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Hooded Warbler,©David Sibley

15 Apr hybrid or Ross's Goose, Mason Co. ["Brian Allen" ]
13 Apr Ross's Goose - Duck Lake WTP Calhoun County [Gordon Green ]
13 Apr Harlequin Duck Muskegon County [Michael Boston ]
13 Apr (no subject) [Michael Boston ]
6 Apr Oldsquaw - long tailed duck at St Clair Metro Park [Marc ]
12 Apr Smith's Longspurs, Buffalo Road, Berrien co. 4/12 Yes [Sean Williams ]
12 Apr Western Meadowlark - Midland County [Joeham1999 ]
11 Apr Berrien Co Smith's Longspurs 4/11 []
6 Apr Erie Marsh Preserve is closed [Allen Chartier ]
6 Apr Erie Marsh Preserve is closed [Allen Chartier ]
4 Apr Western Meadowlark [Paul Revard ]
4 Apr Snowy Owl, Wyandotte, Wayne Co. - Fly-over [Jerry Jourdan ]
3 Apr Slaty-backed Gull still present. MQT County 3 Apr 2014 [Skye Haas ]
3 Apr Slaty-backed Gull still present. MQT County 3 Apr 2014 [Skye Haas ]
2 Apr Short-eared Owl, Midland County, 4/2/14 [Ryan Dziedzic ]
2 Apr Western Meadowlark in Midland County [Stan Lilley ]
1 Apr Slaty-backed Gull, Lesser Yellowlegs- Marquette April 1, 2014 [Skye Haas ]
1 Apr Slaty-backed Gull, Lesser Yellowlegs- Marquette April 1, 2014 [Skye Haas ]
1 Apr Re: [birders] Snowy Owls [Jerry Jourdan ]
1 Apr Slaty backed gull, Mqt [Alec Olivier ]
31 Mar SLATY-BACKED GULL-- Marquette 31 March, 2014 [Skye Haas ]
31 Mar SLATY-BACKED GULL-- Marquette 31 March, 2014 [Skye Haas ]
30 Mar Western Meadowlark & White-winged Scoter, Midland County, 3/30/14 [Ryan Dziedzic ]
29 Mar Short-eared Owl, Saginaw County, 3/29/14 [Ryan Dziedzic ]
28 Mar Red-necked Grebe, Pt. Mouillee SGA, Monroe Co. [Jerry Jourdan ]
28 Mar White-fronted geese - macomb co [Tom Hince ]
23 Mar Western Meadowlark, Ingham County- 3/23 [Sean Williams ]
23 Mar Short-eared Owl @ Pt. Mouillee SGA, Monroe Co. [Jerry Jourdan ]
22 Mar Northern Goshawk, Kalkaska county [Ron Home ]
15 Mar Barrow's Goldeneye @ Versluis - Yes [Elliot Nelson ]
15 Mar Re: BAGO at Versluis Park - NO ["Meritt, Dennis" ]
15 Mar BAGO at Versluis Park - NO [Zachary DeBruine ]
14 Mar Re: Barrows Goldeneye, Kent county 14 March [Caleb Putnam ]
14 Mar Re: Barrows Goldeneye, Kent county 14 March ["larus10 ." ]
14 Mar Re: Barrows Goldeneye, Kent county 14 March [Caleb Putnam ]
14 Mar Barrows Goldeneye, Kent county 14 March [Caleb Putnam ]
12 Mar OT: Michigan Listers Compilation [Scott Jennex ]
12 Mar OT: Michigan Listers Compilation [Scott Jennex ]
6 Mar Re: Barrow's Goldeneye, Ottawa Co. 3-6-14 [Curtis Dykstra ]
6 Mar Barrow's Goldeneye, Ottawa Co. 3-6-14 [Rick Brigham ]
2 Mar King Eider [James Markham ]
1 Mar Long-eared Owls continue [Klein Douglas ]
28 Feb Ross' Goose (2!) Midland County along with Snow Goose (12) [Joseph Soehnel ]
26 Feb King Eider continues, Muskegon Lake Channel, 26 February [Nathan DeBruine ]
26 Feb How do you do Birdingonthenet MI? ["james law" ]
22 Feb Long-eared Owls - No [Klein Douglas ]
14 Feb Long-eared Owls Barry Co - Yes! [Klein Douglas ]
14 Feb Short-eared Owl at Willow Run Airport - Feb 13 [Allen Chartier ]
14 Feb Short-eared Owl at Willow Run Airport - Feb 13 [Allen Chartier ]
12 Feb Long-eared Owls - Barry County [Klein Douglas ]
12 Feb Muskegon Barrow's & King 2/12 [Rhoda Johnson ]
11 Feb King Eider, Barrow's - Yes 2/11 [Marc North ]
9 Feb Barrow's Goldeneye, King Eider - Muskegon Lake Channel YES ["Curt Hofer" ]
7 Feb Muskegon Channel ducks []
5 Feb Muskegon Barrow's goldeneye and king eider today []
4 Feb Re: King Eider and Barrows at Muskegon Lake Channel now [Dan Fox ]
04 Feb King Eider and Barrows at Muskegon Lake Channel now [Scott Jennex ]
04 Feb Barrow's Goldeneye - Yes, 2/4/14 [Marc North ]
3 Feb Barrow's goldeneye details - Muskegon County []
3 Feb Barrow's Goldeneye, Muskegon YES [Kirby Adams ]
3 Feb Barrow's Goldeneye [Michael Boston ]
2 Feb Barrow's Goldeneye, Muskegon Co. 2/2/14 [Joseph Lautenbach ]
2 Feb Re: Great Gray Owl, Chippewa County, 2/1/14 [Darrell Lawson ]
1 Feb Great Gray Owl, Chippewa County, 2/1/14 [Jim Dawe ]
1 Feb Snowy Owl @ Pt. Mouillee SGA, Monroe Co. [Jerry Jourdan ]
31 Jan Snowy Owl, Gladwin County, 1/31/14 [Ryan Dziedzic ]
31 Jan Surf Scoter and White-winged Scoter [Ranger Steve (Mueller) ]
21 Jan Townsend's Solitaire - Mason Co []
21 Jan Northern Shrike and Rough-legged Hawk @ Pt. Mouillee SGA, Monroe Co. [Jerry Jourdan ]
20 Jan MBRC photo gallery updated [Dave Slager ]
16 Jan American Tree [Doug & Della Smith ]
12 Jan Snowy Owls and Rough-legged Hawk @ Pt. Mouillee SGA, Monroe Co. [Jerry Jourdan ]
5 Jan Barrow's Goldeneye Douglas 1-5-14 [Rick Brigham ]
2 Jan Snowy Owl Isabella County Jan. 2 [Joeham1999 ]
1 Jan Townsend's Solitaire Continues at Ludington State Park 1.1.14 [David Dister ]
27 Dec Slaty-backed Gull- Wayne County 26-27, Dec. 2013 [Skye Haas ]

Subject: hybrid or Ross's Goose, Mason Co.
From: "Brian Allen" <tanager AT manistee.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:01:52 -0400
A possible hybrid Snow/Ross's Goose was at Freeman Pond in norhtern Mason 
County (corner of Freeman Rd. and US 31) yesterday found by Shelly Green and 
potographed by Linda Scribner.

Hundreds of Geese and Sandhill Cranes are in this area and the geese move 
between fields along Freeman, Darr, and Townline Rd.  A Cackling Goose was 
seen on Townline on Sunday eve. and the previously spotted Greater White 
Fronted Geese have not been seen for a few days.

BA 

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Subject: Ross's Goose - Duck Lake WTP Calhoun County
From: Gordon Green <chipperatl10 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 10:28:24 -0400
Ross's Goose on east pond. Observed for over an hour this morning. Was here 
still when I returned to get some better lighting for pics. 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/47026408 AT N05/13820789573/

Good Birding,
Gordon

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Subject: Harlequin Duck Muskegon County
From: Michael Boston <bunkerhh AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:43:35 -0700 (PDT)
I observed a male Harlequin Duck at the southeastern end of White Lake in 
Whitehall, Muskegon County,on Sunday, April 13th. Photo at 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/116262613 AT N02/. 


Michael Boston
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Subject: (no subject)
From: Michael Boston <bunkerhh AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:38:03 -0700 (PDT)
I observed a male Harlequin Duck at the southeastern end of White Lake in 
Whitehall, Muskegon County,on Sunday, April 13th. Photo at 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/116262613 AT N02/. 


Michael Boston
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Subject: Oldsquaw - long tailed duck at St Clair Metro Park
From: Marc <marcschu2003 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2014 21:43:26 -0400
My girlfriend, Emily, spotted a lone long tailed duck while jogging at St Clair 
Metro Park on Wednesday, April 2nd. It was near the shore on the northeast side 
of the point. Photo included. Thanks 





Marc 

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Subject: Smith's Longspurs, Buffalo Road, Berrien co. 4/12 Yes
From: Sean Williams <seanbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 10:59:50 -0400
Hello all,

Zak Pohlen, Callie Gesmundo, and I just had at least 10 Smith's Longspurs 
flying over, calling. They were mixed in with a giant flock of Laplands. I will 
post a full report later on eBird. This was along the road close to the eastern 
edge of the grassy patches. 


Good birding,
Sean

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Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48823
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Subject: Western Meadowlark - Midland County
From: Joeham1999 <joeham1999 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:35:28 -0400
The Western Meadowlark is currently singing its song from the wire up (south) 
the driveway from 5399 Burns Road just east of Coleman Road in Midland County. 
Thanks to the Great Ryan Dziedzic for discovering this bird! 

Hope to link video and audio on my ebird post. 

Joe Hammerle

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Subject: Berrien Co Smith's Longspurs 4/11
From: matthysell AT comcast.net
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:10:57 +0000 (UTC)
Rhoda Johnson and I had about a dozen Smith's Longspurs in the traditional area 
East of 3 Oaks.  Take exit 4 E off 94 down US12 about 7 miles to Avery, go 
south on Avery about a mile, and either drive slowly or walk E down 
(technically closed) Buffalo Road.  There were far more Laplands than Smith's, 
and the Smith's for us weren't really associating with the Laplands.  For us 
the birds spent most of their time south of the road. 

  
pics on the blog later 
Matt 
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Subject: Erie Marsh Preserve is closed
From: Allen Chartier <amazilia3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2014 19:42:56 -0400
Birders,

I have been putting off posting on this topic as I have been waiting for an
official statement to post from The Nature Conservancy. I will post their
full statement when I get it. But for now, as posted on their website (

http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/michigan/placesweprotect/erie-marsh-preserve.xml) 

the preserve has been closed since June 1, 2013 for construction that will
improve habitat as well as improve the inner dike system and water
management. Construction has been continuing during the winter into this
spring, especially on the dike leading to the sulphur pond. The areas
around the cottages as well as the parking area near the pole barn is a
staging area for the heavy equipment so is also closed as they are part of
the construction zone. There are serious safety and liability issues, so
please do not enter the preserve until there is notification that the
public may once again enter safely.

Thank you.

Allen T. Chartier
Inkster, Michigan
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Subject: Erie Marsh Preserve is closed
From: Allen Chartier <amazilia3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2014 19:42:56 -0400
Birders,

I have been putting off posting on this topic as I have been waiting for an
official statement to post from The Nature Conservancy. I will post their
full statement when I get it. But for now, as posted on their website (

http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/michigan/placesweprotect/erie-marsh-preserve.xml) 

the preserve has been closed since June 1, 2013 for construction that will
improve habitat as well as improve the inner dike system and water
management. Construction has been continuing during the winter into this
spring, especially on the dike leading to the sulphur pond. The areas
around the cottages as well as the parking area near the pole barn is a
staging area for the heavy equipment so is also closed as they are part of
the construction zone. There are serious safety and liability issues, so
please do not enter the preserve until there is notification that the
public may once again enter safely.

Thank you.

Allen T. Chartier
Inkster, Michigan
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Subject: Western Meadowlark
From: Paul Revard <prevard AT chartermi.net>
Date: Fri, 4 Apr 2014 19:43:03 -0400
The fore mentioned Western Meadowlark in Midland County was present this 
afternoon around 2:00pm. It was clearly perched in a small shrub while 
vocalizing. A nearby Eastern Meadowlark made for a nice comparison. 


Good Birding,

Paul Revard

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Subject: Snowy Owl, Wyandotte, Wayne Co. - Fly-over
From: Jerry Jourdan <jourdaj AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 4 Apr 2014 12:46:58 -0400
At 12:40 pm I saw a pure white SNOWY OWL flying north along Biddle Ave. at
Northline Rd. The bird was drifting west and heading at a steady pace. Neat!

Jerry
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Subject: Slaty-backed Gull still present. MQT County 3 Apr 2014
From: Skye Haas <theowlranch AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2014 22:11:47 -0400
Howdy all,

The Slaty-backed Gull was present again today at South Beach in the Lower
Harbor of Marquette. David Essian & I saw it around noon today. 3 Great
Black-backed Gulls, and 1 each of Glaucous and Iceland Gulls were in the
horde as well. And a horde it is. The numbers of Herring Gulls is growing
daily with about 1200 birds in the lower harbor.

~Skye Haas

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Subject: Slaty-backed Gull still present. MQT County 3 Apr 2014
From: Skye Haas <theowlranch AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2014 22:11:47 -0400
Howdy all,

The Slaty-backed Gull was present again today at South Beach in the Lower
Harbor of Marquette. David Essian & I saw it around noon today. 3 Great
Black-backed Gulls, and 1 each of Glaucous and Iceland Gulls were in the
horde as well. And a horde it is. The numbers of Herring Gulls is growing
daily with about 1200 birds in the lower harbor.

~Skye Haas

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Subject: Short-eared Owl, Midland County, 4/2/14
From: Ryan Dziedzic <ryan.dziedzic AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2014 22:09:56 -0400
Mich-listers:

   At least one (possibly two) SHORT-EARED OWL was observed at
approximately 8:15 PM this evening along Kent Road on either side of Homer
Road in Mount Haley Township in central Midland County.  There is a
relatively large tallgrass-type grassland there providing suitable habitat.

  As of this evening, the Western Meadowlark continues at the previously
reported location (Burns and Coleman Roads in far western Midland County).

Good spring birding,

Ryan Dziedzic
Oil City, Midland Co.
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Subject: Western Meadowlark in Midland County
From: Stan Lilley <slilley AT frontier.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2014 12:16:48 -0400
This morning about 9:10 I re-found the Western Meadowlark reported on March 30 
by Ryan Dziedzic. It was in a corn stubble field on the south side of Burns 
Road about 1/4 mile east of the intersection with N. Coleman Rd. It was singing 
incessantly but not perching up I saw it briefly a couple of times. 


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Subject: Slaty-backed Gull, Lesser Yellowlegs- Marquette April 1, 2014
From: Skye Haas <theowlranch AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2014 22:15:15 -0400
Howdy all,

The SLATY-BACKED GULL was present for a second day. I saw it a few
different times over the course of the day at South Beach in the Lower
Harbor. I was able to get better photos today that show the sub-terminal
white spotting on the primaries. The photos can be seen here-
https://www.flickr.com/photos/theowlranch/

A few other notable sightings were had today as well, most notably a LESSER
YELLOWLEGS found behind the Hampton Inn in the Lower Harbor by Louie
Dombroski. This is the earliest MQT County record, with the previous early
record being 11 April, 2009. The species typically arrives in late April. A
Blue-winged Teal in the lower harbor was also a very early arrival. Other
new sightings for me today include Northern Shoveler, Lesser Scaup,
Redhead, Great Blue Heron, Merlin, and Killdeer. Other birders today
reported Gadwall & Canvasback. So stuff is around, for now.

Good birding,

~Skye Haas

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Subject: Slaty-backed Gull, Lesser Yellowlegs- Marquette April 1, 2014
From: Skye Haas <theowlranch AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2014 22:15:15 -0400
Howdy all,

The SLATY-BACKED GULL was present for a second day. I saw it a few
different times over the course of the day at South Beach in the Lower
Harbor. I was able to get better photos today that show the sub-terminal
white spotting on the primaries. The photos can be seen here-
https://www.flickr.com/photos/theowlranch/

A few other notable sightings were had today as well, most notably a LESSER
YELLOWLEGS found behind the Hampton Inn in the Lower Harbor by Louie
Dombroski. This is the earliest MQT County record, with the previous early
record being 11 April, 2009. The species typically arrives in late April. A
Blue-winged Teal in the lower harbor was also a very early arrival. Other
new sightings for me today include Northern Shoveler, Lesser Scaup,
Redhead, Great Blue Heron, Merlin, and Killdeer. Other birders today
reported Gadwall & Canvasback. So stuff is around, for now.

Good birding,

~Skye Haas

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Subject: Re: [birders] Snowy Owls
From: Jerry Jourdan <jourdaj AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2014 19:52:41 -0400
Well Mr. Sturgess,

I saw your message and drove like a bat out of hell down to Pt. Moo to look
for the owls this evening.  I braved 50 mph winds and rode around the east
side of Cell 1 and saw nothing.
Then I got to thinking that it might be an April Fool's joke.  "Well
played, Mr. Sturgess" I thought.  But then I walked into the wasteland that
is Cell 1 and was able to relocated 2 Snowies! One adult male and a second
adult female.  Golden-hour sunlight made for stellar views at 200'! Now,
hopefully my digiscoping skills withstood the gale-force winds.

Thank you for the non-April-Fool's report!

Sincerely,

Jerry Jourdan, cold-but-happy digiscoper
http://jerryjourdan.blogspot.com



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Subject: Slaty backed gull, Mqt
From: Alec Olivier <falcontennis16 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2014 09:53:25 -0400
The slaty backed gull is back at south beach along with 3 Glaucous gull. 

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On Mar 31, 2014, at 9:32 PM, Skye Haas  wrote:

> Howdy all,
> 
> I was pleased and very surprised to encounter an adult Slaty-backed Gull this 
evening at the South Beach in the Lower Harbor of Marquette. The bird was very 
cooperative and allowed for about an hour of watching, All the various ID 
points were seen well, including deep pink legs, rounded head, thin bill, wide 
tertial skirt, slaty-grey mantle, and of course the white sub-terminal spots on 
at least 3 outer primaries, including P-8 (aka- the string of pearls). 

> 
> So I first saw the bird between 6-630pm, it was sitting on the ice off shore 
from the beach (along with 2 Glaucous Gulls). It mostly just stood on the ice 
before the gulls took off for the lake, when good diagnostic views of the 
primary pattern were seen. Beth Olson snagged a couple of flight shots that she 
surely will make available for viewing soon. Depending on where the MBRC is at 
and ends up with reviewing pending records, this may constitute the 6th state 
record. 

> 
> I'll be looking again tomorrow, hopefully it sticks around. It is certainly 
tempting to think that this is perhaps the same bird from last year, which did 
stay for three weeks. 

> 
> Till next time,
> 
> ~Skye Haas
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Subject: SLATY-BACKED GULL-- Marquette 31 March, 2014
From: Skye Haas <theowlranch AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:32:29 -0400
Howdy all,

I was pleased and very surprised to encounter an adult Slaty-backed Gull
this evening at the South Beach in the Lower Harbor of Marquette. The bird
was very cooperative and allowed for about an hour of watching, All the
various ID points were seen well, including deep pink legs, rounded head,
thin bill, wide tertial skirt, slaty-grey mantle, and of course the white
sub-terminal spots on at least 3 outer primaries, including P-8 (aka- *the
string of pearls*).

So I first saw the bird between 6-630pm, it was sitting on the ice off
shore from the beach (along with 2 Glaucous Gulls). It mostly just stood on
the ice before the gulls took off for the lake, when good diagnostic views
of the primary pattern were seen. Beth Olson snagged a couple of flight
shots that she surely will make available for viewing soon. Depending on
where the MBRC is at and ends up with reviewing pending records, this may
constitute the 6th state record.

I'll be looking again tomorrow, hopefully it sticks around. It is certainly
tempting to think that this is perhaps the same bird from last year, which
did stay for three weeks.

Till next time,

~Skye Haas

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Subject: SLATY-BACKED GULL-- Marquette 31 March, 2014
From: Skye Haas <theowlranch AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:32:29 -0400
Howdy all,

I was pleased and very surprised to encounter an adult Slaty-backed Gull
this evening at the South Beach in the Lower Harbor of Marquette. The bird
was very cooperative and allowed for about an hour of watching, All the
various ID points were seen well, including deep pink legs, rounded head,
thin bill, wide tertial skirt, slaty-grey mantle, and of course the white
sub-terminal spots on at least 3 outer primaries, including P-8 (aka- *the
string of pearls*).

So I first saw the bird between 6-630pm, it was sitting on the ice off
shore from the beach (along with 2 Glaucous Gulls). It mostly just stood on
the ice before the gulls took off for the lake, when good diagnostic views
of the primary pattern were seen. Beth Olson snagged a couple of flight
shots that she surely will make available for viewing soon. Depending on
where the MBRC is at and ends up with reviewing pending records, this may
constitute the 6th state record.

I'll be looking again tomorrow, hopefully it sticks around. It is certainly
tempting to think that this is perhaps the same bird from last year, which
did stay for three weeks.

Till next time,

~Skye Haas

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Subject: Western Meadowlark & White-winged Scoter, Midland County, 3/30/14
From: Ryan Dziedzic <ryan.dziedzic AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2014 14:08:49 -0400
Mich-listers:

   A WESTERN MEADOWLARK was found this morning singing in far western
Midland County at the intersection of Coleman and Burns Roads (SE
quadrant). The bird very clearly vocalized several times and was easy to
compare to the nearby singing Eastern Meadowlark.

  As well, a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER (adult male), initially found by Monica
Essenmacher, was found on the north end of Sanford Lake a few miles south
of Edenville.  One can access this location by turning onto Weeping Willow
Lane which is off Water Road (north/south road).  Once in the subdivision
on Weeping Willow Lane proceed approximately a quarter mile and veer right
onto Anna Lane where one would immediately see a wide vantage point as the
road bends.  The bird was loosely associating with the Common Mergansers,
Common Goldeneye, and Greater Scaup present. A single Snow Goose was also
present at this location.

Good birding,

Ryan Dziedzic
Oil City, Midland Co.
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Subject: Short-eared Owl, Saginaw County, 3/29/14
From: Ryan Dziedzic <ryan.dziedzic AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Mar 2014 21:52:52 -0400
Mich-listers:

   A SHORT-EARED OWL was found late this evening in northern Saginaw County
along Dice Road between Merrill and Chapin Roads.  As well, Snowy Owls
continue in that general vicinity with an individual in the same field with
the Short-eared Owl as well as: Tittabawassee Road west of Merrill Road,
Tittabawassee Road west of Fenmore Road, Fenmore Road at Dice Road, and
Dice Road between Fenmore and Merrill Roads.

(Additional Snowy Owls continue in Midland County as well.)

Good birding,

Ryan Dziedzic
Oil City, Midland Co.
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Subject: Red-necked Grebe, Pt. Mouillee SGA, Monroe Co.
From: Jerry Jourdan <jourdaj AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:54:40 -0400
This evening at approximately 6 pm I found a RED-NECKED GREBE swimming in
the middle of the Huron River mouth just off the Pt. Mouillee HQ at the
foot of Campau Rd.  A scope was needed to see it among the hundreds of
Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, and American Coot.

Jerry
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Subject: White-fronted geese - macomb co
From: Tom Hince <peleetom AT primus.ca>
Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2014 08:37:15 -0400
At 8:25 am flock of 7 white-fronts flying north past Brandenburg park on lake 
st Clair. Big water bird flight this morning (8000 plus cans and scaup many 
puddle ducks mergs and geese). 

Tom

Tom Hince
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Wheatley, ON
Canada
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Subject: Western Meadowlark, Ingham County- 3/23
From: Sean Williams <seanbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Mar 2014 15:33:13 -0400
Hello all,

Here's some more info on the Western Meadowlark found by Adam Byrne and me
this morning.

The bird was singing from atop a tree along a treeline south of 700 Plains
Road (you'll see a mailbox), about 2/3 down the treeline. Eventually the
meadowlark flew east (uphill) toward a fenceline, giving a Red-winged
Blackbird like "chuck!" We used playback once near the fence in an attempt
to relocate it, but we were unable to relocate it after about 15 minutes
worth of effort. There was a Northern Shrike frequenting the area as well.

The song started as two identical flutey notes, then burst into a fast,
gurgley series of high and low notes. We did not see the bird close enough
to scrutinize the malars.

Best of luck,
Sean

-- 
Sean M. Williams
PhD Candidate
Dept. of Zoology
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
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Subject: Short-eared Owl @ Pt. Mouillee SGA, Monroe Co.
From: Jerry Jourdan <jourdaj AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Mar 2014 10:38:54 -0400
Yesterday afternoon I flushed a SHORT-EARED OWL from the Lake Erie
shoreline along the east side of Cell 1 of the Banana at Point Mouillee.  I
was able to get some flight shots as it circled over Lake Erie and flew
back toward the south end of the Cell.

Other highlights:

2 Sandhill Cranes
1 Eastern Meadowlark

Inland ponds are still frozen, but thawing quickly. Cell 3 has exposed
mudflats along the west shoreline and SW corner, and should be good for
shorebirds this spring assuming water levels continue to be low.

The woodlot that comprised all of Cell 1 has been completely cleared. The
motive is unknown at this time. Any information regarding its future is
appreciated!

I've posted a blog w/ pics:

http://jerryjourdan.blogspot.com/2014/03/short-eared-owl-22-mar-2014.html

Jerry
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Subject: Northern Goshawk, Kalkaska county
From: Ron Home <rmccullick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2014 20:19:53 -0400
Adult male, approximately 1PM, US 131 just south of South Boardman. Spotted 
bird at a distance while driving and timed my stop accordingly, pulled my car 
over as the bird flew right in front of me. Great look with naked eye and then 
binoculars. Bird crossed the highway flying stiff and steady east by southeast 
about 2-3 stories high. Continued east until out of sight so I doubt it is 
chaseable but those in northern MI might want to be alert. 


Ron McCullick
Cadillac MI

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Subject: Barrow's Goldeneye @ Versluis - Yes
From: Elliot Nelson <elliotkarlnelson AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2014 22:53:18 -0400
Hey all,
Clinton Boyd, Randy Vandermolen, and I had the BAGO come in to roost about
7:50pm at Versluis park. We watched it for awhile from underneath the
gazebo at the park,  and then the entire flock went up and we lost it. By
the time we left, most of the birds had returned and most likely it is
still there and staying for the night, however it was to dark to relocate
the bird.
If chasing in the morning I would recommend getting to Versluis well before
sunrise as the bird left the location very early this morning.
Good luck and bird on!

-Elliot Nelson
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Subject: Re: BAGO at Versluis Park - NO
From: "Meritt, Dennis" <DMERITT AT depaul.edu>
Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2014 14:23:07 +0000
Please = could we not use Bird Banding codes on the ListServe? It is not only 
confusing to some but un-necessary. If you are going to describe a bird siting 
take the time to identify the bird by its common name. 


With thanks and regards to all. Happy St. Pat's Day!

Dennis Meritt

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Sent: Saturday, March 15, 2014 8:41 AM
To: mich-listers
Subject: [Mich-listers] BAGO at Versluis Park - NO

All,

I arrived at Versluis Park at 7:35 this morning, only to watch flock after
flock of goldeneye take off and head either E or W along the river (it was
about a half-and-half).  The BAGO had to be among them, as no goldeneye
remained by 7:50.

Randy and I briefly scanned the river from the DNR park with no sign of the
bird.  However, if you walk behind the Rio Grande Steakhouse along the
causeway (on the opposite side of the river as the DNR park) all the way to
the gates of a factory (~10 min walk) you may stand a chance of scoping it
out as Sean Fitzgerald and I did yesterday.

Good Birding,
Zach DeBruine
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Subject: BAGO at Versluis Park - NO
From: Zachary DeBruine <zacharydebruine AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2014 09:41:47 -0400
All,

I arrived at Versluis Park at 7:35 this morning, only to watch flock after
flock of goldeneye take off and head either E or W along the river (it was
about a half-and-half).  The BAGO had to be among them, as no goldeneye
remained by 7:50.

Randy and I briefly scanned the river from the DNR park with no sign of the
bird.  However, if you walk behind the Rio Grande Steakhouse along the
causeway (on the opposite side of the river as the DNR park) all the way to
the gates of a factory (~10 min walk) you may stand a chance of scoping it
out as Sean Fitzgerald and I did yesterday.

Good Birding,
Zach DeBruine
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Subject: Re: Barrows Goldeneye, Kent county 14 March
From: Caleb Putnam <caleb.putnam AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:43:12 -0400
All-

The Kent County Barrow's Goldeneye flew to Verlsuis Park ( an eBird hotspot) 
where it appears to be going to roost for the night. 740pm. This is on the east 
side of Plainfield just south of the Grand River. Multiple observers have now 
seen the bird and photos have been taken. 


Good birding,
Caleb Putnam 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 14, 2014, at 5:44 PM, Caleb Putnam  wrote:
> 
> All
> 
> The bird, a drake, is still present (540pm) but has moved west (downstream) 
and is apparently not visible from the DNR park at which he found it. He is on 
private property (with permission , but he didn't receive permission for anyone 
else, so do not bird here please) near the intersection of Fingers and Coit, 
looking far to the northeast. He said the view is poor enough that most birders 
wouldn't feel comfortable counting it on that look alone anyway. So I am not 
sure what the best bet is. Perhaps trying from the south bank mod the river 
anywhere between Coit and northland Dr. Access is scanty and there is lots of 
corporate property in this area. Or one could wait for the chance that it 
returns to a spot where it is visible from the DNR park 

> 
> Good luck!
> Caleb
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Mar 14, 2014, at 4:44 PM, Caleb Putnam  wrote:
>> 
>> All
>> 
>> Sean Fitzgerald just found a Barrows Goldeneye at the Plainfield Charter Twp 
DNR park on the Grand River in Kent Co. The bird is apparently near the 
confluence of the Rogue River and the Grand River at these coordinates : 
43.06187 -85.58945 

>> 
>> That's all I have for now
>> 
>> Caleb Putnam
>> 
>> Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Re: Barrows Goldeneye, Kent county 14 March
From: "larus10 ." <caleb.putnam AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2014 18:14:14 -0400
All-

Sorry for the multiple posts. I've been in the car all day, and just
arrived home.

Sean has refound the male Barrow's Goldeneye a 3rd time, from the closest
possible vantage. He parked at the Rio Grande Steakhouse on Plainfield Ave
(west side of Plainfield) immediately south of the Grand River. He then
walked west along the south riverbank, to a point where a reservoir is on
your left side and the river is on your right side. There is a thin berm
here. He walked about 2/3 the way toward the end of this berm and the bird
is with a raft of Common Goldeneyes on the opposite riverbank, sleeping.
Sean is standing here:

43.059709, -85.585990 Go to (https://www.google.com/maps/preview and paste
these coordinates into the window and hit enter.)

The bird is almost exactly here:

43.059732, -85.588004

Good Birding!
Caleb






On Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 5:44 PM, Caleb Putnam wrote:

> All
>
> The bird, a drake, is still present (540pm) but has moved west
> (downstream) and is apparently not visible from the DNR park at which he
> found it. He is on private property (with permission , but he didn't
> receive permission for anyone else, so do not bird here please) near the
> intersection of Fingers and Coit, looking far to the northeast. He said the
> view is poor enough that most birders wouldn't feel comfortable counting it
> on that look alone anyway. So I am not sure what the best bet is. Perhaps
> trying from the south bank mod the river anywhere between Coit and
> northland Dr. Access is scanty and there is lots of corporate property in
> this area. Or one could wait for the chance that it returns to a spot where
> it is visible from the DNR park
>
> Good luck!
> Caleb
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Mar 14, 2014, at 4:44 PM, Caleb Putnam 
> wrote:
> >
> > All
> >
> > Sean Fitzgerald just found a Barrows Goldeneye at the Plainfield Charter
> Twp DNR park on the Grand River in Kent Co. The bird is apparently near the
> confluence of the Rogue River and the Grand River at these coordinates :
> 43.06187 -85.58945
> >
> > That's all I have for now
> >
> > Caleb Putnam
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
>



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Caleb G. Putnam
Kentwood, MI
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Subject: Re: Barrows Goldeneye, Kent county 14 March
From: Caleb Putnam <caleb.putnam AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:44:32 -0400
All

The bird, a drake, is still present (540pm) but has moved west (downstream) and 
is apparently not visible from the DNR park at which he found it. He is on 
private property (with permission , but he didn't receive permission for anyone 
else, so do not bird here please) near the intersection of Fingers and Coit, 
looking far to the northeast. He said the view is poor enough that most birders 
wouldn't feel comfortable counting it on that look alone anyway. So I am not 
sure what the best bet is. Perhaps trying from the south bank mod the river 
anywhere between Coit and northland Dr. Access is scanty and there is lots of 
corporate property in this area. Or one could wait for the chance that it 
returns to a spot where it is visible from the DNR park 


Good luck!
Caleb

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 14, 2014, at 4:44 PM, Caleb Putnam  wrote:
> 
> All
> 
> Sean Fitzgerald just found a Barrows Goldeneye at the Plainfield Charter Twp 
DNR park on the Grand River in Kent Co. The bird is apparently near the 
confluence of the Rogue River and the Grand River at these coordinates : 
43.06187 -85.58945 

> 
> That's all I have for now
> 
> Caleb Putnam
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Barrows Goldeneye, Kent county 14 March
From: Caleb Putnam <caleb.putnam AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2014 16:44:18 -0400
All

Sean Fitzgerald just found a Barrows Goldeneye at the Plainfield Charter Twp 
DNR park on the Grand River in Kent Co. The bird is apparently near the 
confluence of the Rogue River and the Grand River at these coordinates : 
43.06187 -85.58945 


That's all I have for now

Caleb Putnam

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Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:53:59 -0400 (EDT)
Michigan Birding Listers,
 
My apologies for cross posting and some of yougetting multiple copies of this 
email. Daryl Aspery has posted the firstedition of the 2013 Michigan Listers 
Compilation at: 

 
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There is still time to send in your list totalsas of the end of 2013 for the 
23rd Annual Michigan ListersCompilation. The compilation is always done with 
totals as of December 31st. Ifyou have 100 or more birds on your list for any 
County or other site in Michigan,we encourage you to send the list in. I have 
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Please submit your totals in the order they willappear in the Compilation. If 
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Subject: OT: Michigan Listers Compilation
From: Scott Jennex <cccta AT aol.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:53:59 -0400 (EDT)
Michigan Birding Listers,
 
My apologies for cross posting and some of yougetting multiple copies of this 
email. Daryl Aspery has posted the firstedition of the 2013 Michigan Listers 
Compilation at: 

 
http://home.wowway.com/~gr8gray/listers/listers.html  
 
There is still time to send in your list totalsas of the end of 2013 for the 
23rd Annual Michigan ListersCompilation. The compilation is always done with 
totals as of December 31st. Ifyou have 100 or more birds on your list for any 
County or other site in Michigan,we encourage you to send the list in. I have 
included the list of categories atthe end of this email 

 
Please submit your totals in the order they willappear in the Compilation. If 
you have not submitted before, have a newcounty or location, please send the 
whole list. For the experienced, you maysend just the updates since your last 
participation 

 
Feel free to contact me with any questions youhave. Please forward to any other 
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you notice anymistakes. We know there are some birders with large County lists 
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Subject: Re: Barrow's Goldeneye, Ottawa Co. 3-6-14
From: Curtis Dykstra <curtisdykstra AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 6 Mar 2014 14:00:18 -0500
As Rick said, Mike Overway and I re-found the adult male Barrow's Goldeneye
at Port Sheldon Park in Ottawa County.  This location is known as "The
Bubblers" by locals due to the fact that large up-wellings from the
discharge of the power plant make the water "bubble" and keep it from
freezing.  Parking is interesting, but usually is done along the road in
winter (if there's room).  Today there is a loader plowing the road wider
and it has plowed an opening into the parking lot for the park.  If the
loader is not working, you may be able to park there.  In order to view the
open water you must walk from the parking lot through deep snow - either up
to the top of a bluff overlooking the lake or wander out onto the ice.
 Mike and I were not able to see the bird from the bluff and only found if
after walking to the first ridge line of ice on the lake.  The stiff wind,
heat sheer over the open water and  100's of birds made viewing difficult.
 Despite this we were able to get brief but identifiable views of the
Barrow's Goldeneye.  We were able to discern the white window patterns on
the black back and distinct white crescent on the dark face.  Much patience
and persistence is necessary.
Good luck if you chase!

Curtis Dykstra
Wyoming, MI


On Thu, Mar 6, 2014 at 11:58 AM, Rick Brigham  wrote:

> Greetings,
> I found an adult male Barrow's Goldeneye between the breakwalls at the
> river mouth at Port Sheldon, Ottawa Co. this morning. Unfortunately, this
> is private property, so I cannot recommend access to this spot. However, it
> was thereafter found off shore of Port Sheldon Township Park in the open
> water around the hot water discharge of the power plant. Curtis Dykstra &
> Mike Overway had the bird there, but had to walk out on the lake ice to
> view it. Curtis will follow this up with specifics on access there.
> Good birding,
> Rick Brigham
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Subject: Barrow's Goldeneye, Ottawa Co. 3-6-14
From: Rick Brigham <brigrick AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 6 Mar 2014 11:58:49 -0500
Greetings,
I found an adult male Barrow's Goldeneye between the breakwalls at the
river mouth at Port Sheldon, Ottawa Co. this morning. Unfortunately, this
is private property, so I cannot recommend access to this spot. However, it
was thereafter found off shore of Port Sheldon Township Park in the open
water around the hot water discharge of the power plant. Curtis Dykstra &
Mike Overway had the bird there, but had to walk out on the lake ice to
view it. Curtis will follow this up with specifics on access there.
Good birding,
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Subject: King Eider
From: James Markham <aztecmambo AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Mar 2014 16:19:20 -0500
We saw the King Eider a little after 1pm Sunday March 2nd close the mouth of 
the river at Pere Marquette Park in Muskegon. We drove to a snowy parking lot 
near the mouth and the bird was diving on the north side of the river straight 
across from where we were walking. 


James Markham & Greg Chavez. 
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Subject: Long-eared Owls continue
From: Klein Douglas <DouglasKlein AT aegislimited.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Mar 2014 16:05:44 +0000
As of Saturday, March 1st we are still seeing two Long-eared Owls at our home 
in Barry County. We would be glad to show them to anyone interested. We both 
work out of our home and are here most days. You can call ahead and verify that 
we (and the owls) are available. 


Good birding,

Anne and Doug Klein
235 Timberwood Drive
Hastings, MI 49058
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Subject: Ross' Goose (2!) Midland County along with Snow Goose (12)
From: Joseph Soehnel <soehnelj AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2014 13:03:33 -0500
First, a note of warning!  This location is technically Dow Property so DO
NOT proceed south of the intersection of Washington & Discovery Way.  I
drove parallel to and within thirty meters of these birds and was detained
by two Dow Security Guards and a Midland Police officer for twenty minutes
as they ran a security check, confiscated my camera to be sure I didn't
take pictures of buildings, and then told me to leave.  You can observe the
geese and the narrow strip of grass by remaining on Discovery Way just east
of Washington.

Now for the description....Two weeks ago I was drawn to this location as
there were numerous robins and snow buntings on a narrow strip of exposed
grass that I'm presuming was that way due to underground warm pipes of some
kind.  I pulled up today and was surprised to find fourteen Snow Geese
types.  Upon closer observation, I noted at least two of them being Ross'
Geese.  One was resting right in front of a Snow Goose and was noticeably
smaller.  Both ROGO were white with black primary ends that were visible in
both the resting birds and the one that was feeding.  Bill shape was noted
to be stubby without a grinning patch and the base was perpendicular
without any curved look.  Their heads were also nicely rounded.  I was then
approached by the police and didn't get a chance for further study but I
did get photos and will share them later.

The GPS coordinates are
4336'32.4"N 8413'01.6"W43.609006, -84.217105

Good birding,

Joe Soehnel
www.saginawbaybirding.org
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Subject: King Eider continues, Muskegon Lake Channel, 26 February
From: Nathan DeBruine <nathandebruine AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:16:59 -0500
Hi all-

The King Eider was still present in the Muskegon Lake Channel as of 12:30
PM today, February 26.  As others have mentioned it was hanging around the
silversides parking lot, today at this location: 43.229873, -86.334414
(plug into maps.google.com).

Photos here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17212333

Good birding,
Nathan DeBruine
Gary Knowlton
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Subject: Long-eared Owls - No
From: Klein Douglas <DouglasKlein AT aegislimited.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 20:07:51 +0000
Greetings:

Our Long-eared Owls appear to have departed. The intense wind on Friday was 
making the lone owl remaining move around in the tree as if trying to find a 
more sheltered location. This morning, with winds still biting, we could find 
no owl in any of the dense trees on our property. We will post again if one or 
more owls return. 


Over ninety people came to see these beautiful but reclusive birds. They were a 
life bird for approximately two-thirds of our visitors. We got to know many of 
you, and now you are no longer just names in eBird, but friends, we hope. We 
enjoyed meeting so many of our state's passionate birders. 


Take care,
Doug and Anne Klein
Hastings, MI
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Subject: Long-eared Owls Barry Co - Yes!
From: Klein Douglas <DouglasKlein AT aegislimited.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2014 13:42:52 +0000
Greetings:

We are still seeing two Long-eared Owls on our property at 235 Timberwood 
Drive, just east of Hastings. Bring your Valentine over and show her/him a life 
bird. We are here all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The owls have been very 
cooperative, although they are hunkered in the deepest foliage they can find. 


Hope to see you,
Anne and Doug Klein
Hastings
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Subject: Short-eared Owl at Willow Run Airport - Feb 13
From: Allen Chartier <amazilia3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2014 14:53:55 -0500
Birders,

I apologize for the tardy posting, but I suspect this bird is still
find-able. Yesterday afternoon, I stopped at Willow Run Airport to see if I
could find a Snowy Owl. I did not, but did see a Short-eared Owl sitting on
a fence post at the southeastern portion of the airport. GPS coordinates:
42.229026,-83.509877 (copy this and paste into Google Maps). The bird was
on the landfill (south) side of the east-west airport road, at the east end
just before it turns north. As it was a sunny day, and only 4 in the
afternoon, it was an unexpected find. And, in 30+ years of birding here,
this is the first Short-eared Owl I've seen here, though perhaps others
have over the years (Karl?).

As always, please use caution when birding this area. In particular, pull
as far off the road as possible as airport security (and employees) get
more aggitated when there are cars blocking the road!

Allen T. Chartier
Inkster, Michigan
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Subject: Short-eared Owl at Willow Run Airport - Feb 13
From: Allen Chartier <amazilia3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2014 14:53:55 -0500
Birders,

I apologize for the tardy posting, but I suspect this bird is still
find-able. Yesterday afternoon, I stopped at Willow Run Airport to see if I
could find a Snowy Owl. I did not, but did see a Short-eared Owl sitting on
a fence post at the southeastern portion of the airport. GPS coordinates:
42.229026,-83.509877 (copy this and paste into Google Maps). The bird was
on the landfill (south) side of the east-west airport road, at the east end
just before it turns north. As it was a sunny day, and only 4 in the
afternoon, it was an unexpected find. And, in 30+ years of birding here,
this is the first Short-eared Owl I've seen here, though perhaps others
have over the years (Karl?).

As always, please use caution when birding this area. In particular, pull
as far off the road as possible as airport security (and employees) get
more aggitated when there are cars blocking the road!

Allen T. Chartier
Inkster, Michigan
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Subject: Long-eared Owls - Barry County
From: Klein Douglas <DouglasKlein AT aegislimited.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2014 19:56:23 +0000
Greetings:

Two Long-eared Owls have been found roosting in a small copse of Red and White 
Pines on our property. Birders are welcome to come and see these owls. We are 
at 235 Timberwood Drive, Hastings, in Barry County. From the intersection of 
Charlton Park and State Roads, go west 0.7 miles to Timberwood, then south to 
the second house on the left (235). The owls are in a small copse of pines 
about 100 feet north of the house. 4WD vehicles can make it up our driveway, 
2WD - no guarantees! It's kind of steep and definitely slippery. 


The owls roost in a red pine about 6-7 feet off the ground, very close to the 
trunk. Changes in their roosting location will be posted here. 


We look forward to showing these beautiful owls to you.

Anne and Doug Klein
Hastings

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Subject: Muskegon Barrow's & King 2/12
From: Rhoda Johnson <johnsonrhoda AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2014 14:15:38 -0500
The Barrow's goldeneye was present near the lighthouse and the King Eider 
between the submarine and the dock at 11:30 this morning. 

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Subject: King Eider, Barrow's - Yes 2/11
From: Marc North <northm24 AT me.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:01:23 -0500
Birders,

The Barrow's is down by lighthouse and the Eider by the submarine. 

Bird hard,
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Subject: Barrow's Goldeneye, King Eider - Muskegon Lake Channel YES
From: "Curt Hofer" <curthofer AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 9 Feb 2014 21:59:57 -0500
Both Birds still present as of Sunday afternoon.  The Barrow's Goldeneye
spent most of the day at the west end of the channel across from the coast
guard station. The King Eider was working the area from the Silversides
Museum to the east end of the channel.  Also present at the far east end of
the channel was a Red-throated Loon.  We did not see the Surf Scoter nor any
Grebes today. 

Good birding,

Curt & Kathy Hofer

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Subject: [Mich-listers] Barrow's Goldeneye, Muskegon YES

Showing well and should stick around as there's not much water available.
Same spot as previously reported.
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Subject: Muskegon Channel ducks
From: <francke AT charter.net>
Date: Fri, 7 Feb 2014 16:10:20 -0500
Both the adult male Barrow’s goldeneye and the 1st winter male king eider 
were seen this afternoon in the Muskegon channel. There appears to be a pattern 
to where these birds are located. Viewing from the parking area directly behind 
the U of M research vessel, the eider seems to like the area directly out from 
the parking lot. A couple days ago it was near the far bank, but today it was 
near the boat (only about 30 yards away). The goldeneye seems to like the far 
shore west of the parking lot. Today it was about about 300-400 yards west of 
the parking lot. We walked the path west along the river to get better views. 
The water is now open all the way to Lake Michigan, but the birds so far are 
staying in the channel. They are finding lots of food in the shallow water 
along the river bank (looks like mollusks of some kind as well as small fish). 
The open water is a big area (probably about 1/3 mile along the channel) and 
there are thousands of birds. The weather isn’t supposed to change much 
tomorrow, so I believe there is an excellent chance the birds will be there on 
Saturday. 


Good luck,

Chip Francke    
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Subject: Muskegon Barrow's goldeneye and king eider today
From: <francke AT charter.net>
Date: Wed, 5 Feb 2014 12:41:06 -0500
The male Barrow’s goldeneye and the 1st winter male king eider were both 
present this morning in the Muskegon channel. Birders that were there included 
Carl and Judi Manning, Liz Notman, Bob Sabine and Reg Crowe. All got great 
looks at both birds. Both ducks were found from the Silversides submarine 
parking lot. The goldeneye was along the far river bank and west of the parking 
lot. The eider was on the far river bank directly across from the parking lot. 
The first parking lot you come to (where most people are viewing from) is not 
plowed and you might get stuck unless you have all wheel drive. I believe the 
main parking lot that is a short distance further is plowed and a better place 
to park. From this second parking lot, it is a very short walk back to the 
viewing location. In the last two days, the winds have blown much of the ice 
into Lake Michigan and there is only a narrow strip of ice keeping the ducks 
from venturing further west into the big lake. If this ice breaks free, it 
might be much harder to find these birds. 



Chip Francke 
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Subject: Re: King Eider and Barrows at Muskegon Lake Channel now
From: Dan Fox <dfoxmi AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 4 Feb 2014 17:06:45 -0500
If they are still there on Friday, I might have to try a trip on
Saturday--weather permitting.


On Tue, Feb 4, 2014 at 2:44 PM, Scott Jennex  wrote:

> Calvin B. Reports a young male Ing eider present now viewed from submarine
> parking
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Subject: King Eider and Barrows at Muskegon Lake Channel now
From: Scott Jennex <cccta AT aol.com>
Date: Tue, 04 Feb 2014 14:44:37 -0500
Calvin B. Reports a young male Ing eider present now viewed from submarine 
parking 


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Subject: Barrow's Goldeneye - Yes, 2/4/14
From: Marc North <northm24 AT me.com>
Date: Tue, 04 Feb 2014 10:24:20 -0500
The bird was on the north side of the channel directly across from the 
park/lighthouse. Good luck, it's wicked cold. 


Bird hard,

Marc V. North
989-928-4551
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Subject: Barrow's goldeneye details - Muskegon County
From: <francke AT charter.net>
Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2014 14:58:14 -0500
Just a few details on the male Barrow’s in the Muskegon channel. Many birders 
saw the duck today and it is likely the bird will stay around for a while. If 
you are not familiar with this area, you will want to go to Pere Marquette Park 
on the south side of the channel, then proceed to the Silversides 
submarine/museum parking area. From there, you can see the birds and walk along 
the channel if desired. When I was there today (about 2 pm), the duck was 
swimming back and forth along the far shore and was diving frequently. It was 
west of the parking lot about half way to the edge of the ice. In addition to 
the Barrow’s, there are thousands of other waterbirds. Many long-tailed ducks 
and white-winged scoters at very close range. Great opportunity for viewing or 
photos. 


Chip Francke
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Subject: Barrow's Goldeneye, Muskegon YES
From: Kirby Adams <kirby.adams AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2014 14:39:38 -0500
Showing well and should stick around as there's not much water available.
Same spot as previously reported.
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Subject: Barrow's Goldeneye
From: Michael Boston <bunkerhh AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2014 04:59:59 -0800 (PST)
I observeda Barrow's Goldeneye in the Muskegon Channel atMargaret Drake 
ElliottPark on Sunday, February 2nd from 2:45pm until 2:55pm. Photos at Flickr 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/116262613 AT N02/ 

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Subject: Barrow's Goldeneye, Muskegon Co. 2/2/14
From: Joseph Lautenbach <joseph.lautenbach AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Feb 2014 18:16:07 -0600
Hi All,

I saw this posted on the Muskegon County Nature Club page today and thought
folks would be interested:

http://muskegonbirdblog.blogspot.com/

I have not seen it, and will not be able to look for it. It appears that
the BAGO is in the Muskegon Channel.

Good luck to all who chase it.

Joseph Lautenbach
Manhattan, KS
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Subject: Re: Great Gray Owl, Chippewa County, 2/1/14
From: Darrell Lawson <lawsodw AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Feb 2014 10:11:07 -0500
The Great gray owl had been relocated by myself and four other birders in
the same location as reported yesterday. We are currently having great
views of it.
On Feb 1, 2014 5:55 PM, "Jim Dawe"  wrote:

> Mich-listers:Garrett Dawe and I had a long, close-up look at a Great Gray
> Owl in Chippewa County at 2:30 this afternoon.  We saw the bird on our way
> back from the Dunbar Forest Station on 12-mile Road about a 1/2 mile east
> of its junction with Lower Hay Lake Road.  The owl was perched on the north
> side of the road in the open country just west of the single-lane bridge
> that crosses the river there.   We watched the owl for about 10 minutes as
> it moved from perch to perch west along the stream channel.  Good
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Subject: Great Gray Owl, Chippewa County, 2/1/14
From: Jim Dawe <jimdawe AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Feb 2014 22:54:58 +0000
Mich-listers:Garrett Dawe and I had a long, close-up look at a Great Gray Owl 
in Chippewa County at 2:30 this afternoon. We saw the bird on our way back from 
the Dunbar Forest Station on 12-mile Road about a 1/2 mile east of its junction 
with Lower Hay Lake Road. The owl was perched on the north side of the road in 
the open country just west of the single-lane bridge that crosses the river 
there. We watched the owl for about 10 minutes as it moved from perch to perch 
west along the stream channel. Good birding,Jim Dawe 

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Subject: Snowy Owl @ Pt. Mouillee SGA, Monroe Co.
From: Jerry Jourdan <jourdaj AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Feb 2014 13:22:57 -0500
This morning I braved Winter Storm Maximus and walked the Middle Causeway
from Mouillee Creek parking lot to the Vermet Unit.  I found a single SNOWY
OWL on a signpost at the junction of Bloody Run and Long Pond Units.  I was
able to get a few digiscoped images and a video of the young female before
she flew on down the dike to another perch.

http://jerryjourdan.blogspot.com/2014/02/welcome-february-01-feb-2014.html

The place was otherwise devoid of activity.

Jerry
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Subject: Snowy Owl, Gladwin County, 1/31/14
From: Ryan Dziedzic <ryan.dziedzic AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Jan 2014 19:06:45 -0500
Mich-listers:

   As this is the winter of Snowy Owls, yet another was found this
afternoon in under-birded Gladwin County.  The bird was resting on a
distant fencepost directly south of the address 1776 Ritchie Road, which is
between Butman and Shell Roads.  This area is in far northern Gladwin
County and is Amish country which means there are many potential fenceposts
for this bird to utilize!

Good birding,

Ryan Dziedzic
Oil City, Midland Co.
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Subject: Surf Scoter and White-winged Scoter
From: Ranger Steve (Mueller) <odybrook AT chartermi.net>
Date: Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:30:03 -0500
One Surf Scoter at Verslius County Park Lake on Northland Dr at the  
Grand River, Grand Rapids. Four White-winded Scoters are still present.

Ranger Steve (Mueller)
Ody Brook Enterprise
13010 Northland Dr
Cedar Springs, MI 49319-8433

616-696-1753
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Subject: Townsend's Solitaire - Mason Co
From: ssantners AT vzw.blackberry.net
Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2014 16:04:47 +0000
All:

The Townsend's Solitaire first found by Dave Dister a month ago remains at 
Ludington SP. There are still plenty of grapes in the area it hangs out in so I 
would expect it to stay for a while yet. The spot it goes to is just before the 
entrance shack to the park where there's a tree with lots of grapevine on it. 


Steve Santner

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Subject: Northern Shrike and Rough-legged Hawk @ Pt. Mouillee SGA, Monroe Co.
From: Jerry Jourdan <jourdaj AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2014 06:34:41 -0500
Birders,

I hiked Pt. Mouillee Monday afternoon and found a NORTHERN SHRIKE on the
far side of Cell 5 atop a tree stand. I was able to get some digiscoped
images from a distance.

The light-phase juvenile ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK continues to frequent the
Mouillee Creek / Bad Creek and Roberts Rd. areas of the SGA.

Bad day to take the bike. The North Causeway was dry and rideable until the
junction of Vermet and Long Pond Units. Everything east was buried in
12-18" snow drifts.  I made the decision to walk/carry the bike, along w/
all my equipment around the Vermet Unit to Cell 5 (shrike only consolation)
and found the Banana Unit under snow, as well as the Middle Causeway on the
way back.

I could not relocate any of the Snowy Owls. However, a pair of muskrat
hunters had seen one far out in the Long Pond Unit earlier in the day.

Bald Eagle, Northern Harriers (2) and American Kestrel were only other
notable birds.

Jerry
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Subject: MBRC photo gallery updated
From: Dave Slager <dave.slager AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:42:01 -0800
Birders--

The Michigan Bird Records Committee online photo gallery has just been
updated.  The update includes a selection of new photos from 15
species, including a first-state-record subspecies.

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

On behalf of the committee, I'd like to thank all of you who have
taken the time to document rare birds in 2013, and remind you that
written documentation is just as important as photos!

Best of luck in 2014,
Dave Slager
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Subject: American Tree
From: Doug & Della Smith <smithdougdella AT cbpu.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2014 09:23:53 -0500
I've had an American Tree Sparrow visiting my feeder when it is very cold.
Della Smith
Coldwater
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Subject: Snowy Owls and Rough-legged Hawk @ Pt. Mouillee SGA, Monroe Co.
From: Jerry Jourdan <jourdaj AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Jan 2014 14:37:46 -0500
Birders,

I walked the Middle Causeway this morning and found (3) SNOWY OWLS in the
Humphries Unit between the Bloody Run and Vermet Units.  Two of the birds
were on the causeway and a third was on a muskrat den in the Humphries.  A
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK (light phase) was seen in the Bad Creek Unit from the
pump house.

I did not make it to the Banana Unit.  Trails were snow and ice-covered and
treacherous.  The Mouillee Creek parking lot is solid ice and a real slip
hazard.

Photos and blog to follow...

Jerry
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Subject: Barrow's Goldeneye Douglas 1-5-14
From: Rick Brigham <brigrick AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Jan 2014 16:25:34 -0500
Greetings,

At about 3:10pm today I found a young male Barrow's Goldeneye on Lake
Michigan from the guardrail along Lakeshore Dr. here in Douglas. It is in
with several hundred Common Goldeneye which in turn are part of a large
flotilla of several thousand that stretches along the shoreline from
Douglas Beach southwards. The bird is noticeably different from its
companions due to a significantly contrasting head structure. A steep,
forward leaning forehead, long mane and smaller bill all are distinguishing
features.

To access the guardrail you should park at Douglas Beach and walk the .5
mile stretch of road south. There isn't any parking on Lakeshore Dr. and
this will give you an opportunity to search through the larger flock of
goldeneye.

Weather has started to deteriorate, but a break in it could happen before
the high winds start tonight.

Good birding,
Rick Brigham
Douglas MI
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Subject: Snowy Owl Isabella County Jan. 2
From: Joeham1999 <joeham1999 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Jan 2014 11:45:37 -0500
I followed up on the previous 2013 Snowy Owl sightings in Isabella County 
hoping to check off the SNOW on my 2014 list. This lone Snowy was near where I 
had seen two on December 20. I drove north on Meridian Road and saw it 1/4 mile 
south of the stop sign at Rosebush Road, due west of Meridian about another 1/4 
mile west (at the east/west post line.) Digiscoped a photo and posted it with 
my submission on eBird.org. 

Happy New Year!
Joe Hammerle

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Subject: Townsend's Solitaire Continues at Ludington State Park 1.1.14
From: David Dister <david.dister AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Jan 2014 17:16:58 -0500
Dear Birders,

To start off their 2014 bird list with a bang, 10 people were pleased to
see the *Townsend's Solitaire* in its favorite jack pine (by the Toll
Booth) at Ludington State Park this morning (off and on from 10 a.m. to 11
a.m.). As the crop of wild grapes is considerable, and ground junipers are
common in the area, the food supply will not be a limiting factor in the
duration of the bird's winter site fidelity. Should birders wish to come to
the park, it is highly advised to come on days *with* *little
wind*(<10mph). Yesterday, it was quite windy and the bird was nowhere
to be
found. I presume it takes shelter in some of the many conifer stands
(either jack pine barrens or white pine forests) in the area.
For additional information, please reply to this email.

Good Birding !

Dave Dister
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Subject: Slaty-backed Gull- Wayne County 26-27, Dec. 2013
From: Skye Haas <theowlranch AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Dec 2013 21:55:04 -0500
Howdy folks,

I got together with Cody porter, Dj McNeil & Kirby Adams for a bit of gull
watching in the Metro Detroit area yesterday, we hit Visteon, Belleview
Lake & Crosswinds Marsh. It was at Crosswinds that we encountered an odd
dark mantled gull that could not be pigeon holed into our two expected
species. I did consider at the time that perhaps we were observing a
Slaty-backed Gull, but thought that a hybrid with a black-backed gull was
also likely (as most of the "odd" dark mantled gulls in the Great Lakes
turn out to be).

However when it came in close, the very bright pink legs
became noticeable and we were able to get some photos before it flew off.
We headed home and I hit the books and solicited several opinions of
birders more familiar with gulls than I, and all
agreed that several diagnostic features such as physical structure,
sub-terminal white spotting on the primaries, black restricted to the outer
web of primaries, etc. could be noted from the photos making this a
Slaty-backed Gull. I have a couple of photos posted here-
http://www.flickr.com/photos/theowlranch/

Cody & I went back out this afternoon, were we were amazed to see the bird
again. Unfortunately it never came to the marsh (where the gulls were
roosting yesterday) but instead spent most of its time sitting on a berm
near the dump. Still we were able to see several pro-SBGU features.

Ok so sorry this is getting out so late, I just really wanted to make sure
that everything was in line with making such a tricky ID.  I suspect there
is a good chance this bird will be there tomorrow. A good spot to check
would be the east/west road north of the dump (Arkona Rd) as the dump is
active there and close to the road. If the Slaty-backed is feeding, good
looks could be had from that spot. Best case scenario is that gulls are
coming to the spot of open water in Crosswinds, south of the parking area,
right were the first large open section of water/ice is. We
got briefly close to the bird here yesterday.

Other gulls seen here include Glaucous, Thayer's, Iceland, Great & Lesser
Black-backed.

Good luck if you try for this bird! I'm out of town for the weekend but
will be looking again likely Monday.

~Skye Haas

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