Thursday, May 03, 2012

If You Like Birds... Watch From May 4-11 in Monroe

Sharp-shinned hawk in our backyard

I am an amateur birdwatcher. My mother was, and passed this on to me.

I've got a bunch of feeders in my backyard, attracting a lot of different birds. Yesterday, while mowing on the back of our property, I saw a baltimore oriole. Very cool!

Monroe County is an excellent place to see birds. We're on Lake Erie, and birds make their crossing from here to Canada, especially arriving in Canada at Point Pelee. For the next week it will be an exceptional place. Today the Monroe County Historical Society published this on their Facebook page.

"Look up in the sky! From Friday, May 4, 2012 to Sunday, May 13, 2012, the largest song bird migration of the year will take place. The song birds will be flying over Lake Erie or following the shoreline to their northern breeding areas. "Birders" from all over the world will be in the area to watch the flight. If you feed/water birds, put out extra food and water. The song birds will be resting in our back yards. This area is blessed with many wetlands that attract the song birds. Take a walk down the River Raisin Heritage Trail to Sterling State Park for some fine song bird viewing."