Michigan RBA--11 November 2004

Jonathan Wuepper wuepperj at hotmail.com
Thu Nov 11 07:58:15 EST 2004


*November 11th, 2004

hotline: Michigan
number: 269/471-4919
to report: 269-556-9510 or wuepperj at hotmail.com
compiled: 11 Nov 2004
compiler: Jon Wuepper


ROSS’S GOOSE* [or a possible ROSS’S* x SNOW GOOSE hybrid] [CASUAL] (Jackson 
CACKLING GOOSE* [NOT ON MICH. BIRD LIST] (Jackson, Baraga, Allegan cos)

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

Additional species mentioned:

Tundra Swan (Bay, Allegan, Berrien cos)
Canada Goose (Jackson County)
Harlequin Duck (Berrien County)
Black Scoter (Allegan, Berrien cos)
Surf Scoter (Allegan County)
White-winged Scoter (Allegan, Berrien cos)
Sharp-tailed Grouse (Chippewa County)
Northern Goshawk (Chippewa, Bay cos)
Thayer’s Gull (Marquette County)
Glaucous Gull (Alger County)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Berrien County)
Great Gray Owl—dead (Marquette County)
Short-eared Owl (Iosco, Monroe cos)
Boreal Owl (Chippewa County)
Northern Shrike (Chippewa, Marquette, Muskegon, Bay, Cass cos)
Red-eyed Vireo (Monroe County)
Gray Jay (Marquette County)
Boreal Chickadee (Marquette County)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Chippewa County)
Townsend’s Solitaire (Chippewa, Marquette cos)
Ovenbird (Wayne County)
Pine Grosbeak (Chippewa County)
Red Crossbill (Marquette, Washtenaw cos)

This is the Michigan Statewide Bird Report for Thursday, November 11th, 
2004, which is being sponsored by the Wild Bird Center of Benton Harbor 
(located in the Orchards Mall).

In WAYNE COUNTY, at the Southeast Michigan Raptor Research Hawkwatch (Campau 
Road), at about 7:45am, November 6th, Jeff Schultz saw 2 CAVE SWALLOWS*. 
Groups of 1 to 6 CAVE SWALLOWS* were noted later that day at the Lake Erie 
Metropark Hawkwatch. These sightings are part of a CAVE SWALLOW* influx in 
eastern North America this fall. I have received no reports of the species 
in Michigan since November 6th.On November 9th, Karl Overman saw an OVENBIRD 
in a flowerbed at the City-County building in downtown Detroit, located at 
the corner of Jefferson and Woodward Streets.

In JACKSON COUNTY on November 9th, Lathe Claflin visited Thorn Lake (aka 
“Watkin’s Pond”) and found a possible ROSS’S GOOSE*, which may actually be a 
ROSS’S* x SNOW GOOSE Hybrid. Lathe also reported 5 CACKLING GEESE*, which 
tended to associate together, among several hundred CANADA GEESE.

In CHIPPEWA COUNTY at Whitefish Piont Bird Observatory, 2 of the previously 
reported TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRES were seen though November 10th, most recently 
along "Owl Road". Chris Neri reported PINE GROSBEAKS, a NORTHERN SHRIKE and 
a NORTHERN GOSHAWK from Whitefish Point this week. Greg Norwood and Andy 
Dettling birded the Point on November 6th-7th and found the 2 TOWNSEND’S 
SOLITAIRES (just west of the hawkwatch tower); 1 BOREAL OWL (November 6th) 
along “Owl Road”; 2 NORTHERN GOSHAWKS (November 6th around the Point); 1 
NORTHERN SHRIKE (November 7th); 1 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE (November 6th), which 
flew in over the parking lot near the gift shop feeders, and 1 late 
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, west of the hawk watch towers on November 7th.

In MARQUETTE COUNTY at the Marquette waterfront on November 5th, Skye Haas 
found a pale 1st winter THAYER’S GULL. The bird was seen on the old docking 
pylons in the Lower Harbor. On November 6th, Skye Haas and Zach Gayk found a 
TOWNSEND’S SOLITARE on the Yellow Dog Plains. The bird was briefly seen and 
heard along the Triple AAA Road about a 1/2 mile east of the Salmon Trout 
River. Other great finds from Yellow Dog Plains that day included: NORTHERN 
a dead GREAT GRAY OWL were found too at Yellow Dog that day.

In ALGER COUNTY on November 8th, Scott Hickman reported a 1st or 2nd winter 
GLAUCOUS GULL, seen flying on the north side of M-28, towards Marquette.

In BARAGA COUNTY, at Baraga on November 8th, Joseph Youngman reported 2 

Just across the U.S. (Michigan)—Canadian border, at Point Edward, Ontario on 
November 7th, David and Erica Stimac and Tom Snieder located an ANCIENT 
MURRLET*. The bird reportedly flew in a westerly direction, towards SAINT 
CLAIR COUNTY, MICHIGAN, but was never confirmed within Michigan’s boarders. 
Allen Chartier spent a considerable amount of time searching for this bird, 
in Michigan, on November 8th. The search was unsuccessful.

In BAY COUNTY on November 6th, Mark and Joanie Hubinger found a NORTHERN 
SHRIKE in Fraser Township. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was also seen in Fraser 
Township, specifically near Townline 16 Road and Two Mile Road. On November 
7th, Joe Soehnel observed 45 TUNDRA SWANS near the Karn Power Plant. Birders 
can check in at http://www.saginawbaybirding.org/_fall04.htm for more 
highlights from the Saginaw Bay Area.

In IOSCO COUNTY, at Tawas Point on November 5th, Andy Dettling and Greg 
Norwood saw a SHORT-EARED OWL.

In MONROE COUNTY on November 7th, Tim Smart conducted a waterfowl survey at 
the Point Mouilee State Game Area. No unusual waterfowl were reported, but 
Tim did see a late RED-EYED VIREO out on the “banana” and a SHORT-EARED OWL 
in the “Bloody Run Unit”.

In WASHTENAW COUNTY on November 7th, Mike Sefton observed a single flyover 
RED CROSSBILL at his home in Sico Farms.

In MUSKEGON COUNTY, at Muskegon State Park’s “Jeff Dunes” on November 9th, 
Carolyn Weng and Ric Pedler located a NORTHERN SHRIKE.

In ALLEGAN COUNTY at the Allegan State Game Area’s Tood Farm Unit on 
November 8th, Rick Brigham tallied 7 CACKLING GEESE*. Also that day, at 
Douglas Public Beach, Rick found 5 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 7 SURF SCOTERS and 

In CASS COUNTY on November 8th, John L. Wuepper (the compiler’s father) 
located a NORTHERN SHRIKE off a dirt road (no name), which runs off of 
Shurte Road, just south of LaGrange.

In BERRIEN COUNTY on November 7th, Dave Vinnedge and I saw 11 TUNDRA SWANS 
flying off of the Pier Road Overlook at Lakeside and 1 adult LESSER 
BLACK-BACKED GULL at Three Oaks Wastewater Ponds. On November 8th, Kip 
Miller and Tony Baldoni observed 1 female-type HARLEQUIN DUCK (a flyby) 
offshore of the Townline Road Overlook at Union Pier; 5-6 BLACK SCOTERS off 
the overlook at Pier Road, Lakeside; and 10 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS flying 
north at New Buffalo Public Beach.

The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, November 18th, 
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 


“Michigan Birds and Natural History”. Our state ornithological journal. 
Contains the Michigan Bird Survey, etc.

Michigan Bird Records Committee website: 

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

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