Spring songbird migration is in full swing now at the refuge. Ferguson Bayou, Woodland, and Green Point Environmental Learning Center Trails are a great place to see it. Visitors have reported 24 species of warblers so far and we haven't quite reached the peak yet. A Louisiana Waterthrush was seen along Woodland Trail, which is very rare for the refuge. Several people have seen the Prothonotary Warblers that nest along Ferguson Bayou Trail and an Orchard Oriole was seen there as well.
Several species of shorebirds are using the wetland next to the Bishop Road Observation Platform, including Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, Dunlin, and Short-billed Dowitcher. Black-bellied Plovers have been seen in the field across the road as well. An adult Peregrine Falcon was seen flying in circles above this wetland and showing interest in the shorebirds on Wednesday.
Woodland wildflowers are in bloom, including Bloodroot, White Trillium, Trout Lily, Mayapple, Spring Beauty and Wild Ginger. The Ostrich Fern has passed fiddlehead stage and is opening up its showy fronds. Scores of deer are still coming out in the evening around the Bishop Road Observation Platform. They should start bearing fawns soon. A visitor was able to watch a mink exploring the shoreline right below Grefe Observation Platform on Wednesday.
The weather this weekend looks great. Come out and enjoy one of the best times of year to be at the refuge. We would love to know what you see!
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Thanks for your interest.
Steven F. Kahl
Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge
6975 Mower Rd.
Saginaw, MI 48603-9783
P (989) 777-5930 ext 16
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