One of our target birds was the Kirtland's Warbler. Kirtland's Warbler, also known as the jack pine warbler, is named after Jared P. Kirtland, an Ohio doctor and amateur naturalist. Nearly extinct just 50 years ago, it is well on its way to recovery due to conservation efforts to restore at least 160 acres of dense young jack pine for its breeding habitat. This habitat was historically created by wildfire, but today is primarily created through the harvest of mature jack pine, and planting of jack pine seedlings, which is where we found them.
On the way to Tawas Point, we made a detour to Shiawassee NWR (MI) because our guide found out that there was a Whooping Crane in the area. We did find the Crane but it was about 1km away so only ID photos but I was able to capture a flight of Sandhill Cranes and an Eastern Phoebe.
We spent a couple of days birding around the Tawas Point on Lake Huron. I really like when it is overcast because it’s like a huge softbox allowing for better photos throughout the day.