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Birding in the Northern Upper Peninsula



Birding Blog

The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is a place truly prosperous in bird life.  Enthusiasts will fall in love with the serene backdrops of the area. The Northern temperatures create the perfect place to find many unique species, such as the Gyrfalcon, Snowy Owl and Hawk Owl.

The Whitefish Point Bird Observatory offers a delightful birding experience with Paradise, Michigan situated on the northeastern tip of Michigan's Upper Peninsula approximately 70 miles west of the Sault. Flocks of songbirds, waterfowl, birds of prey and owls migrate here every spring and fall. Follow the link to Whitefish Point Bird Observatory for more information.

Birdwatchers will also enjoy the Cedarville Waterfront Park located in Cedarville, Michigan approximately 30 miles south of the Sault. This is one of the best places in the region to observe black terns, red-winged balckbirds, American bittern, common snipe, American coot, ring-billed gulls and blue winged treal. Bald Eagles and osprey are occasionally seen in this area as well.


Carp River Point provides a scenic view of the Carp River and an exceptional location for viewing waterbirds, especially during migration. The Carp River is between St. Ignace and Sault Ste. Marie.

The St. Mary's River is another great location for bird watching, with a variety of at least 23 species of waterfowl including diving ducks, puddle ducks, mergansers and geese are all represented.

In the spring, thousands of Common Loons pass over the area heading in a northwesterly direction (towards Lake Superior). In the fall  well over 10,000 Red-necked Grebes fly by in the opposite direction, heading from Lake Superior to northern Lake Huron.