Lost Nations

Hello birders,

Yesterday I had the opportunity to go birding with a few friends from west Lenawee County; Janet Kaufman, Hal Royce and Richard Fanning.  We went to the Lost Nations State Game Area just across the Lenawee border near Pittsford, MI.  It was the first time I have ever been there and WOW, I was impressed!  Not only was it the birdiest place I’ve ever been around here, it holds all sorts of treasures for the nature lover.  Anyway, we found some great birds, although Hal and Richard said it was better last week.  We spotted 57 species in a short amount of time.  My favorite birds were the warblers of course.  We found Ceruleans, Black-throated Greens, Hooded and numerous Yellows.  Near a beaver dam we were treated with a pair of Louisiana Waterthrush.  A Red-eyed Vireo serenaded us pretty much all day.  We heard a Barred Owl call in the distance.    Richard called in a Pileated Woodpecker with his iTouch and it flew within 30′ of me.  Common Yellowthroats were abundant.  A Great Crested Flycatcher was found hanging out near the Beaver Pond.  A lone Trumpeter Swan made a flyby.  Sandhill Cranes were singing in the distance.  We dipped on a White-eyed Vireo, but got good looks at the Red-eyed.  A Phoebe gave us nice pose from 20′ away.  When it was all said and done I knew why they called it Lost Nations.  It’s big…as a Nation.  And a nature lover could easily get lost in thought there.  It’s a land lost in time, a hidden treasure, a place worth protecting and conserving.  Don’t take my word for it.  Check it out for yourself.

Reminder:  The North American Migration Count is coming up on Saturday, May 12th.  If you’re interested in counting birds on that day let me know.  We have a lot of great places to count birds in Lenawee County.


5 responses

  1. Hi Greg,

    Where did you park and which trails did you use (I have the official map off the SGA website)? We keep hearing excellent reports from Lost Nation and want to check it out!


    Cindi Martineau

    • Cindi, we started from the parking lot on Gilbert Rd (on the map, Sect 24 near Lake No.8, a beaver dam lake). We walked east on that trail, which comes out on Skuse Rd, crosses that and goes on. We didn’t get as far as Skuse Rd, just walked in a little more than half way and walked back out. Many habitats, wetlands, the beaver dam, then upslope into oak, hickory, beautiful old forest.
      Janet Kauffman

  2. Hi Cindi, I’m not 100% sure of the road names since I was not driving. But, I do know we were on the North Country Trail. If you google “north country trail” it will take you to their website which provides a google map. zoom in on Pittsford State Game Area. We started on the north end. There is a dirt lot there with enough room for about 6-10 vehicles. Good luck and email me if you need better directions. Let me know how it was if you go.

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