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Custom Guiding in Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan
Sabrewing Nature Tours offers custom guided trips throughout Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan, and farther afield as requested! No matter how long your stay or the size of your group, we can make plans to help you find your target birds in our area. Contact us to discuss details and pricing for your group!
 
Below are some possible local custom guided trips.
Warblers, Warblers, and more Warblers
If you are interested in seeing the spring migration at its peak and in the best location, then go no further than this popular tour.  The southern shore of Lake Erie serves as a very effective "stopper" for neotropical birds as they wing their way north toward their breeding grounds.  Here, at migrant "traps", you will see some of the most beautiful birds North America has to offer.  Scarlet Tanagers and Baltimore Orioles are numerous, Indigo Buntings and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks will be seen in good numbers, and oh yes, there are a few warblers as well.  Over 30 species of warblers can be expected on this tour with just a little effort.  From Magnolias to American Redstarts and everything in between will be tallied.  It will be a challenge to pull ourselves from the popular birding venues, but there are lesser known (but just as birdy!) locations that will beckon us.  We can expect to see more of the neotropical parade of course, but we will also see what other habitats may have for the offering. If you are looking for a smaller group at your own pace (whether slow or fast) for the height of spring migration, contact us for more details.
 
Depending on the length of your tour, we may hit as many as 4 or 5 different eco-zones, resulting in a tremendous diversity of species. This tour is from the Toledo, OH area. 
Winter Birding in Northern Michigan

 

When the temperatures are cold, the birding is hot.  Northern Michigan is a real winter wonderland from December through March and for birders, this means an opportunity to see some really unique and highly-coveted species.  This tour can be two, three or four days and we will spend time viewing the most wanted species.  Species diversity will be low, but the quality will be outstanding.  Inside the spruce bogs we may find Boreal Chickadee and Spruce Grouse and we are likely to get "arm's-length" views of that northern camp robber the Gray Jay.  Black-backed Woodpecker is also a possibility in the forest.  Snowy Owls, Northern Shrikes and Rough-legged Hawks will all be found in the open farm country and we may have a good opportunity at staked-out Northern Hawk-owl and/or Great Gray Owls as well.  No northern trip would be complete without "winter finches" of course, and we will have excellent chances at both White-winged and Red Crossbills and Pine and Evening Grosbeaks.  This tour is from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

Wonderful Waterfowl: March in the Marsh
When people think of spring migration in northern Ohio, things like Scarlet Tanagers, Magnolia Warblers and Indigo Buntings are usually the first to come to mind. But more than a month before "warbler neck" sets in, there is another phenomenon occurring in the very same locations, and in many ways it is more spectacular than the songbird migration. Northern Ohio is home to some of the absolute best duck watching around. There are 20 species of commonly occurring ducks in March, and we will target all of them. We'll see large flocks of Gadwall and Northern Shovelers, gaudy male Northern Pintails, the diminutive but handsome Green-winged Teal, and over a dozen other species, most of which in large numbers.
 
We will visit some of the larger marshes in the area as well as some Lake Erie locations where we are more likely to see the divers. Huge flocks numbering in the tens of thousands of scaup are likely and we'll be sure to check them carefully for a wayward scoter or Long-tailed Duck. In addition to ogling the fantastic waterfowl, we will be sure to visit a lakeshore migrant trap or two. At this time of year, songbirds are on the move but it's a different crowd from later in May. Birds like Rusty Blackbird, Winter Wren and Fox Sparrow will likely be encountered. This can be a one or two day itinerary and is from Toledo, OH.