Michigan RBA--30 December 2004
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Thu Dec 30 07:54:40 EST 2004
*December 30th, 2004
to report: 269-556-9510 or wuepperj at hotmail.com
compiled: 30 Dec 2004
compiler: Jon Wuepper
MICHIGAN REVIEW SPECIES MENTIONED
CACKLING GOOSE* [STATUS IN MICH UNCLEARPLEASE DOCUMENT](Baraga County)
TUFTED DUCK* X SCAUP, sp (Hybrid) (Monroe County)
CALIFORNIA GULL* [CASUAL] (Berrien 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:
Trumpeter Swan (Baraga County)
Sharp-tailed Grouse (Chippewa County)
Golden Eagle (Muskegon County)
Gyrfalcon (Chippewa County)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Berrien, Monroe cos)
Thayers Gull (Berrien County)
Glaucous Gull (Berrien, Chippewa, Bay cos)
Snowy Owl (Tuscola, Muskegon cos)
Northern Hawk Owl (Luce County)
Short-eared Owl (Muskegon County)
Great Gray Owl (Mackinaw County)
Black-backed Woodpecker (Delta County)
Gray Jay (Chippewa County)
Varied Thrush (Houghton County)
Gray Catbird (Midland County)
Northern Mockingbird (Wayne County)
American Pipit (Berrien County)
Bohemian Waxwing (Emmet County)
Cedar Waxwing (Emmet County)
Harriss Sparrow (Oakland County)
Pine Grosbeak (Houghton County)
Hoary Redpoll (Berrien County)
This is the Michigan Statewide Bird Report for Thursday, December 30th,
2004, which is being sponsored by the Wild Bird Center of Benton Harbor
located in the Orchards Mall.
[IF YOU OR YOUR BUSINESS/ORGANIZATION WOULD LIKE TO SPONSOR THE MICHIGAN
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In BERRIEN COUNTY during the New Buffalo Christmas Bird Count on December
27th, Adam Byrne and Phil Chu found a first-fall CALIFORNIA GULL*, observed
roosting with a couple hundred gulls in the cornfield on the east side
Basswood Road, just south of Forest Lawn Road. The field is directly across
the street from the landfill's active dumping site. Also present in the
field, and/or landfill that day were 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS (1 adult &
1 1st-winter birds); 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS (1 adult & 1, 1st-year); and 3
THAYERS GULLS (2 adults and 1, 1st-year).
Kip Miller contacted the General Manager of the Forest Lawn Landfill, after
the CALIFONIA GULL* was discovered, and reports:
.the manager has now
extended an open invitation to birders to view the gulls in the landfill
from outside the perimeter fence on the top of the grassy berm that
parallels the west side of Basswood Road to the south of Forest Lawn Road.
(That was a mouthful - sorry....) Basswood Road intersects with US-12 about
3 miles east of the I-94/US-12 interchange.
Parking along the road can be a little difficult due to the adjacent
drainage ditches, but you should be able to find a wide spot within a short
walk of the location where you want to walk up to the fence. The berm is a
bit steep, so be careful when conditions are snowy or slippery. Finding the
best location along the berm for viewing the gulls may take a little trial
and error depending on the current tipping activities. [THANKS KIP!].
Other notable records from BERRIEN COUNTY this week: 1 HOARY REDPOLL,
present December 23rd through December 26th photographed at the backyard
feeders of Tim Baerwald. On December 27th during the New Buffalo CBC, Dave
Vinnedge and I located 1 AMERICAN PIPIT, present on a small, unfrozen
portion of the Galien Sewage Ponds outside Galien. Dave Vinnedge reported 1
adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at New Buffalo on December 29th.
In MONROE COUNTY on December 26th, Adam Byrne, Phil Chu and Brad Murphy
found an apparent TUFTED DUCK* X SCAUP, sp hybrid at the Erie Power Plant.
Brad reported: The bird is similar to an adult male TUFTED DUCK*, but has a
very short crest and a gray back. Viewing conditions at the power plant are
good right now and ice has all of the birds closer than they normally would
be. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was present December 26th, along Lotus Road.
In WAYNE COUNTY on December 26th, a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD was seen near the
brush dump at/near the Rouge River Bird Observatory.
In EMMET COUNTY on December 26th, Sally Stebbins found at least 1 BOHEMIAN
WAXWING, among a flock of CEDAR WAXWINGS, located in the mountain ash trees
just east of the Birchwood Farms clubhouse, 4 miles northwest of Harbor
Springs off M-119 .
In CHIPPEWA COUNTY on December 24th, Tim Smart and Scott Jennex saw a light
GYRFALCON, flying to the west over the farm fields on Shunk Road, north of
10 Mile Road. The bird was not relocated. Tim and Scott located SHARP-TAILED
GROUSE (December 24th) at: 19 mile Road & I-75; and at M-129 & 5 Mile Road.
On December 26th, Kyle, Keith and Ken Bagnall located a SHARP-TAILED GROUSE,
feeding at a residential birdfeeder along 7 Mile Road. On December 27th,
several GLAUCOUS GULLS, were noted at the Dafter Landfill. On December 28th,
the Bagnalls saw GRAY JAYS near Hulbert Bog.
In MACKINAW COUNTY on December 24th, Tim Smart and Scott Jennex found a
GREAT GRAY OWL on Pt LaBarbe Road. According to Scott, the owl was about 2/3
of the way down the road (starting from the west end).
In BARAGA COUNTY, at Baraga on December 24th(?), Tim Smart and Scott Jennex
found a single CACKLING GOOSE*, and TRUMPETER SWAN.
In LUCE COUNTY, December 27th, Caleb Putnam and Bret Walker found a NORTHERN
HAWK OWL, about 3/4 mile west of the north end of Soo Junction Road. (But
NOT at the end of Soo Junction Rd where previous observers have reported
In DELTA COUNTY on December 28th, Bill Cook located a female BLACK-BACKED
WOODPECKER, on private property, on 18th Road, in Wells Township.
In HOUGHTON COUNTY on December 23rd, Tim Smart and Scott Jennex relocated
the previously reported VARIED THRUSH, and a flock of PINE GROSBEAKS, in the
town of Jacobsville.
In OAKLAND COUNTY on December 24th, Karl Overman and Robert Epstein located
a HARISS SPARROW, at the home of Mike Walls (sp?) at 64 81 Springfield
Lane, Springfield twp. This location is near Clarkston. The bird had been
present for approximately 10 days prior to December 25th.
In MIDLAND COUNTY, a GRAY CATBIRD lingered at Chippewa Nature Center though
at least December 22nd.
In BAY COUNTY, in Hampton Township on December 22nd, Dan Duso located a
1st-year GLAUCOUS GULL.
In TUSCOLA COUNTY on December 27th, a SNOWY OWL was reported along Dutcher
Road, sitting on a telephone pole - about pole #5 or 6 poles east of
In MUSKEGON COUNTY, at the Muskegon Wastewater Facility, the following
species were reported: GOLDEN EAGLE (2 on December 24th and 1 on December
27th); SHORT-EARED OWLS (December 24 through December 27th); and SNOWY OWL
(1-3 from December 22nd-December 28th).
**MILESTONE IN MICHIGAN BIRDING & ORNITHOLOGY: January 1st 2005 is the 60th
anniversary of the start date of the Michigan Bird Survey (originally
called Seasonal Records). For 6 decades, this survey has provided a wealth
of data for ornithologists and authors when they compile range maps, bar
graphs, etc dealing with Michigan birds. Results of the survey continue to
be published in Michigan Birds and Natural History, our state journal of
record, published by the Michigan Audubon Society.
The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, January 6th,
2005. 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
RECOMMENDED ORNITHOLOGIAL JOURNALS, WEB SITES, ETC
Michigan Birds and Natural History. Our state ornithological journal.
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