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.
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.
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.