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Eye-browed Thrush,©Jan Wilczur

08 Feb Fwd: [Mich-chat] Red Crossbills [Marc North ]
8 Feb Ross's Goose -Lenawee Co [Steve Santner ]
7 Feb Western Grebe back, Leelanau [Brian Allen ]
6 Feb Greater White-fronted Geese -Livingston Co -2/6/16 [Patrick Wright ]
06 Feb Ross's Goose Ingham Co. - NO 2/6 [Marc North ]
6 Feb Re: White-fronted, Snow Geese in SE Michigan [Andy Dettling ]
5 Feb White-fronted, Snow Geese in SE Michigan [Karl Overman ]
02 Feb Western Grebe - Leelanau County ["L. Graf" ]
1 Feb Western Grebe in Leelanau county: yes 2/1 [Ryan White ]
1 Feb Western Grebe at Glen Haven; no [Ryan White ]
1 Feb Western Grebe at Glen Harbor: yes 2/1 [Ryan White ]
29 Jan Gray Catbird - Hampton Twp, Bay County - 1/29/16 [Joseph Soehnel ]
17 Jan Fwd: FW: [birders] Raven in Genesee ["jbuecking AT juno.com" ]
16 Jan Varied Thrush -Yes-Marquette 1/16 [Patrick Wright ]
10 Jan Harris' and Golden-crowned Sparrows: CLOSED for viewing [Jerry Jourdan ]
9 Jan Golden-crowned and Harris' Sparrriws-Yes! [Jerry Jourdan ]
7 Jan Lincoln's Sparrow downtown Detroit [Karl Overman ]
6 Jan administration matter--chattering in code [Karl Overman ]
6 Jan Re: FW: HADU and ICGU? [thegarlicks ]
6 Jan Re: Mich-listers Digest, Vol 2997, Issue 1 ["Grabill, Terry" ]
5 Jan Re: Mich-listers Digest, Vol 2997, Issue 1 [Cindy Ward ]
5 Jan Re: Mich-listers Digest, Vol 2997, Issue 1 [Marilyn & Phil Pikaart ]
5 Jan FW: HADU and ICGU? ["Bob Scheidt" ]
5 Jan Re: banding codes [Angela Cobas ]
5 Jan Re: banding codes ["C or M Johnstone" ]
5 Jan Re: HADU and ICGU? [Angela Cobas ]
5 Jan Harlequin duck and iceland gull [philip odum ]
5 Jan Re: HADU and ICGU? [Angela Cobas ]
5 Jan HADU and ICGU? [Jeffrey Smith ]
4 Jan HADU and ICGU [philip odum ]
3 Jan Re: Thayer's and Iceland Gulls - Crosswinds Marsh - 1/2/16 [Curt Powell ]
2 Jan Thayer's and Iceland Gulls - Crosswinds Marsh - 1/2/16 [Patrick Wright ]
02 Jan Golden-crowned and Harris's Soarrow - 1/2 Yes [Marc North ]
2 Jan Harlequin remains in Jackson Co. and Reflections on a January 1st run [Karl Overman ]
1 Jan Black-throated Gray Warbler in Stephenson - Yes - 1/1/16 [Patrick Wright ]
30 Dec White-eyed Vireo in Isabella County [Stan Lilley ]
30 Dec WEVI, MT. Pleasant [Scott Terry ]
29 Dec Wayne Co. Harris' Sparrow - seen 12/28/2015 [Jerry Jourdan ]
28 Dec Ad. California Gull near Crosswinds Marsh [Allen Chartier ]
27 Dec Wayne Co. Harris' Sparrow - Brownstown Twp. [Jerry Jourdan ]
26 Dec Eared Grebe Pointe Mouillee [Karl Overman ]
23 Dec Snowy Owl @ Pt. Mouillee SGA, Monroe Co. - 23 Dec 2015 [Jerry Jourdan ]
23 Dec Harlequin Duck, Manistee [Brian ]
21 Dec Barrow's Goldeneye, Roscommon County, Dec 21 [Jim Dawe ]
19 Dec Barrow's goldeneye, Higgins Lk. []
18 Dec Snow Goose - Galesburg [chippersbirds ]
12 Dec Black-throated Gray Warbler, Summer Tanager Continue 12-12 ["Scott Jennex via birdnet" ]
12 Dec Black-throated Gray Warbler, Summer Tanager Continue 12-12 [Scott Jennex ]
10 Dec Ross's Geese, Oscoda County, Dec. 09 [Jim Dawe ]
5 Dec Berrien California Gull continues 12-5 [Scott Jennex ]
3 Dec Re: Black-throated Gray Warbler in Stevenson, Menominee County ["Myles F. McNally" ]
01 Dec Black-throated Gray Warbler in Stevenson, Menominee County [Adam Byrne ]
29 Nov California Gull, Berrien Co 11/28 []
28 Nov Re: [birders] Harlequin Duck - Jackson County - Friday 11/27 []
26 Nov Re: [Jax-birds] Fw: Harlequin YES - Thursday, 11/26 [Gary Siegrist ]
23 Nov Purple Sandpiper 11/23 New Buffalo [Marc North ]
23 Nov Harlequin Duck - Michigan Center, Jackson County - Continues 11/23 [Scott Jennex ]
22 Nov Snow Goose(blue form),Genesee co 11-22-15 ["jbuecking AT juno.com" ]
22 Nov Jackson Harlequin YES [Kirby Adams ]
21 Nov Common Ground-Dove, Dead River mouth (Marquette) cont. 11/21 [Marc North ]
20 Nov Red Phalarope Pte Mouillee [Andy Dettling ]
18 Nov Franklin's Gull, Isabella County, 11/18/15 [Ryan Dziedzic ]
17 Nov Probable Black-legged Kittiwake, Isabella County, 11/17/15 [Ryan Dziedzic ]
17 Nov Cave swallow pt moo [Tom Hince ]
15 Nov Cackling Geese - Barry County [Klein Douglas ]
15 Nov Fwd: Muskegon County. Red Phalarope. YES. [Jeff Kunitzer ]
15 Nov Muskegon County. Red Phalarope. YES. [Jeff Kunitzer ]
13 Nov Little Gull Ottawa Co. [Josh Kamp ]
13 Nov Franklin's Gulls (8), Calhoun Co., 13 Nov 15 []
12 Nov Franklin's Gull invasion, Ingham county [Bruce Cohen ]
11 Nov Michigan Bird Records Committee (MBRC) vacancies [Scott Terry ]
11 Nov Cave Swallow, Allegan Co., 11 Nov [Caleb Putnam ]
11 Nov Varied Thrush, Otsego County, 11/10 [Jim Dawe ]
10 Nov Fwd: California Gull, Calhoun County, 09 Nov 15 [Scott Jennex ]
9 Nov California Gull, Calhoun County, 09 Nov 15 []
9 Nov Black Scoter, Midland County, 11/9/15 [Ryan Dziedzic ]

Subject: Fwd: [Mich-chat] Red Crossbills
From: Marc North <northm24 AT me.com>
Date: Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:29:31 -0500

Begin forwarded message:

> From: scotthutchings 
> Date: February 8, 2016 at 8:35:54 PM EST
> To: Mich-chat 
> Subject: [Mich-chat] Red Crossbills
> 
> One female and one first-year male. Greenwood Cemetary, Leonard St NW, Grand 
Rapids. In the treetops on the hill in the SW corner. 

> 
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Subject: Ross's Goose -Lenawee Co
From: Steve Santner <sjsantner10 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:59:37 -0800
All:

Sorry for the delay in posting but yesterday I had 2 Ross's Geese ( along
with a Snow and a probable Snow/Ross's hybrid) at the Morenci sewage
lagoons.  They were in the back lagoon - the one you can't see from the
road.  Walk (or drive but it's really muddy) on the two track along the
east lagoon and walk to the fence.  You will probably need a scope to see
enough details to id the birds.

Steve Santner
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Subject: Western Grebe back, Leelanau
From: Brian Allen <manisteebirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 08:52:56 -0500
Scott Sneed and Adam Byrne are currently viewing the a Western  Grebe T the
cannery at Glen Haven with apologies to all that missed it (me included)
yesterday
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Subject: Greater White-fronted Geese -Livingston Co -2/6/16
From: Patrick Wright <wrigh1pr AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 13:16:41 -0500
On Lake Chemung viewable from the Grand River roadside park between
Brighton and Howell.
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Subject: Ross's Goose Ingham Co. - NO 2/6
From: Marc North <northm24 AT me.com>
Date: Sat, 06 Feb 2016 11:22:07 -0500
Birders,

I searched the zoo and driving range thoroughly last night and this morning 
with no luck. There are a lot of hiding places though. 


Bird hard,

Marc V. North
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Subject: Re: White-fronted, Snow Geese in SE Michigan
From: Andy Dettling <dendroica AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 09:56:20 -0500
3 GWFG and one blue morph snow goose are there today, swimming between the two 
counties 


Andy Dettling

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> On Feb 5, 2016, at 10:44 PM, Karl Overman  wrote:
> 
> Today I went looking for geese in southeast Michigan and for a change I found 
what I was looking for. At Milans Wilsons Park which is barely in Monroe 
County, I found two White-fronted Geese resting on ice. Snow Goose was more 
problematic. I found four distant white geese. at the Morenci sewage lagoons 
(frozen today) in with several hundred Canada Geese. Distance, back lighting 
and heat simmer precluded seeing facial details so moved to get them in better 
light and of course flushed all the geese in the process. I did photograph them 
in flight. One is a Snow Goose but the other three are smaller, rounder headed 
and much smaller billed. I could not see enough detail to be sure if they were 
hybrids or Rosss. I have a couple of photos of them in flight on my flickr 
account, 

> 
> See, e.g., 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/93345010 AT N08/24817964426/in/dateposted-public/ 
 

> 
> Another interesting bird I picked up today in Lenawee County was a 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet at Lake Hudson. 

> 
> Cheers,
> 
> Karl Overman
> Farmington Hills, Michigan
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Subject: White-fronted, Snow Geese in SE Michigan
From: Karl Overman <martineoverman AT att.net>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 22:44:35 -0500
Today I went looking for geese in southeast Michigan and for a change I found 
what I was looking for. At Milan’s Wilson’s Park which is barely in Monroe 
County, I found two White-fronted Geese resting on ice. Snow Goose was more 
problematic. I found four distant “white geese.” at the Morenci sewage 
lagoons (frozen today) in with several hundred Canada Geese. Distance, back 
lighting and heat simmer precluded seeing facial details so moved to get them 
in better light and of course flushed all the geese in the process. I did 
photograph them in flight. One is a Snow Goose but the other three are smaller, 
rounder headed and much smaller billed. I could not see enough detail to be 
sure if they were hybrids or Ross’s. I have a couple of photos of them in 
flight on my flickr account, 


 See, e.g., 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/93345010 AT N08/24817964426/in/dateposted-public/ 
 


Another interesting bird I picked up today in Lenawee County was a Ruby-crowned 
Kinglet at Lake Hudson. 


Cheers,

Karl Overman
Farmington Hills, Michigan
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Subject: Western Grebe - Leelanau County
From: "L. Graf" <bluethroat AT charter.net>
Date: Tue, 02 Feb 2016 17:32:49 -0500
Western Grebe continuing off the north end of Manitou Street in Glen Arbor this 
morning, 2-2-16. 


Leonard Graf
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Subject: Western Grebe in Leelanau county: yes 2/1
From: Ryan White <rpwhite517 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 17:36:32 -0800
Was finally able to locate the Western Grebe (definitely this time) a few
miles to the east of the area previously reported. It was most easily
viewed from the end if Manitou Street in Glen Arbor and was seen near three
Horned Grebes.
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Subject: Western Grebe at Glen Haven; no
From: Ryan White <rpwhite517 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 11:55:15 -0800
The bird I originally thought to be a continuing Western Grebe is actually
a Red-necked
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Subject: Western Grebe at Glen Harbor: yes 2/1
From: Ryan White <rpwhite517 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 10:06:08 -0800
Continuing out on the harbor straight out from the old dock posts.
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Subject: Gray Catbird - Hampton Twp, Bay County - 1/29/16
From: Joseph Soehnel <soehnelj AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 11:49:01 -0500
I was driving the country roads near home to look for a Northern Shrike for
a new year bird.  I drove north on Pine to Consumer's guard gate and turned
back.  Just before the railroad tracks, a robin-sized bird flew up from the
ground into a bush.  I stopped and was shocked to discover it was a Gray
Catbird.  I didn't have my camera so I went home and came back to the
location.  It was still there and I was fortunate to get both photos and
video.  It was feeding on dried fruit and I was able to obtain  video as it
fed.  The video can be viewed at http://www.saginawbaybirding.org in
"Recent Sightings".

Directions if interested:  Turn north on Pine St from M-25 (Center Ave).
Continue past two 4-way stops and a traffic light (Woodside Ave).  Continue
north on Pine and the bird was located just past the railroad tracks near a
25MPH sign on the left (west) side of the road.

Good Winter Birding,

Joe Soehnel


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Subject: Fwd: FW: [birders] Raven in Genesee
From: "jbuecking AT juno.com" <jbuecking@juno.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2016 15:25:46 GMT
Hello listers, I am passing this information on in case anyone is in northern 
Genesee County and has interest in looking for this bird.I'm unable to look for 
it today, but will tomorrow. There is a dump on M-57 a few miles west of I-75 
that would probably be the best place to check. Good birding, Jeff 

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Subject: Fwd: FW: [birders] Raven in Genesee
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2016 10:15:25 -0500



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Date: Sun, Jan 17, 2016 at 8:07 AM
Subject: FW: [birders] Raven in Genesee
To: "jabuecking AT gmail.com" 



 
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 From: Edward Lewandowski [ocbirdguy AT gmail.com]
 Received: Saturday, 16 Jan 2016, 8:15PM
 To: birders AT great-lakes.net [birders AT great-lakes.net]
 Subject: [birders] Raven in Genesee
 
 Hello everyone, 
 I was shocked and did a double take and initially doubted myself but I am 
certain I saw a Raven along 75 on the way to Frankenmuth. It was ~a mile south 
of the county line to Saginaw. I saw a Crow shortly after and confirmed my 
belief. I initially put it out of my mind that it could be a Raven so far south 
but the Crow size, bill and flight comparison sealed the deal for me. It picked 
up off 75 and flew west over the fields. 

 
 This would be southern most sighting for me. Previous would be Port Austin in 
Huron County. 

 
 This appears to be a county first for eBird. I'd be interested to see if 
anyone else has had one here. I called Jeff Buecking hoping for someone to get 
a follow up sighting. 

 If memory serves it would be in Buena Vista Township. If a dump is nearby i 
would start there. 

 
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 Shelby Township 
 
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Subject: Varied Thrush -Yes-Marquette 1/16
From: Patrick Wright <wrigh1pr AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2016 09:12:07 -0500
Varied Thrush present at the feeders at 2122 Summit in Marquette right now.
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Subject: Harris' and Golden-crowned Sparrows: CLOSED for viewing
From: Jerry Jourdan <jourdaj AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Jan 2016 08:40:11 -0500
Birders,

Re: Harris' Sparrow and Golden-crowned Sparrow Update: CLOSED for viewing!

A huge thanks to all for being so well behaved and for your courtesy while
looking / waiting for the sparrows. But to respect the privacy of new
neighbors I need to shut down the invite for now. I will continue to
monitor activity and will report when its appropriate to invite birders
back out. Thanks!

Jerry

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Subject: Golden-crowned and Harris' Sparrriws-Yes!
From: Jerry Jourdan <jourdaj AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 9 Jan 2016 08:29:05 -0500
Both birds seen below feeders at 8:05 am and are gone!

Anyone coming to look for them may wish to wait till pm to come by.

Jerry
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Subject: Lincoln's Sparrow downtown Detroit
From: Karl Overman <martineoverman AT att.net>
Date: Thu, 7 Jan 2016 18:54:05 -0500
Lincoln’s Sparrow is not a regular wintering bird in Michigan. Nonetheless 
when I worked in downtown Detroit, I discovered that Lincoln’s Sparrow 
frequent lingered into late fall and even winter in the urban core of Detroit. 
The more concrete the better it seemed. That was eight years ago and my efforts 
at finding them in winter have been much less frequent in recent years. I 
notice one was reported this January in downtown Cleveland so today I went 
looking for one and found one in a micro habitat I have had it in other early 
winters, the north end of Washington Blvd. I have photos of the bird and the 
“habitat” in my flickr account. 

See, 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/93345010 AT N08/24131545452/in/dateposted-public/ 
 


Cheers,

Karl Overman
Farmington Hills, Michigan
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Subject: administration matter--chattering in code
From: Karl Overman <martineoverman AT att.net>
Date: Wed, 6 Jan 2016 11:31:37 -0500
I missed some of the back and forth that was out of bounds for mich-listers on 
banding codes and the fall out from that. If you want something on mich-listers 
that is not reporting an unusual bird in Michigan, you have to run it by me 
first. When I saw the initial banding code explanatory note, I was willing to 
let it slide as it seemed beneficial and a one time thing. Then things 
escalated. 


As for banding codes being used on mich-listers, I would discourage that though 
banning it may be impracticable in an era when a lot a data is entered away 
from the confines of a desktop keyboard and thumbs could wear out from typing 
the likes of “Black-backed Woodpecker.” I would rather have the information 
in code, whatever the code may be, than not have the information at all. 




Karl Overman
Administrator
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Subject: Re: FW: HADU and ICGU?
From: thegarlicks <thegarlicks AT tds.net>
Date: Wed, 6 Jan 2016 02:07:34 -0500 (EST)
Yikes, in my pdf of the alpha codes Harlequin Duck *is* HADU:

http://www.birdpop.org/docs/misc/Alpha_codes_eng.pdf

Diane Garlick
Augusta


----- Original Message -----
From: "Bob Scheidt" 
To: "mich-listers" 
Sent: Tuesday, January 5, 2016 6:06:25 PM
Subject: [Mich-listers] FW:  HADU and ICGU?

My apologies to the list for continuing the topic which at this point is
most likely more appropriate on a different forum.

Here is a link to the band codes that may be useful to all of us.  You can
then use your browser to search for any band code you are not familiar with.
As noted in a previous post, there are many exceptions required to keep band
codes unique.  It would be difficult to know all these exceptions and I was
surprised to see that Harlequin Duck is actually HARD, not HADU.  So yes,
best to use the full name once in the post.

https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBl/manual/speclist.cfm

Bob Scheidt
White Lake, MI


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[mailto:mich-listers-bounces AT envirolink.org] On Behalf Of Angela Cobas
Sent: Tuesday, January 05, 2016 2:33 PM
To: Jeffrey Smith 
Cc: Michigan Rare Birds 
Subject: Re: [Mich-listers] HADU and ICGU?

Lesson on bander's codes:

Bander's codes are used by bird bander's and other scientists and some
birders as shorthand for each species.

Most birds have two names, take the first two letters of both names to get
the code:

American Robin=AMRO

If a bird has only one name use the first 4 letters:

Mallard=MALL

If there are hyphens in first or last name, use the first letter than the
one after the hyphen, easier to show than explain:

White-throated Sparrow=WTSP
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck=BBWD

But Cedar Waxwing and Cerulean Warbler can't have the same code! If two
birds would end up with the same code, then most often its first three of
first name and first of last:

Cedar Waxwing=CEDW
Cerulean Warbler=CERW

Tricky ones are warblers whose name starts with "Black"
On Jan 5, 2016 1:53 PM, "Angela Cobas"  wrote:

> Harlequin Duck and Iceland Gull
>
> They are 4 letter scientific bander's codes. Most are based on the 
> first two letters of the first name and the first two letters of the last.
> On Jan 5, 2016 1:50 PM, "Jeffrey Smith"  wrote:
>
>> Could someone tell me and I'm sure others what HADU and ICGU are?
>> Thanks
>> Jeff Smith
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Subject: Re: Mich-listers Digest, Vol 2997, Issue 1
From: "Grabill, Terry" <tgrabill AT fremont.net>
Date: Wed, 6 Jan 2016 02:39:53 +0000
Agree, I think it would be appropriate after using the full name earlier in the 
post. 




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Yes using HADU does seem snobby.  Some of us are very new birders.
When I googled it, this is what I got from Wikepeda
Hadu - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/*Hadu   Hadu is located in Kenya*

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Subject: Re: Mich-listers Digest, Vol 2997, Issue 1
From: Cindy Ward <cindyward AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Jan 2016 21:22:36 -0500
Yes using HADU does seem snobby.  Some of us are very new birders.
When I googled it, this is what I got from Wikepeda
Hadu - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/*Hadu   Hadu is located in Kenya*

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Subject: Re: Mich-listers Digest, Vol 2997, Issue 1
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HADU - ????? Why use these? Does it seem snobby to some viewers? 

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Folks ,today at around 1pm..matt hegwood and sam burchkardt.had a non
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Subject: FW: HADU and ICGU?
From: "Bob Scheidt" <scheidt-birds AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 5 Jan 2016 18:06:25 -0500
My apologies to the list for continuing the topic which at this point is
most likely more appropriate on a different forum.

Here is a link to the band codes that may be useful to all of us.  You can
then use your browser to search for any band code you are not familiar with.
As noted in a previous post, there are many exceptions required to keep band
codes unique.  It would be difficult to know all these exceptions and I was
surprised to see that Harlequin Duck is actually HARD, not HADU.  So yes,
best to use the full name once in the post.

https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBl/manual/speclist.cfm

Bob Scheidt
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[mailto:mich-listers-bounces AT envirolink.org] On Behalf Of Angela Cobas
Sent: Tuesday, January 05, 2016 2:33 PM
To: Jeffrey Smith 
Cc: Michigan Rare Birds 
Subject: Re: [Mich-listers] HADU and ICGU?

Lesson on bander's codes:

Bander's codes are used by bird bander's and other scientists and some
birders as shorthand for each species.

Most birds have two names, take the first two letters of both names to get
the code:

American Robin=AMRO

If a bird has only one name use the first 4 letters:

Mallard=MALL

If there are hyphens in first or last name, use the first letter than the
one after the hyphen, easier to show than explain:

White-throated Sparrow=WTSP
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck=BBWD

But Cedar Waxwing and Cerulean Warbler can't have the same code! If two
birds would end up with the same code, then most often its first three of
first name and first of last:

Cedar Waxwing=CEDW
Cerulean Warbler=CERW

Tricky ones are warblers whose name starts with "Black"
On Jan 5, 2016 1:53 PM, "Angela Cobas"  wrote:

> Harlequin Duck and Iceland Gull
>
> They are 4 letter scientific bander's codes. Most are based on the 
> first two letters of the first name and the first two letters of the last.
> On Jan 5, 2016 1:50 PM, "Jeffrey Smith"  wrote:
>
>> Could someone tell me and I'm sure others what HADU and ICGU are?
>> Thanks
>> Jeff Smith
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Subject: Re: banding codes
From: Angela Cobas <angnix AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Jan 2016 17:32:01 -0500
Crossleys guides have them, but the eastern birds book is so big its not
really a field guide. I had to learn them fast because I used to be a field
researcher and did bird surveys involving maps where shorthand was
essential.
On Jan 5, 2016 5:27 PM, "C or M Johnstone"  wrote:

> The use of codes comes up occasionally on mich-chat/listers, and I
> understand the preferred usage on these list-serves is to NOT use the codes
> for initial posts.  If, for example, someone reports a Harlequin Duck, the
> subject line in the post should be "Harlequin Duck, [county or location]".
> After that, it's ok to refer to HADU in the text and in subsequent posts
> about the same sighting.
> I appreciate that policy.  I've been birding for over 40 years and not
> bothered to learn the codes (perhaps if I texted, tweeted, or used some of
> the other modern forms of shorthand I may well have learned them).  Still,
> it would be nice if the next iteration of the NatGeo guide included the
> codes in the species descriptions.  Matt
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
> *From*: "Angela Cobas" 
> *Sent*: Tuesday, January 05, 2016 2:33 PM
> *To*: "Jeffrey Smith" 
> *Cc*: "Michigan Rare Birds" 
> *Subject*: Re: [Mich-listers] HADU and ICGU?
>
> Lesson on bander's codes:
>
> Bander's codes are used by bird bander's and other scientists and some
> birders as shorthand for each species.
>
> Most birds have two names, take the first two letters of both names to get
> the code:
>
> American Robin=AMRO
>
> If a bird has only one name use the first 4 letters:
>
> Mallard=MALL
>
> If there are hyphens in first or last name, use the first letter than the
> one after the hyphen, easier to show than explain:
>
> White-throated Sparrow=WTSP
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck=BBWD
>
> But Cedar Waxwing and Cerulean Warbler can't have the same code! If two
> birds would end up with the same code, then most often its first three of
> first name and first of last:
>
> Cedar Waxwing=CEDW
> Cerulean Warbler=CERW
>
> Tricky ones are warblers whose name starts with "Black"
> On Jan 5, 2016 1:53 PM, "Angela Cobas"  wrote:
>
> > Harlequin Duck and Iceland Gull
> >
> > They are 4 letter scientific bander's codes. Most are based on the first
> > two letters of the first name and the first two letters of the last.
> > On Jan 5, 2016 1:50 PM, "Jeffrey Smith"  wrote:
> >
> >> Could someone tell me and I'm sure others what HADU and ICGU are?
> >> Thanks
> >> Jeff Smith
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Subject: Re: banding codes
From: "C or M Johnstone" <anhinga AT tm.net>
Date: Tue, 5 Jan 2016 17:27:37 -0500
The use of codes comes up occasionally on mich-chat/listers, and I 
understand the preferred usage on these list-serves is to NOT use the codes 
for initial posts.  If, for example, someone reports a Harlequin Duck, the 
subject line in the post should be "Harlequin Duck, [county or location]".  
After that, it's ok to refer to HADU in the text and in subsequent posts 
about the same sighting.  
 I appreciate that policy.  I've been birding for over 40 years and not 
bothered to learn the codes (perhaps if I texted, tweeted, or used some of 
the other modern forms of shorthand I may well have learned them).  Still, 
it would be nice if the next iteration of the NatGeo guide included the 
codes in the species descriptions.  Matt
  
  
  

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 From: "Angela Cobas" 
Sent: Tuesday, January 05, 2016 2:33 PM
To: "Jeffrey Smith" 
Cc: "Michigan Rare Birds" 
Subject: Re: [Mich-listers] HADU and ICGU?   
Lesson on bander's codes:

Bander's codes are used by bird bander's and other scientists and some
birders as shorthand for each species.

Most birds have two names, take the first two letters of both names to get
the code:

American Robin=AMRO

If a bird has only one name use the first 4 letters:

Mallard=MALL

If there are hyphens in first or last name, use the first letter than the
one after the hyphen, easier to show than explain:

White-throated Sparrow=WTSP
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck=BBWD

But Cedar Waxwing and Cerulean Warbler can't have the same code! If two
birds would end up with the same code, then most often its first three of
first name and first of last:

Cedar Waxwing=CEDW
Cerulean Warbler=CERW

Tricky ones are warblers whose name starts with "Black"
On Jan 5, 2016 1:53 PM, "Angela Cobas"  wrote:

> Harlequin Duck and Iceland Gull
>
> They are 4 letter scientific bander's codes. Most are based on the first
> two letters of the first name and the first two letters of the last.
> On Jan 5, 2016 1:50 PM, "Jeffrey Smith"  wrote:
>
>> Could someone tell me and I'm sure others what HADU and ICGU are?
>> Thanks
>> Jeff Smith
>>
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Subject: Re: HADU and ICGU?
From: Angela Cobas <angnix AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Jan 2016 14:32:40 -0500
Lesson on bander's codes:

Bander's codes are used by bird bander's and other scientists and some
birders as shorthand for each species.

Most birds have two names, take the first two letters of both names to get
the code:

American Robin=AMRO

If a bird has only one name use the first 4 letters:

Mallard=MALL

If there are hyphens in first or last name, use the first letter than the
one after the hyphen, easier to show than explain:

White-throated Sparrow=WTSP
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck=BBWD

But Cedar Waxwing and Cerulean Warbler can't have the same code! If two
birds would end up with the same code, then most often its first three of
first name and first of last:

Cedar Waxwing=CEDW
Cerulean Warbler=CERW

Tricky ones are warblers whose name starts with "Black"
On Jan 5, 2016 1:53 PM, "Angela Cobas"  wrote:

> Harlequin Duck and Iceland Gull
>
> They are 4 letter scientific bander's codes. Most are based on the first
> two letters of the first name and the first two letters of the last.
> On Jan 5, 2016 1:50 PM, "Jeffrey Smith"  wrote:
>
>> Could someone tell me and I'm sure others what HADU and ICGU are?
>> Thanks
>> Jeff Smith
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Subject: Harlequin duck and iceland gull
From: philip odum <philsfotos1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Jan 2016 14:18:03 -0500
YES this morning at 8:12 and iceland gull ..sorry angela i thought most
here understand the 4 place abbreviations for bird specii..
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Subject: Re: HADU and ICGU?
From: Angela Cobas <angnix AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Jan 2016 13:53:57 -0500
Harlequin Duck and Iceland Gull

They are 4 letter scientific bander's codes. Most are based on the first
two letters of the first name and the first two letters of the last.
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> Could someone tell me and I'm sure others what HADU and ICGU are?
> Thanks
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Subject: HADU and ICGU?
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Date: Tue, 5 Jan 2016 13:49:37 -0500
Could someone tell me and I'm sure others what HADU and ICGU are?
Thanks
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Subject: HADU and ICGU
From: philip odum <philsfotos1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 4 Jan 2016 20:31:47 -0500
Folks ,today at around 1pm..matt hegwood and sam burchkardt.had a non
breeding male HADU at the ausable rivermouth.also a 1st cycle ICGU..
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Subject: Re: Thayer's and Iceland Gulls - Crosswinds Marsh - 1/2/16
From: Curt Powell <curt.curtp AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 3 Jan 2016 17:08:39 -0500
Patrick,

Thanks for the post!  I have been struggling to find the gulls (lower than
1000 feet), so it was great to hear you found some.  I went out there today
and there were many Herring gulls.  Difficult viewing as they were packed
like sardines on the ice.  I did not find any white-winged gulls today
(although there may have been some in the middle of the packs).  There were
at least 3 adult and 2 first winter Lesser Black-Backed Gulls, and around
the same numbers of Great Black-Backed Gulls visible.

Grace Lake has been 'gull-free' the last few visits I have made.
Belleville Lake West of the Bridge on Belleville Road has had good numbers
of birds at times, but with no ice, they tend to be far out there.

Good birding

Curt



On Sat, Jan 2, 2016 at 6:49 PM, Patrick Wright  wrote:

> Lyle Hamilton, Marc North, Sam Wright, and I all got good views of 3 first
> year gulls today. 1 Thayer's, 1 Iceland, and 1 Iceland/Thayer's (likely
> Thayer's IMO).
>
> Also present were several Glaucous and Lesser Black-backed with about a
> dozen Great-Black-backed amongst the many gulls on the ice.
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Subject: Thayer's and Iceland Gulls - Crosswinds Marsh - 1/2/16
From: Patrick Wright <wrigh1pr AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 2 Jan 2016 18:49:32 -0500
Lyle Hamilton, Marc North, Sam Wright, and I all got good views of 3 first
year gulls today. 1 Thayer's, 1 Iceland, and 1 Iceland/Thayer's (likely
Thayer's IMO).

Also present were several Glaucous and Lesser Black-backed with about a
dozen Great-Black-backed amongst the many gulls on the ice.
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Subject: Golden-crowned and Harris's Soarrow - 1/2 Yes
From: Marc North <northm24 AT me.com>
Date: Sat, 02 Jan 2016 18:39:44 -0500
Birders,

We had the Golden-crowned Sparrow at 3:15pm and the Harris's Sparrow at 4:15pm. 
They both came to the feeder two houses down from Jerry's. Thanks again Jerry 
for letting us on your property. 


Bird hard,

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Subject: Harlequin remains in Jackson Co. and Reflections on a January 1st run
From: Karl Overman <martineoverman AT att.net>
Date: Sat, 2 Jan 2016 08:11:02 -0500
Mary Trombley, Scott Jennex and I made our annual January 1st run to start out 
the New Year. We started at dawn (8:06 to be exact) at the stake out for the 
young male Harlequin at the 5th Street boat launch in Michigan Center, Jackson 
County and instantly found it right on the shore of the boat launch. We then 
went north a few miles to Dalton Road and dipped on Golden Eagle. On to Thorn 
Lake in SE Jackson County. Ducks but no interesting geese. Move on. South to 
Lenawee County, a normally overlooked venue by Michigan birders but getting 
hotter. The Red Mill Pond in Tecumseh yielded the Snow and Blue Goose combo 
that has been there for a number of days plus a bonus Pintail thanks to 
Scott’s sharp eyes. Next a drive to Michigan’s version of the Corn Desert 
in southeast Lenawee County. Lapland Longspurs of course, an Overman specialty. 
A Snowy Owl was photographed recently on Highway 223 near Riga so we drove 
drove several roads south of 223 in open country looking for it. Nada. We 
checked a number of white objects in fields but could not make them into a 
Snowy Owl. Then I relied on a time tested strategy for finding Snowy Owl—Go 
to the general vicinity where one has been reported. Don’t look for distant 
white objects in vast fields, on utility poles, farm buildings, whatever but 
instead look for someone aiming an oversized lens standing out in the cold 
where a normal person would not be caught dead. We found such a person on 223 
west of Rodesiler Hwy, actually two cars bearing Ohio plates so we pulled up 
behind them and they pointed out the Snowy Owl hiding behind a large dirt clod 
far out it the field. Soon two more cars with Ohio plates pulled up behind us, 
also looking for the Snowy. Must be a shortage of Snowy Owls in Ohio. Staying 
in Lenawee County we went to the eastern edge of the county to Gerber Hill Park 
to pick up the resident Mockingbird. A couple miles to the east in Monroe 
County at Todd & Alcott Roads, a feeder yielded White-crowned Sparrow (expected 
there unlike elsewhere in SE Michigan in winter) and a bonus Chipping Sparrow. 
We ended the day getting standard winter birds along the Lake Erie shoreline 
including non standard but expected Great Egrets (3) and Black-crowned 
Night-Heron at the Monroe power plant. 


Happy New Year,

Karl Overman
Farmington Hills, Michigan
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Subject: Black-throated Gray Warbler in Stephenson - Yes - 1/1/16
From: Patrick Wright <wrigh1pr AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Jan 2016 10:01:34 -0500
Still visiting Wayne and Lynette's feeder.
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Subject: White-eyed Vireo in Isabella County
From: Stan Lilley <spadefoot16 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Dec 2015 15:18:52 -0500
White Eyed Vireo relocated this afternoon by Scott Terry continues at Grewe
Lake. Loosely associating with chickadees and somewhat skittish. Young
looking, relatively bright bird.
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Subject: WEVI, MT. Pleasant
From: Scott Terry <scott__terry AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Dec 2015 19:05:21 +0000
Good afternoon,
The previously ebirded White-eyed Vireo is still present. I parked in the RV 
lot just south of Airport Road and walked the trail along the north side of 
Grewes Lake. The bird is closely associating with Chickadees. It's moving a 
lot. If you're in the area call 248 736 8500, I can stay another 45 minutes or 
so. 

Take care. 
Scott Terry


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Subject: Wayne Co. Harris' Sparrow - seen 12/28/2015
From: Jerry Jourdan <jourdaj AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Dec 2015 06:15:02 -0500
All,

I was away from the house all day yesterday, but Robin saw the HARRIS'
SPARROW in the yard
at 12:25 pm before the heavy rain/ice came in. She was able to get a couple
of record photos of the bird.

I'm home today if folks wish to stop by to look for the bird.

Also, some had problems viewing the pic on Facebook (sorry). Here is a link
to the blog post w/ photos of the bird.


http://jerryjourdan.blogspot.com/2015/12/lightning-does-strike-twice-27-dec-2015.html 


Jerry
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Subject: Ad. California Gull near Crosswinds Marsh
From: Allen Chartier <amazilia3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Dec 2015 09:46:44 -0500
In a field NE of the landfill, viewed from Clark Rd. between Arkona and Ash
Roads. Hunderds of gulls present including Lesser Black-backed and one juv.
Thayers.

Allen T. Chartier
Inkster, Michigan
Email: amazilia3 AT gmail.com
Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mihummingbirdguy/
Blog: http://mihummingbirdguy.blogspot.com
Website: www.amazilia.net
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Subject: Wayne Co. Harris' Sparrow - Brownstown Twp.
From: Jerry Jourdan <jourdaj AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Dec 2015 16:17:22 -0500
As some of you may know I've had a Golden-crowned Sparrow making brief and
infrequent visits to my yard since November. Today, while looking for it I
found a HARRIS' SPARROW below the feeder.
The bird stayed long enough for photos and video, and has returned 2X more
this afternoon.


https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204276511907758&set=gm.413379588860337&type=3&theater 


I've gotten preliminary permission to allow folks to stop by to look for
it. There is new home construction going on across the street and next
door, so parking on the street may be tough to find.
I'm asking folks to walk around the right (east) side of the house and
scope/bin the rear of the yard for the bird(s), which have been hanging out
on the ground under the thistle/sunflower feeder, or near the bluebird box.
They are easily spooked, and if construction is particularly loud may not
visit the feeders, at all. The Golden-crowned is unlikely, the Harris' more
likely to be seen.

Please call before coming by as I'll be in/out all week. I'll post updates
as necessary.

Jerry Jourdan
26340 Higgins Way
Del Webb Bridgewater
Brownstown Twp, MI 48134
734-552-6914
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Subject: Eared Grebe Pointe Mouillee
From: Karl Overman <martineoverman AT att.net>
Date: Sat, 26 Dec 2015 19:38:47 -0500
Six of us--Mary Trombley, Scott Jennex, Lyle Hamilton Jim Fowler, James Fox and 
I, birded Pointe Mouillee this afternoon as part of the Rockwood Count. Duck 
hunters were out in numbers especially in the morning, so ducks were 
understandably hard to come up. James Fox found our best bird, an Eared Grebe 
in cell 4 (no hunting allowed on the Banana) in the northeast corner. I have 
linked to a photo of the bird. Also in cell 4 were 2 Horned Grebes, a Common 
Loon and a Surf Scoter among others. We flushed a Short-eared Owl in the grassy 
border of the middle causeway. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/93345010 AT N08/23966304946/in/dateposted-public/


Cheers,

Karl Overman
Farmington Hills, Michigan
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Subject: Snowy Owl @ Pt. Mouillee SGA, Monroe Co. - 23 Dec 2015
From: Jerry Jourdan <jourdaj AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Dec 2015 19:45:45 -0500
A SNOWY OWL was observed and digiscoped in Cell 3 of the Banana Unit this
morning. It appears to be a sub-adult male based on broken barring on the
tail. The bird
was light-colored but showed some brown on tips of flight feathers. I
managed to photograph it and leave without spooking it. This bird counts as
a Count Week record for the
Rockwood Christmas Bird Count, which is to be held this Saturday, Dec.
26th. Photo can be seen in the bird report.

I also performed a survey of Pt Mouillee and found impressive numbers of
Redhead/Canvasbacks on the mouth of the Huron River, impressive numbers of
American Coot
in the Humphries Unit, and impressive numbers of Tundra Swans in the Vermet
Unit.  A complete eBird report is listed below:

NOTE THAT PT MOUILLEE IS OPEN FOR HUNTING ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, SO PLEASE
USE CAUTION IF IN THE AREA DURING THE CBC.

Jerry Jourdan
http://jerryjourdan.blogspot.com

Pte. Mouillee SGA, Monroe, Michigan, US
Dec 23, 2015 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
16.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Overcast, foggy/drizzle gave way to mostly cloudy before
heavy rains fell. 50F; no snow; trails muddy making biking difficult;
35 species

Canada Goose  84     mostly in Vermet Unit, some on Lake Erie and Cell 3
Mute Swan  100
Tundra Swan  785     85 in Cell 3, rest were found in Vermet Unit among
~100 Mute Swans; loud and boisterous.
Gadwall  100     Humphries Unit near shore while American Coot were
concentrated near center.
American Black Duck  12
Mallard  164     Equally dispersed in Lake Erie (mouth of Huron River),
Vermet, Humphries Unit and Cell 3
Northern Shoveler  1     Humphries Unit among Gadwall and 3 Northern Pintail
Northern Pintail  3     three males among Gadwall in Humphries Unit. Able
to ID while dabbling from long tail and white rump. when surfaced could see
the white stripe up side of neck
Green-winged Teal  58     All found in Cell 3; almost all males
Canvasback  5000     Impressive rafts of Canvasback/Redhead at mouth of
Huron River. Made count of total birds using clusters of 100, then 1000 as
the birds were stretched out into Lake Erie. Scope views estimated ~2:1
Redhead:Canvasback ratio.
Redhead  9000
Greater Scaup  20
Lesser Scaup  200
Bufflehead  120
Common Goldeneye  100
Common Merganser  2
Ruddy Duck  180     all found in Cell 5 in NE corner.
Great Blue Heron  1     Cell 3
Northern Harrier  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  5000     All birds concentrated in Humphries Unit; Dabbling
ducks were stretched along perimeter of duck flock with all of the coot
concentrated in the center. Clusters of 100 birds were used to estimate
first 1000 birds, then found 4 more clusters of equivalent size.
Bonaparte's Gull  16     Humphries Unit. Last bird was followed into Cell 3
where it light-heartedly hawked the Snowy Owl sitting on the dike next to
Cell 3.
Ring-billed Gull  10
Herring Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  1     Humphries Unit; Adult.
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  6
Snowy Owl  1     First observed on dike along west side of Cell 3.
Digiscoped from 150' before flying to east side of Cell 3 where it roosted
on a dock next to shore. I biked around to the east side of the cell and
digiscoped it from about 100' for about 10 minutes before heavy rains fell.
I backed off and left the bird undisturbed.
American Kestrel  1     Nelson Unit. Sitting on pole next to dike. Male.
American Robin  1
European Starling  28
American Tree Sparrow  150     60 birds in phragmites near Cell 5; large
flocks along Cell 3, Middle Causeway and Nelson Unit.
Song Sparrow  4     In Phragmites along Cell 5 among large flock of Tree
Sparrows and Swamp Sparrows
Swamp Sparrow  4     in Phragmites along Cell 5
Red-winged Blackbird  1     Cell 5 phragmites among Tree Sparrow flock
American Goldfinch  30     Middle Causeway and north end of Humphries Unit.

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26426394

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
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Subject: Harlequin Duck, Manistee
From: Brian <manisteebirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Dec 2015 12:44:21 -0500
Linda Scribner just found a first year male Harlequin Duck where it 
should be (rather than an inland downstate county) at the First St. Pier 
in Manistee at 11:30 this morning.   I just returned from seeing it at 
the same spot at 12:30PM.

Brian Allen
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Subject: Barrow's Goldeneye, Roscommon County, Dec 21
From: Jim Dawe <jimdawe AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Dec 2015 22:20:19 +0000
Mich-listers:
The Barrow's Goldeneye mentioned over the last several days in eBird was 
present today at the south end of Higgins Lake in Roscommon County. Lyle and 
Edwin Bontrager, Myron Kauffman and I first saw the bird from South Higgins 
Lake State Park. It was far out in the lake in a raft of Common Goldeneyes and 
only identifiable with spotting scopes. We then drove to Garrish Township Park 
off West Higgins Lake Drive and obtained a significantly closer view of the 
bird. 


Good birding,
Jim Dawe
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Barrow's goldeneye, Higgins Lk.
From: andigena AT aol.com
Date: Sat, 19 Dec 2015 19:23:52 -0500
For the 2nd year in a row, a male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE has been seen on the 
Higgins Lake CBC. The bird was seen today, Dec 19, along the west shore of the 
southern lobe of the lake. It moves around a bit, but access points are many, 
so you should be able to see most of that section of the lake. 


Tom Kemp
Grand Rapids, Ohio
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Subject: Snow Goose - Galesburg
From: chippersbirds <chippersbirds AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 18 Dec 2015 10:39:29 -0500
There is a Snow Goose in the drainage pond in front of Eaton Corporation. Exit 
88 off I-94. Just in case anyone didn't pick up the one in Richland. 


Best bird to add to the work list so far😀

Good Birding,
Gordon

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Subject: Black-throated Gray Warbler, Summer Tanager Continue 12-12
From: "Scott Jennex via birdnet" <birdnet AT upbirders.org>
Date: Sat, 12 Dec 2015 20:50:18 -0500
All,

The Black-throated Gray Warbler continues today at the previously reported 
location in Stephenson, Menominee County. Also still present today is the 
female Summer Tanager at the previously reported location in Iron Mountain, 
Dickenson County. The homeowners were very gracious hosts for both birds. See 
previous posts for their contact info. 


We had a blue morph Snow Goose fly past the Warbler spot with a group of Canada 
Geese - could still be in the area. 


Scott Jennex
Mary Trombley
Subject: Black-throated Gray Warbler, Summer Tanager Continue 12-12
From: Scott Jennex <cccta AT aol.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Dec 2015 20:50:18 -0500
All,

The Black-throated Gray Warbler continues today at the previously reported 
location in Stephenson, Menominee County. Also still present today is the 
female Summer Tanager at the previously reported location in Iron Mountain, 
Dickenson County. The homeowners were very gracious hosts for both birds. See 
previous posts for their contact info. 


We had a blue morph Snow Goose fly past the Warbler spot with a group of Canada 
Geese - could still be in the area. 


Scott Jennex
Mary Trombley
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Subject: Ross's Geese, Oscoda County, Dec. 09
From: Jim Dawe <jimdawe AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Dec 2015 00:07:21 +0000
Mich-listers:
Lyle Bontrager called me this afternoon and reported seeing two Ross's Geese in 
the company of two Snow Geese on the south side of E. Kneeland Rd. half-way 
between M-33 and Caldwell Rd. in north-central Oscoda County. I drove there 
immediately and found all four birds before they flew, and then followed them 
to two more sites before losing them at dusk. I suspect they will spend the 
night in this area, which is full of hay fields, corn stubble, and ponds, an 
area lying roughly between Kittle and Kneeland Roads and bisected by M-33/M-72 
(the "Amish area") a few miles north of Mio. 


Good birding,
Jim Dawe
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Berrien California Gull continues 12-5
From: Scott Jennex <cccta AT aol.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Dec 2015 12:51:16 -0500
Lyle Hamilton refound the California Gull late this morning in the new gravel 
pit across the street from the Forest Lawn landfill. It was still present when 
we left at 1230 

Jennex 
Pavliks


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Subject: Re: Black-throated Gray Warbler in Stevenson, Menominee County
From: "Myles F. McNally" <mcnally AT alma.edu>
Date: Thu, 3 Dec 2015 15:10:29 +0000
 Continues this morning. Thursday.
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on behalf of Adam Byrne  

Sent: Tuesday, December 1, 2015 7:30:11 PM
To: mich-listers AT envirolink.org
Subject: [Mich-listers] Black-throated Gray Warbler in Stevenson, Menominee 
County 


Greetings,

A Black-throated Gray-Warbler has been visiting the feeder of Lynette
and Wayne Thonne in Stephenson, Menominee County since Sunday,
November 29th.  Lynette and Wayne are welcoming birders to come and
enjoy this western vagrant, but request that you contact them in
advance.  Seeing the bird will require viewing from within their
home, so it's important to schedule a time to visit.  Please respect
these wishes!

Here's their contact info and directions to their home:

Wayne and Lynette Thonne
N8990 Pelkey Road
Stephenson, MI
(906) 753-6675

They are located about 1/2 way between Daggett and Stephenson along
US-41.  From US-41, head east on Belgiumtown Road.  In about 3 miles,
you'll pass a tavern at the top of a hill and then at the bottom of
the hill you'll come to Pelkey Road.  Turn right (south) on Pelkey
Road and go a 1/4 mile to their driveway.  Just past their driveway
is their mailbox and a sign that says "Wayne Thonne
Trucking".  Follow the gravel driveway back to their home.


Good birding and many thanks to Lynette and Wayne for their hospitality,

Adam


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Subject: Black-throated Gray Warbler in Stevenson, Menominee County
From: Adam Byrne <byrnea AT msu.edu>
Date: Tue, 01 Dec 2015 19:30:11 -0500
Greetings,

A Black-throated Gray-Warbler has been visiting the feeder of Lynette 
and Wayne Thonne in Stephenson, Menominee County since Sunday, 
November 29th.  Lynette and Wayne are welcoming birders to come and 
enjoy this western vagrant, but request that you contact them in 
advance.  Seeing the bird will require viewing from within their 
home, so it's important to schedule a time to visit.  Please respect 
these wishes!

Here's their contact info and directions to their home:

Wayne and Lynette Thonne
N8990 Pelkey Road
Stephenson, MI
(906) 753-6675

They are located about 1/2 way between Daggett and Stephenson along 
US-41.  From US-41, head east on Belgiumtown Road.  In about 3 miles, 
you'll pass a tavern at the top of a hill and then at the bottom of 
the hill you'll come to Pelkey Road.  Turn right (south) on Pelkey 
Road and go a 1/4 mile to their driveway.  Just past their driveway 
is their mailbox and a sign that says "Wayne Thonne 
Trucking".  Follow the gravel driveway back to their home.


Good birding and many thanks to Lynette and Wayne for their hospitality,

Adam


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Subject: California Gull, Berrien Co 11/28
From: matthysell AT comcast.net
Date: Sun, 29 Nov 2015 09:58:57 +0000 (UTC)
There was an adult California Gull on the beach at New Buffalo late 
afternoon Saturday amidst a lot of other gulls.  Sundays are the worst for 
beach walkers in the off season and it's supposed to be fairly calm so a lot of 
the birds may be resting on the water today a quarter mile out rather than on 
the beach. 

  
Matt 
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Subject: Re: [birders] Harlequin Duck - Jackson County - Friday 11/27
From: rgreen1977 AT comcast.net
Date: Sat, 28 Nov 2015 12:47:21 -0500
Harlequin Duck is here at 12:40, next to the Rapids.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 28, 2015, at 10:09 AM, Dan Fox  wrote:
> 
> No sign of it right now. If it is around it is either too far out on the lake 
for my binoculars or its hiding along the river. 

> 
> Sent from my iPhone
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>> On Nov 27, 2015, at 2:57 PM, Don Henise  wrote:
>> 
>> The Harlequin Duck was present in the Grand River behind the Lakeside 
Convenience Store in Michigan Center today, Friday, 11/28, at 2:10 pm. 

>> 
>> -- 
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Subject: Re: [Jax-birds] Fw: Harlequin YES - Thursday, 11/26
From: Gary Siegrist <gsiegrist AT dahlemcenter.org>
Date: Thu, 26 Nov 2015 13:42:05 -0500
We stopped on our way to family gathering at 1:00 and duck was not seen
On Nov 26, 2015 1:24 PM, "Don Henise"  wrote:

> Robyn and I looked for the Harlequin at 9:00 and again at noon and did not
> see it either time. In between our stops it was reported by Gary Mason on
> jax-birds and by Darrin O'Brien on eBird. We have no idea where it may have
> been earlier and later. Just be prepared that you may need to spend time
> waiting for it to show up. Also note that with the warmer temps in the last
> 24 hours most of the 8-12 inches of snow in Jackson County has melted and
> the river is running over the spillway rapids in much greater intensity
> then it was just a few days ago.
>
> Happy Thanksgiving,
>
>
> On 11/26/2015 10:33 AM, Gary Mason (via jax-birds Mailing List) wrote:
>
>> The harlequin duck was just seen in the rapids below the spillway behind
>> the convenience store on Fifth Street.
>>
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Subject: Purple Sandpiper 11/23 New Buffalo
From: Marc North <northm24 AT me.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Nov 2015 14:56:01 -0500
Birders,

I relocated Matt's Purple Sandpiper on the South breakwall at New Buffalo.


Bird hard,

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Subject: Harlequin Duck - Michigan Center, Jackson County - Continues 11/23
From: Scott Jennex <cccta AT aol.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Nov 2015 09:05:17 -0500
All,


Overman and Bochenek report the Jackson Co Harlequin Duck this morning 
continuing behind the Lakeside Convenience Store - a little further downstream 
than yesterday. 



Scott Jennex
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Sent: Sun, Nov 22, 2015 7:47 pm
Subject: Re: [Mich-listers] Harlequin Duck - Michigan Center, Jackson County - 
Continues 


I should add a note here regarding the Lakeside Convenience Store 
property. When you walk around the building you will notice "No 
Trespassing" signs. Robyn checked in with the owner on Saturday when we 
were first there and he doesn't have a problem with birders walking back 
there to look for the Harlequin Duck, just don't go down the river bank 
to get closer. The bird can usually be easily viewed from above and he 
is concerned about someone slipping and falling on the bank.

Thanks for adhering to this request from the property owner. It would 
probably be nice to go in and spend a couple bucks in his store after 
you have viewed the bird.

On 11/22/2015 7:08 PM, Don Henise wrote:
> The Harlequin Duck found yesterday by Ross Green continued today in 
> the same area. It spent most of the time today (maybe all day) in the 
> river behind the Lakeside Convenience Store. Although it seemed to be 
> keeping loose company with a group of mallards, it did at times act 
> more Harlequin like by feeding in the rapids below the small dam 
> behind the back right side of the store.
>
>

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Subject: Snow Goose(blue form),Genesee co 11-22-15
From: "jbuecking AT juno.com" <jbuecking@juno.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Nov 2015 23:12:41 GMT
Birders, County listers may be interested in a Snow Goose (blue form) found 
today by Tom Baumgart at Bluebell Beach, Mott Lake in Genesee County. It was 
with about 300 Canada Geese. When I arrived at 10:30 this morning to look for 
it, it had moved into a "cove" to the east between the beach area and 
Crossroads Village. Later, Tom, Chris DeWolfe and I saw 7 Lapland Longspurs and 
40-50 Snow Buntings around Wilson & Vassar Rds, north of the town of 
Genesee.Also at Lake Fenton I saw 2 adult Lesser Black-backed and a single 
first-winter Great Black-backed Gull from a parking lot along S. Long Lake Rd 
and the extreme south end of the lake. Good Birding, Jeff Buecking, Fenton 

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Subject: Jackson Harlequin YES
From: Kirby Adams <kirby.adams AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Nov 2015 13:12:17 -0500
Across the street, behind convenience store. 1:12
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Subject: Common Ground-Dove, Dead River mouth (Marquette) cont. 11/21
From: Marc North <northm24 AT me.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Nov 2015 08:08:50 -0500
I just relocated Nathan's bird right across from the parking lot.

Bird hard,

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Subject: Red Phalarope Pte Mouillee
From: Andy Dettling <dendroica AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2015 17:09:34 -0500
I was out today cleaning up missing birds for my Monroe Green Year and I found 
a Red Phalarope off the Southern Point of the banana. The bird was not 
relocated at 1:30pm. Pictures posted to Facebook Birding Michigan. 


Andy Dettling 

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Subject: Franklin's Gull, Isabella County, 11/18/15
From: Ryan Dziedzic <ryan.dziedzic AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2015 14:32:36 -0500
Mich-listers:

  A single FRANKLIN'S GULL was associating with a flock of Ring-billed and
Herring Gulls in a harvested soybean field just outside of Mount Pleasant.
The field is located one half mile south of Broomfield Road on S Summerton
Road.

Good birding,

Ryan Dziedzic
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Subject: Probable Black-legged Kittiwake, Isabella County, 11/17/15
From: Ryan Dziedzic <ryan.dziedzic AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Nov 2015 20:06:39 -0500
Mich-listers:

  While I am fully aware how rare this bird is, let alone inland, I want to
post this to the list-serv in case there is interest in a possible chase.
Here are the relevant details that I entered into eBird:

**I am not 100% on this ID as this would be a life bird, but would like
others to stake-out this location as the bird was highly suspect.**
Initially I noticed a slightly smaller gull with a group of RBGU. It's
mantle was a shade darker gray than the surrounding RBGU and initially I
suspected a BOGU, but something was not quite right as I could not see a
distinctive ear patch. Upon flight, I immediately noticed the very dark,
broad black markings across the wings (much more distinctive than any other
BOGU I have seen). I also noted that the bird had a distinctive black
horseshoe-like neck collar and only a subtle ear patch. Due to the markings
observed, this would be a juvenile bird. The bird flew off to the south and
could not be re-found. Other local bodies of water were checked (Lake
Isabella, which has been substantially drawn-down, and Hubscher Pond) to no
avail. The bird very well may have returned to roost on Coldwater Lake. The
best viewing of the lake is from Coldwater Lake County Park off Littlefield
Road. The gates are closed, but one is able to climb over the split rail
fence to access the beach/lake.

http://www.isabellacounty.org/parks-information/coldwater-lake-family-park

Good birding,

Ryan Dziedzic
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Subject: Cave swallow pt moo
From: Tom Hince <peleetom AT primus.ca>
Date: Tue, 17 Nov 2015 11:38:37 -0500
At 10:50 am this morning cave swallow heading east north east over pt moo. Seen 
from s end of Roberts Rd. Birds were not seen again in forty minutes of 
scanning. Possibly might pass Lake Erie metro park? 

One bird seen and heard well. There were four other swallows but ID of those 
not confirmed. 

Good numbers of longspurs, pipits, horned larks, snow buntings coming off lake. 

Cheers Tom

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Subject: Cackling Geese - Barry County
From: Klein Douglas <DouglasKlein AT aegislimited.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Nov 2015 19:28:47 +0000
Greetings from Hastings,

I had two Cackling Geese at the large pond at Fish Hatchery Park in Hastings 
this afternoon from noon until we left around 1:30 PM. They were in with a 
flock of about 400 Canadas. Photos will be posted with our eBird checklist. 
Fish Hatchery Park is near the corner of M-37/43 and Cook Road, just SE of the 
Dairy Queen in Hastings. 


Good birding!
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Subject: Fwd: Muskegon County. Red Phalarope. YES.
From: Jeff Kunitzer <jeffkunitzer AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Nov 2015 11:34:46 -0500
Correction!  NW corner of East Lagoon.  Sorry about any confusion!

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From: *Jeff Kunitzer* 
Date: Sunday, November 15, 2015
Subject: Muskegon County. Red Phalarope. YES.
To: Mich-Listers 


Continuing at Muskegon Waste Water Facility.  Observed from 9:30am to
10:00am on 15-November under excellent lighting conditions at less than 50
feet with 8x42 bins.  Observed in NE corner of east lagoon feeding along
the shoreline.  Uniformly colored pale gray back, not streaked like a
Red-Necked Phalarope. Relatively stout bill for a Phalarope, not
needle-like on a Wilson's Phalarope or Red-Necked Phalarope. Base of bill
was slightly paler.  Life bird #565!
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Subject: Muskegon County. Red Phalarope. YES.
From: Jeff Kunitzer <jeffkunitzer AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Nov 2015 10:01:10 -0500
Continuing at Muskegon Waste Water Facility.  Observed from 9:30am to
10:00am on 15-November under excellent lighting conditions at less than 50
feet with 8x42 bins.  Observed in NE corner of east lagoon feeding along
the shoreline.  Uniformly colored pale gray back, not streaked like a
Red-Necked Phalarope. Relatively stout bill for a Phalarope, not
needle-like on a Wilson's Phalarope or Red-Necked Phalarope. Base of bill
was slightly paler.  Life bird #565!
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Subject: Little Gull Ottawa Co.
From: Josh Kamp <jfightingfalcon AT aol.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2015 14:09:18 -0500
    
Currently (2:05pm) observing an adult Little Gull from Holland State Park. The 
bird has been feeding near the base of the south breakwall with a small mixed 
group of gulls. Black underwing really stands out. Good birding! Josh 

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Subject: Franklin's Gulls (8), Calhoun Co., 13 Nov 15
From: dmcwhir513 AT aol.com
Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2015 18:03:49 -0500
Folks -

Checked Duck Lake in Calhoun County for stray Larids this afternoon around 
3:30pm. Found eight of the Franklin's horde that has descended upon Michigan. 
Just as Bruce Cohen predicted. 


Scanned from two stationary view points, one at the south end, one from the 
west side near the middle of the lake near a spot where groups of Ring-bills 
like to congregate, sometimes relatively close to the shore. That site is about 
0.2 miles south of the junction of T Drive N and Monroe Rd. It is a "clear" lot 
with several docks pulled up on dry land, next to a telephone pole with the 
number 6371 on it. This is where I saw a California Gull on 09 Nov 15. 


The birds were seen sitting with Ring-bills and flying. At least two of the 
birds seemed to be young / first winter. 


Other details on eBird.

Good fun in the spit and breeze.  - Doug
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Subject: Franklin's Gull invasion, Ingham county
From: Bruce Cohen <brcohen50 AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2015 22:52:15 +0000 (UTC)
Birders, 

This could keep county listers busy as I suspect this is going on throughout 
much of the state. 


Initially I saw three Franklin's gulls at Lake Lansing about 4:00 today. A 
little later I counted 5 in with the ring-billed gull flock. Then I saw a flock 
of close to 15 more Franklin's gulls fly in for a total of close to 20 
Franklin's gulls! 


The strong west mid-November winds reminded me of mid-November 1998 when there 
were as many as 85 Franklin gulls on Lake Lansing and a major invasion in the 
state. Those birds were around Lake Lansing, in varying numbers, for close to 
two weeks. 


Typically at Lake Lansing, there are only a few gulls present throughout the 
day but towards sunset, they come in to spend the night. It is possible to see 
gulls there if you are there at first light, which is typically when they leave 
the lake until evening. I would think there is a reasonable chance of finding 
some Franklin's gulls there tomorrow evening. Scope very helpful. I would 
recommend looking from the beach area, which is in the southwest corner of the 
lake, accessible from Marsh road, just north of Lake Lansing road. The sun, if 
there is any, would be at your back. Arriving about 4:00 would be a good time. 


Good birding 

Bruce Cohen 




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Subject: Michigan Bird Records Committee (MBRC) vacancies
From: Scott Terry <scott__terry AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Nov 2015 14:59:03 +0000
Good morning,


At the end of this year there will be three openings on the MBRC.


Per the committee bylaws, "Qualifications for appointment to the committee 
shall include skill in identification of Michigan bird species or species 
likely to occur in Michigan and knowledge of the occurrence of birds in 
Michigan." 



If you are interested in serving on the MBRC please submit a brief letter 
explaining how you meet the required qualifications. Please send this letter to 
me (scott__terry AT hotmail.com) and the committee secretary Adam Byrne 
(byrnea AT msu.edu) by November 25th (two weeks from today). The decision will be 
made at the winter meeting. 



If you have any questions please email me privately to avoid clogging up the 
list-serve. Also, feel free to forward this email to local/regional 
distribution lists. 



Thanks for your time.  Take care.

Scott Terry


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Subject: Cave Swallow, Allegan Co., 11 Nov
From: Caleb Putnam <caleb.putnam AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Nov 2015 09:37:05 -0500
All-

Rick Brigham and I just had a single Cave Swallow fly southbound over the tip 
of the south jetty at the Kalamazoo River 

Mouth. (9:28AM). Photos will follow in the eBird checklist. 15 plus years of 
effort finally pays off with a state bird for both of us, and Rick gets a 
county tick out of it too. 


Good Birding,
Caleb Putnam

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Subject: Varied Thrush, Otsego County, 11/10
From: Jim Dawe <jimdawe AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Nov 2015 01:46:36 +0000
Mich-listers:
The Varied Thrush previously reported on eBird was still present today at 6275 
Theisen Road in Otsego County (about 10 miles west of Gaylord). I saw the bird 
around noon; it was shy and skittish - the presence of a Northern Shrike in the 
immediate neighborhood didn't help, either. 

The owners are very friendly and open to birders standing in their yard and 
waiting for a view of the thrush. 


Good birding,
Jim Dawe
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Fwd: California Gull, Calhoun County, 09 Nov 15
From: Scott Jennex <cccta AT aol.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Nov 2015 10:53:42 -0500
Not sure if this has come thru or not.



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Sent: Mon, Nov 9, 2015 7:42 pm
Subject: California Gull, Calhoun County, 09 Nov 15


Scott -

 I may have been removed from mich-listers by AOL or something. If you do not 
see this posted in a bit, would you please pass it along. Thanks. - D 





Folks -

 Had an adult California Gull in near winter plumage in with the Ring-billed 
Gull flock on Duck Lake starting around 4:40pm today 


 Studied it on and off for at least 25 minutes and am confident of the ID, It 
was relatively close and the viewing conditions were unusually good; otherwise 
it would have been extremely easy to miss and tougher to ID. There is a vacant 
lot along the west side lake drive where it is possible to stop and scan the 
middle portion of the lake. 


 The number of gulls in the flock fluctuates from day-to-day. About 1000 birds 
today; had 3500 on Saturday. 


   ID details on eBird.

Good day to be out.   - Doug

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Subject: California Gull, Calhoun County, 09 Nov 15
From: dmcwhir513 AT aol.com
Date: Mon, 9 Nov 2015 19:31:19 -0500
Folks -

 Had an adult California Gull in near winter plumage in with the Ring-billed 
Gull flock on Duck Lake starting around 4:40pm today 


 Studied it on and off for at least 25 minutes and am confident of the ID, It 
was relatively close and the viewing conditions were unusually good; otherwise 
it would have been extremely easy to miss and tougher to ID. There is a vacant 
lot along the west side lake drive where it is possible to stop and scan the 
middle portion of the lake. 


 The number of gulls in the flock fluctuates from day-to-day. About 1000 birds 
today; had 3500 on Saturday. 


   ID details on eBird.

Good day to be out.   - Doug
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Subject: Black Scoter, Midland County, 11/9/15
From: Ryan Dziedzic <ryan.dziedzic AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Nov 2015 15:41:27 -0500
Mich-listers:

  Several (9) Black Scoters are present currently at Dow Ponds in Midland
County.  The birds are mostly resting in and amongst a relatively large
mixed group of mergansers near the long spit that is oriented towards the
south.  All birds appear to be juvenile and/or females.

Good birding,

Ryan Dziedzic
Oil City, Midland County
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