Detroit RBA 9/7/04

Karl.Overman at Karl.Overman at
Tue Sep 7 12:21:00 EDT 2004

Brown Pelican
Snowy Egret
Surf Scoter
Golden Plover
Marbled  Godwit
Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Tuesday, September 7, 2004 at 12:15 p.m.  

This is the rare bird alert sponsored by the Detroit Audubon Society. Shorebirds still are  the main news locally.  Single Buff-breasted Sandpipers have been seen at the Waltz sod farm in SW Wayne County by Walt Pawloski on September 4th and the long running Buff-breasted at the sod farm in SE Washtenaw County at Gooding and Willow Roads was seen at least up to September 3rd.   Golden Plover have been scarce so far this fall so Jerry Jourdan's find of a flock in a plowed field on the west side of Jefferson/U.S. turnpike just before the turn to Roberts Road and Port Sunlight Road in northern Monroe County, was welcomed news.  The birds were seen as recently as September 6th.  Cell 2 at Pointe Mouillee still is productive with Don Henise having 6 Knots there on September 5th.  Remember that Pointe Mouille will close to birders as of September 15th. In a similar vein, the Erie Marsh Preserve will close in about 10 days.  Jon Dunn saw a Snowy Egret there on August 31st.  More unusual was Don Chalfant finding a Snowy Egret today on the Schneider Road pond south of Mt. Pleasant Road in Washtenaw County.  This is at least the fifth record for Washtenaw County.  The record many may not be aware of is from August 16 & 19, 1955 by Laurie Binford et. al. in Ypsilanti.

A Brown Pelican has been seen during the past 10 days at various points along the Lake Michigan shoreline from Ottawa County to Berrien County with Steve Minard initially finding it south of Grand Haven and Jon Wuepper last seeing it off of St. Joseph in Berrien County.

The hawk watch is up and running at Lake Erie Metro Park with a Merlin showing up on the first day it was in operation, September 1st. 

Keith Saylor had 2 Marbled Godwits at Squaw Bay, Alpena County on September 5th.  

On September 1st Jon Dunn had a Whimbrel and 2 Surf Scoters at the tip of Point Pelee, the later being exceptionally early.

There will be a field trip to Metropolitan Beach in Macomb County on Sunday September 12th lead by Joanna Pease and Fred Charbonneau.  Meet at the Nature Center at 8 am.

To report rare birds call Karl Overman at 248.473.0484. 

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