Kwakwath Trifecta, Indian Crossing Trails ~ Tecumseh, MI

Indian Crossing  (IC) Trails are located on the east end of Tecumseh, MI.  Parking is located at the Community Center on M-50 or at the Standish Dam off Burt Street.  A one-mile long trail runs from Standish Dam to the Community Center.  Additional trails are located on the north side of the River Raisin.

If you go there for birding it’s possible to see a different variety of birds depending on the season.  Yesterday I was mainly searching for migratory warblers so I hiked the floodplain trail on the north side of the river.  I only saw two Yellow-rumped Warblers, but I did find a large flock of Robins mixed with Cedar Waxwings.  This was the largest flock of Robins I have seen since last Spring.  I’m guessing they were mostly Canadian Robins making their way to winter grounds.  Many of them however will stay here.  Wherever there are large stands of berries I find Robins all winter long.  Indian Crossing trails are a great place to see woodpeckers as well.  I saw two Hairy Woodpeckers, a few Downy Woodpeckers and a Red-bellied Woodpecker…..a Kwakwath trifecta!  Downys and Red-bellies are fairly common, but Hairy Woodpeckers are not.  They can be identified by the length of the beak and by their evenly pitched rattle.  Other than that they look very similar to Downy Woodpeckers.  Besides Robins, Waxwings and Woodpeckers it was fairly quiet during my short hike along the River Raisin.  It was so quiet I could hear subtle movements in the leaf litter.  During times like this I sometimes just sit and listen for 10-15 minutes.  Yesterday I spotted a Wild Turkey, two snakes, and a dozen deer just sitting and listening.
One thing I love about IC Trails is that I see something different every time I go there.  I see Bluebirds in the Winter, hear Wood Thrushes playing their flutes in the Spring, flush Wood Ducks along the river’s edge and occasionally spot a Bald Eagle fishing around Globe Mill Pond.  Another thing I love is the history of the park.  I love that Native Americans considered the land sacred.  I love that it has been saved from development and remains sacred to those who love nature.  I love seeing all the different species of Oaks on the high ground.  I love the sound of frogs in the flood plains.  Whether you are birding or not, it’s simply a beautiful place to be.

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