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Door County Birding Tips

Door County Birding Tips

  1. Prep for your birding adventure by listening to bird calls on CD while driving to Door County. Your local library may event have these for loan.
  2. Visit shorelines with tall pine trees in spring to catch migrating birds. They flock to the pine trees to pick midges that have come out of the shallow water.
  3. Head out after a day of strong winds from the south, which help migrating birds fly north.
  4. Find binoculars that offer an objective lens measurement between 30 and 45 mm, and try for magnification from 6 to 8.
  5. While you are strolling through our lush forests, see large, rectangular woodpecker-created holes in dead trees (there are a lot of these type of holes along the Ice Age Trail in Potawatomi State Park in Sturgeon Bay). Pileated woodpeckers drill for ants, leaving behind important shelters for owls, bats, ducks and swifts - both rhyme and reason exist in nature patterns, make contact!
  6. Get some black oil or striped sunflower seeds and head to the nature center at Peninsula State Park in Fish Creek; sprinkle some seed on your outstretched arm, or on top of your head, hold still and wait. Soon, a chickadee, dee, dee, will come to perch on you, look you in the eye, snatch a seed, and take it back to a nearby, sheltered branch to crack it open.

Find more tips for the budding birder here and some more birding highlights from our Down to Earth Insider.