Kirtland's Warbler

Setophaga kirtlandii Order: Passeriformes Family: Parulidae (New World Warblers)
Setophaga kirtlandii Order: Passeriformes Family: Parulidae (New World Warblers)
Kirtland's Warbler

This endangered species had been reduced to fewer than 200 pairs when I started birding in 1975, but with protection from the Endangered Species Act, habitat in Michigan has been restored and maintained, and cowbird control has permitted breeding birds to raise their own young successfully. Now a few Kirtland’s Warblers are nesting in Ontario and Wisconsin as well. I’ve seen them during fall migration at Lake Kissimmee State Park in Florida, during spring migration at Magee Marsh in Ohio, and in a small nesting territory in Bayfield County, Wisconsin. They winter in scrub habitat in the Bahamas.

In 2016, I wrote this detailed blog post about Kirtland’s Warblers, likening the species to the character Sally Albright in the movie When Harry Met Sally but also including lots of factual and interesting information.

Michigan Audubon, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provide tours of the breeding habitat that give you a great chance to see and hear breeding birds for a nominal fee. Details are available here.

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