The Sunrise Coast Birding Trail incorporates 145 miles along U.S. 23. The trail takes flight at the mouth of the famed AuSable River in Oscoda and wings its way north all along the Lake Huron coast to Mackinaw City. Birders will delight in observing the  common, threatened , or endangered birds  of our coastal and inland locations. The unique  Kirtland's Warbler U.S. Forest Service managed habitat west of Oscoda is a destination  where one may get a memorable glimpse of this highly vulnerable and protected  species. The endangered  Great Lakes Piping Plover also nests here along the northern  shores of Lake Huron  which  provide critical habitat for this fragile species. The spring Raptor Watch at the Straits of Mackinaw will thrill observers as thousands of these birds cross the Straits during seasonal migrations. Enjoy the journey as you travel this N.E. corridor  of our great state. 

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Loon at Tuttle Marsh
Loon
Great Crested Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Wood Duck
Wood Duck
Cedar Waxwing by Phil Odum
Cedar Waxwing by Phil Odum
Humming Bird
Red Throated Humming bird
Rough-Legged Hawk
Rough Legged Hawk by Stephen Baker
Barred Owl by Roger Eriksson
Barred Owl by Roger Eriksson
Red Winged Hawk
Red Winged Hawk by Stephen Baker
Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore Oriole by Phil Odum
Pileated Woodpeckers by Debbie Schirmer
Pileated Woodpeckers by Debbie Schirmer
Cedar Waxwing by Phil Odum
Cedar Waxwing by Phil Odum
Rose breasted Grosbeaks
Rose breasted Grosbeaks
Broadwinged Hawk
Broad Winged Hawk by Steve Baker
Red Shoulderd Hawk
Red Shouldered Hawk by Stephen Baker
Bufflehead
Bufflehead by Phil Odum
Photo by Phil Odum
Photo by Phil Odum
Peregrine falcon by Phil Odum
Peregrine falcon by Phil Odum
Barred Owl by Roger Eriksson
Barred Owl by Roger Eriksson
Snowy Owl
Snowy Owl by Phil Odum
Northern Flicker by Sandra Adair
Northern Flicker by Sandra Adair
Bohemian Waxwing by Phil Odum
Bohemian Waxwing by Phil Odum
Northern Shrike
Northern Shrike by Phil Odum
By Ray Kantor
By Ray Kantor
Black Capped Chickadee
Black Capped Chickadee by Phil Odum
Red-headed Woodpecker by Phil Odum
Red-headed Woodpecker by Phil Odum
By Brandon Schroeder
By Brandon Schroeder
Common Redpoll
Common Redpoll
Red-tailed hawk by Brandon Schroeder
Red-tailed hawk by Brandon Schroeder
Red-winged Blackbird by Sandra Adair
Red-winged Blackbird by Sandra Adair
Redhead ducks by Phil Odum
Redhead ducks by Phil Odum
Northern Lights by Phil Odum
Northern Lights by Phil Odum
Covered bridge in Alpena by Karen Tetzlaff
Covered bridge in Alpena by Karen Tetzlaff
Golden Eagle by Steve Baker
Golden Eagle by Steve Baker
Harlequin duck by Phil Odum
Harlequin duck by Phil Odum
Cedar waxwing by Phil Odum
Cedar waxwing by Phil Odum
By Steve Baker
Trumpeter swan by Phil Odum
Trumpeter swan by Phil Odum
Rough-legged Hawk  by Phil Odum
Rough-legged Hawk by Phil Odum
Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Bluebird by Arno Poerner
Kirtland's Warbler by George Falkenhagen
Kirtland's Warbler by George Falkenhagen
Iceland gull by Phil Odum
Iceland gull by Phil Odum
Yellow breasted chat by Phil Odum
Yellow breasted chat by Phil Odum
Sanderlings by Phil Odum
Sanderlings by Phil Odum
Trumpeter Swans by Peggy Ridgway
Trumpeter Swans by Peggy Ridgway
Piping Plover by Phil Odum
Piping Plover by Phil Odum
Great Egret by Sandra Adair
Great Egret by Sandra Adair
Sandhill Cranes by Arno Poerner
Sandhill Cranes by Arno Poerner
Least sandpiper by Phil Odum
Least sandpiper by Phil Odum
Hooded Merganser by Phil Odum
Eagle by Matt Hegwood
Eagle by Matt Hegwood
Mallard
Mallard by Debbie Schirmer
Mink
Mink by Phil Odum
Northern Harrier
Northern Harrier by Phil Odum
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Places

Alpena Township Nature Preserve (Click to show on map)
A site along the Sunrise Coast Birding Trail
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Piety Hill Riverwalk (Click to show on map)
AuSable River bird viewing site in Oscoda
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Riverbank Park, Oscoda (Click to show on map)
Greenways Birding Trail
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Eagle Run, Oscoda (Click to show on map)
Greenways Birding Trail
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Clarks Marsh, Oscoda (Click to show on map)
Sunrise Coast Birding Trail Site near Oscoda
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Foote Site Park and Foote Tailwater Site (Click to show on map)
Site on the Sunrise Coast Birding Trail along the AuSable River
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Harrisville State Park - Birding Site (Click to show on map)
Site along the Sunrise Coast Birding Trail
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DNR Boat Launch Site in Harrisville (Click to show on map)
Site along the Sunrise Coast Birding Trail
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Sturgeon Point Lighthouse - Birding Site (Click to show on map)
Greenways Birding Trail
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Negwegon State Park - Birding (Click to show on map)
Greenways Birding Trail
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Partridge Point (Click to show on map)
Birding Viewing Location on the Sunrise Coast Birding Trail
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Wildlife Sanctuary - Island Park and Duck Park (Click to show on map)
Greenways Birding Trail
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Lake Besser (Click to show on map)
Greenways Birding Trail
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AuSable Shoreline Park, Oscoda (Click to show on map)
Greenways Birding Trail
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Wessel Road CKD Prairie
Site along the Sunrise Coast Birding Trail
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New Presque Isle Lighthouse - birding site (Click to show on map)
A site along the Sunrise Coast Birding Trail
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Thompson's Harbor State Park - Birding Site (Click to show on map)
Greenways Birding Trail
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Sea Gull Point (Click to show on map)
Greenways Birding Trail
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Herman Vogler Conservation Area (Click to show on map)
Greenways Birding Trail
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Cheboygan State Park - birding site (Click to show on map)
Greenways Birding Trail
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Gordon Turner Park - Birding Site (Click to show on map)
A site along the Sunrise Coast Birding Trail in Cheboygan
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Dingman Marsh - birding site (Click to show on map)
A site along the Sunrise Coast Birding Trail
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Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park - birding site (Click to show on map)
A site along the Sunrise Coast Birding Trail near Mackinaw City
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Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch - Askins Street (Click to show on map)
A site along the Sunrise Coast Birding Trail
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Mackinac Stratis Raptor Watch - Darrows Field
A site along the Sunrise Coast Birding Trail
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Rockport State Recreation Area & Besser Natural Area (Click to show on map)
Sites along the Sunrise Coast Birding Trail
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Misery Bay Road and Isaacson Bay (Click to show on map)
A site along the Sunrise Coast Birding Trail on Thunder Bay
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Oscoda Airport Grasslands (Click to show on map)
A site along the Sunrise Coast Birding Trail
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9th Street Dam Outflow (Click to show on map)
Site in Alpena along the Sunrise Coast Birding Trail
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The Purple Martin Inn (Click to show on map)
The Purple Martin Inn (a Purple Martin Sanctuary) offers artsy, boutique style luxury with contentment the Rogers City way!
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Friday, May 15, 2015