Easterly winds and yesterday's Mich-lister report of thousands of Broad-winged Hawks migrating over the western U.P. had me walking Muskegon State Park this morning. More than half of the 22 species I found may have been migrating, but only the American Kestrel was a raptor.
Most of the birds were foraging along the curve of the road between the channel parking lot and the ranger station, including Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Magnolia Warbler, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Brown Thrasher, Nashville Warbler, Northern Flicker, plus chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, cardinals, catbirds, downies and jays.
Some of the birds flying past Jeff's Dune may have been migrating (jays, flickers, cormorants, hummingbirds) but the Belted Kingfisher, Great Blue Heron, Sharp-shinned Hawk, and two juvenile Red-tailed Hawks just flew around with no apparent direction.
Young (no red tail) Red-tailed Hawk