Detroit RBA 11/15/2004

Karl.Overman at Karl.Overman at
Mon Nov 15 13:05:02 EST 2004

Pacific Loon-Ontario
Red-throated Loon
Red-necked Grebe
Cackling Goose
King Eider
Surf Scoter
Black Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black-necked Stilt-Ontario
White-rumped Sandpiper
Snowy Owl
Short-eared Owl
Cave Swallow-gone
Townsend's Solitaire
Northern Shrike
LeConte's Sparrow
Harris's Sparrow

Monday, November 15, 2004 at 10 am.

This is the rare bird alert sponsored by the Detroit Audubon Society.  Two King Eiders, a first year male, and a female, where found at Port Huron at Lighthouse Park on November 11th by Sharon Johnson, Darlene Friedman and Karl Overman.  By November 13th, another female King Eider had joined them.  They were still being seen as of November 14th.  The birds drift with the strong current from Lake Huron into the mouth of the St. Clair River and then fly out into the lake a short distance only to repeat the process.  On November 11th and 13th, the best views were a dead end street south of Lighthouse Park that ends at the mouth of the St. Clair River between the Coast Guard Station and a factory.  

Other birds seen recently at Port Huron/Point Edward, Ontario include all three scoters, Long-tailed Duck, several Red-necked Grebes and two Black-legged Kittiwakes (Blake Mann on November 11th at Point Edward).

On November 13th Greg Norwood and Neil Gilbert saw three Short-eared Owls in Sanilac County around 5:35 p.m. on Goetze Road 1.5 miles south of M-46.  This is SE of Port Sanilac.  Joe Soehnel and Myles Willard had a Snowy Owl at Tawas Point, Iosco County  on November 11th.  Other birds they saw that day at Tawas Point included 1 White-rumped Sandpiper, 2 Merlin and a Red-throated Loon.

Jerry Jourdan had a great find in a LeConte's Sparrow at Fisherman's Island State Park in Charlevoix County on the weekend of November 13-14.  That species is almost never found in migration in the lower peninsula despite being regular to the east of Michigan at Point Pelee and to the west in Illinois.

Get your reservations in early for the Soo this winter as it will be a fine winter for northern owls based upon early exit polling out of  Minnesota and Ontario.  Unusual trios of Townsend's Solitaires were found during the past week in the UP in Alger County (Scott Hickman) and at Whitefish Point.   A Harris's Sparrow turned up at the feeders at Whitefish Point on November 14th. 

Tardy migrants in SE Michigan include a Pectoral Sandpiper at the Schneider Road pond on November 14th by Mike Sefton and an Ovenbird in downtown Detroit at the City-County Building on November 9th by Karl Overman.   Daryl Aspery had a Cackling Goose and a Northern Shrike on Belle Isle in Detroit on November 12th at the east end of the island.  Walt Pawloski reports that Tundra Swans arrived en masse on November 11th at the Pointe Mouillee headquarters area of southern Wayne County/northern Monroe County.  Diane Dugall had a Mockingbird in Wixom, Wayne County at a park on the south side of Maple Road west of Beck Road on November 9th and 10th .  Martin Blagdurn at a Black Scoter on Lake St. Clair near the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club on November 12th. 

In Ontario, a Black-necked Stilt has been hanging on at the sewage lagoons at Ridgetown NE of Rondeau Provincial Park at least through November 13th.  Steve Pike's photos of the bird can be seen on his web-site at  He also has excellent photos of Michigan's Inca Dove record from Whitefish Point. Alan Wormington had his second fly-by Pacific Loon of the fall season at Pelee on November 10th.  Goshawks were a daily sight at Pelee this past week. 

The Cave Swallow mini-invasion evidenced by birds at Pelee (November 5th, Alan Wormington) and southern Wayne County at Lake Erie Metro Park and the Pointe Mouillee headquarters (e.g. Jeff Shultz and Daryl Aspery) was short-lived with the last sightings being two by Joe Bartell on November 8th south of Wheatley, Ontario.  

On Saturday, November 20th, there will be a field trip to Belle Isle in Detroit lead by Steve Santner and Fred Charbonneau.  Meet in the parkinglot on the Nature Center on Belle Isle at 9 am. 

To report rare birds call Karl Overman at 248.473.0484. 

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