Detroit RBA 12/25/04
martineoverman at earthlink.net
Sat Dec 25 11:12:03 EST 2004
Great Gray Owl
Saturday December 25, 2004 at 11 am
This is the rare bird alert sponsored by the Detroit Audubon Society.
Mike Walls (sp?) at 64 81 Springfield Lane, Springfield twp, Oakland
County, is hosting a Harris’s Sparrow which has been present for about
10 days. The bird feeds with a host of other birds on seed Mike placed
out between 2 large evergreens in his backyard. Mike would prefer you
call before coming, at least at this time. His home phone is
His house is the second house on the right on Springfield Lane, 6481
and it has a For Sale sign on it. Springfield Lane is off of Big Lake
Road, .2 miles east of Andersonville Road. The most direct route for
most people is probably taking I-75 to the Dixie Road exit west of
Clarkston and going south on Dixie Highway to the first road going west
south of I-75, which is Big Lake Road. Follow Big Lake Road through
several turns until Springfield Lane appears on the north side of the
road .2 of a mile before the road hits Andersonville Road.
This week long cold snap probably makes many waterfowl records from the
first week of Christmas Counts ancient history, nonetheless it is
notable that Jim Fowler had both Surf Scoter and Long-tailed Duck at
Metrobeach in Macomb County on December 18th on the Anchor Bay Count, a
count that located around 81 species. Both Fox Sparrow and Eastern
Towhee were found at the feeder at the nature center at Metrobeach on
December 18th. On December 24th Greg Norwood and Mark Dettling had 2
Iceland Gulls on Tyler Road in western Wayne County at the pond on the
Visteon property just east of I-275. They also had 3 Long-eared Owls at
Lake Erie Metro Park, southern Wayne County on the same date. This is a
traditional wintering site for that species where they have been vied by
hundreds of people over the last 4 years.
More evidence of Pileated Woodpeckers incursion into SE Michigan was
Jeff Beucking finding one along the Flint River at Richfield Park,
Genesee County on December 18th.
Darrin O’Brien reports that 3 Turkey Vultures turned up on the Clinton,
Christmas Count in Lenawee County. That count seems to be the best bet
for winter TVs in Michigan. A Catbird is still hanging on at the
Chippewa Nature Center in Midland as of December 22nd..
In the far reaches of the U.P., Scott Jennex continued is quest for a
Big Year in Michigan, picking up the Varied Thrush in Jacobsville,
Houghton County on December 23rd. In the eastern U.P., Scott and Tim
Smart saw a Great Gray Owl on Point La Barbe Road, Mackinaw County just
over the Straits, on December 24th. Greg Norwood and Mark Dettling had
a Great Gray on Sugar Island near the Soo on December 20th.
Surprisingly, given the multitudes in Minnesota and nearby Wisconsin,
the only Hawk Owl staked out so for iin the UP is at the dead end of Soo
Line Road north of M-28 in extreme eastern Luce County.
The Muskegon Waste Water Treatment area would be a rewarding destination
for some winter birding this holiday season given reports such as Caleb
Putman having 2 Snowy Owls there on December 22nd and Mike Moran per
Rick Pedler having 2 Golden Eagles there on December 24th.
To report rare birds call Karl Overman at 248.473.0484.
Farmington Hills, Mi.
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