Spring Bird Migration at Spring Valley Park

May 17, 2014 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Spring Valley Park
Kalamazoo Township
Russ Schipper

Meet at 8:00 AM at the park. To reach the park, from downtown Kalamazoo follow M-43 east; where Gull Road veers off to the right go straight on Riverview Drive. In a half mile, Mt. Olivet Road goes to the right; follow that for about three quarters of a mile to Spring Valley Park. Turn right into the second entrance to the park, by the water tower. We will meet at the first parking lot you come to inside the park. It is just down the hill from the water tower.

This is prime time for many migrants, including warblers, vireos, thrushes, and flycatchers. The east side of the park has a wet shrubby thicket as well as areas of large mature trees, offering a nice combination for different species of migrating birds. A few species we may well see are Green Heron, Yellow Warbler, Warbling Vireo, Great-crested Flycatcher, and Gray Catbird. The trails are excellent and mostly level. The trip should be about two to three hours and about two to three miles. Bringing insect repellent may be a good idea.