Michigan RBA--9 September 2004

Jonathan Wuepper wuepperj at hotmail.com
Thu Sep 9 09:10:54 EDT 2004


*September 9th, 2004

hotline: Michigan
number: 269/471-4919
to report: 269-556-9510 or wuepperj at hotmail.com
compiled: 9 Sep 2004
compiler: Jon Wuepper


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)
Baird’s 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, 

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 BAIRD’S SANPIPERS (seen almost daily), and 2 reports 

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 Miner’s 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 

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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Contains the Michigan Bird Survey, etc.

Michigan Bird Records Committee website: 

“North American Birds”, a quarterly journal, published by the American 
Birding Association: http://americanbirding.org/publications/nabgen.htm

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