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Spring Birding: What to Watch For

Friday, April 12, 2013

Spring is the perfect time for birdwatching in Black River Country. The mix of pine forests and wetlands makes the area attractive to a number of different bird species. Throughout the spring, you’ll see birds stopping in the area or passing through on their way to nesting grounds further north.

Right now is a great time to see raptors. Hawks, some species of owls and even bald eagles can be seen in the area. Sandhill cranes are common in wetlands. Some songbirds are even starting to make their way back into the area.

In early May, the biggest waves of migrating birds will start being seen in Black River Country. By mid May, birders can expect to see dozens of different species in a single day, from woodpeckers to warblers.

The Dike 17 wildlife area in the Black River State Forest is the best birding spot in Black River Country. It’s a particularly good spot to see migrating waterfowl. Ducks, geese, mergansers, herons and other water-loving birds can be seen here.

Make plans to do some birding this year in Black River Country.

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