Michigan RBA--11 November 2004
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Thu Nov 11 07:58:15 EST 2004
*November 11th, 2004
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compiled: 11 Nov 2004
compiler: Jon Wuepper
MICHIGAN REVIEW SPECIES MENTIONED
ROSSS GOOSE* [or a possible ROSSS* x SNOW GOOSE hybrid] [CASUAL] (Jackson
CACKLING GOOSE* [NOT ON MICH. BIRD LIST] (Jackson, Baraga, Allegan cos)
ANCIENT MURRLETT* [ACCIDENTAL] (ONTARIONot seen in Michigan)
CAVE SWALLOW* [ACCIDENTAL] (Wayne County)
*=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)
Thayers Gull (Marquette County)
Glaucous Gull (Alger County)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Berrien County)
Great Gray Owldead (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)
Townsends 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
Watkins Pond) and found a possible ROSSS GOOSE*, which may actually be a
ROSSS* 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 TOWNSENDS 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 TOWNSENDS
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 THAYERS GULL. The bird was seen on the old docking
pylons in the Lower Harbor. On November 6th, Skye Haas and Zach Gayk found a
TOWNSENDS 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
SHRIKE, BOREAL CHICKADEE, 8 RED CROSSBILLS, and 12 GRAY JAYS. The remains of
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 Michigans 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 Parks Jeff Dunes on November 9th,
Carolyn Weng and Ric Pedler located a NORTHERN SHRIKE.
In ALLEGAN COUNTY at the Allegan State Game Areas 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
11 BLACK SCOTERS and 28 TUNDRA SWANS.
In CASS COUNTY on November 8th, John L. Wuepper (the compilers 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
RECCOMENDED ORNITHOLOGIAL JOURNALS, WEB SITES, ETC
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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