Birds in a red pine plantation

TitleBirds in a red pine plantation
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1963
AuthorsMessersmith DH
JournalThe Wilson Bulletin

A red pine plantation in northern Michigan was surveyed for birds' nests. This 11-year-old plantation yielded 100 nests of 11 species; Chipping Sparrows and Cedar Waxwings were the most abundant. These birds preferred parts of the tract where the trees were about 3 meters high and relatively open. Nine other species were noted feeding in the plantation. The only known predator was a red squirrel, which probably destroyed some eggs. It is concluded that a red pine plantation provides a very suitable habitat for birds.