Latest Sightings

Current year seasonal sightings from the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus as well as other locations around Dearborn. 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 2014:

20 Apr: A Palm Warbler, first of the season, was with a group of Yellow-rumped Warblers along the lake today.

19 Apr: The first Tree Swallow is seen on campus.

18 Apr: An Osprey is seen on campus, as well as a singing Pine Warbler by the lake.

17 Apr: Another (?) Bald Eagle is seen flying north over campus.

15 Apr: A Bald Eagle is seen at Michigan Ave. & Evergreen Rd.

14 Apr: The first Northern Rough-winged Swallow was seen today…just ahead of the impending snow.

11 Apr: Several new spring arrivals today: Blue-gray Gnatcatcher outside the EIC, Hermit Thrush, and two Blue-winged Teal on Fairlane Lake.

5 Apr: The first Winter Wren of the season was heard today.

2 Apr: The first Fox Sparrow of the year was singing on campus today, and the first Eastern Phoebe was at the north bridge over the Rouge River as well.

March 2014:

31 Mar: An adult Bald Eagle flew over campus, and an American Coot was seen at the Ford R&E ponds on Village Road and Oakwood.

28 Mar: An Eastern Bluebird was seen at the south end of campus.

22 Mar: The first American Woodcock of the season is found today, and a Ring-necked Duck was on the river.

21 Mar: Waterfowl is on the move, with a Common Merganser, a pair of Hooded Mergansers, and a Common Goldeneye seen in the Rouge River today.

18 Mar: The first Killdeer of the year arrives.

16 Mar: A Yellow-bellied Sapsucker is found on campus.

5 Mar: A Peregrine Falcon was seen flying over campus.

1 Mar: The first Turkey Vulture of the season is seen over campus.

February 2014:

24 Feb: An immature/first cycle Glaucous Gull was flying north over campus, first campus record.

21 Feb: An immature Bald Eagle is seen over campus.

19 Feb: At least four Red-breasted Mergansers were with around 20 Common Mergansers and three Common Goldeneyes in same location as below. The water is opening up, and they may move along to the Detroit River if the warm-up continues. Two first-of-the-season Common Grackles were at a Dearborn feeder today.

17 Feb: Three Red-breasted Mergansers were with some Common Mergansers between where the Lower Rouge River meets the main river by the south bridge on campus and further downriver toward the Evergreen bridge, where there was open water. This is only the second campus record. Most records from Dearborn are from early March to late April, with two more additional records in fall.

10 Feb: A Merlin was seen perched in a sycamore tree along the Rouge River behind Fair Lane estate.

January 2014:

16 Jan: A Merlin was seen in a residential area near St. Hedwig Cemetery at Ford Road east of Telegraph.

1 Jan: Interesting birds found on the Christmas Bird Count included two Ruddy Ducks, one Lesser Scaup, five Greater Black-backed Gulls, and 16 Black-crowned Night-herons at the Ford Rouge Plant; and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Swamp Sparrow, Snow Bunting, and Purple Finch on or near campus. Read the highlights at our blog Net Results, and see full results here on the RRBO web site.

Bird Sighting Archives — past years

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