo, and Yellow-rumped, Nashville, Tennessee, and Black-throated Green Warblers. We’ll also check the shrubby roadside of Van Buren State Park for sparrows and Palm Warblers.

At the pier we’ll spend another hour or so looking for migrant water birds such as Caspian, Common and Forester’s Terns; Bonaparte’s Gull; maybe a shorebird; and maybe a few late waterfowl, like Blue-winged Teal or even a loon.

If you have a spotting scope, be sure to bring it. If you don’t, that’s okay, others will be willing to share. Most important: While it may be a nice May day, you should be prepared for it being cooler than you think. The water in Lake Michigan is still cool. So bring extra clothes, in particular those that are windproof.

After the trip we will make a stop at a coffee shop/bakery for a little refreshment. We should be back by about noon.