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Smith:s Longspur,©Barry Kent Mackay

13 Sep Sabine's gull ["Myles F. McNally" ]
13 Sep Re: Sabine's Gull at Muskegon Wastewater (2nd hand), 12 September [Rick Brigham ]
12 Sep Re: Sabine's Gull at Muskegon Wastewater (2nd hand), 12 September [John Lowry ]
12 Sep Sabine's Gull at Muskegon Wastewater (2nd hand), 12 September ["larus10 ." ]
10 Sep Washtenaw County Western Kingbird lingers [Macklin Smith ]
9 Sep Red Knot, Midland County, 9/9/14 [Ryan Dziedzic ]
8 Sep Western Kingbird continues, Washtenaw, Mon., 8 Sep., 1:00pm [Mike Sefton ]
7 Sep Kingbird - yes (9/7) [Paul cypher ]
07 Sep Re: Western kingbird. Washtenaw co - YES 9/7 ["jjgelderloos AT yahoo.com" ]
6 Sep Western Kingbird -Wash Tena County -Yes [Darrell Lawson ]
6 Sep Western kingbird. Washtenaw co [John Lowry ]
6 Sep Western Kingbird, Washtenaw, Sat., 6 Sep., 1:10pm [Mike Sefton ]
31 Aug Hudsonian Godwits at Muskegon WWT - No [Klein Douglas ]
31 Aug Re: Hudsonian Godwits, Muskegon Co. 8-30 [Tdg734 ]
30 Aug Hudsonian Godwit at Point Mouille SGA [Joeham1999 ]
30 Aug Re: Hudsonian Godwits, Muskegon Co. 8-30 [Rick Brigham ]
30 Aug Hudsonian Godwits, Muskegon Co. 8-30 [Chace Scholten ]
30 Aug Cattle Egrets Maple River SGA Gratiot Co 8-30 [Scott Jennex ]
28 Aug American White Pelicans, Midland County, 8/28/14 [Ryan Dziedzic ]
28 Aug Re: [birders] Black-headed Gull Thursday-YES [Jim VanAllen ]
26 Aug Re: Identification of the Pointe Mouillee ibises [Dan Fox ]
26 Aug Re: Identification of the Pointe Mouillee ibises [Jerry Jourdan ]
26 Aug Identification of the Pointe Mouillee ibises ["larus10 ." ]
24 Aug Re: [birders] Black-headed Gull Sunday morning - Yes [Dan Fox ]
24 Aug Re: [birders] Black-headed Gull Sunday morning - Yes [John Lowry ]
24 Aug Re: [birders] Black-headed Gull Sunday morning - No [John Lowry ]
24 Aug Black-headed Gull Sunday morning - No [Jerry Jourdan ]
23 Aug Pt. Mouille - Black-headed Gull -Yes [Darrell Lawson ]
23 Aug Black-headed Gull Point Mo - Yes [Lyle Hamilton ]
22 Aug Black-headed Gull - not found [vireo ]
22 Aug Bl-headed Gull, Plegadis Ibis, Point Mouilee,8-21 ["jbuecking AT juno.com" ]
21 Aug Black-headed Gull YES [Kirby Adams ]
21 Aug if the Black-headed Gull is AWOL... [Macklin Smith ]
20 Aug Black-headed Gull - Yes 8/20 @ ~6pm [Marc North ]
20 Aug Black-headed Gull Yes [James Fox ]
20 Aug Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Pointe Mouillee, Monroe Co. 8-20-14 [Chace Scholten ]
20 Aug Re: Black-headed Gull YES, Monroe Co, 19 Aug [Curt Hofer ]
20 Aug Black-headed Gull - Yes [Jerry Jourdan ]
19 Aug Black-headed Gull YES, Monroe Co, 19 Aug [Caleb Putnam ]
19 Aug Apparent Black-headed Gull, Monroe Co , 19 Aug [Caleb Putnam ]
11 Aug Ruff @ Pt. Mouillee - pic [Jerry Jourdan ]
11 Aug No Ruff Pointe Mouillee evening of 10 Aug [Sean Williams ]
10 Aug Ruff, Monroe Co, 10 aug , 4:30pm [Caleb Putnam ]
10 Aug Ruff. 8/10. Yes [Marc North ]
9 Aug Ruff, PMSGA, August 9th [Scott Terry ]
03 Aug nesting Blue Grosbeaks in Kalamazoo County - please respect their space! [Adam Byrne ]
2 Aug Y-C Night-Heron, Tricolored Heron, PMSGA, August 2nd [Scott Terry ]
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 ]

Subject: Sabine's gull
From: "Myles F. McNally" <mcnally AT alma.edu>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 10:16:40 -0400 (EDT)
Currently present in the east pool near the treatment pools at Muskegon waste 
water system. 


-Myles
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Subject: Re: Sabine's Gull at Muskegon Wastewater (2nd hand), 12 September
From: Rick Brigham <brigrick AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:57:03 -0400
Bird still present i. Same location now at 8:50am.
Rick Brigham
On Sep 12, 2014 5:31 PM, "John Lowry"  wrote:

> Yes. Just relocated at same location (point blank range) and then lost as
> I tried to get a photo with no card in the camera.  Still trying for
> photo.  Two other birders here looking as well
>
> John Lowry
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> > On Sep 12, 2014, at 3:38 PM, "larus10 ."  wrote:
> >
> > All-
> >
> > Hank Veldman and Dave Elbrecht are reporting a Sabine's Gull at Muskegon
> > Wastewater as of 3:20PM on 12 September 2014. The bird is apparently a
> > brownish juvenile, and present on the north shore of the west lagoon. It
> > was seen perched and flying. It was perched on the concrete shore about
> 1/4
> > of the way from the center dike to the west edge of the lagoon. It was
> last
> > seen sitting at this location with a group of other gulls.
> >
> > Good Birding,
> > Caleb Putnam
> >
> > --
> > Caleb G. Putnam
> > Kentwood, MI
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Subject: Re: Sabine's Gull at Muskegon Wastewater (2nd hand), 12 September
From: John Lowry <john AT kingbird.org>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:31:10 -0400
Yes. Just relocated at same location (point blank range) and then lost as I 
tried to get a photo with no card in the camera. Still trying for photo. Two 
other birders here looking as well 


John Lowry
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> On Sep 12, 2014, at 3:38 PM, "larus10 ."  wrote:
> 
> All-
> 
> Hank Veldman and Dave Elbrecht are reporting a Sabine's Gull at Muskegon
> Wastewater as of 3:20PM on 12 September 2014. The bird is apparently a
> brownish juvenile, and present on the north shore of the west lagoon. It
> was seen perched and flying. It was perched on the concrete shore about 1/4
> of the way from the center dike to the west edge of the lagoon. It was last
> seen sitting at this location with a group of other gulls.
> 
> Good Birding,
> Caleb Putnam
> 
> -- 
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> Kentwood, MI
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Subject: Sabine's Gull at Muskegon Wastewater (2nd hand), 12 September
From: "larus10 ." <caleb.putnam AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:38:21 -0400
All-

Hank Veldman and Dave Elbrecht are reporting a Sabine's Gull at Muskegon
Wastewater as of 3:20PM on 12 September 2014. The bird is apparently a
brownish juvenile, and present on the north shore of the west lagoon. It
was seen perched and flying. It was perched on the concrete shore about 1/4
of the way from the center dike to the west edge of the lagoon. It was last
seen sitting at this location with a group of other gulls.

Good Birding,
Caleb Putnam

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Subject: Washtenaw County Western Kingbird lingers
From: Macklin Smith <macklins AT umich.edu>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 20:35:31 -0400
Birders,

Sorry for late report, but I went birding today without my phone, and after
the deluge began I was otherwise occupied and figured there was no rush to
report.

In any case, I saw the Western Kingbird for less than a minute at 10:40
AM--this after about an hour of searching, both near the Arkona/Mohart
intersection and further afield.  Don't know where the bird came from, but
suddenly it appeared on the wire between the 3rd and 4th poles east of
Mohart.  When it took off, it headed NE toward the house where it had
previously been reported.

My experience may suggest that this bird is ranging around a bit further
than during the first couple of days it was reported, and I feel lucky to
have seen it at all.

Macklin

Macklin Smith
Department of English
University of Michigan
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Subject: Red Knot, Midland County, 9/9/14
From: Ryan Dziedzic <ryan.dziedzic AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 18:37:44 -0400
Mich-listers:

   A single RED KNOT was found this evening (6 PM) at Dow Ponds/Whiting
Overlook Park.  It could be found foraging on the sliver island in the
north pond or on the sandy spit between the north and central ponds.

  As well, the AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS continue, with 10 individuals
present currently.

Good birding,

Ryan Dziedzic
Oil City, Midland Co.
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Subject: Western Kingbird continues, Washtenaw, Mon., 8 Sep., 1:00pm
From: Mike Sefton <mseft AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 14:26:35 -0400
Birders,
 Don "The Man" Chalfant called to say he relocated the WEKI originally found on 
6 Sep. by Paul Dannels at the Mohart-Arkona Rd. intersection south of Saline, 
MI. After 6 passes in that vicinity, Don found the bird at about 1:00pm today 
at the end of a very long driveway on private property. The house and driveway 
is the first one east of Mohart-Arkona, on the north side of Arkona Rd. The 
bird was flying back and forth between the trees on the west side of the 
driveway and the power line on the east side of the driveway, near the house 
that's at the end of the driveway. Don had scope views of the bird from Arkona 
down the c. 200 yard long driveway, then sought permission from the homeowner 
to try to photograph the bird from the driveway, but could not relocate it, so 
it may have gone to one of its previous spots on Arkona, Mohart, or Jordan Rds. 

 Don says that this driveway was where Jacco "The Next Man" Gelderloos found 
the bird on The morning of 7 Sep. 

Mike Sefton
Ann Arbor
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Subject: Kingbird - yes (9/7)
From: Paul cypher <paulcypher AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 18:04:28 -0400
All,

Bruce Bowman, Natalie Ray, and I are currently viewing His Majesty at the 
intersection of Arkona and Mohart just outside of Saline. 


Paul Cypher
Woodhaven,MI
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Subject: Re: Western kingbird. Washtenaw co - YES 9/7
From: "jjgelderloos AT yahoo.com" <jjgelderloos@yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 07 Sep 2014 08:31:49 -0400
Folks,
As of 8:30, the Western Kingbird is still present along Arkona Rd, just east of 
Mohart (south of Saline). It has been feeding in the road and field near the 
4th utility pole east of the intersection. 

 Good birding,
Jacco

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John Lowry  wrote:

>Confirmed western kingbird currently being seen and photographed at the 
intersection of Arkona Rd and Mohart Rd, just south of Saline, michigan 

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Subject: Western Kingbird -Wash Tena County -Yes
From: Darrell Lawson <lawsodw AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2014 18:16:23 -0400
The Western Kingbird just flew back into the telephone wires where
previously reported.
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Subject: Western kingbird. Washtenaw co
From: John Lowry <john AT kingbird.org>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2014 13:53:28 -0400
Confirmed western kingbird currently being seen and photographed at the 
intersection of Arkona Rd and Mohart Rd, just south of Saline, michigan 


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Subject: Western Kingbird, Washtenaw, Sat., 6 Sep., 1:10pm
From: Mike Sefton <mseft AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2014 13:13:59 -0400
Birders,
 Paul Dannels found a Western Kingbird at Mohart and Arkona Rds. south of 
Saline, MI. Still present on phone wires and in fields as of 1:12pm. Photos. 

Mike Sefton
Ann Arbor

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Subject: Hudsonian Godwits at Muskegon WWT - No
From: Klein Douglas <DouglasKlein AT aegislimited.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:36:41 +0000
Greetings:

Several birders including myself were unable to relocate the two Hudsonian 
Godwits today that were reported by Chace Scholten yesterday at Muskegon 
Wastewater System. Several Baird's, other peeps, LYs and Semipalm Plovers, plus 
one Horned Grebe were found, however. 


Thanks,
Doug Klein
Hastings


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Subject: Re: Hudsonian Godwits, Muskegon Co. 8-30
From: Tdg734 <tdg734 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 08:57:24 -0400
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There is also a Hudsonian Godwit at Pointe Mouillee now=20
in Cell 5 as discovered and pinpointed by Pat Jakel yesterday

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> On Aug 30, 2014, at 7:10 PM, Rick Brigham  wrote:
>=20
> Both birds currently in view in same location (7:05 pm).
> Rick Brigham
>> On Aug 30, 2014 1:44 PM, "Chace Scholten"  wrot=
e:
>>=20
>> Hello,
>>=20
>> Two Hudsonian Godwits which were found earlier today are still present at=

>> the Muskegon Wastewater System (1:20 PM). They are in the drawn-down
>> aeration cell - this is one of the cells north of the large west lagoon,
>> the second cell from the west.
>>=20
>> Keep on birding,
>>=20
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Subject: Hudsonian Godwit at Point Mouille SGA
From: Joeham1999 <joeham1999 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:57:55 -0400
Pat Jakel passed this on to me this evening. 
He had a Hudsonian Godwit at the backside of Cell 5 earlier today August 30th. 
Also seen by Jonathan Stein and Andrew Sturgess. 

Good luck,
Joe Hammerle



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Subject: Re: Hudsonian Godwits, Muskegon Co. 8-30
From: Rick Brigham <brigrick AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:10:37 -0400
Both birds currently in view in same location (7:05 pm).
Rick Brigham
On Aug 30, 2014 1:44 PM, "Chace Scholten"  wrote:

> Hello,
>
> Two Hudsonian Godwits which were found earlier today are still present at
> the Muskegon Wastewater System (1:20 PM). They are in the drawn-down
> aeration cell - this is one of the cells north of the large west lagoon,
> the second cell from the west.
>
> Keep on birding,
>
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Subject: Hudsonian Godwits, Muskegon Co. 8-30
From: Chace Scholten <chace.scholten AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:43:47 -0400
Hello,

Two Hudsonian Godwits which were found earlier today are still present at
the Muskegon Wastewater System (1:20 PM). They are in the drawn-down
aeration cell - this is one of the cells north of the large west lagoon,
the second cell from the west.

Keep on birding,

Chace Scholten
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Subject: Cattle Egrets Maple River SGA Gratiot Co 8-30
From: Scott Jennex <cccta AT aol.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:20:50 -0400
Parked at BAldwin and Taft, walked south along dike to foot bridge. 2 Cattle 
Egrets with 2 Great Egrets and 200+ Canada Geese in field to east. Found and 
photographed around 12:30 pm 

Scott Jennex


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Subject: American White Pelicans, Midland County, 8/28/14
From: Ryan Dziedzic <ryan.dziedzic AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:29:54 -0400
Mich-listers:

      Eight AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were observed this evening resting on
the far island of Dow Ponds/Whiting Overlook Park.   The birds were still
present at 8 PM tonight.

  As well, a pair of Baird's Sandpipers were present foraging on the spit
separating the north and central pools.

Good birding,

Ryan Dziedzic
Oil City, Midland County
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Subject: Re: [birders] Black-headed Gull Thursday-YES
From: Jim VanAllen <jeva AT live.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:54:19 -0400
Haven't seen a report in a few days. The Black-headed Gull is in the NW corner 
of cell 3 right now (5:50). It wasn't around on my first pass at 2:30. 


Jim VanAllen

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> On Aug 24, 2014, at 1:03 PM, John Lowry  wrote:
> 
> It is here now.  Just showed up. We are viewing in cell 3. South group
> 
> John Lowry
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>> On Aug 24, 2014, at 12:12 PM, Jerry Jourdan  wrote:
>> 
>> Birders,
>> 
>> Noone could relocate the Black-headed Gull, which was present as late as 8 
pm last evening in Cell 3 at Pt. Mouillee. Gull numbers were down in Cell 3, 
which is now void of mudflats except for part of Pelican Point in the SW 
corner. It may return later this afternoon - look for it along the NW or South 
ends of Cell 3. 

>> 
>> NE corner of Humphries Unit is active w/ Snowy Egret, Willet, Red Knot, 
Black-bellied Plovers, Short-billed Dowitchers, Baird's Sandpiper, and usual 
peep suspects. 

>> 
>> No on Yellow-crowned Night Heron.
>> 
>> The Plegadis ibis were last seen on Eagle Island in the Vermet Unit, best 
seen from Middle Causeway, but disappeared behind cattails this morning. 

>> 
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Subject: Re: Identification of the Pointe Mouillee ibises
From: Dan Fox <dfoxmi AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:10:59 -0400
Thanks Caleb for your post.  Looking closely at my best photos from Sunday,
I do see the two bluish stripes you refer to.  None of my photos has seem
to show even a hint of red in the eyes.


On Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 7:07 AM, larus10 .  wrote:

> All-
>
>
>
> I wanted to post something about the three hatching-year (HY) *Plegadis*
> ibises at Pointe Mouillee SGA, which were first found 8/21 and seen at
> least up until 8/24. I eBirded them as pure Glossy Ibises (GLIB) on 8/21,
> and now feel that my eBird description may have led to some confusion.
> Below is the rationale I am using for my ID and I welcome opposing
> views/corrections. Here is the checklist in question:
>
>
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19535256
>
>
>
> I accidentally implied in my description that the lack of red/pink tones in
> the eye, facial skin, and legs, eliminated White-faced Ibis (WFIB), but
> want to clarify that this is false and my description was poorly worded.
> What I should have said was that my ID as GLIB was based first and foremost
> on the presence of two bluish stripes on the facial skin of all three
> birds, in the classic adult GLIB pattern (I can find no evidence that WFIB
> ever shows this, and much evidence that HY GLIB often [but not always]
> does), and secondarily on the lack of pink/red in the bird's eye, facial
> skin, and legs. The latter field mark doesn’t eliminate the possibility of
> a WFIB or hybrid, but it is necessary to establish this before calling any
> hatching-year bird a GLIB. In other words, if a HY ibis shows red in the
> eye or facial skin, GLIB is out, and if it lacks it, the discussion
> continues, but it is not yet clinched as GLIB. The bird must then match the
> classic face pattern of adult GLIB before one can call it.
>
>
>
> As for the sticky issue of hybrid Glossy X White-faced Ibises, which are
> rare but well known, including from this location: the literature on
> identifying these birds as HYs is scanty, as few (no?) known-identity birds
> have been tracked from the nest to adulthood. HY WFIB show at most one,
> non-blue upper facial skin stripe, often pink, and no lower stripe, so pure
> WFIB are eliminated.  It is probably not possible to state with 100%
> certainty that hybridization can be eliminated, but the lack of any
> intermediate traits supports the stance for pure GLIB. If these birds
> showed very diffuse lower stripes, or lacked them completely, I’d be
> inclined to identify them as *Plegadis* ibises.  Instead, the features we
> have are consistent with the literature for HY GLIB, so I don't see any
> need to invoke the hybrid possibility. If future studies show that pure
> WFIB or WFIB X GLIB can show the classic adult GLIB face pattern, I would
> revoke my ID.
>
>
>
> Finally, I want to implore others to study these birds, and the literature,
> and to make their own conclusions (in other words: don’t just eBird these
> based on someone else’s opinion). I was really glad to see many careful
> descriptions, a lot of ID hedging, and several eBird checklists with these
> birds listed as GLIB/WFIB. But regardless of which category you use
> (Glossy, White-faced, Glossy/White-faced, or Glossy X White-faced), these
> are all Michigan review species. So, I encourage everyone to submit a
> written description and/or photos of these birds to the MBRC – don’t 
assume 

> that others will, as that’s usually not the case! Photographs, especially
> under the conditions at Mouillee, often don't cut it, and I know from
> experience that voting members often rely heavily, or even solely, on
> written descriptions to evaluate certain key field marks. In this case,
> there appear to be good photos surfacing, but so far apparently only for
> one or two of the three birds. Anyway, here’s a link to a template for the
> MBRC’s rare bird report form:
>
>
>
>
> 
http://www.michiganaudubon.org/research/recordscommittee/rare_bird_report.html 

>
>
>
> I look forward to discussion and welcome any alternate views and/or
> corrections to what I've written,
>
>
>
> Good Birding,
>
> Caleb Putnam
>
>
>
> --
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> Kentwood, MI
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Subject: Re: Identification of the Pointe Mouillee ibises
From: Jerry Jourdan <jourdaj AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:29:38 -0400
Hi Caleb,
Thank you for the most excellent note regarding the ibis identification. I
for one am always looking to increase my knowledge-base regarding these
birds. Is it ok if I paste this response in my latest blog post? I think it
would serve as a great reference for future discussions regarding these
birds.
Jerry

On Tuesday, August 26, 2014, larus10 .  wrote:

> All-
>
>
>
> I wanted to post something about the three hatching-year (HY) *Plegadis*
> ibises at Pointe Mouillee SGA, which were first found 8/21 and seen at
> least up until 8/24. I eBirded them as pure Glossy Ibises (GLIB) on 8/21,
> and now feel that my eBird description may have led to some confusion.
> Below is the rationale I am using for my ID and I welcome opposing
> views/corrections. Here is the checklist in question:
>
>
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19535256
>
>
>
> I accidentally implied in my description that the lack of red/pink tones in
> the eye, facial skin, and legs, eliminated White-faced Ibis (WFIB), but
> want to clarify that this is false and my description was poorly worded.
> What I should have said was that my ID as GLIB was based first and foremost
> on the presence of two bluish stripes on the facial skin of all three
> birds, in the classic adult GLIB pattern (I can find no evidence that WFIB
> ever shows this, and much evidence that HY GLIB often [but not always]
> does), and secondarily on the lack of pink/red in the bird's eye, facial
> skin, and legs. The latter field mark doesn’t eliminate the possibility of
> a WFIB or hybrid, but it is necessary to establish this before calling any
> hatching-year bird a GLIB. In other words, if a HY ibis shows red in the
> eye or facial skin, GLIB is out, and if it lacks it, the discussion
> continues, but it is not yet clinched as GLIB. The bird must then match the
> classic face pattern of adult GLIB before one can call it.
>
>
>
> As for the sticky issue of hybrid Glossy X White-faced Ibises, which are
> rare but well known, including from this location: the literature on
> identifying these birds as HYs is scanty, as few (no?) known-identity birds
> have been tracked from the nest to adulthood. HY WFIB show at most one,
> non-blue upper facial skin stripe, often pink, and no lower stripe, so pure
> WFIB are eliminated.  It is probably not possible to state with 100%
> certainty that hybridization can be eliminated, but the lack of any
> intermediate traits supports the stance for pure GLIB. If these birds
> showed very diffuse lower stripes, or lacked them completely, I’d be
> inclined to identify them as *Plegadis* ibises.  Instead, the features we
> have are consistent with the literature for HY GLIB, so I don't see any
> need to invoke the hybrid possibility. If future studies show that pure
> WFIB or WFIB X GLIB can show the classic adult GLIB face pattern, I would
> revoke my ID.
>
>
>
> Finally, I want to implore others to study these birds, and the literature,
> and to make their own conclusions (in other words: don’t just eBird these
> based on someone else’s opinion). I was really glad to see many careful
> descriptions, a lot of ID hedging, and several eBird checklists with these
> birds listed as GLIB/WFIB. But regardless of which category you use
> (Glossy, White-faced, Glossy/White-faced, or Glossy X White-faced), these
> are all Michigan review species. So, I encourage everyone to submit a
> written description and/or photos of these birds to the MBRC – don’t 
assume 

> that others will, as that’s usually not the case! Photographs, especially
> under the conditions at Mouillee, often don't cut it, and I know from
> experience that voting members often rely heavily, or even solely, on
> written descriptions to evaluate certain key field marks. In this case,
> there appear to be good photos surfacing, but so far apparently only for
> one or two of the three birds. Anyway, here’s a link to a template for the
> MBRC’s rare bird report form:
>
>
>
>
> 
http://www.michiganaudubon.org/research/recordscommittee/rare_bird_report.html 

>
>
>
> I look forward to discussion and welcome any alternate views and/or
> corrections to what I've written,
>
>
>
> Good Birding,
>
> Caleb Putnam
>
>
>
> --
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> Kentwood, MI
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Subject: Identification of the Pointe Mouillee ibises
From: "larus10 ." <caleb.putnam AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:07:56 -0400
All-



I wanted to post something about the three hatching-year (HY) *Plegadis*
ibises at Pointe Mouillee SGA, which were first found 8/21 and seen at
least up until 8/24. I eBirded them as pure Glossy Ibises (GLIB) on 8/21,
and now feel that my eBird description may have led to some confusion.
Below is the rationale I am using for my ID and I welcome opposing
views/corrections. Here is the checklist in question:



http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19535256



I accidentally implied in my description that the lack of red/pink tones in
the eye, facial skin, and legs, eliminated White-faced Ibis (WFIB), but
want to clarify that this is false and my description was poorly worded.
What I should have said was that my ID as GLIB was based first and foremost
on the presence of two bluish stripes on the facial skin of all three
birds, in the classic adult GLIB pattern (I can find no evidence that WFIB
ever shows this, and much evidence that HY GLIB often [but not always]
does), and secondarily on the lack of pink/red in the bird's eye, facial
skin, and legs. The latter field mark doesn’t eliminate the possibility of
a WFIB or hybrid, but it is necessary to establish this before calling any
hatching-year bird a GLIB. In other words, if a HY ibis shows red in the
eye or facial skin, GLIB is out, and if it lacks it, the discussion
continues, but it is not yet clinched as GLIB. The bird must then match the
classic face pattern of adult GLIB before one can call it.



As for the sticky issue of hybrid Glossy X White-faced Ibises, which are
rare but well known, including from this location: the literature on
identifying these birds as HYs is scanty, as few (no?) known-identity birds
have been tracked from the nest to adulthood. HY WFIB show at most one,
non-blue upper facial skin stripe, often pink, and no lower stripe, so pure
WFIB are eliminated.  It is probably not possible to state with 100%
certainty that hybridization can be eliminated, but the lack of any
intermediate traits supports the stance for pure GLIB. If these birds
showed very diffuse lower stripes, or lacked them completely, I’d be
inclined to identify them as *Plegadis* ibises.  Instead, the features we
have are consistent with the literature for HY GLIB, so I don't see any
need to invoke the hybrid possibility. If future studies show that pure
WFIB or WFIB X GLIB can show the classic adult GLIB face pattern, I would
revoke my ID.



Finally, I want to implore others to study these birds, and the literature,
and to make their own conclusions (in other words: don’t just eBird these
based on someone else’s opinion). I was really glad to see many careful
descriptions, a lot of ID hedging, and several eBird checklists with these
birds listed as GLIB/WFIB. But regardless of which category you use
(Glossy, White-faced, Glossy/White-faced, or Glossy X White-faced), these
are all Michigan review species. So, I encourage everyone to submit a
written description and/or photos of these birds to the MBRC – don’t assume
that others will, as that’s usually not the case! Photographs, especially
under the conditions at Mouillee, often don't cut it, and I know from
experience that voting members often rely heavily, or even solely, on
written descriptions to evaluate certain key field marks. In this case,
there appear to be good photos surfacing, but so far apparently only for
one or two of the three birds. Anyway, here’s a link to a template for the
MBRC’s rare bird report form:



http://www.michiganaudubon.org/research/recordscommittee/rare_bird_report.html



I look forward to discussion and welcome any alternate views and/or
corrections to what I've written,



Good Birding,

Caleb Putnam



-- 
Caleb G. Putnam
Kentwood, MI
caleb.putnam AT gmail.com
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Subject: Re: [birders] Black-headed Gull Sunday morning - Yes
From: Dan Fox <dfoxmi AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 16:28:55 -0400
Here's a link for the best shot I was able to get of the Black-headed Gull.


https://www.flickr.com/photos/39625161 AT N04/14836874669/

In other sightings, my first look at the several hundred shots I took of
the Ibis seem to show no sign of red eyes in either bird.


On Sun, Aug 24, 2014 at 2:31 PM, John Lowry  wrote:

> Bird was viewed well from 1pm to 1:50pm when it left by itself to fly off
> into Lake Erie.
>
> John Lowry
> Sent from iPhone
>
> > On Aug 24, 2014, at 1:03 PM, John Lowry  wrote:
> >
> > It is here now.  Just showed up. We are viewing in cell 3. South group
> >
> > John Lowry
> > Sent from iPhone
> >
> >> On Aug 24, 2014, at 12:12 PM, Jerry Jourdan  wrote:
> >>
> >> Birders,
> >>
> >> Noone could relocate the Black-headed Gull, which was present as late
> as 8 pm last evening in Cell 3 at Pt. Mouillee.  Gull numbers were down in
> Cell 3, which is now void of mudflats except for part of Pelican Point in
> the SW corner.  It may return later this afternoon - look for it along the
> NW or South ends of Cell 3.
> >>
> >> NE corner of Humphries Unit is active w/ Snowy Egret, Willet, Red Knot,
> Black-bellied Plovers, Short-billed Dowitchers, Baird's Sandpiper, and
> usual peep suspects.
> >>
> >> No on Yellow-crowned Night Heron.
> >>
> >> The Plegadis ibis were last seen on Eagle Island in the Vermet Unit,
> best seen from Middle Causeway, but disappeared behind cattails this
> morning.
> >>
> >> Jerry
> >> http://jerryjourdan.blogspot.com
> >>
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Subject: Re: [birders] Black-headed Gull Sunday morning - Yes
From: John Lowry <john AT kingbird.org>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 14:31:25 -0400
Bird was viewed well from 1pm to 1:50pm when it left by itself to fly off into 
Lake Erie. 


John Lowry
Sent from iPhone

> On Aug 24, 2014, at 1:03 PM, John Lowry  wrote:
> 
> It is here now.  Just showed up. We are viewing in cell 3. South group
> 
> John Lowry
> Sent from iPhone
> 
>> On Aug 24, 2014, at 12:12 PM, Jerry Jourdan  wrote:
>> 
>> Birders,
>> 
>> Noone could relocate the Black-headed Gull, which was present as late as 8 
pm last evening in Cell 3 at Pt. Mouillee. Gull numbers were down in Cell 3, 
which is now void of mudflats except for part of Pelican Point in the SW 
corner. It may return later this afternoon - look for it along the NW or South 
ends of Cell 3. 

>> 
>> NE corner of Humphries Unit is active w/ Snowy Egret, Willet, Red Knot, 
Black-bellied Plovers, Short-billed Dowitchers, Baird's Sandpiper, and usual 
peep suspects. 

>> 
>> No on Yellow-crowned Night Heron.
>> 
>> The Plegadis ibis were last seen on Eagle Island in the Vermet Unit, best 
seen from Middle Causeway, but disappeared behind cattails this morning. 

>> 
>> Jerry 
>> http://jerryjourdan.blogspot.com
>> 
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Subject: Re: [birders] Black-headed Gull Sunday morning - No
From: John Lowry <john AT kingbird.org>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 13:03:45 -0400
It is here now.  Just showed up. We are viewing in cell 3. South group

John Lowry
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> On Aug 24, 2014, at 12:12 PM, Jerry Jourdan  wrote:
> 
> Birders,
> 
> Noone could relocate the Black-headed Gull, which was present as late as 8 pm 
last evening in Cell 3 at Pt. Mouillee. Gull numbers were down in Cell 3, which 
is now void of mudflats except for part of Pelican Point in the SW corner. It 
may return later this afternoon - look for it along the NW or South ends of 
Cell 3. 

> 
> NE corner of Humphries Unit is active w/ Snowy Egret, Willet, Red Knot, 
Black-bellied Plovers, Short-billed Dowitchers, Baird's Sandpiper, and usual 
peep suspects. 

> 
> No on Yellow-crowned Night Heron.
> 
> The Plegadis ibis were last seen on Eagle Island in the Vermet Unit, best 
seen from Middle Causeway, but disappeared behind cattails this morning. 

> 
> Jerry 
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> 
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Subject: Black-headed Gull Sunday morning - No
From: Jerry Jourdan <jourdaj AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 12:12:44 -0400
Birders,

Noone could relocate the Black-headed Gull, which was present as late as 8
pm last evening in Cell 3 at Pt. Mouillee.  Gull numbers were down in Cell
3, which is now void of mudflats except for part of Pelican Point in the SW
corner.  It may return later this afternoon - look for it along the NW or
South ends of Cell 3.

NE corner of Humphries Unit is active w/ Snowy Egret, Willet, Red Knot,
Black-bellied Plovers, Short-billed Dowitchers, Baird's Sandpiper, and
usual peep suspects.

No on Yellow-crowned Night Heron.

The Plegadis ibis were last seen on Eagle Island in the Vermet Unit, best
seen from Middle Causeway, but disappeared behind cattails this morning.

Jerry
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Subject: Pt. Mouille - Black-headed Gull -Yes
From: Darrell Lawson <lawsodw AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 12:08:56 -0400
Many other birders and I are currently (12:08PM) viewing the Black-headed
Gull on the Pelican Peninsula. Very nice looks!
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Subject: Black-headed Gull Point Mo - Yes
From: Lyle Hamilton <lyle.hamilton AT gm.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 01:16:15 +0000
Birders,

The previous reported Black-headed Gull was observed tonight 8/22 between 
around 5:15 and 5:45 PM in cell 3. 


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Subject: Black-headed Gull - not found
From: vireo <vireo AT vireos.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:01:11 -0400
The Black-headed Gull at Pt. Mouillee was searched for, but not found between 
8:00 and 1:00 today (8/22). Lots of gulls, including at least 8 Bonapartes. 
They have been pumping sludge into Cell three and there is no longer any 
shorebird habitat nor dry rousting area for gulls. Other birds seen two 
Plegadis ibis, unknown species, a Snowy Egret, 5 White Pelicans, an avocet and 
two Red Knots. At least two Bald Eagles present. 


Good birding
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Subject: Bl-headed Gull, Plegadis Ibis, Point Mouilee,8-21
From: "jbuecking AT juno.com" <jbuecking@juno.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:35:14 GMT
Birders, The previously reported Black-headed Gull was present this afternoon 
between 3 & 4PM at cell 3 at Pt Mouilee. It was along the near shoreline north 
of the peninsula used by the resting pelicans.While walking back to the car at 
the Roberts Rd parking lot there were two dark ibis that I saw from the South 
Causeway. Their eyes were not obviously red (to me at least) and the facial 
skin/trim was not sharply defined, so I'm just going to call them "plegadis 
sp.". They did have a small area of white and brown barring on the underside of 
their necks which I see makes the first fall birds. Good birding, Jeff Buecking 

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Subject: Black-headed Gull YES
From: Kirby Adams <kirby.adams AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:23:11 -0400
Cell 3, numerous birders on it right now. 12:22pm.
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Subject: if the Black-headed Gull is AWOL...
From: Macklin Smith <macklins AT umich.edu>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:04:25 -0400
All~

I was one of a few yesterday who arrived midday after the gull had flown
off, reportedly over to Lake Eire. A great way to deal with such a
disappointment, of course, is to enjoy the other great birds present, but
as for trying to relocate the target gull, the consensus--after the gull
flocks remaining in Cell 3 had been thoroughly scanned--was that it would
be wise to have a look at the lake. Several of us headed over there, me on
foot, the smarter ones on their bikes, and we located a *large* feeding
flock of cormorants and gulls which yesterday was unfortunately too far
away to scan any but the closest gulls with any confidence. But the "gull
traffic" such as it was seemed to suggest that most returning gulls were
heading to "pelican spit" in Cell 3 to the south of where the Black-headed
Gull seems to prefer to roost.  So if the bird is AWOL it might make sense
to scan that area as carefully as possible.

Those over at lake-side were variously strung out along the dike, and at
one point, being on foot and not having the whole afternoon to spend on
this quest, I was heading back clockwise well ahead of the "group."  At
this point, a little before 2:00, I picked up the BHGU in Cell 3 airspace:
aside from it just looking "different," the primaries really are very
distinctive in flight. I thought I was following it very well, but when it
landed in on the "pelican spit" I couldn't see it at all. From one spot on
the side dike, however, I was able to see it well after considerable
searching.  A couple of hundred yards further, when I was closest to the
"pelican spit," I couldn't pick it out at all for some reason. At this
point I saw a cluster of other birders on the lake-side dike with scopes
pointing at the spit, so I figured (and hoped) they were looking at the
bird rather than just scanning. I shouted to them, but our communication
was ineffectual. I decided that this probably didn't matter too much. After
all, their scopes were fixed not moving, so they were probably--as later
reports verified--all looking at it.

All's well that ends well, to quote the Bard. This little narrative is
meant mainly to suggest a few ways of looking for the gull should it not be
immediately present and under observation. It's also a cautionary tale
about the desirability of trading cell phone numbers or maybe even agreeing
on a system of hand signals out there.

~Macklin

Macklin Smith
Department of English
University of Michigan
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Subject: Black-headed Gull - Yes 8/20 @ ~6pm
From: Marc North <northm24 AT me.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:17:05 -0400
Zak and Callie had re spotted the gull on the north west mud of cell 3 where we 
watched it decently close for a while til an eagle flushed it to the pelican 
peninsula. Good luck. 


Bird hard,

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Subject: Black-headed Gull Yes
From: James Fox <jmsfox11 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:55:21 -0400
Sorry for the late email but I refund the Black-headed Gull at about 2:00
this afternoon (it had disappeared for a few hours) on the mud spit with
the Pelicans in Cell 3.  The bird was still there when I left around 3. The
Yellow-crowned Night-heron was still in the brush across from Cell 3 around
1.  There were also 2 Knots, an Avocet, a Stilt Sandpiper and Baird's
Sandpiper in Cell 3.  There was an Olive-sided Flycatcher along Roberts Rd.
on my way in.  I have a very poor photo of the Black-headed Gull on my
ebird checklist and a better one of the Olive-sided Flycatcher.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19526207

James Fox
Milford
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Subject: Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Pointe Mouillee, Monroe Co. 8-20-14
From: Chace Scholten <chace.scholten AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:03:08 -0400
All,
Along with the Black-headed Gull there is currently an adult Yellow-crowned
Night-Heron here. The heron is across the dike from cell 3 in a small line
of snaggy brush between islands of cattails. A scope would be handy, and
the view is somewhat obscured.

Other highlights include two Red Knots on the north side of Cell 3 (at the
spot the Black-headed Gull is frequenting) and one American Avocet on the
south end of cell 3.

Keep on birding,
Chace Scholten
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Subject: Re: Black-headed Gull YES, Monroe Co, 19 Aug
From: Curt Hofer <curthofer AT earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:18:17 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
Congratulations to Adam on a remarkable milestone! With all the accumulated 
experience the next 100 should be easy. 



-----Original Message-----
>From: Caleb Putnam 
>Sent: Aug 19, 2014 8:25 PM
>To: birders the 
>Subject: [Mich-listers] Black-headed Gull YES, Monroe Co, 19 Aug
>
>All-
>
>Adam Byrne refound the Black-headed Gull in Cell 3 at Pointe Mouillee a short 
time ago (8:20PM). Side note: he has thus become the first person to reach 400 
species for Michigan, a pretty neat accomplishment. 

>
>Also I wanted to point out a misspelling in my first post. The correct 
spelling of Andrew's last name is Sturgess not Sturgis. Congrats to Andrew on a 
great find. 

>
>Good Birding,
>Caleb Putnam
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Subject: Black-headed Gull - Yes
From: Jerry Jourdan <jourdaj AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:07:57 -0400
Currently in NE corner of Cell 3 as of 7 am
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Subject: Black-headed Gull YES, Monroe Co, 19 Aug
From: Caleb Putnam <caleb.putnam AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:25:48 -0400
All-

Adam Byrne refound the Black-headed Gull in Cell 3 at Pointe Mouillee a short 
time ago (8:20PM). Side note: he has thus become the first person to reach 400 
species for Michigan, a pretty neat accomplishment. 


Also I wanted to point out a misspelling in my first post. The correct spelling 
of Andrew's last name is Sturgess not Sturgis. Congrats to Andrew on a great 
find. 


Good Birding,
Caleb Putnam

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Subject: Apparent Black-headed Gull, Monroe Co , 19 Aug
From: Caleb Putnam <caleb.putnam AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:46:15 -0400
All-

Adam Byrne just forwarded me photos taken by Andrew Sturgis at Pointe Mouillee 
some time earlier today, 19 Aug, that Adam and I both agree is a Black-headed 
Gull. It is molting primaries and has a partial mottled brown hood as well as 
orange-based bill, and retained carpal bar which appears to be molting away. It 
was in cell 3 at an unspecified time earlier today. 


Good Birding
Caleb Putnam


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Subject: Ruff @ Pt. Mouillee - pic
From: Jerry Jourdan <jourdaj AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 06:58:00 -0400
All,

Thanks to the help of Lou Dombroski and Tony Leukering and James Fox I was
able to get a digiscoped pic of the female Ruff late yesterday afternoon.
Look for the bright orange legs and dark 'scallops' on the back of this
bird, which is about the same size as the nearby yellowlegs and Pectoral
Sandpipers.  I had better luck w/ videos, so I'll be posting them to my
blog in a day or two.

http://www.pbase.com/jourdaj/image/156940952

How Adam, Brad and Scott found this bird in this habitat is beyond me.
Remarkable!

Jerry
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Subject: No Ruff Pointe Mouillee evening of 10 Aug
From: Sean Williams <seanbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 00:07:22 -0400
Hello all,

The bird left the south edge of the Vermet unit around 5pm, unfortunately
just before I arrived, and the group of birders was unable to relocate it
the rest of the evening throughout the Vermet unit and Cell 3. A Peregrine
was scattering the shorebirds, and at one point they had concentrated to
the northeast part of the Vermet unit. If it was still in the area, it was
likely hidden in the vegetation. Other highlights included a Willet and 2
avocets in Cell 3.

Best of luck,
Sean Williams


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Dept. of Zoology
Michigan State University
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Subject: Ruff, Monroe Co, 10 aug , 4:30pm
From: Caleb Putnam <caleb.putnam AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2014 17:20:56 -0400
All-

Louie Dombroski relayed to me that he had the adult female Ruff at Pointe 
Mouillee at 4:30 pm at the south edge of Vermet. Adam Byrne and Marc North and 
I also had the bird at a separate location around 1PM: in the SW corner of 
Vermet. So it appears to be flying around a fair bit. The bird was not present 
at the original location (south central portion of Vermet along the south edge 
of the island of dead cottonwoods) from dawn until it was first seen around 
1045 or 1100, so patience may be required to refind this bird. 


Good birding,
Caleb Putnam

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Subject: Ruff. 8/10. Yes
From: Marc North <northm24 AT me.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2014 11:02:26 -0400
Same spot.

Bird hard,

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Subject: Ruff, PMSGA, August 9th
From: Scott Terry <scott__terry AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 9 Aug 2014 12:29:44 -0400
Greetings, 

Adam Byrne, Brad Murphy and I recently found a female Ruff in the southeast 
corner of Vermet Unit. The bird is in the water under the dead trees which used 
to house the eagle nest (across the dike from the radio tower thing). 


Good birding, 
Scott 
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Subject: nesting Blue Grosbeaks in Kalamazoo County - please respect their space!
From: Adam Byrne <byrnea AT msu.edu>
Date: Sun, 03 Aug 2014 18:10:37 -0400
Birders,

Yesterday morning, I spent some time observing the pair of Blue 
Grosbeaks along the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail, between mile 
markers 14.3 and 14.4.  The male was seen and heard only briefly, but 
the female was very regular.  It became quickly apparent that birders 
were unintentionally causing distress to these birds, especially the 
female.  As the many photos of her carrying food would indicate, she 
is trying to feed young, but the presence of birders is disrupting 
her efforts.  After a few minutes, I was able to locate her 
nest.  Unfortunately, the nest is reasonably close to the trail, 
making it difficult for her to feed her young when birders are present.

IF she's giving her "chink" note, you are too close!  Please give her 
space, so she can feed her young!  It was very easy to back away and 
watch from a comfortable distance.  When at a safe distance, the 
female will visit the nest without giving her alarm call.  So please 
consider sacrificing opportunities for close photos or views, so 
these birds can successfully fledge their young.

Good birding,

Adam M. Byrne

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Subject: Y-C Night-Heron, Tricolored Heron, PMSGA, August 2nd
From: Scott Terry <scott__terry AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2014 15:26:35 -0400
Good afternoon,

Adam Byrne and I found a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron along with the continuing 
Tricolored Heron at 2:30 in the Humphries Unit (northeast corner) across from 
cell 3. In addition we had a Marbled Godwit in cell 5 and 4 Snowy Egrets in 
Vermet Unit. 


Take care. 

Scott 
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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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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
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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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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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Subject: email address change
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 Kirtlands 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 didnt 
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
Houghton Lake
 		 	   		  
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