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grasslands. Watch for ring-necked
pheasant, bobolink, LeConte’s
and song sparrows, sandhill
cranes, and eastern meadowlarks.
If you’re very lucky, you may find
a black-billed cuckoo, Wilson’s
snipe, or American bittern.
A little farther south on
MI 129, look for a short loop,
the Pickford Grassland Loop,
accessed by turning west on 23
Mile Road, south on Hancock
Road, and east on Townville Road
to return to MI 129. Around
these grasslands, you’re apt to find
sandhill crane, wild turkey, bobolink, dickcissel, Savannah and
clay-colored sparrows, northern
harriers, and eastern kingbirds.
Depending on when you
visit, plan to spend several hours
around the grassland loop and
potholes, because the two sites
are excellent for target grassland
birds. This area is a reliable spot
for both grasshopper and Savan-
nah sparrows. Not far away, the
village of Goetzville on Michigan
Route 48 will give you more open
grasslands and hay fields, where
you might spot sandhill cranes
not far from the roadway.
These sites are also the northernmost stops of the North
Huron Birding Trail, helpful
for exploring the Lake Huron
shoreline. On MI 129, continue
south from Pickford 11 miles to
Cedarville and head east 24 miles
on Michigan Route 134 to the
Village of De Tour, the ferry terminal to Drummond Island.
North Huron Birding Trail
The North Huron Birding
Before reaching De Tour vil-
lage, you’ll enter De Tour State
Park. Watch for signs for De
Tour Roadside Park and, nearly
adjacent, the state forest camp-
ground. These trail sites have
wooded and dune paths that
lead to abundant songbirds, rap-
tors, and water birds. Listen for
black-capped chickadees, often
the leaders of a feeding flock that
includes several warbler species.
Keep an eye out for merlins and
sharp-shinned hawks watching
Merlin with a mourning dove.