Detroit RBA 11/29/2004
martineoverman at earthlink.net
Mon Nov 29 23:06:46 EST 2004
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Varied Thrush (Pelee)
Monday, November 29, 2004 at 11 p.m.
This is the rare bird alert sponsored by the Detroit Audubon Society.
Port Huron/Point Edward, was productive this past week again. The
number of King Eiders appears to be down to one bird, a female bird,
which was still being seen as of November 26th. Look for the bird
drifting into the St Clair River mouth from Lake Huron from Lighthouse
Park or Riverview Street which is between the Coast Guard station and a
paper mill. On November 24th Brad Murphy was in luck in having both
Sabine’s Gull and Kittiwake from Point Edward, Ontario, looking into
Michigan waters on the Port Huron side. Two Harlequin Ducks were still
being seen at the mouth of the St. Clair River at Port Huron at least as
of November 25th (Skye Haas). All three scoters and Long-tailed Ducks
were frequently seen from Port Huron during the past week.
In southern Michigan, Phil Chu saw three Black Scoters off of Luna Pier
in Monroe County on November 25th. Walt Pawloski had 5 Great Egrets in
Gibraltar, Wayne County on November 28th. Seeing any Great Egret in
southern Michigan after November 20th is highly unusual and five in
unprecedented so late in the season. A few Redpolls have made it to
southern areas of the Great Lakes. Greg Norwood had three in flight
over Tyler Road in western Wayne County on November 25th and Greg Links
had 10 in Toledo on November 28th. Phil Chu had 8 Lesser Black-backed
Gulls on Lotus Road in extreme southern Monroe County on November 25th.
Scott Jennex had a Lesser Black-backed Gull on Lake Fenton on November
26th. Karl Overman had a Mockingbird in Riverview, Wayne County along
East Jefferson on November 25th.
Myles Willard and Mark & Joanie Hubinger had an Iceland Gull at Harbor
Beach, Huron County on November 28th.
In the northern lower peninsula on the Lake Michigan shoreline, Zach
Ericksen, per Brian Allen, had a Purple Sandpiper at Manistee on
November 28th. Jeff & Becky Cohen from Ohio had hundreds of Bohemian
Waxwings last week between Paradise and Sault Sainte Marie but no owls
even on Neebish Island. Hopefully there will be better results later
this winter on the owl front from the Soo area.
At Point Pelee, a Bohemian Waxwing was in a small flock of Cedar
Waxwings north of the White Pines picknic area yesterday and today.
Also present in the same area was a Varied Thrush.
To report rare birds call Karl Overman at 248.473.0484.
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