Detroit RBA 6/14/06
Overman, Karl (USAMIE)
Karl.Overman at usdoj.gov
Wed Jun 14 15:04:54 EDT 2006
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
This is the rare bird alert sponsored by the Detroit Audubon Society.
Pointe Mouillee is back in the limelight with Glossy Ibis and Tricolored
Heron being seen of late. Jacco Gelderloos reported seeing the
Tricolored Heron in the SW corner of the Long Pond Unit on June 13th and
he saw an ibis, presumably the Glossy Ibis found earlier by Scott Terry
Adam Byrne and Brad Murphy, flying over the Lead Unit to the south.
Jacco also heard Least Bitterns in the Lead unit and saw Black Terns
flying around. It would be interesting to see if Black Terns are
breeding there. On the negative side, John Lowry joined the growing
list of birders whose vehicles have been broken into at Pointe Mouillee.
Local law enforcement so far has not been helpful on these break-ins so
leave your Lexis at home. For the Tricolored Heron it is probably best,
and safest, to park at the Mouillee Creek parking area and make the long
walk (there are no short walks at Mouillee) to the dike separating the
Lead Unit and the Long Pond and Bloody Run units..
The Yellow-crowned Night-Heron continues to be seen near Parma in
Jackson County. It comes to the backyard of Sue and Chuck Bradford at
7850 McCain Road, just a short ways east of the interesection of Chapel
and McCain Roads. You must call ahead and you only have a shot at it
early in the morning. Their number is 517.531.5064.
Joe Agius had the Prairie Warbler on Embry Road just north of North
Territorial Road in NW Washtenaw County on June 12th. Joe notes that, as
last year, this bird has a penchant for singing a Black-throated Green
Warbler song. Most of us tend to think of Cerulean Warbler as a southern
bird in the state but on June 10th Robert Epstein, Steve Santner and
Scott Jennex had one in northwest Lake County, oh so close to the Mason
County line, on 8 Mile Road. Efforts to lure it across the county line
by tape were to no avail.
Dickcissels are big news again this summer. So far no reports in SE
Michigan closer than western Washtenaw County. In the lower peninsula,
the most northerly report so far is by Brian Allen in Mason County on
Ordway Road south of Free Soil Road, east of M-31 on June 10th. In
western Washtenaw County two Dickcissels and numerous Grasshopper
Sparrows were on Meyer Road on June 12th.
In the Port Huron State Game Area, the Yellow-breasted Chat was seen
last weekend by Mike Mencotti on a Detroit Audubon trip on the two track
leading south from the wide pullout on M-136. On that trail on June
13th were Mourning Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler
and Cerulean Warbler. Nearby, Allen Chartier had Henslow's Sparrow and
Clay-colored Sparrows on June 12th in a field NE of the intersection of
Metcalf and Kingsley Road.
The terms "Snowy Owl" and "June" are not often associated with each
other in Michigan but this year there have been several. One was
photographed in Huron County on Atwater Road on June 11th and one or two
have been hanging out in Charlevoix County where Jill Anderson saw one
on June 13th 2 miles north of East Jordon on Peninsula Road.
Sean Fitzgerald states that while leading Kirtland's Warbler trips out
of Grayling in Crawford County, he has frequently seen Goshawks this
summer. Rosie Attilio had a Mockingbird at Tawas Point on June 11th.
Chip Franke's White-rumped Sandpipers at the Muskegon Waste Water
Treatment Facility, surely was the closing act to spring shorebird
migration in the state. As for U.P. birds, check Skye Haas's reports on
To report rare birds call Karl Overman at 248.473.0484.
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