Michigan RBA--16 September 2004

Jonathan Wuepper wuepperj at hotmail.com
Thu Sep 16 08:25:36 EDT 2004


*September 16th, 2004

hotline: Michigan
number: 269/471-4919
to report: 269-556-9510 or wuepperj at hotmail.com
compiled: 16 Sep 2004
compiler: Jon Wuepper


BRANT* [CASUAL] (Alger County)
ROSS’S GOOSE* [CASUAL] (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:

American White Pelican (Monroe County)
American Golden Plover (Berrien, Monroe cos)
Piping Plover (Berrien County)
Red Knot (Berrien County)
Baird’s Sandpiper (Alger, Berrien cos)
Stilt Sandpiper (Washtenaw County)
Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Alger County)
Connecticut Warbler (Wayne County)

This is the Michigan Statewide Bird Report for Thursday, September 16th, 
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 CHIPPEWA COUNTY at the Whitefish Point Bird Observatory on September 
12th, Karl Bardon and Chis Neri saw 8 ROSS’S GEESE* land on Lake Superior, 
before heading down the bay. The birds were looked for afterwards, but not 
relocated. If accepted by the Michigan Bird Records Committee, the record 
would be the first of the species for Whitefish Point Bird Observatory.

In ALGER COUNTY, the morning of September 13th, a BRANT* was reported by 
Scott Hickman, east of downtown Munising. Specifically, it was on a sand bar 
just offshore of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore offices along with a 
unsuccessful attempts to relocate the bird later that day.

In BERRIEN COUNTY, RED KNOTS were reported from Tiscornia Park (1 bird, 
Warren Johns) on September 11th, and New Buffalo (1-2 birds, Jon Wuepper) on 
September 12th. Also on September 12th, I saw a fly-by juvenile PIPING 
PLOVER at New Buffalo (leg band status unknown). BAIRD’S SANDPIPERS continue 
to be reported from BERRIEN COUNTY, the latest being on September 13th at 
St. Joseph (Kip Miller, Tony Baldoni). 1 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER has been 
present at Three Oaks Wastewater Ponds from September 10th, through at least 
September 14th.

In MONROE COUNTY in the late afternoon of September 14th, Jerry Jourdan 
reported 16 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS present in the field just southwest of 
Rockwood Landfill on US Turnpike. On September 11th, Jerry Jourdan birded 
the Point Mouilee State Game Area, and found 3 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS in 
the lead unit.

In WASHTENAW COUNTY on September 9th and 10th, Matthew Hysell and Mike 
Sefton observed a STILT SANDPIPER, at the north end of the “big pond” at Ann 
Arbor Landfill.

This week in WAYNE COUNTY, Julie Craves reported good numbers of passerine 
migrants banded at the Rouge River Bird Observatory at Dearborn. One 
highlight was a CONNECTICUT WARBLER, banded on September 12th. You can keep 
up with banding at Rouge River Bird Observatory by visting their website: 

The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, September 
23rd, 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 


“Michigan Birds and Natural History”. Our state ornithological journal. 
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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