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Birding Genesee County: Hotspots near Flint

 

(A) Flushing Township Nature Park ★

Located on the banks of the Flint River, Flushing Township Nature Park is a good spot to search for Common Goldeneyes and other waterfowl species during the cold months. Northern Shrikes can occasionally be seen near the river.

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(B) Buell Lake Boat Launch ★

Surrounded by wetlands and forest habitat, Buell Lake is 53 acres in size. The trees near the boat launch create an especially good spot for finding warblers and other migrating songbirds.

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Blackburnian WarblerBlackburnian Warbler

 

(C) Wolverine Campground & Reservoir ★

Wolverine Campground sits amidst a pine forest on the northwestern shores of Holloway Reservoir—a 1,973-acre lake artificially created from the Flint River. The campground features 195 campsites, modern showers & restrooms, dump station, and electricity. It also provides access to Buttercup Beach. The large reservoir creates an excellent place to look for ducks—do not forget to bring a telescope!

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Scarlet TanagerScarlet Tanager

 

(D) Richfield Township Park ★★

Bordering the Flint River, Richfield Township Park provides birders with 345 acres of riparian woodlands to explore. Look for Scarlet Tanagers, Indigo Buntings, and Belted Kingfishers. The park features picnic areas, a playground, restrooms, and a canoe launch.

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(E) For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum ★★

Dedicated to the preservation of nature, For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum offers guests over 380 acres of native Michigan fauna and flora to explore. There are 7 miles of hiking trails present, which thread through peaceful meadows and shady forest groves. There are also several ponds available for birders to check. Visitors to the preserve should look for Pileated Woodpeckers, Eastern Bluebirds, and Red-tailed Hawks. For-Mar Preserve does not allow pets on its premises.

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Phone: (810) 789-8567
Hours: The visitor center is open Wednesday to Sunday, from 8am to 5pm. The trails are open from Wednesday to Sunday, 8am to sunset.
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Pileated WoodpeckerPileated Woodpecker

 

(F) DeBuck's Sod Farm ★

DeBuck’s Sod Farm is one of the best places in southeastern Michigan to look for sandpipers during migration. Birds recently sighted include Stilt, Semipalmated, Pectoral, and Least. Be sure to reserve enough time for driving around the large farm. The best places to search for birds change depending on where fresh dirt was recently moved and standing water lies.

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Pectoral SandpiperPectoral Sandpiper

 

(G) Dauner Martin Nature Sanctuary ★★

One of the Michigan Nature Association’s most popular preserves, Dauner Martin Nature Sanctuary features 5 miles of trails within its 155 acres, giving birders access to pine forests, wetlands, and wildflower meadows. The paths have benches positioned throughout, giving visitors a chance for a brief respite.

Robert Martin, a resident of Fenton, donated the land for the sanctuary because he did not want to see it disturbed. Over the years, the Martin family planted thousands of pines, oaks, elms, and cherry trees on the property. Because of its tremendous diversity of habitat, the sanctuary is a good spot to find many kinds of birds.

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(H) Rolston Rd Sewage (Restricted Access) ★

Rolston Road Sewage Ponds consists of 2 large ponds, where many kinds of sandpipers and ducks can be found. Be sure to request permission before birding the area.

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(I) Bird Rd Sewage (Restricted Access) ★

The Bird Road Sewage Ponds consist of 3 separate ponds bordered by fields and woodlands. Some of the birds visitors may encounter include sandpipers, gulls, and ducks. Birders report seeing over 150 species at the lagoons. Be sure to request permission before birding the area.

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