Detroit RBA 12/8/2004

Karl.Overman at Karl.Overman at
Wed Dec 8 18:17:01 EST 2004

Great Egret
Eurasian Wigeon
King Eider
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black-necked Stilt
Snowy Owl
Varied Thrush
Bohemian Waxwing
Pine Siskin

Wednesday, December 8, 2004 at 6 p.m..

This is the rare bird alert sponsored by the Detroit Audubon Society. A female King Eider was still being seen at Port Huron off of Riverview Street at the mouth of the St. Clair River on December 3rd by Karl Overman and Darlene Friedman.  They both also saw a male Harlequin Duck close to shore at Lighthouse Park, Port Huron on the same date.  On the Ontario side, Lance Allin saw a Snowy Owl in Sarnia by the Stokes on the Bay Restaurant on December 7th. 

A cooperative female White-winged Scoter has been at the improbable location of American Center Marsh on 11 Mile Road in Southfield, Oakland County.  It was initially seen on Saturday, December 4th by Mike Mencotti and it has been seen daily, including today, December 8th.  Mike also had 3 Pine Siskins at the feeders at the nature center at Heritage Park, Oakland County on the same date.  The lingering Great Egrets in Gibraltar, Wayne County apparently are lingering no more according to Walt Pawloski who last saw four of them on December 5th.  Karl Overman saw a Surf Scoter at Belle Isle off the swimming beach on December 3rd. 

At Point Pelee, a Bohemian Waxwing has been seen for over a week, including today.  According to Alan Wormington, this is the first Pelee record since 1995.  The bird has been seen from the White Pine Picnic area to the Old Camp Henry area further north.  Also present for over a week and seen again today at Pelee is a Varied Thrush in approximately the same areas.  It seems to be most often seen early in the day, north of the White Pine picnic area before flying off, sometimes in the direction of the DeLaurier cemetery.  Alan Wormington found on male and female Eurasian Wigeon at Eireau on December 2nd.  The male was seen the following day as well in a large flock of wigeon easily viewed from the parking lot of a restaurant. The number of waterfowl on Rondeau Bay at the moment is truly impressive. If you go to Rondeau you might as well go to the Ridgetown sewage lagoons, also in Kent County,  to view the Black-necked Stilt there.  It was seen there at least through December 3rd.

A number of birders have looked recently for northern owls around the Soo.  Most have had success with Great Gray Owl on Sugar and Neebish Islands though there has been little success on the mainland.  Sugar Island is far more accessible to birders with ferry service approximately every half hour.  Neebish Island has less frequent ferry service but you virtually have the place to yourself, along with a couple of Great Gray Owls hopefully, once you get there.

To report rare birds call Karl Overman at 248.473.0484. 

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