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Birding Tuscola County: Hotspots west of Bay City


(A) Vanderbilt Park & Campground ★

Vanderbilt Park & Campground provides birders with access to a large wetland next to Saginaw Bay. There is a half-mile long dirt two-track which runs from the campground through a wetland area all the way to bay’s open waters. Birds which visitors have sighted include Double-crested Cormorants, American Wigeons, and Greater Yellowlegs.

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Phone: (989) 325-2037
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(B) Allen Road Boat Launch ★

Allen Road Boat Launch provides birders with access to a large wetland area and a place to scan Saginaw Bay for ducks, grebes, and loons. Besides water birds, several kinds of migrating sparrows have been seen near the boat launch, including Field Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows, and White-crowned Sparrows.

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(C) Fish Point State Wildlife Area ★★★

Flooded fields and wetlands make Fish Point State Wildlife Area a great waterfowl birding hotspot. Thousands of Canada Geese and Tundra Swans stop at the point during migration. Some of commonly seen duck species include Green-winged Teal, Blue-winged Teal, Common Pintail, and American Wigeon. Greater White-fronted Geese have been sighted almost every year.

Covering over 3,000 acres of diked floodplain and corn fields, Fish Point’s size makes choosing where to start birding a difficult decision. Start by visiting the observation tower at the intersection of Seagull Lane and Ringle Road. From this viewpoint, birders can see most of the area and figure out where the flocks are currently located. The flocks tend to disperse after the end of March, having finished off most of the leftover corn.

After visiting Fish Point, continue north on Ringle Road to a small community park where hundreds of migrating ducks and swans can be seen in March and the first half of April. Do not attempt to drive beyond this point—the local residents have put up many signs warning against trespassing.

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(D) Bay Street Overlook ★

Bay Street Overlook provides birders with a convenient spot to search the wetlands and open water of Saginaw Bay for waterfowl. Sebewaing Airport is a short distance north, offering birders a chance of seeing Horned Larks and Eastern Meadowlarks.

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(E) Unionville Sewage (Restricted Access) ★

Surrounded by farmland, Unionville Sewage Ponds consist of two large lagoons where migrating waterfowl and sandpipers often rest. In recent years, birders have sighted Cliff Swallows, Ruddy Turnstones, and Blue-winged Teals. It is necessary to request permission before birding the area.

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