Detroit RBA 6/3/2005

Karl.Overman@usdoj.gov Karl.Overman at usdoj.gov
Fri Jun 3 15:46:00 EDT 2005


King Eider
Snowy Egret
American Bittern
Swainson's Hawk
Peregrine Falcon
Chuck-wills-widow
Whip-poor-will
Common Moorhen
Western Sandpiper
Wilson's Phalarope
Red-necked Phalarope
Black-throated Green Warbler
Connecticut Warbler
Mourning Warbler
White-throated Sparrow
Henslow's Sparrow

Friday, June 3, 2005 at 2:50 p.m.  This is the rare bird alert sponsored by the Detroit Audubon Society.  Spring migration is basically in our rear view mirror now and even for lingering shorebirds it will be over by June 10th.  Some notable late migrants include a Western Sandpiper on June1st  by Kevin Thomas at the Muskegon Waste Water Treatment facility where he also had both Wilson's and Red-necked Phalaropes.  Both species were still present there on the following day. Two White-throated Sparrows at Crane Creek, Ohio on June 2nd seemed strikingly late for that species. Tom Heatley had a female Connecticut Warbler at Metrobeach in Macomb County on June 2nd. 

	A female King Eider turned up at Whitefish Point today.  For academic interest, a couple notable birds turned up on Manitou Island at the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula in the UP during the past week.  Joe Kaplan had a fly-by Snowy Egret on May 29 and Louie Dombroski had 3 Swainson's Hawks in late May. 

	As for summering birds,  In Berrien County Darlene Friedman heard the previously reported Chuck-wills-widow on Jones Road on June 1st . She  also heard Whip-poor-will there. We seemed to be in another area like the late 1970's when Chuck-wills-widow is showing up north of  of their usual southern haunts. Darlene also had Henslow's Sparrow in Oakland County on June 2nd at the entrance to Lyon Oaks Park on Pontiac Trail east of Old Plank Road on June 2nd. Just west of Oakland County in Livingston County, a Henslow's Sparrows was found along the bike path west of Kensington Road on June 2nd at Island Lake State Game Area. Doing breeding bird work, Daryl Aspery found a Mourning Warbler in Canton on June 3rd on Hanford Road west of Ridge, seemingly on territory.  I can't recall another territorial Mourning Warbler in Wayne County in recent decades.   Regarding the introduced Peregrines in SE Michigan, Tom Heatley has been involved in banding young at the County Building in Mt. Clemens, Macomb County and on the Fisher Building in Detroit passed week.  Walt Pawloski found 2 uncommon Common Moorhens at Crosswinds Marsh, Wayne County during the past week.  Dave Miles saw an American Bittern at the south end of Harsen's Island on May 29th. 

On Saturday, June 4th there will be a Detroit Audubon Field trip in Lenawee County lead by Darrin O'Brien.  Meet at the Stubnitz Nature Center, Heritage Park off of M-52 2 miles north of Adrian at 7:30 am. 

On Saturday June 11th there will be a DAS field trip to Port Huron SGA lead by Mike Mencotti, starting at 7:30 am.  Meet by the ball park at Wildcat and M-136 across from the Dorsey House.

To report rare birds call Karl Overman at 248.473.0484.


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