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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" ]
4 Jan common eider info for Sunday []
4 Jan Common Eider continues [Elliot Nelson ]
3 Jan Soo Birds, Jan 2 [Jim Dawe ]
2 Jan Slaty-backed Gull, Crosswinds [Scott Terry ]
2 Jan Common Eider - Ottawa Cty. [Laurence Burke ]
31 Dec Re: Snowy Owl pt Mouilee [Jerry Jourdan ]
31 Dec Hoary Redpoll in Kinross [Elliot Nelson ]
31 Dec Snowy Owl pt Mouilee [Andreas Kanon ]
30 Dec Common Eider continues Ottawa Co. 12-30-14 [Curtis ]
30 Dec Common Eider, yes. Ottawa Co, 12-30 [michael overway ]
30 Dec Gyrfalcon Chippewa County [Elliot Nelson ]
30 Dec Sault Report [Dan Gertiser ]
29 Dec Common Eider continues Ottawa Co. 12-29-14 (2nd hand report) [Rick Brigham ]
29 Dec Quick follow-up on 'mstery gull' [curt powell ]
29 Dec Presumed Slaty-Backed Gull plus other Gulls at Grace Lake [curt powell ]
28 Dec (no subject) [David Wood ]
28 Dec Re: Common Eider - No [Rick Brigham ]
28 Dec Common Eider - No [vireo ]
28 Dec Re: Ottawa Cty. Common Eider -- NO [Dan Fox ]
28 Dec Ottawa Cty. Common Eider -- NO [Larry ]
27 Dec Snowy Owl - Ogemaw County [Paul Ciske ]
27 Dec Snowy owl [jeffrey leaman ]
26 Dec Re: Common Eider YES, Ottawa County dec 26 [Jonathan Vande Kopple ]
26 Dec Cackling Geese - Calhoun [Gordon ]
26 Dec Common Eider YES, Ottawa County dec 26 [Caleb Putnam ]
25 Dec Re: common eider update ["Charlie Weaver" ]
25 Dec common eider update []
25 Dec Great Black-backed Gull Calhoun [Gordon ]
25 Dec Snowy Owl Ogemaw Co, 12/25 [Marc North ]
25 Dec Greater White-fronted Goose calhoun [Gordon ]
24 Dec Common Eider [Darrell Lawson ]
23 Dec Common Eider - Yes 12/23 [Marc North ]
23 Dec Eider continues [Gordon ]
23 Dec Common Eider Ottawa Co YES [Marc Miedema ]
22 Dec common eider photos []
22 Dec Re: common eider in Ottawa ["KIACZ, SIMON" ]
22 Dec common eider photos []
22 Dec Re: common eider in Ottawa [Rick Brigham ]
22 Dec common eider in Ottawa []
22 Dec Common Eider Ottawa County [Richard Pedler ]
22 Dec Snow Goose in Eaton Co. 12/22 [Marc North ]
22 Dec eider species in Ottawa County []
21 Dec Barrow's goldeneye, Higgins Lake []
19 Dec Lester black backed gull Calhoun [Gordon ]
17 Dec Project SNOWstorm comes to Michigan [Allen Chartier ]
15 Dec Snowy Owl ["Roth" ]
15 Dec Re: Western Grebe, Holland SP North Pier, 12-15-14 [Chace Scholten ]
15 Dec Western Grebe, Holland SP North Pier, 12-15-14 [Nathan DeBruine ]
13 Dec Chippeea County - Northern Hawk Owl - Yes [Darrell Lawson ]
12 Dec Snowy Owl in Eaton Co. 12/12 [Marc North ]
9 Dec Northern Hawk Owl, Chippewa Co., 12/09/2014 [Chris Lipps ]
8 Dec Peregtine Falcons, Midland []
6 Dec Cackling Geese Calhoun County [Gordon ]
1 Dec Re: Slaty-backed Gull reporting ["C or M Johnstone" ]

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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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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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. 


Don Burlett


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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

Tom Hince
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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 
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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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Subject: RE: [Mich-listers] Common Eider, Ludington


> 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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Subject: common eider info for Sunday
From: francke AT charter.net
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2015 10:51:02 -0500 (EST)
As previously reported the Grand Haven common eider was found around 
9:30 a.m. today on the south side of the south pier.  Winds spiked from 
calm to 20 mph this morning in about 30 minutes (out of the NW) and the 
only sheltered spot is off the south pier for the birds.  The were 
happily feeding along the pier.  About 100 birds (scaup, goldeneye 
mallards, a couple redehad, mergs) were ion the flock.  If the bird 
stays at this location (which is likely since winds are going to be 
strong the rest of today), it is easy to see the bird from the comfort 
of you car (with a scope) from the parking area in Grand Haven State 
Park.  From Harbor Dr that runs along the south side of the river in 
Grand Haven, turn into Connector Park just berfore getting to Lake 
Michigan.  After passing the gate house, turn left and drive to the 
parking area where you can view the south side of the south pier.  If 
the birds remain, you can see them from the parking lot.

Good luck,

Chip Francke
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Subject: Common Eider continues
From: Elliot Nelson <elliotkarlnelson AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2015 10:29:48 -0500
Hugging the south side of the south pier in Grand Haven currently. Refound
by Chip Francke.
Here's to a happy new year!
Bird on!

Elliot Nelson
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Subject: Soo Birds, Jan 2
From: Jim Dawe <jimdawe AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Jan 2015 15:04:32 +0000
Dear listers:
Paul Ciske and Ray and Lyle Bontrager and I birded the Saulte Saint Marie area 
yesterday with the following highlights: 


SHARP-TAILED GROUSE - Seen in several areas; 12 among the shrubs and fruit 
trees of the house at the NW corner of Riverview and E 10 Mile Road. 


NORTHERN GOSHAWK - Found while searching unsuccessfully for the previously 
sighted Gyrfalcon roughly 2 miles east on the intersection of M-48 and M-129. 


ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK - Three seen throughout the area including a dark-phase near 
the intersection of Riverview and 15-Mile Roads. 


ICELAND GULL - Second cycle individual at the Dafter Landfill

GLAUCOUS GULL - We counted 12 at the Dafter Landfill

GREATER BLACK-BACKED GULL - One first-cycle individual at the Dafter Landfill

SNOWY OWL - We counted nine throughout the area, only one of which was on 
Centerline Road near Rudyard. Three were seen in the same field SE of the 
corner of M-48 and Hancock Road, a few miles west of Pickford. 


NORTHERN SHRIKE - Only one, seen along Scenic Road near the Dunbar Station.

AMERICAN ROBIN - One at Dunbar Park at the end of Scenic Road.

BOHEMIAN WAXWING - Approximately 90 at Dunbar Park (which hosts a dense woods 
full of fruit trees and shrubs. There were several Cedar Waxwings in this woods 
as well. 


PINE GROSBEAK - These were very common throughout the area, including good 
numbers at the Dunbar Park. 


The near-total absence of small finches was notable. We saw fewer than 20 
American Goldfinch and Common Redpolls and none of these were at the feeders 
next to the Dunbar Station. We saw no Pine Siskins or crossbills either. We 
also searched for the Northern Hawk-Owl recorded a few weeks ago on M-129 
between 9 and 10 mile roads, with no luck. 


Good birding,

Jim Dawe

 
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Slaty-backed Gull, Crosswinds
From: Scott Terry <scott__terry AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2015 13:25:02 -0500
Afternoon, 

Adam Byrne and I found a Slaty-backed Gull at the landfill and crosswinds 
marsh. Currently the bird is sitting on top of the landfill. We are viewing 
from Arkona road just north of the landfill. 


Good birding. 

Scott 


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Subject: Common Eider - Ottawa Cty.
From: Laurence Burke <lmburke49 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2015 12:51:50 -0500
The Common Eider is currently being seen at the end of the north pier in Grand 
Haven. The pier is extremely icy. 


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Subject: Re: Snowy Owl pt Mouilee
From: Jerry Jourdan <jourdaj AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2014 15:02:49 -0500
A bitter, cruel ride along the North Causeway to Cell 5 to Middle Causeway
back to Siegler Rd. yielded 4 SNOWY OWLS this morning. One (presumed) Adult
Female and 3 immature females. All Gorgeous!
One Northern Harrier.

Jerry
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On Wed, Dec 31, 2014 at 11:08 AM, Andreas Kanon 
wrote:

> Snacking on a prey in the Vermet unit.
> Probably a immature, heavy banding
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Subject: Hoary Redpoll in Kinross
From: Elliot Nelson <elliotkarlnelson AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2014 12:08:41 -0500
hi all,
Ben Thesing texted me to report a Hoary Redpoll at the feeder station on
Kinross Rd. This is about 1-2 miles down Kinross Rd off of Mackinaw Trail
in Chippewa county. Good luck if you happen to be chasing those final year
birds!
Bird on!
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Subject: Snowy Owl pt Mouilee
From: Andreas Kanon <andreas.kanon AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2014 11:08:07 -0500
Snacking on a prey in the Vermet unit.
Probably a immature, heavy banding
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Subject: Common Eider continues Ottawa Co. 12-30-14
From: Curtis <curtisdykstra AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Dec 2014 09:58:16 -0500
All,
Mike Overway and I located the Common Eider at about 8:20 this morning. It came 
within 30' of the north side of the north pier - toward the end. The cold and 
wind made conditions less than tolerable. Waves are starting to wash over the 
pier creating a slick surface. With temps looking to remain cold these 
conditions will likely remain for some time, making the viewing of this bird 
very difficult and dangerous. 

Nice to find the bird still here after a week out of town. Ironically, I had 
left the day before the eider showed up. 

Thanks to all for the continued reports.
Curtis Dykstra
Wyoming, MI

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> On Dec 29, 2014, at 10:15 PM, Rick Brigham  wrote:
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> I noticed on ebird that the Grand Haven Common Eider was seen this morning
> from the north breakwall by Robert Vanderkamp. Since it was not seen
> yesterday and I know there are folks still looking for it, I thought it
> best to pass along this news.
> 
> Rick Brigham
> Douglas MI
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Subject: Common Eider, yes. Ottawa Co, 12-30
From: michael overway <jamgow2131 AT att.net>
Date: Tue, 30 Dec 2014 06:52:58 -0800
All,

Curtis Dykstra and I had great looks at the continuing eider this morning at 
~8:15. The bird was doing its thing near the end of the north breakwall between 
~25' and ~75 yards off the north side and loosely associating with a small 
scaup flock. 


Fyi, the conditions on the breakwall, while still passable to the surefooted, 
are getting bad. Access to the end requires travel over glare ice with pockets 
of dry concrete. The end is actually quite dry yet. Currently brutal wind 
chill. 


Good birding,
Mike Overway 
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Subject: Gyrfalcon Chippewa County
From: Elliot Nelson <elliotkarlnelson AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Dec 2014 09:30:30 -0500
hi all. On highway 48 east of 129 about 2 miles. House number 2748 near a
blue home close to road. Top of a tall evergreen right next to a white
garage like building On south side of 48. Gray phase adult. Amazing!
Noticed flying sharp tailed grouse then saw large falcon skimming ground
and land in tree top. On my way to a meeting but will post pics
 AT NelsonNature on Twitter after #MIbirding
Bird on!
Elliot
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Subject: Sault Report
From: Dan Gertiser <dangertiser AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Dec 2014 07:01:51 -0500
The winter birding is very good with at least ten separate Snowy Owls seen 
yesterday all south of the Soo. The feeders and the park at Dunbar forest were 
good for Common Redpoll, Pine Grosbeak, and Bohemian Waxwing with several birds 
seen. 


No Great Grays or Hawk Owls were seen by us.  

Other birders reported good numbers of Snowies around Pickford and Rudyard.  

Cheers!


Dan

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Subject: Common Eider continues Ottawa Co. 12-29-14 (2nd hand report)
From: Rick Brigham <brigrick AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2014 22:15:30 -0500
I noticed on ebird that the Grand Haven Common Eider was seen this morning
from the north breakwall by Robert Vanderkamp. Since it was not seen
yesterday and I know there are folks still looking for it, I thought it
best to pass along this news.

Rick Brigham
Douglas MI
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Subject: Quick follow-up on 'mstery gull'
From: curt powell <curt.curt AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2014 14:12:49 +0000 (UTC)
 I mis-spoke - it's P9 and P10 that are growing in.  The absence of these wing 
tips in the primary extension is probably why I originally thought the bird was 
"chunky".  With those feathers fully grown, that bird will be at least a 
little longer than the average Herring Gull.  All this is to say, that most 
field marks point to this bird being a Great Black-Backed Gull X Herring 
Gull.  I have not run across another photo or description of this hybrid being 
so dark (almost as dark as GBBG), but it is apparently a rare hybrid etc.etc., 
so that makes the id: VERY COOL BIRD :) 

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Subject: Presumed Slaty-Backed Gull plus other Gulls at Grace Lake
From: curt powell <curt.curt AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2014 13:18:43 +0000 (UTC)
 Hi,
Grace Lake (Visteon Headquarters) and Belleville Lake continue to amaze.  Here 
is a Flickr link to photos of What appears to be an adult Slaty-Backed Gull, an 
adult Kumlien's (presumed) with pure white wing tips, Glaucous, Lesser 
Black-Backed etc., and the mystery BB Gull from the 26th.  All but the mystery 
gull are iPhone shots.  Unfortunately computer problems prevented me from any 
decent photo editing.  The scroll arrow should appear on the right.  Please 
disregard any advertising that Flickr sticks in there. 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/12965973 AT N06/15949646758/in/set-72157647671585763
I never saw wing tips or legs on the Slaty-Backed Gull, so the experts say it 
can't be considered a 100% id.  The mystery BB gull from a couple days ago 
makes up the final 5 photos in the set.  The fifth photo shows P1 and P2 on 
that bird appear to be growing in.  It also shows the underside of the outer 
primaries are very dark which, I think anyway points to there being 
Black-Backed Gull in it's lineage.  Wish I had better photos, but ... 

Grace Lake: Not sure what it is like during business hours.  I have not had 
any issues with security there yet.  If they show up please be very courteous 
and contrite.  This is a wonderful birding site. 

Belleville Lake:  Without ice, the gulls are sometimes in non-viewable 
locations.  I managed to sneak a peek yesterday through my window, but didn't 
get out of the car.  I saw at least 8 LBBGs, but nothing else of note (in 5 
minutes of looking).  I'm sure there were things in there, though.  You just 
have to drive around the lake and hope.  Once there is some ice it should get 
easier.  I have also seen large numbers of gulls flying towards Ford Lake late 
in the day.  Note that this is where the Slaty-Backed Gull was first 
confirmed.  I have not birded there, so others might chime in about that 
location.  Also, birds may go down towards crosswinds marsh.  

If you want to look for rare gulls - NOW IS THE TIME!!  You will definitely 
need a scope.  AND - take photos!  All of mine here were taken by just 
holding my phone up to my scope eyepiece and moving it around until they lined 
up.  The Iceland Gull in this set was a photo bomb!  I was so caught up with 
BB gulls I would have missed it.  Instead, I got it from the comfort of my 
couch :) 

Good birding!!  Curt

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From: David Wood <dewood8729 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Dec 2014 21:01:20 -0500
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Subject: Re: Common Eider - No
From: Rick Brigham <brigrick AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Dec 2014 19:18:48 -0500
At 3:30 I also scanned unsuccessfully for the eider from the south
breakwall having heard there were no sightings on the north side.
Rick Brigham
On Dec 28, 2014 7:14 PM, "vireo"  wrote:

> Birders,
>
> A number of us tried for the Common Eider at Grand Haven this morning.
> There were birders present from about 8:30 to 12:00.  The scaup flock that
> the bird was previously seen with was present off the north pier, but no
> eider.  The Red-throated Loon was present, but flew off about 11:00.  Great
> Black-backed Gull present on the beach at the base of the south pier.
>
> Good birding,
> Dave
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Subject: Common Eider - No
From: vireo <vireo AT vireos.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Dec 2014 13:34:09 -0500
Birders,

A number of us tried for the Common Eider at Grand Haven this morning. There 
were birders present from about 8:30 to 12:00. The scaup flock that the bird 
was previously seen with was present off the north pier, but no eider. The 
Red-throated Loon was present, but flew off about 11:00. Great Black-backed 
Gull present on the beach at the base of the south pier. 


Good birding,
Dave

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Subject: Re: Ottawa Cty. Common Eider -- NO
From: Dan Fox <dfoxmi AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Dec 2014 17:38:48 -0500
I've gone through the photos I took this morning, no sign of it in them. 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 28, 2014, at 2:51 PM, Larry  wrote:
> 
> 
> I was told that several birders that appeared at the Grand Haven pier during 
the course of the morning (before I got there) looking for the Common Eider did 
not see it. I did not see it either by the time I left at 12:45 pm. There were 
about 60 scaup north of the north pier but, unfortunately, not the "big fella". 
There was a Red-throated Loon too. 

> 
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Subject: Ottawa Cty. Common Eider -- NO
From: Larry <lmburke49 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Dec 2014 14:51:18 -0500
I was told that several birders that appeared at the Grand Haven pier during 
the course of the morning (before I got there) looking for the Common Eider did 
not see it. I did not see it either by the time I left at 12:45 pm. There were 
about 60 scaup north of the north pier but, unfortunately, not the "big fella". 
There was a Red-throated Loon too. 



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Subject: Snowy Owl - Ogemaw County
From: Paul Ciske <ciskep AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2014 19:11:05 +0000 (UTC)
This morning at 11am there was a snowy owl sitting on a telephone pole along 
m-33 between m-55 and Rose City,  Just south of Sage Lake Rd. This is the same 
location reported by Marc North on Christmas morning. 

Good Birding.Paul Ciske
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Subject: Snowy owl
From: jeffrey leaman <chiefpo74th AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2014 20:42:48 +0000 (UTC)
  Owl is located at n. Standish rd. about 200-300 ft before Stevenson on a 
stump in a field just off the rd inthe west field 9/10 of a mile off m-61 

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Subject: Re: Common Eider YES, Ottawa County dec 26
From: Jonathan Vande Kopple <jvkopple2 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2014 20:26:45 +0000 (UTC)
I viewed the Common Eider today around 1:45 PM from the south pier.  The water 
was very rough and the bird was difficult to find as entire rafts of birds 
would disappear between the peaks of waves.  The best view I got of the bird 
was as it took off in flight and flew only to land a couple of hundred yards 
north of the north pier.  Good luck to any who search for it.  Also of note 
was an adult Great Black-backed Gull, a first-year Glaucous Gull, and a 
white-winged gull sp. that I didn't see in good enough light to determine 
species, but it was most likely a Thayer's or Iceland based on size.Thanks,Jon 
Vande KoppleKalkaska, MI --Thanks to the human heart by which we live, 

 Thanks to its tenderness, its joys, and fears,
 To me the meanest flower that blows can give 
 Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears. 

 On Friday, December 26, 2014 8:50 AM, Caleb Putnam  
wrote: 

   

 All

The Commok Eider is present at the north break wall at Grand Haven as of 850AM 
Dec 26 


Good birding
Caleb Putnam 

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Subject: Cackling Geese - Calhoun
From: Gordon <chippersbirds AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2014 10:29:09 -0500
4 individuals at Homer Sewage, mixed with over 550 CANG. 2 Trumpeters present, 
but no GWFG today. 


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Subject: Common Eider YES, Ottawa County dec 26
From: Caleb Putnam <caleb.putnam AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2014 08:50:05 -0500
All

The Commok Eider is present at the north break wall at Grand Haven as of 850AM 
Dec 26 


Good birding
Caleb Putnam 

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Subject: Re: common eider update
From: "Charlie Weaver" <ctejedor AT copper.net>
Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2014 19:40:05 -0500
Frustrated Eider Birders

Ditto to Chip's comments.  I spent from 2 to 4 p.m. looking for ducks on
open water.  Nada, only 2 Mergansers flying out the River Channel. 

The high point of the day was $1.75 gasoline.

Charlie Weaver


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I tried to find the Grand Haven common eider today.  Strong westerly 
winds were creating huge breakers making it impssoble to go out on the 
north or south piers.  Very dangerous.  I briefly scanned the lake from 
the base of the north pier (and was still soaked up to my knees by a 
roller coming over the pier) and could not find a duck of any kind. 
Only a couple gulls.  I also looked along the Grand River channel from 
Harbor Island to Lake Michigan and I saw one mallard.  I imagine that 
the diving ducks have either moved on, or rafted further out in the lake 
until conditons improve.  Unfortunately for birders, this weather (high 
winds) is supposed to remain through the weekend.  Just thought some of 
you might want to know in case you were planning a long trip to look for 
the bird.  Definately not a sure thing as it has been the last few days.

Chip Francke
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From: francke AT charter.net
Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2014 17:59:40 -0500 (EST)
I tried to find the Grand Haven common eider today.  Strong westerly 
winds were creating huge breakers making it impssoble to go out on the 
north or south piers.  Very dangerous.  I briefly scanned the lake from 
the base of the north pier (and was still soaked up to my knees by a 
roller coming over the pier) and could not find a duck of any kind. 
Only a couple gulls.  I also looked along the Grand River channel from 
Harbor Island to Lake Michigan and I saw one mallard.  I imagine that 
the diving ducks have either moved on, or rafted further out in the lake 
until conditons improve.  Unfortunately for birders, this weather (high 
winds) is supposed to remain through the weekend.  Just thought some of 
you might want to know in case you were planning a long trip to look for 
the bird.  Definately not a sure thing as it has been the last few days.

Chip Francke
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Subject: Great Black-backed Gull Calhoun
From: Gordon <chippersbirds AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2014 12:18:20 -0500
Not a gull expert but comparable size to nearby Herring and has the large bill.
Untitled 


Seen on Duck Lake
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Subject: Snowy Owl Ogemaw Co, 12/25
From: Marc North <northm24 AT me.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2014 10:47:50 -0500
Birders,

Merry Christmas. There is a Snowy Owl on M-33 just south of Sage Lake Rd. 
Between Rose City and West Branch. 


Bird hard,

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Subject: Greater White-fronted Goose calhoun
From: Gordon <chippersbirds AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2014 10:43:46 -0500
Greater White-fronted Goose At Homer Sewage.

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Subject: Common Eider
From: Darrell Lawson <lawsodw AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2014 10:20:11 -0500
The Common Eider continues at the Grand Haven pier as 10AM this morning.
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Subject: Common Eider - Yes 12/23
From: Marc North <northm24 AT me.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2014 15:48:35 -0500
Bird came back in. Same spot with Scaup.

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Subject: Eider continues
From: Gordon <chippersbirds AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2014 12:10:45 -0500
Still here at 12:10 north of north pier

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Subject: Common Eider Ottawa Co YES
From: Marc Miedema <mieds AT me.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2014 08:09:38 -0500
Same location. 8:00AM

Marc Miedema
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Subject: common eider photos
From: francke AT charter.net
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 20:50:54 -0500 (EST)
There are now photos of the common eider posted on eBird (Ottawa County) 
and also on the Muskegon Nature Club's web site at this link 
http://muskegonbirdblog.blogspot.com/

Chip Francke

Hopefully see some of you tomorrow morning at the bird.
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Subject: Re: common eider in Ottawa
From: "KIACZ, SIMON" <skiacz AT umflint.edu>
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:46:30 +0000
Still there at 4:45

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> On Dec 22, 2014, at 4:30 PM, "Rick Brigham"  wrote:
> 
> Bird was still there when I left at 4:20pm.
> Rick
>> On Dec 22, 2014 1:24 PM,  wrote:
>> 
>> I just returned from viewing a common eider at the end of the North Pier
>> in Grand Haven.  As far as I can tell, it is a non-breeding male.  It has
>> an orange bill.  It doesn't show any white on the back, however.  The beak
>> is very long and wedge shaped and comes down straight from the forhead.
>> The feathering on the side of the bill reaches the nostril, and the breast
>> is barred.  It is a large duck as compared with the nearby scaup. The
>> plumage doesn't match anything in my field guides exactly.  Charlie DeWitt,
>> who found the bird, took lots of photos which he will sent me later and I
>> will post those.
>> 
>> To get to the North Pier, takie the Ferrysburg Exit off US 31 (just north
>> of the bridge over the Grand River).  After exiting, turn west and go to
>> North Shore Drive.  Turn left and drive to Lake Michigan where the road
>> turns south.  Contineu south to the parking lot along the channel.
>> 
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Subject: common eider photos
From: francke AT charter.net
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:44:28 -0500 (EST)
Birders,

I have a couple nice photos of the common eider found today by Charlie 
DeWitt in Grand Haven.  I couldn't figure out how to post the photos on 
eBird, and I don't think I'm supposed to post photos on Mich-Listers, so 
if you want to see them, send me an email and I'll send them to you 
individually.

Chiip Francke
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Subject: Re: common eider in Ottawa
From: Rick Brigham <brigrick AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:30:36 -0500
Bird was still there when I left at 4:20pm.
Rick
On Dec 22, 2014 1:24 PM,  wrote:

> I just returned from viewing a common eider at the end of the North Pier
> in Grand Haven.  As far as I can tell, it is a non-breeding male.  It has
> an orange bill.  It doesn't show any white on the back, however.  The beak
> is very long and wedge shaped and comes down straight from the forhead.
> The feathering on the side of the bill reaches the nostril, and the breast
> is barred.  It is a large duck as compared with the nearby scaup. The
> plumage doesn't match anything in my field guides exactly.  Charlie DeWitt,
> who found the bird, took lots of photos which he will sent me later and I
> will post those.
>
> To get to the North Pier, takie the Ferrysburg Exit off US 31 (just north
> of the bridge over the Grand River).  After exiting, turn west and go to
> North Shore Drive.  Turn left and drive to Lake Michigan where the road
> turns south.  Contineu south to the parking lot along the channel.
>
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Subject: common eider in Ottawa
From: francke AT charter.net
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:24:55 -0500 (EST)
I just returned from viewing a common eider at the end of the North Pier 
in Grand Haven.  As far as I can tell, it is a non-breeding male.  It 
has an orange bill.  It doesn't show any white on the back, however. 
The beak is very long and wedge shaped and comes down straight from the 
forhead.  The feathering on the side of the bill reaches the nostril, 
and the breast is barred.  It is a large duck as compared with the 
nearby scaup. The plumage doesn't match anything in my field guides 
exactly.  Charlie DeWitt, who found the bird, took lots of photos which 
he will sent me later and I will post those.

To get to the North Pier, takie the Ferrysburg Exit off US 31 (just 
north of the bridge over the Grand River).  After exiting, turn west and 
go to North Shore Drive.  Turn left and drive to Lake Michigan where the 
road turns south.  Contineu south to the parking lot along the channel.

Chip Francke
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Subject: Common Eider Ottawa County
From: Richard Pedler <oakridge35 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:33:38 +0000 (UTC)
Mich-listers:
Charlie DeWitt and Chip Francke just phoned to report a Common Eider visible at 
the north pier of the Grand Haven Channel.  12:30 p.m. 12/22/14 

- Ric Pedler
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Subject: Snow Goose in Eaton Co. 12/22
From: Marc North <northm24 AT me.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:49:04 -0500
Birders,

There is a dark morph Snow Goose at Lake Crandall (take M-50) just east of 
Charlotte. 


Bird hard,

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Subject: eider species in Ottawa County
From: francke AT charter.net
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:24:47 -0500 (EST)
Charlie DeWitt just called from the end of the North Pier in Grand Haven 
and has an eider sp. feeding with a group of scaup.  I hope to get over 
there around 1 p.m.

Chip Francke
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Subject: Barrow's goldeneye, Higgins Lake
From: andigena AT aol.com
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 04:54:03 -0500
An adult male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was found at Higgins Lake on the local 
Christmas count, Dec. 20. The bird was found in the late PM in a small patch of 
open water along the south shore of the north lobe of the lake. We viewed it 
from Sam-o-set Rd. which hugs the south shoreline of the lake. If you plan to 
chase, be forewarned that there is almost no open water on the lake and it 
could be completely frozen by the time I write this. That being said, the only 
other spot in the lake that had open water on Dec 20 was in the NW corner, so 
that could be checked. 


Tom Kemp
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Subject: Lester black backed gull Calhoun
From: Gordon <chippersbirds AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:26:05 -0500
Looked good for a Lesser Black-backed Gull on Duck Lake. Much darker back and 
slightly smaller than nearby Herrings. Long way off and getting fairly dark 
out. It disappeared when the hundreds of Gulls on the lake took off, flying 
around like a "Gull vortex". 


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Subject: Project SNOWstorm comes to Michigan
From: Allen Chartier <amazilia3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:06:53 -0500
Posted with permission of the listowner. I apologize for cross-posting.


Last winter, Snowy Owls moved south in numbers greater than they had in
perhaps 50 years. A group of researchers in the northeastern U.S. saw an
opportunity to study these birds better than they had been studied before,
and quickly put together Project SNOWstorm (http://www.projectsnowstorm.org/).
They raised funds to purchase satellite transmitters, which were attached
to 22 Snowy Owls from Minnesota to Massachusetts. Daily movements of these
birds could be tracked on their website, which provided researchers with a
wealth of information on daily movements, hunting patterns, prey
preferences, and many other things. Another objective was to track these
birds back north at the end of the winter and, with great luck, the hope
was perhaps one would be tracked coming back south in the next irruption in
maybe 3-5 years. Snowy Owls nest well north of cell phone coverage, which
is what is used to download the location data from their satellite
transmitters. So it has been a wonderful surprise that two of the owls
tagged last winter have already returned! And, with the large number of
owls once again evident in the northeast and Great Lakes, the project is
gearing up once again.



Last winter, Project SNOWstorm wanted to tag owls from across their range,
including Michigan. But efforts to get qualified researchers involved were
not successful. This year, things are different, and efforts are already
underway to gather together qualified teams of banders to attach satellite
transmitters to as many Michigan Snowy Owls as possible. The key to making
this work is funding. The researchers who are doing this in several states
are entirely volunteer, so the only expense is the transmitters themselves,
which the manufacturer is making available at cost ($3000 each). Project
SNOWstorm will accept donations from individuals on their website, but in
order to make sure that funds are directed to tagging a Michigan owl, both
the Kalamazoo Nature Center and Alma College have pledged funds nearly
sufficient to purchase two transmitters. And, Michigan Audubon/WPBO has
committed to raising funds to purchase at least one transmitter. Last year,
organizations in Wisconsin stepped up and purchased four transmitters. We
can do better!



Use this link for making online donations via the Michigan Audubon website:


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



Please feel free to forward this message to any individuals, organizations,
corporations, or chat groups that you think might be interested.


Allen T. Chartier
Inkster, Michigan
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Subject: Snowy Owl
From: "Roth" <wigwambayguy AT VeiOnline.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:34:28 -0500
A Snowy Owl was present on the north side pier perched on the hand railing 
along the mouth of the Au Gres River, Au Gres this morning at 11.30 am...I got 
with 20 yards as I walking my dog..No pictures as the fog was terrible...It 
glided to the south breakwater as I approached...William Roth, Alger 


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Subject: Re: Western Grebe, Holland SP North Pier, 12-15-14
From: Chace Scholten <chace.scholten AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:12:00 -0500
Nathan and all,

Thanks for forwarding this info to the listserv. The grebe is still here at
2 PM to the north of the north pier. Calm conditions allow for good viewing
through a scope (and it's been heard calling), but there is a fog obscuring
birds farther out.

Chace
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Subject: Western Grebe, Holland SP North Pier, 12-15-14
From: Nathan DeBruine <nathandebruine AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:48:43 -0500
Hi all,

I am posting this information for those who may not follow the
Mich-Lister's facebook page, post by Simon Kiacz:

"As of 11am 12-15-14 at Holland SP North Pier there is a WESTERN GREBE; was
around 50m at its closest point and its a bit foggy, a scope would be
beneficial. Also an EARED GREBE at the Boardwalk West area where Black Lake
enters the channel into Lake Michigan."

He posted photos as well and they look good for Western Grebe.

Good birding!
Nathan DeBruine
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Subject: Chippeea County - Northern Hawk Owl - Yes
From: Darrell Lawson <lawsodw AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 11:36:56 -0500
Another birder and I have been watching the Hawk Owl previously reported by
Sky Haas on the southeast corner of M129 and 10 mile. We watched it
successfully hunt and right now it is back up and hunting again.
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Subject: Snowy Owl in Eaton Co. 12/12
From: Marc North <northm24 AT me.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 11:25:30 -0500
Birders,

There is a Snowy at the intersection of Round Lake Rd. and Gresham Hwy. in 
Vermontville. 


Bird hard,

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Subject: Northern Hawk Owl, Chippewa Co., 12/09/2014
From: Chris Lipps <birdlipps AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 18:51:15 -0500
Hi all,
 
I had a northern hawk owl this evening at 4:30 pm on the east side of I-129, 
about .5 mi north of 10 Mile Rd. 

 
Copy and paste the coordinates below into a google maps search for the exact 
location (basically in someone's front yard). I didn't linger long. 

 
46.368645,-84.362297
 
Take care,
Chris Lipps
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Peregtine Falcons, Midland
From: gziarno AT aol.com
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 14:20:22 -0500
Today at 12:30 pm, two Peregrine Falcons were flying and at rest at the Dow 
Ponds off Poseyville Rd. in Midland County. Birds may be viewed from the 
Whiting Overlook Park, entrance on Poseyville Rd. These may be two of the birds 
from the pair that nested at the neighboring Midland Cogeneration Facility this 
past Spring. 


Jerry Ziarno
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Subject: Cackling Geese Calhoun County
From: Gordon <chippersbirds AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 14:15:35 -0500
4 what look to me like Cackling Geese just out from the boat ramp at Duck Lake. 
Finally they show up here. 

http://flic.kr/p/pnDB5D


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Subject: Re: Slaty-backed Gull reporting
From: "C or M Johnstone" <anhinga AT tm.net>
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2014 10:21:31 -0500
The post below indicates that this bird had been previously reported, but 
Marc's post is the first I've seen of it on Mich-listers (I probably won't 
chase it, but thanks for posting).  I've been concerned that mich-listers 
and chat are being replaced by small texting groups or other more exclusive 
and less widespread information networks.  The number of posts, in general, 
seems to have declined over the past couple of years.
Mich-listers and chat seem like good resources for the birding community, 
and especially for the many folks who don't maintain a wireless device as an 
appendage to their brain.  I hope that competitive birding and listomania 
(my apologies to Ken Russell) aren't destroying the cooperation and 
usefulness of listers/chat.
I'd guess if there are any responses to this they should go to chat or just 
me and not on listers.  Matt

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Sent: Sunday, November 30, 2014 6:46 PM
Subject: [Mich-listers] Searching for Slaty-backed Gull 11/30


> Today Sean Bachman and I gave our best attempts to relocate the possible 
> Slaty-backed. We started at Ford Lake and had no success but had a little 
> more promise at Grace Lake (Visteon Pond) where across the expressway on 
> top of the Coca-Cola building were hundreds of gulls roosting. We had two 
> dark mantled birds one we confirmed had yellow legs the other was never 
> confirmed. If anyone searches tomorrow for this bird this is a potential 
> roost that we weren't expecting.
>
> Bird hard,
>
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