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Elegant Trogon,©Shawneen Finnegan

27 Apr Tricolored Heron 4-27-15 Monroe County [Scott Jennex ]
27 Apr Access to Caledonia Sewage Lagoons- DO NOT DRIVE IN [Caleb Putnam ]
26 Apr Yellow headed blackbird, Kent County [Jeff Kunitzer ]
25 Apr Tiscornia Piping Plover 4.25 [Cccta ]
20 Apr Eurasian Invasion? ["Curt Hofer" ]
20 Apr Eurasian Wigeon, Fish Point - Tuscola Co (4/19/15) ["jbuecking AT juno.com" ]
19 Apr Little Gull - Pte. Mouillee [Elliot Nelson ]
18 Apr Re: Trumpeter Swans, Kent County [Mark Pagel ]
18 Apr Surf Scoter - Calhoun County [Gordon ]
17 Apr Little Gull at Caseville, Huron County [Karl Overman ]
17 Apr Trumpeter Swan, Kent County [Jeff Kunitzer ]
12 Apr Pine Warbler [C Heidi Grether ]
6 Apr Greater White-fronted & Snow Geese, Isabella Co., 4/6/15 [Ryan Dziedzic ]
5 Apr Greater White-fronted Goose - Oakland Co. - Highland SRA, Teeple Lake ["Bob Scheidt" ]
05 Apr Continuing Ross's Goose - Genesee Co. 4-5-15 [Cccta ]
4 Apr Ottawa County Ferruginous Hawk []
4 Apr Ferruginous Hawk, Ottawa Co. 4/4/15 (second hand) [Rick Brigham ]
4 Apr Ross's Goose - Genesee Co. 4-4-15 ["jbuecking AT juno.com" ]
3 Apr Chippewa: Gyrfalcon - White Adult [Ken Sapkowski ]
29 Mar Re: FW: Eurasian Wigeon at Three Oaks Ponds (Berrien Co.) [Rick Brigham ]
29 Mar No Eurasian Wigeon-3 Oaks as of 3:15 PM [Andrew Theus ]
1 Apr Long-billed Murrelet Kalkaska County ["Charlie Weaver" ]
29 Mar FW: Eurasian Wigeon at Three Oaks Ponds (Berrien Co.) ["Love Creek Nature Center" ]
7 Mar Re: Possible American Three-toed Woodpecker [Gerald Urquhart ]
7 Mar Possible American Three-toed Woodpecker [Nathan Martineau ]
7 Mar Townsend's Solitaire, Oscoda County, March 06 [Jim Dawe ]
6 Mar Muskegon County: White Lake Channel - Male Surf Scoter [Ken Sapkowski ]
1 Mar Townsend's Solitaire - No [Jim Dawe ]
1 Mar Re: [birders] King Eider - Port Huron - FRIDAY [curt powell ]
28 Feb Re: [birders] King Eider - Port Huron - FRIDAY [Don Henise ]
28 Feb King Eider - Port Huron - Saturday [Don Henise ]
28 Feb Townsends Solitare, Mio, today [Scott Terry ]
28 Feb Townsend's Soltaire, Oscoda County, 2/28D [Jim Dawe ]
28 Feb Re: [birders] King Eider - Port Huron - FRIDAY [Don Henise ]
28 Feb King Eider - Port Huron - Saturday [Don Henise ]
25 Feb New website for the MBRC [Sean Williams ]
25 Feb Fwd: Harlequin Duck (female) ["Myles F. McNally" ]
21 Feb Re: common eider in Muskegon Co. [Dan Fox ]
18 Feb common eider in Muskegon Co. []
17 Feb Eider Muskegon County 2/17/15 [Marc Miedema ]
15 Feb Harris's Sparrow Huron Co. [Karl Overman ]
14 Feb Chippewa County - Gyrfalcon [Darrell Lawson ]
13 Feb King Eider Port Huron [Karl Overman ]
8 Feb Townsend's Solitaire - Yes [Kevin Vande Vusse ]
7 Feb Bohemian Waxwings - Otsego County - 2/7/15 [Garrett ]
6 Feb OT: Compilation Posting & Call for List Submissions [Scott Jennex ]
6 Feb OT: Compilation Posting & Call for List Submissions ["Scott Jennex via birdnet" ]
4 Feb Snowy Owl Environment Report update [Allen Chartier ]
4 Feb Snowy Owl Environment Report update [Allen Chartier ]
4 Feb Re: Townsend's Solitaire - Yes [Calvin Brennan ]
2 Feb Snowy Owl tagged in Michigan [Allen Chartier ]
1 Feb Townsend's Solitaire - Yes [Klein Douglas ]
31 Jan Fwd: Townsend's Solitaire, Chippewa ["Myles F. McNally" ]
29 Jan Townsend's Solitaire, Chippewa [Gerald Ziarno ]
25 Jan Probable Hoary Redpoll, Hulbert Bog, Chippewa [Sarah Toner ]
25 Jan Probable Hoary Redpoll, Hulbert Bog, Chippewa [Sarah Toner ]
25 Jan St Clair Co King Eider continues. 1-25 [Scott Jennex ]
24 Jan OAS field trip - St. Clair river [baikalteal13 ]
23 Jan 2 Snowy Owls - Isabella County 1-23-2015 2PM-ish [Joeham1999 ]
21 Jan Common Eider at Ludington Harbor - Yes [David Dister ]
19 Jan Juvenile Golden eagle in Lapeer County [Jeffrey Smith ]
19 Jan Forgot to add [Jeffrey Smith ]
19 Jan Common Eider at Ludington Harbor - No [David Dister ]
19 Jan Barrow's goldeneye - st Clair [Tom Hince ]
18 Jan Common Eider, Ludington yes [Brian Allen ]
18 Jan Common Eider, Mason Co, 1/18/2015 [Chris Lipps ]
18 Jan Ludington Common Eider ["baikalteal13 AT netzero.net" ]
17 Jan Common eider ["Myles F. McNally" ]
16 Jan Common Eider at Ludington [David Dister ]
16 Jan Re: Common Eider, Ludington ["C or M Johnstone" ]
16 Jan Common Eider, Ludington ["C or M Johnstone" ]
16 Jan Ludington eider ["C or M Johnstone" ]
14 Jan Administrative issue--no none Michigan bird sightings [Karl Overman ]
14 Jan FW: Soo Birds, Jan 2 [Jim Dawe ]
14 Jan Barrow's Goldeneye St. Clair River, Canada ["Charlie Weaver" ]
10 Jan Genesee County- Golden Eagle, Merlin ["jbuecking AT juno.com" ]

Subject: Tricolored Heron 4-27-15 Monroe County
From: Scott Jennex <cccta AT aol.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:56:03 -0400
All,


The snazzy breeding plumaged Tricolored Heron continues today in the extreme 
southeast corner of the Vermet Unit where the middle causeway from the Mouillee 
Creek entrance meets the banana. I photographed it around noon. It is very 
blustery out there today. 



Scott Jennex


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Subject: Access to Caledonia Sewage Lagoons- DO NOT DRIVE IN
From: Caleb Putnam <caleb.putnam AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:38:21 -0400
All-

In light of yesterday's post about a Yellow-headed Blackbird at Caledonia
Sewage Lagoons in Kent Co. I want to clarify access at this site. Access
has long been dicy here, and bad behavior by anybody stands to remove
access for all of us. Please spread the word and talk to anybody on site
who is not following these instructions:

All visiting birders must park *outside the first gate* and walk in. Park
alongside M-37, as far out of the way as you can. There are 3 total gates.
Leave each of them in exactly the condition you find them in (ie. closed vs
open), as there are often farm animals inside that will get out. If you
drive past the first gate, and an employee leaves, you may find yourself
locked inside and unable to get out, or worse.

Most importantly: do not drive into this facility. Numerous birders have
done this over the years, and if an employee sees this, they will likely
remove access for all birders.

Thanks everyone, and good birding!

Caleb Putnam

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Subject: Yellow headed blackbird, Kent County
From: Jeff Kunitzer <jeffkunitzer AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 10:37:15 -0400
birders
Just saw a yellow headed blackbird at Caledonia sewage ponds. In settling
pond west of south lagoon
JK
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Subject: Tiscornia Piping Plover 4.25
From: Cccta <cccta AT aol.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 15:59:09 -0400
On the beach just north of pier at 330 pm
Jennex
T Pavlik
M & H Trombley


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Subject: Eurasian Invasion?
From: "Curt Hofer" <curthofer AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:16:45 -0400
Today, while birding at Fish Point WMA and the nearby area in Tuscola
County, Kathy and I found a Eurasian Collared Dove at the intersection of
Quanicassee Road and M-25.  My eBird ID notes follow.  Sadly, due to the
brisk winds, we did not ascend the observation platform during our visit so
we missed out on the opportunity to score the Eurasian daily double.

 

Found on the NW corner of Quanicassee Rd. and M-25. Observed a pigeon-sized
pale gray bird fly into a large tree and perch. Color and size gave the
initial impression was that it was a pigeon. But as I observed the perched
bird, which was facing me, I noted a long square tail. The underside of the
tail ended in a white band that extended for about three inches from the tip
where there was a distinct change from white to black/gray. The breast was a
clean pale gray in color. I did not notice any distinct facial features
other than the bird had the "startled" look that I associate with doves. The
bird flew off to the SE before I could get to the camera. As it flew I noted
again the long square tail and also noted the absence of the flight noise
that is associated with Mourning Doves. I did not observe the ring around
the back of the neck.

 

Regards,

Curt & Kathy Hofer

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Subject: Eurasian Wigeon, Fish Point - Tuscola Co (4/19/15)
From: "jbuecking AT juno.com" <jbuecking@juno.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 03:11:43 GMT
Listers, There was a male Eurasian Wigeon found this morning (10:45 - 11:15) in 
the pond north of the Ringle Rd observation tower at Fish Point Sate Wildlife 
Area in Tuscola county. It was in the nearest section of the pond north of the 
tower with about 50 American Wigeon and numbers of other dabblers. We returned 
to Fish Point at 5:00 on our way home and could not relocate it, but it easily 
could have been missed. Good birding, Jeff BueckingFenton 

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Subject: Little Gull - Pte. Mouillee
From: Elliot Nelson <elliotkarlnelson AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Apr 2015 15:16:38 -0400
Hello all,
The UofM Birding club and I found an apparent adult breeding plumage Little
Gull at Pointe Mouillee today. The bird was present in the central portion
of cell 3 on a mud flat. It was noted on the outside edge of a group of
bonaparte's gulls as being smaller then nearby bonapartes (squat bird with
short legs), extensive black hood, no white around eye, petite bill and
short white wingtips with dark underside.

We observed the bird for about 20 minutes around 12:15pm before having to
head in before the storm hit.

good luck if you head out. It's a windy but beautiful day.

Bird on!


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Subject: Re: Trumpeter Swans, Kent County
From: Mark Pagel <pagel.mark AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 23:10:12 -0400
The Trumpeters were still present in the Caledonia Sewage Ponds this
afternoon.

-Mark Pagel
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Subject: Surf Scoter - Calhoun County
From: Gordon <chippersbirds AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 19:24:46 -0400
Magnificent bird for this far inland.  Great find Dr. Dale Kennedy.

https://flic.kr/p/rffRGN

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Subject: Little Gull at Caseville, Huron County
From: Karl Overman <martineoverman AT att.net>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:07:36 -0400
Today Paul Berrigan and I saw an adult Little Gull with 40 or so Bonaparte's 
Gulls on the east side of the jetty at Caseville on Saginaw Bay in Huron 
County. After 20 minutes or so it left the Bonaparte's flock and flew off and 
landed in a mass of gulls further east on the beach by a local park where 
considerable construction activity is ongoing. 


Cheers,

Karl Overman
Farmington Hills, Michigan
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Subject: Trumpeter Swan, Kent County
From: Jeff Kunitzer <jeffkunitzer AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:55:32 -0400
birders

Just found two Trumpeter Swans in south pool at Caledonia Sewage Ponds.
Sloping black bill with no yellow in the lores.

Bird on
Jeff Kunitzer
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Subject: Pine Warbler
From: C Heidi Grether <chgrether AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Apr 2015 13:51:55 -0400
We had our first Pine Warbler in our yard today. He was in the pines as
well as on our suet feeder.

Happy spring!

Heidi Grether
Williamston, MI
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Subject: Greater White-fronted & Snow Geese, Isabella Co., 4/6/15
From: Ryan Dziedzic <ryan.dziedzic AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Apr 2015 13:32:16 -0400
Mich-listers:

    A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE is feeding currently along with Canada
Geese in the large grassy field that is immediately west of Soaring Eagle
Casino.  Summerton Road (south of M-20) affords a nice vantage of the field.

As well, a white-phase SNOW GOOSE can be found at Grewes Lake, which is a
man-made lake part of Soaring Eagle Hidaway RV Park off Airport Road in
Mount Pleasant.

Good birding,

Ryan Dziedzic
Oil City, Midland Co.
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Subject: Greater White-fronted Goose - Oakland Co. - Highland SRA, Teeple Lake
From: "Bob Scheidt" <scheidt-birds AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 5 Apr 2015 15:41:51 -0400
Seen today at 2:30pm.  Single bird hanging out with eight Canada Geese.
Seen from east side of the lake near the parking area.  Bird was on the far
side of the lake.  Scope required.

 

42.627809, -83.553787

 

Only other migrants were one common merganser, one pied-billed grebe.  On
Haven Hill lake were seven ring-necked ducks, and one bufflehead.
Yesterday, Kensington had large rafts of the usual, plus one northern
shoveler.

 

Bob Scheidt

White Lake

 

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Subject: Continuing Ross's Goose - Genesee Co. 4-5-15
From: Cccta <cccta AT aol.com>
Date: Sun, 05 Apr 2015 13:19:53 -0400
Ross's Goose and 100 CAnada GEese continue at same location at 1:15 pm Sunday
Scott Jennex 

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"jbuecking AT juno.com"  wrote:

Birders, Myles Willard and I found a Ross's Goose at 12:05 near Otisville in 
Genesee County today. The location is a large pond on Irish Rd between Frances 
and Dodge roads. It was still present as late as 12:40. Good birding, Jeff 
Buecking, Fenton 

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Subject: Ottawa County Ferruginous Hawk
From: dmcwhir513 AT aol.com
Date: Sat, 4 Apr 2015 19:45:41 -0400
Folks -

   This is not a belated April Fool's day prank.

   Was over scouting sites on the east side of Ottawa County earlier today.

 Around 1:30pm, near Hudsonville, was heading east on Port Sheldon St. about 
1/2 to 1/3 mile west of 28th / Balsam when we spotted a big Buteo wheeling 
overhead. The wind had been picking up throughout the morning, tossing the 
air-bourne raptors, Red-tails and TVs, around pretty good. 


 Noticed right away the bird was pristine white beneath, startlingly so. Then 
noticed rusty underwing coverts on proportionally long, narrow wings and a pure 
white tail. Whoa! 


 There was a fortunate pull-off to the right, and I was out of the car quickly 
with my bins. The bird was overhead in ID range for over a minute, and I was 
able to see the salient marks for an adult pale phase Ferruginous Hawk. 


 Overall, the bird appeared heavy, with "sluggish" wing action, although the 
wing / body aspect shifted constantly in the wind. There was no "lazy circling" 
to be seen. Consistently, the wings did look proportionately long, narrowing 
somehat towards the tip. 


 The underwing coverts were clearly rusty, intermixed with some ill-defined 
interior "lines" of white. They contrasted sharply with the white flight and 
body feathers. The coverts were quite a bit more rusty than white. There was a 
small, darker carpal patch. The flight feathers were clear white except for the 
tips. The primaries had very small black tips and the rest of the flight 
feathers darkened slightly near the tip. 


 The trailing edge of the rusty wing patch merged at the body with rust-colored 
leg feathers which formed a distinct vee at the lower belly / vent. This 
clearly contrasted with the white body and tail. 


   I could see no smudges of darker color on the underside oftail.

 We only had the briefest of looks at the dorsal side of the bird. It was 
darker, but no clear pattern was discerned. The cheeks and side of the head 
looked somewhat pale grayish. The top of the tail was not seen. 


 My wife verified the rusty and white pattern but not the finer ID marks. She 
was slower to exit the vehicle and is not experienced at hawk ID. Without 
prompting, she pointed out the pale phase adult Ferruginous in the Eastern 
Sibley as the bird we saw, even after comparing it to the various color phases 
of Red-tailed Hawk illustrated. 


 I do not believe this bird could be chased. It is not a lifer or state bird 
for me. I will post the sighting to eBird with a slightly different set of 
remarks / details. 


Nice day to be out.    - Doug
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Subject: Ferruginous Hawk, Ottawa Co. 4/4/15 (second hand)
From: Rick Brigham <brigrick AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 4 Apr 2015 21:45:33 -0400
Folks -

Just picked this up from an eBird alert. Doug McWhirter sighted a
Ferruginous Hawk near Hudsonville in Ottawa Co. Details are in his eBird
checklist that follows. Thanks Doug! Hope it is still around tomorrow.....

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22687534

Good birding!
Rick

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Douglas MI
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Subject: Ross's Goose - Genesee Co. 4-4-15
From: "jbuecking AT juno.com" <jbuecking@juno.com>
Date: Sat, 4 Apr 2015 20:08:46 GMT
Birders, Myles Willard and I found a Ross's Goose at 12:05 near Otisville in 
Genesee County today. The location is a large pond on Irish Rd between Frances 
and Dodge roads. It was still present as late as 12:40. Good birding, Jeff 
Buecking, Fenton 

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Subject: Chippewa: Gyrfalcon - White Adult
From: Ken Sapkowski <ksapkowski51 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Apr 2015 13:41:09 -0400
15 Mile Rd. .5 miles west of M-129.  East of Holy Family Church.
North side of road working an open field while fighting a strong wind.
Watched for 10 minutes at 80-120 yards.
Refound an hour later north of 15 Mile Rd., but west of M-129.
Lifer!

Ken Sapkowski
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Subject: Re: FW: Eurasian Wigeon at Three Oaks Ponds (Berrien Co.)
From: Rick Brigham <brigrick AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:10:25 -0400
Greetings,
Unfortunately, after two checks of the Three Oaks Ponds between 3:30 & 5pm,
Chace Scholten & I did not refind the Eurasian Wigeon. We also have checked
the Buffalo Rd. area unsuccessfully. We did however, have an adult Lesser
Black-backed Gull on Avery Rd. amongst about 500 more common larid.
Good luck!
Rick Brigham
On Mar 29, 2015 1:12 PM, "Love Creek Nature Center" <
lovecreek AT berriencounty.org> wrote:

> Birders,
>
> Mike Mahler posted this on the Berrien Birding Club listserv.
>
> The Three Oaks ponds are on Schwark Road, just north of US 12 to the west
> of
> Three Oaks in Berrien County. There is a pull off on the north side of
> Schwark where you can park and walk up to the viewing area/fence to view
> the
> south and middle ponds.
>
> Good birding,
>
> Kip Miller
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: bbcbirds AT lists.berrienbirding.org
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> Sent: Sunday, March 29, 2015 12:44 PM
> Subject: [BBCBirds] Eurasian Wigeon at Three Oaks Ponds
>
> Hi All,
>
> There is a male Eurasian Wigeon at Three Oaks WWT Ponds.  It is at the far
> end on the south pond.
>
> Mike Mahler
> Sarett Naturalist
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Subject: No Eurasian Wigeon-3 Oaks as of 3:15 PM
From: Andrew Theus <letitbe793 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 29 Mar 2015 15:26:52 -0400
Did a thorough scan of 3 oaks sewage ponds for male Eurasian Wigeon reported 
earlier today. Bird not seen in either visible pond from 3-3:15 

-Andrew Theus, Berrien county.


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Subject: Long-billed Murrelet Kalkaska County
From: "Charlie Weaver" <ctejedor AT copper.net>
Date: Wed, 1 Apr 2015 13:36:30 -0400
Hi Birders

 

This is mostly for John Lowry-a little birders' competition, mind you, on
this particular date.

 

Sighting on the Manistee River with a large group of alcids.

 

Charlie

 

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Subject: FW: Eurasian Wigeon at Three Oaks Ponds (Berrien Co.)
From: "Love Creek Nature Center" <lovecreek AT berriencounty.org>
Date: Sun, 29 Mar 2015 13:11:48 -0400
Birders,

Mike Mahler posted this on the Berrien Birding Club listserv.

The Three Oaks ponds are on Schwark Road, just north of US 12 to the west of
Three Oaks in Berrien County. There is a pull off on the north side of
Schwark where you can park and walk up to the viewing area/fence to view the
south and middle ponds. 

Good birding,

Kip Miller

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Hi All,

There is a male Eurasian Wigeon at Three Oaks WWT Ponds.  It is at the far
end on the south pond.

Mike Mahler
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Subject: Re: Possible American Three-toed Woodpecker
From: Gerald Urquhart <urquhart AT msu.edu>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 22:36:16 -0500
Nathan,

Good luck and I hope you find it. That would be an awesome sighting. I know 
Black-backed Woodpeckers like burned areas where there are certain types of 
insects under the loose bark. You should do some reading on Three-toeds 
tonight. 


Do you have an app with bird songs? Audubon Birds is a good one. It has four 
different recordings for Three-toed Woodpeckers. 


Good luck,

Jerry Urquhart  

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> On Mar 7, 2015, at 10:09 PM, Nathan Martineau  
wrote: 

> 
> Hello birders,
> 
> This afternoon (3/07) I saw a possible/probable American Three-toed 
Woodpecker at Hulbert Bog. It was one of the very few birds that were out so 
late in the day. Unfortunately I saw it only in flight, but once it landed I 
was able to hear it call several times. It was in the area of the red mesh bag 
hanging from a tree on the north side of the road, into which I placed a new 
cake of suet to make the spot more recognizable. 

> 
> Based on recordings on xeno-canto and my previous experience with 
Black-backed Woodpeckers, the bird I heard sounded more like a three-toed than 
a Black-backed. I'm also pretty sure the white on the back would be very 
unusual or even unheard of on a Black-backed. I don't have any prior experience 
with American Three-toed Woodpecker, so I hope to head back there tomorrow 
afternoon and get better looks at the bird. It would be great to get some 
photos of this potentially awesome bird. 

> 
> Here's a link to the eBird checklist: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22222254 

> 
> Sorry about the late posting; I don't have Internet access out in the field. 
> 
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Subject: Possible American Three-toed Woodpecker
From: Nathan Martineau <miyoungbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 22:09:10 -0500
Hello birders,

This afternoon (3/07) I saw a possible/probable American Three-toed Woodpecker 
at Hulbert Bog. It was one of the very few birds that were out so late in the 
day. Unfortunately I saw it only in flight, but once it landed I was able to 
hear it call several times. It was in the area of the red mesh bag hanging from 
a tree on the north side of the road, into which I placed a new cake of suet to 
make the spot more recognizable. 


Based on recordings on xeno-canto and my previous experience with Black-backed 
Woodpeckers, the bird I heard sounded more like a three-toed than a 
Black-backed. I'm also pretty sure the white on the back would be very unusual 
or even unheard of on a Black-backed. I don't have any prior experience with 
American Three-toed Woodpecker, so I hope to head back there tomorrow afternoon 
and get better looks at the bird. It would be great to get some photos of this 
potentially awesome bird. 


Here's a link to the eBird checklist: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22222254 

 
Sorry about the late posting; I don't have Internet access out in the field. 

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Subject: Townsend's Solitaire, Oscoda County, March 06
From: Jim Dawe <jimdawe AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 01:21:00 +0000
Mich-listers:
The Mio Townsend's Solitaire reported last Saturday (2-28) has been seen 
several times this week (March 2, 4, 5, and tonight) by a number of competent 
local birders. It is most often seen around 6:00 PM next to the M-33/M-72 
bridge over the AuSable about 1/2 mile north of the stoplight in Mio. Garrett 
Dawe and I located it tonight on the east side of the bridge in the MDOT park, 
but it has typically been seen on the west side of the bridge on either the 
north or south side of the river. It's appearance is very haphazard, however, 
and no one has yet determined where it's spending most of the day. 


I'd advise anyone chasing this bird to park in the MDOT park (it is somewhat 
plowed) on the south east side of the bridge and follow the trail under the 
bridge to reach the west side. 


Good birding,
Jim Dawe 
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Muskegon County: White Lake Channel - Male Surf Scoter
From: Ken Sapkowski <ksapkowski51 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 13:24:26 -0500
Friday, 3/6/15

Jim Zervos found this bird yesterday and was kind enough to give me a call
last night.  I refound it around 10:30 this morning.  The light was behind
me and all the ducks were looking beautiful.  There are around 700 ducks
present with the majority being Common Goldeneye and Scaup, (both L & G).
The best way to view this bird is from the south side of the lake as there
is a Museum there with a nicely plowed parking lot.  I walked only about
100 feet to the rail.  This is a narrow channel and I did not advance
beyond this point for fear of flushing the entire flock.  Did not attempt a
photo.

Directions:   From the south get off US-31 at the North Muskegon exit. Stay
right and the road turns north and takes you over the causeway.  This
become Whitehall Rd. and you continue on it to Michillinda Rd.  Head west.
The road turns north after about 6.5 miles and you hit a 4-way stop in a
block or two.  Turn left and follow this road about 1.5 miles to the White
River Light Station Museum.  The parking lot is well plowed and the rail on
the channel is very close.

>From the north I would get off at White Lake Dr. and head west to Zellar
Rd.then turn south until you hit Michillinda Rd..  Turn right and then the
instructions above would apply.

One last thing, I kept seeing flocks of Snow Buntings cross the channel
from north to south.  Pretty cool.

Ken Sapkowski, Allendale
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Subject: Townsend's Solitaire - No
From: Jim Dawe <jimdawe AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 23:20:01 +0000
Mich-listers:
I got back to Mio about 3:00 PM today and searched the Mio Dam area for over an 
hour with no sign of the Townsend's Solitaire reported there yesterday. Ray 
Bontrager, who originally found the bird Sat. morning, called me last night to 
say that it had not been seen since mid-afternoon Saturday. As far as I know, 
no one has seen it since - looks like a "one day wonder" I'm afraid. 

Good birding,
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Subject: Re: [birders] King Eider - Port Huron - FRIDAY
From: curt powell <curt.curt AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 12:52:59 +0000 (UTC)
I saw that Goldeneye yesterday.  Funny to see this post.  A little odd!
Curt 

 On Saturday, February 28, 2015 4:35 PM, Don Henise  
wrote: 

   

 Correction in the subject - my report from Port Huron was for yesterday, 
FRIDAY, Feb. 27th not Saturday. Having taken the day of work yesterday, 
my mind was thinking it was Saturday all day - sorry.

On 2/28/2015 8:46 AM, Don Henise wrote:
> Robyn and I, along with Gary Siegrist and Ellen Rathbone found the 
> female King Eider after a few hours of searching the Port Huron area 
> yesterday. We had worked our way south along the river from the Blue 
> Water Bridge and finally found it south of the Black River and Desmond 
> Landing near the very southern end of the open water around 2:00 pm. 
> We reached Desmons Landing by traveling east to the end of Court 
> Street. The bird was about 100 yards south of the buildings there with 
> a large group of Long-tailed Ducks. Apparently a large cargo ship 
> (which we had seen come under the Blue Water Bridge earlier) had gone 
> down to that area and broken up all the ice in front of Desmond 
> Landing before it pulled into dock farther north.
>
> Earlier we had seen a very distant White-winged Scoter from the 
> Lighthouse Park and then two very close ones from the Pine Grove 
> parking area farther south along the river.
>
> I don't know how to estimate the number of Long-tailed Ducks on the 
> River, but from the Lighthouse down to Desmond landing there were 
> several thousand. I would guess 5000+ easily, maybe as many as 10,000. 
> The were also many Red-breasted Mergansers, Canvasbacks, Redheads, 
> Common Goldeneyes, a few Greater Scaup, a few Common Mergansers, and 
> one female Bufflehead. Also saw several Bald Eagles and one Great 
> Black-backed Gull.
>
> We had one interesting looking female type goldeneye off the the 
> parking north of the bridge between Elmwood and Church. The head shape 
> was similar to Barrow's with the head sloping off the back and a knob 
> at the back. The bill was all dark though. The strange thing about it 
> was it seemed to have a bulging knob off of its forehead. I got one 
> digiscoped shot of it and will upload it to flickr when I get a 
> chance. I might not have time to mess with the photos until tomorrow. 
> (Also have photos of the eider and scoters).
>
> We saw a couple of Rough-legged Hawks along I-69, one on either side 
> of the St. Clair and Lapeer County lines.
>
>  from --
> Don Henise
>
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Subject: Re: [birders] King Eider - Port Huron - FRIDAY
From: Don Henise <kiskadee3 AT yandex.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:38:07 -0500
Correction in the subject - my report from Port Huron was for yesterday, 
FRIDAY, Feb. 27th not Saturday. Having taken the day of work yesterday, 
my mind was thinking it was Saturday all day - sorry.

On 2/28/2015 8:46 AM, Don Henise wrote:
> Robyn and I, along with Gary Siegrist and Ellen Rathbone found the 
> female King Eider after a few hours of searching the Port Huron area 
> yesterday. We had worked our way south along the river from the Blue 
> Water Bridge and finally found it south of the Black River and Desmond 
> Landing near the very southern end of the open water around 2:00 pm. 
> We reached Desmons Landing by traveling east to the end of Court 
> Street. The bird was about 100 yards south of the buildings there with 
> a large group of Long-tailed Ducks. Apparently a large cargo ship 
> (which we had seen come under the Blue Water Bridge earlier) had gone 
> down to that area and broken up all the ice in front of Desmond 
> Landing before it pulled into dock farther north.
>
> Earlier we had seen a very distant White-winged Scoter from the 
> Lighthouse Park and then two very close ones from the Pine Grove 
> parking area farther south along the river.
>
> I don't know how to estimate the number of Long-tailed Ducks on the 
> River, but from the Lighthouse down to Desmond landing there were 
> several thousand. I would guess 5000+ easily, maybe as many as 10,000. 
> The were also many Red-breasted Mergansers, Canvasbacks, Redheads, 
> Common Goldeneyes, a few Greater Scaup, a few Common Mergansers, and 
> one female Bufflehead. Also saw several Bald Eagles and one Great 
> Black-backed Gull.
>
> We had one interesting looking female type goldeneye off the the 
> parking north of the bridge between Elmwood and Church. The head shape 
> was similar to Barrow's with the head sloping off the back and a knob 
> at the back. The bill was all dark though. The strange thing about it 
> was it seemed to have a bulging knob off of its forehead. I got one 
> digiscoped shot of it and will upload it to flickr when I get a 
> chance. I might not have time to mess with the photos until tomorrow. 
> (Also have photos of the eider and scoters).
>
> We saw a couple of Rough-legged Hawks along I-69, one on either side 
> of the St. Clair and Lapeer County lines.
>
>  from --
> Don Henise
>
> Jackson, MI
> kiskadee3 AT yandex.com
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Subject: King Eider - Port Huron - Saturday
From: Don Henise <kiskadee3 AT yandex.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 08:46:08 -0500
Robyn and I, along with Gary Siegrist and Ellen Rathbone found the 
female King Eider after a few hours of searching the Port Huron area 
yesterday. We had worked our way south along the river from the Blue 
Water Bridge and finally found it south of the Black River and Desmond 
Landing near the very southern end of the open water around 2:00 pm. We 
reached Desmons Landing by traveling east to the end of Court Street. 
The bird was about 100 yards south of the buildings there with a large 
group of Long-tailed Ducks. Apparently a large cargo ship (which we had 
seen come under the Blue Water Bridge earlier) had gone down to that 
area and broken up all the ice in front of Desmond Landing before it 
pulled into dock farther north.

Earlier we had seen a very distant White-winged Scoter from the 
Lighthouse Park and then two very close ones from the Pine Grove parking 
area farther south along the river.

I don't know how to estimate the number of Long-tailed Ducks on the 
River, but from the Lighthouse down to Desmond landing there were 
several thousand. I would guess 5000+ easily, maybe as many as 10,000. 
The were also many Red-breasted Mergansers, Canvasbacks, Redheads, 
Common Goldeneyes, a few Greater Scaup, a few Common Mergansers, and one 
female Bufflehead. Also saw several Bald Eagles and one Great 
Black-backed Gull.

We had one interesting looking female type goldeneye off the the parking 
north of the bridge between Elmwood and Church. The head shape was 
similar to Barrow's with the head sloping off the back and a knob at the 
back. The bill was all dark though. The strange thing about it was it 
seemed to have a bulging knob off of its forehead. I got one digiscoped 
shot of it and will upload it to flickr when I get a chance. I might not 
have time to mess with the photos until tomorrow. (Also have photos of 
the eider and scoters).

We saw a couple of Rough-legged Hawks along I-69, one on either side of 
the St. Clair and Lapeer County lines.

  from --
Don Henise

Jackson, MI
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Subject: Townsends Solitare, Mio, today
From: Scott Terry <scott__terry AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:10:59 -0500
Greetings, 

I just received a voicemail from Jim Dawe stating there is a Townsends Solitare 
at the Mio dam in Mio. The bird has been present all morning. Jim has not seen 
the bird and was not able to post himself, thus he relayed the message to me. 
That's all I know. Good luck, have a nice day. 


Scott Terry


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Subject: Townsend's Soltaire, Oscoda County, 2/28D
From: Jim Dawe <jimdawe AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:10:35 +0000
Mich-listers:Ray Bontrager just called me to say that he and several other 
birders have been on a Townsend's Solitaire for several hours today at the Mio 
Dam area in Mio, Oscoda County. The Mio Dam and MDOT park (the bird has been 
seen in both locations) are on M-72/M-33 less than half a mile north of the 
stop light in Mio. This is all in the vicinity of the bridge of the AuSable at 
the north side of Mio.I, of course, am 3 hours away from Mio at a family 
gathering. 

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Subject: Re: [birders] King Eider - Port Huron - FRIDAY
From: Don Henise <kiskadee3 AT yandex.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:38:07 -0500
Correction in the subject - my report from Port Huron was for yesterday, 
FRIDAY, Feb. 27th not Saturday. Having taken the day of work yesterday, 
my mind was thinking it was Saturday all day - sorry.

On 2/28/2015 8:46 AM, Don Henise wrote:
> Robyn and I, along with Gary Siegrist and Ellen Rathbone found the 
> female King Eider after a few hours of searching the Port Huron area 
> yesterday. We had worked our way south along the river from the Blue 
> Water Bridge and finally found it south of the Black River and Desmond 
> Landing near the very southern end of the open water around 2:00 pm. 
> We reached Desmons Landing by traveling east to the end of Court 
> Street. The bird was about 100 yards south of the buildings there with 
> a large group of Long-tailed Ducks. Apparently a large cargo ship 
> (which we had seen come under the Blue Water Bridge earlier) had gone 
> down to that area and broken up all the ice in front of Desmond 
> Landing before it pulled into dock farther north.
>
> Earlier we had seen a very distant White-winged Scoter from the 
> Lighthouse Park and then two very close ones from the Pine Grove 
> parking area farther south along the river.
>
> I don't know how to estimate the number of Long-tailed Ducks on the 
> River, but from the Lighthouse down to Desmond landing there were 
> several thousand. I would guess 5000+ easily, maybe as many as 10,000. 
> The were also many Red-breasted Mergansers, Canvasbacks, Redheads, 
> Common Goldeneyes, a few Greater Scaup, a few Common Mergansers, and 
> one female Bufflehead. Also saw several Bald Eagles and one Great 
> Black-backed Gull.
>
> We had one interesting looking female type goldeneye off the the 
> parking north of the bridge between Elmwood and Church. The head shape 
> was similar to Barrow's with the head sloping off the back and a knob 
> at the back. The bill was all dark though. The strange thing about it 
> was it seemed to have a bulging knob off of its forehead. I got one 
> digiscoped shot of it and will upload it to flickr when I get a 
> chance. I might not have time to mess with the photos until tomorrow. 
> (Also have photos of the eider and scoters).
>
> We saw a couple of Rough-legged Hawks along I-69, one on either side 
> of the St. Clair and Lapeer County lines.
>
>  from --
> Don Henise
>
> Jackson, MI
> kiskadee3 AT yandex.com
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Subject: King Eider - Port Huron - Saturday
From: Don Henise <kiskadee3 AT yandex.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 08:46:08 -0500
Robyn and I, along with Gary Siegrist and Ellen Rathbone found the 
female King Eider after a few hours of searching the Port Huron area 
yesterday. We had worked our way south along the river from the Blue 
Water Bridge and finally found it south of the Black River and Desmond 
Landing near the very southern end of the open water around 2:00 pm. We 
reached Desmons Landing by traveling east to the end of Court Street. 
The bird was about 100 yards south of the buildings there with a large 
group of Long-tailed Ducks. Apparently a large cargo ship (which we had 
seen come under the Blue Water Bridge earlier) had gone down to that 
area and broken up all the ice in front of Desmond Landing before it 
pulled into dock farther north.

Earlier we had seen a very distant White-winged Scoter from the 
Lighthouse Park and then two very close ones from the Pine Grove parking 
area farther south along the river.

I don't know how to estimate the number of Long-tailed Ducks on the 
River, but from the Lighthouse down to Desmond landing there were 
several thousand. I would guess 5000+ easily, maybe as many as 10,000. 
The were also many Red-breasted Mergansers, Canvasbacks, Redheads, 
Common Goldeneyes, a few Greater Scaup, a few Common Mergansers, and one 
female Bufflehead. Also saw several Bald Eagles and one Great 
Black-backed Gull.

We had one interesting looking female type goldeneye off the the parking 
north of the bridge between Elmwood and Church. The head shape was 
similar to Barrow's with the head sloping off the back and a knob at the 
back. The bill was all dark though. The strange thing about it was it 
seemed to have a bulging knob off of its forehead. I got one digiscoped 
shot of it and will upload it to flickr when I get a chance. I might not 
have time to mess with the photos until tomorrow. (Also have photos of 
the eider and scoters).

We saw a couple of Rough-legged Hawks along I-69, one on either side of 
the St. Clair and Lapeer County lines.

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Subject: New website for the MBRC
From: Sean Williams <seanbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 19:06:39 -0500
Hello all,

The website for the Michigan Bird Records Committee recently has changed
locations. We are excited to announce that the new website can be found at
mibirdrecords.com. In addition to new content, the attractive new site has
all the content found on the old website, such as the rare bird report
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If anyone has comments on the new site or if you have suggestions for new
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Subject: Fwd: Harlequin Duck (female)
From: "Myles F. McNally" <mcnally AT alma.edu>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:42:02 -0500 (EST)
Still present as of 8 am...

...Myles

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Tim Cornish 
To: Allegan Ottawa Listers 
Sent: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:13:16 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Harlequin Duck (female)

Hello fellow birders,
I spotted a Female Harlequin Duck at the Otsego Dam this evening around 4:15. 
In almost the same location (though on the opposite side of the island) as the 
Barrow's Goldeneye yesterday. While I was usuccessful in relocating the Barrows 
(tried at 8:00 am; and while birding this evening) it was too good to be true 
to spot the Harlequin too. Below is the info listed on ebird.org. If anyone's 
headed out to find the Barrow's, PLEASE get a good picture of this this 
evening! 

Tim Cornish

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22058201


1
Harlequin Duck
Delete
Small uniformly dark, plump breasted duck, three white face patches (near bill, 
near eye, and distinct round spot near ear. Textbook female. Was hanging out 
near 4 buffleheads making it very easy to distinguish the obvious difference 
with the lighter colored chest, head and chest color contrast, and single white 
facial patch of the female Buffleheads. Spotted it while looking for the 
Barrow's Goldeneye spotted there the previous day. When we left it, it had 
climbed on shore and had begun to roost. To locate where we saw it last, 
Standing on the Farmer St. Bridge facing the factory, stand in line with the 
trees of the island and line up your angle with the gap between the two yellow 
guard rails against the factory in their parking lot. Scan the rocky shore in 
that vacinity. It's small size and roosting posture would make it easy to 
overlook. We tried to get digiscope cell phone pics that were terrible - hoping 
to see if there are any clear enough to show 

 the difinitive marks that we saw. Watched it for about 10 minutes.
Age & Sex
Juvenile
Immature
Adult
Age Unknown
Male     
Female   1  
Sex Unknown     

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Subject: Re: common eider in Muskegon Co.
From: Dan Fox <dfoxmi AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 12:29:02 -0500
Seen just now by the lighthouse on the south inner breakwater. An hour earlier 
it had been seen at the east end of the breakwater, so it is moving around. 


Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 18, 2015, at 5:54 PM, francke AT charter.net wrote:
> 
> 
> The common eider reported yesterday was still present as of 4 p.m. today 
> in Muskegon County.  The location is along the channel near Lake 
> Michigan accessed Sent from my iPhone
> the Silversides Submarine parking lot which is just past PMP.  There 
> were two areas of open water. One right next to the parking lot and one 
> further east down the channel.  The bird was in the water close to the 
> parking lot today (about 25 yds from where I parked) along with c. 
> goldeneye, g. scaup, redheads and one white-winged scoter.  Too me, it 
> looks very similar to the eider that was in Grand Haven in late December 
> and may be the same individual.
> 
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Subject: common eider in Muskegon Co.
From: francke AT charter.net
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 17:54:54 -0500 (EST)
The common eider reported yesterday was still present as of 4 p.m. today 
in Muskegon County.  The location is along the channel near Lake 
Michigan accessed from the south side at Pere Marquette Park.  Park in 
the Silversides Submarine parking lot which is just past PMP.  There 
were two areas of open water. One right next to the parking lot and one 
further east down the channel.  The bird was in the water close to the 
parking lot today (about 25 yds from where I parked) along with c. 
goldeneye, g. scaup, redheads and one white-winged scoter.  Too me, it 
looks very similar to the eider that was in Grand Haven in late December 
and may be the same individual.

Chip Francke
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Subject: Eider Muskegon County 2/17/15
From: Marc Miedema <mieds AT me.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 16:59:12 -0500
Birders,
There is an Eider in the Muskegon channel currently (4:55, 2/17/15). I don't 
any field guides with me but I think it's a Commom Eider. I managed a grainy 
digiscope pic with my phone. 

http://flic.kr/p/rcqGYf

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Subject: Harris's Sparrow Huron Co.
From: Karl Overman <martineoverman AT att.net>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 20:32:23 -0500
After failing on February 13th, I went back today and saw the Harris's Sparrow 
at 5:15 p.m. that has been visiting a feeder south of Harbor Beach in Huron 
County. The bird is coming to the feeder at the home of John McCoy at 9636 
Robert Road (the road ends at Lake Huron). John first noticed the bird in 
January and posted it to bird around February 6th. He says he has never seen 
the Harris's Sparrow feeding on the ground underneath the feeder (difficult to 
see the ground beneath the feeder from the road). He always sees it right on 
the feeder which is on the east side of the house. 


As an aside, on February 13th I noticed a dead passerine dangling in the 
undergrowth in front of the feeder. When I walked up to it it proved to be a 
Hermit Thrush in good condition for a corpse. Odd. 


On that cheery note,

Cheers,

Karl Overman
Farmington Hills, Michigan
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Subject: Chippewa County - Gyrfalcon
From: Darrell Lawson <lawsodw AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 15:36:13 -0500
I'm leading the Micigan Audubon field trip in the UP today and about 10
minutes ago (3:20pm) along 10 mile between M129 and Shunk we had aGray
Morph Gyrfalcon fly accross the road directly in front of us at close
distance. It then paralleled the road flying low and we were able to
observe it for about 20 seconds before it turned South. We are currently
searching the surrounding areas to try to relocate it.
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Subject: King Eider Port Huron
From: Karl Overman <martineoverman AT att.net>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 19:59:37 -0500
At mid-day today I found a female King Eider with the hundreds/thousands of 
Long-tailed Ducks hugging the Port Huron shoreline on the north side of the 
downtown area. I had a Red-necked Grebe on the south side of the Blue Water 
Bridge. I also tried for the reported Harris's Sparrow on the south side of 
Harbor Beach in Huron County but in two tries today I saw no Harris's Sparrow. 
The home owner was not home so I could not ask him about the bird which he 
reported on February 6th. 


Here is a link to a photo of the King Eider at Port Huron today: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/93345010 AT N08/16335528180/ 



Cheers,

Karl Overman
Farmington Hills, Michigan
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Subject: Townsend's Solitaire - Yes
From: Kevin Vande Vusse <kevinvandevusse AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 18:58:09 -0500
As of 11:00am this morning the Townsend's Solitaire was viewed by myself
and two others at Dunbar Park in Chippewa County.  The bird was in a small
stand of about three trees all with berries in the picnic area, straight
across the parking area from the outhouse near the lake.  It seemed to be
content with it's current location.  Sorry for the late message.

Good birding,

Kevin Vande Vusse
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Subject: Bohemian Waxwings - Otsego County - 2/7/15
From: Garrett <garrettdawe AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2015 19:17:01 -0500
Jim Dawe and I had 3 Bohemian Waxwings north and east of Gaylord on Goslow 
Road, approx. 2 miles north of Wilkinson Road. The birds were seen in the top 
of a spruce at house address 1850 Goslow Road. 


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Subject: OT: Compilation Posting & Call for List Submissions
From: Scott Jennex <cccta AT aol.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2015 22:06:18 -0500
Michigan Birding Listers,
 
My apologies for cross posting and some of yougetting multiple copies of this 
email. Daryl Aspery has posted the firstedition of the 2014 Michigan Listers 
Compilation at: 

 
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There is still time to send in your list totalsas of the end of 2014 for the 
24th Annual Michigan ListersCompilation. The compilation is always done with 
totals as of December 31st. Ifyou have 100 or more birds on your list for any 
County or other site in Michigan,we encourage you to send the list in. I have 
included the list of categories atthe end of this email 

 
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From: "Scott Jennex via birdnet" <birdnet AT upbirders.org>
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2015 22:06:18 -0500
Michigan Birding Listers,
 
My apologies for cross posting and some of yougetting multiple copies of this 
email. Daryl Aspery has posted the firstedition of the 2014 Michigan Listers 
Compilation at: 

 
http://home.wowway.com/~gr8gray/listers/listers.html  
 
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County or other site in Michigan,we encourage you to send the list in. I have 
included the list of categories atthe end of this email 

 
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Subject: Snowy Owl Environment Report update
From: Allen Chartier <amazilia3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2015 15:44:19 -0500
Everyone,

If you tuned in to Michigan Radio on Tuesday to listen to The Environment
Report expecting a Snowy Owl story, obviously it did not run then. I have
it on good authority that it will run this Thursday instead.

You can listen live at Michigan Radio:

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Subject: Snowy Owl Environment Report update
From: Allen Chartier <amazilia3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2015 15:44:19 -0500
Everyone,

If you tuned in to Michigan Radio on Tuesday to listen to The Environment
Report expecting a Snowy Owl story, obviously it did not run then. I have
it on good authority that it will run this Thursday instead.

You can listen live at Michigan Radio:

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Subject: Re: Townsend's Solitaire - Yes
From: Calvin Brennan <vermivora AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2015 10:35:00 -0400
Hi all,
The solitaire was still present in the vicinity of several fruiting trees near 
the bathroom at Dunbar Park yesterday (Tuesday). The bird is quite flighty and 
we had a hard time getting a very satisfactory look. This was around noon. 

Calvin Brennan

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> Subject: [Mich-listers] Townsend's Solitaire - Yes
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> As of 9:40 AM Sunday the solitaire was still being seen near the privy at 
Dunbar Park. 

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Subject: Snowy Owl tagged in Michigan
From: Allen Chartier <amazilia3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2015 17:05:36 -0500
Birders,

On Wednesday, January 28, an adult male Snowy Owl was fitted with a
satellite transmitter as part of Project SNOWstorm, and released in the
Waterloo SRA. It was captured at the Grand Rapids airport on the 27th by a
biologist who regularly moves hawks and owls away from Michigan airports
for their safety, and the safety of air passengers. It was tagged by the
USDA biologist who works with Barb Jensen to tag Ospreys in Michigan. You
can read more details about this bird at the Project SNOWstorm blog:

http://www.projectsnowstorm.org/posts/alma-highly-networked-owl/

As noted on the blog, you will be able to track Alma's movements (named
after Alma College, who funded this first transmitter) on the Project
SNOWstorm website probably as early as tomorrow. As of Saturday, he was
just northwest of Chelsea. Data is held back from posting to the website
for 3-7 days to protect the owl from overzealous people who might try to
get too close while it is adjusting to its new surroundings.

Rebecca Williams, of Michigan Radio, attended the tagging and release of
this bird and will be doing a story on Project SNOWstorm in Michigan on her
Tuesday show this week, The Environment Report.

A second transmitter has been funded by Michigan Audubon with significant
financial support from the Kalamazoo Nature Center, and there are plans to
place it on another Snowy Owl very soon, probably in the Upper Peninsula.
Funding is still being sought for at least one more transmitter (cost is
$3000 each), and individuals can donate through Michigan Audubon (see
below). Hopefully some local chapters of Audubon will also step up, as
Laughing Whitefish Audubon in the UP has done with a generous donation.
Corporate donors are welcome too!

https://michiganaudubonorg.presencehost.net/support/donate.html

There is a form field that reads "If you would like to make a gift to a
specific sanctuary or program, please indicate in the field below." Please
enter "Project SNOWstorm Michigan" in this line, so they can track those
gifts.

Otherwise, checks can be made out to Michigan Audubon with "Project
SNOWstorm Michigan" in the memo line and mailed to:

Michigan Audubon
PO Box 15249
Lansing, MI 48901



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Subject: Townsend's Solitaire - Yes
From: Klein Douglas <DouglasKlein AT aegislimited.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Feb 2015 17:52:47 +0000
As of 9:40 AM Sunday the solitaire was still being seen near the privy at 
Dunbar Park. 


Doug and Anne Klein



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Subject: Fwd: Townsend's Solitaire, Chippewa
From: "Myles F. McNally" <mcnally AT alma.edu>
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2015 10:57:16 -0500 (EST)
Continuing as of 9:30 am this morning.

- Myles

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Subject: [Mich-listers] Townsend's Solitaire, Chippewa

This morning at Dunbar Park with several Pine Grosbeaks.

Jerry Ziarno

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Subject: Townsend's Solitaire, Chippewa
From: Gerald Ziarno <gziarno AT aol.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:33:35 -0500
This morning at Dunbar Park with several Pine Grosbeaks.

Jerry Ziarno

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Subject: Probable Hoary Redpoll, Hulbert Bog, Chippewa
From: Sarah Toner <strix09 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:56:08 -0500
Hi Birders,

Nathan Martineau had a probable Hoary Redpoll at Hulbert Bog today. His
description: "It was feeding on some seed on the ground near a suet feeder
hung from a spruce tree on the right (north) side of the road, about a
third of a mile from the last house when you take the eastern entrance from
M28. I noted much paler coloration, "pushed-in bill," and the undertail
coverts had only two faint streaks. It was with a single definite Common. I
will post photos as soon as I get the chance."

He also had a Northern Shrike and a Gray Jay.

Good birding,

Sarah Toner
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From: Sarah Toner <strix09 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:56:08 -0500
Hi Birders,

Nathan Martineau had a probable Hoary Redpoll at Hulbert Bog today. His
description: "It was feeding on some seed on the ground near a suet feeder
hung from a spruce tree on the right (north) side of the road, about a
third of a mile from the last house when you take the eastern entrance from
M28. I noted much paler coloration, "pushed-in bill," and the undertail
coverts had only two faint streaks. It was with a single definite Common. I
will post photos as soon as I get the chance."

He also had a Northern Shrike and a Gray Jay.

Good birding,

Sarah Toner
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Subject: St Clair Co King Eider continues. 1-25
From: Scott Jennex <cccta AT aol.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 12:05:31 -0500
Female type KIng Eider visible About halfof the time between 11 and 1145 from 
lighthouse park in POrt Huron. Spent most of its time in the middle of river or 
on Canadian side. 

Scott Jennex
Nessie pics obtained

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Subject: OAS field trip - St. Clair river
From: baikalteal13 <baikalteal13 AT netzero.net>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:23:45 -0500
Folks,
 Our group found a female King Eider at Port Huron at Lighthouse Park.  Also 
had Surf and White-winged Scoters.  FYI. At about noon. 


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Subject: 2 Snowy Owls - Isabella County 1-23-2015 2PM-ish
From: Joeham1999 <joeham1999 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:58:27 -0500
I was on a mission this afternoon before 2:00pm near the vicinity of Weidman 
and Meridian roads, courtesy of Stan Lilley's sighting yesterday of the Snowy 
Owl in Isabella County. 

After slowly driving more than 10 miles around the area and ready to concede 
defeat, I was southbound on Nottawa Road, looking east when I spotted the first 
Snowy Owl sitting on the ground 1/4 south of Rosebush Road near a blue marker 
almost half-way across to Meridian Rd. Although I struggled to get worthy 
photos I was pleased to finally find the SNOW and started making my way home. 
Continuing south on Nottawa I spotted another Snowy Owl perched on a telephone 
pole just north of Weidman Rd. It quickly flew 1/4 mile eastward and landed on 
the ground. I snapped a few more photos of owl # 2. 

Heading west on Weidman Rd. I saw the bonus Rough-legged Hawk. 

Joe Hammerle

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Subject: Common Eider at Ludington Harbor - Yes
From: David Dister <david.dister AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:33:41 -0500
Birders,

This morning around 10:10 to 10:20 a.m. I re-located the immature *Common
Eider* at Ludington Harbor. The bird was in the northeast corner of the
harbor between the north breakwater and the short fishing pier (with blue
railing). I then began looking for a reported 3rd cycle *Kumlein's Gull*
from yesterday, and drove over to the Municipal Marina at the north end of
Pere Marquette Lake. Soon after arriving, I saw some waterfowl fly in, and
among them was the eider (at 11:00 a.m.). However, a few minutes later a
large barge came by and most of the ducks, as well as the eider, flew off.
Finally, I just received a phone message that the eider was back in the
harbor as of 11:30 a.m.

Dave
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Subject: Juvenile Golden eagle in Lapeer County
From: Jeffrey Smith <smithrefrig AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:42:33 -0500
While traveling south on M-24 in southern Lapeer County a juvenile 
Golden eagle flew right over me, heading northwest at the corner formed 
with Brocker Road.  Lost it quickly as it flew over a large tract of 
woods.  Will be back there frequently in the next few days to try to 
catch it again.

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Subject: Forgot to add
From: Jeffrey Smith <smithrefrig AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:47:42 -0500
Forgot to add sighting was today, 1-19 at 1:30 PM.

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Subject: Common Eider at Ludington Harbor - No
From: David Dister <david.dister AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 13:04:22 -0500
BIrders,

Chris Lipps and I found no sign of the Common Eider this morning from 10:00
to 11:00 a.m. at Ludington Harbor. However, in addition to common winter
ducks, there was a male White-winged Scoter and several Redheads.

Dave
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Subject: Barrow's goldeneye - st Clair
From: Tom Hince <peleetom AT primus.ca>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:32:42 -0500
At about 10:15 am this morning I had a male Barrows at the waterfront park in 
downtown St Clair. It was hanging out just south of the red channel marker with 
a 52 on it. There are at least five thousand ducks present including over 400 
male Common Goldeneye. I would presume this is the same individual that has 
been seen several times farther south in Canada. The river is basically full of 
ice south of this point. 

Good birding.
Tom

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Subject: Common Eider, Ludington yes
From: Brian Allen <tanager AT manistee.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 13:00:30 -0500
Just saw at harbor, flew south over south break wall at 12:45 PM

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Subject: Common Eider, Mason Co, 1/18/2015
From: Chris Lipps <birdlipps AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 10:34:26 -0500
Hi all,

I was unable to locate the eider yesterday. I checked the harbor this morning 
and as of 9:24 a.m. I was again unable to locate the eider. However, I do not 
have a spotting scope and was unable to ID the waterfowl between the pier 
heads. Also I did not check the south side of the south pier, so it's possible 
that the eider may be there seeking shelter from the wind. 


Chris Lipps
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Subject: Ludington Common Eider
From: "baikalteal13 AT netzero.net" <baikalteal13@netzero.net>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 01:33:23 GMT
I tried to send a message earlier from my phone and I haven't seen it yet. The 
eider was present this afternoon. Phil Bogush and I saw the eider between 3:30 
PM and 4:00 PM. He was north of the south breakwall and was feeding and 
swimming just a little way form the breakwall. The wind was ferocious from the 
south and most of the waterbirds there stayed close to the north side of both 
breakwalls. Good luck with the bird. And thanks to Miles McNally for the 
earlier posting. Don Burlett 

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Subject: Common eider
From: "Myles F. McNally" <mcnally AT alma.edu>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 09:47:49 -0500 (EST)
The ludington common eider was present today as of 9:30 am just north of the 
north break wall. It floated out past the elbow where I lost it. Be very 
careful, the jetties are dangerous. 


- Myles 
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Subject: Common Eider at Ludington
From: David Dister <david.dister AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 19:08:45 -0500
Birders,

I would concur that this *Common Eider* is the same as the Grand Haven bird
since it had a distinct (unique) small white spot on the breast, to the
right of the middle and 1/2 to 1 inch above the fluctuating water line (see
photos by Caleb Putnam on eBird). Also, the bird was bathing repeatedly and
the spot did not dissolve -- as a bit of ice or snow would have. I last saw
the bird from 4:51 to 5:26 p.m. as I drove to the south breakwater and
(with ice cleats) carefully walked the outside (western side) of the south
breakwater about 3/4 of the way to the small light structure (at the end).
At about 5:25 p.m. the bird was finally alone (goldeneyes having left) and
flew off to the south and then abruptly did a U-turn and flew north past
the end of the north breakwater and then veered eastward toward the
shoreline, when I lost sight of it. I would suggest that birders in
Manistee check the Manistee Harbor first thing Saturday morning.  I will
first check the mouth of the Sable River at Ludington State Park, and
afterwards will again check the (mostly frozen) harbor and lakefront to the
north (off Stearns Park).

Lastly, this represents the first sighting of either Eider species for
Mason County.

Good Birding !

Dave
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Subject: Re: Common Eider, Ludington
From: "C or M Johnstone" <anhinga AT tm.net>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 17:54:39 -0500
Chip,
Just checked out the eBird photos, pretty much a perfect match (could find 
no eider photos on the nature club link you sent me).  Mostly, it was 
swimming around by itself.  It did cruise around the base of the north pier 
with a pair of mallards for a couple of minutes, and was loosely associated 
with a single scaup for a short time in the same vicinity.  Most of the 
ducks were out near the north lighthouse, so there wasn't much opportunity 
for duckly socializing where the eider was hanging out. Matt


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> Matt.  It sure sounds like the GH bird.  Go to eBird for Ottawa CO and you 
> will find photos of the GH eider.  Or go to the Muskegon nature Club site 
> at http://muskegoncountynatureclub.blogspot.com/ , click on recent 
> sightings and scroll down to the eider photos.  let me know if you think 
> it is the same bird.  I think this is an unusual plumage, so if your bird 
> matches, I would bet its the same bird.  Was it hanging around with scaup?
>
> Chip Francke
>
> On Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 5:15 PM, C or M Johnstone wrote:
>
>> Cyndi and I got excellent, close looks at the bird between 2:15-2:30. We 
>> were standing at the end of the stub pier on the north side of the boat 
>> launch (if you walk out there, hang on to the rail, it's icy), and while 
>> I was scanning the distant ducks near the north lighthouse, Cyndi saw the 
>> bird swim out right underneath us at the end of the stub pier.  It swam 
>> across to the north pier, and worked back and forth along the pier, never 
>> venturing too far west.  I didn't see the Grand Haven bird, but this bird 
>> was of a plumage not depicted in any field guide I own.  Using Sibley, 
>> I'd say a first winter western type male (yellow bill, blonde eyebrows), 
>> but with body plumage similar to a female.
>> Stupidly, I left my camera at home. 
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Subject: Common Eider, Ludington
From: "C or M Johnstone" <anhinga AT tm.net>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 17:15:53 -0500
Cyndi and I got excellent, close looks at the bird between 2:15-2:30. We were 
standing at the end of the stub pier on the north side of the boat launch (if 
you walk out there, hang on to the rail, it's icy), and while I was scanning 
the distant ducks near the north lighthouse, Cyndi saw the bird swim out right 
underneath us at the end of the stub pier. It swam across to the north pier, 
and worked back and forth along the pier, never venturing too far west. I 
didn't see the Grand Haven bird, but this bird was of a plumage not depicted in 
any field guide I own. Using Sibley, I'd say a first winter western type male 
(yellow bill, blonde eyebrows), but with body plumage similar to a female. 

Stupidly, I left my camera at home.   
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Subject: Ludington eider
From: "C or M Johnstone" <anhinga AT tm.net>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 12:18:52 -0500
Hadn't seen a post on this yet, so ... By way of Brian Allen and Chris Lipps, 
I've been informed there's an eider sp. currently under observation from the 
boat launch at the Ludington harbor. Early word is that it may be the same bird 
that was at Grand Haven. Matt 

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Subject: Administrative issue--no none Michigan bird sightings
From: Karl Overman <martineoverman AT att.net>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 18:57:26 -0500
This is a reminder that mich-listers is for rare bird reports in Michigan. 
Sometimes I have seen postings on other web-sites about the prospects of a rare 
bird showing up in a particular state or province. That is not something to be 
covered in mich-listers without my prior approval. That kind of subject could 
be covered in mich-chat. 



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Subject: FW: Soo Birds, Jan 2
From: Jim Dawe <jimdawe AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 22:20:44 +0000
Mich-listers:
I received this email Monday concerning a Northern Hawk-Owl seen by Sherri 
Freels and her husband this past weekend (Jan. 10 or 11) in Chippewa County. 


> Subject: Re: [Mich-listers] Soo Birds, Jan 2
> From: shfreels AT gmail.com
> Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 07:46:15 -0500
> To: jimdawe AT hotmail.com
> 
> Thank you for the birding report for the Sault area. My husband and I used it 
this past weekend, as a reference. 

> I dont think I can post on mich-listers so thought Id let you know a few of 
our highlights - and there werent many! We found a Hawk Owl on Riverside, 
between 7 Mi and 7 1/2 Mi. Nice look. Fourteen Sharp-tailed Grouse feeding in 
the tops of trees, in Dafter just west of the p.o. Only one Snowy Owl, on 6 Mi. 
west of #75. The Hawk Owl was the highlight. ZERO birds at Dunbar Park. Huge 
disappointment. 

> Sherri Freels
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Barrow's Goldeneye St. Clair River, Canada
From: "Charlie Weaver" <ctejedor AT copper.net>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 12:49:21 -0500
>From OntBirds list:

 

Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 14:30:20 -0500

From: "J.B." 

To: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca

Subject: [Ontbirds] Barrow's Goldeneye, St.Clair River, Sombra

 

Male Barrow's Goldeneye is being seen on the St. Clair River North of

Sombra.  It is associating with a flock of approx. 20 Common Goldeneye.

Was still there at 13:30 hrs upon departing. Best area to view bird would

be Cathcart Park there is currently construction going on the South side of

park the North side might offer best viewing, scope recommended, river is

currently full of ice with a few open areas where ducks are congregating.

Also area between Bickford Line and Stanley Line along St. Clair Parkway

33   offers a  vantage point.  The bird was sighted North of this area

where there is houses. But with shifting ice may end up further up river

where viewing would be easier.

 

 

Charlie

 

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Subject: Genesee County- Golden Eagle, Merlin
From: "jbuecking AT juno.com" <jbuecking@juno.com>
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2015 22:23:48 GMT
Birders, This afternoon I did some exploring in southwest Genesee Co (Argentine 
Township). My highlight of the day (season?) was a juvenile Golden Eagle seen 
along Markley Rd north of Williams Rd. It was flying west and after I lost 
sight of it I drove west into Shiawassee county north of Byron, but did not 
relocate it. On Sheridan Rd, just north of Lovejoy Rd I saw a Merlin. Two 
Red-headed Woodpeckers were in the wooded swamp on Lovejoy between Sheridan and 
Duffield roads. Lastly, I saw 2 Redheads, 2 Common Goldeneyes and a male 
Gadwall (among the hundreds of Mallards) at the Ripley Rd bridge near Linden. 
Good birding, Jeff Buecking 

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