Humbug Marsh Birds

Peregrine Falcon Humbug Birds Profile Pic

Peregrine falcon  
Because Humbug Marsh is one of the last coastal wetlands on the Detroit River, it is extremely important to waterfowl, other migratory birds, certain insects that depend on wetland, herpetofauna, and fish. Many of these species are regionally rare. 


Waterfowl and Other Birds   

Numerous bird counts have been conducted in Humbug Marsh at different times of the year. Those surveys have proven that the marsh provides habitat for a number of sensitive, locally rare bird species including: 


Michigan Endangered Species  
Falco peregrinus (Peregrine Falcon)   


Michigan Threatened Species   
Buteo lineatus (Red-shouldered Hawk)   
Gavia immer (Common Loon)   
Haliaeetus leucocephalus (Bald Eagle)  
Nycticorax nycticorax (Black-crowned Night Heron)  
Pandion helianthus (Osprey)  
Sterna caspia pallas (Caspian Tern)  
Sterna hurondo (Common Tern)   


Michigan Special Concern Species  
Accipiter cooperii (Cooper's Hawk)    
Circus cvaneus (Northern Harrier)  
Sterna forsteri (Forster's Tern)  
Dendroica cerulean (Cerulean Warbler)   




While populations of these particular bird species are considered secure on a national and global level, the State of Michigan has found that local populations are in decline or are threatened with severe decline as developmental pressures continue to disrupt habitat. These birds rely on Humbug Marsh for habitat because it is one of the last natural areas remaining on the Detroit River.



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