If you love birds and don't have anything on your schedule this weekend, consider taking a trip to Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve in Crete Township, where we're seeing a bit of a bird bonanza around Plum Creek Nature Center.
The arrival of ruby-throated hummingbirds and Baltimore orioles in recent weeks was just the beginning, and this week we've seen a big boost in bird activity.
Eastern bluebirds, rose-breasted grosbeaks, orchard orioles and house wrens are just a few that have been hanging out.
"The cold, rainy weather has concentrated them, and they are probably showing up on the feeders since it is easier for them to find food that way," said Bob Bryerton, an interpretive naturalist at Plum Creek Nature Center. "As the weather warms up and the leaves come out, they will be less conspicuous."
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The orioles have been particularly active, with Bryerton counting at least six orioles at one time fighting for the feeders.
There also have been indigo bunting sightings, and while they haven't been consistently seen at the feeders, they should soon start showing up in greater numbers around the nature center.
Palm warblers, yellow-rumped warblers and pine warblers also are starting to appear.
"Each day could have new birds," Bryerton said. "We have had a couple of hikes here recently and saw at least 30 species on each of them."
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