More info: Michigan is one of the best states in America for bird watching, boasting over 450 species. Thousands of species of birds migrate through the state of Michigan every year on their way from Canada down into Mexico or up into Alaska.
Michigan has some of the widest variety of birds year round with one reason being that it has a milder climate than other states in the Midwest. Another contributing fact is the open land in Michigan provides a safe place for birds to rest on their long flights. The entire state is criss-crossed with more than 100 different types of protected areas and nature preserves.
Chickadees, nuthatches, cardinals and blue jays are year-round residents. Other birds migrate to Michigan for the winter from northern environments. Pine siskins, dark-eyed juncos, snow buntings and crossbills are just some of the birds seen in parts of Michigan only during winter.