Detroit RBA 11/1/04
martineoverman at earthlink.net
Mon Nov 1 22:15:01 EST 2004
Lesser Black-backed Gull
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
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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