Michigan RBA--2 September 2004

Jonathan Wuepper wuepperj at hotmail.com
Thu Sep 2 07:44:09 EDT 2004


--RBA

*Michigan
*Statewide
*September 2nd, 2004
*MIST090204
-Transcript

hotline: Michigan
number: 269/471-4919
to report: 269-556-9510 or wuepperj at hotmail.com
compiled: 2 Sep 2004
compiler: Jon Wuepper

MICHIGAN REVIEW SPECIES MENTIONED:

BROWN PELICAN* (Ottawa, Allegan cos)
LARK SPARROW* (Keweenaw County)

*=On Michigan Bird Records Committee Species Review List. Please send
documentation to: Jack Reinoehl, c/o MBRC, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI
49242.

Species mentioned:

Eared Grebe (Muskegon County)
American White Pelican (Ottawa County)
Snowy Egret (Monroe County)
American Golden Plover (Wayne, Berrien cos)
Piping Plover (Muskegon County)
Willet (Berrien County)
Red Knot (Muskegon, Berrien cos)
Baird’s Sandpiper (Alger, Marquette, Muskegon, Washtenaw, Wayne, Berrien 
cos)
Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Chippewa, Muskegon, Washtenaw, Berrien cos)
Parasitic Jaeger (Berrien County)
Jaeger, sp (Berrien County)

This is the Michigan Statewide Bird Report for Thursday, September 2nd, 
2004, which is being sponsored by the Sarett Nature Center. Sarett is a 
900-acre preserve, located near Benton Harbor, Michigan, dedicated to 
environmental education. Check out there website at www.sarett.com

In OTTAWA COUNTY, on August 29th, Steve Minard observed a juvenile BROWN 
PELICAN*, in flight along the Lake Michigan shoreline, about 2 miles south 
of Grand Haven. Late in the afternoon on August 30th (about 4:30pm), Leonard 
Graff relocated the bird, in ALLEGAN COUNTY, north of the north breakwall of 
the Kalamazoo River mouth, at Saugatuck. By accessing Saugatuck Dunes State 
Park, or Lakeshore Township Park (just before the entrance to the state 
park) , on August 31st, birders again relocated the BROWN PELICAN*, on the 
beach in groups of gulls. First, Sara Oliver found the bird to the south of 
the state park towards the breakwall. Later that afternoon, Scott Jennex 
found it further north closer to the state park's bathing beach. The bird 
was not relocated on September 1st.

In KEWEENAW COUNTY on August 29th, Tom Auer, and later Lawrence Binford, 
reported a 1st winter LARK SPARROW*, located in “the Sparrow Fields” at 
Copper Harbor. The tricky directions to the birds’ location can be obtained 
by email at t_auer at lycos.com.

In OTTAWA COUNTY on the afternoon of August 31st, Dr. Steve Hamburg observed 
1 AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN fly over "the narrow portion" of Lake Macatawa. 
(This was in the city of Holland).

In CHIPPEWA COUNTY August 28th, a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was seen at the 
Whitefish Point Bird Observatory.

In ALGER COUNTY, Scott Hickman has been observing BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS over 
the last week.

In MARQUETTE COUNTY, Skye Haas reports 1-2 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS daily for 
almost a week.

In MUSKEGON COUNTY, there have been several noteworthy shorebirds this week 
at the Muskegon Wastewater Facility. On August 26th, Brian Johnson recorded 
124 BAIRD’S SANDPIPERS, 1 RED KNOT and 1 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER. Two EARED 
GREBES were noted near the south shore of the large, eastern lagoon. On 
August 28th, Erik Enbody birded Muskegon Wastewater, and reported a PIPING 
PLOVER, a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER and “a boat load” of BAIRD’S SANDPIPERS. 
On August 30th, Kip Miller and Tony Baldoni found a RED KNOT and PIPING 
PLOVER at the Wastewater Facilities.

In WASHTENAW COUNTY, a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, and BAIRD’S SANDPIPERS have 
been seen throughout the week, at the sod farm on the east side of Gooding 
Road, south of the houses. Some of the field has been plowed, but the 
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was reported as recently as September 1st.

In MONROE COUNTY on August 25th and 26th, a SNOWY EGRET was seen (initially 
found by Scott Jennex), at the Erie Gun Club. The bird was seen both days 
about 200 yards southeast of a pump, which is located about 100 yards south 
of the parking lot.

In WAYNE COUNTY on August 31st, a BAIRD’S SANDPIPER and one AMERICAN GOLDEN 
PLOVER were reported, in the muddy field at the corner of Bell Road and Ash 
Road. Karl Overman reported a BAIRD’S SANDPIPER on September 1st, at Waltz 
Sod Farm (north side of Ash Road, east of Waltz Road).

In BERRIEN COUNTY on August 28th, I found a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER at the 
Magic Carpet Turf farms, just south of Lake Chapin Road, on Rangeline Road. 
At least 1 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER has been seen throughout the week at that 
place. Also on August 28th, Scott Jennex, Sara Oliver, Jan Shillito, myself, 
and others saw a PARASITIC JAEGER off New Buffalo. Additionally, Scott 
Jennex saw a second JAEGER, unidentified to species, south of New Buffalo. 
1-2 BAIRD’S SANDPIPERS were recorded from New Buffalo on August 28th, and a 
RED KNOT was seen by Dave Vinnedge on August 31st. Rex Hubbard reported an 
amazing flock of 30-35 WILLETS at Warren Dunes State Park on August 26th, 
which represents one of the largest flocks on record in Michigan.

The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, September 9th, 
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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