Sighting archives 2000-2004


December 2002:

25 Dec:  The Gray Catbird made another appearance today.

24 Dec:  Remarkable for winter was a Gray Catbird today in the Craves yard.  On campus, an American Black Duck on the Rouge River was a good find, as they have been increasingly rare in the last few years.  Also found was a Brown Creeper and two Yellow-shafted Flickers.

18 Dec:  A Chukar or Red-legged Partridge was seen in Dearborn Heights, escaped from captivity.

17 Dec:  A flock of 65 Snow Geese flew over Dearborn Heights.

8 Dec:  Fox Sparrows continue to be seen at a local feeder.  At least four White-throated Sparrows are wintering at the EIC feeders.

4 Dec: A Fox Sparrow was found in an east Dearborn yard today.

November 2002:

23 Nov:  Another Northern Saw-whet Owl is banded, and while out at 1:30 AM checking the nets, the banders heard a Sora calling on our lake.

12 Nov:  Many Slate-colored Juncos banded today, including one originally banded on 14 Nov 2001.  A group of 10-12 Bonaparte’s Gulls were at the Ford air conditioning ponds on Village Road in west Dearborn.

October 2002:

28 Oct:  Our first American Tree Sparrow of the year was banded.

27 Oct:  We finally caught our first Northern Saw-whet Owl last night.

25 Oct:  Another Chipping Sparrow was found today, along with a late Northern Waterthrush.

24 Oct:  A Blue-gray Gnatchcatcher was seen.  Birds in the nets included a Chipping Sparrow, two Orange-crowned Warblers, a Common Yellowthroat, and a Palm Warbler.

22 Oct:  A Nashville Warbler was banded today.

14 Oct:  A late Northern Waterthrush was banded today, along with a large influx of Hermit Thrushes.  An American Woodcock was also found.

13 Oct:  The Northern Mockingbird was across the street today behind the restaurants at Fairlane Town Center.  The first Fox Sparrow was observed.

9 Oct:  An intergrade between a Yellow-shafted and Red-shafted flicker was banded today.

4 Oct:  An Olive-sided Flycatcher was in the meadow between the rose garden and the lake today. The first Winter Wren was also seen.

3 Oct:  The first Dark-eyed Junco was found today, and once again the Northern Mockingbird in the brush dump made an appearance; it’s now been here nearly a year.

2 Oct: A Green Heron and Northern Parula today were new late dates.

September 2002:

30 Sep:  White-crowned Sparrows were found today.

29 Sep:  The first Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Blue-headed Vireo were seen today, along with another Connecticut Warbler.

28 Sep:  New arrivals today were Hermit Thrush, Lincoln’s Sparrow, and Golden-crowned Kinglet.

23 Sep: Autumn has arrived: White-throated Sparrows and Yellow-rumped Warblers were here today.

17 Sep:  The first Connecticut Warblers of the season arrived today, with one banded and another seen along the Lakeside Trail.

13 Sep:  Today RRBO banded it’s first-ever Yellow-billed Cuckoo, bringing our species total to 118.

11 Sep: The first Palm Warblers were seen today.

9 Sep:  A Golden-winged Warbler was seen today; we don’t see many in the fall.  New arrivals banded were Philadelphia Vireo and Canada Warbler.

6 Sep:  The first Black-throated Blue Warblers were seen and banded today.  Other new arrivals were Black-throated Green, Wilson’s and Blackburnian Warblers.

5 Sep:  Common Yellowthroat was today’s new arrival.

4 Sep:  A Solitary Sandpiper was foraging on the mud at the north end of Fairlane Lake today.

3 Sep:  New arrivals banded today were Swainson’s and Gray-cheeked Thrush,Tennesee and Blackpoll Warbler.

August 2002:

30 Aug:  New fall migrants in the nets were Nashville and Magnolia Warblers, and Ovenbird.

29 Aug:  Two American Redstarts were banded today.

27 Aug: A Yellow-bellied Flycatcher and Chestnut-sided Warbler were banded today.

23 Aug:  A Blackburnian Warbler was seen near the EIC.

21 Aug:  A Least Flycatcher is banded, and a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher was found in the Rose Garden.

20 Aug:  Migrants have started to trickle through: banded today were Black-and-white Warbler, Northern Waterthrush and “Traill’s” Flycatcher.   Common Nighthawks have also begun migration.

July 2002:

8 July:  A Blue-gray Gnatcatcher was seen near the Interpretive Center today.  This is our first summer record.

7 July:  An albino recently fledged American Robin was seen by the lake.

June 2002:

25 June:  The Northern Mockingbird was in the brush dump today…singing exuberantly.  This is the only time this bird has been reported singing; it’s possible it is another bird.  A Common Yellowthroat was singing in the same location, the only recent summer record for campus.

11 June:  A male Eastern Bluebird was along the Rouge River between Evergreen and Michigan Avenue today; they have not nested in the city in a number of years.  Along the Rouge concrete channel between the railroad bridge in Melvindale to campus, there are at least 112 Cliff Swallow nests.

10 June:  A singing Magnolia Warbler was in east Dearborn today (still not a late date!)

7 June:  A singing Black-throated Green Warbler (with an odd song) was by the lake today.

6 June:  A Yellow-bellied Flycatcher was seen again.

4 June:  A Yellow-bellied Flycatcher and Cape May Warbler in east Dearborn both set late spring dates.

May 2002:


26 May:  Two Connecticut Warblers were banded today.  A Northern Bobwhite was found calling around the Interpretive Center, the first in many years.  A Prothonotary Warbler and Orchard Oriole were also observed today.

25 May:  Another Blue-winged Warbler was banded today, along with a Black-billed Cuckoo.

22 May:  Quite quiet today.  The Olive-sided Flycatcher was near the Organic Garden, and a female Golden-winged Warbler was also found.  The Northern Mockingbird was in the viburnums by the Fairlane Estate parking lot. We banded the first fledgling American Robin of the season.

21 May:  Although our first Common Nighthawk sighting was on May 16, yesterday several were seen.  A Least Sandpiper was in the mud at the end of Fairlane Lake.  The Olive-sided Flycatcher was seen once near the lake, and again later on the north end of campus.

19 May:  The Olive-sided Flycatcher was relocated today in the Rose Garden.  A Cerulean Warbler was singing high in the canopy in the swamp.  Overall, it was quieter today.

18 May:  Despite the cold, breezy day, 88 species (22 warblers) were recorded by participants in our International Migratory Bird Week event.  Best bird of the day was an Olive-sided Flycatcher near the Ford Estate — one of the eight species of flycatchers that were low and easy to find in almost any area. A Summer Tanager was found in the Rose Garden, and at least 11 Scarlet Tanagers were counted, many also low to the ground.  One tree had three Blackburnian Warblers, four Cape May Warblers were found, and we banded four Orange-crowned Warblers and counted several more.

17 May:  A second-year male Summer Tanager was banded today, along with the season’s first Gray-cheeked Thrush and Yellow-bellied Flycatcher.

16 May:  Blackpoll Warblers arrived today, as did a Common Nighthawk.  A Red-headed Woodpecker was seen by the EIC feeders, an Osprey flew over, and an Acadian Flycatcher was observed.

15 May:  I received a late report of a Clay-colored Sparrow in the Organic Garden 10-11 May, and today we banded what is no doubt the same bird.  Many, many birds around.  A male Hooded Warbler was singing by the north end of Fairlane Lake.  Two Red-breasted Nuthatches were found, and the Northern Mockingbird was again by the brush dump.  Three Orange-crowned Warblers were banded today.

11 May:  There was a possible sighting of the Mississippi Kite over the Rouge River west of the HFCC tennis courts.  New arrivals today were “Traill’s” Flycatcher (Willow/Alder), Mourning Warbler, and Northern Parula.  A Golden-winged Warbler was reported, a Bobolink was a flyover, and a Solitary Sandpiper was located in the “shorebird habitat” behind the Fairlane Estate parking lot.  A Prairie Warbler was observed in a west Dearborn yard, along with two lingering Red-breasted Nuthatches.

10 May:  The Mississippi Kite was seen at 1 PM over Fairlane Lake by Rick Simek and the field biology class.  A couple hours later, it was seen near the tennis courts of Henry Ford Community College by  Brad Murphy.  Our first Northern Parula was finally seen.

9 May:  A Mississippi Kite was reported being chased by crows at Evergreen and Fairlane Drive yesterday.  This is our second record, the first being one seen by 2 June 1981 at Greenfield Village by Jim Fowler, Jr. Pine Siskins are apparently on their way north; two more were seen at a feeder in west Dearborn.

7 May:  A male Orchard Oriole was in the Craves east Dearborn yard today.  New arrivals included Eastern Wood-Pewee, Bay-breasted and Blackburnian Warbler.  A Pine Siskin was at the EIC feeders, while a Purple Finch was near the waterfall.  The Northern Mockingbird was at the brush dump near Evergreen Road once again.

6 May:  Quieter today, but new arrivals continue:  a beautiful singing Golden-winged Warbler, Indigo Buntings, Scarlet Tanagers, Wilson’s Warbler, Eastern Kingbirds, and Red-eyed Vireos.  A Purple Finch was banded.

5 May:  Many new arrivals today: Prothonotary, Black-throated Blue, Canada, Cape May, and Magnolia Warblers, American Redstart, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Black-billed Cuckoo, Least Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Vireo, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Veery, Swainson’s Thrush. We also banded a male “Brewster’s” Warbler, (click the name to view some pictures) the more common hybrid of Blue-winged x Golden-winged Warbler, as well as a Blue-winged Warbler.

3 May:  Northern Waterthrush and Great Crested Flycatcher were new migrants today.  An American Coot was on the lake today.

1 May:  Today we banded our first Lincoln’s Sparrow.  White-crowned Sparrows and Hermit Thrushes were around today in greater numbers.

April 2002:

27 Apr:  The first Gray Catbirds and Warbling Vireos arrive.

26 Apr:  A singing Purple Finch was found today, along with the first Wood Thrush.  A few Palm Warblers and Yellow-rumped Warblers are around, but nothing is in good numbers except for White-throated Sparrows.

24 Apr:  Today three Purple Finches showed up at the banding lab feeders.

23 Apr:  Our first Blue-headed Vireo, Yellow Warbler, and Palm Warbler were seen today.  Over the weekend, the Northern Mockingbird has been easier to find near the Estate down to Evergreen Road.

20 Apr:  We banded the season’s first Black-and-white Warbler today, and saw two Nashville Warblers, which ties the early first date.  Also newly arrived was Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.

19 Apr:  An Ovenbird was an early arrival today, along with Chimney Swifts.  Two Common Loons flew overhead.  A Green Heron in the Craves yard was the first for spring, as well Tree Swallows.

18 Apr:  An early White-crowned Sparrow visited the EIC feeders, two Great Egrets were at the lake, and the elusive Northern Mockingbird put in another appearance near the Estate.

17 Apr: Our first House Wren and Savannah Sparrow were banded today; and we also saw our first Barn Swallow and Common Yellowthroat (the yellowthroat is a new early date).  A Northern Harrier flew over the lake. A Black-throated Green Warbler was in the Craves yard.

16 Apr:  Spring banding began today, with the first Swamp Sparrow of the year.

15 Apr:  A Baltimore Oriole in the Craves east Dearborn yard broke the early arrival date record by two weeks.

11 Apr:  Spring’s first migrant Yellow-rumped Warbler and Ruby-crowned Kinglets were found today.

10 Apr: The first Field Sparrow was seen today.

9 Apr:  The first Eastern Towhee of the season was singing on campus today, many Golden-crowned Kinglets are still around, and phoebes.

5 Apr: Today there were three Eastern Phoebes by the Lake, and a Winter Wren was located.

4 Apr:  A single Common Redpoll was at an east Dearborn feeder this morning.

March 2002:

31 Mar:  The first Turkey Vulture, Eastern Phoebe, and Hermit Thrush were seen today.

30 Mar:  Golden-crowned Kinglets have hit town.

27 Mar: Two Buffleheads, five Ring-necked Ducks, and one Redhead were at Greenfield Village.

18 Mar:  The number of Pied-billed Grebes on the lake has climbed to 5 (our record is 16).  Two Eastern Bluebirds have been in the Rose Garden since yesterday.  A Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was also seen.

14 Mar:  An American Woodcock was in the big meadow between the Estate and the lake; usually we find them near the organic garden behind the parking structure on campus.  The gazebo in the garden is a good place to wait and listen for them displaying.

13 Mar:  A Pied-billed Grebe was on the lake today.

10 Mar:  A pair of Hooded Mergansers were on the lake, and a pair of Wood Ducks were on the river today.

February 2002:

14 Feb:  A different Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, this one a juvenile, was tending sap wells on the Lakeside Trail today.  Another grackle was heard, woodpeckers were drumming, cardinals were singing…spring is on the way.

9 Feb:  The first Common Grackles hit town.

3 Feb:  The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was seen lurking near the EIC feeders.  At least 4 White-throated Sparrows are frequenting the feeders, as is a Red-breasted Nuthatch banded earlier this winter.

2 Feb:  Two Great Black-backed Gulls flying over campus is probably the first time they’ve been seen near campus and away from the Ford Rouge Plant.

1 Feb: A Yellow-bellied Sapsucker is only our second February record.

January 2002:

28 Jan:  An adult Bald Eagle flew over the Estate today.

26 Jan:  The Northern Mockingbird was again today near Fairlane Estate.

24 Jan:  Another Common Redpoll visited the feeders today.

16 Jan:  The Northern Mockingbird was finally seen again today, near the front of Fairlane Estate.

6 Jan:  A Common Redpoll visited the feeders today.

1 Jan: Interesting birds found on campus during the Dearborn portion of the Detroit River Christmas bird count included the/another Northern Saw-whet Owl, two Golden-crowned Kinglets, a red-phase Eastern Screech-Owl, two Brown Creepers, and two Northern Flickers.

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