Southeast Michigan is home to a diverse range of bird species, from resident year-round birds to migratory birds that pass through the region during their annual journeys. Bird watching is a great way to connect with nature and learn more about the local ecosystem, and there are many parks and nature areas throughout the region that offer great opportunities for bird watching.  Just minutes away from the Village of Clinton and the historic Clinton Inn, you will find the Irish Hills area. The Irish Hills is known for its rolling hills, scenic lakes, and natural beauty.  The Irish Hills offers many opportunities for bird watching, with a variety of habitats including forests, wetlands, and grasslands.

Bird Watching Locations

Here are some of the best places to birdwatch in the Irish Hills:

Hidden Lake Gardens

This botanical garden in Tipton features over 750 acres of gardens, forests, and wetlands, with many bird species to observe throughout the year. The gardens are home to species such as woodpeckers, nuthatches, warblers, and many others.

W.J. Hayes State Park

This 700-acre state park is located in Onsted and features hiking trails through forests, wetlands, and fields. Bird species that can be seen in this park include woodpeckers, hawks, warblers, chickadees, blue jays, and various waterfowl.

Michigan International Speedway

This racetrack in Brooklyn features over 1,400 acres of land, including wetlands, forests, and fields. The diverse habitat attracts many bird species, including sandhill cranes, great blue herons, and various waterfowl.

Cambridge Junction Historic State Park

This park is located in Brooklyn and offers hiking trails through a historic train station and other historic buildings. Bird species that can be seen in this park include woodpeckers, chickadees, and various songbirds.

Birds to Watch For

These birds are commonly seen in various habitats in the Irish Hills, including woodlands, wetlands, and open fields.

  • Bald Eagle
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Wild Turkey
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • American Kestrel
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • Northern Cardinal
  • American Goldfinch
  • Indigo Bunting
  • House Finch
  • Mourning Dove
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Tufted Titmouse