UP Rare Bird Report for April 10, 2008

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Thu Apr 10 23:47:49 EDT 2008

UP Rare Bird Report for April 10, 2008



Early-season migrants have begun to flood into the UP, however, winter maintains with a major blizzard last week that dumped over 2 feet of snow, and an another two feet predicted for this weekend. Snow cover is still deep in the woods, and will linger into the spring this year. Inland water is still locked in ice, as are most of the bays & harbors, including Whitefish. Recent arrivals to the UP include Wood Duck, Gadwall,  Blue & Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Greater & Lesser Scaup, Common Loon, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Peregrine Falcon, American Coot, Wilson’s Snipe, American Woodcock, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Northern Flicker, Eastern Phoebe, Tree Swallow, Winter Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Bluebird, Hermit Thrush, American Tree Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Eastern Meadowlark & Rusty Blackbird. 

I’ve updated the photo gallery at www.UPBirders.org with photos of the Louisiana Waterthrush and dancing Sharp-tailed Grouse. 





Greater White-fronted Goose

American White Pelican

Golden Eagle

Short-eared Owl

Boreal Owl

Black-backed Woodpecker


Western Meadowlark

Hoary Redpoll



European Goldfinch



Gogebic County

Jeff Martin photographed a European Goldfinch at his home in Ironwood Township this week.


Keweenaw County

Mike Shupe found a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH in Copper Harbor on April 6th. This amazing record is probably only the 3rd record for the Upper Peninsula, and is early even for lower Michigan. Max Henschell had 2 GOLDEN EAGLES from the Bumbletown hill on April 2nd. 


Houghton County

Nancy Leonard reported an AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN on the Sturgeon River near Chassel on April 1st. 


Baraga County

Joe Youngman reports the BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER colony is thriving around 20 pairs. 


Marquette County

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was in the Marquette lower harbor on April 4th. Also on the 4th, Jean Carpenter had 2 SNOW GEESE flying past Shot Point. A WESTERN MEADOWLARK was at the Presque Isle Park Bog Walk on April 7th. 


Delta County

A flock of 37 TUNDRA SWANS and both an early GREATER YELLOWLEGS and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET were at Peninsula Point on April 6th. Dee Miller reported a GREATER YELLOWLEGS at Ludington Park on April 7th. AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were reported in Escanaba on March 26th. 


Alger County

Amanda Ingrahm had an immature GOLDEN EAGLE at Sand Point on April 6th. 


Chippewa County

Whitefish Point Bird Observatory reports that owls are moving through in decent numbers with over a hundred banded last weekend. NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWLS make up the majority of the owls banded recently, but there have been smaller numbers of both BOREAL & LONG-EARED OWLS. The Hawk Count has had 3 SHORT-EARED OWLS on the 4th, 7th, & 8th. There have also been good numbers of ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS moving with 48 on the 6th. GOLDEN EAGLES are seen on most days, with 3 on April 10th. Other notable sightings in the last week include SNOW GEESE, GLAUCOUS GULL, NORTHERN SHRIKE and HOARY REDPOLL. Kirk Zulfelt reported 2 CACKLING GEESE at the mouth of the Tahquamenon River on April 5th. 






All birds marked with an asterisk “*” in the report are review species in the State of Michigan and should be documented with photos or a written description. Please send documentation to Adam Byrne at the Michigan Birds Records Committee at either 11771 Rachel LN, Dewitt, MI, 48820 or by email at Byrnea”AT”msu.edu

For further information about the Records Committee, please visit: http://www.michiganaudubon.org/mbrc/mbrc_home.html



To report rare birds, please email me at the TheOwlRanch at aol.com or to Birdnet at UPBirders.org if you are a subscriber. For more information on Birdnet, or UP birds, please visit www.UPBirders.org


Till next time,


~Skye Haas
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