Detroit RBA 6/25/2004

Karl.Overman at Karl.Overman at
Fri Jun 25 17:23:39 EDT 2004

Least Bittern
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron-Ohio
White Pelican-Ontario & Ohio
Upland Sandpiper
Laughing Gull-Ontario
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Blue-headed Vireo
Black-throated Green Warbler
Cerulean Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Canada Warbler
Lazuli Bunting
Grasshopper Sparrow
Henslow's Sparrow

Friday June 25, 2004 at 5:15 p.m.  

This is the rare bird alert sponsored by the Detroit Audubon Society. Summer is a time when even old news can still be useful to birders as it often reflects breeding birds that will tend to be around for weeks so here goes something new and something old.

For those in need of Yellow-crowned Night-Heron for their Ohio list, a trip to Maumee State Park east of Toledo is in order where one of that species has been present from at least June 19th through June 24th behind the Nature Center.  Four White Pelicans were present at Metzgar Marsh on June 22nd.  Grasshopper Sparrows are in residence in the field at the corner of Krause Road and U.S. 2.

An inexplicable record for extreme southern Michigan was a Junco at the feeder of Greg Links in Lambertville, Monroe County on June 24th.  Greg also reports that the colony of Henslow's Sparrows on Posey Lake Road in Lenawee County is back in business.

The Prothonotary Warbler that Darlene Friedman found on the west edge of Novi in Oakland County on Napier Road .2 of a mile south of 10 Mile Road was still being seen as of June 20th. 

Canada Warblers are very rare finds in summer in Oakland County though not unprecedented-I recall Jim Fowler having the species at Highland Recreation Area years ago-so two reports in early June where intriguing.  Peter Kaestner saw one at Highland Recreation Area on June 8th and Karl Overman heard one at Proud Lake on June 5th.  Four Cerulean Warblers were seen at Pontiac Lake State Game Area on the trail leading north from Gale Road on June 5th. 

Mid-summer is a good time to actually see Least Bitterns, albeit in flight.  Three were seen by Karl Overman and Peter Kaestner at Nayanquing Point, Bay County on June 12th.   Adam Byrne reported dismal news on the prospects for shorebirds at Pointe Mouille with virtually no shorebird habitat as of June 13th. 

The Lazuli Bunting seems to be findable again in Leelanau County with Gary Siegrist reported it on June 16th from intersection of McAllister & Norvick Roads.

Stinchfield Woods in Washtenaw County is as usual productive for northern species breeding south of their normal ranges with Blue-headed Vireo, Red-breasted Nuthatch and Black-throated Green Warbler being found there among others species this summer.

In the Pelee area, a Laughing Gull was found at Wheatley Harbor on June 22nd and a White Pelican has been seen around Wheatley, Ontario for several days as well, including on June 23rd.

To report rare birds call Karl Overman at 248.473.0484.  Thank you for calling.

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