12 Silver Mountain
wildlife viewing |
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Photo: US Forest Service
Beautiful, scenic vistas of the Upper Peninsula await
the hearty souls willing to climb the 250-plus boulder-strewn
steps to the top of Silver Mountain. The stairs are
a rugged climb, and the site offers few amenities,
so come prepared.
In addition to spectacular views of the surrounding
countryside, Silver Mountain offers excellent opportunities
to view migrating birds-of-prey (raptors).
The drab brown coat of the snowshoe hare
provides excellent camouflage in spring and summer.
The snowshoe hare is named for its large, wide
hind feet that help support its weight on soft snow
in winter. Photo: US Forest Service
In May-June and again in September-October, watch
broad-winged and red-tailed hawks soaring on the strong
updrafts of wind that whistle up the mountainside.
Smaller sharp-shinned hawks and American kestrels
are also common during migration.