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Trail Birds

Macomb Orchard Trail Birds

Take a winter walk on the Macomb Orchard trail. Discover beautiful trail birds.  From the hairy woodpecker to the many colorful finches.  The trail is a paradise of winged wonder. The best days are when the sun is hidden and a fresh snow fall has powdered the path. This is the time when you will see many of our feathered friends in the woodlands that outline the path.

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Winter on Macomb Orchard Trail

The Macomb Orchard tail is a 24 mile long nature park. Its paved linear path is perfect for walking, hiking running and biking. The path was build on the footprint of the Canadian National Railway, from 24 Mile Road and Dequindre in Shelby Township to the northeast City of Richmond.

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Snow Arch on Macomb Orchard Trail, Washington Michigan Trail Bird

 

Trail Bird Friends – Hairy Wood Pecker

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Male Hairy Woodpecker Macomb Orchard Trail, Washington Michigan Trail Bird

Trail Bird Friends  – Red Male Cardinal

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Winter Cardinal on Macomb Orchard Trail, Washington Michigan Trail Bird

Trail Bird Friends  – Female Cardinal

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Female Cardinal on Macomb Orchard Trail, Washington Michigan Trail Bird

Trail Bird Friends  – The House Finch

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House Finch on the Macomb Orchard Trail, Washington Michigan Trail Bird

Trail Bird Friends  – The House Sparrow

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House Sparrow on the Macomb Orchard Trail, Washington Michigan Trail Bird

Trail Bird Friends  – The Red Finch

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House Finch on the Macomb Orchard Trail, Washington Michigan Trail Bird

Trail Birds Friends – The White-breasted Nuthatch

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Red Finch on the Macomb Orchard Trail, Washington Michigan Trail Bird

 

Trail Birds Friends – The White-breasted Nuthatch

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White – Breasted Nuthatch on the Macomb Orchard Trail, Washington Michigan Trail Bird

Trail Birds Friends- The Mourning Dove

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Mourning Doves on the Macomb Orchard Trail, Washington Michigan Trail Bird

Trail Bird Friends – The American Gold Finch

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American Gold Finch on the Macomb Orchard Trail, Washington Michigan Trail Bird

Of course the Macomb Orchard Trail is also known to have a few Hawks, known as birds of prey. As their idea of a snack is sometimes one of our other feathered friends.

Trail Bird Friends- The Red Tailed Hawk

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Red Tailed Hawk on the Macomb Orchard Trail, Washington Michigan Trail Bird

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Birding in Michigan

Birding in Michigan

Feb 15, 2014 was an unexpected treat for area bird watchers. The Blue Water Bridge spanning the Saint Clair River, between Port Huron, Michigan and Point Edward and Sarnia, Ontario was the site of a mass waterfowl migration.

The Blue Water Bridge is at the juncture of Lake Huron and the St. Clair River. This year there was a rare sight as thousands of ducks from the North made the open water near the bridge home. Michigan has most of the Great Lakes frozen over this year. That has forced many of the northern birds to come South to find open water in which they can fish. Port Huron Michigan.

The record cold temperatures that had frozen 92% of the open water in the Great Lakes this year had caused the wintering waterfowl to look for food in the open waters near the Blue Water Bridge.

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The record temperatures added danger to the waterfowl search for food.  As the Merganser ducks dive deep for their food the water droplets start to freeze encasing their bills closed.  Needless to say nature is quick to put an end to their suffering.

Golden eye on the moveA rare sight in the Blue Water Bridge area was the large number of Goldeneye ducks. The black-and-white Common Goldeneye is one of the last ducks to migrate south in fall. They often will winter as far North as open water permits this year North was near the bridge.

“Posted on Sunday, March 23, 2014 by LeeAnn McLaneGoetz.”

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