Michigan RBA--31 March 2005
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*March 31st, 2005
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compiled: 31 Mar 2005
compiler: Jon Wuepper
REVIEW SPECIES MENTIONED:
ROSSS GOOSE* [CASUAL], or ROSSS x SNOW GOOSE hybrid (Washtenaw County)
ROSSS GOOSE* [CASUAL] (Tuscola County)
CACKLING GOOSE* [NOT ON MICH BIRD LIST] (Tuscola County)
*= Michigan Review Species. Please document all records and send to: Adam
Byrne, 11771 Rachel LN, DeWitt, MI 48820.
Additional species mentioned:
Greater White Fronted Goose (Tuscola County)
Golden Eagle (Marquette, Mason, Berrien cos)
Little Gull (Allegan County)
Thayers Gull (Huron, Marquette cos)
Iceland Gull (Schoolcraft County)
Glaucous Gull (Huron, Berrien Cos)
Great Black-backed Gull (Marquette, Chippewa cos)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Berrien County)
Great Gray Owl (Delta, Emmet cos + one owl in which co unknown)
Short-eared Owl (Hillsdale County)
Snowy Owl (Chippewa, Muskegon co)
Northern Saw-whet Owl (Muskegon County)
Black-backed Woodpecker (Chippewa County)
Bohemian Waxwing (Marquette, Chippewa cos)
Varied Thrush (Alger County)
Western Meadowlark (Berrien County)
Common Redpoll (Berrien County)
Hoary Redpoll (Chippewa County)
This is the Michigan Statewide Bird Report for Thursday, March 31st, 2005.
It is being sponsored by Sarett Nature Center, located 1 mile north of
Twelve Corners, Michigan (1 mile north of Red Arrow Highway, on Benton
In TUSCOLA COUNTY on March 30th, Jim Dawe reported a ROSSS GOOSE*, located
at the Fish Point State Recreation Area, at the northwest corner of the
intersection of Gothum Road and Ringle Road. On March 27th, Jim Dawe
observed 3 CACKLING GEESE*, at that same intersection, though at northeast
corner. On March 30th, Jim found 8 GREATER WHITE FRONTED GEESE at the
northeast corner of Gothum and Ringle Roads.
In HURON COUNTY, at Harbor Beach, Jim Dawe found 1 GLAUCOUS GULL on March
28th; and 1 THAYERS GULL on March 30th.
In EMMET COUNTY on March 29th, Steve Baker found a GREAT GRAY OWL, just west
of Mackinaw City, off Central Avenue, near where the power lines and gas
pies cross the road (south side).
COUNTY?? unknown, [please email me with correct county, JW]: Steve Baker
reports a dead GREAT GRAY OWL, along I-75, near the Thunder Falls Water
Park. Presumably, this was found on March 29th.
In WASHTENAW COUNTY, a possible ROSSS-type hybrid GOOSE* has been present
for several days at Schneider Road Pond. This is located at the northwest
corner of Schneider Road and Pleasant Lake Road. The most recent report was
on March 29th.
In HILLSDALE COUNTY, March 29th, Tex Wells found 3 SHORT-EARED OWLS at dusk,
at the Tripp RoadBurt Road intersection.
In ALLEGAN COUNTY, March 26th, Rick Brigham and Doug McWhirter saw 1
immature LITTLE GULL, off the end of Newport Road, on the Kalamazoo River.
Rick reported seeing the distinctive black "M" pattern on the upper wing
with a dark band across the secondaries as well as having a slightly shaded
crown. See page 389 in Birders Guide To Michigan for directions.
In DELTA COUNTY, a late, but noteworthy report, from March 22nd: Brian
Johnson and Lena Usyk photographed a GREAT GRAY OWL, foraging over 7-10
inches of snow, in the Garden Peninsula. The precise location was along KK
Road (6 miles southwest of the village of Garden), 0.1 mile south of M-183.
Brian noted the Peninsula can be a good spot for the owls during invasion
years. Apparently, another GREAT GRAY OWL has been seen a few miles south of
In MARQUETTE COUNTY, March 26th: 1, 1st-winter THAYERS GULL was seen at
mouth of Dead River, Marquette, as were 2 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS (Tom
Tucholski). BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS continue to be reported by Skye Hass at
Marquette, as recently as March 29th. On March 25th, Skye Haas found a
GOLDEN EAGLEa flyoverat Dead River mouth, Marquette.
In SCHOOLCRAFT COUNTY on March 27th, Skye Hass found 1 ICELAND GULL, on the
Manistique breakwall, just south of US-2. To get to the harbor breakwall, go
south from US-2 on the unmarked road just west of the Hardee's, in
In CHIPPEWA COUNTY, at Whitefish Point Harbor, March 27th, 1 adult GREAT
BLACK-BACKED GULL was observed (Tom Tucholski). 1 female BLACK-BACKED
WOODPECKER was seen on March 26th, 8.4 miles west of Paradise on M-123. The
bird was very active on several 30'-40' Jack Pines, approximately 180' south
of the road (Tom Tucholski). 10 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen at Whitefish
Point on March 27th. Kevin Thomas reported at HOARY REDPOLL, March 24th, at
the Whitefish Point Bird Observatory feeders. On March 30th, Joe Nault
reported a SNOWY OWL, off Hantz Road, near the hay barn.
In ALGER COUNTY, the previously reported VARIED THRUSH was seen through
In MASON COUNTY, Bill Kamman saw an immature GOLDEN EAGLE, while fishing on
the Pere Marquette River, 1 mile upstream of the Walhalla bridge, near the
town of Walhalla. The exact date was not given. Reportedly seen this past
weekend, (March 25th/26th/27th).
In MUSKEGON COUNTY on March 28th, Mike Moran found a SNOWY OWL, on the
corner of Swanson Road and Laketon Road at Muskegon Wastewater Facility.
Mike noted the owl was sitting on a spray rig, across the road of the model
airplane club at 7:30 pm. On March 29th, 1 NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was
reportedly seen in the county.
In BERRIEN COUNTY, on March 30th, Tim Baerwald reported that a a 1st-year
GOLDEN EAGLE flew over his yard. On March 29th, Tim Baerwald found a
GLAUCOUS GULL at Pipestone Lake. A WESTERN MEADOWLARK continued to be heard
just north of the intersection of Mill Road and Kruger Road, as of March
27th. On March 24th, Phil Chu and I located an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED
GULL at the Forest Lawn Landfill. 1 COMMON REDPOLL lingered until March
26th, at the feeders of Sarett Nature Center.
**BIRD PHOTOS WANTED**--Michigan Birds and Natural History (MBNH) is seeking
bird photographs for publication in the Michigan Bird Survey seasonal
reports. Digital photos (jpeg format), photographs or transparencies can be
submitted to the MBNH editor Jim Granlund at granlund at chartermi.net or 6253
N. Westnedge, Kalamazoo MI, 49009 or to the seasonal survey compiler for the
appropriate season. Photos of common birds as well as rarities are
encouraged. Please include the name of photographer, species depicted in the
image, date location and a brief statement giving MBNH permission to
reproduce the image. All photographs used will have appropriate
acknowledgement. Birds photographed within Michigan only, please.
The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, April 7th,
2005. 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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Also of interest
Michigan Bird Records Committee website:
North American Birds, a quarterly journal, published by the American
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