Michigan RBA--16 December 2004
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Thu Dec 16 07:42:46 EST 2004
*December 16th, 2004
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compiled: 16 Dec 2004
compiler: Jon Wuepper
MICHIGAN REVIEW SPECIES MENTIONED
KING EIDER* [CASUAL] (Saint Clair County)
ARCTIC/PACIFIC LOON* [CASUAL] (Baraga County)
*=On Michigan Bird Records Committee Species Review List. Please send
documentation to: Jack Reinoehl, c/o MBRC, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI
Additional species mentioned:
White-winged Scoter (Saint Clair, Oakland cos)
Harlequin Duck (Marquette County)
Long-tailed Duck (Saint Clair, Benzie cos)
Red-necked Grebe (Saint Clair County)
Golden Eagle (Muskegon County)
Iceland Gull (Wayne, Marquete cos)
Great Black-backed Gull (Marquette, Wayne, Bay cos)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Wayne County)
Thayers Gull (Marquette, Berrien cos)
Glaucous Gull (Marquette, Alger, Bay cos)
Snowy Owl (Chippewa, Muskegon, Kalamazoo, Huron, Bay, Berrien cos)
Great Gray Owl (Chippewa County)
Northern Hawk Owl (Luce County)
Black-backed Woodpecker (Luce County)
Bohemian Waxwing (Marquette County)
Gray Catbird (Midland County)
Pine Warbler (Livingston County)
Harriss Sparrow (Osceola County)
Fox Sparrow (Berrien County)
Pine Siskin (Berrien County)
Common Redpoll (Berrien County)
This is the Michigan Statewide Bird Report for Thursday, December 16th,
2004, which is being sponsored by the Wild Bird Center of Benton Harbor
located in the Orchards Mall.
In BARAGA COUNTY, on December 8th, Joseph Youngman saw 1 ARCTIC/PACIFIC
LOON*, off the Baraga Jetty in Keweenaw Bay. The bird has not been
relocated, to my knowledge.
In SAINT CLAIR COUNTY on December 11th, off Lighthouse Point, Mike Mencotti
and Jerry Sniderman relocated 2 KING EIDERS*, in addition to WHITE-WINGED
SCOTERS, LONG-TAILED DUCK and RED-NECKED GREBE.
In OAKLAND COUNTY, as of December 12, the previously reported WHITE-WINGED
SCOTER was still present, at American Center Marsh.
In WAYNE COUNTY, in Van Buren Township on December 14th, Allen Chartier
found 1 adult ICELAND GULL, 1 adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and about 1
dozen GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, all located at the Tyler Road Pond (a/k/a
Grace Lake). From I-94 take Haggerty Road north about 1 mile to Tyler Road.
DIRECTIONS: Turn right (east) and go about 1/2 mile to the Visteon entrance
on the left. Bear to the right and find a place to park with a view of the
In LIVINGSTON COUNTY, the PINE WARBLER reported last week, continued to be
observed through at least December 12th, at the Brighton State Recreation
In MUSKEGON COUNTY on December 12th, Bill Holm and Bob Tarte found an
immature GOLDEN EAGLE, to the north of the main east-west road which runs
through the Muskegon Wastewater Facility. A SNOWY OWL was seen at Muskegon
Wastewater Facility through at least December 12th.
In LUCE COUNTY on December 11th, Tim Smart, Doug Munson and Scott Jennex
relocated the NORTHERN HAWK OWL, reported on last weeks RBA. It was seen at
the dead end of the Soo Line Road, north of M-28. A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER
was seen about ½ way down M-28. On December 10th, Jodi Spieles found a
NORTHERN HAWK OWL in the large bog, north of Skyline Rd along M-123. This
location is north of Newberry.
In CHIPPEWA COUNTY on December 11th, Doug and Kathy Munson found 3 SNOWY
OWLS, in the field behind 20517 S Centerline Road south of 20 Mile Road and
west of I-75. Scott Jennex and Tim Smart went to Sugar Island on December
11th, and found a GREAT GRAY OWL, just east of the corner of 6 Mile &
Homestead Roads. Later that day, Scott Jennex found a GREAT GRAY OWL, south
of Sault Sainte Marie, on Riverside Drive between 10 and 11 Mile Roads.
In MARQUETTE COUNTY, at Marquettes Lower Harbor, December 10th, Skye Haas
on December 10th, Skye Haas saw a female HARLEQUIN DUCK fly in off the lake.
This was viewed from Matteson Park. However at dusk she flew off towards the
break-wall, and was not relocated. Also seen at Marquette Harbor that day
was one 1st winter GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL, a 1st winter THAYERS GULL l and
2 GLAUCOUS GULLS (1st & 2nd winter). GLAUCOUS GULLS have been seen at
Marquette Harbor daily. Later that day, Skye observed 10 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS
on Lincoln Street, south of the Northern Michigan University campus. On
December 14th, Skye Haas visited the Marquette County dump and found: 10
GLAUCOUS GULLS, 1, 1st-winter GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL and 1, 2nd winter
In ALGER COUNTY on December 9th, Scott Hickman saw a GLAUCOUS GULL.
In BENZIE COUNTY, at Point Betsie on December 9th, Keith Westphal was lucky
to have seen 2 late SANDERLINGS. Keith also reported viewing a rather large
flock of LONG-TAILED DUCKS off Point Betsie, estimated between 10,000 to
In OSCEOLA COUNTY on December 10th and December 11th, Matt and Cyndi
Johnstones birdfeeders was host to a first-winter HARRISSS SPARROW. The
bird has not been seen since about 9am on December 11th.
In KALAMAZOO COUNTY, on the morning of December 11th, Richard Keith found a
SNOWY OWL, at the intersection of Portage Road and U Avenue.
No relocation reports to my knowledge.
In HURON COUNTY on December 11th, Chris Schumacher found a SNOWY OWL, on
Sebewaing Road about 0.25 west of Bayport Road (3:30 PM). It was perched on
a power pole. No relocation reports.
In BAY COUNTY on December 13th, 5 GLAUCOUS GULLS were observed in Pinconning
Township, and 8 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS near Linwood.
On December 10th, Jed Fulkerson found a SNOWY OWL, on Pinconnning Road, west
of I-75. No relocation to my knowledge.
In MIDLAND COUNTY, at the Chippewa Nature Center on December 14th, Janea
Little observed a lingering GRAY CATBIRD.
In BERRIEN COUNTY on December 10th, a single SNOWY OWL was seen perched on a
STOP sign(!), irrigation equipment, and a phone pole near the corners of
both North Scottdale and Linco Roads, and South Scottdale and Linco Roads.
(Scottdale Road jogs a bit at Linco Road). The bird was relocated on
December 11th, but not seen since. This bird was certainly a different owl
than the one reported near that place on November 30th (conclusion based on
photographs of both owls). Other notable birds from BERRIEN COUNTY this week
included one first-winter THAYER'S GULL, seen on December 15th at Lake
Chapin by Cory Gregory. A half-dozen COMMON REDPOLLS and several PINE
SISKINS at the home feeder of Dick Schinkel on December 13th; Mindy Walker
reported a lingering FOX SPARROW at the feeders of Sarett Nature Center on
both December 14th and December 15th.
Finally, Id like to mention the publication this month, of a new
bird-finding guide: A Birders Guide To Michigan by Allen Chartier and
Jerry Ziarno. The book is published by, and available exclusively though the
American Birding Association. Check it out at
The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, December 23rd,
2004. To report your sightings, please leave a message at the sound of the
tone or call Jon Wuepper at 269-556-9510. Thanks for calling and good
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