Great Lakes

Migratory Birds

Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) have one of the longest migrations, traveling up to 15,500 miles each year between the Arctic Circle and Argentina.

Known in Latin America as ‘candelita’ or little candle, the American redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) flashes its wings and tail to flush insects from foliage.

Found throughout much of the world, great egrets (Ardea alba) were once hunted almost to extinction for their feathers, which were popular in ladies’ fashions.

Considered by some to be the most beautiful of all waterfowl, wood ducks (Aix sponsa) prefer to nest in trees over water.

Indigo buntings (Passerina cyanea) migrate at night from southern Manitoba and Saskatchewan to northern South America using the stars to guide them.

The lesser yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) breeds in the boreal forests of Alaska and Canada and may winter as far south as Chile and Argentina.

During part of its fall migration, the blackpoll warbler (Dendroica striata) will sometimes fly nonstop for up to 88 hours over water.

There’s no parental pampering for common merganser (Mergus merganser) chicks, who begin diving for their own food a day or so after hatching.

Considered a symbol of hope and happiness by many, the rich, warbling whistle of the eastern bluebird (Sialia sialis) brightens up any spring morning.