Michigan RBA--4 March 2004
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*March 4, 2004
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compiled: 4 March 2004
compiler: Jon Wuepper
MICHIGAN REVIEW SPECIES MENTIONED:
ROSSS GOOSE* [CASUAL] (Allegan County)
SPOTTED TOWHEE* [ACCIDENTAL] (Livingston County)
LARK SPARROW* [Casual] (Wayne 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:
Greater White-fronted Goose (Berrien County)
Canada Goose (Allegan County)
Sharp-tailed Grouse (Chippewa, Mackinac cos)
Golden Eagle (Muskegon County)
Gyrfalcon (Chippewa County)
American Woodcock (Berrien County)
Glaucous Gull (Huron, Berrien cos)
Boreal Chickadee (Chippewa County)
Gray Jay (Chippewa County)
Bohemian Waxwing (Huron County)
Chipping Sparrow (Bay County)
Pine Grosbeak (Chippewa County)
Evening Grosbeak (Chippewa County)
Red Crossbill (Chippewa, Alger cos)
Hoary Redpoll (Chippewa County)
Common Redpoll (Chippewa, Wayne cos)
This is the Michigan Statewide Bird Report for Thursday, March 4th, 2004,
which is being sponsored by the Oakland Audubon Society. Visit their web
page at: www.oaklandaudubon.org
In LIVINGSTON COUNTY, the SPOTTED TOWHEE* previously reported at the home
feeder of John Lowry was reported as recently as March 1st. The Lowry's are
still welcoming birders, but ask that birders to please walk around the
front of the house, not the back (across the
deck). This will allow the Lowry's a bit more privacy.
In ALLEGAN COUNTY February 28th, Jim Granlund found a ROSSS GOOSE*, among
the flock of CANADA GEESE, at the Todd Farm in the Allegan State Game Area.
The bird was in a field south of 116th Avenue, and west of 60th street. On
February 29th, Rick Brigham and others relocated the bird, as well as a
second ROSSS GOOSE*.
In WAYNE COUNTY February 29th, the LARK SPARROW*, made an appearance at the
private feeder in which in was seen in January. On March 1st, 1 COMMON
REDPOLL visited the feeders of the University of Michigan, at Dearborn.
In CHIPPEWA COUNTY on February 28th and 29th, a group of birders from
Andrews University did some birding and came up with the following
highlights: 2 GYRFALCONS present at the Edison Power Plant. In the evening
of the February 28th,the light-phased bird was on the ice when the second
bird flew in and landed on the power plant windows out croppings. Soon
after, it then flew down and joined the bird on the ice. Early the next
morning (February 29th), both were together onthe very top of the power
plant, sitting on the wiring. 1 HOARY REDPOLL, among COMMON REDPOLLS at the
feeders in the Dunbar Forest area, just north of the river mouth. RED
CROSSBILLS, (2 pairs) on Dick Road, one pair around 2.8 miles south of M-28.
The other pair around 1.0 mile south of M-28. At least 1 BOREAL CHICKADEE
around the feeders in Hulbert Bog. A couple of GRAY JAYS were also noted at
Hulbert Bog. 8 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE in a tree near the corner of 9-mile Road
and Nicolet Road, 8 at the NW corner of 5-mile Rd and Riverside Rd, and at
least 7 more on the east side of Nicolet Rd., just north of 9-mile Rd. 2
SNOWY OWLS, both on Centerline Road, south of M-48 near Rudyard. PINE
GROSBEAKS and EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen at the feeders of the Bear Butt
Inn at Eckerman. (Thank you Cory Gregory for this information). Tom Mulder
reported 2 immature SNOWY OWLS on March 1st, Centerline Road, south of M-48.
In MACKINAC COUNTY last weekend, a single SHARP-TAILED GROUSE was seen on
the east side of M-123 just south of the Moran area.
In ALGER COUNTY on March 1st, Scott Hickman found RED CROSSBILLS, along the
raid River Truck Trail.
In MUSKEGON COUNTY, a GOLDEN EAGLE was observed on February 28th and 29th,
at the Muskegon Wastewater Facility.
In BAY COUNTY on February 27th, a CHIPPING SPARROW was photographed at a
In HURON COUNTY on February 28th, a reported flock of 31 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS
was present at Grindstone City, and 1 GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Harbor
In BERRIEN COUNTY on February 28th, Tim Baerwald photographed 5 GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, on the ice at Lake Chapin in Berrien Springs. Tim also
observed a GLAUCOUS GULL on March 2nd in Bainbridge twp. On February 26th,
Dave Vinnedge reported AMERICAN WOODCOCKS peenting away in Bertrand twp.
The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, March 11th,
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
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