Sighting archives 1995-1999


Some updates from May 1995:

Recent arrivals include:

* – OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, a fairly early arrival on 11 May
* – SUMMER TANAGER banded on 13 May (9th area record)
* – HOODED WARBLER heard on 13 May

At least one CERULEAN WARBLER continued to be seen from 10 – 14 May; the PROTHONOTARY first seen on 7 May is territorial. GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH arrived today.

We’ve now recorded 31 species of warbler this spring; Connecticut still to come, but reliable. We do have records of Prairie and Kentucky, let’s keep our fingers crossed. And since we’ve already got two first-and-only Michigan warbler records (Townsend’s and Virginia’s), we can always hope for a Swainson’s!

* The NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD happily feeding in the meadow on 9 May was overshadowed by the spectacular fallout of migrants witnessed on 10 May. We recorded 100 species yesterday, 29 of which were warblers, including BLACKPOLL, BAY-BREASTED, NORTHERN PARULA, GOLDEN-WINGED, PROTHONOTARY, CERULEAN, MOURNING, and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH. All species were seen in substantial numbers, except for singles of the last four species. Multiple Golden-wings, Parulas, BLACKBURNIANS, BLACK-THROATED BLUES, and CAPE MAYS were a sight to behold. Small groups of SCARLET TANAGERS and scores of ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS were found. Oddball species like early COMMON NIGHTHAWKS, two SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, BOBOLINKS, and the area’s first record for MARSH WREN were also found.

* In “old news,” on 7 May we had a new area record, a LONG-TAILED JAEGER flying over the meadow. This is the rarest jaeger in the state, with fewer than 20 records, and exceedingly uncommon in the lower peninsula.

* A HOODED WARBLER was found nearby on Greenfield Village property on 2 May; it was seen yesterday as well, but I’ve not heard a report today. Last year we hosted three Hooded Warblers, so expect another report.
* 3 May gave us our first COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, and the first GRAY CATBIRD we netted turned out to be one we banded three years ago to the day.
* Today, we banded two INDIGO BUNTINGS, right on time for this species. Other birds first seen today were NASHVILLE WARBLER, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, LEAST FLYCATCHER (one seen, one banded), and ORCHARD ORIOLE. The Orchard Orioles are annual nesters by the Henry Ford Estate.

April 1995:

28 April, saw our first modest push of a variety of migrants in our area. They included:

* Black-and-white Warbler
* Black-throated Green Warbler
* Northern Waterthrush
* Palm Warbler
* Wood Thrush
* Gray Catbird
* Veery
* White-crowned Sparrow
* very large numbers of White-throated Sparrows

The find of the week was a WORM-EATING WARBLER found on 30 April by Curt Powell. I relocated the bird yesterday and watched it forage for some time with a group of White-throats, but it has not been seen today.

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