Michigan RBA--17 June 2004
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Thu Jun 17 08:06:50 EDT 2004
*June 17th, 2004
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compiled: 17 Jun 2004
compiler: Jon Wuepper
MICHIGAN REVIEW SPECIES MENTIONED:
EUROPEAN GOLDFINCH* [NOT ON STATE LIST; PROBABLE ESCAPE/RELEASE]
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)
Henslows 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,
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, HENSLOWS
SPARROWS, SEDGE WRENS, and 3-4 DICKCISSELS in the prairie on the north side
of Kelsey Lake Street, between OKeefe Road (west) and Griffis Road (east).
This is in LaGrange Township (T6S; R15 W, section #1), 4 miles north of
Guided Kirtlands 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 KIRTLANDS WARBLER, go to:
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
RECCOMENDED ORNITHOLOGIAL JOURNALS, WEB SITES, ETC
Michigan Birds and Natural History. Our state ornithological journal.
Contains the Michigan Bird Survey, etc. (New link)
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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