Date: 4/28/18 2:35 am From: Karen Markey <ylime...> Subject: [birders] Looking ahead to WAS field trip to Hudson Mills Metropark, Sunday, May 6, 7:45 am
Please join me for a WAS-sponsored tour of spring migrants at Hudson Mills Metropark on Sunday, May 6. We will meet at 7:45 am sharp at the flagpole in the front of the Activity Center. If the entry booth is unmanned, you can purchase a $10 daily parking permit from Metropark staff at the Activity Center.
Spring migrants at Hudson Mills can be surprising. We could have Scarlet Tanager, Wood thrush, Magnolia, Chestnut-sided and Nashvlle warblers. We always look for the park's summer residents such as Yellow-throated vireo, Blue-winged warbler, Brown Thrasher, Eastern Bluebirds, and more. You never know what gems will show up!
The long-range weather forecast for Sunday, May 6, is forecast to clear with a cool start in the high 40s, warming to mid 50s at 11 am. Be prepared for wet, dewy trails, grass, and fields due to rain in mid-week. Personally, I wear gaiters to keep my feet dry. Bring insect repellent just in case. Please be prepared for lots of hiking, stalking, standing, and circling back over the same trails. No pets are allowed on the nature trails. Please, no strollers either.
From Ann Arbor's northeast side, I drive to Hudson Mills as follows: head north on US-23 and take exit 49, North Territorial Road. Turn left (west) onto North Territorial and drive about eight to nine miles. A few hundred feet after passing Huron River Drive, turn left (south) into Hudson Mills Metropark. Take the second right into a large carpark that ends at the big Activity Center. If you reach Dexter-Pinckney Road (where there's a drive-through coffee shop), you have driven too far west on North Territorial.
See you in a week on Sunday, May 6 at 7:45 am sharp. We will bird until the bird activity slows down, usually around 11 am. You can leave the group at any time. Just ask me how to hike back to the Activity Center's carpark. If you have questions, please message me.