[birders] Bohemian Waxwing at Belle Isle Detroit 1/11

Jim Fowler JAFowl at comcast.net
Fri Jan 11 13:23:44 EST 2008


The way Belle Isle is situated in the Detroit River (it essentially runs east-west), the location of the Bohemian Waxwing is actually northwest (mostly north) of the red bridge referred to in Roger's e-mail below.  It is a pedestrian bridge, just left of Central Avenue (across from the old zoo) before it crosses the same small creek.  The bird was in a flock of about 20 Cedars and would feed in the non-native honeysuckle shrubs and then perch and preen in the taller trees above for 10-15 minutes at a time.  We viewed the birds from the west side of the creek.  The last record I know of a Bohemian Waxwing in Wayne County was 8-11 January 1945 in Dearborn (Craves, 2007, The Birds of Dearborn).  Good luck

Jim Fowler
Dearborn, MI
JAFowl at comcast.net 

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  Subject: [birders] Bohemian Waxwing at Belle Isle Detroit 1/11


  Joe Agius just called (10:15am) to report that the Bohemian Waxwing found yesterday by Roger Kuhlman is present today at Belle Isle in Detroit. The bird was about 50 yards southeast of the red bridge. Dave Washington, Jim Fowler and Sean Bachman were sharing the fun. You know its a good bird when Jim Fowler picks up a new bird for Wayne County! 
  Roger's post is included below:

  "I found a single Bohemian Waxwing just off of Central Avenue near the red bridge on Belle Isle in Detroit about 10:30am Thursday morning. In the afternoon after birding other locations on the island, I refound the bird again around 2pm in the same general area. You can get to this location by following Central Avenue north along the Detroit Zoo. Park just before the road crosses a small creek. The red bridge bearing the legend "Leonard Loves Constance" is on the west side of the road.
  Originally I went to this place looking for a Brown Thrasher that had been sighted there relatively recently. I did not find the Thrasher but saw some Robins there and heard some Cedar Waxwings. I was looking at various Cedars when I noticed a Waxwing that seemed to have white patches and a long yellow stripe on its folded wings. I thought 'whoa maybe its a Bohemian' I have check this bird out more carefully. A better look confirmed these two features and then I saw the rufous undertail coverts. So then I knew I had definite Bohemian Waxwing. In continuing to observe the bird I could see that the gray belly was prominent and that it was a much bigger bird than the Cedar Waxwings also present. The Bohemian Waxwing as well as the Cedar Waxwings and Robins at the site were all feeding on non-native berries. Since there are are quite a lot of berries in the area it could mean the Bohemian Waxwing will hang here around for awhile."
  Scott Jennex

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