Southwest Michigan Wildlife columnist for The Herald-Palladium


A red-shouldered hawk on Jan. 25, near the corner of Baldwin and Browntown Roads in Chikaming Township.

Brad Anderson captured the image of a red-shouldered hawk on Jan. 25, on the south side of Browntown Road, near the intersection of Baldwin Road in Chikaming Township.

The red-shouldered hawk is in the same genus, named buteo, as our more common red-tailed hawk. The former is a hawk of woodlands, the latter hawk of open and semi-open country.


A white-crowned sparrow near Eau Claire in late January.


A common redpoll, one of a flock of approximately 15 that have been visiting the feeders of Brad and Hannah Anderson of Bridgman in recent weeks.


An American robin on Jan. 22 in Royalton Township. American robins do spend the winter in Southwest Michigan, but are less conspicuous than in the summer months.

Carolina Wrens

Carolina wrens feed on a hot pepper log suet at the home of Peg and John McCann of St. Joseph on Feb. 6.

Jonathan Wuepper is an area naturalist. Report your sightings to him at