Michigan RBA--4 November 2004

Jonathan Wuepper wuepperj at hotmail.com
Thu Nov 4 07:45:14 EST 2004


--RBA

*Michigan
*Statewide
*November 4th, 2004
*MIST110404
-Transcript

hotline: Michigan
number: 269/471-4919
to report: 269-556-9510 or wuepperj at hotmail.com
compiled: 04 Nov 2004
compiler: Jon Wuepper

MICHIGAN REVIEW SPECIES MENTIONED

ROSS’S GOOSE* [CASUAL] (Jackson County)
CACKLING GOOSE* [NOT ON MICH. BIRD LIST] (Jackson, Allegan, Berrien cos)
CAVE SWALLOW* [ACCIDENTAL] (Chippewa County)
LARK SPARROW* [CASUAL] (Chippewa County)

*=On Michigan Bird Records Committee Species Review List. Please send
documentation to: Jack Reinoehl, c/o MBRC, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI 
49242.

Additional species mentioned:

Harlequin Duck (Alger County)
Spruce Grouse (Chippewa County)
Golden Eagle (Marquette County)
Red-throated Loon (Allegan, Berrien cos)
Parasitic Jaeger (Chippewa County)
Glaucous Gull (Chippewa County)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Washtenaw, Wayne cos)
Sabine’s Gull (Chippewa County)
Black-legged Kittiwake (Chippewa County)
Yellow Rail (Berrien County)
White-rumped Sandpiper (Washtenaw County)
Long-billed Dowitcher (Allegan County)
Short-eared Owl (Chippewa County)
Northern Saw-whet Owl (Chippewa County)
Boreal Owl (Chippewa County)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Muskegon County)
Black-backed Woodpecker (Chippewa County)
Western Kingbird (Chippewa County)
Northern Shrike (Marquette County)
Boreal Chickadee (Chippewa, Marquette cos)
Gray Jay (Marquette County)
Townsend's Solitaire (Chippewa, Muskegon cos)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (Monroe County)
Pine Grosbeak (Chippewa County)
Red Crossbill (Marquette County)
White-winged Crossbill (Chippewa County)
Evening Grosbeak (Chippewa County)
Pine Siskin (Berrien County)

This is the Michigan Statewide Bird Report for Thursday, November 4th, 2004, 
which is being sponsored by the Wild Bird Center of Benton Harbor (located 
in the Orchards Mall).

In CHIPPEWA COUNTY, at the Whitefish Point Bird Observatory on October 30th, 
Chris Neri observed a CAVE SWALLOW*, flying off the point, out over Lake 
Superior. If accepted by the Michigan Bird Records Committee, this would 
represent the second state record. A WESTERN KINGBIRD was also seen at 
Whitefish Point that day. On November 3rd, 3 TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRES were 
reported by Chris Neri at the Point, in addition to 1 flyby LARK SPARROW*, 
which later that morning turned up at the giftshop feeders. Several 
additional rare and hard to find species have been reported this week from, 
or near, Whitefish Point (many observers): SPRUCE GROUSE, PARASITIC JAEGER, 
GLAUCOUS GULL,  SABINE’S GULL, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, SHORT-EARED OWL, 
NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL, BOREAL OWL, BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, BOREAL 
CHICKADEE, PINE GROSBEAK, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL and EVENING GROSBEAK.

In JACKSON COUNTY, the previously reported ROSS’S GOOSE*, and several 
CACKLING GEESE*, were seen at Thorn Lake, though at least November 1st.

In MARQUETTE COUNTY, at Yellow Dog Plains on October 31st, Skye Haas 
reported the following species: GOLDEN EAGLE (1 adult), 4 GRAY JAYS, 1 
NORTHERN SHRIKE, 1 BOREAL CHICKADEE and 8 RED CROSSBILLS.

In ALGER COUNTY on October 31st, Scott Hickman found a HARLEQUIN DUCK, 
between the two breakwaters at the north end of Grand Marias. Allen Chartier 
reports that an apparent RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD was still present at an 
ALGER COUNTY feeder as of November 3rd.

In MUSKEGON COUNTY on November 3rd, a TOWSEND'S SOLITAIRE was seen in the 
Jeff Dunes area of Muskegon State Park.

In WAYNE COUNTY on October 31st, Greg Norwood reported 1 adult LESSER 
BLACK-BACKED GULL, near Pointe Mouillee State Game Area, at the mouth of the 
Huron River.

In MONROE COUNTY on October 28th, Greg Links saw a YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD 
along Sterns Road, about 1 mile west of Suder Road.

In WASHTENAW COUNTY, at Ann Arbor Landfill on November 2nd, Mike Sefton 
reported a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (Mike Sefton). On November 2nd, a 
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen at Avis Farms.

In ALLEGAN COUNTY on November 1st, Rick Brigham reported a LONG-BILLED 
DOWITCHER at Fennville, and 4 BLACK SCOTERS and 1 RED-THROATED LOON off Oval 
Beach. 5 CACKLING GEESE* were present that day at the Todd Unit of Allegan 
State Game Area.

In BERRIEN COUNTY on October 31st, Tim Baerwald reported an exceedingly late 
(state record?) YELLOW RAIL, in a wet, grassy area along Pipestone Lake 
(private property). On October 29th and 30th, Tim Baerwald and Cory Gregory 
reported 5-6 CACKLING GEESE*, on the campus of Lake Michigan College in 
Benton twp. PINE SISKINS have been turning up at feeders this week at both 
Sarett and Love Creek Nature Centers. On November 1st, Kip Miller, Tony 
Baldoni and Dave Vinnedge observed a flyby RED-THROATED LOON, off Lakeside.

The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, November 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 
birding.

RECCOMENDED ORNITHOLOGIAL JOURNALS, WEB SITES, ETC

“Michigan Birds and Natural History”. Our state ornithological journal. 
Contains the Michigan Bird Survey, etc.
http://www.michiganaudubon.org/mbnh/mbnh_home.html

Michigan Bird Records Committee website: 
http://www.umd.umich.edu/dept/rouge_river/MBRChome.html

“North American Birds”, a quarterly journal, published by the American 
Birding Association: http://americanbirding.org/publications/nabgen.htm

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