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Birding Hillsdale-Lenawee County: Hotspots near Adrian and Hillsdale

 

(A) Jonesville Roadside Park and Marshes ★

Located on the north side of US-12, Jonesville Roadside Park is a small recreational area with several of large wetlands nearby. The swampy areas provide an excellent spot to check for bitterns, herons, blackbirds, and other species. The park features a pavilion, picnic tables, and a playground area.

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(B) Baw Beese Lake ★★

There are three parks on the north shore of Baw Beese Lake—Waterworks Park, Owen Memorial Park, and Sandy Beach Park. The parks give birders a good place for birders to set up their scopes and search for waterfowl. Another one of the 414-acre lake’s highlights is the Baw Beese Trail, a paved walkway that connects Jonesville and Hillsdale.

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(C) Waldron Marsh and Somerset SGA ★

Somerset State Game Area consists of a large forest and several lakes. One mile west of the state game area, Waldron Road winds past grassy fields and marshes, where Least Bitterns, Green Herons, and Great Egrets can sometimes be sighted.

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(D) Goose Creek Grasslands Sanctuary ★★

Protecting 70-acres of rare prairie fen habitat, Goose Creek Grasslands is one of the Michigan Nature Association’s most important wetland sanctuaries. The preserve has over 200 species of plants within its boundaries.

The best birding hotspot is near Goose Creek, where a combination of meadows and wetlands draw a large variety of bird species. Visitors should keep their eyes open for Willow Flycatchers, Bobolinks, and Song Sparrows.

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(E) Onsted State WMA ★★

Onsted State Wildlife Management Area is a 876-acre nature preserve that features a forest, three lakes, several ponds, and the River Raisin. When visiting the wilderness preserve, birders should look for Bald Eagles and Common Loons, both of which prefer to nest in a secluded setting. There are no modern facilities available.

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(F) Taylor Park ★

Taylor Park consists of forest, swamp, and a large pond, serving as a flooding area during the springtime. The extra areas of open water create habitat for Canvasbacks and many other kinds of ducks. The 80-acre park is undeveloped, without any available amenities.

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(G) Red Mill Pond ★

Surrounded by meadows and residential neighborhoods, Red Mill Pond is a good place to look for waterfowl and sandpipers. Sanderlings, Dunlins, Pectoral Sandpipers, and Black-bellied Plovers are a few of the species which can be seen during migration.

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(H) Indian Crossing Trails Park ★★

Located next to a large tributary of the River Raisin, Indian Crossing Trails Park features several trails that lead through a forest, providing visitors with frequent views of the river. Belted Kingfishers, Bank Swallows, and Common Goldeneyes are all residents at Indian Crossings Trails Park during certain times of the year. There are restrooms, tennis courts, and other amenities available near the parking area.

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(I) Heritage Park ★★

Heritage Park is a large community park with many facilities and activities available for visitors to enjoy. Birders will enjoy walking along the forest edge, then into a large wooded area with a creek. There is also a small cattail marsh present, where Carolina Wrens, Song Sparrows, and Common Yellowthroats can be seen.

Other local bird species include Horned Larks and Yellow-billed Cuckoos. Heritage Park is home to the Stubnitz Environmental Education Center, an organization dedicated to providing children with educational programs.

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(J) Ramsdell Nature Park ★★

Ramsdell Nature Park is a 180-acre park featuring native tallgrass prairie, hiking trails, and a fishing pond. Some of the available amenities include an outhouse, picnic tables, and a large shelter. The park’s abundance of grassland habitat creates an optimal place to find Horned Lakes, Swamp Sparrows, and Eastern Meadowlarks.

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(K) Lake Hudson State Recreation Area ★★

The pinnacle of Lake Hudson State Recreation Area is a pristine lake with a heavily forested shoreline. The 2,800-acre wooded preserve lies amidst large agricultural fields, close to Ohio. The recreation area received special status as a “dark sky preserve”, due to the scenic vista of stars which appear on cloud-free nights. There is also a large beach available for visitors who want to swim or suntan.

Nearly every kind of bird common in southern Michigan can be found at Lake Hudson State Recreation Area. Local birders have reported seeing over 130 species of birds.

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(L) Schoonover WPA ★★

Composed mostly of grassland and wetland habitat, Schoonover Waterfowl Production Area’s 95 acres create an optimal breeding ground for many species of waterfowl, including Blue-winged Teals and Mallards. Some of the grassland species that visitors should search for include Lincoln’s Sparrows, Bobolinks, and Eastern Meadowlarks. In August of 2013, a Whooping Crane spent a few days at the wetland sanctuary.

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(M) Morenci Sewage Ponds ★

The Morenci Sewage Ponds consist of 3 large ponds surrounded by trees and several large fields. From the road, visitors will be able to scan the central pond for birds. The other ponds are either too far away or blocked by a small slope. The ponds are a good place to find waterfowl and sandpiper species during migration, as well as many kinds of sparrows and warblers. Birders have sighted over 120 species at the Morenci Sewage Ponds.

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