Michigan RBA--25 November 2004

Jonathan Wuepper wuepperj at hotmail.com
Thu Nov 25 09:04:06 EST 2004


--RBA

*Michigan
*Statewide
*November 25th, 2004
*MIST112504
-Transcript

hotline: Michigan
number: 269/471-4919
to report: 269-556-9510 or wuepperj at hotmail.com
compiled: 25 Nov 2004
compiler: Jon Wuepper

MICHIGAN REVIEW SPECIES MENTIONED

CACKLING GOOSE* [NOT ON MICH. BIRD LIST] (Muskegon, Berrien cos)
KING EIDER* [CASUAL] (Saint Clair County)
CAVE SWALLOW* [ACCIDENTAL] (Monroe 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:

Tundra Swan (Van Buren County)
Harlequin Duck (Saint Clair County)
Long-tailed Duck (Saint Clair County)
Black Scoter (Saint Clair, Berrien cos)
Surf Scoter (Saint Clair, Berrien cos)
White-winged Scoter (Saint Clair, Berrien cos)
Sharp-tailed Grouse (Chippewa County)
Spruce Grouse (Chippewa County)
Northern Goshawk (Bay County)
Golden Eagle (Muskegon County)
Red-throated Loon (Saint Clair, Emmett, Berrien cos)
Red-necked Grebe (Saint Clair, Kalamazoo, Emmett cos)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Bay, Berrien cos)
Thayer’s Gull (Berrien County)
Iceland Gull (Marquette County)
Sabine’s Gull (Muskegon, Ottawa, Saint Clair cos)
Black-legged Kittiwake (Saint Clair, Berrien cos)
Short-eared Owl (Saginaw County)
Great Gray Owl (Chippewa County)
Snowy Owl (Ottawa County)
Northern Shrike (Chippewa, Muskegon cos)
Gray Jay (Chippewa County)
Boreal Chickadee (Chippewa County)
Bohemian Waxwing (Chippewa County)
Pine Grosbeak (Chippewa County)
Red Crossbill (Chippewa County)

This is the Michigan Statewide Bird Report for Thursday, November 25th, 
2004, which is being sponsored by the Wild Bird Center of Benton Harbor 
(located in the Orchards Mall).

IN MONROE COUNTY on November 21st, Brad Murphy and Adam Byrne located 8 CAVE 
SWALLOWS*, at the Huron River mouth. The birds were flying high over the 
river, and visible from the boat launch/park just north of Sigler Road. I 
have received no further reports of these birds.

In SAINT CLAIR COUNTY at Lighthouse Park, Port Huron on November 19th, a 
transitional plumaged male HARLEQUIN DUCK, was found by Mike Kelly and 
Joanna Pease. Also found at Lighthouse Park that day, were one male and one 
female KING EIDERS*. 2 females and 1 male KING EIDER* were all reported 
through November 21st, and one female KING EIDER* was most recently reported 
on November 24th, seen by Brad Murphy. Brad was at Point Edward, Ontario on 
November 24th, and in addition to the EIDER, observed from Canada, a 
SABINE'S GULL and BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE on the U.S. (SAINT CLAIR COUNTY, 
MICHIGAN) side. Other species reported in that same vicinity throughout this 
week included: RED-NECKED GREBE, LONG TAILED DUCK, SURF SCOTER, BLACK 
SCOTER, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER and RED-THROATED LOON.

In CHIPPEWA COUNTY on Neebish Island on November 23rd, Rick Baetsen and 
others located 2 GREAT GRAY OWLS. One owl was seen in the central portion of 
the island, and the other at the island’s north end. 2 NORTHERN SHRIKES were 
seen that day on the island. Joe Nault had seen 1 GREAT GRAY OWL and 2 
SHARP-TAILED GROUSE from Neebish Island on November 22nd. Jeff Moore and 
David Lupke spent last weekend around the Whitefish Point area. Highlights 
included: SPRUCE GROUSE (1 flew across M-28 between Hulbert Bog and Newberry 
on November 21st); GRAY JAY (1 at Hulbert Bog, 3 on Skyline Road on November 
21st); BOREAL CHICKADEE (2 on Skyline Road, November 21st); PINE GROSBEAK (2 
females at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory feeders on afternoon of November 
21st); RED CROSSBILL (2 pair on Skyline Road, November 21st); BOHEMIAN 
WAXWINGS (~30 birds just south of the Whitefish Point parking lot on 
November 22nd). Jeff and David were among several birders this week that 
reported good numbers of COMMON REDPOLLS.

In MARQUETTE COUNTY, at the lower harbor in Marquette on November 23rd, Skye 
Haas located a 1st-winter ICELAND GULL.

In EMMETT COUNTY on November 21st, Sally Stebbins found a RED-THROATED LOON 
and 2 RED-NECKED GREBES, one mile east of Harbor Springs, about 100 offshore 
in Little Traverse Bay.

In OTTAWA COUNTY on the morning of November 21st, Chip Franke found a 
juvenile SABINE’S GULL near the south pier at Grand River mouth. This is 
adjacent to Grand haven State Park. On the morning of November 18th, Larry 
Dech found a heavily mottled SNOWY OWL, perched on a power pole about 1 mile 
east of Vriesland Road on Byron Road across from the Ottawa Airport. Several 
birds have attempted unsuccessfully to relocate this bird.

In MUSKEGON COUNTY on November 20th, Erik Enbody and others relocated the 
previously reported immature SABINE’S GULL at Pere Marquette State Park. On 
November 21st, Jerry Urquhart and Guido Berguido birded Muskegon Wastewater. 
Some highlights included 1 GOLDEN EAGLE, 1 NORTHERN SHRIKE and 10 CACKLING 
GEESE*.

In BAY COUNTY on November 23rd, Kyle Bagnall found a LESSER BLACK-BACKED 
GULL at Bay City Recreation Area and a NORTHERN GOSHAWK at Nayanquing Point.

In SAGINAW COUNTY’s Hampton Township on November 20th, Stan & Chris Madziar 
located a SHORT-EARED OWL.

In KALAMAZOO COUNTY on November 22nd, Ray Adams found a RED-NECKED GREBE on 
the west side of Gull Lake. No relocation reports have been received.

In VAN BUREN COUNTY, at South Haven on November 21st, Jim Granlund and Jan 
Shillito noted a relatively large flock of 350 TUNDRA SWANS. The species has 
been reported in good numbers at several southern Lower Peninsula locations 
this week.

In BERRIEN COUNTY on November 22nd, Kip Miller, Tony Baldoni and Dave 
Vinnedge found 1 immature BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, present in the channel 
(between the 2 piers), at the Saint Joseph River mouth. Caleb Putnam 
relocated the bird that afternoon, and also found a 1st-winter THAYER’S GULL 
at Saint Joseph. Other noteworthy birds reported by Kip Miller & co on 
November 22nd include: RED-THROATED LOON, BLACK SCOTER, SURF SCOTER and 
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER. On November 23rd, Sara Oliver relocated the 
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE at Saint Joseph. One adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL 
has been seen on the Saint Joseph beaches this week, most recently on 
November 23rd. On November 21st, Tim Baerwald photographed 20 CACKLING 
GEESE*, on the grounds of Lake Michigan College.

The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, December 2nd, 
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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