Lark and Harris's Sparrows in Baraga County
kinglet at up.net
Sun May 9 23:55:33 EDT 2004
Though new to Mich-lister's, I have been an avid birder for several years. Subsequently, I submit my first posting to the email list:
While on the 8 May Migration Count with Dr. Laurence Binford in Baraga County, we found several unusual birds.
A singing adult Harris's Sparrow was encountered in the Covington area on the Ortega Rd ( spelling?). The exact location was the "S and L Beef Farm". The bird was seen in a stand of 3-6 large spruces next to a house approximately 400' off of the above mentioned road. Later in the day while checking feeders in the town of Baraga, we were much surprised to find another adult Harris's Sparrow amongst the siskins, Chippings, White-throats, and several Clay-coloreds. The location was near the intersection of Maple and Young Streets at a house with multiple feeders.
Lastly, and in my opinion best, a single Lark Sparrow was observed at the Ford Historical Sawmill Center in the village of Alberta. This location is roughly 7 miles or so south of L'Anse. The Ford Sawmill structure mentioned above is very conspicuous; it is the largest building around. To find the site, turn off of U.S. 41 at the road nearest the Sawmill. Drive 300-400' without making any turns until one is very close to the sawmill (on the right). The Lark Sparrow was seen feeding in the lawn halfway between the street and the building. It was foraging amongst 20+ Chippings near a stone footpath. The bird was observed for 15 minutes and was still there as we left. This would have been posted sooner, but for lack of computer access. Those requesting further information should contact Zach at Kinglet at up.net. Also observed were 8 species of warblers including 2 Northern Waterthrushes and 1 Black-throated Blue, and a Boreal Chickadee.
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