February 9-11, 2018
We took a weekend birding trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Our home base was in the Sault Ste Maria, Michigan area, but we traveled to Dafter, Rudyard, Eckerman, Hulbert and Tahquamenon Falls State Park. Some of the birding hot spots we visited included Dafter’s Dump, Dafter Post Office, Rudyard flats, Rudyard Loop, Dunbar Forest, Hulbert Bog, Edison Sault Hydroelectric Plant, and numerous private feeders and public roads south of Sault Ste Marie. Our species list was not huge, but we see 38 species including ruffed and sharp-tailed grouse, northern shrike, snowy owl, bald eagle, pine grosbeak, evening grosbeak and common redpoll. Though we searched long and hard for it, we never did find the great gray owl seen in the area the week before our trip.