Michigan RBA--9 September 2004
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Thu Sep 9 07:36:09 EDT 2004
*September 9th, 2004
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compiled: 9 Sep 2004
compiler: Jon Wuepper
MICHIGAN REVIEW SPECIES MENTIONED:
BROWN PELICAN* (Allegan, Berrien cos; LaPorte County, Indiana)
LARK SPARROW* (Chippewa County)
*=On Michigan Bird Records Committee Species Review List. Please send
documentation to: Jack Reinoehl, c/o MBRC, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI
Additional species mentioned:
Eared Grebe (Muskegon County)
Snowy Egret (Washtenaw, Monroe cos)
Marbled Godwit (Alpena County)
Willet (Ottawa, Alger cos)
Red Knot (Muskegon, Monroe, Iosco cos)
Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Chippewa, Marquette cos)
Bairds Sandpiper (Chippewa, Muskegon cos)
Little Gull (Ottawa County)
Great Gray Owl (Schoolcraft County)
Black-backed Woodpecker (Chippewa County)
Yellow-throated Vireo (Alger County)
Prairie Warbler (Berrien County)
Connecticut Warbler (Berrien County)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (Macomb County)
Common Grackle (Macomb County)
This is the Michigan Statewide Bird Report for Thursday, September 9th,
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 ALLEGAN COUNTY, the previously reported immature BROWN PELICAN* continued
to be observed in and around Saugatuck until September 4th. In BERRIEN
COUNTY on September 6th, birders were delighted to find this bird that
afternoon, just north of Tiscornia Park at Saint Joseph. Presumably this was
the same BROWN PELICAN* that turned up that evening at Michigan City Harbor,
in LAPORTE COUNTY in INDIANA.
Elsewhere in BERRIEN COUNTY, a good variety of passerine migrants were
reported this week, including PRAIRIE WARBLER (September 2nd & September
6th), and CONNECTICUT WARBLER (September 4th), both at Warren Dunes State
In CHIPPEWA COUNTY at the Whitefish Point Bird Observatory on September 4th,
Leonard Graff found a juvenile LARK SPARROW*, at the gift shop feeders. The
bird was not relocated. Also on September 4th, Karl Bardon saw a
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER at the tip. Other noteworthy species from Whitefish
Point this week include BAIRDS SANPIPERS (seen almost daily), and 2 reports
of BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER.
In WASHTENAW COUNTY on September 6th-7th, a SNOWY EGRET (initially found by
Don Chalfant), was observed at the Schneider Road Pond southwest of Ann
Arbor, at the northwest corner of Schneider Road and Pleasant
Lake Road, in Freedom Township. There are reportedly just a handful of SNOWY
EGRET records from WASHTENAW COUNTY since the late 1800s.
In MONROE COUNTY, at the Erie Gun Club (a/k/a Erie Marsh Preserve) on
September 7th, Tex Wells found 3 SNOWY EGRETS. They were about 200 yards
southeast of the blue pump, which is about a hundred yards south of the
parking area. Tex also saw RED KNOTS in the southwest corner of the
preserve. On September 4th at Point Mouilee State Game Area, Don Henise
located 6 RED KNOTS in Cell #2 of the banana.
In MACOMB COUNTY on September 7th, Marcia Kubacki saw a YELLOW-HEADED
BLACKBIRD (a male?), sitting on top of a telephone pole on Riverdale Drive,
east of the Venetian Canal, which is just east of the Voyageur Canoe Canal
in the North Marsh of Metropolitan Beach Metro Park. It eventually joined a
flock of COMMON GRACKLES, before flying into a nearby subdivision.
In SCHOOLCRAFT COUNTY at Seney National Wildlife Refuge on September 5th,
Scott Jennex located a GREAT GRAY OWL, between the Driggs River Road
entrance and the C-3 fishing area.
In ALGER COUNTY on September 3rd, Zach Gayk and Scott Hickman located 2
YELLOW-THROATED VIREOS, seen on the north shore of Miners Lake. A WILLET
was reported from ALGER COUNTY on September 6th.
In MARQUETTE COUNTY on September 2nd and 3rd, Skye Haas reported a
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER in the harbor at Marquette.
In ALPENA COUNTY at Squaw Bay on September 5th, Keith Saylor reported a
In IOSCO COUNTY at Tawas Point State Park on September 2nd and 3rd, were up
to 6 RED KNOTS.
In MUSKEGON COUNTY, at the Muskegon Wastewater Facility on September 3rd,
Doug McWhirter and Erik Enbody tallied 140 BAIRDS SANDPIPERS (a species
reported from multiple counties this week), and 2 RED KNOTS. 1-2 EARED
GREBES were reported from the wastewater plant this week.
In OTTAWA COUNTY, at Holland State Park on September 6th, Dave Slager
reported 1 WILLET. On September 3rd, at the channel at Grand Haven, Charlie
Dewitt found a LITTLE GULL.
The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, September
16th, 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
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