UP birds - Plegadis sp, Purple Sandpiper, Townsend's Solitaire
santners at karmanos.org
Mon Oct 25 08:30:48 EDT 2004
Those of you going to chase the solitaire should make sure you have gasoline in your car before you leave M28. It is 40 miles in (and 40 more miles out) before you can get gas again. I would nominate this site as the most remote location in Michigan. It was the prime location in a book from many years ago on the Spruce Grouse. Unfortunately, it is now heavily logged but there may still be spots for boreal species here.
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Sent: Sunday, October 24, 2004 9:42 PM
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Subject: UP birds - Plegadis sp, Purple Sandpiper, Townsend's Solitaire
Had a great weekend (except for rain much of the time) in the UP.
8 dark Ibises (Plegadis species) Sunday at Whitefish Point in the late morning initially flying west of the tip - my first true chase of the year since some of us were in the parking lot when the report came over the radio and had to sprint to the beach to catch looks at these wayward beauties
Purple Sandpiper about 15 minutes later - flew in and landed at the tip allowing everyone great long looks
Townsend's Solitaire - Sat 3:15 pm - Yellow Dog Plains, Marquette Co - Skye Haas has the directions - this bird is out in the stinking boonies! 25 miles on the paved road northwest of Marquette and then about 15 miles on the unmarked dirt (who am I kidding) MUD roads and sure enough, in the same general area Skye and Zach had the bird on Friday, it was calling and flying around
All 3 scoters in the bay at Marquette, lots of White-wingeds flying by Whitefish Point
Rough-legged Hawks - 3 on 123 in Mackinaw Co and one dark morph on I-75 in Crawford Co on Sunday
Northern Shrike - first year bird terrorizing the feeders at Whitefish Point Saturday morning
Snow Buntings - 3 flocks (20, 40 & 400+) on Saturday morning in Luce Co on 123, also at WPBO
2 White-winged Crossbills flying and calling at Whitefish Point on Sunday morning
Purple Finches everywhere there were feeders - dozens at Whitefish Point (lots of Rusty Blackbirds too)
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