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Birds of Northern Michigan

The North Branch area has an abundance of things to enjoy: the scenery, fishing, hunting and kayaking are just a few of the pleasant activities. Our area is also blessed by a number of interesting and attractive birds. We are also fortunate to have a number of excellent photographers. Scot Jacot has provided some wonderful photos of the birds in our area. Here are a few with a short description of the birds.

Baltimore Oriole

It’s a sure sign of spring when the Baltimore Orioles show up. They are easily recognized by their bright orange and black coloring. They will often come to hummingbird feeders but you can also attract them with orange halves and with small amounts of grape jelly.


One of the more common ducks seen on the river they can weigh up to three pounds. They are dabblers, which means they feed on aquatic plants by putting their head, neck and breast into the water with their tails in the air. They don’t dive under water like some other ducks.

Red-Tailed Hawk

One of the soaring hawks, which circle high overhead looking for prey and then dive down steeply to catch it. It isn’t the largest bird found in our area but with a wingspan of almost four feet it is still impressive.

Black Throated Green Warbler

A very pretty bird with its golden cheeks and black throat. The male, shown here, has the brighter colors than the female. It’s a typical warbler size, about 4 1/2 inches long with a pleasing song.

Pileated Woodpecker

The largest of the woodpeckers found in our area. It likes deciduous and mixed forest areas and has a significant red crest (it resembles a Mohawk). It is relatively rare and seeing one is a bonus.

Thanks to Scot for sharing these photos with us; we really appreciate it. If you have any photos of wildlife or scenery in our area that you would like to share, please send them to:

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