UP Rare Bird Report for June 6, 2006
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Wed Jun 7 07:04:24 EDT 2006
UP Rare Bird Report for June 6, 2006
Greetings, this is the UP Rare Bird Report for June 6th, 2006. Sorry for the late report, I will try to sum up the last couple weeks of spring migration and the beginning of the breeding season in the UP in this report. Please forgive me if I left out any sightings you may have reported to me over the last couple of weeks. I have been in the field surveying for the Breeding Bird Atlas and have lost track of a few sightings that were reported to me. With the end of migration at hand, I will probably only update this report every few weeks rather then trying to maintain a weekly report.
American White Pelican
Joe Youngman had 9 WHIMBREL and 3 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS at the mouth of the Sturgeon River on May 22nd. Joe Kaplan had a WOOD THRUSH on the 26th near Hancock.
Locally rare, 4 BLACK TERNS were seen on the 28th at the head of the Keweenaw Bay.
Brian Johnson & Lena Usyk had a WESTERN MEADOWLARK, LE CONTE’S SPARROW, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW and 6 DICKCISSELS on June 4th in Bruce Crossings.
Greg Cleary reported 5-6 OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS, 2 GREY JAYS, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS & RED CROSSBILLS on the 27th. Greg also had a few GREY JAYS including a juvenile on the 29th in the Peshekee. Mike Scheiwe had a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER at the Bog Walk on the 22nd. Lou & Pri Chappell had a EUROPEAN GOLDFINCH at their feeders in Marquette on the 22 & 23rd and a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER on June 3rd. Melinda Stamp had a WOOD THRUSH on East Michigan Street in Marquette on the 22nd.
I had 4 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS, DICKCISSEL, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, 2 ORCHARD ORIOLES, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO & a male HOODED WARBLER on the 24th at Peninsula Point. 2 SUMMER TANAGERS and a male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD were present at this location on the 25th. I also had a WESTERN KINGBIRD west of the Nahma River mouth on the 25th. An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN and 5 GREAT EGRETS were at Portage Marsh on the 25th. Scott Hickman reported a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER in northern Delta County on June 5th.
Scott Hickman had an AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN on Deer Lake in Shelter Bay on the 29th. Also on the 29th, a PIPING PLOVER was seen sitting on a nest at the mouth of the Sucker River. A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was also present.
A male SPRUCE GROUSE & KIRTLAND’S WARBLER were reported on the 25th off of M-94. Joel Flory had a female BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER on Forest Road 2253 east of H-13 on May 30th.
A LARK SPARROW was seen on May 27th and a male WILSON’S PHALAROPE on the 2nd in Seney National Wildlife Refuge. Seney is also running Yellow Rail tours again this year with a YELLOW RAIL being heard on June 1st. For more info on the tours contact Seney National Wildlife Refuge at 906-586-9851
Whitefish Point Bird Observatory ended its season on May 31st and certainly saved the best birds for last. Some of the highlights in the last 3 weeks include a LEAST TERN on the night flight on May 29th and an ARCTIC TERN on May 24th. Also other notable sightings include SWAINSON HAWK on the 22nd, PARASITIC JAEGER on the 24th & 26th, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD on the 23rd, 4 BLACK SCOTER on the 24th, ORCHARD ORIOLE on the 25th, and HUDSONIAN GODWITS on the 21st and 27th. WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, RED-THROATED LOONS and WHIMBREL were frequently seen during the last week of WPBO’s season. Finally a few exotic finches have been seen recently, 2 CHAFFINCH’S remain round the parking lot at Whitefish Point and a EUROPEAN GOLDFINCH was seen on the 29th.
Elsewhere in Chippewa County, SPRUCE GROUSE have been seen along Vermillion Road and along Forest Rd. 3344 north of Trout Lake. Also along Forest Rd 3344, a CONNETICUT WARBLER has been singing on territory west of M-123. A CONNETICUT WARBLER was found singing on the Farm Truck Road on May 28th but has not been refound since.
I had a singing NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD in Nabinway on June 2nd.
To report rare birds please email me at TheOwlRanch at aol.com or to Birdnet at UPBirders.org if you are a subscriber. If you are not on the net, call the Marquette Hotline at (906) 225-3886. For more information on Birdnet, or UP birds, please visit www.UPBirders.org
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