Let me add: We'll be more in Bay City, not really Saginaw, but still close by. I'll probably have chances to bird Saginaw Bay some (Lake Huron).
You see, We aren't heading up there for birding. I might be able to squeeze a few stops in, but it's mostly visiting family. So that means going anywhere significantly out of the way is probably not an option.
Thanks for the advice! How do you imagine birding in Michigan would be different from birding in south Kansas? Any tips to know just in general, not related to birding? Is the habitat mainly forest?
I'm gonna have fun looking at the Merlin barcharts.