Michigan RBA--30 September 2004

Jonathan Wuepper wuepperj at hotmail.com
Thu Sep 30 07:56:27 EDT 2004


*September 30th, 2004

hotline: Michigan
number: 269/471-4919
to report: 269-556-9510 or wuepperj at hotmail.com
compiled: 30 Sep 2004
compiler: Jon Wuepper



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

Additional species mentioned:

Harlequin Duck (Marquette County)
Eared Grebe (Muskegon County)
Little Blue Heron (Monroe County)
Snowy Egret (Jackson County)
American Golden Plover (Emmett County)
American Avocet (Berrien County)
Marbled Godwit (Delta County)
Jaeger—unidentified to species (Berrien County)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Berrien County)
White-eyed Vireo (Jackson County)
Hooded Warbler (Jackson County)

This is the Michigan Statewide Bird Report for Thursday, September 30th, 
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 DELTA COUNTY, at the Portage Marsh on September 28th, Skye Haas and Zach 
Gayk found 5 RED PHALAROPES* and a MARBLED GODIWIT. Portage Marsh is located 
south of Escanaba. The birds were seen in the large lagoon north of the 
trail that leads east of the parking lot. Skye noted that the birds were 
somewhat nervous, due to shotgun blasts of duck hunters.

In MARQUETTE COUNTY on September 25th, Skye and Zach located a female type 
HARLEQUIN DUCK, near the Big Bay Lighthouse.

In MUSKEGON COUNTY at Muskegon State Park on September 24th, Jeff Johnson, 
Carolyn Weng and several others saw a light-phased, juvenile FERRUGINOUS 
HAWK*. It was initially seen from the hawkwatch, and last seen present at 
"Jeff's Dunes", just north of the campground, heading south over the channel 
connecting Lake Muskegon and Lake Michigan. On Thursday, September 23rd, Jan 
Shillito and Sara Oliver relocated the 2 EARED GREBES at Muskegon Wastewater 

In EMMET COUNTY at Wilderness State Park on September 26th, Jeff and Andrea 
Chynoweth saw 17 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS along the north shoreline of the 
park's wilderness section.

In JACKSON COUNTY, September 26th, at the Phyllis Haehnle Memorial 
Sanctuary, Jim Schei relocated the previously reported SNOWY EGRET. Later 
that day, Steve Santer failed to relocate the SNOWY EGRET, but did find 
surprisingly late WHITE-EYED VIREOS at Haehnle Sanctuary, and a late HOODED 
WARBLER in the northern part of the county.

In MONROE COUNTY at the Point Mouilee State Game Area on September 28th, Tim 
Smart (while conducting a waterfowl survey) located an immature LITTLE BLUE 
HERON in the “Long Pond Unit”. Tim reports that this section of the refuge 
is closed to the general public due to hunting.

In BERRIEN COUNTY at New Buffalo on the morning of September 25th, members 
of the Berrien Birding Club saw 3 AMERICAN AVOCETS, offshore of the public 
beach. During that afternoon, Jan Shillito reported 2 AMERICAN AVOCETS 
offshore of Tiscornia Park at Saint Joseph. Scott Jennex relocated the 
AVOCETS at Tiscornia Park on September 26th. Also on September 25th, Berrien 
Birding Club also saw 2 adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS (on the beach) and 1 
JAEGER, unidentified to species, offshore of New Buffalo.

The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, October 7th, 
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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