Michigan RBA--18 November 2004
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*November 18th, 2004
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compiled: 18 Nov 2004
compiler: Jon Wuepper
MICHIGAN REVIEW SPECIES MENTIONED
CACKLING GOOSE* [NOT ON MICH. BIRD LIST] (Wayne, Allegan cos)
KING EIDER* [CASUAL] (Saint Clair 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:
Black Scoter (Muskegon County)
Surf Scoter (Muskegon County)
White-winged Scoter (Muskegon County)
Long-tailed Duck (Saint Clair County)
Red-throated Loon (Iosco, Berrien cos)
Red-necked Grebe (Saint Clair, Iosco cos)
American Bittern (Monroe County)
Golden Eagle (Muskegon County)
Peregrine Falcon (Muskegon County)
White-rumped Sandpiper (Iosco County)
Glaucous Gull (Alger, Marquette, Iosco cos)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Washtenaw, Genesse, Berrien cos)
Great Gray Owl (Chippewa, Muskegon* cos *=see text)
Snowy Owl (Iosco, Chippewa cos)
Northern Hawk Owl (Chippewa County)
Short-eared Owl (Sanilac County)
Northern Saw-whet Owl (Berrien County)
Black-backed Woodpecker (Luce County)
Northern Shrike (Sanilac, Alger, Allegan, Wayne cos)
Gray Jay (Luce County)
Bohemian Waxwing (Marquette County)
Boreal Chickadee (Luce County)
Townsends Solitaire (Chippewa, Alger cos)
Common Yellowthroat (Monroe County)
LeConte's Sparrow (Charlevoix County)
This is the Michigan Statewide Bird Report for Thursday, November 18th,
2004, which is being sponsored by the Wild Bird Center of Benton Harbor,
located in the Orchards Mall.
In SAINT CLAIR COUNTY at Lighthouse Park, Port Huron on November 11th, 2
KING EIDERS* (1 first year male and 1 female) were seen by by Sharon
Johnson, Darlene Friedman and Karl Overman. On November 14th, another female
KING EIDER* was discovered. Andy Dettling reported all 3 ducks present as of
the afternoon of November 15th. RED-NECKED GREBE and LONG-TAILED DUCKS have
also been reported at this location. For directions, email
wuepperj at hotmail.com
In CHIPPEWA COUNTY on November 17th, Rick Baetsen found a NORTHERN HAWK OWL,
at approximately 9:20am (Eastern) on west side of M-123, about 3km south of
the Tahquamenon Rivermouth. T48N, R6W, Section 21, SE 1/4. Rick reported
that this location is a fairly open bog/alder willow thicket, and sedge
meadow opening. "Location was directly opposite the road that goes into the
boat launch site at the old ghost town site of Emerson on Whitefish Bay.
The bird was perched in the top of a black spruce, about 80 meters west of
the highway. I observed it for about five minutes before heading south and
it still remained perched as I left the site."
At Whitefish Point Bird Observatory (WPBO), up to 3 TOWNSENDS SOLITAIRES
continue to be seen at the tip of the point, or near the hawk-watch tower.
Most recently, 1 TOWNSENDS SOLITAIRE was seen near the latter place,
November 13th. On November 14th, visitors to WPBO reported a HARRISSS
SPARROW at the gift shop feeders. To the best of my knowledge, the bird had
not been relocated since that evening. On November 17th Chris Neri and
others found a total of 3 GREAT GRAY OWLS and 1 SNOWY OWL in the Sault/Sugar
Island/Neebish Island area. For the particulars, please email
<wuepperj at hotmail.com>
In SANILAC COUNTY on November 13th, Karl Overman and others located 3
SHORT-EARED OWLS west of Port Sanilac. Karl has reported that the owls were
in agricultural land on Goetze Road a half mile north of Washington Road or
1.5 miles south of M-46. The birds flew over both sides of the road before
disappearing over a hill to the west. One NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen by the
group on November 13th, four miles to the west on Church Road.
In GENESEE COUNTY on November 14th, Jeff Bueking located 2 LESSER BLACK
BACKED GULLS on the north end of Lake Fenton.
In ALGER COUNTY on November 11th, Scott Hickman reported a NORTHERN SHRIKE,
at Sand Point, which can be located by exiting Munising to the east on
Highway 58 and then turning north when directed by National Park Service
signs to turn for Munising Falls. Scott found an adult THAYERS GULL at
Munising Bay that afternoon. On November 12th, Skye Hass, Zach Gayk, and
Scott Hickman observed three TOWNSENDS SOLITAIRES at Sand Point Marsh in
Munising just before dusk. To reach this site, exit Munising to the east on
M58. About 1/4 mile east of town, turn left at the park signs for Munising
Falls. About 2 miles down this road you will come to the parking lot for
the Sand Point Marsh's boardwalk. The birds were near the start of the
boardwalk, calling and frequently flying from tree to tree. The trio had
located a GLAUCOUS GULL at Munising Bay earlier that day (November 12th).
In MARQUETTE COUNTY on November 15th, Skye Haas found two flocks of BOHEMIAN
WAXWINGS. A flock of 170 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen at Lake Lavasser along
Kawbagum Road, south of M-28. They were feeding in the Ilex Holly in the
large marsh long the lake. A second flock of 14 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen
along Lakewood Boulevard in the town of Harvey. Also that day, Skye found a
GLAUCOUS GULL in the lower harbor at Marquette.
In LUCE COUNTY, near Pike Lake on November 17th, Rick Baetsen observed 3
GRAY JAYS (present in the area since summer, according to Rick); 1
BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER and 1 BOREAL CHICKADEE.
In CHARLEVOIX COUNTY, at Fishermans Island State Park on the weekend of
November 13th-14th, Jerry Jourdan located a LeCONTE'S SPARROW.
In IOSCO COUNTY, at Tawas Point on November 11th, Joe Soehnel and Miles
Willard reported the following highlights: RED-THROATED LOON, RED-NECKED
GREBE, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and SNOWY OWL. A GLAUCOUS GULL was also
reported that day in the town of Oscoda.
In WASHTENAW COUNTY on November 11th, Don Chalfant and Jacco Gelderloos
visited Onyx Landfill and found 1-2 adult THAYERS GULLS, and 1-2,
1st-winter LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS.
In MONROE COUNTY, Tim Smart conducted a waterfowl count at the Point Mouilee
State Game Area on November 16th. Highlights included 1 AMERICAN BITTERN in
the "Bloody Run Unit" and a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT in the "Long Pond Unit".
In WAYNE COUNTY, at the east end of Belle Isle, November 12th, Daryl Aspery
located a CACKLING GOOSE* and a NORTHERN SHRIKE.
In MUSKEGON COUNTY at the Muskegon Wastewater Facility, November 16th, Ric
Pelder and Jim Ponshair saw an immature GOLDEN EAGLE, and 1 immature
PEREGRINE FALCON. Also on November 16th, Chip Franke found an immature
SABINES GULL, on Lake Michigan near the elbow of the pier at Pere Marquette
Park (south side of the channel). Allen Chartier relocated the gull late
that day. The bird was more recently relocated on November 17th by Ric
Pedler and Caleb Putnam, at "the bend" in the south jetty at Pere Marquette
In ALLEGAN COUNTY, at Douglas Public Beach on November 15th, Rick Brigham
tallied 12 BLACK SCOTERS, 6 SURF SCOTERS and 2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS.
Additionally, at Allegan State Game Areas Todd Farm Unit, Brigham reported
8 CACKLING GEESE* and 1 NORTHERN SHRIKE.
In BERRIEN COUNTY, a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was taken to an out-of-state
rehab center, after being found injured on Garr Road, November 9th. On
November 14th, I located an adult LESSER-BLACK-BACKED GULL at New Buffalo
Public Beach. On November 17th, Cory Gregory was able to pick out a
RED-THROATED LOON, through the fog off Tiscornia Park at Saint Joseph.
Finally, a very unusual "sighting" to rerport. According to local birders in
the Grand Haven area, recently, a dead GREAT GRAY OWL was found on a
logging truck in MUSKEGON COUNTY! Just exactly where the bird hit the truck
is a bit of a mystery. Most likely the bird-truck collision occured in
Ontario, where the species has been reported in good numbers so far this
The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, November 25th,
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
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