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7 Aug must have [troutkpr ]
8 Feb last email [Ted Soldan ]
4 Feb reminder [Ted Soldan ]
1 Feb new birder list [Ted Soldan ]
1 Feb Re: Redpolls around Hancock [Marilyn Cooper ]
1 Feb Bats ["'David Hall' via birder-l" ]
31 Jan Re: Redpolls around Hancock [George Balogh ]
31 Jan Re: Redpolls around Hancock [Marilyn Cooper ]
31 Jan Re: Redpolls around Hancock [Jill Burkland ]
31 Jan Bird migration []
31 Jan Redpolls around Hancock [Philip LoCicero ]
30 Jan Bat [Mary Ann Beckwith ]
29 Jan Bird [Adam Rulison ]
28 Jan Bohemian Waxwings [Gil Lewis ]
18 Jan late birds ["Karen Karl" ]
18 Jan Looking for active bird feeders in Houghton/Hancock [Marcy Erickson ]
17 Jan winter birds [David Flaspohler ]
15 Jan check out this video [David Flaspohler ]
14 Jan Pine Grosbeak [David Flaspohler ]
13 Jan Pine Grosbeaks in Houghton [Nancy Auer ]
10 Jan Apple tree frenzie [Elaine Dougovito ]
9 Jan Pine Grosbeaks-Hancock [Philip LoCicero ]
8 Jan RE: imitation [dave forestlandgroup.com ]
8 Jan imitation ["Karen Karl" ]
7 Jan RE: Swans Keweenaw bay ["Karen Karl" ]
4 Jan Swans Keweenaw bay ["Michael J.Shupe" ]
4 Jan Mature bald eagle flying up the Pilgrim River [Rose Martell ]
4 Jan Any one have a snowy owl that is hanging around? [Rose Martell ]
1 Jan Pheasant [Mary Ann Beckwith ]
31 Dec Mature Bald eagle at McLain Dec. 29th [Rose Martell ]
30 Dec Cardinal [Christa Walck ]
30 Dec Atlantic Mine birds [Ruth Gleckler ]
28 Dec Re: Christmas Eve Warbler I.D.? [Bruce Szczechowski ]
28 Dec Unidentified "Warbler"? [Bruce Szczechowski ]
28 Dec Re: Christmas Eve Warbler I.D.? [Erin Lehnert ]
28 Dec Christmas Eve Warbler I.D.? [Bruce Szczechowski ]
20 Dec Houghton Co. CBC Results [Nancy Auer ]
14 Dec Snowy Owl [Patricia Butler ]
14 Dec Bohemian waxwings [Andrew Meyer ]
13 Dec Towhee AND Harris Sparrow ["Cherri's Feed 'n' Seed" ]
10 Dec Towhee ["Cherri's Feed 'n' Seed" ]
9 Dec CBC in Houghton December 19th ALL DAY!! [Nancy Auer ]
3 Dec Bohemian waxwings in west Hancock ["Miriam Pickens" ]
2 Dec Brewer's Blackbird [Doug Welker ]
30 Nov Keweenaw Waterbirds ["murphnj AT up.net" ]
27 Nov Fishy Owl [Russell Alger ]
25 Nov Presentation: Whooping Cranes, Friday Nov 27 [Dana Richter ]
25 Nov Harris Sparrow ["Cherri's Feed 'n' Seed" ]
24 Nov Emailing: redpolls.jpg ["Miriam Pickens" ]
21 Nov Various birds [Andrew Meyer ]
21 Nov Re: Loon [dave forestlandgroup.com ]
20 Nov Loon [Owen Mills ]
18 Nov Some activity on lake annie road [Jeffrey Kiiskila ]
18 Nov Still here.... ["Cherri's Feed 'n' Seed" ]
18 Nov lone grackle [Ted Soldan ]
15 Nov RWBB ["Cherri's Feed 'n' Seed" ]
13 Nov Presentation: Bird-window Collision Study on Tues Nov 17 @ 7pm [Amber Roth ]
13 Nov Am I still on your list to receive e-mails? ["Cherri's Feed 'n' Seed" ]
12 Nov rare? ["Karen Karl" ]
9 Nov Location of evening grosbeaks [Elaine Dougovito ]
8 Nov Single Pine Siskin ["dwelker AT up.net" ]
8 Nov Arnheim birds [Andrew Meyer ]
8 Nov Wilson's snipe [Pat Gotschalk ]
7 Nov Late White-throated Sparrow [Amber Roth ]
5 Nov removal from list [Aaron Wuori ]
2 Nov A few sightings from SE Michigan [Bruce Szczechowski ]
31 Oct Lonely Great Blue Heron still at [Nancy Auer ]
30 Oct Snow buntings [Gil Lewis ]
30 Oct Re: Warbler in Gates [David Flaspohler ]
28 Oct Uncommon Visiting Birds [George Balogh ]
28 Oct Snowy Owl [Dana Richter ]
28 Oct Evening Grosbeaks [Ruth Gleckler ]
27 Oct Warbler in Gates [David Flaspohler ]
26 Oct Keweenaw Birds ["murphnj AT up.net" ]
24 Oct Wood Ducks [Pat Gotschalk ]
23 Oct leucistic robin [Nancy Leonard ]

Subject: must have
From: troutkpr <troutkpr AT up.net>
Date: Sun, 7 Aug 2016 21:44:23 +0300
Hello! 

I've seen some cool stuff on the web, this is definitely must have of the 
season! Look at it here  


Best Wishes, troutkpr
Subject: last email
From: Ted Soldan <tjsold AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 14:14:54 -0500
I just called Nathan Eilola and told him to delete this list.  Ted

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Subject: reminder
From: Ted Soldan <tjsold AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 10:50:09 -0500
Hello all.  Earlier this week I sent you an invitation to join the new
Copper Country Birder list.  If you have already joined, and many of you
have, thank-you for your prompt attention to this matter.  If you have not,
this is your reminder that time is running out.  Early next week the
birder-l list will be deleted, and all birding discussions will take place
on the new list.  If you have any troubles joining or have any questions
about this transition, please let me know.  Thanks.  Ted

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Subject: new birder list
From: Ted Soldan <tjsold AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 16:32:51 -0500
*Synopsis* -- The birder-l AT mtu.edu list will shortly be replaced by a new
list called copper-country-birding AT googlegroups.com.  As a current member
of the birder-l AT mtu.edu list, you'll shortly be receiving an invitation to
join the new copper country birding list.



*Background* -- Michigan Tech has hosted our birder list ever since its
founding by Lynn Murphy and myself many years ago.  MTU has recently made
some changes to their email and listserve systems which affected the birder
list.  Their new listserve is geared for academic class lists, and would be
much more cumbersome for us to maintain than the old system.  Dana Richter
and I experimented with MTU's new system for some time before we came to
the conclusion that it is time for us to part ways with MTU, and join
forces with google groups.



As a current member of the birder-l AT mtu.edu list, you should shortly
receive an invitation to join the new list.  Please follow the instructions
in the email in order to join the new list as soon as you can, because the
invitation does expire.  A week or so after you receive the invitation to
join the new list, the old birder-l AT mtu.edu list will be deleted, and all
birding related list email will be conducted on the new
copper-country-birding AT googlegroups.com list.



If you have any trouble with the joining process, or anything else related
to this transition, please email me at tjsold AT gmail.com



Thanks.  Ted Soldan

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Subject: Re: Redpolls around Hancock
From: Marilyn Cooper <mmcooper AT mtu.edu>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 08:03:39 -0500
Great article! I especially like the photos showing the range of variation.
Thanks for the reference.

On Sunday, January 31, 2016, George Balogh  wrote:

>
> 
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/from-many-one-how-many-species-of-redpolls-are-there/ 

>
> Check out this link, convincing genetic evidence. My recollection based on
> a recent
> note in ABA magazine is that the genetic diversity within each of the
> named Redpolls exceeds the
> genetic diversity between the named entities. Yes, those that breed
> further to the north, on average,
> express different morphology but dividing the birds into distinct species
> is difficult to defend.
>
> Evolution can seem untidy to those instant on neat categories but after
> getting frustrated with
> Redpolls and then learning that there is a reason for that frustration I
> hope the whole mess
> is sunk into one species.
>
> Now wonder if similar research can shed more light on the problematic Gull
> entities.
> Have not dug into Gull genetic literature but if someone has citations
> please let me know.
> For instance regarding the Thayer’s/Icelandic Gull complex?
>
> George Balogh
>
>
>
> On Jan 31, 2016, at 11:05 AM, Marilyn Cooper  > wrote:
>
> Open Mic:Hoary Redpoll; A False Dichotomy
>
>
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Subject: Bats
From: "'David Hall' via birder-l" <birder-l AT mtu.edu>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 11:39:46 +0000 (UTC)
Hello:On Sat. 01/30.16  the warm 40+ degree day we had, we observed a bat 
flying down 7th Ave. in Houghton, near 7th and Garnet.  This was around 2pm. 
 There is obviously nothing to eat outside, so I suspect this is due to the 
"white nose"? disease, where they awaken too early from hibernation? This bat 
will surely die.David 


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Subject: Re: Redpolls around Hancock
From: George Balogh <bug50x AT att.net>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 21:35:57 -0500
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/from-many-one-how-many-species-of-redpolls-are-there/ 


Check out this link, convincing genetic evidence. My recollection based on a 
recent 

note in ABA magazine is that the genetic diversity within each of the named 
Redpolls exceeds the 

genetic diversity between the named entities. Yes, those that breed further to 
the north, on average, 

express different morphology but dividing the birds into distinct species is 
difficult to defend. 


Evolution can seem untidy to those instant on neat categories but after getting 
frustrated with 

Redpolls and then learning that there is a reason for that frustration I hope 
the whole mess 

is sunk into one species. 

Now wonder if similar research can shed more light on the problematic Gull 
entities. 

Have not dug into Gull genetic literature but if someone has citations please 
let me know. 

For instance regarding the Thayer’s/Icelandic Gull complex?

George Balogh



On Jan 31, 2016, at 11:05 AM, Marilyn Cooper  wrote:

> Open Mic:Hoary Redpoll; A False Dichotomy

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Subject: Re: Redpolls around Hancock
From: Marilyn Cooper <mmcooper AT mtu.edu>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 11:05:14 -0500
There is serious doubt that Hoary and Common Redpolls are separate species.
See "Open Mic:Hoary Redpoll; A False Dichotomy," a blog entry posted on Jan
23, 2013, at blog.aba.org. Still it's interesting to look for them even if
they are only varieties.

On Sunday, January 31, 2016, Jill Burkland  wrote:

> I have had many redpolls at my feeder for several weeks now, up behind
> Shopko.  Like, Phillip I can say if any are Hoarys...
>
> On Sun, Jan 31, 2016 at 10:12 AM, Philip LoCicero  > wrote:
>
>> This morning about a dozen redpolls around Hancock, one may have been a
>> Hoary but the difference is too subtle for me to make a decisive
>> conclusion...
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Subject: Re: Redpolls around Hancock
From: Jill Burkland <jillburkland AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 10:34:12 -0500
I have had many redpolls at my feeder for several weeks now, up behind
Shopko.  Like, Phillip I can say if any are Hoarys...

On Sun, Jan 31, 2016 at 10:12 AM, Philip LoCicero 
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> This morning about a dozen redpolls around Hancock, one may have been a
> Hoary but the difference is too subtle for me to make a decisive
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Subject: Bird migration
From: cwalck AT mtu.edu
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 10:33:07 -0500
This graphic in the New York Times shows a dense concentration of migrating 
species in the Great Lakes - a lucky accident of many birdwatchers? Or our luck 
in living on a major flyway? 



http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/29/science/bird-watchers-help-science-fill-gaps-in-the-migratory-story.html 


Christa Walck, Ph.D.
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Michigan Technological University
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Houghton, MI. 49931
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Subject: Redpolls around Hancock
From: Philip LoCicero <pvlocicero AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 10:12:11 -0500
This morning about a dozen redpolls around Hancock, one may have been a
Hoary but the difference is too subtle for me to make a decisive
conclusion...

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Subject: Bat
From: Mary Ann Beckwith <mabeckwi AT mtu.edu>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2016 12:15:03 -0500
I'm Ripley, bat flying in my yard and porch.

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Subject: Bird
From: Adam Rulison <adruliso AT mtu.edu>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 10:59:07 -0500
12 Female/juvenile Pine Grosbeaks at the Forestry building.

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Subject: Bohemian Waxwings
From: Gil Lewis <lewis AT mtu.edu>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 11:57:03 -0500
There is s large flock on Copper St now, almost noon.

Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: late birds
From: "Karen Karl" <karenk AT pasty.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2016 19:27:19 -0500
I am writing this for my friend Cherri Allen (also CH) whose computer is not
working.
She still has both a male White-throated Sparrow and Harris's Sparrow as
well as a female Eastern Towhee in her yard daily.
There is one male Northern Cardinal and three females hanging around with
him. Apparently one of the females is "allowing" them to eat there.
~Karen
Copper Harbor

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Subject: Looking for active bird feeders in Houghton/Hancock
From: Marcy Erickson <maericks AT mtu.edu>
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2016 18:46:53 -0500
Hello,

I am wondering if anyone in the Houghton/Hancock area (or immediate
vicinity) has consistently active bird feeders right now that they would be
willing to let the MTU Ornithology class observe on Thursday 1/20. It's
especially helpful if the feeders are visible from the road or a driveway.
Species present is not an important factor as we are just familiarizing
ourselves with birding and binoculars :)

I am co-teaching ornithology this year, so if you are willing to share a
birding opportunity at your feeders please let me know! Reply to me at
maericks AT mtu.edu and not to the birder list to reduce email volume for
others on the list.

Thanks!

Marcy Erickson

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Subject: winter birds
From: David Flaspohler <djflaspo AT mtu.edu>
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2016 16:50:01 -0500
Today, we had about a dozen Pine Grosbeaks eating crab apples on Harris Ave. in 
E. Hancock. And about 60 Bohemian Waxwings in Houghton near the corner of 7th 
and Bridge St. A few Common Redpolls in the E. Hancock neighborhood. 



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Subject: check out this video
From: David Flaspohler <djflaspo AT mtu.edu>
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2016 16:33:39 -0500
Have a look at this new short video on songbird flight. You will know the 
identify of all of these species in a few short weeks. 


The fellow Chris Guglielmo went to grad. school with me at the U of Wisc.



https://www.allaboutbirds.org/the-almost-impossible-task-of-filming-songbirds-in-flight/ 


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Subject: Pine Grosbeak
From: David Flaspohler <djflaspo AT mtu.edu>
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2016 15:33:28 -0500
A single female Pine Grosbeak eating the crabapples in the trees adjoining the 
Forestry Bldg. Atrium in Houghton MTU just now. 


David

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Subject: Pine Grosbeaks in Houghton
From: Nancy Auer <naauer AT mtu.edu>
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2016 09:54:10 -0500
At 9:30 there were 8 Pine Grosbeaks in the top of tree cross from the
Houghton Co. Sheriff's office, Houghton. I love there calling - Nancy

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*The Great Lake Sturgeon* - Michigan Notable Book for 2014

*"The Ocean touches you even if you've never touched the Ocean." Silva Earl
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Subject: Apple tree frenzie
From: Elaine Dougovito <dougovito16691 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Jan 2016 11:06:52 -0500
25+ cedar waxwings and 3 robins feasting on freeze dried crab apples. 13* here 
on east side of LAnse Bay. Wish they would have found the tree on Tuesday for 
the CBC count. Elaine 


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Subject: Pine Grosbeaks-Hancock
From: Philip LoCicero <pvlocicero AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 9 Jan 2016 16:12:33 -0500
Four pine grosbeaks moving through the tree tops in Hancock this snowy
afternoon.

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Subject: RE: imitation
From: dave forestlandgroup.com <dave AT forestlandgroup.com>
Date: Fri, 8 Jan 2016 15:57:16 +0000
We have one that does the same - works like a charm. Fools me, too, most of the 
time, at least during the summer when we have nesting broad-wings close by. 


Dave Fehringer
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Great Lakes Region
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From: Karen Karl [mailto:karenk AT pasty.com] 
Sent: Friday, January 08, 2016 10:49 AM
To: birder-l AT mtu.edu
Subject: imitation

I have a Blue Jay in my yard that is doing an amazing imitation of a 
Broad-winged Hawk. I have read that they may do this to scare other birds away 
from feeders. It seems to have worked! Other ideas? 

~Karen
Copper Harbor

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Subject: imitation
From: "Karen Karl" <karenk AT pasty.com>
Date: Fri, 8 Jan 2016 10:48:54 -0500
I have a Blue Jay in my yard that is doing an amazing imitation of a
Broad-winged Hawk. I have read that they may do this to scare other birds
away from feeders. It seems to have worked! Other ideas?
~Karen
Copper Harbor

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Subject: RE: Swans Keweenaw bay
From: "Karen Karl" <karenk AT pasty.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Jan 2016 20:58:55 -0500
I saw them yesterday. It was getting dark and I had no binoculars. Anybody ID 
what kind of swans they are? 

~Karen

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From: Michael J.Shupe [mailto:mike AT mjshupephotography.com] 
Sent: Monday, January 04, 2016 4:47 PM
To: birder-l AT mtu.edu
Subject: Swans Keweenaw bay

Swans in Keweenaw bay by roadside park just now 

www.mjshupephotography.com
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Subject: Swans Keweenaw bay
From: "Michael J.Shupe" <mike AT mjshupephotography.com>
Date: Mon, 4 Jan 2016 16:46:44 -0500
Swans in Keweenaw bay by roadside park just now 

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Subject: Mature bald eagle flying up the Pilgrim River
From: Rose Martell <rmmartel AT mtu.edu>
Date: Mon, 4 Jan 2016 07:50:00 -0500
Mature bald eagle flying up the Pilgrim River yesterday at about 2 pm.  
Probably a female.

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Subject: Any one have a snowy owl that is hanging around?
From: Rose Martell <rmmartel AT mtu.edu>
Date: Mon, 4 Jan 2016 07:48:57 -0500
I'd like to visit one.

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Subject: Pheasant
From: Mary Ann Beckwith <mabeckwi AT mtu.edu>
Date: Fri, 1 Jan 2016 20:31:25 -0500
Today near Waste Management, off Sharon a ring-necked pheasant flew in
front of our car.  This was certainly a first for me in the Copper Country.

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Subject: Mature Bald eagle at McLain Dec. 29th
From: Rose Martell <rmmartel AT mtu.edu>
Date: Thu, 31 Dec 2015 11:59:51 -0500
Flying north up the shore line.  Too quick of a look to tell if male or 
female.  Surprised to see one so late, but the water is very open....

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Subject: Cardinal
From: Christa Walck <cwalck AT mtu.edu>
Date: Wed, 30 Dec 2015 17:32:18 -0500
A big red Cardinal was at my feeder yesterday in Houghton. Too bad he
didn't show up for the Christmas count but it was good to see him.


Christa Walck

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Subject: Atlantic Mine birds
From: Ruth Gleckler <ruth.gleckler1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Dec 2015 17:29:00 -0500
The week of Christmas there were 2 red polls in with a large flock of gold
finches at the feeder.  They all left when the 11 blue jays showed up.  The
other birds have been 2 juncos, a pair of cardinals (they seem to prefer a
feeder a couple of blocks over), white and red nuthatches, 4-5 mourning
doves, hairy and downey woodpeckers, and of course chickadees.  This
evening the female cardinal is back, the male usually hangs out unseen
under the cedar  hedge.  The blue jays pretty much control the feeders.
Last weekend I saw a very large flock of snow buntings next to Festival
Foods, to many to even count.

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Subject: Re: Christmas Eve Warbler I.D.?
From: Bruce Szczechowski <baszczec AT mtu.edu>
Date: Mon, 28 Dec 2015 11:18:59 -0500
Okay, American Pipit! Thanks, Erin!

Bruce

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 28, 2015, at 10:52 AM, Erin Lehnert  wrote:
> 
> It's an American Pipit. Great find! 
> 
> -Erin Lehnert 
> 
>> On Dec 28, 2015, at 9:43 AM, Bruce Szczechowski  wrote:
>> 
>> Happy Holidays, everyone!
>> 
>> I was out along Lake Erie during Christmas Eve and took a pic of this very 
late migrating warbler. I thought it might be a palm warbler, since they tend 
to be late migrants, but I see no yellow in undertail coverts. Could it be a 
“dull" blackpoll warbler? Any thoughts? 

>> 
>> Thanks!
>> 
>> Bruce
>> 
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Subject: Unidentified "Warbler"?
From: Bruce Szczechowski <baszczec AT mtu.edu>
Date: Mon, 28 Dec 2015 11:12:21 -0500
Could “my bird” be a Sprague’s Pipit? I have been going over some birds, 
and that is the only other bird that comes to mind…Thanks again for any 
insights! 


Bruce

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Subject: Re: Christmas Eve Warbler I.D.?
From: Erin Lehnert <erlehner AT mtu.edu >
Date: Mon, 28 Dec 2015 09:52:29 -0600
It's an American Pipit. Great find! 

-Erin Lehnert 

> On Dec 28, 2015, at 9:43 AM, Bruce Szczechowski  wrote:
> 
> Happy Holidays, everyone!
> 
> I was out along Lake Erie during Christmas Eve and took a pic of this very 
late migrating warbler. I thought it might be a palm warbler, since they tend 
to be late migrants, but I see no yellow in undertail coverts. Could it be a 
“dull" blackpoll warbler? Any thoughts? 

>  
> Thanks!
> 
> Bruce
> 
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Subject: Christmas Eve Warbler I.D.?
From: Bruce Szczechowski <baszczec AT mtu.edu>
Date: Mon, 28 Dec 2015 10:43:21 -0500
Happy Holidays, everyone!

I was out along Lake Erie during Christmas Eve and took a pic of this very late 
migrating warbler. I thought it might be a palm warbler, since they tend to be 
late migrants, but I see no yellow in undertail coverts. Could it be a “dull" 
blackpoll warbler? Any thoughts? 

 
Thanks!

Bruce

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Subject: Houghton Co. CBC Results
From: Nancy Auer <naauer AT mtu.edu>
Date: Sun, 20 Dec 2015 19:32:30 -0500
With a skeleton crew of about 11 people we managed a day in the wind and
snow to obtain 37 species.

Birds included

Black Duck, Mallards, Scaup, Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Ring-necked ducks and
Hooded, Common and Red-breasted Mergansers thanks to open water in Lake
Superior.

That also attracted 23 Eagles and 1 Red-tailed Hawk (unusual for our count).

We had Ruffed Grouse, Gulls, Rock Pigeons, and Mourning Doves, Downy and
Hairy Woodpeckers, as well as Pileated and a Red-Bellied Woodpecker in
Chassell area.
A single Shrike was seen, as were Blue Jays, Crows and Black-capped
chickadees in triple figures. Ravens, and Red-breasted as well as
White-breasted nuthatches,
A large flock of Bohemian waxwings, some Starlings also.

A single Tree sparrow as well as a single White throated were tallied as
were a Fox sparrow and some House sparrows.

Winter birds included Pine Grosbeaks, Common and Hoary Redpolls and
Goldfinches.

Some Evening Grosbeaks were also seen in southern Houghton County area.

An additional bonus during count week were 5 Tundra Swans still hanging
around near Pilgrim River.

It was a great day - but we welcome people to join us next year - Thanks to
all who helped us out and to those who keep feeders in winter for the birds.

Full report will be on Audubon CBC website sometime in January when
evrified.

All the best - Nancy




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Subject: Snowy Owl
From: Patricia Butler <prbutler AT mtu.edu>
Date: Mon, 14 Dec 2015 16:28:45 -0500
Hi all,

I was encouraged to report a sighting of a Snowy Owl here. It remained 
in the general vicinity of the dredge in Mason for at least an hour on 
Saturday, December 12, from approximately 1pm to 2pm.  I spooked it at 
1pm and flew off to a peninsula, but when I returned from a long walk, 
it had returned to near its original perch. Picture attached, although 
its not high quality.

Best,

Patricia

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Subject: Bohemian waxwings
From: Andrew Meyer <asmeyer AT mtu.edu>
Date: Mon, 14 Dec 2015 15:59:16 -0500
Hello all,

For the second year in a row, a massive flock of Bohemian Waxwings is
visiting Tech's campus.  Last year I estimated the flock at 415; this year
my conservative estimate is 520.  Not a single Cedar Waxwing in the bunch.

Thought I would mention it on the email list, since I believe we're in
count week for the Houghton CBC.

-Drew Meyer

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Subject: Towhee AND Harris Sparrow
From: "Cherri's Feed 'n' Seed" <cherrisfeednseed AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Dec 2015 09:58:42 -0500
along with Male Cardinal and White-throated Sparrow. Pics were taken 12/11/15 
and I just saw them again before I typed this note. THANKS Karen for the pics 
and sorry for the quality; it was overcast and getting late AND my windows were 
dirty. ENJOY! 


Cherri from da U.P. : )
Copper Harbor, Third St. & Bernard

"Just remember, the sunshine always follows the rain; so wrap your troubles in 
dreams; and dream your troubles away!" 

-sung by Les Paul & Mary Ford, "More Music from Northern Exposure"
Subject: Towhee
From: "Cherri's Feed 'n' Seed" <cherrisfeednseed AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Dec 2015 10:28:31 -0500
HI,

In addition to the Harris Sparrow still being here in my yard in Copper Harbor, 
his buddy, a White-throated Sparrow is still with him and they often dine with 
M&F Cardinal! Just now I noticed a female Towhee in the group! Must be the warm 
weather! I love the birds here in da harbor! 


Cherri from da U.P. : )
3rd St. & Bernard
Copper Harbor, MI

"Just remember, the sunshine always follows the rain; so wrap your troubles in 
dreams; and dream your troubles away!" 

-sung by Les Paul & Mary Ford, "More Music from Northern Exposure"
Subject: CBC in Houghton December 19th ALL DAY!!
From: Nancy Auer <naauer AT mtu.edu>
Date: Wed, 9 Dec 2015 09:39:20 -0500
Folks a reminder that our Bird Count is Dec 19th
Count week includes  birds seen 16th thru 22 so keep an eye early and late.

Also our compilation is confirmed at Lunch Bag at 5 pm 19th

*OUR COORDINATION MEETING WILL BE *
* 6:30 THURSDAY 17th in MTU Library study room 112.*


*Please come and help decide coverage of our circle - Thanks Nancy*

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Department of Biological Sciences
Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931
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Subject: Bohemian waxwings in west Hancock
From: "Miriam Pickens" <mpickens1 AT charter.net>
Date: Thu, 3 Dec 2015 16:20:19 -0500
  
Bohemians in the woods...not on the crabapple trees ???

Miriam Pickens
Subject: Brewer's Blackbird
From: Doug Welker <dwelker49958 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Dec 2015 20:01:55 -0500
A male, just starting to change into its winter plumage, has been hanging
around here at our place north of Alston for the past three days.

                -doug-
Subject: Keweenaw Waterbirds
From: "murphnj AT up.net" <murphnj@up.net>
Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2015 18:22:52 -0500 (EST)
Hiya,

The calm winds made it a good day to do a survey of waterbirds around the 
Keweenaw so I did one. 

On Portage Lake there were six Common Loons, 29 Common Goldeneye, 3 
Red-breasted Mergs, 2 Common Mergs, 9 Hooded Mergs, 1 Bufflehead, 1 Surf Scoter 
and 1 Pied-billed Grebe. 


On Keweenaw Bay near the county line there were 55 Long-tailed Ducks.

On the bottom parts of the bay there were: 2 Common Loons, 3 Red-necked Grebes, 
1 each of Surf and White-winged Scoters, 1 Horned Grebe, 14 Common Goldeneye, 1 
Scaup species, 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 2 Red-breasted Mergs and 24 Canada Geese 


Youngman


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Subject: Fishy Owl
From: Russell Alger <rgalger AT mtu.edu>
Date: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 17:58:45 -0500
I have a Barred Owl on the beach in front of my house near the mouth of the
creek that has a nice coho salmon it is eating.  Not sure if it caught it,
but it is having a feast of fresh fish.

Flock of goldfinches came to the feeders today.  They have been gone for a
long time.  Still have 1 white throated sparrow under the feeders.

Near Point Mills.

-- 
*Russ*

Russ Alger
Director Institute of Snow Research
Michigan Tech
Keweenaw Research Center
906-281-1569
Subject: Presentation: Whooping Cranes, Friday Nov 27
From: Dana Richter <dlrichte AT mtu.edu>
Date: Wed, 25 Nov 2015 18:20:56 -0500
*Presentation: "Whooping Cranes: Making a Comeback," by Eva Szyszkoski.

**Friday November 27, 7:00 PM, MTU Forestry Building, Hesterberg Hall, 
Rm. G002**.

A Michigan Tech grad, Eva works for the Department of Wildlife and 
Fisheries in Louisiana. Her talk will cover the natural history of 
whooping cranes as well as reintroductions to establish new populations 
in North America. Sprinkled with personal stories and her many photos, 
you won't want to miss it.

For more information contact Joseph Youngman, 906-523-4416, 
**murphnj AT up.net**. ***

*Sponsored by Copper Country Audubon. Everyone welcome!*
Subject: Harris Sparrow
From: "Cherri's Feed 'n' Seed" <cherrisfeednseed AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Nov 2015 10:39:45 -0500
Hi,

Mr. Harris Sparrow is still hanging out with 2 White-throated Sparrows and now 
a Fox Sparrow has joined the gang. Junco is there once in a while, and now Mr. 
& Mr. Cardinal come to dine together! Mrs. Red-bellied Woodpecker has become a 
regular now, too. No sign of the RWBB for about two weeks now. 


Cherri from da U.P. : )
Third & Bernard
Copper Harbor, MI

(Oh, I can e-mail to you all, but I’m still not seeing any of your posts-I do 
miss them! I’m still working on it, tho.) 


"Just remember, the sunshine always follows the rain; so wrap your troubles in 
dreams; and dream your troubles away!" 

-sung by Les Paul & Mary Ford, "More Music from Northern Exposure"
Subject: Emailing: redpolls.jpg
From: "Miriam Pickens" <mpickens1 AT charter.net>
Date: Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:16:35 -0500
  
There is a flock of redpolls at Maasto Hiihto.

Miriam Pickens
Subject: Various birds
From: Andrew Meyer <asmeyer AT mtu.edu>
Date: Sat, 21 Nov 2015 12:13:04 -0500
Hello all,

I've had a few noteworthy sighings pile up over the past couple of days so
I thought an email was in order.

Thursday there were three Canvasbacks at the very head of Pike Bay
(Chassell).  Farther up toward Centennial Park there was also a Common Loon.

Today on South Entry Road (near Chassell) we found Snow Buntings, House
Sparrows, and most notably, a Common Grackle still visiting a feeder.

Bohemian Waxwings have also been visiting the MTU campus-- I've seen them
twice now.  They're certianly far from reliable but might be something to
keep an eye out for if you're on campus.

-Drew Meyer

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Subject: Re: Loon
From: dave forestlandgroup.com <dave AT forestlandgroup.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Nov 2015 15:00:32 +0000
I heard one this morning off Point Mills as well.

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID
On Nov 20, 2015 3:58 PM, Owen Mills  wrote:
There is a loon diving around the boat dock at the Great Lakes Research
Center (at MTU).  ' in basic plumage and I'm having trouble identifying
it.  Its probably a common loon.

Owen Mills
Hancock, MI
Subject: Loon
From: Owen Mills <opmills AT mtu.edu>
Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2015 16:00:54 -0500
There is a loon diving around the boat dock at the Great Lakes Research 
Center (at MTU).  ' in basic plumage and I'm having trouble identifying 
it.  Its probably a common loon.

Owen Mills
Hancock, MI
Subject: Some activity on lake annie road
From: Jeffrey Kiiskila <jdkiiski AT mtu.edu>
Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2015 17:32:05 -0500
We had an eagle at our place last week, along with one or two ravens, and
our regular family of about 6 crows. Plus the regular feeder birds
(chickadees, red-breasted nuthatches, and blue jays). The ravens woke me up
early in the morning (this was Friday I believe) and then I saw the rest of
the crew when I was leaving. Probably picking at the deer carcass in the
ditch.

Half mile down Lake Annie Road, Quincy Hill.


-- 
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BMB PhD Candidate
Department of Biological Sciences
Michigan Technological University
Office: Dow 506
Phone: 906-370-0473
Email: jdkiiski AT mtu.edu
Subject: Still here....
From: "Cherri's Feed 'n' Seed" <cherrisfeednseed AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2015 17:14:10 -0500
Male White-throated Sparrow and Mrs. Cardinal still here. Haven’t seen the 
RWBB in a couple of days. 


Cherri from da U.P. : )
Third & Bernard
Copper Harbor

"Just remember, the sunshine always follows the rain; so wrap your troubles in 
dreams; and dream your troubles away!" 

-sung by Les Paul & Mary Ford, "More Music from Northern Exposure"
Subject: lone grackle
From: Ted Soldan <tjsold AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2015 15:42:10 -0500
We had a lone Common Grackle under our feeders this morning.  The first
I've seen in a long time here in Elo just east of the cemetery.  Ted

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Subject: RWBB
From: "Cherri's Feed 'n' Seed" <cherrisfeednseed AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Nov 2015 09:49:58 -0500
Hi all,

I’ve been seeing a male Red-winged Blackbird for about a week now and today I 
see a female. Both look healthy, active and foraging for food. What’s the 
latest any of you have seen one UP here? 


And I still have White-throated Sparrow or two hanging around and today noticed 
a Harris Sparrow. (Last year he was here forever!) Evening Grosbeaks are coming 
more often now, too. 


My usuals are Chickadees, three woodpeckers (Downy, Hairy, Red-bellied), White 
and Red-breasted Nuthatches, Blue Jays, mom & dad Cardinal (not as often, but 
pretty regular). 


I’m also checking to see if my e-mail is working correctly. If I get 
responses, I’ll know you can get my messages, but I still haven’t had a 
notification from birder-l for quite some time. Sigh....... 


Thanks!!
Cherri from da U.P. : )

"Just remember, the sunshine always follows the rain; so wrap your troubles in 
dreams; and dream your troubles away!" 

-sung by Les Paul & Mary Ford, "More Music from Northern Exposure"
Subject: Presentation: Bird-window Collision Study on Tues Nov 17 @ 7pm
From: Amber Roth <amroth AT mtu.edu>
Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2015 14:09:33 -0500
DrewWood Thrush

*Greetings Folks,*

*On Tuesday November 17, Andrew Meyer will present ”Bird-window 
Collision Study on the Campus of Michigan Tech.” Drew is a second-year 
student in applied ecology at Michigan Tech and will summarize his 
research project monitoring window-killed birds on campus. Please join 
us at 7:00 PM at the MTU Forest Resources and Environmental Science 
Building, Hesterberg Hall, Rm. G002.

Come find out which building on campus is the "superkiller" and what can 
be done to correct this problem on campus and at your home or office.

Sponsored by Copper Country Audubon
Everyone welcome!*

Subject: Am I still on your list to receive e-mails?
From: "Cherri's Feed 'n' Seed" <cherrisfeednseed AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2015 09:38:13 -0500
I haven’t received an e-mail from this address since July. If I’m not still 
on your list can you add me back on? Thanks! 


Cherri from da U.P. : )

"Just remember, the sunshine always follows the rain; so wrap your troubles in 
dreams; and dream your troubles away!" 

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Subject: rare?
From: "Karen Karl" <karenk AT pasty.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2015 11:13:13 -0500
I'm not sure how unusual this is, but we have a male Red-winged Blackbird
still hanging around in Copper Harbor. It this rare? He seems to be alone.

We have a couple of cardinals too!

~Karen
Subject: Location of evening grosbeaks
From: Elaine Dougovito <dougovito16691 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Nov 2015 10:37:15 -0500
Oops ,forgot the location. East side of LAnse Bay, Baraga county. 

Sent from Elaine's iPad
Subject: Single Pine Siskin
From: "dwelker AT up.net" <dwelker@up.net>
Date: Sun, 8 Nov 2015 22:56:38 -0500 (EST)
4 or 5 days ago a single Pine Siskin was at our feeders north of Alston. It may 
have been "attached to" a flock of goldfinches. 

 
I seldom see a single Pine Siskin. Also, this is the first Pine Siskin I have 
seen here in who know how long, and it has not returned since its visit last 
week. 

 
  -doug-
Subject: Arnheim birds
From: Andrew Meyer <asmeyer AT mtu.edu>
Date: Sun, 8 Nov 2015 19:59:52 -0500
Hello all,

Spent a few hours in Arnheim early this morning, in both the North and
South units.  A few notables:

-Northern Shrike
-Northern Harrier (very late)
-400+ Snow Buntings-- had to drive very slowly, kept flushing off of road
-150+ Rusty Blackbirds
-500+ Canada Geese
- First redpolls

I didn't expect much from a cold, windy marsh on a day like today, but I
was obviously surprised.  I guess the birds are enjoying the last of the
good weather as well!

-Drew Meyer

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Michigan Technological University
BS, Applied Ecology and Environmental Sciences, 2018
(906) 281-7397
Subject: Wilson's snipe
From: Pat Gotschalk <pagotschalk AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Nov 2015 13:04:01 -0500
We've had a snipe on our lawn (on Airport Park Road) since October 26.
He has an injured leg but he flies well and seems to find a lot to eat.
There isn't any way that he could be captured (he flies if you get within
30 feet).
Is it too late for him to migrate?  Despite his leg he seems pretty strong.

-- 
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*(906) 370-6793*
Subject: Late White-throated Sparrow
From: Amber Roth <amroth AT mtu.edu>
Date: Sat, 7 Nov 2015 17:22:29 -0500
Today I had a relatively late White-throated Sparrow in our backyard 
(see attached photo). Pine Siskins are becoming regulars at the feeder. 
Multiple flocks of Snow Buntings are regularly seen around the neighborhood.

Amber Roth

-- 
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Midwest Landbird Migration Monitoring Network Coordinator

School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Michigan Tech University
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931-1295
eMail: amroth AT mtu.edu
Subject: removal from list
From: Aaron Wuori <anwuori AT mtu.edu>
Date: Thu, 5 Nov 2015 16:49:43 -0700
Hello,

Could someone please tell me how to remove myself from the birder emailing
list? I enjoy hearing about the latest sightings, although I moved away
from the U.P. a number of years ago and need to clean up my inbox. I might
want to re-join if I can ever get back to the U.P.

Thanks,

Aaron Wuori
Subject: A few sightings from SE Michigan
From: Bruce Szczechowski <baszczec AT mtu.edu>
Date: Mon, 2 Nov 2015 20:47:10 -0500
At Pt. Mouillee today, I saw a pair of Short-earred Owls and a pair of 
Hudsonian Godwits. Not the greatest pics, but I've attached a few. Also, about 
30 tundra swans showed up as well. Noted several northern water snakes, along 
with an eastern fox snake, and a half dozen monarchs still making their way 
south! Best wishes to all! 


Bruce




Subject: Lonely Great Blue Heron still at
From: Nancy Auer <naauer AT mtu.edu>
Date: Sat, 31 Oct 2015 12:55:09 -0400
Merganser Pond - down dirt road off 5 mile point road at turn into Sunset
Beach Campground (7 miles above Ahmeek MI, Keweenaw Co.  Nancy

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Subject: Snow buntings
From: Gil Lewis <lewis AT mtu.edu>
Date: Fri, 30 Oct 2015 19:45:47 -0400
A flock in front of Zion Lutheran in Hancock this afternoon

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Re: Warbler in Gates
From: David Flaspohler <djflaspo AT mtu.edu>
Date: Fri, 30 Oct 2015 13:24:29 -0400
Thanks Kevin for being willing to give that a try. It was the suggestion of a 
local birder Jennifer Pugh (thanks Jennifer!). 


 Nice to have a happy ending. Let’s hope that warbler moves south quickly; at 
least the near-term weather seems mild. 


David
	
On 30 Oct 2015, at 11:51, Kevin Kalinec  wrote:

> David...good news!  Got a text from my worker last that the bird flew out.  
> 
> As you suggested, we left the lights off and the door open and after about a 
1/2 hour, she saw it walking on court 3 towards the door. She started walking 
slowly towards it to coax it out and it finally took off out the door. 

> 
> Thanks for the suggestion!
>  
> 
> On Wed, Oct 28, 2015 at 8:50 PM, Kevin Kalinec  wrote:
> Hi David....not an odd request at all and I appreciate the input. 
Actually,​ we tried to leave the doors open one evening (not because we knew 
what we were doing!) and a bat came in. 

> 
> ​ However, ​we did not turn out the lights so I'll give that a try 
tomorrow. 

> 
> 
> 
> ​I agree though that ​the droppings are a nuisance and hoped it would 
eventually find it's way out but I've started to run out of patience. If 
leaving the door open doesn't work, I've spoken to Dave in the SDC about some 
other options so hopefully it won't be a problem too much longer. 

> 
> ​Thanks again David and I'll let you know how it goes tomorrow.​
> 
> 
> ​,​On Oct 28, 2015 3:58 PM, "David Flaspohler"  wrote:
> 
> Hello Kevin:
> I hope you are well. This is an odd request but as you can read below, there 
has been a small bird, I believe a Palm Warbler (below) stuck in the Gates for 
many days, maybe weeks. It must be finding insects to eat but very likely would 
not survive the winter in there. They winter in the extreme southern US and 
Caribbean. Jennifer below suggested that we might be able to get it to leave 
if, at dusk, before it goest to sleep, we shut off the lights and open the 
biggest door, maybe that access door in the back if possible. Sunset is around 
6:45 pm right now. Is there a day this week or weekend when we could try this 
when it would not be too disruptive to players? 

> 
> Getting it out would have the added benefit of stopping the droppings that 
are apparent wherever it frequently perches. 

> 
> Thanks,
> David
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>> From: Jennifer Pugh 
>> Subject: Re: [birder-l] Warbler in Gates
>> Date: 28 Oct 2015 14:30:36 EDT
>> To: David Flaspohler 
>> 
>> They are in our pole building all the time, leave the door open with the 
lights off at dusk. Play song music outside the open door without blocking the 
door? Will the Gates people allow the libyts to be turned off for 10 minutes? 
Good luck. 

>> Jennifer
>> 
>> On Oct 27, 2015 7:59 PM, "David Flaspohler"  wrote:
>> Hello:
>> While playing tennis in the indoor Gates Tennis Center on the MTU campus 
this evening, I saw what I believe is a Palm Warbler trapped in the building. 
It spent most of its time 40’ up near the roof but I saw it sally down on the 
other side as though it were going after an insect. The person working there 
said it had been in there for weeks so it must be finding food and water and 
you can see its droppings concentrated below a few spots where it must perch or 
roost on the nets. 

>> 
>> I have caught such birds (stuck indoors) with mist nets or even butterfly 
nets but this is a huge space and one would need to draw the bird down near the 
courts somehow. I played the Palm W. song to no effect. 

>> 
>> Anyone have any suggestions to help this bird by catching and releasing it 
before winter hits hard? 

>> 
>> David Flaspohler
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> -- 
> Kevin Kalinec
> Head Men's and Women's Tennis Coach
> Manager, Recreation
> Michigan Tech University
> SDC 906-487-2975
> Gates Tennis Center 906-487-2774
Subject: Uncommon Visiting Birds
From: George Balogh <bug50x AT att.net>
Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2015 20:04:50 -0400

I have a general question regarding uncommon and rare birds that wonder outside 
their normal range. 

Especially in the case of Sea Birds, Gulls and Waterfowl it seems that many 
reported here and elsewhere 

are juveniles or young individuals. Does anyone know if this is a common 
pattern for birds in general and 

perhaps related to inexperience during migration?

Thanks,

George Balogh


Subject: Snowy Owl
From: Dana Richter <dlrichte AT mtu.edu>
Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2015 13:02:45 -0400
Adult Snowy Owl found dead near beach, Little Traverse Bay, east of Lake 
Linden, by Bruce Wolck, 10/22/15.

Bright white bird suggests adult male. Weight of bird was 1.97 lbs (892 g).

Sibley guide says average weight of Snowy Owl is 4 lbs (1,830 g), 
females heavier than males.






Subject: Evening Grosbeaks
From: Ruth Gleckler <ruth.gleckler1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2015 10:29:47 -0400
3 Evening Grosbeaks just showed up at my sunflower feeder (Atlantic Mine),
have not seen any all summer.
Subject: Warbler in Gates
From: David Flaspohler <djflaspo AT mtu.edu>
Date: Tue, 27 Oct 2015 19:49:15 -0400
Hello: 
 While playing tennis in the indoor Gates Tennis Center on the MTU campus this 
evening, I saw what I believe is a Palm Warbler trapped in the building. It 
spent most of its time 40 up near the roof but I saw it sally down on the 
other side as though it were going after an insect. The person working there 
said it had been in there for weeks so it must be finding food and water and 
you can see its droppings concentrated below a few spots where it must perch or 
roost on the nets. 


I have caught such birds (stuck indoors) with mist nets or even butterfly nets 
but this is a huge space and one would need to draw the bird down near the 
courts somehow. I played the Palm W. song to no effect. 


Anyone have any suggestions to help this bird by catching and releasing it 
before winter hits hard? 


David Flaspohler
Subject: Keweenaw Birds
From: "murphnj AT up.net" <murphnj@up.net>
Date: Mon, 26 Oct 2015 18:43:22 -0400 (EDT)
Heyi,

Today I did five hour count at High Rock Bay at the tip of the Keweenaw. Calm 
winds allowed for a decent flight. I had 605 birds flying past going SE. 
Leaders were Red-breasted Mergs at 184, they even beat out the Unidentified 
Ducks at 179, Common Loons were good at 83. Also present were Goldeneye, 
White-winged Scoters, Longtails and Horned and Red-necked Grebes. 


About 150 small passerines flew in from Manitou Island - couldn't ID but 
probably Redpoll or Siskin. The day started great as I flushed a Snowy Owl from 
the rocks as I drove up in the twilight. It sat 100 yds to the N all through my 
count. 

Had several first of fall birds for me: a single Northern Shrike, about a dozen 
Pine Grosbeaks and five White-winged Crossbills. 


Youngman


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Subject: Wood Ducks
From: Pat Gotschalk <pagotschalk AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Oct 2015 15:01:56 -0400
More than 20 wood ducks on our pond on Airport Park Road.   Very skittish!


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Subject: leucistic robin
From: Nancy Leonard <nancy AT einerlei.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Oct 2015 16:58:26 -0400
is still in Chassell.....assuming that it is the same one seen here a few
days ago.
Nancy