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 here. For other news, sign up for our newsletter here.
26 May: Three Grasshopper Sparrows were at the vacant lot at Rotunda and Southfield. If they nest, it will be the first breeding record for Dearborn in recent history. A Connecticut Warbler was heard in the woods near the Rouge River behind the Andiamo restaurant on Michigan Ave.
12 May: The Red-headed Woodpecker was still in the floodplain, seen today near the stone bridge near the southwest part of the lake.
10 May: A Red-headed Woodpecker was in the floodplain near the pumphouse. What was likely a Pileated Woodpecker was also heard in the area, but could not be located. If we can get a sight record, it would be a first for Dearborn.
7 May: 14 Least Sandpipers and a Lesser Yellowlegs were in a flooded lot at Rotunda and Southfield today. On campus, Wilson’s Warbler and Scarlet Tanager were new spring arrivals.
6 May: A little less diversity today, but lots more Yellow-rumped Warblers! An Eastern Whip-poor-will was flushed from a trail in the floodplain for the bird of the day so far.
5 May: Many new spring migrants today. For two checklists that tally a total of over 70 species, check eBird here and here. Highlights included Blue-winged Warbler, Eastern Kingbird, and an Osprey later in the afternoon.
2 May: Ruby-throated Hummingbird and Ovenbird were new arrivals today.
1 May: Baltimore Oriole, Blue-headed Vireo, and Nashville Warbler were new arrivals today.
27 Apr: Palm Warblers have arrived.
21 Apr: A pair of Peregrine Falcons has taken up residence on the east tower of Parklane Towers (near Hubbard and Southfield) for the third year in a row.
20 Apr: A pair of Green-winged Teal were on the lake this morning. The White-eyed Vireo is still present.
17 Apr: A migrant Broad-winged Hawk was seen over campus. The White-eyed Vireo is still present at the north end of the lake.
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. Not far from the April 6 sighting, three Wild Turkeys were seen and photographed at Dearborn Hills Golf Course this morning — 3rd record for Dearborn in modern times.
6 Apr: A Wild Turkey was photographed in a neighborhood near Cherry Hill east of Telegraph. — 2nd record for Dearborn in modern times.
1 Apr: Pied-billed Grebe and Fox Sparrow were new arrivals today.
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.
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.
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.