Michigan RBA--17 June 2004

Jonathan Wuepper wuepperj at hotmail.com
Thu Jun 17 08:06:50 EDT 2004


--RBA

*Michigan
*Statewide
*June 17th, 2004
*MIST061704
-Transcript

hotline: Michigan
number: 269/471-4919
to report: 269-556-9510 or wuepperj at hotmail.com
compiled: 17 Jun 2004
compiler: Jon Wuepper

MICHIGAN REVIEW SPECIES MENTIONED:

EUROPEAN GOLDFINCH* [NOT ON STATE LIST; PROBABLE ESCAPE/RELEASE]

Species mentioned:

Spruce Grouse (Chippewa County)
Eared Grebe (Muskegon County)
Cattle Egret (Wayne County)
Willet (Monroe County)
Black-backed Woodpecker (Chippewa County)
White-eyed Vireo (Wayne County)
Sedge Wren (Cass County)
Northern Parula (Berrien County)
Yellow-throated Warbler (Berrien County)
Cerulean Warbler (Berrien County)
Louisiana Waterthrush (Berrien County)
Grasshopper Sparrow (Cass County)
Henslow’s Sparrow (Cass County)
Dickcissel (Cass County)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (Bay County)
White-winged Crossbill (Grand Traverse County)

This is the Michigan Statewide Bird Report for Thursday, June 17th, 2004, 
which is being sponsored by the CONSERVATION FUND. Check out their website, 
http://www.conservationfund.org

In MONROE COUNTY, June 13th, Adam Byrne, Glenn Belyea, Scott Jennex, Tex 
Wells, birded Pointe Mouillee State Game Area. The lone highlight was a 
rather vocal WILLET seen in flight over the Huron River.

In WAYNE COUNTY, June 14th, 17 CATTLE EGRETS were present off Romaine Road. 
A WHITE-EYED VIREO was reported this week, along Arkona Road.

In MUSKEGON COUNTY on June 13th, Steve Walker found a breeding-plumaged 
EARED GREBE at the Muskegon Wastewater Ponds. It was in the large lagoon 
that parallels the retention ponds with the aerators.

In KENT COUNTY on June 12th, a EUROPEAN GOLDFINCH* was seen at a private 
feeder in Grand Rapids. Reports of this species in North America are 
believed to represent released/escaped individuals, and are not wild birds. 
Still, they are interesting to observe.

In CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Jim Hinson and others have reported CONNECTICUT WARBLERS 
recently, located off Forest Road #3344. Directions are: from the Straits 
area take M-123 north about 2 miles past Trout Lake to Forest Road #3344 and 
take a left into the woods 1.25-1.30 miles. There is a trail marker at the 
exact spot. The birds are off to the right of the road in and around the 
back of a small spruce thicket 50 yards into the woods. The bog area behind 
the thicket is somewhat moist. Rubber boots will be helpful. Also that day, 
1 BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen near the CONNECTICUT WARBLER location. 
Precise directions: ~1.2 miles in on Forest Service Road #3344, there is a 
trail marker with a fan belt around the bottom. This is where the bird was 
seen. Patrick Santinello reported a SPRUCE GROUSE, present on June 13th, a 
Spruce Tree along Vermillion Road, just behind the cement slab before you 
reach the left hand turnoff to the "dam".

In BAY COUNTY, at the Nayanquing Point Wildlife Area on June 14th, Patrick 
Santinello found 1 YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD.

In GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY on June 11th, Jim Hinson relocated 3 male 
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS, at the Spruce Run Golf Course. Jim reported: “The 
birds were working the cones of the spruce trees on the right side of the #2 
fairway, about halfway to the green. This is just a stones throw from where 
they were initially sited by Jason Weckstein. Tom McGee, the Golf Director, 
has graciously agreed to allow birders to come out and view the birds. He 
does stipulate however, that birders come either early (when they open) in 
the morning, or late in the evening, and report in to the Pro Shop first.”

In BERRIEN COUNTY, the Galien River at Forest Lawn Road, east of Lakeside 
Road, and west of Basswood Road, is still producing views/calls of: 
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, CERULEAN WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA and LOUISIANA 
TERTHRUSH. On June 15th, Cory Gregory reported a WESTERN MEADOWLARK, singing 
along Pier Road, in the north part of the county (as opposed to the Pier 
Road near Lakeside, south county.).

In CASS COUNTY, this week, I have found GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, HENSLOW’S 
SPARROWS, SEDGE WRENS, and 3-4 DICKCISSELS in the prairie on the north side 
of Kelsey Lake Street, between O’Keefe Road (west) and Griffis Road (east). 
This is in LaGrange Township (T6S; R15 W, section #1), 4 miles north of 
Cassopolis.

Guided “Kirtland’s Warbler Tours” will be conducted by the U.S. Fish & 
Wildlife Service from May 15 through July 4, 2004 departing from the Holiday 
Inn in Grayling, Michigan. The tours are offered daily at 7:00 a.m. and at 
11:00 a.m. and are free of charge.

The U.S. Forest Service will conduct daily tours from May 15 through July 2, 
2004 (except on Memorial Day) with tours departing at 7:00 a.m. from the 
U.S. Forest Service District Ranger Office in Mio, Michigan. The USFS tour 
will cost $5.00 per person under the Recreation Fee Demonstration Program.

For more information on the KIRTLAND’S WARBLER, go to:

<http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/hmnf/pages/kirtland.htm>

The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, June 24th, 
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 
birding.

RECCOMENDED ORNITHOLOGIAL JOURNALS, WEB SITES, ETC


“Michigan Birds and Natural History”. Our state ornithological journal. 
Contains the Michigan Bird Survey, etc. (New link)

http://www.michiganaudubon.org/mbnh/mbnh_home.html


Michigan Bird Records Committee website: 
http://www.umd.umich.edu/dept/rouge_river/MBRChome.html

“North American Birds”, a quarterly journal, published by the American 
Birding Association: http://americanbirding.org/publications/nabgen.htm

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