Christmas Bird Counts

The Dearborn count is a portion of the Detroit River MI-ON Christmas Bird Count circle. For more information on this count, read a paper by Julie Craves and Jim Fowler published in Ontario BirdsTwenty-five years of the Detroit River MI-ON Christmas Bird Count. (pdf, 768 KB)

CBC data for official count circles is available on the Audubon web site. Data for Dearborn, shown here, is compiled separately and not to be used without permission.

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01 January 1995

Time: 6:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Weather: Temp in low 30s F, wind calm, sky cloudy, late in day wind picked up from north, skies cleared, temp dropped. River open, lake glazed over.

Observers: Julie Craves, Gary Hutman, Dorothy McLeer, Jerry Sadowski, Rick Simek. Five in field in two parties; 1 hours (1 party-hour) and 0.5 miles on foot owling. Total party hours 10.5, party miles 6 on foot.

Great Blue Heron, 1; Canada Goose, 148; American Black Duck, 2; Mallard, 174; Cooper’s Hawk, 1; Red-tailed Hawk, 5; Rough-legged Hawk, 1; Ring-billed Gull, 142; Herring Gull, 2; Rock Dove, 23; Mourning Dove, 12; Eastern Screech-owl, 4; Belted Kingfisher, 1; Red-bellied Woodpecker, 1; Downy Woodpecker, 23; Hairy Woodpecker, 3; Northern (Yellow-shafted) Flicker, 4; Blue Jay, 56; American Crow, 67; Black-capped Chickadee, 70; Tufted Titmouse, 14; White-breasted Nuthatch, 20; Brown Creeper, 1; American Robin, 73; Cedar Waxwing, 21; European Starling, 304; Northern Cardinal, 41; Song Sparrow, 1; Dark-eyed (Slate-colored) Junco, 14; Snow Bunting, 28 American Goldfinch, 48;an House Sparrow, 27.

Total: 32 species, 1332 individuals.

Notes: Rick Crossland found one Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and four Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warblers. Cooper’s Hawk was adult, immatures in area in previous weeks. All gulls and Rock Doves were flyovers.


1 January 1996

Time: 7:45 am to 4:45 pm.

Weather: Temp in low 30s F, wind calm, sky cloudy, light snow or drizzle Most of river open, lake frozen.

Observers: Jan Blaine, Julie Craves, Gary Hutman, Dorothy McLeer, Jerry Sadowski, Rick Simek, Don Yee. Seven in field in two parties; 1.5 hours (1.5 party-hours) and 0.5 miles on foot owling.Total party hours 17.25, party miles on foot 7, by car 20.

Canada Goose, 453; American Black Duck, 1; Mallard, 253; Cooper’s Hawk, cw; Red-tailed Hawk, 8; Rough-legged Hawk, cw; American Kestrel, 1; Ring-necked Pheasant, 2; Ring-billed Gull, 56; Herring Gull, 4; Rock Dove, 132; Mourning Dove, 36; Eastern Screech-owl, 6; Belted Kingfisher, cw; Red-bellied Woodpecker, 2; Downy Woodpecker, 32; Hairy Woodpecker, 10; Northern (Yellow-shafted) Flicker, 1; Blue Jay, 37; American Crow, 69; Black-capped Chickadee, 138; Tufted Titmouse, 20; Red-breasted Nuthatch, 1; White- breasted Nuthatch, 47; Brown Creeper, 2; Carolina Wren, 2; Hermit Thrush, cw; American Robin, 44; Cedar Waxwing,1; Northern Shrike, 2; European Starling, 36; Northern Cardinal, 45; American Tree Sparrow, 60; Song Sparrow, 12; White-throated Sparrow, 2; Dark-eyed (Slate-colored) Junco, 33; Red-winged Blackbird, 3; American Goldfinch, 46; House Sparrow, 123.

Total: 34 species (plus four count week), 1722 individuals.

Notes: Area expanded slightly from last year, included south of Evergreen Road to I-94 (excluding Greenfield Village) and former soybean field at Mercury Drive and Ford Road. One shrike seen at Dearborn Country Club across river from swamp by Rick Crossland; the other at Bobolink field by Karl Overman and Jim Fowler, Jr. All but 50 geese flyovers; Red-breasted Nuthatch, Hermit Thrush, and White-throated Sparrows present for some time; poor year for robins, all but one seen at Ford Test Track.


1 January 1997

Time: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm EST (owling 5:30 to 7:00 AM).

Weather: Temp held in low 30′sF, wind SSW – W 5 to 10 MPH, skies cloudy, drizzle, freezing drizzle and fog in PM. River open, standing water frozen.

Observers: Rose Atillio, Julie A. Craves, Debbie Dedona, Jim Fowler, Dan Gertisen, Gary Hutman, Greg Norwood, Mike O’Leary, Jerry Sadowski, Rick Simek, Tim Smart, Pam St. Amour, Dave Washington. Twelve in field in three parties; 1.5 hours (1.5 party-hours) and 0.5 miles on foot owling. Total party-hours 17, party-miles 7 on foot, 38 by car.

Great Blue Heron 7
Black-crowned Night-heron 1
Canada Goose 471
Mallard 226
Canvasback 110
Redhead 4
Greater Scaup 5
Lesser Scaup 1
Common Goldeneye 3
Common Merganser 8
Cooper’s Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 7 (incl.1 B.j. calurus)
American Kestrel 3
Ring-necked Pheasant 1
Ring-billed Gull 21
Herring Gull 46
Great Black-backed Gull 1
Gull sp. 16
Rock Dove 143
Mourning Dove 65
Eastern Screech-owl 3
Great Horned Owl 1
Belted Kingfisher 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker cw
Downy Woodpecker 38
Hairy Woodpecker 7
Horned Lark 6
Blue Jay 44
American Crow 41
Black-capped Chickadee 68
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 9
Brown Creeper 4
Carolina Wren 7
Winter Wren 1
American Robin 33
Cedar Waxwing cw
European Starling 210
Northern Cardinal 25
American Tree Sparrow 50
Song Sparrow 14
White-throated Sparrow 3
Dark-eyed (Slate-colored) Junco 78
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
House Finch 11
American Goldfinch 44
House Sparrow 72

1 January 1998

Time: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm EST (owling 6:00 to 7:30 AM).

Weather: Temp under 20F in AM, low 30s PM with wind chills, wind S17 – 35 MPH, skies cloudy in AM, clear mid-morning on. River and standing water frozen.

Observers: Julie Craves, Andy Dettling, Jim Fowler, Dan Gertiser, Fred McDonald, Dorothy McLeer, Greg Norwood, Mike O’Leary, Jerry Sadowski, Rick Simek, Dave Washington. Eleven in field in three parties; 1.5 hours (1.5 party-hours) and 0.5 miles on foot owling. Total party-hours 17, party-miles 7 on foot, 38 by car.

Great Blue Heron 7
Canada Goose 958
American Black Duck cw
Mallard 210
Canvasback 100
Redhead 1
Greater Scaup 4
Common Goldeneye 3
Common Merganser 2
Hooded Merganser 1
Bald Eagle 1
Cooper’s Hawk 3
Red-tailed Hawk 11
American Kestrel 4
Ring-billed Gull 130
Herring Gull 30
Rock Dove 43
Mourning Dove 77
Eastern Screech-owl 3
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 24
Hairy Woodpecker 5
Northern Flicker cw
Blue Jay 30American Crow 68
Black-capped Chickadee 71
Tufted Titmouse 7
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 9
Brown Creeper1
Carolina Wren 3
American Robin 734
Hermit Thrush 1
Cedar Waxwing cw
European Starling 78
Northern Cardinal 29
American Tree Sparrow 90
Song Sparrow 8
White-throated Sparrow 5
Dark-eyed (Slate-colored) Junco 98
Red-winged Blackbird 15
Brown-headed Cowbird 4
House Finch 75
American Goldfinch 138
Common Redpoll 11
Pine Siskin 1
House Sparrow 103

Total: 44 species plus 3 count week.

Notes: This count includes all of Dearborn, as last year.


1 January 1999

Time: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm EST (owling 6:00 to 7:30 AM).

Weather: Temp 11-15F with wind chills, wind NW15 – 20 MPH, skies clear. River and standing water frozen.

Observers: Pam St. Amour, Julie Craves, Rick Crossland, Andy Dettling, John Flora, Jim Fowler, Fred McDonald, Greg Norwood, Mike O’Leary, Jerry Sadowski, Rick Simek, Tim Smart, Dave Washington. Thirteen in field in six parties; 1.5 hours (1.5 party-hours) and 0.25 miles on foot owling. Total party-hours31, party-miles 6.25 on foot, 62 by car.

Pied-billed Grebe 3
Great Blue Heron 10
Tundra Swan 6
Canada Goose 1022
Green-winged Teal 1
American Black Duck 2
Mallard 534
Canvasback 3
Cooper’s Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 19
American Kestrel 4
Ring-necked Pheasant 1
Ring-billed Gull 156
Herring Gull 99
Great Black-backed Gull 12
Rock Dove 94
Mourning Dove 35
Great Horned Owl cw
Eastern Screech-owl 5
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 12
Downy Woodpecker 37
Hairy Woodpecker 6Northern Flicker 1
Blue Jay 42
American Crow 88
Black-capped Chickadee 75
Tufted Titmouse 20
White-breasted Nuthatch 18
Carolina Wren 4
American Robin 43
European Starling 414
Northern Cardinal 59
American Tree Sparrow 113
Song Sparrow 5
Swamp Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 6
Dark-eyed (Slate-colored) Junco 208
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Common Grackle cw
Brown-headed Cowbird cw
House Finch 54
American Goldfinch 75
House Sparrow 273

Total: 41 species plus 3 count week.

Note: We received a late report of an immature Bald Eagle on campus the day of the count from observers that were not part of the count party.


1 January 2000

Time: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm EST (owling 5:00 to 7:00 AM).

Weather: Temp, wind SW5 -15 MPH, skies clear. River mostly open, standing water mostly frozen.

Observers: Julie Craves, John Flora, Jim Fowler, Fred McDonald, Greg Norwood, Mike O’Leary, Jerry Sadowski, Tim Smart, Dave Washington. Ten in field in five parties; 2 hours (2 party-hours) and 0.5 miles on foot owling. Total party-hours 31.5, party-miles 15.5 on foot, 71.6 by car.

Pied-billed Grebe 1
Great Blue Heron 11
Black-crowned Night-heron 2
Canada Goose 823
Mallard 348
Canvasback 14
Lesser Scaup 1
Ruddy Duck 1
Cooper’s Hawk 4
Red-tailed Hawk 19
American Kestrel 1
Ring-necked Pheasant 1
Ring-billed Gull 92
Herring Gull 49
Rock Dove 449
Mourning Dove 71
Eastern Screech-owl 2
Belted Kingfisher 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 7
Downy Woodpecker 39
Hairy Woodpecker 5
Northern Flicker 6
Blue Jay 42
American Crow 255
Black-capped Chickadee 80
Tufted Titmouse 21
Red-breasted Nuthatch 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 18
Carolina Wren 4
American Robin 262
Cedar Waxwing 3
European Starling 640
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Northern Cardinal 72
American Tree Sparrow 178
Fox Sparrow cw
Song Sparrow 13
White-throated Sparrow 3
Dark-eyed (Slate-colored) Junco 140
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Common Grackle 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
House Finch 48
Pine Siskin 5
American Goldfinch 110
House Sparrow 480

Total:45 species plus 1 count week.


1 January 2001

Time: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm EST (owling 5:00 to 7:30 AM).

Weather: Temp 15-20F, wind NW 3-8 MPH; skies partly cloudy. Standing water frozen. Lower Rouge River open, main branch in few spots.

Observers: Julie Craves, Andy Dettling, John Flora, Jim Fowler, Dorothy McLeer, Fred McDonald, Greg Norwood, Mike O’Leary, Jerry Sadowski, Tim Smart, Dave Washington. Ten in field in four parties; 2 hours (2 party-hours) and 1.5 miles on foot owling. Total party-hours 22.25, party-miles 9.25 on foot, 112.1 by car.

Great Blue Heron 7
Green-winged Teal 1
Mallard 358
Gadwall 1
Canvasback 55
Lesser Scaup 1
Common Goldeneye 2
Common Merganser 137
Ruddy Duck 2
Bald Eagle 2
Cooper’s Hawk 4
Red-tailed Hawk 20
American Kestrel 4
Ring-billed Gull 42
Herring Gull 195
Rock Dove 314
Mourning Dove 62
Great Horned Owl 1
Eastern Screech-owl 3
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 9
Downy Woodpecker 57
Hairy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 3
Blue Jay 74
American Crow 234
Black-capped Chickadee 74
Tufted Titmouse 17
White-breasted Nuthatch 14
Brown Creeper 4
Carolina Wren 5
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 93
Cedar Waxwing 17
European Starling 602
Yellow-rumped Warbler 19
Northern Cardinal 81
American Tree Sparrow 96
Song Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 4
Dark-eyed (Slate-colored) Junco 69
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
House Finch 69
American Goldfinch 66
House Sparrow 432

Total: 45 species.

Notes: Despite checking all open water, there were no Canada Geese in Dearborn! The two Bald Eagles — one adult and one immature — wear soaring over campus. A mink was seen along the Rouge near Evergreen Road.


1 January 2002

Time: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm EST (owling 5:00 to 7:30 AM).

Weather: Temp 14-32F, wind NW 5-8 MPH; skies clear. Standing water frozen. Lower Rouge River open, main branch in few spots.

Observers: Julie Craves, Rick Crossland, Andy Dettling, Mark Dettling, John Flora, Jim Fowler, Dorothy McLeer, Fred McDonald, Greg Norwood, Darrin O’Brien, Mike O’Leary, Carl Pascoe, Rachel Pascoe, Jerry Sadowski, Rick Simek, Tim Smart, Andrew Tluczek, Dave Washington. Eighteen in field in eight parties; 3 hours (3 party-hours) and 1 miles on foot and 8.3 miles in car owling. Total party-hours 32.25, party-miles 26.25 on foot, 69 by car.

Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 19
Canada Goose 543
Mallard 311
Canvasback 17
Redhead 2
Common Merganser 9
Cooper’s Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 17
American Kestrel 2
Ring-billed Gull 117
Herring Gull 52
Great Black-backed Gull 10
Rock Dove 547
Mourning Dove 179
Great Horned Owl 2
Eastern Screech-Owl 2 (1 red phase)
Northern Saw-whet Owl 1
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 18
Downy Woodpecker 54
Hairy Woodpecker 7
Northern Flicker 2
Blue Jay 103
American Crow 289
Black-capped Chickadee 144
Tufted Titmouse 32
Red-breasted Nuthatch 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 30
Brown Creeper 2
Carolina Wren 11
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 98
European Starling 738
Northern Cardinal 87
American Tree Sparrow 189
Song Sparrow 3
White-throated Sparrow 5
Dark-eyed (Slate-colored) Junco 143
Blackbird sp. 1
House Finch 119
American Goldfinch 148
House Sparrow 661

Total: 44 species.

Notes: Cormorant and black-backed gulls were at the Rouge Plant, where waterfowl numbers were low. Only one screech-owl was found owling, the rest of the owls were found during the day. The Northern Saw-whet Owl was found on the UM-Dearborn campus. Five of the six Red-breasted Nuthatches were visiting feeders.


1 January 2003

Time: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm EST (owling 5:00 to 7:30 AM).

Weather: Temp 27-32F, wind N 15-20 MPH; skies cloudy. Most standing water frozen, Rouge River open.

Observers: Julie Craves, Andy Dettling, Mark Dettling, John Flora, Jim Fowler, Amy Goovers, Dorothy McLeer, Fred McDonald, Greg Norwood, Darrin O’Brien, Mike O’Leary, Carl Pascoe, Rachel Powless, Winifred Robinson, Jerry Sadowski, Leo Sist, Tim Smart, Alice St. Clair, Betty Welsh, Dave Washington. Twenty in field in eight parties; 2.5 hours (2.5 party-hours) and 1 mile on foot owling. Total party-hours 39.5, 18.5 on foot, 174 by car.

Great Blue Heron 26 (high count)
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
Canada Goose 406
Mallard 166
Canvasback 26
Common Merganser 12
Cooper’s Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 12
American Kestrel 2
Ring-necked Pheasant 1
Ring-billed Gull 37
Herring Gull 82
Rock Dove 111
Mourning Dove 221
Eastern Screech-Owl 1
Northern Saw-whet Owl 1
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 14
Downy Woodpecker 49
Hairy Woodpecker 12 (high count)Northern Flicker 3
Blue Jay 29 (low)
American Crow 18 (low count)
Blk-capped Chickadee 30 (low count)
Tufted Titmouse 1 (low count)
White-breasted Nuthatch 5
Brown Creeper 4
Carolina Wren 8
Winter Wren 2
Golden-crnd Kinglet 16 (high count)
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 350
N. Mockingbird 1 (2nd for count)
European Starling 253
Cedar Waxwing 10
Yellow-rumped Warbler 5
American Tree Sparrow 79Chipping Sparrow 4 (1st winter record)
Fox Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 14
White-thr. Sparrow 40 (high count)
White-crowned Sparrow 1 (2nd
winter record, 1st for count)
Dark-eyed (Slate-colored) Junco 350
Northern Cardinal 96
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 16
House Finch 351
American Goldfinch 90
House Sparrow 290

Total: 51 species (high count), 3205 individuals.

Notes: Corvids and parids low, probably due to West Nile Virus. Large numbers of House Finches and the Chipping, Fox, White-crowned sparrows, most White-throated Sparrows, and Red-winged Blackbirds at fields planted in sunflowers by Ford at Southfield and Hubbard. Greenfield Village not covered this year.


1 January 2004

Time: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm EST (owling 5:00 to 7:30 AM).

Weather: Temp 27-32F, wind SW 3-7 MPH; skies partly to mostly cloudy. All water open.

Observers: Julie Craves, Mark Dettling, John Flora, Jim Fowler, Amy Goovers, Ruth Hart, Dorothy McLeer, Fred McDonald, Greg Norwood, Darrin O’Brien, Mike O’Leary, Carl Pascoe, Joanne Poske, Jerry Sadowski, Rudy Sells, Rick Simek, Tim Smart, Jason Sodergren, Alice St. Clair, Dianne Thomas, Betty Welsh, Dave Washington. Twenty-two in field in nine parties; 3.5 hours (3.5 party-hours) and 1.75 mile on foot owling. Total party-hours 31.25, 26.75 on foot, 4.5 by car.

Great Blue Heron 17
Black-crowned Night-Heron 11
Mute Swan 1 (new
for count)
Canada Goose 768
Mallard 115
Canvasback 9
Common Merganser 4
Cooper’s Hawk 9
Red-tailed Hawk 11
American Kestrel 5
Merlin 1 (new for count)
Ring-necked Pheasant 1
Great Black-backed Gull 6
Ring-billed Gull 32
Herring Gull 91
Gull sp. 91
Rock Dove 263
Mourning Dove 944 (high count)
Eastern Screech-Owl 4
Great Horned Owl 3
Northern Saw-whet Owl cw
Belted Kingfisher 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 17
Downy Woodpecker 64
Hairy Woodpecker 8
Northern Flicker 2
Horned Lark 2
Blue Jay 26 (low)
American Crow 5 (low count)
Blk-capped Chickadee 29 (low count)
Tufted Titmouse 4 (low)
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 17
Brown Creeper 4
Carolina Wren 11
Winter Wren 2
American Robin 145
N. Mockingbird 1
European Starling 412
Eastern Towhee cw (new for count)
American Tree Sparrow 95
Chipping Sparrow 1
Fox Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 10
Swamp Sparrow 1
White-thr. Sparrow 28
White-crownd Sparrow 11 (high count)
Dark-eyed (Slate-colored) Junco 392
Dk-eyed (Oregon) Junco cw
Snow Bunting 2
Northern Cardinal 81
Red-winged Blackbird 62 (high
count)
Rusty Blackbird 1 (new for count)
Common Grackle cw
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
House Finch 377
American Goldfinch 194
House Sparrow 1344 (high count)

Total: 53 species (high count) plus three count week, and one subspecies, 5742 individuals.

Notes: Corvids and parids still low. Four sunflower fields planted by Ford Motor Co. accounted for large majority of House Sparrows, Mourning Doves, and have attracted the raptors, including the Merlin. Most White-crowned Sparrows and the Rusty Blackbird and Chipping Sparrow were also at the sunflower fields. Snow Buntings and Horned Larks along the concrete channel of the Rouge River. Greenfield Village not covered this year.


1 January 2005

Time: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm EST (owling 5:00 to 7:30 AM).

Weather: Temp 21-24F, wind N-ESE 4-10 MPH; skies partly to mostly cloudy. All water open.

Observers: Cathy Carroll, Julie Craves, Rick Crossland, John Flora, Jim Fowler, Amy Goovers, Kim Hall, Greg Norwood, Darrin O’Brien, Mike O’Leary, Carl Pascoe, Trudy Sells, Rick Simek, Pam Simek, Tim Smart, Alice St. Clair, Dianne Thomas, Betty Welsh, Dave Washington. Fourteen in field in seven parties; 5.25 hours (5.25 party-hours) owling (18 miles in car, 1.5 miles on foot). Total party-hours 31.75, 22 on foot, 9.75 by car. Total party miles 93, 21.25 on foot, 71.75 in car. Five feeder watchers, 3.75 hours feeder watching.

Canada Goose 42
Mallard 278
Canvasback 7
Greater Scaup 2
Lesser Scaup 1
Bufflehead 1 (new for count)
Common Merganser 152 (high count)
Pied-billed Grebe cw
Great Blue Heron 27
Black-crowned Night-Heron 11
Cooper’s Hawk 4
Red-tailed Hawk 12
American Kestrel 1
Gyrfalcon 1 (new for count)
Peregrine Falcon cw (new for count)
Ring-billed Gull 111
Herring Gull 107
Great Black-backed Gull cw
Rock Pigeon 259
Mourning Dove 583
Eastern Screech-Owl 4
Great Horned Owl 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 12
Downy Woodpecker 60
Hairy Woodpecker 20 (high count)
Northern Flicker 3
Blue Jay 30 (low)
American Crow 5 (low count)
Blk-capped Chickadee 30 (low)
Tufted Titmouse 6 (low)
Winter Wren 2
American Robin 172
Red-breasted Nuthatch cw
White-breasted Nuthatch 22
Brown Creeper 6 (high count)
Carolina Wren 6
European Starling 1025 (high count)
Cedar Waxwing 27 (high count)
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
American Tree Sparrow 142
Song Sparrow 7
White-thr. Sparrow 29 (high count)
Dark-eyed (Slate-colored) Junco 273
Northern Cardinal 100 (high count)
Red-winged Blackbird 194 (high count)
Brown-headed Cowbird 73 (high count)
House Finch 567 (high count)
American Goldfinch 374 (high count)
House Sparrow 1352 (high count)

Total: 46 species, plus four count week, 6133 individuals.

Notes: Corvids and parids still low. Five sunflower fields planted by Ford Motor Co. accounted for large majority of Mourning Doves, House Finches, blackbirds, and House Sparrows. Gyrfalcon, a fifth county record and the first county inland record, was at Parklane Towers office area. Greenfield Village not covered this year. Wild fruit crop poor, seed crop mediocre. Of the 5 sunflower fields, the only one with any appreciable seed set was the one near Parklane Towers. Although virtually all water was open and temperatures had been mild, the earlier very cold temperatures and deep snow probably explained the lack of geese on the count. Mysterious were 17 lemons found in the woods in an area without trails near the Lower Rouge.


1 January 2006

Time: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm EST (owling 5:00 to 7:30 AM).

Weather: Temp 33-37F, wind WSW 8-10 MPH; skies cloudy. Moving water open,
still water mostly frozen.

Observers: Ed Cable, Cathy Carroll, Julie Craves, Andy Dettling, Mark Dettling, Kathy Evans, Jim Fowler, Amy Goovers, Dave Lipkovich, Dorothy McLeer, Greg Norwood, Darrin O’Brien, Mike O’Leary, Jerry Sadowski, Gertrude Sell, Rick Simek, Tim Smart, Kathy Smith, Dianne Thomas, Dave Washington, and Betty Welsh. Twenty-one people in the field in seven parties; six party-hours and 16.5 party-miles owling. Total party-hours 33 (27 on foot, 6 by car); total party-miles 83 (23 on foot, 60 by car).

Canada Goose 465
Cackling Goose 1 (new for count)
American Black Duck 1
Mallard 250
Northern Pintail 1 (new for count)
Canvasback 27
Greater Scaup 1
Lesser Scaup 2
Common Goldeneye 1
Great Blue Heron 31 (new high)
Black-crowned Night-Heron 32 (new high)
Cooper’s Hawk 17 (new high)
Red-tailed Hawk 22 (new high)
American Kestrel 6 (new high)
Merlin
American Coot 1 (new for count)
Ring-billed Gull 46
Herring Gull 12
Rock Pigeon 678 (new
high)
Mourning Dove 2249 (new
high)Eastern Screech-Owl 9 (new high)
Great Horned Owl 2
Belted Kingfisher 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 12
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2 (new for count)
Downy Woodpecker 84 (new
high)
Hairy Woodpecker 12
Northern Flicker 5
Blue Jay 54
American Crow 8
Horned Lark 1
Blk-capped Chickadee 84
Red-breasted Nuthatch 8 (new high)
White-breasted Nuthatch 24
Brown Creeper 9 (new high)
Carolina Wren 7
Hermit Thrush 4 (new high)
American Robin 252
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 1048 (new
high)
Cedar Waxwing 18
Yellow-rumped Warbler count week
Field Sparrow 1 (new for count)Fox Sparrow 1
American Tree Sparrow 68
Song Sparrow 2
White-thr. Sparrow 46 (new
high)
Dark-eyed (Slate-colored) Junco 520 (new high)
Northern Cardinal 128 (new
high)
Red-winged Blackbird 233 (new
high)
Common Grackle 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 171 (new high)
House Finch 718 (new high)American Goldfinch 823 (new high)
House Sparrow 1868 (new high)

Total: 53 species, plus two count week, 10007 individuals.

Notes: Sunflower fields were covered by six teams simultaneously. The many high counts are mostly from these fields. They probably represent a combination of actual increases in these species, plus better detection due to concentrating individuals and improved coverage. An additional, regular mockingbird and a Merlin were found before and after count, but not on count day. Crows still not recovering, this year, and this is the first year Tufted Titmouse was completely missed.


1 January 2007

Time: 5:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Weather: 43 to 38 F; wind SSW 16 tp W 13 MPH; cloudy. Moving water open, still water open; December warmest on record, 7F above average.

Observers: Julie Craves, John Flora, Jim Fowler, Ruth Hart, Alice McClain, Fred McDonald, Dorothy McLeer, Greg Norwood, Darrin O’Brien, Mike O’Leary, Tom Olkowski, Jerry Sadowski, Gertrude Sell, Rick Simek, Tim Smart, Dave Washington, and Betty Welsh. Seventeen people in the field in six parties; two party-hours and 2.5 party-miles owling. Total party-hours 48.25 (17 on foot, 27.25 by car); total party-miles 48.25 (18.25 on foot, 24 by car).

Canada Goose 693
Mallard 187
Canvasback 2
Common Merganser 2
Great Blue Heron 36 (new high)
Black-crowned Night-Heron 36 (new high)
Cooper’s Hawk 4
Red-tailed Hawk 10
American Kestrel 4
Ring-billed Gull 77
Herring Gull 45
Great Black-backed Gull 3
Rock Pigeon 96
Mourning Dove 516
Eastern Screech-Owl 4
Belted Kingfisher cw
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
Downy Woodpecker 47
Hairy Woodpecker 11
Northern Flicker 5
Blue Jay 37
American Crow 8
Blk-capped Chickadee 36
Tufted Titmouse 6
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 14
Brown Creeper 2
Carolina Wren 5
Winter Wren 3 (new high)
Golden-crowned Kinglet cw
American Robin 278
European Starling 3191 (new high)
Fox Sparrow 1
American Tree Sparrow 44
Song Sparrow 4
White-thr. Sparrow 34
Dark-eyed (Slate-colored) Junco 281
Northern Cardinal 98
Red-winged Blackbird 226
Brown-headed Cowbird 32
House Finch 843 (new
high)
American Goldfinch 170
House Sparrow 2939 (new
high)

Total: 41 species (tied low count) plus 2 count week, 10,037 individuals.

Notes: A very warm December translated into open water all over the region, dispersing waterfowl and resulting in low counts for these species. Lack of snow cover and warm temperatures also provided increased food supplies for insectivorous birds, which were generally widespread and have been more difficult to find flocked up than in previous seasons. A generally wet fall and heavy rain the day previous to the count made sunflower fields saturated and difficult for birds to forage on ground. One field was not planted (Southfield and Rotunda) and another had no sunflower heads (Rotunda and Schaefer). The 204% increase in starlings over the previous high (and a 500% increase from the previous 10-year average) are from starlings found in the two oldest sunflower fields. A similar situation is found with House Sparrows, with this year’s new high a 328% increase from the previous 10-year average.


1 January 2008

Time: 8:15 AM to 4:00 PM, plus owling.

Weather: 13 to 33F; wind NNW 21 tp WNW 11 MPH; snow in morning, most of day overcast, sun breaking through in afternoon. Moving water open, still water open.

Observers: Cathy Carroll, Julie Craves, Andy Dettling, John Flora, Jim Fowler, Dorothy McLeer, Greg Norwood, Darrin O’Brien, Jerry Sadowski, Dave Washington, and Betty Welsh. Feeder watchers: Jim Boatwright, Rick Simek, Sarge Thomas. Eleven people in the field in seven parties; 3.5 party-hours and 9 party-miles owling. Total party-hours 20.25 (18.25 on foot, 2 by car); total party-miles 46.25 (18 on foot, 28.25 by car).

Canada Goose 313
American Black Duck 1
Mallard 84
Canvasback 6
Hooded Merganser 1
Common Merganser 1
Great Blue Heron 20
Black-crowned Night-Heron 35
Cooper’s Hawk 5
Red-tailed Hawk 14
American Kestrel 3
Merlin 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
Ring-billed Gull 147
Herring Gull 7
Rock Pigeon 132
Mourning Dove 37 (low)
Eastern Screech-Owl 5
Northern Saw-whet Owl cw
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 9
Downy Woodpecker 37
Hairy Woodpecker 8
Blue Jay 28
American Crow 3
Horned Lark 1
Blk-capped Chickadee 44
Tufted Titmouse 6
Red-breasted Nuthatch 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 23
Brown Creeper 3
Carolina Wren 6
American Robin 304
European Starling 186 (low)
Cedar Waxwing 15
Northern Shrike 1
American Tree Sparrow 584 (new high)
Fox Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 10
White-thr. Sparrow 22
White-crowned Sparrow 10
Dark-eyed (Slate-colored) Junco 686 (new high)
Snow Bunting 50
Northern Cardinal 95
Red-winged Blackbird 125
Brown-headed Cowbird 1348 (new high)
House Finch 165
American Goldfinch 53
House Sparrow 1534

Total: 49 species plus 1 count week, 6416 individuals.

Notes: Two former sunflower fields plowed under (Rotunda and Schaefer and small portion of Hubbard and Southfield; one wildlflower field that was mowed last year was left standing this year (Lundy Parkway) and three more additional wildflower fields planted this year included in count (Ford Road, two at Ford World Headquarters). One party devoted to systematically counting birds at all these fields afforded a more accurate count. Hunting pressure from raptors seems to have driven Mourning Doves from the area. Many hundreds were present in the sunflower fields earlier in the winter but a very low count on count day. Starling count may have been low due to reduced coverage of residential areas. Three saw-whet owls were found without much effort the day before the count, but the strong low pressure system with accompanying snow and wind the night before the count may have moved them along. The number of cowbirds, in large flocks in three different fields, was nearly 8 times the previous high count of 171, and over a 3800% increase over the previous 11-year mean of 34. Will American Crows ever recover in this area from West Nile Virus? This is the sixth year of continuous barely-there counts.


1 January 2009

Time: 8:15 AM to 4:00 PM, plus owling.

Weather: 13 to 25F; wind calm to SSE 12 MPH; most of day overcast, sun breaking through in afternoon. Moving water partially open, still water frozen.

Observers: Cathy Carroll, Julie Craves, John Flora, Jim Fowler, Greg Norwood, Darrin O’Brien, Mike O’Leary, Jerry Sadowski, and Dave Washington. Feeder watcher: Orin Gelderloos. Nine people in the field in five parties; 3.5 party-hours and 19 party-miles owling. Total party-hours 19.75 (16.5 on foot, 3.25 by car); total party-miles 60.75 (11.75 on foot, 49 by car).

Canada Goose 549
Wood Duck (new) 1
American Black Duck 3
Mallard 182
Canvasback 17
Hooded Merganser 2
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Great Blue Heron 14
Black-crowned Night-Heron 30
Cooper’s Hawk 7
Red-tailed Hawk 11
American Kestrel 3
Merlin 1
Ring-billed Gull 6
Herring Gull 10
Great Black-backed Gull 3
Rock Pigeon 44
Mourning Dove 372
Eastern Screech-Owl 5
Great Horned Owl 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 17
Downy Woodpecker 33
Hairy Woodpecker 7
Northern Flicker 2
Blue Jay 29
American Crow 4
Black-capped Chickadee 39
Tufted Titmouse 11
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 17
Brown Creeper 2
Carolina Wren 8
Golden-crowned Kinglet 6
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 445
European Starling 523
Cedar Waxwing 4
Yellow-rumped Warber 1
American Tree Sparrow 465
Song Sparrow 7
White-thr. Sparrow 32
White-crowned Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed (Slate-colored) Junco 304
Northern Cardinal 76
Red-winged Blackbird 231
Common Grackle 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 30
House Finch 214
White-winged Crossbill cw (new)
Common Redpoll 1
Pine Siskin 1
American Goldfinch 478
House Sparrow 3497 (new high)

Total: 53 species plus 1 count week, 7753 individuals.

Notes: A Wood Duck at the Ford Rouge Plant and White-winged Crossbills at several locations in the days following the count were new species for the Dearborn portion of this CBC, bringing the cumulative species total to 85. The main sunflower field on the south side of Hubbard at Southfield was left unplanted this year, slightly decreasing the number of sparrows and finches. The field on the north side, however, held the bulk of the blackbirds and House Sparrows; House Sparrow numbers have been increasing by leaps and bounds since these fields were first planted in 2002. I’ve posted a little write up at Net Results.


1 January 2010

Time: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM, plus owling.

Weather: 23 to 26F; wind W to NW 10 to 16 MPH; overcast with periodic snow flurries. Moving water open, still water frozen.

Observers: Cathy Carroll, Julie Craves, Rick Crossland, John Flora, Jim Fowler, Greg Norwood, Darrin O’Brien, Mike O’Leary, Jerry Sadowski, and Dave Washington. Ten people in the field in five parties; 5 party-hours and 18 party-miles owling. Total party-hours 21.5 (17.5 on foot, 4 by car); total party-miles 72.9 (19.9 on foot, 53 by car).

Canada Goose 840
Mallard 76
Canvasback 4
Redhead 1
Hooded Merganser 5
Common Merganser 8
Ring-necked Pheasant cw
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Great Blue Heron 11
Black-crowned Night-heron 15
Cooper’s Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 9
American Kestrel 2
Peregrine Falcon cw
Bonaparte’s Gull (new) 1
Ring-billed Gull 56
Herring Gull 35
Great Black-backed Gull 1
Rock Pigeon 126
Mourning Dove 34
E. Screech-Owl 4
Great Horned Owl 1
N. Saw-whet Owl 1
Belted Kingfisher 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 20
Downy Woodpecker 46
Hairy Woodpecker 14
Northern Flicker 3
Blue Jay 49
American Crow 6
Black-capped Chickadee 46
Tufted Titmouse16
Red-breasted Nuthatch 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 20
Brown Creeper 6
Carolina Wren 4
Golden-crowned Kinglet 4
American Robin 198
European Starling 260
Yellow-rumped Warbler cw
American Tree Sparrow 289
Fox Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 14
Swamp Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 15
Dark-eyed Junco 116
Northern Cardinal 66
House Finch 94
American Goldfinch 179
House Sparrow 243

Total: 45 species plus 2 count week, 1921 individuals.

Notes: This count includes all of Dearborn, including UM-D, HFCC, Ford Rouge Plant, Greenfield Village, Fordson Island, Ford Field. No feeders this year at UM-D, and there were no feeder watchers. Details here.


1 January 2011

Time: 9:15 AM to 3:30 PM, plus owling.

Weather: 50 to 44F (temperatures dropping); wind S to WSW 7 to 17 MPH; overcast with rain in AM. Moving water semi-open, still water mostly frozen.

Observers: Cathy Carroll, Julie Craves, Jim Fowler, Terry Kowalczyk, Chris Norwood, Greg Norwood, Ruth Nowodworski, Darrin O’Brien, Mike O’Leary, Rick Simek, and Dave Washington. Ten people (plus baby) in the field in five parties; 4 party-hours and 10.5 party-miles owling.  Total party-hours 18.25 (13.75 on foot, 4.5 by car); total party-miles 61 (12.9 on foot, 48.1 by car).

Canada Goose 54
American Black Duck 1
Mallard 71
Canvasback 75
Greater Scaup 1
Hooded Merganser 3
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Great Blue Heron 3
Black-crowned Night-heron 25
Cooper’s Hawk 5
Red-tailed Hawk 7
American Kestrel 3
Peregrine Falcon 1
Herring Gull 6
Rock Pigeon 215
Mourning Dove 103
E. Screech-Owl 4
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 20
Downy Woodpecker 34
Hairy Woodpecker 15
Northern Flicker 1
Blue Jay 38
American Crow 15
Horned Lark 1
Black-capped Chickadee 65
Tufted Titmouse 10
Red-breasted Nuthatch 10 (high count)
White-breasted Nuthatch 36 (high count)
Carolina Wren 5
Winter Wren 3
Golden-crowned Kinglet 5
American Robin 283
European Starling 544
American Tree Sparrow 176
Song Sparrow 4
Swamp Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 30
Dark-eyed Junco 153
Northern Cardinal 79
Red-winged Blackbird 118
Brown-headed Cowbird 5
House Finch 701
American Goldfinch 718
House Sparrow 1244

Total: 45 species, 4894 individuals.

Notes: Below freezing weather most of December, until a few days before the count, froze nearly all water in the area, including most of the Rouge and Detroit Rivers, pushing gulls and waterfowl out. This is the first year Ring-billed Gull was missed. Rebound in the number of blackbirds and seed-eating passerines due to more sunflowers being planted on Ford properties, although several still had mostly cover crops. The Peregrine Falcon was “Ember,” the young female from Kentucky present since summer. Most of the eastern U.S. experienced a Black-capped Chickadee invasion this fall, reflected in the highest number on this count since 2006. Details here.


1 January 2012

Time: 8:15 AM to 2:30 PM, plus owling.

Weather:
44 to 39F (temperatures dropping); wind SSE 8 to W 32 to 44 MPH; overcast with occasional rain in AM. Water open.

Observers: Cathy Carroll, Julie Craves, John Flora, Jim Fowler, Terry Kowalczyk, Greg Norwood, Darrin O’Brien, and Dave Washington. Eight in the field in five parties; 4 party-hours and 8.5 party-miles owling. Total party-hours 17 (13.75 on foot, 3.25 by car); total party-miles 70.1 (12.7 on foot, 57.4 by car).

Canada Goose 286
Mallard 20 (new low)
Great Blue Heron 18
Sharp-shinned Hawk cw (new)
Cooper’s Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 9
American Kestrel 7 (new high)
Peregrine Falcon 1
Ring-billed Gull 47
Rock Pigeon 244
Mourning Dove 360
E. Screech-Owl 4
Great Horned Owl 1
Belted Kingfisher 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 14
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 (2nd count)
Downy Woodpecker 27
Hairy Woodpecker 6
Blue Jay 33
American Crow 1 (new low)
Horned Lark 2
Black-capped Chickadee 37
Tufted Titmouse 6
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 12
Brown Creeper 1
Carolina Wren 4
American Robin 92
Gray Catbird 1 (new for count)
European Starling 530
American Tree Sparrow 26 (new low)
Fox Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 4
White-throated Sparrow 17
Dark-eyed Junco 97
Northern Cardinal 61
Red-winged Blackbird 118
House Finch 1038 (new high)
American Goldfinch 161
House Sparrow 206

Total: 39 species plus one count week, 5361 individuals.

Notes: No access to the Ford Rouge Plant this year resulted in low numbers/missing species of waterfowl, and the usual roost of Black-crowned Night-herons not being counted. Mild temperatures and open water all season thus far dispersed many birds; most small seed-eating passerines were found in the sunflower field in front of Ford World Headquarters. A good fall fruit crop was stripped earlier in the season, so American Robin numbers were low. The Gray Catbird was one of two found on the UM-Dearborn campus on 20 December, and brings the cumulative species count for the Dearborn portion of this count to 87 species; the count week Sharp-shinned Hawk is also new to the count. American Crow numbers seem as if they will never recover! Details here.


1 January 2013

Time: 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM, plus owling.

Weather:
24 to 26F; wind NNW to W 7 MPH; fair to overcast. Still and slow moving water frozen. Some portions of Rouge River with faster current open.

Observers: Cathy Carroll, Julie Craves, Jim Fowler, Greg Norwood, Darrin O’Brien, Rick Simek, and Dave Washington. Seven people in the field in four parties; 2.25 party-hours and 1 party-mile owling. Total party-hours 14.5 (10 on foot, 4.5 by car); total party-miles 71.5 (8.5 on foot, 63 by car).

Canada Goose 394
Mute Swan 5 (2nd count)
Mallard 77
Canvasback 3
Common Merganser 9
Double-crested Cormorant 1 (2nd count)
Great Blue Heron 18
Black-crowned Night-heron 20
Bald Eagle 1
Cooper’s Hawk 3
Red-tailed Hawk 12
Ring-billed Gull 20
Herring Gull 15
Great Black-backed Gull 9
Rock Pigeon 141
Mourning Dove 482
E. Screech-Owl 4
Great Horned Owl 2
N. Saw-whet Owl 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 13
Downy Woodpecker 20
Hairy Woodpecker 6
Peregrine Falcon 1
Blue Jay 20
American Crow 3
Horned Lark 5
Black-capped Chickadee 36
Tufted Titmouse 15
Red-breasted Nuthatch 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 19
Brown Creeper 2
Carolina Wren 8
Winter Wren 1
American Robin 66
European Starling 797
American Tree Sparrow 93
Song Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 18
Dark-eyed Junco 267
Northern Cardinal 53
Red-winged Blackbird 220
Brown-headed Cowbird cw
House Finch 422
White-winged Crossbill 10 (new)
Pine Siskin 25 (high)
American Goldfinch 278
House Sparrow 3979 (high)

Total: 47 species plus one count week; 7602 individuals.

Notes: Bald Eagle adult along Lower Rouge near Evergreen seen by several parties. Mute Swans were flyovers. Low numbers and diversity of waterfowl at Ford Rouge Plant. An excellent winter finch year due to wide-scale cone and seed crop failure, produced the crossbills and siskins; and concentrated thousands of birds at the one Ford field that was planted with sunflowers (at Ford World Headquarters). The horse paddock at Greenfield Village once again hosted Horned Larks. Poor soft mast crop reduced number of robins. With the addition of the White-winged Crossbills, the cumulative species count for the Dearborn portion of this CBC now stands at 86. Details here.


1 January 2014

Time: 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM, plus owling.

Weather:
Steady at 11F; wind NNE to NE 11 to 15 MPH and gusting; overcast with snow. Still and slow moving water frozen. Rouge River open.

Observers: Cathy Carroll, Julie Craves, Jim Fowler, Greg Norwood, Darrin O’Brien, Rick Simek, and Dave Washington.

Seven people in the field in five parties; 2.25 party-hours and 1.75 party-miles owling.  Total party-hours 17.25 (11.5 on foot, 4.75 by car); total party-miles 68.75 (10.75 on foot, 58 by car).

Canada Goose 938
American Black Duck 1
Mallard 210
Canvasback 29
Lesser Scaup 1
Common Goldeneye 5
Hooded Merganser 1
Ruddy Duck 2
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Great Blue Heron 9
Black-crowned Night-heron 16
Cooper’s Hawk 3
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Ring-billed Gull 22
Herring Gull 28
Great Black-backed Gull 5
Rock Pigeon 82
Mourning Dove 24
E. Screech-Owl 7
Great Horned Owl cw
N. Saw-whet Owl 1
Belted Kingfisher 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 20
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 29
Hairy Woodpecker 12
Northern Flicker 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
Blue Jay 43
American Crow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 42
Tufted Titmouse 14
White-breasted Nuthatch 20
Brown Creeper 2
Carolina Wren 8
American Robin 653
European Starling 181
Snow Bunting 1
American Tree Sparrow 62
Song Sparrow 4
Swamp Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 22
Dark-eyed Junco 74
Northern Cardinal 49
Purple Finch 1 (new)
House Finch 62
American Goldfinch 35
House Sparrow 232

Total: 48 species plus one count week; 2964 individuals.

Notes: The sunflowers planted by Ford Motor Co. were killed by frost prior to setting seed, resulting in very low numbers of many seed-eating songbirds. Heavy snow all day also hindered bird counting. High numbers of American Robins reflect excellent fruit crop. With the addition of the Purple Finch, the cumulative species count for the Dearborn portion of this CBC now stands at 87. Details here.

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