Michigan RBA--23 December 2004
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*December 23rd, 2004
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compiled: 23 Dec 2004
compiler: Jon Wuepper
MICHIGAN REVIEW SPECIES MENTIONED
CACKLING GOOSE* [NOT ON MICHIGAN BIRD LIST] (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:
Long-tailed Duck (Monroe, Bay cos)
Sharp-tailed Grouse (Chippewa County)
Turkey Vulture (Berrien County)
Northern Goshawk (Berrien County)
Merlin (Mackinac, Berrien cos)
Golden Eagle (Jackson, Muskegon, Cass cos)
Great Black-backed Gull (Bay, Monroe cos)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Monroe County)
Glaucous Gull (Marquette, Wayne cos)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Manistee County)
Iceland Gull (Marquette, Genesee cos)
Thayers Gull (Marquette County)
Black-legged Kittiwake (Muskegon County)
Snowy Owl (Muskegon County)
Great Gray Owl (Mackinac, Chippewa cos)
Northern Hawk Owl (Luce County)
Black-backed Woodpecker (Baraga County)
Northern Shrike (Chippewa, Bay, Barry cos)
Varied Thrush (Houghton County)
Bohemian Waxwing (Marquette, Chippewa cos)
Pine Warbler (Livingston County)
Northern Cardinal (Houghton County)
Chipping Sparrow (Houghton, Berrien cos)
Field Sparrow (Keewenaw County)
Pine Grosbeak (Chippewa County)
White-winged Crossbill (Baraga County)
This is the Michigan Statewide Bird Report for Thursday, December 23rd,
2004, which is being sponsored by the Wild Bird Center of Benton Harbor
located in the Orchards Mall.
In MACKINAC COUNTY, a GREAT GRAY OWL was found during the Mackinaw Straits
Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on December 21st, along H-57 (a/k/a Brevort Lake
Rd). This is located about 3.5 miles north of US 2. It was perched in a
spruce in front of a yellow modular home with the address 102 on the
mailbox. A MERLIN was observed on the count along US-2 & Cheeseman Road.
In CHIPPEWA COUNTY, on Sugar Island, December 20th, Mark Dettling, Greg
Norwood and others located a GREAT GRAY OWL, approximately one mile from the
ferry along one and-a-half mile road.
On December 21st, 6 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE were seen at Riverside Road and 9
Mile Roads. NORTHERN SHRIKE, PINE GROSBEAK and BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were also
reported on Sugar Island.
In LUCE COUNTY, the previously reported NORTHERN HAWK OWL was relocated
along Soo Line Road this week. Date uncertain, but probably seen on December
21st (and/or December 20th.).
In HOUGHTON COUNTY, December 18th, highlights on the Houghton CBC included a
VARIED THRUSH, near Jacobsville, and a CHIPPING SPARROW at a feeder in
Hancock. On December 19th, Skye Haas relocated the VARIED THRUSH in
In BARAGA COUNTY on December 19th, Skye Haas found at least 1 CACKLING
GOOSE* at the base of the Keewenaw Bay in Baraga. Also on December 19th,
Skye found a female BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, and a few WHITE-WINGED
CROSSBILLS on M-28, south of Bovine.
In MARQUETTE COUNTY on December 19th, Skye Haas birded the county dump and
found: 1, 1st winter ICELAND GULL and 1 , 1st-winter THAYERS GULL, and a
good total of 14 GLAUCOUS GULLS. Skye tallied about 250 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS
that day along South Beach Road in the lower harbor.
In KEEWENAW COUNTY, a FIELD SPARROW has been seen this month (December
4thDecember 18th+?), at a private feeder in Amheek. 2 NORTHERN CARDINALS
have been seen far north of their normal range, at a parking lot of a
Hardees restaurant in East Houghton. For more information, you can call
Nancy Auer at: 906-337-2690.
In BAY COUNTY, on December 17th at the Karn Power Plant, 500 LONG-TAILED
DUCKS were reported by Mark and Judy Hubinger. On December 20th, a lone
female LONG-TAILED DUCK was all that remained there, according to Joe and
Grant Soehnel. Joe and Grant also tallied 4 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS and a
NORTHERN SHRIKE that day at the Karn Plant.
In HURON COUNTY on December 16th, 3-female type HARLEQUIN DUCKS were
tallied, during the Huron County CBC, off the point at Grindstone.
In MANISTEE COUNTY, December 18th, Brian Allen reported a 3rd- winter LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULLl on Manistee Lake seen from the Arthur Sreet Boat Launch
on US-31 in Manistee.
In MUSKEGON COUNTY on December 17th, Mike Moran reported 3 SNOWY OWLS,
around the Muskegon Wastewater Facility. On December 22nd, Caleb Putnam
notified that 3 SNOWY OWLS were (re?)located in the county. 2 at Muskegon
Wastewater, and another 100 yards east of intersection of Moorland & Cline
Roads, atop telephone pole. A BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE was found December
18th, at Muskegon State Park, during the Muskegon CBC.
In MONROE COUNTY, on the Monroe CBC on December 19th, a good total of 54
GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, and 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS. 1 LONG-TAILED
DUCK was counted that day.
In WAYNE COUNTY, at the Tyler Road Pond on the Visteon Grounds on December
19th, Mark and Andy Dettling saw 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS.
In JACKSON COUNTY on December 16th, Martin Bialecki reported a GOLDEN EAGLE,
perched on the east side of Thorn Lake.
In LIVINGSTON COUNTY, the previously reported PINE WARBLER, seen visiting
the feeders of the Brighton State Recreation Area, was last reported on
IN GENNESEE COUNTY, at Lake Ponemah on December 18th, Karl Overman and Neil
Gilbert reported a 2nd-winter ICELAND GULL.
In BARRY COUNTY on December 20th, Thomas Funke reported a NORTHERN SHRIKE,
terrorizing other birds at the feeders of the Otis Sanctuary, owned by
Michigan Audubon Society.
In CASS COUNTY on December 20th, a GOLDEN EAGLE was reported during the
In BERRIEN COUNTY, highlights of the Berrien Springs CBC, held on December
19th included: NORTHERN GOSHAWK (Saint Joseph); a late TURKEY VULTURE (near
Sodusa count first); 2 MERLINS (1 at Andrews University; another along Garr
Road); and 2 CHIPPING SPARROWS (1 near Sodus, other at a feeder outside
HIGHLY RECCOMENDED: the 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
The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, December 30th,
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
RECCOMENDED ORNITHOLOGIAL JOURNALS, WEB SITES, ETC
Michigan Birds and Natural History. Our state ornithological journal.
Contains the Michigan Bird Survey, etc.
Michigan Bird Records Committee website:
North American Birds, a quarterly journal, published by the American
Birding Association: http://americanbirding.org/publications/nabgen.htm
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