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Bachmans Warbler,©Barry Kent Mackay

30 Jul Blue Grosbeak Kalamazoo - Yes [Anne Pancella ]
28 Jul Blue Grosbeak Kalamazoo [Anne Pancella ]
23 Jul Western Sandpiper continues @ Pointe Mouillee [Elliot Nelson ]
22 Jul Western Sandpiper @ Pt. Mouillee SGA, Monroe Co. [Jerry Jourdan ]
17 Jul From: james law ["james law" ]
17 Jul Re: Blue Grosbeak x2, Allegan Co. 7-16-14 [Rick Brigham ]
16 Jul Blue Grosbeak x2, Allegan Co. 7-16-14 [Rick Brigham ]
15 Jul Re: Blue Grosbeak (continuing), Allegan Co. 7-14-14 [Rick Brigham ]
14 Jul Blue Grosbeak (continuing), Allegan Co. 7-14-14 [Rick Brigham ]
13 Jul Blue Grosbeak, Allegan County [Jeff Kunitzer ]
6 Jul Mowing the Fields at LSCMP [VIKKI JONES ]
5 Jul Arctic Tern @ Pt. Mouillee, Monroe Co. - 05 Jul 2014 [Jerry Jourdan ]
4 Jul Little Gull(s) continue at Pt. Mouillee SGA, Monroe Co. [Jerry Jourdan ]
4 Jul Re: [BBCBirds] Summer Tanager, Warren Dunes, 3 July 2014 [Rick Brigham ]
30 Jun Marbled Godwit & Willet, Ottawa & Benzie Co's 6/29&30 [Rick Brigham ]
20 Jun Western Meadowlark et al., Gladwin County, 6/20 [Ryan Dziedzic ]
14 Jun Barry Co. Clay-colored Sparrow and Dickcissels [Klein Douglas ]
12 Jun Re: White-winged Dove, Clare Co., 10-12 June [Tony leukering ]
12 Jun Re: White-winged Dove, Clare Co., 10-12 June ["Myles F. McNally" ]
12 Jun White-winged Dove, Clare Co., 10-12 June [Caleb Putnam ]
11 Jun Lark Sparrow NO Kalamazoo ["wrwhaley AT charter.net" ]
10 Jun Lark Sparrow Kalamazoo County ["Jonathan Morgan" ]
9 Jun Lark Sparrows Monroe County [Karl Overman ]
8 Jun email address change ["Gary Powers" ]
8 Jun White-Winged Dove Iosco County [t palgut ]
4 Jun Fwd: Black-bellied Whistling Ducks - Tawas Point [Allen Chartier ]
3 Jun Fwd: Snowy Owl report [Karl Overman ]
1 Jun Snowy Egrets, Bay County []
1 Jun EU Widgeon. No. Roscommon Cnty [Greg Bodker ]
31 May Eurasian Wigeon still there ["mepetrucha AT hotmail.com" ]
31 May Eurasian Wigeon in Roscommon [Thomas Wheeker ]
30 May Administrative: bounced subscribers [Karl Overman ]
29 May Administrative issue: bounced subscribers [Karl Overman ]
29 May Re: No on Least Bittern [Klein Douglas ]
28 May No on Least Bittern [Mark Pagel ]
27 May White-winged Dove -Marquette- Yes, 5/27@5:30pm [Marc North ]
26 May Otsego cnty - correction. Wilson's phalarope [Greg Bodker ]
26 May Iosco cnty - Wilson's phalarope [Greg Bodker ]
26 May Kentucky Warbler in Washtenaw - Yes 5/26 [Marc North ]
25 May Kent County, Least Bittern [Jeff Kunitzer ]
25 May King Rail at Sterling State Park, Monroe Co. [Allen Chartier ]
25 May King Rail at Sterling State Park, Monroe Co. [Allen Chartier ]
25 May Western Kingbird, 5/25 - Tawas [Marc North ]
23 May No Blue Grosbeak this evening in Sharonville WMA [Don Henise ]
23 May Blog post w/ photos/videos of 250+ Whimbrel at PMSGA, Monroe Co., MI [Jerry Jourdan ]
21 May Blue Grosbeak - Sharonville State WMA - Jackson County [Don Henise ]
22 May Western Meadowlark continues at Willow Run A/P, Wayne Co. [Jerry Jourdan ]
21 May Tri-colored Heron continues at Pt Mouillee, Monroe Co. [Jim VanAllen ]
21 May Re: Whimbrels at Pt Mouillee, Monroe Co. [Jerry Jourdan ]
21 May Whimbrels flushed and flying north [Jerry Jourdan ]
21 May Whimbrels at Pt Mouillee, Monroe Co. [Jerry Jourdan ]
20 May Marbled Godwits, Delta County [Karl ]
19 May Fwd: [birders] Blue Grosbeak at Lk St. Clair Metropark - Macomb County [Brian McGee ]
20 May Recent Upper Peninsula rarities report [Skye Haas ]
20 May Things European in the U.P. [Karl ]
17 May Black-necked Stilt, PMSGA, 5/17 [Scott Terry ]
15 May Little Gulls, Red-necked Phalarope @ Pt. Mouillee SGA, Monroe Co. [Jerry Jourdan ]
16 May Lark Sparrow NO - Genesee County 5/15/14 ["jbuecking AT juno.com" ]
15 May Kentucky Warbler, Sanilac County, 5/15 [Jim VanAllen ]
15 May Lark Sparrow - Genesee County - 5/14/14 ["jbuecking AT juno.com" ]
15 May EBird Lark Sparrow report-Genesee Co 5-14 ["jbuecking AT juno.com" ]
14 May Pointe Mouillee on May 13th [Karl Overman ]
13 May White-faced Ibises, Pte. Mouillee (and Tricolored Heron), 13 May 2014 ["larus10 ." ]
12 May Probable Mississippi Kite - Ottawa County [Michlisters ]
10 May Glossy Ibis - Cattle Egret - Prairie Warbler - Bay County - 05/10/14 [Joseph Soehnel ]
10 May TC Heron, M Godwit, S. Egret @ Pt. Moo []
10 May Yellow-throated Warbler Aman Park, ["Holycross, Jerry" ]
9 May Tricolored Heron 5/9/2014 YES [Zak Pohlen ]
8 May Long-billed Curlew. Willow Run Airport [Brian McGee ]
8 May Glossy Ibis (with a slight chance of Glossy X White-faced), Montcalm Co., 8 May ["larus10 ." ]
8 May Tri-colored Heron [Myles F Mcnally ]
8 May Mississippi Kite - Berrien Co - May 8 ["Love Creek Nature Center" ]
8 May Mississippi Kite, Berrien County, 8 May 2014 [Andre Moncrieff ]
8 May Mississippi Kites - Berrien Co, 7-8 May 2014 [Jonathan Wuepper ]
8 May LBCU directions ["Chu, Philip" ]
07 May Re: Glossy Ibis Muskegon co. Wastewater [Marc Miedema ]

Subject: Blue Grosbeak Kalamazoo - Yes
From: Anne Pancella <annepancella AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:45:14 -0700
The Blue Grosbeak family are still in Kalamazoo,  between mile marker 14.3 and 
14.4 on the Kalamazoo River Valley trail.  Multiple people went out on Monday 
night to see them, when it was discovered that there was a female and a 
juvenile there also.  I saw them this afternoon about 2 p.m.  Listen for their 
chip calls on either side of the river.  Several people have gotten great 
photos.  This is the first record of this species in Kalamazoo County since 
1957. 


Russ Schipper also pitched the story to the Kalamazoo Gazette and they gave it 
a nice story that appeared on mlive.com today: 


http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2014/07/birds_rare_to_michigan_blue_gr.html#incart_river 



Anne
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Subject: Blue Grosbeak Kalamazoo
From: Anne Pancella <annepancella AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:38:24 -0700
Spotted around 1 p.m. today off the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail southeast of 
downtown Kalamazoo.  It was by the section of the trail south of the bike 
bridge over the Kalamazoo River at the south end of Mayor's Riverfront Park and 
north of King Highway/M96.  The bird was in the weedy industrial field on the 
east side of the trail, on some cement, about ten feet from the fence. 


. 

grosbeak2 



If you are not familiar with the area and want to look for it, I suggest 
parking at the small trail lot on Mills St. just west of the River.  Follow the 
paved trail along the river southward.  You will cross the river on a foot/bike 
bridge in about 5 minutes.  The trail curves to the right after the bridge, and 
then start looking on your left.  You will also see an osprey nest across the 
same field as you go down the trail.  There were 4 osprey there today. 


There is also some shoulder parking on King Highway/M96 if you want to approach 
from the south, but I am not sure those spots are legal. 


Anne Pancella
Kalamazoo
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Subject: Western Sandpiper continues @ Pointe Mouillee
From: Elliot Nelson <elliotkarlnelson AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:19:56 -0400
Hey all!
Tom Gass and I had the previously found Western sandpiper  at pointe
mouillee this evening around 6:45pm. We were on the west side of cell three
on the dike that separates cell 3 from the Humpharies unit. We were where
the water comes almost all the way up to the dike. We were looking farther
out to the north and south for about 15 mins when all of a sudden we found
the bird practically at our feet! Great views for about ten minutes as the
bird foraged and flitted in that general area. I'll put up pics on my
twitter  AT NelsonNature #MIbirding later this evening as well as an ebird
report. Good luck if you try.
Bird on!
- Elliot Nelson
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Subject: Western Sandpiper @ Pt. Mouillee SGA, Monroe Co.
From: Jerry Jourdan <jourdaj AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:16:48 -0400
Birders,

Andrew Sturgess posted photos on Facebook of a good candidate for WESTERN
SANDPIPER in Cell 3 at Pt. Mouillee SGA. The small peep has a thick black,
long bill, black legs and chevrons on chest as well as sides. There is
evidence of rufous on the scapulars, as well.

Up to 70 American White Pelicans have returned, as well. There are also
good numbers of
Lesser Yellowlegs, Stilt Sandpipers and Short-billed Dowitchers.  Two
Wilson's Phalaropes were also
spotted today.

Shorebird time!

Jerry
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Subject: From: james law
From: "james law" <lawjim AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:53:11 +0200


Hi Birdingonthenet

http://guangdong.kz7077.com/pma/themes/food.php?setvst2716nqydh




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Subject: Re: Blue Grosbeak x2, Allegan Co. 7-16-14
From: Rick Brigham <brigrick AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:27:20 -0400
Photos of these two birds are now up on my flickr site. They are of higher
quality than what I posted previously.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/rissa40/

Rick


On Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 12:24 PM, Rick Brigham  wrote:

> Greetings,
> There are now a male and female Blue Grosbeak at the Farm Unit of the
> Allegan State Game Area. This morning Elliot Nelson, Chace Scholten and I
> had both birds in the tree tops on the east side of 59th St. and flying
> around the field on the west side of the road. (See earlier post for more
> directions.) The female at one point had a mouth full of nesting material
> and was carrying food. Once again the male was in full song atop the snag
> beside the road at the top of the hill. This seems to be a perch they
> frequent.
> Good birding,
> Rick Brigham
> Douglas MI
>



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Subject: Blue Grosbeak x2, Allegan Co. 7-16-14
From: Rick Brigham <brigrick AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:24:48 -0400
Greetings,
There are now a male and female Blue Grosbeak at the Farm Unit of the
Allegan State Game Area. This morning Elliot Nelson, Chace Scholten and I
had both birds in the tree tops on the east side of 59th St. and flying
around the field on the west side of the road. (See earlier post for more
directions.) The female at one point had a mouth full of nesting material
and was carrying food. Once again the male was in full song atop the snag
beside the road at the top of the hill. This seems to be a perch they
frequent.
Good birding,
Rick Brigham
Douglas MI
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Subject: Re: Blue Grosbeak (continuing), Allegan Co. 7-14-14
From: Rick Brigham <brigrick AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:28:55 -0400
As promised, although I'm embarrassed by the quality.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/rissa40/14678376493/


On Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 5:24 PM, Rick Brigham  wrote:

> Greetings,
>
> The Blue Grosbeak found by Steve Minard is currently visible and singing
> in the tops of oaks and snags along the east side of 59th St. at the top of
> the hill a tenth mile south of 118th Ave. in the Farm Unit of the Allegan
> State Game Area. It is foraging in the field on the west side of the road,
> so it can be seen in flight occasionally.
>
> In speaking with the DNR biologist today he advises that people park in
> the lot at the bend in the road so as not to block farm machinery. Its any
> easy walk back down the road from there to find the bird.
>
> I will post photos tonight for those interested.
>
> Good birding,
> Rick Brigham
> Douglas MI
>



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Douglas MI
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Subject: Blue Grosbeak (continuing), Allegan Co. 7-14-14
From: Rick Brigham <brigrick AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:24:41 -0400
Greetings,

The Blue Grosbeak found by Steve Minard is currently visible and singing in
the tops of oaks and snags along the east side of 59th St. at the top of
the hill a tenth mile south of 118th Ave. in the Farm Unit of the Allegan
State Game Area. It is foraging in the field on the west side of the road,
so it can be seen in flight occasionally.

In speaking with the DNR biologist today he advises that people park in the
lot at the bend in the road so as not to block farm machinery. Its any easy
walk back down the road from there to find the bird.

I will post photos tonight for those interested.

Good birding,
Rick Brigham
Douglas MI
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Subject: Blue Grosbeak, Allegan County
From: Jeff Kunitzer <jeffkunitzer AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 11:14:37 -0400
Found a Blue Grosbeak at Todd Farm unit at 11:10am today.  In the gravel
pit area off 59th street.  Same location as 2 years ago.  Had good views of
a male and also heard it singing.  Thanks to Steve Minard for the tip!  He
saw it about an hour before this post.
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Subject: Mowing the Fields at LSCMP
From: VIKKI JONES <cjones9 AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 10:33:36 -0700
All,

I usually don't send this kind of email, but feel I need to get the word out.

Over the past several days, the wild flower fields around the nature center at 
Lake St. Clair Metro Park have been mowed down.  Two days ago, I rode my bike 
into the park, and could smell the wildflowers from the bike path.  I could 
watch the milk weed, Brown Eyed Susan wild flowers and various grasses blowing 
in the breeze.   


This afternoon I walked around the nature center and saw the fields of flowers 
I rode past two days ago are no longer standing.  I walked the fields and found 
several dead snakes, frogs, birds, fledglings, etc.  The field of milk week, 
which we know contained eggs for Monarch butterflies, is gone.  I am just sick 
about this.  There is only one small patch left unmowed. 


I don't know if there is anything any of us can do to stop this.  I called the 
Administrative Office for the Metro Parks, which is closed today, so I was 
transferred over to Kensington Metro Park, but they could not help.  I will 
call back tomorrow, but it may be too late. 


Please, if you care about our metro park, please call the Administrative Office 
and ask to speak with the Director.  He must know we need to keep the property 
around our nature centers, natural.    

 
Please forward this to others who care about our natural areas too.

Thank you.

Vikki Jones
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Subject: Arctic Tern @ Pt. Mouillee, Monroe Co. - 05 Jul 2014
From: Jerry Jourdan <jourdaj AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Jul 2014 20:55:26 -0400
This afternoon Phil Chu and Adam Byrne found an adult ARCTIC TERN in then
SW corner of Cell 3 at Pt. Mouillee SGA in Monroe Co. The flew off toward
Lake Erie and returned early this evening, but flew off again after a
half-hour rest on the mud flats among Forster's, Common and Caspian Terns.

Also of note (all in Cell 3)

5 Stilt Sandpipers
1 Willet
25 American White Pelicans
1 American Avocet
18 Short-billed Dowitchers

I hope to post photos shortly.

Jerry
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Subject: Little Gull(s) continue at Pt. Mouillee SGA, Monroe Co.
From: Jerry Jourdan <jourdaj AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2014 22:38:40 -0400
Birders,

I observed at least 1 LITTLE GULL in Cell 3 at Pt. Mouillee SGA in Monroe
Co. this evening. A second bird has been reported in recent weeks and may
still be around, but is difficult to distinguish from the dozens of
non-breeding Bonaparte's Gulls. I've posted one digiscoped image that shows
a slender bill, dark cap, and lack of eye-crescents that are visible on the
Bonaparte's.

http://www.pbase.com/jourdaj/image/156428946/original

Fall shore birding has also begun! 200+ Least Sandpipers (juveniles) and
100+ Lesser Yellowlegs were in Cell 3 as well.

12 American White Pelicans remain
1 American Avocet in Cell 3 (SW corner)
19 Black Terns (over half juveniles indicate successful nesting in the
Humphries Unit this year)

Jerry
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Subject: Re: [BBCBirds] Summer Tanager, Warren Dunes, 3 July 2014
From: Rick Brigham <brigrick AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2014 11:54:45 -0400
Thanks Brad! This morning there were a pair of Summer Tanager at this site.
Also on the side of this dune was a singing Prairie Warbler. Additionally,
a single singing White-eyed Vireo was on the south side of the road at the
yellow gate beyond the toll booth at the entrance to the park.

Details and photos are in my eBird checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18986873

and on flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rissa40/

Good birding,
Rick Brigham
Douglas MI



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> All,
> I saw the summer tanager this morning east of the first parking lot (down
> by the beach) in Warren Dunes.  There is a fairly large mulberry tree up on
> the dune, where it was feeding with many other birds.
> A Cooper's hawk buzzed by this area a little later.
> Brad Anderson
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Subject: Marbled Godwit & Willet, Ottawa & Benzie Co's 6/29&30
From: Rick Brigham <brigrick AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:44:25 -0400
Greetings,
Just a reminder that this is the time of year to look for wandering large
shore birds. This morning we had multiple Marbled Godwit and Willet on the
beach and breakwalls at Holland State Park, Ottawa Co. Last evening I had 4
Willet at the Platte River mouth in Sleeping Bear Dunes, Benzie Co. If
you're along the Lake Michigan shoreline check for these and the.other big
shorebird species.
Good birding!
Rick Brigham
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Subject: Western Meadowlark et al., Gladwin County, 6/20
From: Ryan Dziedzic <ryan.dziedzic AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:41:00 -0400
Mich-listers:

  A very productive day in northwest Gladwin County (100+ species) yielded
the following highlights:

WESTERN MEADOWLARK : Singing a field behind the address 3834 Butman Road
between Wirtz and Richie;

NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL :  Responded to playback on Sugar River Road 1/10 of
a mile west of Round Lake Road/F-97;

UPLAND SANDPIPER (3) : On fence posts along Klamer Road 1/2 mile south of
Schmidt Road;

GRASSHOPPER SPARROW : In large field delineated on west side by Chappel Dam
Road and on south side by Meredith Grade Road.

Other highlights of the day spent mostly along Meredith Grade Road and
Gladwin State Forest/Gladwin Field Trial Area included: several nesting
pairs of Common Loons, Black-billed Cuckoo, and 14 species of warbler
including: Blackburnian, Magnolia, Canada, Mourning, Black-throated Green,
and Chestnut-sided.

Good birding,

Ryan Dziedzic, Oil City, Midland Co.
Joe Soehnel, Essexville, Bay Co.
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Subject: Barry Co. Clay-colored Sparrow and Dickcissels
From: Klein Douglas <DouglasKlein AT aegislimited.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Jun 2014 15:39:44 +0000
Hi everyone:

This morning we heard and saw a Clay-colored Sparrow on Martin Road about 0.2 
miles north of State Road. This is approximately five miles east of Hastings. 
It was singing its three buzz-buzz-buzz notes and it perched in a short tree 
and on some tall weeds for us. It utilized both sides of the road. This portion 
of Martin Rd. has some tremendous prairie-like habitat on the west side of the 
road, all the way from State to Bayne (a mile) and clover planted on the east 
side. Bobolinks, Song and Savannah Sparrows were also seen here. Could the 
Clay-colored be nesting here? 


We also heard two Dickcissels in this area, plus an additional Dickcissel 
further north on Martin just south of Bayne Road. There were also Chimney 
Swifts and Cliff Swallows at this northern location. 


Happy birding,
Doug, Anne and Maeve Klein



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Subject: Re: White-winged Dove, Clare Co., 10-12 June
From: Tony leukering <greatgrayowl AT aol.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2014 18:25:15 -0400
The White-winged Dove is here now (6:25 pm).

Tony Leukering
currently Caro, MI
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> On Jun 12, 2014, at 1:03 PM, Caleb Putnam  wrote:
> 
> All-
> 
> Myles McNally just called and is looking at a/the White-winged Dove in Clare 
(the city) that was posted to eBird this morning. The bird has been present at: 
634 George St, Clare, MI since Tuesday. 

> Visitors are asked to call ahead (Linda Ritz: 989.424.1684), but may visit at 
any time of day. 

> 
> The bird is frequenting Linda's feeding station which is in her front yard 
and is visible from the base of her driveway. It also is hanging out in the 
conifer over the feeding station. 

> 
> Good birding,
> Caleb Putnam
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Subject: Re: White-winged Dove, Clare Co., 10-12 June
From: "Myles F. McNally" <mcnally AT alma.edu>
Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:41:25 -0400 (EDT)
Hello All,

Just returned from the White-wing Dove spot in Clare County. While the bird was 
present in the trees above the front deck when I arrived around noon and 
briefly appeared about 1 pm, it was not seen in the period from 1 to 4 pm when 
I left. The front yard is small and the presence of cars in the driveway may be 
a problem, or perhaps the bird was just off cooling its heels during the warm 
afternoon. 


There is only one WWDO being seen at this location.

This house is just across the street from a bank, and we were visited by the 
police, who had been advised of men in cars with cameras. The officer was cool 
about it and interested that there was a rare bird in the area. There was no 
problem and we stayed in place. If only the bird had returned for some 
pictures! 


- Myles


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Sent: Thursday, June 12, 2014 1:03:40 PM
Subject: [Mich-listers] White-winged Dove, Clare Co., 10-12 June

All-

Myles McNally just called and is looking at a/the White-winged Dove in Clare 
(the city) that was posted to eBird this morning. The bird has been present at: 
634 George St, Clare, MI since Tuesday. 

Visitors are asked to call ahead (Linda Ritz: 989.424.1684), but may visit at 
any time of day. 


The bird is frequenting Linda's feeding station which is in her front yard and 
is visible from the base of her driveway. It also is hanging out in the conifer 
over the feeding station. 


Good birding,
Caleb Putnam

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Subject: White-winged Dove, Clare Co., 10-12 June
From: Caleb Putnam <caleb.putnam AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:03:40 -0400
All-

Myles McNally just called and is looking at a/the White-winged Dove in Clare 
(the city) that was posted to eBird this morning. The bird has been present at: 
634 George St, Clare, MI since Tuesday. 

Visitors are asked to call ahead (Linda Ritz: 989.424.1684), but may visit at 
any time of day. 


The bird is frequenting Linda's feeding station which is in her front yard and 
is visible from the base of her driveway. It also is hanging out in the conifer 
over the feeding station. 


Good birding,
Caleb Putnam

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Subject: Lark Sparrow NO Kalamazoo
From: "wrwhaley AT charter.net" <wrwhaley@charter.net>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:45:49 -0400
This morning I was unable to find the previously reported Lark Sparrow, but I 
did find a nice Dickcissel singing from one of the saplings. Also great looks 
at Grasshopper Sparrows close to the sidewalk path. 

Warren Whaley
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Subject: Lark Sparrow Kalamazoo County
From: "Jonathan Morgan" <gardenman13 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:22:21 -0400
I observed a Lark Sparrow prominently displaying and singing atop a couple of 
small saplings at the Davis Creek Business Park off of Cork St. in Kalamazoo 
this evening around 6 p.m. This rehabilitated heavy industrial/converted 
watershed complex has provided me with a couple life birds. Willets are also 
nesting somewhere along the shore this year, while Osprey once again have young 
on top of the large crane nearby. 

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Subject: Lark Sparrows Monroe County
From: Karl Overman <martineoverman AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2014 14:26:10 -0400
Roger Kuhlman, keen on butterflies and birds, found two Lark Sparrows at the 
Petersburg State Game Area on June 7th. Today, on my second try, I found two 
Lark Sparrows at the same location, namely a narrow open area on west side of 
Teal Road. Roger mentioned a white powder on much of the low plant life in that 
opening. Hard to believe it is benign but it will surely let you know you are 
in the right spot. Back in May of 2008 Roger also found a Lark Sparrow at the 
same state game area. Lark Sparrow was an excellent bird for Michigan but I was 
happier to finally hear and see a Pileated Woodpecker in Monroe County after 
nearly 50 years of birding in that county. Two Yellow-breasted Chats were along 
the south side of Lulu Road. 


Cheers,

Karl Overman
Farmington Hills, Michigan


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From: "Gary Powers" <powersgm AT hughes.net>
Date: Sun, 8 Jun 2014 10:00:39 -0800
Please change my email address from powersgm AT hughes.net to 
powersgs1941 AT gmail.com 

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Subject: White-Winged Dove Iosco County
From: t palgut <tpalgut AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Jun 2014 09:03:28 -0400
I just had a White-Winged Dove along US-23 in AuSable Twp near the
putt-putt golf.  I observed it for about 10 mins then it flew out of sight
to the South towards the Restall/Super 8 motel.

-- 

Thanks,
Todd
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Subject: Fwd: Black-bellied Whistling Ducks - Tawas Point
From: Allen Chartier <amazilia3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2014 11:21:14 -0400
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Steve Kolbe 
Date: Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 11:19 AM
Subject: Black-bellied Whistling Ducks - Tawas Point
To: amazilia3 AT gmail.com

Hi Allen,

I am visiting Tawas Point SP from out of state. Had two Black-bellied
Whistling Ducks this morning fly N past the tip and then settle in to the
shallow water on the Bay side just north of the tip. They were still
present as of 1045 or so.

I entered into eBird, but thought you might know the proper
listserv/distribution channels here in MI.

Thanks,

Steve Kolbe

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Subject: Fwd: Snowy Owl report
From: Karl Overman <martineoverman AT earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2014 10:00:29 -0400
I am forwarding this record as it is obviously an interesting unseasonal 
report. 


Karl Overman
Administrator mich-listers

Begin forwarded message:

> From: "Linda Rudolph" 
> Subject: Snowy Owl report
> Date: June 3, 2014 8:45:07 AM EDT
> To: 
> 
> Martin- I tried to send in a report of a Snowy Owl and it bounced back to me 
as junk email. I hope this goes through to you. 

> A friend and I were in Grayling to see the Kirtland’s Warbler. As we were 
driving at 6:30 am we saw a Snowy Owl perched on a light post at the 
intersection in front of the Rite Aide on June 1st. It was being harassed by 
Common Grackles and it flew down to the railroad tracks behind the store. I put 
a documentation photo in ebird. I am sorry for the late report, but I didn’t 
realize my original email had gone into the junk emails. 

>  
> Linda Rudolph
> Bill Scheible
> Two birders from Iowa

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Subject: Snowy Egrets, Bay County
From: gziarno AT aol.com
Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2014 23:10:43 -0400 (EDT)
There were two Snowy Egrets actively feeding just off the end of Lebourdais Rd. 
in Bay County today at 6:30 PM. Also present: 


Great Egret 4
Dunlin 40
Semipalmated Sandpiper 35
Least Sandpiper 20
Bonaparte's Gull 60
Caspian Tern 20
Forster's Tern 15

Jerry Ziarno
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Subject: EU Widgeon. No. Roscommon Cnty
From: Greg Bodker <lbodker AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2014 14:03:59 +0000
Birders,

I gave a 10 minute check of the Houghton Lake Flats at 930am Sunday. No 
Widgeons were visible. 


The flats are a large piece of real estate with lots of places for a duck to be 
hidden by vegetation. The EUWI might still be around so give it a scan if you 
are in the area. Good luck. 


Greg Bodker
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Subject: Eurasian Wigeon still there
From: "mepetrucha AT hotmail.com" <mepetrucha@hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 31 May 2014 14:33:35 -0400
Listers,

The Eurasian Wigeon is still present as of 2:30 pm southwest of the Houghton 
Lake Flats pavilion. There are two American Wigeon nearby for comparison. Good 
luck. 


Mike Petrucha 
Houghton Lake 

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Subject: Eurasian Wigeon in Roscommon
From: Thomas Wheeker <tom.wheeker AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 31 May 2014 12:05:36 -0400
At the Houghton Lake flats. Seen from the gazebo on old US-127 at noon. About 
75 yards to the southwest of the gazebo with two American Wigeons. 


Tom Wheeker

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Two hours ago I received word that 90 or so subscribers to Mich-listers have 
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Subject: Re: No on Least Bittern
From: Klein Douglas <DouglasKlein AT aegislimited.com>
Date: Thu, 29 May 2014 12:34:34 +0000
Mark,

We had the same experience with a pair of Least Bitterns we recently found on 
Fish Lake near Orangeville in Barry County. They were vocalizing one day but 
completely silent the next time we were out there, a day or two later. I 
suspect that once they establish a territory and find a mate they vocalize much 
less. Same with American Bitterns at the Butler Road marshes here in Barry 
County. 


Doug Klein
Hastings

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Subject: [Mich-listers] No on Least Bittern

Birders,

I spent about an hour in the NE Reeds Lake area, including by the short dock 
Jeff K. mentioned (across the street from the East Grand Rapids Public Works 
building). I did not hear the Least Bittern. If you do look for the bittern, be 
prepared to be bombarded by a Red-Winged Blackbird at that dock. 

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Subject: No on Least Bittern
From: Mark Pagel <pagel.mark AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 28 May 2014 21:33:39 -0400
Birders,

I spent about an hour in the NE Reeds Lake area, including by the short
dock Jeff K. mentioned (across the street from the East Grand Rapids Public
Works building). I did not hear the Least Bittern. If you do look for the
bittern, be prepared to be bombarded by a Red-Winged Blackbird at that dock.
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Subject: White-winged Dove -Marquette- Yes, 5/27@5:30pm
From: Marc North <northm24 AT me.com>
Date: Tue, 27 May 2014 18:04:18 -0400
Birders,

The bird was sitting in one of two trees directly behind the fence line 15 
yards back. 


Bird hard,

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Subject: Otsego cnty - correction. Wilson's phalarope
From: Greg Bodker <lbodker AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 May 2014 12:32:55 +0000
Bird is in otsego, not iosco.  Sorry. 

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Subject: Iosco cnty - Wilson's phalarope
Date: Mon, 26 May 2014 12:09:47 +0000




A breeding plumage Wilson's phalarope is east of m33. Just east of miller feeds 
on the north side of m55 in a flooded field. Monday. 805am. 


Greg Bodker
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Subject: Iosco cnty - Wilson's phalarope
From: Greg Bodker <lbodker AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 May 2014 12:09:47 +0000
A breeding plumage Wilson's phalarope is east of m33. Just east of miller feeds 
on the north side of m55 in a flooded field. Monday. 805am. 


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Subject: Kentucky Warbler in Washtenaw - Yes 5/26
From: Marc North <northm24 AT me.com>
Date: Mon, 26 May 2014 08:05:36 -0400
Birders,

The Kentucky Warbler is still signing his heart out and flying high up in the 
canopy on territory. No playbacks are necessary. Go west on the trail from 
Lindley Road until you get to a log in the trail and a downed tree leaning 
north. At this point you can't miss the singing. Easy bird to get. 


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Subject: Kent County, Least Bittern
From: Jeff Kunitzer <jeffkunitzer AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 May 2014 16:43:48 -0400
Listers
I heard a Least Bittern this afternoon from the cattails in the NE part of
Reeds Lake.  Heard from the short Dock at the culvert that joins to Fisk
Lake.
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Subject: King Rail at Sterling State Park, Monroe Co.
From: Allen Chartier <amazilia3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 May 2014 14:05:10 -0400
Birders,

This morning, while conducting shorebird surveys (total = zero) at Sterling
State Park, Monroe Co., I found a King Rail calling from an area of marsh
that is adjacent to the paved bike path. I obtained a poor cell phone video
recording of its voice, but never saw the bird. It was calling from about
9:30 - 9:45 a.m. and perhaps longer, but I had to continue my surveys at
that point. It was not calling about an hour later when I came back through
the area. It seems possible this bird may stick around for a while as the
habitat looks good.

To find the bird, turn right into the first parking area past the contact
station. From there, walk south on the paved bike path and at the first
junction turn right. Follow this winding path to the second bench on the
right. From there, the marsh is clearly visible on the right (to the
north). The bird sounded like it was calling from just behind a stand of
medium-sized cottonwood trees, putting it about 80-100 yards away from this
bench.

GPS coordinates (plug them into the search bar in Google Maps) of where I
believe the bird was located are:

41.915704, -83.347301

The second bench GPS coordinates are:

41.915077, -83.346659

Other interesting birds today included a flock of about 15 American White
Pelicans circling overhead briefly, then heading southeast toward Lake
Erie, and a singing Orchard Oriole near the pavilion. I also heard a
singing Prothonotary Warbler that was located approximately here:

41.909580, -83.360091

And ten days ago, I had a Northern Mockingbird here:

41.911340, -83.364681

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Subject: King Rail at Sterling State Park, Monroe Co.
From: Allen Chartier <amazilia3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 May 2014 14:05:10 -0400
Birders,

This morning, while conducting shorebird surveys (total = zero) at Sterling
State Park, Monroe Co., I found a King Rail calling from an area of marsh
that is adjacent to the paved bike path. I obtained a poor cell phone video
recording of its voice, but never saw the bird. It was calling from about
9:30 - 9:45 a.m. and perhaps longer, but I had to continue my surveys at
that point. It was not calling about an hour later when I came back through
the area. It seems possible this bird may stick around for a while as the
habitat looks good.

To find the bird, turn right into the first parking area past the contact
station. From there, walk south on the paved bike path and at the first
junction turn right. Follow this winding path to the second bench on the
right. From there, the marsh is clearly visible on the right (to the
north). The bird sounded like it was calling from just behind a stand of
medium-sized cottonwood trees, putting it about 80-100 yards away from this
bench.

GPS coordinates (plug them into the search bar in Google Maps) of where I
believe the bird was located are:

41.915704, -83.347301

The second bench GPS coordinates are:

41.915077, -83.346659

Other interesting birds today included a flock of about 15 American White
Pelicans circling overhead briefly, then heading southeast toward Lake
Erie, and a singing Orchard Oriole near the pavilion. I also heard a
singing Prothonotary Warbler that was located approximately here:

41.909580, -83.360091

And ten days ago, I had a Northern Mockingbird here:

41.911340, -83.364681

Allen T. Chartier
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Subject: Western Kingbird, 5/25 - Tawas
From: Marc North <northm24 AT me.com>
Date: Sun, 25 May 2014 11:26:01 -0400
Birders,

Jim Dawe, Paul Ciske and I were birding Tawas Point State Park were we had a 
Western Kingbird, Little Gull, and about 25 Whimbrel. 


Bird hard,

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Subject: No Blue Grosbeak this evening in Sharonville WMA
From: Don Henise <kiskadee3 AT att.net>
Date: Fri, 23 May 2014 21:37:35 -0400
Robyn and I spent 1 1/2 hours searching this evening in the area where 
we encountered the Blue Grosbeak on Wednesday evening, but did NOT find 
it. Lots of habitat for it to disappear into though.
-- 

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Subject: Blog post w/ photos/videos of 250+ Whimbrel at PMSGA, Monroe Co., MI
From: Jerry Jourdan <jourdaj AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 May 2014 14:49:56 -0400
All,
I've just posted a blog with pics of the Whimbrels seen Thursday evening at
Pt. Mouillee.
Hopefully more will show this weekend...


http://jerryjourdan.blogspot.com/2014/05/whimbrel-migration-2014-22-may-2014.html 


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Subject: Blue Grosbeak - Sharonville State WMA - Jackson County
From: Don Henise <kiskadee3 AT att.net>
Date: Wed, 21 May 2014 22:43:15 -0400
Robyn and I first heard a BLUE GROSBEAK and then got poor views of it 
with the sun directly behind it. It was singing its burly warbling song. 
The view we had was backlit and mostly a silhouette of a dark bird, 
larger than Indigo Bunting with a long tail and large bill. I move to 
the side and got a brief view of the dark wing bars in better light, but 
still not good enough to see the color in the wingbars, but the song was 
diagnostic.

The location was at a DNR parking area on the south side of Sharon 
Valley Road less than 1/4 mile west of Pierce Road and the DNR shooting 
range (coordinates: 42.171277, -84.150163). We encountered this bird 
around 7:30 pm.

At least 6 HENSLOW'S SPARROWS were heard in the grassland in the 
Washtenaw County section of Sharonville WMA on the north side of Sharon 
Valley Road just west of Lamb Road. Also heard a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO 
call from the woods to the west


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Subject: Western Meadowlark continues at Willow Run A/P, Wayne Co.
From: Jerry Jourdan <jourdaj AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 May 2014 07:55:55 -0400
I made a quick pass through Willow Run Airport this morning and heard the
WESTERN MEADOWLARK singing in the same area as previously reported (large
bend along south service drive).

Also seen / heard were several pairs of UPLAND SANDPIPERS, Eastern
Meadowlarks, Savannah Sparrows, and a pair of Red-tailed Hawks roosting on
the fenceline.

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Subject: Tri-colored Heron continues at Pt Mouillee, Monroe Co.
From: Jim VanAllen <jeva AT live.com>
Date: Wed, 21 May 2014 23:14:45 -0400
Jerry,

The Tri-colored Heron showed back up in the SE corner of the Vermet unit about 
6:30pm. It was directly across the main causeway from where the big flock of 
Whimbrel were roosting, 


Jim VanAllen

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> On May 21, 2014, at 9:15 PM, Jerry Jourdan  wrote:
> 
> Just a follow-up now that I don't have to type on my phone. This evening I 
found a flock of 208 +/- 1 WHIMBREL along the Middle Causeway in the NE corner 
of the Humphries Unit at Pt. Mouillee SGA in Monroe Co. The birds were tightly 
flocked together and roosting in the grass. I was able to get digiscoped photos 
and video and will post them to my blog as soon as I can. 

> 
> I was unable to relocate the Black-necked Stilt found this past weekend in 
the Lautenschlager Unit. I also dipped on the White-faced Ibis and Tricolored 
Heron. I did see both SNOWY EGRET in the SE corner of the Vermet Unit. 

> 
> Cell 3 was active:
> 
> 800 Dunlin
> 4 RED-NECKED PHALAROPE (3 female/1 male) swimming along the north shoreline
> 32 WHIMBREL (in addition to the ones reported above)
> 31 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER (in SW corner at tip of mud peninsula)
> 2 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
> 2 YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD (male and female along east shoreline of Humphries)
> 
> I will post a blog w/ photos/video soon.
> 
> Jerry
> http://jerryjourdan.blogspot.com
> 
> 
> 
>> On Wed, May 21, 2014 at 5:11 PM, Jerry Jourdan  wrote:
>> 200 along Middle Causeway in NE corner of Humphries Unit right now.
>> Jerry
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Subject: Re: Whimbrels at Pt Mouillee, Monroe Co.
From: Jerry Jourdan <jourdaj AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 May 2014 21:15:08 -0400
Just a follow-up now that I don't have to type on my phone.  This evening I
found a flock of 208 +/- 1 WHIMBREL along the Middle Causeway in the NE
corner of the Humphries Unit at Pt. Mouillee SGA in Monroe Co.  The birds
were tightly flocked together and roosting in the grass. I was able to get
digiscoped photos and video and will post them to my blog as soon as I can.

I was unable to relocate the Black-necked Stilt found this past weekend in
the Lautenschlager Unit.  I also dipped on the White-faced Ibis and
Tricolored Heron.  I did see both SNOWY EGRET in the SE corner of the
Vermet Unit.

Cell 3 was active:

800 Dunlin
4 RED-NECKED PHALAROPE (3 female/1 male) swimming along the north shoreline
32 WHIMBREL (in addition to the ones reported above)
31 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER (in SW corner at tip of mud peninsula)
2 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
2 YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD (male and female along east shoreline of
Humphries)

I will post a blog w/ photos/video soon.

Jerry
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> 200 along Middle Causeway in NE corner of Humphries Unit right now.
> Jerry
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Subject: Whimbrels flushed and flying north
From: Jerry Jourdan <jourdaj AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 May 2014 17:33:50 -0400
NT

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Subject: Whimbrels at Pt Mouillee, Monroe Co.
From: Jerry Jourdan <jourdaj AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 May 2014 17:11:00 -0400
200 along Middle Causeway in NE corner of Humphries Unit right now.
Jerry
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Subject: Marbled Godwits, Delta County
From: Karl <martineoverman AT earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 20 May 2014 22:46:11 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
Birding at Peninsula Point in Delta County on the shores of Lake Michigan in 
the Upper Peninsula was again excellent this morning on May 20th. The most 
surprising find by Paul Berrigan and I at that locale was a flock of 22 Marbled 
Godwits, flying west to east past the point. Warblers were in excellent numbers 
with the highlight being 2 Golden-winged Warblers. Other birds included 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 3 Red-headed Woodpeckers, an immature male Orchard 
Oriole, a Merlin and a Peregrine. 


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Subject: Fwd: [birders] Blue Grosbeak at Lk St. Clair Metropark - Macomb County
From: Brian McGee <kingbird18 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 19 May 2014 22:16:33 -0400
Forwarding from Michigan Birders

The Blue Grosbeak went to roost in a shrub near the Pt. Rosa Marsh
Boardwalk at dusk, so it still may be in the area in the morning.

Brian McGee

-------- Original Message --------  Subject: [birders] Blue Grosbeak at Lk
St. Clair Metropark  Date: Mon, 19 May 2014 21:28:24 -0400  From: Paul
Poronto    To:
 
 

Tonight a Blue Grosbeak was found by Brandon Aho at Lk St. Clair Metropark.
It was last hanging in the dump area near the Golf Course at 8pm when I
left.  Gorgeous Bird. Click on Link below to my blog for some photos.

 http://porontosbirdingmacomb.com/blue-grosbeak-at-lk-st-clair-metropark/

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Subject: Recent Upper Peninsula rarities report
From: Skye Haas <theowlranch AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 20 May 2014 14:37:30 -0400
Howdy all,

The UP is having a really interesting spring bird and weather-wise. Its
been very cold and wet, and there is very little insect emergence. Here in
Marquette it is still ice as far as the eye can see out on Lake Superior!

This lack of warmer conditions and resources in combination with a great
series of weather fronts has produced some pretty rocking bird sightings
and concentrations in some places. Neotropical migrants have been pretty
concentrated to the Lake Michigan coast until just the last couple of days,
and there have been many rarities reported.

Here's a list of rare birds observed in the last few weeks of May.

Eurasian Wigeon- 1 male from the 18-19th at Seney NWR, Schoolcraft County
(only the 3rd UP record)
Harlequin Duck- 2 on the 2nd at Brunette Park, Keweenaw Co.
Swainson's Hawks from two locations in Keweenaw Co and 1 at Whitefish Point
earlier this May with a recent report from Brockway on the 19th.
Mississippi Kite- 1 on the 18th at Whitefish Point, Chippewa Co.
Say's Phoebe- 1 on the 8-9th in Eagle River, Keweenaw Co.
Loggerhead Shrike- 1 from 18-19 May at Presque Isle Park, Marquette Co.
6-8 Summer Tanagers in various locations (Houghton, Marquette, Delta &
Chippewa Cos.
Western Tanager- 1 male on the 15-17th at Peninsula Point, Delta Co.
Western Tanager- 1 female on the 17th at Peninsula Point, Delta Co.
Western Tanager- 1 male on the 19th at a private residence in Chippewa Co.
Blue Grosbeak- 1 male on the 10th in Copper Harbor, Keweenaw Co.
Painted Bunting- 1 male on the 12th in Point Mills, Houghton Co.
Painted Bunting- 1 1st year male on the 17th at Whitefish Point, Chippewa
Co.
Lark Sparrow- 1 from the 13-17th at Peninsula Point, Delta Co. (with two
sightings in late April from Keweenaw Co.)
Harris's Sparrows in several locations (Ontonagon, Keweenaw, Houghton and
Marquette Cos.
Eurasian Tree Sparrow- 2 on the 13th at a private residence in Iron Co.
Eurasian Tree Sparrow- 1 from 18-19 at Whitefish Point, Chippewa Co.

Whew... I think that's it. Hopefully more to come!

~Skye Haas


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Subject: Things European in the U.P.
From: Karl <martineoverman AT earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 20 May 2014 05:15:31 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
Paul Berrigan and I are birding in the Upper Peninsula at the moment. Birds on 
May 19th: We saw the European Tree Sparrow that is coming to the feeder at 
Whitefish Point. Skye Haas told us that a Eurasian Wigeon was found at Seney 
NWR yesterday so we chased that and found it in Pool J. It was not in the large 
drawn down area but in a pool a bit further along the one way road. 


Cheers,

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Subject: Black-necked Stilt, PMSGA, 5/17
From: Scott Terry <scott__terry AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 17 May 2014 10:33:22 -0400
Good morning, 

Adam Byrne, John McDaniel, and myself just found a Black-necked Stilt in the 
lautenslager unit. Closest to the middle entrance, north end of lautenslager 
which is left past the pump house. 


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Subject: Little Gulls, Red-necked Phalarope @ Pt. Mouillee SGA, Monroe Co.
From: Jerry Jourdan <jourdaj AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 15 May 2014 22:17:36 -0400
This evening I found a pair of LITTLE GULLS on the edge of the long mud
peninsula in the SW corner of Cell 3 of the Banana Unit at Pt. Mouillee
SGA. They were among approximately 400 Bonaparte's Gulls (mostly
non-breeding plumage) and another 400 Dunlin.

A female RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was also among the Dunlin horde in Cell 3.

Also seen in Cell 3:

4 American Golden Plover
4 Black-bellied Plover
12 Short-billed Dowitcher
3 Willet
2 Ruddy Turnstone
2 Semipalmated Sandpiper

I was able to relocated the TRI-COLORED HERON along the south shore of the
Vermet Unit and videotape it from the Middle Causeway.

I also relocated 4 WHITE-FACED IBIS in the same area.  All four birds
appear to be pure White-faced w/o (thankfully) evidence of hybridization w/
Glossy Ibis.

A 1st year male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD also continues along the Middle
Causeway. It is presumed to be the same bird that I photographed a week ago
in the same area.

8 Ruddy Turnstones, and 12 Semipalmated Sandpipers were found along the
Middle Causeway and north end of the Humphries Unit.

A flock of 20 Black-bellied Plover flew over the Vermet Unit and Humphries
Unit on several occasions.

Bobolinks have established themselves along Haggerman Rd. and the radio
towers to the south of Pt. Mouilllee.  Also seen were 4 Short-billed
Dowitchers, 4 Black-bellied Plover and 2 more Ruddy Turnstones in the field
near the towers.

I will post photos and videos of the Little Gulls, Red-necked Phalarope,
Ibis and Tri-colored Heron as soon as time permits.

Jerry
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Subject: Lark Sparrow NO - Genesee County 5/15/14
From: "jbuecking AT juno.com" <jbuecking@juno.com>
Date: Fri, 16 May 2014 00:29:25 GMT
Birders, I spent from about 5:00 to 6:30 this afternoon walking up and down the 
entire prairie at Flushing Township Nature without finding the Lark Sparrow 
seen & photographed yesterday by Beth Olson. I will probably check again Sunday 
afternoon if the weather improves. Jeff BueckingFenton 

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Subject: Kentucky Warbler, Sanilac County, 5/15
From: Jim VanAllen <jeva AT live.com>
Date: Thu, 15 May 2014 14:42:13 -0400
During lunchtime today (about12:30pm), 5/15 I had a great look at a Kentucky 
Warbler in a flooded woodlot which was dripping with warblers. It is on the 
East side of Germania Rd, 1/2 mile North of E. Cass City Rd. It was very close 
to the road while I was there but the whole flock was moving around so much I 
about got seasick trying to stay on it. That's a great problem to get into; too 
many warblers! 


Good birding

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Subject: Lark Sparrow - Genesee County - 5/14/14
From: "jbuecking AT juno.com" <jbuecking@juno.com>
Date: Thu, 15 May 2014 02:06:49 GMT
Listers, After talking with Karl Overman and figuring out how to properly 
enlarge the photograph taken by Beth Olson, I can see that her sparrow is most 
definitely a Lark Sparrow...My apologies to Beth Olson for any doubt from me in 
my earlier post, but I couldn't enlarge the thumb nail on the Ebird 
checklist.........Anyway, my bad as they say.... Flushing Township Nature Park 
is on McKinley Rd about 1 mile north of Mt Morris Rd. The prairie here was 
recently burned. The northern section of the prairie has a good number of 
remaining small bushes. I looked this evening mostly in the northern section, 
in the light rain, and did not re-locate the bird. I'll certainly be looking 
again tomorrow after work. Good luck! Jeff Buecking 

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Subject: EBird Lark Sparrow report-Genesee Co 5-14
From: "jbuecking AT juno.com" <jbuecking@juno.com>
Date: Thu, 15 May 2014 01:34:48 GMT
Listers, I went to Flushing Twp Nature Park (FTNP) on McKinley Rd, ~1 mile N of 
Mt Morris Rd to look for the Lark Sparrow reported singing there earlier in the 
afternoon. I had no luck after searching for just over an hour, mostly in the 
northern section of the recently burned prairie. I do think this bird is worth 
looking for and it would be great to have it photographed under better 
conditions. Based on the Ebird photograph alone, I can't saywhether it's a Lark 
Sparrow or a Clay-colored (which I saw at FTNP 5-11). Enlarging the photo 
included in the Ebird checklist, I rapidly lost detail. The bird was heard 
singing and Lark Sparrows' songs include long trills while a Clay-colored is 
simply several harsh buzzes. I hope someone will investigate this further 
tomorrow and report on how they do. I will probably check again tomorrow after 
work (which definitely gets in the way of birding!). Good birding! Jeff 
Buecking, Fenton 

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Subject: Pointe Mouillee on May 13th
From: Karl Overman <martineoverman AT earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 14 May 2014 00:12:28 -0400
I was the leader of a field trip to Pointe Mouillee today as part of Black 
Swamp Observatory's Biggest Week in American Birding extravaganza. Andy Jones 
from Cleveland Heights was the designated driver but he really was a very 
capable co-leader. We had a permit so we were able to drive the dikes which of 
course is a luxury for birders for this expansive area. Here is a run down of 
some of the notable species seen today: 


Common Merganser:  A male in the Vermet Unit.

Snowy Egret: One or two birds. We saw the species in the NW corner of the 
Vermet Unit and in the SE corner but it could be the same bird. 


Tricolored Heron: The bird I found on May 7th along the Middle Causeway in the 
Vermet Unit was present today at the same locale. 


White-faced Ibis: 4 were along the Middle Causeway in the Vermet Unit. I 
photographed them with two photos available in my Flickr account. 


Black-bellied Plover:  A tight flock in the SW corner of cell 3.

Willet: Six in a flock in cell 3 standing in water just beyond the northern 
mudflat. 


Ruddy Turnstone:  4 along the Middle Causeway in the Humphreys Unit

Dunlin: 800 is the number Andy and I agreed upon. 60% in cell 3 with the 
remainder at several places in the Long Pond Unit where they were resting in 
tight flocks. 


White-rumped Sandpiper:  One on the northern mudflat in cell 3

Short-billed Dowitcher: 43. Most at or near the northern mudflat in cell 3 with 
a few also at the SE corner of cell 3. 


Yellow-headed Blackbird: One male picked out by a tour participant for all to 
see along the Middle Causeway in the Vermet Unit. Not on territory but loosely 
associated with other blackbirds. 



A bonus bird was having a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher in the woods behind the 
Michigan Welcome Center in southern Monroe County along I-75. 



Cheers,

Karl Overman
Farmington Hills, Michigan
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Subject: White-faced Ibises, Pte. Mouillee (and Tricolored Heron), 13 May 2014
From: "larus10 ." <caleb.putnam AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 13 May 2014 12:46:24 -0400
All-

Andy Jones of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, who is leading a
birding tour currently, just reported to me that he has 3 White-faced
Ibises in the SE area of Vermet Unit at Pte. Mouillee, near the Tricolored
Heron which is still present as well. 5/13/2014 12:45PM.

Good Birding,
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Subject: Probable Mississippi Kite - Ottawa County
From: Michlisters <birds03 AT charter.net>
Date: Mon, 12 May 2014 12:44:26 -0400
While birding Riley Trails County Park about 10:45 AM this morning, we observed 
a likely MIKI soaring overhead, moving north. Dark gray bird of correct size 
and shape, with narrow pointed wings. White secondaries observed when it banked 
one time. As it circled twice, we saw light gray head and neck. Photos will be 
posted with ebird report later. With no cell service at the park, this is 
earliest we could post. 


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Subject: Glossy Ibis - Cattle Egret - Prairie Warbler - Bay County - 05/10/14
From: Joseph Soehnel <soehnelj AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 10 May 2014 21:35:02 -0400
These three birds were all observed today, May 10th, for Bay County's North
American Migration Count.

*Glossy Ibis (1)* - Observer:  Joe Soehnel - An ibis flew parallel to the
outer shore from the north to a spit on the edge shoreline at 4:00PM.  It
was immediately apparent that it was a Plegadis Sp. and, fortunately, it
landed roughly 200 meters from me with a group of Dunlin, Short-billed
Dowitcher, Forster's & Caspian Terns.  Lighting was superb as it fed on the
end of the spit.  A complete write-up will be submitted to MBRC but I will
say that it had a dark eye, no red facial skin, nor any white around the
facial skin.  Unfortunately, a beagle type dog scared the entire group and
the Glossy Ibis flew further to the south.  Efforts to re-locate it at Bay
City State Park's shoreline failed.

*Cattle Egret (5)* - Observers:  Joe Soehnel & Gary Mueller - The Cattle
Egrets have returned to the same location along the grassy expanse of the
Saginaw Bay shoreline in Bangor Twp.  They were smaller white egrets with
yellowish-orange bills, butterscotch color to their upper breast, crown,
and part of their mantle.  They were to the far right of 125 Bayshore
Drive, very near to the Kawkawlin River mouth.

*Prairie Warbler (1)* - Observers:  Glenn & Ellen Peterson, Louie
Dombroski, and Monica Essenmacher - Ellen (Thank you Ellen!) & Glenn
Peterson found this bird around 5:45PM on the path that leads to the beach
on the back side of the Saginaw Bay Visitor's Center at Bay City State
Park.  It was feeding loosely with Yellow-rumped Warblers in a maple tree
that had blossomed out roughly fifty meters from the back of the visitor's
center.  We all re-found the bird at roughly 6:45PM.  The handsome male
provided generous looks of with all field marks readily noted in full
sunshine.  Glenn Peterson photographed the bird.

Good Birding,

Joe Soehnel
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Subject: TC Heron, M Godwit, S. Egret @ Pt. Moo
From: pavlik AT comcast.net
Date: Sat, 10 May 2014 23:50:29 +0000 (UTC)
Birder, 

I had a good day at Pt. Mouillee today in Monroe County. Starting at the 
Roberts Rd. entrance I spent about 5 hours walking various parts. 



TRICOLORED HERON - Continuing bird. Southwest part of Vermet Unit 


SNOWY EGRET - East corner of the Lead Unit 


MARBLED GODWIT - Along dirt road between Vermet and Lead Unit 


Take care, 
Tom Pavlik 
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Subject: Yellow-throated Warbler Aman Park,
From: "Holycross, Jerry" <jerry.holycross AT thermofisher.com>
Date: Sat, 10 May 2014 13:46:33 -0700
Hello,

I was able to get one recorded song and heard two Yellow-throated Warblers in 
Aman Park on M45 west of Grand Rapids today at around noon. The only field mark 
that I was able to see was the streaked sides against a white background before 
one flew off, view from towards rear. I heard both near the small bridge in the 
park along the main trail. I am hesitant to call this a 100% confirmation but 
frankly my recording sounds almost identical to three separate recordings on 
line. If someone can suggest a way to clip the single song out of a .MOV file, 
I can send to someone else for confirmation. 


Aman park's entrance is off of M45 east of Allandale and the bridge is roughly 
at this coordinance: 42.978074, -85.833321 


Good luck to those who are willing to look for it!

Jerry Holycross

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Subject: Tricolored Heron 5/9/2014 YES
From: Zak Pohlen <zpohlen AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 9 May 2014 21:54:50 -0400
Howdy all,

The Tricolored Heron continued this afternoon at the same spot previously
reported. In the Vermet Unit just north of the center causeway. Google
coordinates of where I had it today are:

42.013100, -83.192686

Photos of the bird can be seen here at
https://www.flickr.com/photos/86687448 AT N03/14148760294/

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron also continues at the Detroit Zoo as of 5/9/2014.

Cheers!
Zak Pohlen
https://www.flickr.com/photos/86687448 AT N03/
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Subject: Long-billed Curlew. Willow Run Airport
From: Brian McGee <kingbird18 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 8 May 2014 08:09:36 -0400
Still present at 8:00.

Brian McGee
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Subject: Glossy Ibis (with a slight chance of Glossy X White-faced), Montcalm Co., 8 May
From: "larus10 ." <caleb.putnam AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 8 May 2014 14:54:17 -0400
All-

Details are somewhat sketchy but in the interest of time I am going to pass
this along now. I have pictures, probably taken this morning, May 8, 2014,
near Lakeview MI, which show what appears to be a Glossy Ibis. I am only
hedging in case close inspection proves the bird to be intermediate, but
given what I have it appears to most likely to be pure Glossy (bluish
facial skin not coming behind eye, no red/pink visible near the facial skin
or eye, legs dull, etc.).

The photos were sent to Michigan Audubon a few hours ago. The bird was
located at the intersection of Almy Rd and 91, south of Lakeview MI, about
2-3 miles. It was in "a field with a wet spot".

If any of this information proves wrong, I will update the list.

Good Birding,
Caleb Putnam

-- 
Caleb G. Putnam
Kentwood, MI
caleb.putnam AT gmail.com
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Subject: Tri-colored Heron
From: Myles F Mcnally <mcnally AT alma.edu>
Date: Thu, 8 May 2014 14:44:58 -0400 (EDT)
Continues in the Vermet unit, at Pte. Moo, near the center dike, just as there 
starts to some land along that side of the dike. Seen between 10:30 am and 1:30 
pm. Very close to the dike. 


- Myles
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Subject: Mississippi Kite - Berrien Co - May 8
From: "Love Creek Nature Center" <lovecreek AT berriencounty.org>
Date: Thu, 8 May 2014 10:22:43 -0400
Birders,

Jon Wuepper and I were able to see one of the Mississippi Kites in Berrien
Springs that Tim Baerwald located last night.  We observed it about 10:00
am.

After searching unsuccessfully for a while in the neighborhoods off of
Kephart Lane, we set up in the large back parking lot of the Seventh Day
Adventist Church at 8450 Kephart. 

This location offers an expansive view of the tree line and sky to the south
in the direction where the kites have been seen. We did not have to wait
long until a bird appeared over the trees to the west and then flew across
our view to the east, circling a few times,  in the direction of the St. Joe
River.

Good birding,

Kip Miller 

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Subject: Mississippi Kite, Berrien County, 8 May 2014
From: Andre Moncrieff <thatbirderguy AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 8 May 2014 09:27:45 -0400
Jon Wuepper just called to say a Mississippi Kite was last seen at around
8:10 am (about an hour and 20 minutes ago)  in the vicinity of Kephart Road
in Berrien Springs.

Good birding,
Andre Moncrieff
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Subject: Mississippi Kites - Berrien Co, 7-8 May 2014
From: Jonathan Wuepper <jtwuepp AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 8 May 2014 05:35:06 -0700 (PDT)
Hello-

On Wednesday evening, Tim Baerwald located at least one MISSISSIPPI KITE off 
Kephart Road in Berrien Springs, Berrien County. It;s my understanding that 
later that evening up to four MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen at same location. 


At about 8:10 am, Thursday, 8 May, Phil Chu relocated one of the kites as it 
was perched in a tree. 


Kephart Road runs north-south, from M-139 in Berrien Springs. A Rite Aid 
pharmacy is at the M-139 and Kephart Rd intersection. The road sign for Kephart 
is missing at this location. 


It's my understanding that the birds were seen where Kephart meets Dogwood 
(running west) and Ridge Road on the west. The bird is visible from Dogwood 
about 2 blocks west of Kephart Road. 


Good birding,

Jonathan Wuepper
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Subject: LBCU directions
From: "Chu, Philip" <PChu AT CSBSJU.EDU>
Date: Thu, 8 May 2014 04:28:48 +0000
The Long-billed Curlew was present until at least 8:05 PM on Wednesday, 7 March 
- at 8:05 the last three observers left, and the bird was still walking about 
in which it had been originally found. 


As to that area, if you google "Willow Run Airport," click on the map that 
appears, and then enlarge the map, you'll see a road running along the south 
side of the airport called Airport Service Rd. Starting at the southwest end of 
Airport Service Rd., the road runs east, then turns abruptly north, and finally 
turns east again. If you park on the shoulder of the road where the road turns 
from north to east and look off to the north, then the bird should be between 
you and the closest runway - if it hasn't moved, that is! 


Phil Chu
Department of Biology
St. John's University
Collegeville, MN 56321
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Subject: Re: Glossy Ibis Muskegon co. Wastewater
From: Marc Miedema <mieds AT me.com>
Date: Wed, 07 May 2014 22:41:58 -0400
All,
In my excitement over the bird and haste to get the word out I may have jumped 
the gun on the ID. I'm now leaning toward White-faced Ibis or Plegadis spp. 
I'll post on ebird in the next day or two. Sorry for any confusion! 

Continued best birding,
Marc Miedema

> On May 7, 2014, at 7:21 PM, Marc Miedema  wrote:
> 
> Birders,
> I had a Glossy Ibis in the grassy cells at Muskegon wastewater this evening 
around 7PM. The bird flew south / southeast over the aeration cells and 
presumably over the lagoons. 

> Here's a rough pic I managed to take and upload. 
> http://flic.kr/p/nfrYQw
> Best birding,
> Marc Miedema
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