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18 Oct Re: any hummers? [Allen Chartier ]
27 May Re: Chuck-will's-widow - Sharonville Wildlife Management Area - Jackson County [Sheldon Kirsch ]
24 May Chuck-will's-widow - Sharonville Wildlife Management Area - Jackson County [Don Henise ]
27 Mar Little Gull, White-winged Scoters continue [Don Henise ]
25 Mar Little Gull Jackson & Lenawee Counties [Don Henise ]
28 Nov Lesser Black-backed Gulls - Gilletts Lake, Jackson County - Harlequin Duck at 3:00 pm [Don Henise ]
28 Nov Re: [birders] Harlequin Duck - Jackson County - Friday 11/27 [Dan Fox ]
27 Nov Harlequin Duck - Jackson County - Friday 11/27 [Don Henise ]
26 Nov Fwd: [Jax-birds] Harlequin YES - Thursday, 11/26 [Don Henise ]
24 Nov Harlequin Duck - Michigan Center, Jackson County - Continues Tuesday 11/23 [Don Henise ]
22 Nov Re: Harlequin Duck - Michigan Center, Jackson County - Continues [Don Henise ]
22 Nov Harlequin Duck - Michigan Center, Jackson County - Continues [Don Henise ]
21 Nov Re: Harlequin Duck - Michigan Center, Jackson County [Don Henise ]
21 Nov Harlequin Duck - Michigan Center, Jackson County [Don Henise ]
7 Oct Cackling Geese - Thorn Lake, Jackson County [Ed Tiede ]
8 Sep Red-necked Phalarope, Indian Trails Crossing Park, Lenawee County [Ed Tiede ]
9 Jun Pointe Mouillee SGA, Monroe County [Ed Tiede ]
30 May Re: [se-mi-birdlist] [birders] Fw: BBWD ["jbuecking AT juno.com" ]
29 May Re: [birders] Fw: BBWD [Allen Chartier ]
12 May Black Vulture Washtenaw County [Don Henise ]
7 May Northern Mockingbird at E.L. Johnson Nature Center [Allen Chartier ]
01 Mar Odd goldeneye pic - Port Huron - Friday [Don Henise ]
18 Feb Tonight: Kenya is free Washtenaw Audubon program, Wed., Feb. 18, 7::30pm, all invited [Mike Sefton ]
16 Feb Re: [Mich-listers] Michigan Snowy Owl update [James Gruber ]
9 Feb Snowy Owl, Washtenaw, Monday, 9 Feb [Mike Sefton ]
21 Jan Fwd: Tonight: Ivory-billed Woodpecker is free Washenaw Audubon program, Wed., 21 Jan., all invited [Mike Sefton ]
19 Jan SPAM:Ivory-billed Woodpecker is free Washtenaw Audubon program, Wed., 21 Jan., all invited [Mike Sefton ]
02 Jan Jackson: Greater White-fronted Geese, Northern Shrikes, Red-shouldered Hawk, Short-eared Owls, etc. [Don Henise ]
21 Dec eBird -- US-MI-Chelsea-18345 Garvey Rd -- Dec 21, 2014 [Mike Sefton ]
21 Dec Waterloo Rec Area Christmas Bird Count [Don Henise ]
11 Dec Re: Clinton CBC [Mike Sefton ]
11 Dec Re: Clinton CBC [Martin Bialecki ]
10 Dec ADMIN - mass unsub.scription event (semi-birdlist) ["Bruce M. Bowman" ]
9 Dec eBird -- Ford Lake -- Bridge Rd. Dam, Washtenaw, G. B-b Gull, Dec 9, 2014, 10:00am [Mike Sefton ]
8 Dec Re: OT: Your help needed TODAY ["LaHaie, Ivan" ]
8 Dec Your help needed TODAY [Mike Sefton ]
7 Dec SE Michigan Gulls []
6 Dec Fwd: Golden Eagle, Ann Arbor, 6 Dec., 1:30pm [Mike Sefton ]
01 Dec Re: [birders] Barton pond - black scoters continue ["Bruce M. Bowman" ]
30 Nov Macomb Co.- Harrison Township Snowy Owl ["Allan J. Michelin" ]
26 Nov Snow Geese, Greater White-fronted Geese [Don Henise ]
23 Nov Lesser B-b Gull, Washtenaw, Sun., 23 Nov., 9:50am [Mike Sefton ]
18 Nov Meteorology and Birding is free Washtenaw Audubon program, Wed., Nov. 19, all invited [Mike Sefton ]
4 Nov Haehnle Sanctuary crane count 11/03/2014 [Steve Jerant ]
01 Nov Northern Shrike, Red-necked Grebe Jackson County [Don Henise ]
27 Oct Haehnle Sanctuary crane count 10/27/2014 [Steve Jerant ]
24 Oct Snow Geese Continuing at Watkins/Thorn Lake + Northern Mockingbird - Jackson County [Don Henise ]
21 Oct Haehnle Sanctuary crane count 10/20/2014 [Steve Jerant ]
19 Oct Thayer's Gull [Alan Ryff ]
17 Oct fwd: parasitic jaeger at LEM // (Fwd) posting to Mich-listers of parasitic jaeger at 11AM at b ["Bruce M. Bowman" ]
15 Oct Tonight: Impacts of Ecosystems Imbalance on Birds is free Washtenaw Audubon program, Wed., 15 Oct., 7:30pm, all invited [Mike Sefton ]
14 Oct Impacts of Ecosystem Imbalance on Birds is free Washtenaw Audubon program, Wed., 15 Oct., all invited [Mike Sefton ]
13 Oct Haehnle Sanctuary Sandhill Crane Count - Monday 10/13/2014 [Don Henise ]
07 Oct ADMIN - correction: The mass unsub.scription was on Oct. 7, not Oct. 6. ["Bruce M. Bowman" ]
07 Oct ADMIN - correction: The mass unsub.scription was on Oct. 7, not Oct. 6. ["Bruce M. Bowman" ]
07 Oct ADMIN - Oct. 6 mass unsub.scription event ["Bruce M. Bowman" ]
06 Oct Re: Haehnle Sanctuary crane count 10/06/2014 [Don Henise ]
06 Oct FW: Haehnle Sanctuary crane count 10/06/2014 [Don Henise ]
6 Oct Fwd: Red-headed Wigeon [Margaret Jewett ]
6 Oct Fwd: [Mich-listers] Ottawa County Red Phalarope [Mike Sefton ]
5 Oct Eurasian wigeon [Maggie Jewett ]
04 Oct Cackling Geese - Watkins Lake, Jackson County [Don Henise ]
4 Oct Fwd: [birders] Cattle Egret, Washtenaw, Sat., 4 Oct., 8:30am (gone?) [Mike Sefton ]
4 Oct Golden Plover - Kensington MPG Oakland County 10/4/14 [Lyle Hamilton ]
3 Oct Fwd: Cattle Egret, Washtenaw, Fri., 3 Oct., 5:20pm [Mike Sefton ]
3 Oct Cattle Egret, Whitmore Lake High School [Mike Sefton ]
3 Oct Re: [birders] OT - Forum with Metroparks stewardship coordinator [John Lowry ]
29 Sep Re: Haehnle Sanctuary Sandhill Crane Count - Sunday 9/28/2014 [Don Henise ]
28 Sep Re: Haehnle Sanctuary Sandhill Crane Count - Sunday 9/28/2014 [Don Henise ]
28 Sep Haehnle Sanctuary Sandhill Crane Count - Sunday 9/28/2014 [Don Henise ]
28 Sep Am. Golden-plover, Washtenaw, Sun., 28 Sep., 3:00pm [Mike Sefton ]
22 Sep Haehnle Sanctuary Sandhill Crane Count - Monday 9/22/2014 [Don Henise ]
18 Sep Buff-breasted Sandpiper - former De Bucks sod farm, Livingston County - 9/18/14 [Lyle Hamilton ]
17 Sep Golden-winged Warbler in Nichol's Arboretum Ann Arbor [Roger Kuhlman ]
17 Sep Tonight: Conservation Birding is free Washtenaw Audubon program, Wed., 17 Sep., all invited [Mike Sefton ]
14 Sep Haehnle Sanctuary crane count 09/14/2014 [Steve Jerant ]

Subject: Re: any hummers?
From: Allen Chartier <amazilia3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2016 16:29:09 -0400
Su, and all hummingbird enthusiasts,

I have been fairly quiet this fall about hummingbird departures, but I have
been paying attention to the posts, and am definitely interested in any and
all reports, especially after October 15. That is the arbitrary cutoff date
when the chances go down to about 50-50 that a lingering hummingbird is a
Ruby-throated, so photos of any hummingbird reported from now on would be
greatly appreciated. Dr. Bob reported a hummingbird from Oakland County a
couple days ago, and a day or two before that there was at least one in
southwestern Michigan.

I am aware of only one Rufous Hummingbird so far in our region, an immature
female that I banded south of Mansfield, Ohio back on October 4. Other
species in addition to Rufous could show up.


Allen T. Chartier
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On Tue, Oct 18, 2016 at 9:48 AM, Su Clift  wrote:

> Who is still seeing hummingbirds?  I am amazed at how late I still have
> them at my feeders.  This has never happened before.  I have consistently
> seen them (it?) all day long.  I’m pretty sure it’s a variety of them
> though, because sometimes it’s a fat one and sometimes it’s a smaller 
one. 

> Migrators I would guess, sticking around for a couple days .
> Su in Adrian
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Subject: Re: Chuck-will's-widow - Sharonville Wildlife Management Area - Jackson County
From: Sheldon Kirsch <skirsch AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2016 12:22:54 -0400
Still there as of last night.  Me, Scott Jennex, Bill Niemczyk and 
Maggie heard the bird clearly starting at 9:50 pm.

Sheldon Kirsch

PS:  There was also a Barred Owl, many Whippoorwills, many Veerys and a 
plethora of Wood Thrushes.


On 5/24/2016 1:13 PM, Don Henise wrote:
> A Chuck-will's-widow has returned for the sixth summer in the
> Sharonville State Game Area in Norvell Township in southeastern Jackson
> County.
>
> It was first reported on eBird Sunday evening by David Parsons. Several
> birders were at the site last evening to listen to the bird. It was
> apparently first heard around 9:20. We heard it calling at 9:55. The
> location is on Easudes about 2/10ths of a mile east of Fishville. The
> bird has been calling from the woods to the north of Easudes. The bird
> was distant from the road, but distinctly heard. Several Whip-poor-wills
> were heard from both Lammon Road and Easudes Road.
>
> In the past, I have been reluctant to post about this bird on public
> lists because the original discoverers did not want it to be public
> knowledge in order to protect this unusual species in Michigan. I
> honored their wishes and did not publicly post about it. Since it has
> been hear for 6 years and is posted on eBird now, I think that time is
> over, but it should go without saying that playback should not be used
> for this bird.
>
> I have links to very poor, but identifiable audio embeded in my ebird
> checklist:
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29879699
>
> If would like to hear better recordings from previous years, you can
> checkout my recordings on xeno-canto. The link is below.
>

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Subject: Chuck-will's-widow - Sharonville Wildlife Management Area - Jackson County
From: Don Henise <kiskadee3 AT yandex.com>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 13:13:46 -0400
A Chuck-will's-widow has returned for the sixth summer in the 
Sharonville State Game Area in Norvell Township in southeastern Jackson 
County.

It was first reported on eBird Sunday evening by David Parsons. Several 
birders were at the site last evening to listen to the bird. It was 
apparently first heard around 9:20. We heard it calling at 9:55. The 
location is on Easudes about 2/10ths of a mile east of Fishville. The 
bird has been calling from the woods to the north of Easudes. The bird 
was distant from the road, but distinctly heard. Several Whip-poor-wills 
were heard from both Lammon Road and Easudes Road.

In the past, I have been reluctant to post about this bird on public 
lists because the original discoverers did not want it to be public 
knowledge in order to protect this unusual species in Michigan. I 
honored their wishes and did not publicly post about it. Since it has 
been hear for 6 years and is posted on eBird now, I think that time is 
over, but it should go without saying that playback should not be used 
for this bird.

I have links to very poor, but identifiable audio embeded in my ebird 
checklist:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29879699

If would like to hear better recordings from previous years, you can 
checkout my recordings on xeno-canto. The link is below.

-- 
Don Henise

Jackson, MI
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Subject: Little Gull, White-winged Scoters continue
From: Don Henise <kiskadee3 AT yandex.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Mar 2016 10:58:01 -0400
The little gull and white-winged scooters continue on Wamplers Lake. 
Whte-winged scoter viewed from Lake Shore Drive in Jackson County Waters. The 
little gull was viewed from Lake Shore Drive and from Hayes State Park in both 
Jackson and Lenawee County Waters. 



Don HeniseJackson, MIkiskadee3 AT att.net
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Subject: Little Gull Jackson & Lenawee Counties
From: Don Henise <kiskadee3 AT yandex.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Mar 2016 23:00:15 -0400
In case you haven't seen all of the ebird reports, here is an account of 
the Little Gull so far in Jackson County, for those of you who may want 
to chase it tomorrow.

It was first reported yesterday, Thursday 3/24, by Philip Odum on eBird 
with some excellent photos taken at Watkins Lake (aka Thorn Lake) in 
Norvell Township, Jackson County around 2:30 pm. It was seen again 
around 4:30 by Linda Ar and Ross Green and shortly after that flew off 
to the south west. Wamplers Lake was searched last evening but the bird 
was not refound.

I figured the bird was migrating and was brought down by the storms 
yesterday and then continued its journey after the rain let up. 
Nevertheless, Robyn and I were making our way to the area around 8:30 
this morning when Ross Green called to tell us that he and Scott Jennex 
were watching the Little Gull on Watkins Lake. We arrived around 
8:45-8:50 and were rewarded with great views of the bird as it sat on 
the water and flew around the lake with several Bonaparte's Gulls. 
Sometime between 9:30 and 10:00 am the Little Gull and all the Bonies 
flew off to the southwest.

Ross refound the bird on Wamplers Lake around 11:25. He originally 
observed it from Hayes State Park on the southeast side of the lake. The 
bird was working the middle of the lake towards the east end flying back 
and forth from Jackson and Lenawee Counties. The county line runs 
through the lake east to west. We observed the bird from Lakeshore Drive 
just off of Wamplers Lake Road on the northeast corner of the lake. 
Lakeshore Drive runs right along the lake and there are several places 
to pull off the roadway for viewing. We last viewed the gull around 1:30 
in the afternoon and I see eBird reports from there from as late as 7:20 
pm, so it appears to have spent all afternoon on Wamplers Lake.

Good Birding,

-- 
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Subject: Lesser Black-backed Gulls - Gilletts Lake, Jackson County - Harlequin Duck at 3:00 pm
From: Don Henise <kiskadee3 AT yandex.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Nov 2015 19:55:35 -0500
We found 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls in the gull flock at Gilletts Lake 
this evening around 4:30. There were several hundred Ring-billed and a 
few Herring Gulls - no Franklin's were spotted. This is the third 
Jackson County bird for Robyn and me in 8 days!!!

I have a few poor long distance photos which I will post in my eBird 
checklist tonight.

The Michigan Center Harlequin was in the river rapids below the spillway 
between 3 and 3:30 this afternoon.

-- 
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Subject: Re: [birders] Harlequin Duck - Jackson County - Friday 11/27
From: Dan Fox <dfoxmi AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Nov 2015 10:09:51 -0500
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

> 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: Harlequin Duck - Jackson County - Friday 11/27
From: Don Henise <kiskadee3 AT yandex.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 14:57:30 -0500
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: Fwd: [Jax-birds] Harlequin YES - Thursday, 11/26
From: Don Henise <kiskadee3 AT yandex.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Nov 2015 13:25:41 -0500
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. 

>
> Gary W. Mason
> 517-936-3259

-- 
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-- 
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Jackson, MI
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-- 
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Subject: Harlequin Duck - Michigan Center, Jackson County - Continues Tuesday 11/23
From: Don Henise <kiskadee3 AT yandex.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:41:56 -0500
The Harlequin Duck in Jackson County has been seen again today (Tuesday 
11/24) by multiple observers.

---

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.

coordinates:

42.2288539,-84.3266612

---

There is a finger of Center Lake that comes north into the south side of 
the town of Michigan Center. The bird was found near a parking lot/boat 
launch on 5th Street 1/4 mile south of Page Avenue. The parking lot is 
just south of the Grand River on the east side. The Harlequin has been 
hanging around this corner of the lake and in the river. It also spent 
some time on the river behind the Lakeside Convenience Store on the west 
side of 5th Street.

The bird looks like a female with the exception of a few white feathers 
on either side of the breast, which makes me think it is a first year 
male. It was hanging around with a group of Mallards and domestic hybrid 
Mallards.

-- 
Don Henise

Jackson, MI
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Subject: Re: Harlequin Duck - Michigan Center, Jackson County - Continues
From: Don Henise <kiskadee3 AT yandex.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Nov 2015 19:47:36 -0500
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: Harlequin Duck - Michigan Center, Jackson County - Continues
From: Don Henise <kiskadee3 AT yandex.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Nov 2015 19:08:27 -0500
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.


-- 
Don Henise

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Subject: Re: Harlequin Duck - Michigan Center, Jackson County
From: Don Henise <kiskadee3 AT yandex.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Nov 2015 12:47:34 -0500
As promised, I have upoaded photos of the Harlequin. You can find them 
on the flickr link below or in this eBird checklist:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S25931887

For anyone interested in chasing this bird the coordinates are:

42.2288539,-84.3266612

Just be aware that the weather in Jackson County is deteriorating as the 
day goes on and roads are slippery.

Hopefully the bird will not move and will be around tomorrow.




On 11/21/2015 11:13 AM, Don Henise wrote:
> Ross Green located a Harlequin Duck on Center Lake this morning. There 
> is a finger of Center Lake that comes north into the south side of the 
> town of Michigan Center. The bird was found near a parking lot/boat 
> launch on 5th Street 1/4 mile south of Page Avenue. The parking lot is 
> just south of the Grand River on the east side. The Harlequin has been 
> hanging around this corner of the lake and in the river. It also spent 
> some time on the river behind the Lakeside Convenience Store on the 
> west side of 5th Street.  We viewed it for an hour from about 8:30 
> until 9:30.
>
> The bird looks like a female with the exception of a few white 
> feathers on either side of the breast, which makes me think it is a 
> first year male. It was hanging around with a group of Mallards and 
> domestic hybrid Mallards.
>
> I'll have pictures up on flickr and in an eBird checklist soon.
>
>

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Subject: Harlequin Duck - Michigan Center, Jackson County
From: Don Henise <kiskadee3 AT yandex.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Nov 2015 11:13:11 -0500
Ross Green located a Harlequin Duck on Center Lake this morning. There 
is a finger of Center Lake that comes north into the south side of the 
town of Michigan Center. The bird was found near a parking lot/boat 
launch on 5th Street 1/4 mile south of Page Avenue. The parking lot is 
just south of the Grand River on the east side. The Harlequin has been 
hanging around this corner of the lake and in the river. It also spent 
some time on the river behind the Lakeside Convenience Store on the west 
side of 5th Street.  We viewed it for an hour from about 8:30 until 9:30.

The bird looks like a female with the exception of a few white feathers 
on either side of the breast, which makes me think it is a first year 
male. It was hanging around with a group of Mallards and domestic hybrid 
Mallards.

I'll have pictures up on flickr and in an eBird checklist soon.


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Subject: Cackling Geese - Thorn Lake, Jackson County
From: Ed Tiede <edtavian AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Oct 2015 03:08:54 +0000 (UTC)
This evening at 5:30pm there were two Cackling Geese out on Thorn Lake in 
Jackson County.  This is much earlier than when I first saw Cackling Geese 
there last year.  Also of note, large numbers of Canada Geese are beginning to 
congregate there.  It wouldn't surprise me to hear of a Snow or White-fronted 
Goose to show up there soon. 


Cheers, 

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Subject: Red-necked Phalarope, Indian Trails Crossing Park, Lenawee County
From: Ed Tiede <edtavian AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Sep 2015 01:44:08 +0000 (UTC)
I was very surprised to find this bird here this morning.  I saw this bird at 
11:15am this morning.   Viewed at a sand bar flat, near some Yellowlegs and 
Killdeer. When I first viewed the bird, my first thoughts were that it was a 
Wilson's Phalarope. The distance from shore to the sand bar flat was a little 
far and I wish that could have had a closer view. This bird did look a little 
smaller than what a Wilson's is. Upon careful examination of some pictures 
taken, it was an immature Red-necked Phalarope. From the photos, the first 
distinguishing marks was the solid dark and very prominent ear-patch bleeding 
through the eye and a dark skull cap, continuing down the back of the neck.  
Brown, buff, and black upper plumage. In Tecumseh, from M50 turn onto Logan St 
and you will find the kayak rental place. Go to the little boat launch, look 
straight out and you will see a sand bar flat and some snags. This is where the 
bird was. 


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Subject: Pointe Mouillee SGA, Monroe County
From: Ed Tiede <edtavian AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Jun 2015 12:01:49 +0000 (UTC)
Yesterday I made it out to Pointe Mouillee SGA andobserved the following 
species in the Cell 3 Unit.  3 continuing Red Knots. The birds were inbreeding 
Plumage.  2 immature plumaged AmericanGolden Plover.   9 White Pelicans.  1 
Female Wilson’s Phalarope in breedingplumage.  Cheers,Edward Tiede  

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Subject: Re: [se-mi-birdlist] [birders] Fw: BBWD
From: "jbuecking AT juno.com" <jbuecking@juno.com>
Date: Sat, 30 May 2015 01:42:16 GMT
Birders, I saw the group of 12 Black-bellied Whistling Ducks at the previously 
mentioned location on Saturday morning May 23 from 8:35 to 8:45am - until a 
resident of the area walked over to the pond's edge to feed them and they flew 
off to the southeast. It appeared they were not going far and, in fact, it 
looked like they were going to land fairly close by but definitely out of 
sight. I heard other birders at Pt Mouilee that day say there was a nearby pond 
that was not accessible the ducks were probably using, along with the pond that 
formerly had the fountain. Some speculated that the construction at a nearby 
house may have scared them off, but they appeared calm (but alert) when I 
watched them from my car. Sorry for not reporting their presence 5-23 AM on the 
list serves, and only mentioning it on Facebook. Jeff BueckingFenton 

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Subject: Re: [birders] Fw: BBWD
From: Allen Chartier <amazilia3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 May 2015 17:18:06 -0400
Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks not seen in several days. What I heard was
that a crew came and removed the sprinkler/fountain head in the middle of
the pond that they liked to roost on, and the birds have not been back
since, including today when I checked on my way home from Pte. Mouillee.

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On Fri, May 29, 2015 at 4:06 PM, Patrick Baize 
wrote:

>
> Pat B. Fowlerville, Michigan
>
>
>    On Thursday, May 28, 2015 5:14 PM, Patrick Baize 
> wrote:
>
>
> Due to ongoing illness and lack of a good internet connection I'm coming
> late to this party. Can some one tell me if the birds are still in the
> area, and exactly what area they are in. Any info would be greatly
> appreciated I'll be in the area on Saturday morning
> Pat B. Howell, Michigan
>
>
>
>   On Friday, May 22, 2015 11:04 AM, Sheldon Kirsch 
> wrote:
>
>
> The Black-bellied whistling ducks (11) were there at 9:15 am when I got
> there.  I left at 10 and they seemed to have no intention of leaving soon.
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Subject: Black Vulture Washtenaw County
From: Don Henise <kiskadee3 AT yandex.com>
Date: Tue, 12 May 2015 20:30:46 -0400
On our way back to Jackson after spending the day birding at Magee 
Marsh, Robyn and I saw a Black Vulture over US-23 somewhere between mile 
29 and 30. It flew off to the west.

I managed to get a few poor shots:


https://flic.kr/p/rQzsun
https://flic.kr/p/sK4Rnb
https://flic.kr/p/sMp52t


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Subject: Northern Mockingbird at E.L. Johnson Nature Center
From: Allen Chartier <amazilia3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 7 May 2015 09:21:01 -0400
Bloomfield Hills, Oakland County. Landed in a spruce at the southeast
corner of the property around 8 a.m., then flew off to the east toward
Telegraph Road. So not chaseable but could still be in the area.

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Subject: Odd goldeneye pic - Port Huron - Friday
From: Don Henise <kiskadee3 AT yandex.com>
Date: Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:18:44 -0500
As promised, I've uploaded the photo of the odd looking goldeneye we saw 
yesterday in Port Huron:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/kiskadee_3/16490542960/in/photostream/

On 2/28/2015 8:46 AM, Don Henise wrote:
> interesting looking female type goldeneye off the the parking north of 
> the bridge between Elmwood and Church. The head shape was similar to 
> Barrow's with the head sloping off the back and a knob at the back. 
> The bill was all dark though. The strange thing about it was it seemed 
> to have a bulging knob off of its forehead.
I would add here that in the photo the bill looks abnormally large, so 
I'm wondering if this is a deformed individual.

I'd appreciate any thoughts.

A picture of the King Eider can be seen here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/kiskadee_3/16490617780/in/photostream/

Pictures of a few other species seen along the St. Clair River are in 
the photostream between those two pictures.


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Subject: Tonight: Kenya is free Washtenaw Audubon program, Wed., Feb. 18, 7::30pm, all invited
From: Mike Sefton <mseft AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:47:19 +0000 (UTC)
Birdersand friends,  Pleasejoin us tonight for the free program below. You 
don’t have to be a WashtenawAudubon member to attend.  Wednesday,February 
18, 7:30pm  Birdingthe Great Migration in Kenya  JerryJourdan will lead us on 
a photographic tour through the Masai Mara NationalPark following the Zebra and 
Wildebeest migration from Tanzania into Kenya.Jerry Jourdan is an avid birder 
and photographer, who has presented hisprograms to many Audubon groups and at a 
number of birding festivals.  Thisprogram is free and open to the public. 
Membership is not required, though wewould welcome your membership to help with 
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Subject: Re: [Mich-listers] Michigan Snowy Owl update
From: James Gruber <jegruber AT umich.edu>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 12:17:43 -0500
Any recent sightings of the Chelsea snowy owl??

James E. Gruber
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University of Michigan-Dearborn

On Mon, Feb 16, 2015 at 11:53 AM, Allen Chartier 
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> Birders,
>
> After being in a cell tower "dead zone" for a few days (we've all been
> there :-), Alma, the Snowy Owl whose transmitter was funded by Alma
> College, has reconnected and the data has been downloaded to an updated map
> on the Project SNOWstorm website. He is still in the Chelsea area.
>
> Since my last update to this list, two more Snowy Owls have been tagged in
> Michigan. Chippewa was trapped, tagged, and released on February 8 in the
> Pickford area of the Upper Peninsula. She seems to be staying in the same
> general area and she can now be tracked on the Project SNOWstorm website.
> Her transmitter was funded by the Michigan Bird Conservation Initiative, a
> collaboration between the Audubon Society of Kalamazoo, the Kalamazoo
> Valley Bird Observatory/Kalamazoo Nature Center, Laughing Whitefish Audubon
> Society, and Michigan Audubon Society.
>
> Prairie Ronde was trapped at the MBS airport near Saginaw and released near
> Schoolcraft in SW Michigan on February 11. Her transmitter was funded by
> donations to the general fund of Project SNOWstorm. Release of data is
> withheld for a few days after release, so she will be trackable on the
> website sometime later this week.
>
> And thanks to an anonymous individual donor, another transmitter has been
> fully funded and plans are in the works to place it on a fourth Snowy Owl
> in the state. I'll update again once that happens (they aren't that easy to
> catch so plans may change!).
>
> A good place to check all this out is on the 2014/2015 maps page of Project
> SNOWstorm, here:
>
> http://www.projectsnowstorm.org/maps-2014-15/
>
>
> And check the updated blog here:
>
> http://www.projectsnowstorm.org/posts/dam-bursts/
>
> Donations are still being accepted as the owls remain in the state.
> Hopefully we can fund one more transmitter, at least, this winter. I've
> been informed that Jackson Audubon Society is interested in contributing.
> How about some others?
>
> Use this link for making online donations via the Michigan Audubon website:
>
>
> https://michiganaudubonorg.presencehost.net/support/donate.html
>
> There is a form field that reads "If you would like to make a gift to a
> specific sanctuary or program, please indicate in the field below." Please
> enter "Project SNOWstorm Michigan" in this line, so they can track those
> gifts.
>
> Otherwise, checks can be made out to Michigan Audubon with "Project
> SNOWstorm Michigan" in the memo line and mailed to:
>
> Michigan Audubon
> PO Box 15249
> Lansing, MI 48901
>
>
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Subject: Snowy Owl, Washtenaw, Monday, 9 Feb
From: Mike Sefton <mseft AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2015 12:44:10 -0500
Birders,
 I got a message from Karl Overman saying that he had received a call from 
someone saying they found a Snowy Owl in Washtenaw County this morning, on 
possibly Martz Rd., between Textile Rd. and Rawsonville Rd. The geography 
doesn't make sense to me, but maybe one of you can contact Karl to see if I 
heard him correctly, or to see if he knows who found the bird. 

Bird on,
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Subject: Fwd: Tonight: Ivory-billed Woodpecker is free Washenaw Audubon program, Wed., 21 Jan., all invited
From: Mike Sefton <mseft AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 13:04:46 -0600
Birders and friends,
> 
> Please join us tonight for the free program below. You do not have to be a 
Washtenaw Audubon member to attend. 

> 
> Wednesday, January 21, 7:30pm
>  
> First Great Conservation Showdown: Man vs. Ivory-billed Woodpecker
>  
> Join Ray Stocking for a program on one of the first great conservation 
showdowns: the need to fulfill man's demand for fashion, land, and timber, 
versus efforts to save the "Lord God Bird," the Ivory-billed Woodpecker. With 
the ten-year anniversary of the "rediscovery" of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, 
and the immediate backlash from many experts following the announcement, we 
will review what has taken place since then, and what lies ahead. 

>  
> Ray Stocking is a former president of Washtenaw Audubon, and a passionate 
bird watcher. He lives and birds in Ann Arbor. 

> 
> This program is free and open to the public. Membership is not required, 
though we would welcome your membership to help with our environmental and 
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Botanical Gardens, 1800 North Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor. 

>  
> In addition to the program, hear news of the latest critter sightings and 
field trips, and enjoy tasty snacks following the program. 

>  
> Hope to see you there.
>  
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Subject: SPAM:Ivory-billed Woodpecker is free Washtenaw Audubon program, Wed., 21 Jan., all invited
From: Mike Sefton <mseft AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 07:32:57 +0000 (UTC)
Birders and friends,
Please join us for the free program below. You do not have to be a Washtenaw 
Audubon member to attend. 

Wednesday,January 21, 7:30pm


 
FirstGreat Conservation Showdown: Man vs. Ivory-billed Woodpecker


 
JoinRay Stocking for a program on one of the first great conservation 
showdowns: theneed to fulfill man's demand for fashion, land, and timber, 
versus efforts tosave the "Lord God Bird," the Ivory-billed Woodpecker. With 
theten-year anniversary of the "rediscovery" of the Ivory-billedWoodpecker, and 
the immediate backlash from many experts following theannouncement, we will 
review what has taken place since then, and what liesahead. 



 
RayStocking is a former president of Washtenaw Audubon, and a passionate 
birdwatcher. He lives and birds in Ann Arbor. 



Thisprogram is free and open to the public. Membership is not required, though 
wewould welcome your membership to help with our environmental and 
educationalactivities. Washtenaw Audubon programs are held at the U-M Matthaei 
BotanicalGardens, 1800 North Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor.  


Inaddition to the program, hear news of the latest critter sightings and 
fieldtrips, and enjoy tasty snacks following the program. 


 

Hopeto see you there.

 

MikeSefton

Washtenaw Audubon
 


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Subject: Jackson: Greater White-fronted Geese, Northern Shrikes, Red-shouldered Hawk, Short-eared Owls, etc.
From: Don Henise <kiskadee3 AT yandex.com>
Date: Fri, 02 Jan 2015 20:54:32 -0500
Robyn and I have been out birding in Jackson County the past two days. 
Yesterday morning we were out with Joyce Peterson and Cody Porter in the 
morning. Today we were with Joyce and Cody for a bit in the morning and 
then with Ross Green on and off in the afternoon.

The Greater White-fronted Geese that have been hanging around 
Watkins/Thorn Lake were absent yesterday, but 6 of them were there 
today. We were not able to pick out the Cackling Geese that others have 
reported in the mix of 2000+ Canadas. Most of the lakes are 90% frozen, 
but in the small sections of open water we were able to find a 
smattering of other waterfowl. Yesterday a male Common Goldeneye and a 
female Greater Scaup were on Portage Lake. Today only the scaup 
remained. On Watkins Lake today there was a Ring-necked Duck, 3 Ruddy 
Ducks and an American Coot. A single female Canvasback was on Brills 
Lake late this afternoon.

A Northern Mockingbird was seen yesterday around Watkins Lake. At least 
3 Red-headed Woodpeckers were seen today along the Hoffman Trail off of 
Moeckel Road. Today we saw two Northern Shrikes. One was at Haehnle 
Sanctuary below the main lookout found by Joyce and Robyn while 
conducting a 10 minute transect point count. The second was along the 
Hoffman Trail 100 yards or so from Moeckel Road.

We've had a good start to the year for raptors. New Years Day we saw two 
adult Bald Eagles, one at Watkins Lake and one over Grass Lake. A light 
morph Rough-legged Hawk was seen yesterday along Hawkins Road north of 
Trumble. Red-tailed Hawks have been seen in various locations. We have 
seen one each of Sharp-shinned and Cooper's Hawks and a few American 
Kestrels. We searched for the Red-shouldered Hawk reported by Lathe 
Claflin yesterday without any luck, but today it was sitting out on a 
snag on the east side of Katz Road north of Glenn Road beyond the house 
and barn with the fox hounds just where the road starts to bend. We 
ended the day with two Short-eared Owls at dusk on Hawkins Road. They 
were flying around the grassland in the traditional sight on the east 
side of Hawkins about 1/2 mile north of Trumble Road.

-- 
Don Henise

Jackson, MI
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Subject: eBird -- US-MI-Chelsea-18345 Garvey Rd -- Dec 21, 2014
From: Mike Sefton <mseft AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 15:06:16 -0500
Mike Sefton

Dec 21, 2014
US-MI-Chelsea-18345 Garvey Rd
Traveling
3 miles
126 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Garvey Rd. between Cavanaugh Lake Rd. and Kalmbach Rd. Took a 40 
minute break at Cavanaugh Lake after first pass on Garvey. 


6 Wild Turkey
1 Red-tailed Hawk (Eastern)
2 Sandhill Crane
34 Mourning Dove
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Northern Shrike -- Found by Dick Wolinski and Cody Porter, apparently 
separately from each other, yesterday. Not seen today on my first pass on 
Garvey between Cavanaugh Lake Rd. and Kalmbach Rd. Present on phone wire on 
Garvey Rd. .2 miles west of Pierce Rd. at 2:20pm. Still present at 2:35 when I 
left. Allowed close approach from car. Photos. Grey bird with black mask and 
small hooked bill. Either another shrike or the same shrike briefly visited a 
bare tree on Garvey .6 miles east of Pierce Rd. at 2:50pm. 

15 American Crow
1 Black-capped Chickadee
10 European Starling
1 Northern Cardinal
1 Common Grackle -- Found yesterday by Cody Porter. To quote Cody: "Big icterid 
with long tail, white eyes, iridescent blue hood, etc. Heard calling as it took 
off." Relocated today .6 miles east of Pierce Rd. on Garvey Rd. Poor photo. 


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Subject: Waterloo Rec Area Christmas Bird Count
From: Don Henise <kiskadee3 AT yandex.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:03:47 -0500
This is a preliminary report.

The Waterloo Rec Area Christmas Bird Count was conducted on Saturday, 
December 20th in the northeast corner of Jackson County. The circle also 
includes a bit of northwestern Washtenaw County. We had a total of 63 
species.

The highlights of the day were a group of White-singed Scoters found 
independently by Allen King and Joyce Peterson at Portage Lake and later 
viewed by many others and at least two Virginia Rails found by Gary 
Siegrist and his team at the Waterloo marsh off of Riethmiller Road.

Other good finds included a Short-eared Owl at the traditional sight 
along Hawkins Road in Leoni Township, and 2 Rough-legged Hawks in that 
same area. Gary Siegrist's team found Red-headed Woodpeckers and Lathe 
Claflin and Gray Mason found a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker which gave us 
all 7 possible woodpecker species for the day.

You can read Gary's description of the encounter with the rails in his 
eBird checklist:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20973438

I've included a digiscoped photo of the White-winged Scoters in my 
checklist here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20973048

-- 
Don Henise

Jackson, MI
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Subject: Re: Clinton CBC
From: Mike Sefton <mseft AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 21:44:01 -0500
Today at Watkin's, 4:00-5:10pm:
GWFG 4
CANG 2000+
MALL 150
ABDU 6
RUDU 1
RNDU at least one

I had only bins, alas.

Mike Sefton
A2

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> On Dec 11, 2014, at 5:55 PM, Martin Bialecki  wrote:
> 
> I was told about 3 owls flying over Wisner Hwy just north of Munger (big 
dairy farm there). This was about 3 p.m. last Sunday. They were flying in a row 
(not veering or sparring) from the west (open field of corn stubble recently 
plowed under) to east where a woodlot abuts the road. As they flew closer to 
the road they swooped lower and immediately disappeared into the woods. Because 
of the open fields and time of day I suspected SEO but thought probably not 
because I have never associated SEO with an affinity to landing in woods. I 
drove slowly around that locale yesterday at sunset till near dark but saw 
nothing except of course plenty of suitable habitat. 

> I don't recall who covers that sector.  
> Please upgrade us all on names and #'s of sector leaders.
> I go to Thorn Lake/Watkins Pond 3 or 4 times a week. About a month ago 1500+ 
divers (mostly ringnecks) mysteriously vanished. I have NOT seen ANY divers in 
about 2 weeks. Last known were a hand full of ruddies on the east side and 3 
hoodies on the west. The snow geese have not been seen there in about 10 days. 

> 1500 - 2000(?) Canadas, dozens of mallards, a few black, sometimes several 
gadwall are routine lately. That's w/o a scope, just bins. 

> The mockingbird is almost always certain to cross the road just in front of 
the car 

> in its usual territory further west on Arnold Rd.
> Fairly high flock of about 50 crane over Wellwood rd yesterday.
> 
>> On Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 2:52 PM, Johanna Lentz  
wrote: 

>> Hello everyone!!  How time flies...really!
>> 
>> Clinton CBC is Sunday, December 21
>> 
>> Please let me know if there is any major changes to the sections or what you 
would like to do, etc. 

>> 
>> I think we will have some new people with me this year and I am hoping we 
are able to find some goodies out there! 

>> 
>> Has anyone been able to go out scouting:? There has been a Snowy Owl spotted 
in Lenawee county...so maybe, just maybe we will get one for our count again. 

>> 
>> Dinner will be at JR's in Tecumseh around 5:30 p.m. or whenever people wrap 
up evening owling activities. Here is their website if you would like to get 
the address and take a look at their menu: 
http://www.jrsgrillandpub.com/tecumseh.php 

>> 
>> I will send out excel sheets/maps soon (because I have to update them yet). 
Please email me back individually if you have questions, because it is easier 
for me to keep track of unless it is in regards to the entire group. Thanks so 
much! I am looking forward to this again! 

>> 
>> Anything else?
>> 
>> Johanna Lentz
>> buckandbirdie AT gmail.com
>> (734) 478-9410
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Subject: Re: Clinton CBC
From: Martin Bialecki <kilnfired AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:55:27 -0500
I was told about 3 owls flying over Wisner Hwy just north of Munger (big
dairy farm there).  This was about 3 p.m. last Sunday.  They were flying in
a row (not veering or sparring) from the west (open field of corn stubble
recently plowed under) to east where a woodlot abuts the road.  As they
flew closer to the road they swooped lower  and immediately disappeared
into the woods.  Because of the open fields and time of day I suspected SEO
but thought probably not because I have never associated SEO with an
affinity to landing in woods.  I drove slowly around that locale yesterday
at sunset till near dark but saw nothing except of course plenty of
suitable habitat.
I don't recall who covers that sector.
Please upgrade us all on names and #'s of sector leaders.
I go to Thorn Lake/Watkins Pond 3 or 4 times a week.  About a month ago
1500+ divers (mostly ringnecks) mysteriously vanished.  I have NOT seen ANY
divers in about 2 weeks.  Last known were a hand full of ruddies on the
east side and 3 hoodies on the west.  The snow geese have not been seen
there in about 10 days.
1500 - 2000(?) Canadas, dozens of mallards, a few black, sometimes several
gadwall are routine lately.  That's w/o a scope, just bins.
The mockingbird is almost always certain to cross the road just in front of
the car
in its usual territory further west on Arnold Rd.
Fairly high flock of about 50 crane over Wellwood rd yesterday.

On Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 2:52 PM, Johanna Lentz 
wrote:
>
> Hello everyone!!  How time flies...really!
>
> Clinton CBC is Sunday, December 21
>
> Please let me know if there is any major changes to the sections or what
> you would like to do, etc.
>
> I think we will have some new people with me this year and I am hoping we
> are able to find some goodies out there!
>
> Has anyone been able to go out scouting:?  There has been a Snowy Owl
> spotted in Lenawee county...so maybe, just maybe we will get one for our
> count again.
>
> Dinner will be at JR's in Tecumseh around 5:30 p.m. or whenever people
> wrap up evening owling activities.  Here is their website if you would like
> to get the address and take a look at their menu:
> http://www.jrsgrillandpub.com/tecumseh.php
>
> I will send out excel sheets/maps soon (because I have to update them
> yet).  Please email me back individually if you have questions, because it
> is easier for me to keep track of unless it is in regards to the entire
> group.  Thanks so much!  I am looking forward to this again!
>
> Anything else?
>
> Johanna Lentz
> buckandbirdie AT gmail.com
> (734) 478-9410
>


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Subject: eBird -- Ford Lake -- Bridge Rd. Dam, Washtenaw, G. B-b Gull, Dec 9, 2014, 10:00am
From: Mike Sefton <mseft AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 10:12:40 -0500
Mike Sefton
Dec 9, 2014
Ford Lake -- Bridge Rd. Dam
Stationary
0 miles
18 Minutes
Observers: 2
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:  
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
320 Common Merganser -- Carefully counted by tens.
35 Ring-billed Gull
20 Herring Gull
1 Great Black-backed Gull -- Not the SBGU, alas. Very dark mantle, pink legs, 
clean white head, yellow bill with red spot near front of lower mandible, size 
of nearby HERGs, larger than nearby RBGUs. Perched on ice with other gulls. 
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Subject: Re: OT: Your help needed TODAY
From: "LaHaie, Ivan" <ilahaie AT integrity-apps.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 21:40:59 +0000
FYI - you can send a comment via the Michigan League of Conservation Voters 
website if you like: 


http://action.lcv.org/site/R?i=ZgW56efFcCb7AhKHNQAmKg

Very painless.

Ivan LaHaie

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Subject: [se-mi-birdlist] Your help needed TODAY

From: "Jonathan Lutz" 
> 

Date: December 8, 2014 at 4:15:08 PM EST
To: mseft AT yahoo.com
Subject: Your help needed TODAY
Reply-To: "Jonathan Lutz" 
> 

Michigan Audubon Connecting birds and people




  [Rough-legged Hawk - MJ Shupe]

Rough-legged Hawk. Photo Credit: MJ Shupe.

ACTION ALERT
The Michigan House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee convenes 
tomorrow morning, December 9, at 8:30 am. Included in tomorrow's agenda is a 
review, and without the support of birders and wildlife appreciators, potential 
approval of Senate Bill 78, the "anti-biodiversity bill." 


BIRDERS, YOUR HELP IS NEEDED.

Two ways to help:

 1. Write an email to the House Natural Resources Committee Chair TODAY, 
December 8. Representative Andrea LaFontaine can be emailed directly by 
clicking 
HERE. 

 2. We know it's super-short notice, but if you can attend tomorrow's session, 
your presence in opposition to SB 78 will be valuable. The meeting takes place 
in Room 307 of the House Office Building in downtown 
Lansing. 


Michigan Audubon estimates that the proposed legislation, Senate Bill 78, would 
result in further degradation of habitats already stressed by factors such as 
residential and commercial development, resource extraction, and chemical 
pollution (to name just a few). The availability and stewardship of 
biologically-diverse habitats is critical for Michigan's rare and declining 
bird species. Michigan Audubon supports the following analysis by the Michigan 
Environmental Council (MEC), which notes that this Bill, if enacted, would do 
the following: 


 * Revise the definition of "conservation" with regard to biological diversity, 
removing key provisions regarding restoration, distribution and the 
“continued existence” of native species and communities. 

 * Prohibit the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Natural Resources 
Commission from promulgating or enforcing a rule or an order that designates or 
classifies an area of land specifically for the purpose of achieving or 
maintaining biological diversity, and provide that no other state agency would 
be required to do so either. 

 * Delete the conservation of biological diversity from the DNR's duties 
regarding forest management, and require the Department to balance its 
management activities with economic values. 

 * Eliminate a requirement that the DNR manage forests in a manner that 
promotes restoration. 

 * Delete a legislative finding that most losses of biological diversity are 
the result of human activity. 


Read Michigan Audubon's February 2013 position statement on SB 
78 


Due to the short timeline, we urge our members, social media followers, and 
email subscribers to take action on this issue as soon as possible and prior to 
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Subject: Your help needed TODAY
From: Mike Sefton <mseft AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 16:32:34 -0500
> From: "Jonathan Lutz" 
> Date: December 8, 2014 at 4:15:08 PM EST
> To: mseft AT yahoo.com
> Subject: Your help needed TODAY
> Reply-To: "Jonathan Lutz" 
> 
> 
> Michigan Audubon Connecting birds and people
> 
> 
> Rough-legged Hawk. Photo Credit: MJ Shupe.
> ACTION ALERT
> 
> The Michigan House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee convenes 
tomorrow morning, December 9, at 8:30 am. Included in tomorrow's agenda is a 
review, and without the support of birders and wildlife appreciators, potential 
approval of Senate Bill 78, the "anti-biodiversity bill." 

> 
> BIRDERS, YOUR HELP IS NEEDED. 
> 
> Two ways to help:
> Write an email to the House Natural Resources Committee Chair TODAY, December 
8. Representative Andrea LaFontaine can be emailed directly by clicking HERE. 

> We know it's super-short notice, but if you can attend tomorrow's session, 
your presence in opposition to SB 78 will be valuable. The meeting takes place 
in Room 307 of the House Office Building in downtown Lansing. 

> 
> Michigan Audubon estimates that the proposed legislation, Senate Bill 78, 
would result in further degradation of habitats already stressed by factors 
such as residential and commercial development, resource extraction, and 
chemical pollution (to name just a few). The availability and stewardship of 
biologically-diverse habitats is critical for Michigan's rare and declining 
bird species. Michigan Audubon supports the following analysis by the Michigan 
Environmental Council (MEC), which notes that this Bill, if enacted, would do 
the following: 

> Revise the definition of "conservation" with regard to biological diversity, 
removing key provisions regarding restoration, distribution and the 
“continued existence” of native species and communities. 

> Prohibit the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Natural Resources 
Commission from promulgating or enforcing a rule or an order that designates or 
classifies an area of land specifically for the purpose of achieving or 
maintaining biological diversity, and provide that no other state agency would 
be required to do so either. 

> Delete the conservation of biological diversity from the DNR's duties 
regarding forest management, and require the Department to balance its 
management activities with economic values. 

> Eliminate a requirement that the DNR manage forests in a manner that promotes 
restoration. 

> Delete a legislative finding that most losses of biological diversity are the 
result of human activity. 

> Read Michigan Audubon's February 2013 position statement on SB 78
> 
> Due to the short timeline, we urge our members, social media followers, and 
email subscribers to take action on this issue as soon as possible and prior to 
tomorrow's 8:30 am committee session. We apologize for the short notice. 

>  
> 
> Email Representative Andrea LaFontaine today. 
>  
> 
> Thank you for your time and consideration.
> 
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> Jonathan E. Lutz, Executive Director
> 
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Subject: SE Michigan Gulls
From: pavlik AT comcast.net
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 01:03:45 +0000 (UTC)
While nothing rare to report, for those looking to find/study gulls in SE 
Michigan, Crosswinds Marsh was the best location I could find today. I started 
at French Landing around 8:15am and found nothing. Visteon had a dozen or so 
circling gulls but nothing was compelled to land. I arrived at Crosswinds 
shortly before 9:00am. There were ~500 gulls to sort through. Besides the 
Ring-billed & Herrings I had a couple each of Great Black Backed and Lesser 
Black-backed. The local Bald Eagle occasionally stirred them up but they didn't 
go far. 


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Subject: Fwd: Golden Eagle, Ann Arbor, 6 Dec., 1:30pm
From: Mike Sefton <mseft AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 14:35:03 -0500
Begin forwarded message:

> From: Ben Wieland 
> Date: December 6, 2014 at 1:38:40 PM EST
> To: "mseft AT yahoo.com" 
> Subject: Golden Eagle
> 
> Hi Mike,
> 
> Just had a beautiful subadult Golden Eagle soar over the corner of Danbury 
and Blueberry near skyline high. Very well-marked individual. I don't have the 
list serve email address handy so thought I would tell you. Perhaps it's not 
too unusual, but I don't recall seeing one before in the area. 

> 
> Ben Wieland 
> 


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Subject: Re: [birders] Barton pond - black scoters continue
From: "Bruce M. Bowman" <bbowman99 AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 01 Dec 2014 19:48:42 -0500
The scoters were still at Barton Pond (Washtenaw County) at 4:45pm 
Monday.  They were well viewed from the first pulloff west of Barton 
Dam Park, to the northwest in the middle of the pond.

Bruce 

From:           	John Lowry 
Date sent:      	Mon, 1 Dec 2014 14:11:57 -0500
To:             	Birders UM 
Subject:        	[birders] Barton pond - black scoters continue

> Four female Black Scoters are visible around middle of pond at pullout
> along Huron River ca. 1/4 mile west of dam
> 
> John Lowry
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Subject: Macomb Co.- Harrison Township Snowy Owl
From: "Allan J. Michelin" <ajmichelin AT attglobal.net>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 16:13:17 -0500
A juvie Snowy Owl was seen this afternoon at approximately 2:30 pm along 
S. River Rd in Harrison Township, Macomb County, which is north of Metro 
Beach Metro Park. It was on the roof of Lands End Marina. Thanks to a 
wonderful lady visiting the park's nature center for a Peregrine Falcon 
meeting for mentioning that the owl had been seen last week. As with all 
rare finds, please do not disturb nor harass the bird should you search 
for and find it.

Allan Michelin
Visiting NYS birder momentarily in Troy, MI.
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Subject: Snow Geese, Greater White-fronted Geese
From: Don Henise <kiskadee3 AT yandex.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:20:15 -0500
There were 4 of each (Snow Geese and Greater White-fronted Geese) on 
Watkins/Thorn Lake in southeast Jackson County this afternoon in the mix 
of a couple hundred Canada Geese

Surprisingly few diving ducks - 1 Hooded Merganser and a handful of 
Ruddy Ducks were the only divers seen, but there were lots of dabblers - 
100+ Mallards, 2 Northern Pintail, 20+ Gadwall, 10+ American Black Ducks 
and a few American Coots.

-- 
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Subject: Lesser B-b Gull, Washtenaw, Sun., 23 Nov., 9:50am
From: Mike Sefton <mseft AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 10:03:15 -0500
Birders, 
 Andy Dettling called to report a Lesser Black-backed Gull at Ford Lake, 
hunkered down on the ice near the I-94 bridge. Best seen from the Grove Rd. 
entrance to North Bay Park. 

Mike Sefton 
Ann Arbor
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Subject: Meteorology and Birding is free Washtenaw Audubon program, Wed., Nov. 19, all invited
From: Mike Sefton <mseft AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 03:40:36 +0000 (UTC)
Birders and friends,


Please join us for the free program below. You donot have to be a Washtenaw 
Audubon member to attend. 



Wednesday,November 19, 7:30pm


 
Meteorologyand Birding


 
JoinSarah Toner for a program on using weather data to know where and when to 
gobirding for maximum success. Sarah is familiar to Washtenaw Audubon members 
asone of the sharp-eyed and sharp-eared young birders who are often the first 
toalert us to a good bird on our field trips. She will be a senior at 
CommunityHigh this fall, is a two-time winner of the American Birding 
Association’sYoung Birder of the Year award in the writing contest, and 
founded the MichiganYoung Birders Club. 



Thisprogram is free and open to the public. Membership is not required, though 
wewould welcome your membership to help with our environmental and 
educationalactivities. Washtenaw Audubon programs are held at the U-M Matthaei 
BotanicalGardens, 1800 North Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor.  


Inaddition to the program, hear news of the latest critter sightings and 
fieldtrips, and enjoy tasty snacks following the program. 


 

Hopeto see you there.

 

MikeSefton

WashtenawAudubon




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Subject: Haehnle Sanctuary crane count 11/03/2014
From: Steve Jerant <sjerant AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 4 Nov 2014 00:40:17 +0000 (UTC)



Counts continue to be low for cranes coming into roost at Mud Lake marsh. Wedid 
observe significant numbers of cranes moving north of the marsh, so theyare in 
the area, just not coming to the sanctuary.  We had our usual masses of 
blackbirds boilingand swarming in the distance, and a few Rusty Blackbirds 
posed for some goodscope views.  As the night came to a close,the marsh 
grasses turned a perfect autumnal gold.  That show was followed by a brilliant 
purplesunset.   Another beautiful night at Haehnle Sanctuaryeven if the 
cranes did not join us. 






Cranecounters:    Don Henise, Robyn Henise, and Gary Siegrist



 

Crane numbers – 39 inthe marsh and 1699 fly-bys



 



Species count-35



Canada Goose



Wood Duck



Green-winged Teal



American Black Duck



Mallard



Northern Pintail



Northern Shoveler



Gadwall



American Widgeon



Northern Harrier



Red-tailed Hawk



American Coot



Sandhill Crane



Ring-billed Gull



Red-bellied Woodpecker



Downy Woodpecker



Hairy Woodpecker



Northern Flicker



Blue Jay



American Crow



White-breasted Nuthatch



Eastern Bluebird



American Robin



Cedar Waxwing



European starling



Northern Cardinal



American Tree Sparrow



Song Sparrow



Swamp Sparrow



White-throated Sparrow



Red-winged Blackbird



Rusty Blackbird



Common Grackle



Purple Finch





American Goldfinch


 Regards,

Steve Jerant

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Subject: Northern Shrike, Red-necked Grebe Jackson County
From: Don Henise <kiskadee3 AT yandex.com>
Date: Sat, 01 Nov 2014 21:16:50 -0400
I found a Red-necked Grebe on Watkins/Thorn Lake around 1:00 pm this 
afternoon. It was in the northeast corner of the lake. The 4 Snow Geese 
continue there and I picked out one Cackling Goose in the mix of Canada 
Geese. On our way out, I saw another very small white-cheeked goose 
flying with a flock of Canada Geese on Fay Lake Road south of Austin 
Road. A huge raft of Ring-necked Ducks continues on Watkins Lake with 
good numbers of Ruddy Ducks and Redheads. A few Canvasbacks, one Lesser 
Scaup, 2 American Wigeon, several Gadwalls, Northern Shovelers and 
American Coots were also seen. Robyn saw a Red-shouldered Hawk fly 
directly overhead.

The Northern Shrike was located at Haehnle Sanctuary in late afternoon. 
It was actively hunting in the brush below the overlook flying from 
perch to perch. There were a lot of Sandhill Cranes in the air tonight, 
many flying above the overlook, but probably only 100 or so landed in 
Mud Lake Marsh. A one point 1000 to 1500 were milling around off in the 
distance to the north of the sanctuary.

Earlier in the day we saw 4 Horned Grebes on Gilletts Lake.

-- 
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Subject: Haehnle Sanctuary crane count 10/27/2014
From: Steve Jerant <sjerant AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 23:51:18 +0000 (UTC)
We had unseasonably high temperatures this afternoon but we also 
hasunseasonably low crane counts.  The totalcount was 72 cranes staying in Mud 
Lake marsh overnight.  253 cranes were tagged as “fly-bys” so theyare out 
there, just not all coming to Haehnle Sanctuary to roost for thenight.  
Between 6:30 and 7:00 we had ahuge number of American Robins fly over the crowd 
at the Harold Wingoverlook.  The robins came in very low,some were even at 
head height!  Quite a spectacle. 


Cranecounters:    Don Henise, Robyn Henise, Gary Siegrist, and RonHoffman

 

Crane numbers – 72 inthe marsh and 253 fly-bys

 

Species count-44

Pied-billed Grebe

Great Egret

Turkey Vulture

Trumpeter Swan (withsignet)

Canada Goose

Wood Duck

Green-winged Teal

American Black Duck

Mallard

Northern Pintail

Northern Shoveler

American Widgeon

Ring-necked Duck

Bald Eagle

Northern Harrier

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

American Coot

Sandhill Crane

Ring-billed Gull

Mourning Dove

Belted Kingfisher

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Blue Jay

American Crow

Black-capped Chickadee

White-breasted Nuthatch

Eastern Bluebird

American Robin

Cedar Waxwing

European starling

Northern Cardinal

American Tree Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Red-winged Blackbird

Rusty Blackbird

Common Grackle

American Goldfinch

  Regards,

Steve Jerant

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Subject: Snow Geese Continuing at Watkins/Thorn Lake + Northern Mockingbird - Jackson County
From: Don Henise <kiskadee3 AT yandex.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:02:38 -0400
Robyn and I observed the 4 Snow Geese that have been reported from 
Watkins Lake since Tuesday. There was 1 adult and 3 immature white morph 
birds. We were not able to pick out any Cackling Geese in the mix. There 
were probably 1000+ Ring-necked Ducks with a smattering of Redheads and 
Canvasbacks, Ruddy Ducks and American Coots plus a few puddle ducks 
scattered around. Two Bonaparte's Gulls were also on the lake.

On our way into Watkins Lake we saw a Northern Mockingbird at the farm 
on the north side of Arnold Road about 1 mile northwest of the lake. 
Surprisingly this was our first mockingbird in the county this year and 
took me to 200 species in the county for the year. The Snow Geese made 
it 201.

full eBird checklist from Watkins Lake:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20327092

-- 
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Subject: Haehnle Sanctuary crane count 10/20/2014
From: Steve Jerant <sjerant AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:33:41 +0000 (UTC)
Crane numbers continue to be lower than average for the season.  We were 
treated to good views of our nestingpair of Trumpeter Swans with their signet 
(young).  A Sharp-shinned Hawk was spotted severaltimes to the north and we 
were able to provide good scope views for some of ourvisitors.  Interesting 
bird sightings includedSwamp, Fox, Lincoln’s, White-throated, and 
White-crowned Sparrows.  A flock of Purple Finches milled near us allevening 
as well.  


Crane counters:    Robyn Henise, Gary Siegrist, andRon Hoffman


 
Crane numbers – 44 inthe marsh and 25 fly-bys


 
Species count-48

*Pied-billed Grebe

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Turkey Vulture

Trumpeter Swan

Canada Goose

Wood Duck

Green-winged Teal

American Black Duck

Mallard

Northern Shoveler

Gadwall

American Widgeon

Redhead

Bald Eagle

Northern Harrier

Sharp-shinned Hawk

American Coot

Sandhill Crane

Ring-billed Gull

Mourning Dove

Red-headed Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Blue Jay

American Crow

Black-capped Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

White-breasted Nuthatch

Eastern Bluebird

American Robin

Cedar Waxwing

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Northern Cardinal

Field Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Red-winged Blackbird

Rusty Blackbird

Common Grackle

House Finch

Purple Finch

American Goldfinch

 Regards,

Steve Jerant

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Subject: Thayer's Gull
From: Alan Ryff <alryff AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:58:40 -0700
  
 A study of a hatch-year Thayer's Gull:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/snow-shadow/sets/72157648807267476/

Alan Ryff 


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Subject: fwd: parasitic jaeger at LEM // (Fwd) posting to Mich-listers of parasitic jaeger at 11AM at b
From: "Bruce M. Bowman" <bbowman99 AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:13:00 -0400
------- Forwarded message follows -------
Date sent:      	Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:38:45 -0400
Subject: posting to Mich-listers of parasitic jaeger at 11AM at boat launch 

From:           	"Norwood, Greg" 
To: , Paul Cypher , "Allen 

	Chartier" 

Hi guys,

Could one of you please post this to mich-listers if you are able?

I need to get back on the list-serve, sorry.

Many thanks,

Greg

subject: parasitic jaeger, Wayne Co., Lake Erie Metropark Boat 
Launch,
17 Oct. 2014, 11AM

All,

Jonathan Stein reports a juv. parasitic jaeger at Lake Erie Metropark
Boat Launch at approximately 11AM on Friday, October 17th. The bird
headed inland and has not been seen since.

Greg

-- 
Greg Norwood, wildlife biologist
Detroit River IWR
9311 Groh Rd.
Grosse Ile, MI 48138
Office: 734-692-7611
Mobile: 734-341-3858
Fax: 734-692-7603

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Subject: Tonight: Impacts of Ecosystems Imbalance on Birds is free Washtenaw Audubon program, Wed., 15 Oct., 7:30pm, all invited
From: Mike Sefton <mseft AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:31:56 +0000 (UTC)
Birders and friends, 

Please join us tonight for the free program below. You do not have to be a 
Washtenaw Audubon member to attend. 


Impacts of Ecosystem Imbalance on Birds 

Maurita Holland and Andrea Matthies of Washtenaw Citizens for Ecological 
Balance 


Birds need winter shelter and food, and safe grasslands, shrubs, or trees for 
nesting. They need native plants which attract native insects in order to give 
their nestlings a protein diet. High population levels of white-tail deer are 
threatening all of these needs. Deer are also spreading seeds of various 
invasive plants— degrading the essential ecosystems. 


The speakers will present the reasons why this is happening in Ann Arbor and 
surrounding counties, and why the city government is considering means to 
control the excessive deer population. Recognizing that this is both an 
ecological and an emotional issue, we will welcome a conversational exchange. 


This program is free and open to the public. Membership is not required, though 
we would welcome your membership to help with our environmental and educational 
activities. Washtenaw Audubon programs are held at the U-M Matthaei Botanical 
Gardens, 1800 North Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor. 

if you need more information about the program. Directions to the Botanical 
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Hope to see you there. 

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Subject: Impacts of Ecosystem Imbalance on Birds is free Washtenaw Audubon program, Wed., 15 Oct., all invited
From: Mike Sefton <mseft AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:31:16 +0000 (UTC)
Birders and friends, 

Please join us for the free program below. You do not have to be a Washtenaw 
Audubon member to attend. 


Impacts of Ecosystem Imbalance on Birds 

Maurita Holland and Andrea Matthies of Washtenaw Citizens for Ecological 
Balance 


Birds need winter shelter and food, and safe grasslands, shrubs, or trees for 
nesting. They need native plants which attract native insects in order to give 
their nestlings a protein diet. High population levels of white-tail deer are 
threatening all of these needs. Deer are also spreading seeds of various 
invasive plants— degrading the essential ecosystems. 


The speakers will present the reasons why this is happening in Ann Arbor and 
surrounding counties, and why the city government is considering means to 
control the excessive deer population. Recognizing that this is both an 
ecological and an emotional issue, we will welcome a conversational exchange. 

Learn more at: www.wc4eb.org. 

This program is free and open to the public. Membership is not required, though 
we would welcome your membership to help with our environmental and educational 
activities. Washtenaw Audubon programs are held at the U-M Matthaei Botanical 
Gardens, 1800 North Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor. 


In addition to the program, hear news of the latest critter sightings and field 
trips, and enjoy tasty snacks following the program. 


Hope to see you there. 

Mike Sefton 
Washtenaw Audubon Society

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Subject: Haehnle Sanctuary Sandhill Crane Count - Monday 10/13/2014
From: Don Henise <kiskadee3 AT yandex.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 23:42:24 -0400
Sandhill Crane numbers dropped off since last week with only 43 cranes 
being counted as they came in to roost in Mud Lake Marsh. Another 203 
cranes were counted as flyby birds.

Sparrows provided some of the highlights during today's count with 
Field, *Lincoln's*, Song, Swamp, White-throated and White-crowned being 
reported. A group of Purple Finches were feeding on various berries 
along the prairie edges. Our resident Trumpeter Swan Family (2 adults 
and 1 young) made a showing in the very distant waters. Three 1st year 
Northern Harriers were seen throughout most of the evening coursing the 
marsh. Only 1 or 2 Great Egrets were seen in the marsh, but at dusk 24 
flew overhead  from south to north, 19 in one group.

Species List: (46 species)

Canada Goose
Trumpeter Swan
Wood Duck
American Wigeon
Gadwall
American Black Duck
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal
Pied-billed Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
Sandhill Crane
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird
Common Grackle
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch

-- 
Don Henise

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Subject: ADMIN - correction: The mass unsub.scription was on Oct. 7, not Oct. 6.
From: "Bruce M. Bowman" <bbowman99 AT comcast.net>
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Subject field correction: The mass unsubscription event for 
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Subject: ADMIN - correction: The mass unsub.scription was on Oct. 7, not Oct. 6.
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Subject: ADMIN - Oct. 6 mass unsub.scription event
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Date: Tue, 07 Oct 2014 17:05:31 -0400
Today there was another mass unsubscription event for the 
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Subject: Re: Haehnle Sanctuary crane count 10/06/2014
From: Don Henise <kiskadee3 AT att.net>
Date: Mon, 06 Oct 2014 23:46:56 -0400
Here are links to a few shots of the incredible rainbow that Steve wrote 
about:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/kiskadee_3/15462142701/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kiskadee_3/15464955752/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kiskadee_3/15442212526/

/*Don Henise*/

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On 10/6/2014 10:46 PM, Don Henise wrote:
>
> *
> *
>
> *From:*Steve Jerant [mailto:sjerant AT yahoo.com]
> *Sent:* Monday, October 06, 2014 9:33 PM
> *To:* jax-birds AT mailman.great-lakes.net; SE-MI-Birdlist AT great-lakes.net
> *Cc:* Steve Jerant; Robyn Henise; Don Henise; Gary Siegrist; Lathe 
> Claflin; Ron and Joan Hoffman; Stewart Robinowitz
> *Subject:* Haehnle Sanctuary crane count 10/06/2014
>
>
> At last the crane count has broken the three digit barrier for this 
> season.  While we enjoyed the higher count tonight and the variety of 
> birds seen, the real highlight was the weather. After tucking under 
> the pavilion during a brief rain shower, we were rewarded with a 
> breathtaking view of the marsh.  The sun broke through and brilliantly 
> lit the browns and greens of Mud Lake Marsh, contrasting sharply with 
> a slate colored sky.  Then the robins came out-dozens and dozens were 
> flying in the sunlight. The bright light and the dark sky contrast 
> made them look white. They could have even been snow buntings!  We 
> were also treated to a full rainbow, horizon to horizon, with a double 
> layer on top. When the rainbow first appeared, on end looked to be 
> only about 100 yards away at the end of the prairie.  It was the 
> closest Ive ever been to the end of the rainbow.
>
> Interesting Bird sightings included Swamp, White-throated, & 
> White-crowned Sparrows, and a Sedge Wren.  These were spotted by Don  
> & Lathe in our emerging wetland north of the overlook.  A pair 
> Wilsons Snipes were followed a while later by a flock of 17 birds.
>
> Crane counters:   Don & Robyn Henise, Gary Siegrist, Lathe Claflin, 
> and Ron Hoffman
>
> Crane numbers  104 in the marsh and 401 fly-bys
>
> Species count-42
> Great Blue Heron
> Great Egret
> Turkey Vulture
> Trumpeter Swan
> Canada Goose
> Wood Duck
> American Black Duck
> Mallard
> Blue-winged Teal
> Osprey
> Northern Harrier
> Sharp-shinned Hawk
> Red-tailed Hawk
> American Coot
> Sandhill Crane
> Wilson's Snipe
> Mourning Dove
> Chimney Swift
> Belted Kingfisher
> Red-bellied Woodpecker
> Downy Woodpecker
> Hairy Woodpecker
> Northern Flicker
> Tree Swallow
> Blue Jay
> American Crow
> Black-capped Chickadee
> White-breasted Nuthatch
> Sedge Wren
> Eastern Bluebird
> American Robin
> Gray Catbird
> Cedar Waxwing
> European starling
> Eastern Towhee
> Song Sparrow
> Swamp Sparrow
> White-throated Sparrow
> White-crowned Sparrow
> Red-winged Blackbird
> Common Grackle
> Purple Finch
>
> Regards,
>
> Steve Jerant
>
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Subject: FW: Haehnle Sanctuary crane count 10/06/2014
From: Don Henise <kiskadee3 AT att.net>
Date: Mon, 06 Oct 2014 22:46:43 -0400
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*From:*Steve Jerant [mailto:sjerant AT yahoo.com]
*Sent:* Monday, October 06, 2014 9:33 PM
*To:* jax-birds AT mailman.great-lakes.net; SE-MI-Birdlist AT great-lakes.net
*Cc:* Steve Jerant; Robyn Henise; Don Henise; Gary Siegrist; Lathe 
Claflin; Ron and Joan Hoffman; Stewart Robinowitz
*Subject:* Haehnle Sanctuary crane count 10/06/2014


At last the crane count has broken the three digit barrier for this 
season.  While we enjoyed the higher count tonight and the variety of 
birds seen, the real highlight was the weather.  After tucking under the 
pavilion during a brief rain shower, we were rewarded with a 
breathtaking view of the marsh.  The sun broke through and brilliantly 
lit the browns and greens of Mud Lake Marsh, contrasting sharply with a 
slate colored sky.  Then the robins came out-dozens and dozens were 
flying in the sunlight. The bright light and the dark sky contrast made 
them look white.  They could have even been snow buntings!  We were also 
treated to a full rainbow, horizon to horizon, with a double layer on 
top.  When the rainbow first appeared, on end looked to be only about 
100 yards away at the end of the prairie.  It was the closest I’ve ever 
been to the end of the rainbow.

Interesting Bird sightings included Swamp, White-throated, & 
White-crowned Sparrows, and a Sedge Wren.  These were spotted by Don  & 
Lathe in our emerging wetland north of the overlook.  A pair Wilson’s 
Snipes were followed a while later by a flock of 17 birds.

Crane counters:   Don & Robyn Henise, Gary Siegrist, Lathe Claflin, and 
Ron Hoffman

Crane numbers – 104 in the marsh and 401 fly-bys

Species count-42
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Trumpeter Swan
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
American Black Duck
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Osprey
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
Sandhill Crane
Wilson's Snipe
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Tree Swallow
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Sedge Wren
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Cedar Waxwing
European starling
Eastern Towhee
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Purple Finch

Regards,

Steve Jerant

---

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Subject: Fwd: Red-headed Wigeon
From: Margaret Jewett <jewett4543 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 22:12:55 -0400
For those of you who have questioned Alans ID of a hybrid wigeon, here are his 
photos. I understand not seeing the green as all I saw viewing the bird through 
my Swarovskyi during the overcast part of the day was a contrasting darker 
patch, almost a shadow. We viewed the same bird in the PM as the other birders 
who visited. However, during full sunlight, I, too witnessed the green 
iridescence, particularly on one side of the face; the other side of the face 
showed a shadowy contrast. 

Maggie 
Margaret Jewett
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Begin forwarded message:

> From: Alan Ryff 
> Subject: Red-headed Wigeon 
> Date: October 6, 2014 at 9:35:33 PM EDT
> To: Margaret Jewett 
> Reply-To: Alan Ryff 
> 
> After scrutinizing ducks on the same stretch of water for four hours, I'm 
confidant only one wigeon with a red head was present. 

> I wasn't counting on pictures of quality focus. The bird was 100-150 yards 
from shore and probably more. And considering the difficulty of capturing deep 
green at such distances, I used an exposure compensation of + 1 to +1.3, being 
quite excessive. Nevertheless, it still took full sunshine to clearly capture 
the green face patch. The photos are cropped so closely that they exceed actual 
pixels. 

> So, for those of you who are curious as to how much green this
> red-headed wigeon has, take a peek: 
>  
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/snow-shadow/sets/72157648459623602/
>  
> Alan Ryff      
> 



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Subject: Fwd: [Mich-listers] Ottawa County Red Phalarope
From: Mike Sefton <mseft AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 15:13:31 -0400
Begin forwarded message:

> From: Chace Scholten 
> Date: October 6, 2014, 2:03:26 PM EDT
> To: Michlisters 
> Cc: Mich-listers 
> Subject: Re: [Mich-listers] Ottawa County Red Phalarope
> 
> Mich-list,
> Red Phalarope is still inside the north breakwall as of 2:00 PM. Really
> easy to view from the NOAA building at the base of the pier.
> 
> Chace Scholten
> On Oct 6, 2014 11:40 AM, "Michlisters"  wrote:
> 
>> A Red phalarope at holland State Park seen from north pier. Thicker bill
>> with small red spot at base of bill. mostly white underwing. Molting
>> juvenile plumage. Seen at 9:30, still present now at 11:30.
>> 
>> Carl Manning
>> Holland
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Subject: Eurasian wigeon
From: Maggie Jewett <jewett4543 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 16:27:45 -0400
Eurasian wigeon at Lake Erie Metropark is an American/Eurasian wigeon hybrid. 
It has a green face mask on red head - Alan Ryff 


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Subject: Cackling Geese - Watkins Lake, Jackson County
From: Don Henise <kiskadee3 AT att.net>
Date: Sat, 04 Oct 2014 22:57:56 -0400
Robyn and I found 2 of the Cackling Geese reported on eBird by Craig 
Robson at Watkins (aka Thorn) Lake in southeastern Jackson County today 
around noon.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/kiskadee_3/15254770859/in/photostream/

A third probable Cackling Goose was seen in flight coming into the lake 
with a flock of Canada Geese. Thee was a smattering of other waterfowl 
on the lake: 3 Gadwall, 10 American Wigeon, 10 Mallard, 4 Northern 
Shoveler, 3 Green-winged Teal, 5 Redhead, 20 Ring-necked Duck, 6 Hooded 
Merganser and 6 Ruddy Duck. Fifteen Tree Swallows were hunting over the 
lake.

An adult Bald Eagle and an Osprey were seen over Portage Lake in the 
Waterloo Rec Area in the afternoon.

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Subject: Fwd: [birders] Cattle Egret, Washtenaw, Sat., 4 Oct., 8:30am (gone?)
From: Mike Sefton <mseft AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2014 12:07:57 -0400
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>> It was found yesterday at Whitmore Lake High School and I found it this 
morning on the US23 sign at 6 mile road, just down the road. 

>>>> I refound the Washtenaw County Cattle Egret at 8:15 this morning, however 
it then flew high and north around 8:30 

>>>> 
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Subject: Golden Plover - Kensington MPG Oakland County 10/4/14
From: Lyle Hamilton <lyle.hamilton AT gm.com>
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2014 14:37:29 +0000
Birders,

Karl Overman located a American Golden Plover at Kensington Metro Park this 
morning. The bird is at Martindale Beach and when I observed it at 10 AM was 
hanging out with Killdeer around the area where the grass meets the sand beach 
to the left of the beach house as you face the lake. 


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Subject: Fwd: Cattle Egret, Washtenaw, Fri., 3 Oct., 5:20pm
From: Mike Sefton <mseft AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2014 17:25:56 -0400

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> From: Mike Sefton 
> Date: October 3, 2014, 5:22:47 PM EDT
> To: Mich-Chat 
> Subject: Cattle Egret, Washtenaw, Fri., 3 Oct., 5:20pm
> 
> Birders, 
> Sean Bachman found a Cattle Egret in a flock of Canada Geese grazing on the 
grass on the playing fields on the south side of Whitmore Lake High School. 
Whitmore Lake Rd. south of Jennings Rd. Bad but identifiable photos taken. Bird 
rather skittish. 

> Mike Sefton
> Ann Arbor
> 
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Subject: Cattle Egret, Whitmore Lake High School
From: Mike Sefton <mseft AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2014 17:00:31 -0400
Found by Sean Bachman. 

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Subject: Re: [birders] OT - Forum with Metroparks stewardship coordinator
From: John Lowry <john AT kingbird.org>
Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2014 11:10:17 -0500
Fred and all,

I understand why you might be suspicious of their motives, but let's not jump 
to any conclusions. Mr. Colliton deserves a chance to explain his role and to 
help improve the current situation. I don't want to say he's our last hope, but 
let's try to make best use of this liaison that the parks are formally 
providing to us. 


However, the current situation and recent actions at HCMA parks has 
demonstrated to more than a few of us that the parks are getting further away 
from any sort of commitment to native biodiversity, native ecosystem health and 
the wishes of the naturalist community. We have reason to be frustrated and 
disappointed at their behavior and response regarding destruction of native 
plantings and extended mowing. And they have been duplicitous (at minimum) in 
their public statements claiming that they have received input on their brand 
new proposed extended mowing plan. See below for details as to what the new 
plan includes. 


I understand this is a topic destined for a short life on the bird listserves, 
but our Metroparks are quite well used by birders. I'd venture to guess that 
nearly 100% of birders within earshot are regular visitors to HCMA parks. 
That's my rationale for extending this post, anyway. 


So, please do pay attention to what's going on with these HCMA board meetings. 
And beware, the closer you look, the uglier it gets. They definitely do NOT 
care about the same things birders care about, and they are pretty good 
politicians so you might not realize at first that without close oversight or 
perhaps public shaming, they will add more mowed areas and golf courses. 



http://www.metroparks.com/Multimedia/www.metroparks.com/Files/Environmental%20Management%20Report.pdf 


John Lowry
john AT kingbird.org

Hamburg Twp, Livingston County, MI




On Oct 3, 2014, at 10:20 AM, Fred Kaluza  wrote:

> I wonder if this is "pass the buck" time or "scapegoat" time? I also wonder 
how long Mr. Collation has been in this position and where he was when the bad 
decisions were made related to the mowing? 

> 
> 
> 
> On October 3, 2014, at 07:13, Emily Simon wrote:
> 
> Birders,
> 
> Everyone is invited to attend a special meeting with Ryan Colliton, 
Stewardship Coordinator for the Huron Clinton Metroparks, on October 9, 2014, 
at 7 p.m. at the Southfield Parks and Recreation Building (2nd floor) at the 
Southfield Civic Center, 26000 Evergreen Road, Southfield. 

>  
> According to the HCMS website, “Ryan Colliton assists in the planning, 
implementation and monitoring of natural resources within the Metroparks 
system. More specifically, he works closely with the Natural Resources and 
Environmental Compliance Manager to ensure that the Metroparks not only 
maintain, but improve native habitats for native species with a focus on rare 
and protected species.” 

> 
> Mr. Colliton will gather input from Detroit Audubon members and friends in 
the southeast Michigan birding community concerning the preservation of the 
natural resources at the Huron-Clinton Metroparks. 

> 
> Come and take advantage of this opportunity to provide your comments about 
what is working and what you feel needs improvement. 

> 
> While not required, your RSVP to detas AT detroitaudubon.org by October 8 will 
be appreciated so we can know how many to expect. 

>  
> Thanks very much and hope to see you on October 9.
>  
> Emily Simon
> Detroit Audubon
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Subject: Re: Haehnle Sanctuary Sandhill Crane Count - Sunday 9/28/2014
From: Don Henise <kiskadee3 AT att.net>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 05:03:51 -0700
As most of you have probably figured out, next Monday is OCTOBER 6TH not the 
4th. I shouldn't send out email posts when I'm falling asleep at the computer 
:) 




On Sunday, September 28, 2014 10:34 PM, Don Henise  wrote:
 


I forgot to remind everyone that we will return to our regularly scheduled time 
slot for counting cranes on Monday evenings next week October 4th. We will 
continue to count on Monday's thoughout the remainder of the season. 



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Subject: Re: Haehnle Sanctuary Sandhill Crane Count - Sunday 9/28/2014
From: Don Henise <kiskadee3 AT att.net>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 22:33:50 -0400
I forgot to remind everyone that we will return to our regularly 
scheduled time slot for counting cranes on Monday evenings next week 
October 4th. We will continue to count on Monday's thoughout the 
remainder of the season.

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Subject: Haehnle Sanctuary Sandhill Crane Count - Sunday 9/28/2014
From: Don Henise <kiskadee3 AT att.net>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 22:26:43 -0400
Fifty-five Sandhill Cranes were counted flying into Phylis Haehnle 
Memorial Sanctuary to roost in Mud Lake Marsh on Sunday, Sept. 28th. 
Another 61 cranes were counted as flyovers. Up to 5 Lincoln's Sparrows 
were observed in the morning with many Swamp Sparrows and the seasons 
first White-crowned and White-throated Sparrows. Other season firsts for 
the sanctuary were Rusty Blackbird and Purple Finch.

Raptors seen today included Turkey Vultures, Northern Harrier, 
Sharp-shinned Hawks, Cooper's Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed 
Hawk, American Kestrel and Merlin.

A Greater Yellowlegs was heard and seen flying overhead in 
mid-afternoon. Only a handful of Great Egrets were observed in the marsh 
throughout the afternoon, but at dusk several groups of egrets totaling 
40+ birds flew over the Harold Wing lookout heading north.

Counters: Don Henise, Robyn Henise, Gary Siegrist, Ron Hoffman

59 Total Species recorded:

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
American Black Duck
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Sandhill Crane
Killdeer
Greater Yellowlegs
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
Mourning Dove
Eastern Screech-Owl
Chimney Swift
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
American Kestrel
Merlin
Eastern Phoebe
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Marsh Wren
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Tennessee Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird
Common Grackle
House Finch
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch

/*Don Henise*/

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Subject: Am. Golden-plover, Washtenaw, Sun., 28 Sep., 3:00pm
From: Mike Sefton <mseft AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 15:05:04 -0400
Birders,
 John Swales and Roger Wykes just found an American Golden-Plover amidst a 
flock of Killdeer on the north side of Arkona Rd., about 100 yards east of 
Mohart Rd., south of Saline. 

Mike Sefton
Ann Arbor
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Subject: Haehnle Sanctuary Sandhill Crane Count - Monday 9/22/2014
From: Don Henise <kiskadee3 AT att.net>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:54:09 -0400
A count of Sandhill Cranes was conducted on Monday evening at the 
Haehnle Sanctuary since the weekly count was rained out on Sunday. We 
plan to count again on Sunday evening next weekend and then return to 
our traditional Monday evening counts on October 6th.

For the first time this season, the number of Sandhill Cranes roosting 
in Mud Lake Marsh outnumbered Great Egrets. We ended the evening with 45 
Sandhill Cranes roosting and counted another 124 flybys, so at least we 
are seeing more cranes moving around in the area and had a few come in 
to roost in the marsh. Only about 15 Great Egrets were seen tonight.

As is often the case during our fall counts, raptors were well 
represented. Highlights were an adult Peregrine Falcon flushing a number 
of ducks as it flew across the marsh, an adult Bald Eagle over the tree 
line to the north, a lone Broad-wing Hawk soaring overhead shortly after 
our arrival and a first year Northern Harrier working the marsh the 
entire time we were there.

Counters: Don Henise, Robyn Henise, Gary Siegrist

A total of 38 species were recorded between 3:10 and 7:30 pm:

Canada Goose
Trumpeter Swan
Wood Duck
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Pintail
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Bald Eagle
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Sandhill Crane - 45 Roosting in Mud Lake Marsh, 124 flybys
Great Horned Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Blue Jay
American Crow
Tufted Titmouse
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Cedar Waxwing
Common Yellowthroat
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
American Goldfinch


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Subject: Buff-breasted Sandpiper - former De Bucks sod farm, Livingston County - 9/18/14
From: Lyle Hamilton <lyle.hamilton AT gm.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:19:40 +0000
Birders,

I located a Buff-breasted Sandpiper at the former De Bucks sod farm tonight. 
This is still an active sod farm although no longer run by De Buck's. The farm 
is located on Burkhart road just southwest of where M59 runs into I96 west of 
Howell. Drive into the entrance of the Burkhart Ridge modular home complex and 
you will see a gravel parking area on your left about one block from Burkhart 
road. You can pull up to the rope that blocks the entrance to the sod farm and 
scan the areas were the sod has been recently removed. The bird was moving 
around a lot but was pretty much due west of this rope gate working this black 
dirt area. 


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Howell

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Subject: Golden-winged Warbler in Nichol's Arboretum Ann Arbor
From: Roger Kuhlman <rkuhlman AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:58:06 -0400
Wednesday Morning September 17 I found a Golden-winged Warbler in Nichol's 
Arboretum in Ann Arbor. The bird was in some heavy tangled vegetation along the 
trail going up the hill towards Geddes Road near where the trail splits in two 
(one goes to Geddes, the other goes to the Peony beds). I may have also had a 
Canada Warbler in the same general area but I only got an unsatisfactory 
glimpse of this bird. However the day before I had a definite Canada Warbler in 
the Arb. 

 
Roger Kuhlman
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Subject: Tonight: Conservation Birding is free Washtenaw Audubon program, Wed., 17 Sep., all invited
From: Mike Sefton <mseft AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:40:28 -0700
Birders and friends,

Please join us tonight for the following free program. You do not have to be a 
Washtenaw Audubon member to attend. 


Wednesday,
September 17, 7:30pm
 
Birding
for Conservation
 
Join
Tom Funke for a program on how you can contribute to bird conservation while
birding. Tom Funke is the former conservation director for Michigan Audubon,
and the resident manager of the Otis Farm Bird Sanctuary near Hastings, MI.

Also, Ray Colliton, Stewardship Coordinator for the Huron-Clinton MetroParks, 
will be present to answer any questions you may have about the park mowing 
policies, during the social time following Tom's program. 


This
program is free and open to the public. Membership is not required, though we
would welcome your membership to help with our environmental and educational
activities. Washtenaw Audubon programs are held at the U-M Matthaei Botanical
Gardens, 1800 North Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor. Go to www.washtenawaudubon.org
if
you need more information about the program. Directions to the Botanical
Gardens:
 
http://washtenawaudubon.org/programs.php
 
In
addition to the program, hear news of the latest critter sightings and field
trips, and enjoy tasty snacks following the program.
 
Hope
to see you there.
 
Mike
Sefton
Washtenaw
Audubon Society
www.washtenawaudubon.org


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Subject: Haehnle Sanctuary crane count 09/14/2014
From: Steve Jerant <sjerant AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:22:36 -0700

We finished our second week of counting, enjoying
a beautiful day and evening to offset the low numbers of cranes. 59 Great 
Egrets came in to 

roost, but the majority of them took off in a large group shortly before 
sunset. Our Trumpeter swan and young was observed 

early in the evening and later was seen chasing some Canada geese. Other 
highlights included an immature Bald 

Eagle, Common Nighthawk,  and a pair of Great
Horned Owls calling to let us know it was about time to pack up for the
night.  A complete species list is
below.  

Some visitors to the Sanctuary came out of the woods on our
nature trail with a 4 point buck following them. This deer has been sighted by 
others, 

including me, this year.  He does not
seem to be at all fearful of humans and it took quite the effort to move him
away from the Harold Wing overlook.

NOTE:  Crane counting
continues on Sundays until October, when we will return to Monday evening.

Crane counters:   Don
& Robyn Henise

Crane numbers - 2 in marsh, 59 fly-by's

Total bird
species seen – 44
Great Blue
Heron
Great Egret
Turkey
Vulture
Trumpeter
Swan (with young)
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Green-winged
Teal
American
Black Duck
Mallard
Northern
Pintail
Blue-winged
Teal
Bald Eagle
(imm.)
Northern Harrier 

Sharp-shinned
Hawk
Red-tailed
Hawk
Sandhill Crane

Killdeer
Wilson's
Snipe
American
Woodcock
Ring-billed
Gull
Mourning
Dove
Great Horned
Owl
Common
Nighthawk
Chimney
Swift
Belted
Kingfisher
Red-bellied
Woodpecker
Downy
Woodpecker
Hairy
Woodpecker
Northern
Flicker
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Blue Jay
American
Crow
Black-capped
Chickadee
Tufted
Titmouse
White-breasted
Nuthatch
American
Robin
Gray Catbird
Cedar
Waxwing
European
starling
Common
Yellowthroat
Red-winged
Blackbird
Common
Grackle
American
Goldfinch
 
Regards,

Steve Jerant

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