Latest Sightings

Current year seasonal sightings from the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus as well as other locations around Dearborn. As of May 2014, if there is a survey associated with a date in the list below, the date will be a link to the checklist at eBird. Archives of previous years can be found hereFor other news, sign up for our newsletter here.


Sightings on eBird
These links go to bar graphs of our bird sightings on eBird:

Clicking on any of the species will bring up a map of sightings; clicking on any markers will provide dates and numbers.

*Inclusive data is based on 20+ years of mostly spring and winter data. Some is public data, it also includes sightings that have not been vetted by RRBO staff, but has been filtered by eBird volunteers that are not associated with and do not consult with RRBO. Researchers interested in data for analysis should contact RRBO directly.

April 2015:

16 Apr: A White-eyed Vireo was singing up a storm this morning on both sides of the lake at the north end. This ties the early spring date for Dearborn.

14 Apr: Quite a few Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Yellow-rumped Warblers were around the lake today.

1 Apr: Pied-billed Grebe and Fox Sparrow were new arrivals today.

March 2015:

29 Mar: American Woodcock were displaying on the north end of campus. A pair of Eastern Bluebirds continues in the area of the rose garden, hickory meadow, and nearby lakeside trail.

27 Mar: A Horned Grebe, in winter plumage just beginning transition to breeding plumage, was found on Fairlane Lake on campus this morning. This is the 3rd campus record. There are over a dozen records, many of multiple individuals, from Dearborn, but this is the first since 2008. Six Blue-winged Teal were also on the lake this morning.

26 Mar: A Merlin was seen chasing a Cooper’s Hawk today. Wood Ducks are also back on campus.

21 Mar: A Sandhill Crane was seen migrating over campus.

20 Mar: A pair of Eastern Bluebirds was in the Rose Garden yesterday and today.

12 Mar: Turkey Vultures and Killdeer have arrived for the season.

11 Mar: The first Common Grackle arrives.

1 Mar: A Long-tailed Duck is found at the Ford Rouge Plant — a new species for Dearborn. See a photo and read about it at Net Results.

February 2015:

17 Feb: An adult Bald Eagle has been seen several times near the Rouge River, a couple of times in the Rotunda and Southfield area, and once near the Lower Rouge west of Military.

January 2015:

1 Jan: A highlight of the Dearborn portion of the Detroit River Christmas Bird Count was a Lesser Black-backed Gull at the Ford Rouge Plant. A summary of the day is at our blog Net Results and the count totals are here.

Bird Sighting Archives — past years

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