Detroit RBA 10/1/04
martineoverman at earthlink.net
Sun Oct 3 13:12:30 EDT 2004
Little Blue Heron
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Skye Haas and Zack Gayk are the hottest birding team in the state at
the moment based in former terra incognita for bird reports, Marquette.
On September 28th they had a Harlequin Duck at Big Bay Lighthouse. They
also visited Portage marsh in Delta County in the UP on September 28th
where they came up with a Marbled Godwit and a stunning total of five
Red Phalaropes, which has to be a state record count. Any count over
one is unusual for that species in Michigan. Staying in the UP, Karl
Barden had two fly-by Pacific Loons in breeding plumage at Whitefish
Point on October 1st. A Black-backed Woodpecker has periodically
appeared at Whitefish Point during the past week per Cris Neri.
Now that Cackling Goose is tickable as a species, birders are taking
more notice of that form. Kevin Thomas located six at the Lakewood
sewage ponds in SW Ionia County on September 29th with Scott Jennex
reporting the species still present there today along with a couple
Sanderlings which are rare inland in the state. The sewage lagoons
apparently are not open on the weekend.
Blake Mann and Paul Pratt had a Parasitic Jaeger and a Kittiwake at
Point Edward on September 29th. On October 2nd Robert Epstein and Neil
Gilbert had flocks of 40 plus Pine Siskins on the Lake Huron shoreline
of the Thumb at Delaware Township Park in Sanilac County and in Sand
Beach Township of Huron County. On a similar note, Jim Fowler had 5
Pine Siskins at Lakeville Lake in northern Oakland County on September
30th. A prelude to an invasion this winter?
The Snowy Egret at the Haehnle Sanctuary in Jackson County was still
being seen as of September 26th which is getting late for the species in
Michigan. Tim Smart had an immature Little Blue Heron at Long Pond at
Pointe Mouillee on September 29th. Tim has a permit to do a waterfowl
survey there but for the general birding population, Pointe Mouillee is
closed now for hunting season. Mike Sefton had a Lesser Black-backed
Gull at the Ann Arbor landfill today. Julie Craves reported an
Orange-crowned Warbler in Dearborn October 1st. October is thee month
for that species in southern Michigan. Jim Fowler and Tom Heatley had a
Lapland Longspur on the beach at Metrobeach on September 30th.
Gary Nelkie had five Golden Plover and a Knot at Tawas Point on
A lot of hawks still have to come passed the local hawk watches at Lake
Erie Metro Park and Holiday Beach. For example the season total as of
today for Red-shouldered Hawks was 51 at Lake Ere Metro Park and
neither hawk watch has had a Rough-legged Hawk as of yet.
On Sunday, October 10th at 8 am there will be a banding demonstration by
Julie Craves at the U of M Dearborn. Meet at the Environmental
Information Center on campus. For an online version of the
demonstration go to www.umd.umich.edu/dept/rouge_river/events.html.
To report rare birds call Karl Overman at 248.473.0484.
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