Nayanquing Point is located on the Saginaw Bay, three miles
north of Linwood. This state wildlife area consists of 1500
acres of freshwater marsh habitat, and is well-known to birders
for its outstanding variety of wetlands species, including
a breeding colony of Yellow-headed Blackbirds. Other birds
regularly found here include Black-crowned Night-Heron,
Great Egret, American and Least bittern, American Coot,
Common Gallinule, Eastern Kingbird, Marsh Wren, Swamp
Sparrow, numerous waterfowl, shorebird species, and many
others. Many birds considered uncommon or rare for Michigan
have been found here in recent years, including Eurasian
Wigeon, King Rail, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet,
Hudsonian Godwit, Marbled Godwit, Wilson’s Phalarope,
Laughing Gull, Franklin’s Gull, Snowy Egret, Little Blue
Heron, Tricolored Heron, and Glossy Ibis, just to name a
few. We will explore some of the trails, then enjoy sunset
from the observation tower, watching and listening as the
marsh comes alive with evening bird song.
Space is limited. We will carpool
and caravan to the site. Departure will be 3:00 pm from
Seven Ponds, with approximate return time of 11:00 pm.
Dress for the weather, and bring your binoculars, field guide,
snacks, and a beverage.