Detroit RBA 11/1/04

Karl Overman martineoverman at
Mon Nov 1 22:15:01 EST 2004

Pacific Loon
“Blue” Goose
Ross's Goose
Long-tailed Duck
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
Rough-legged Hawk
Golden Eagle
White-rumped Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Laughing Gull
Glaucous Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Boreal Owl
Western Kingbird
Cave Swallow
Orange-crowned Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Snow Bunting
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Pine Grosbeak
Red Crossbill
White-winged Crossbill
Common Redpoll
Pine Siskin

Monday, November 1, 2004 at 10 p.m.

This is the rare bird alert sponsored by the Detroit Audubon Society.  A 
Cave Swallow was a one day wonder on October 30th at Whitefish Point.  
In recent years this species has become regular in the East, such as at 
Cape May, N.J. in late fall and several have turned up in the Great 
Lakes states as well during that season.

Also at Whitefish Point, a Western Kingbird was present on October 31st 
and Caleb Putnam and Brent Carlson found a roosting Boreal Owl along the 
so-called Owl Road south of the point on October 27th. The  full gamut 
of winter finches has been seen at Whitefish during the past week---both 
crossbills, Common Redpoll, Pine Grosbeak and Evening Grosbeak included.

Scott Hickman, who relentlessly birds Alger County, came up with a 
Harlequin Duck between the two breakwaters at Grand Marias on October 

Bob Bell had a stunning total of 850 Pine Siskins at Tawas Point on 
October 31st. At Port Austin at the tip of the  Thumb, Mark Hubinger and 
Myles Willard had Surf Scoter and Glaucous Gull at Port Austin on 
October 27th.

Turning to Southeast Michigan, 25 Long-tailed Ducks were off  Port Huron 
on October 31st.  Bruce Bowman, Reg Baker and Jill Johnson had two Surf 
Scoters off of Luna Pier, Monroe County on October 31st.  On the same 
date they had 5 Sanderlings and a Lesser-black-backed Gull at Lotus Road 
in extreme southern Monroe County.  On October 30th a juvenile “Blue” 
Goose was on the shoreline at Luna Pier along with 60 Forster’s Terns 
and two Caspian Terns.   Greg Links saw a Yellow-headed Blackbird in a 
blackbird flock along Sterns Road a mile west of Suder Road on October 
28th in Monroe County.

The hawk watch at Lake Erie Metro Park in Wayne County had numerous 
Golden Eagles this past week.  Greg Links has had good success with hawk 
flights in southern Monroe County at Sterns and Whiteford Road.  Steve 
Stockford checked that locale on October 28th and had numerous 
Red-shouldered Hawks, 2 Golden Eagles and a Rough-legged Hawk.

The long-running Long-billed Dowitcher show at Avis Pond in Washtenaw 
County, which began on October 3rd, was still on as of October 29th 
where it shared the limelight with a White-rumped Sandpiper.  The 
long-running  Ross's Goose was still at Thorn Lake  in  SE Jackson 
County as of November 1st per John Lowry.  In downtown Detroit Karl 
Overman had several late warblers during the past week:  Orange-crowned 
on Nov. 1st; Black-and-white on October 27th and Ovenbird on October 

In Ontario Craig Bateman and Neil Gilbert had Snow Bunting at Kettle 
Point on October 30th. Al Wormington and Randy Horvath had a fly-by  
Pacific Loon at the tip of Pelee on October 31st.  Randy also had a 
Laughing Gull at Hilman Marsh on the same date.

On Saturday, November 6th, there will be a field trip to Point Edward to 
The Pinery lead by Karl Overman.  Meet at the Ontario Information Center 
in Sarnia at 8 am.

To report rare birds call Karl Overman at 248.473.0484.

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