28 Dec: A flock of about 30 Sandhill Cranes flew over east Dearborn, and a Northern Saw-whet Owl was found along the lakeside trail in the evening.
24 Dec: Two Peregrine Falcons were seen flying south from the Ford Test Track.
19 Dec: There were still 30 Killdeer at Greenfield Village.
11 Dec: Surely a record high number for this late in the year were 31 Killdeer at Greenfield Village.
10 Dec: Two Great Horned Owls and a Winter Wren were found on today’s survey. A male Red-breasted Nuthatch appears settled in at the feeders for the winter.
9 Dec: The Northern Mockingbird was seen again today, we can only hope it sticks around for the Christmas Count! A Common Redpoll was at an east Dearborn feeder.
24 Nov: The Northern Mockingbird was relocated at the brush dump; it can be hard to find some days.
13 Nov: Pine Siskins have finally arrived…two banded today.
31 Oct: Another Black-throated Green Warbler is observed, a new late date.
29 Oct: An Orange-crowned Warbler was banded today, a new late date. The Northern Mockingbird is still at the brush dump, now defending a buckthorn bush against maurading robins. Fox Sparrows have arrived in numbers the last couple days, with several being seen each day.
24 Oct: A Black-throated Green Warbler is observed, a new late date.
22 Oct: Today was a sparrow day, with 7 species banded (Field Sparrow – 1, Lincoln’s Sparrow – 1, Slate-colored Junco – 13, Song Sparrow – 26, Swamp Sparrow – 2, White-crowned Sparrow – 2, White-throated Sparrow – 8) and two others seen (Fox Sparrow – 1, and the first American Tree Sparrow).
Other interesting species banded were our 9th Winter Wren, 3 Orange-crowned Warblers, a Common Yellowthroat, and an Indigo Bunting. We’ve now surpassed our previous high number of new birds banded of 1526, set last year.
Huge flocks of blackbirds — mostly grackles, lots of red-wings, and some rusties — have been swirling around…and have missed our nets so far!
21 Oct: Another 100+ bird day at the nets, with many robins, 14 Cedar Waxwings, 15 Yellow-rumped Warblers (bringing our fall total to 239), another late Tennessee Warbler, and a late House Wren.
19 Oct: Birds have cleared out for the most part. Today another late Tennessee Warbler was banded, along with a late Blackpoll Warbler. A female Black-throated Blue Warbler was getting late. The Northern Mockingbird first found last month was seen today in the same location, the brush dump near Evergreen Road. A flock of 110 Rusty Blackbirds was also found today in the swamp, along with several Nashville Warblers.
18 Oct: The Yellow-rumps have largely cleared out, but sparrows are still around. Today we banded a really beautiful male Orange-crowned Warbler.
15 Oct: A late Tennessee Warbler was banded today…along with 179 Yellow-rumped Warblers. Phew! Today’s banding total was 209 birds (+20 we released unbanded), an RRBO record. Five Chimney Swifts were also late today.
13 Oct: There was a late Eastern Wood-Pewee at Greenfield Village.
8 Oct: Today there was a notable influx of Slate-colored Juncos, Hermit Thrushes, Song Sparrows, and Yellow-rumped Warblers; and diminished numbers of kinglets. Some other warbler species are still around…today we banded an American Redstart, Black-throated Blue Warbler, and Common Yellowthroat.
7 Oct: An Indigo Bunting and Northern Waterthrush banded today were getting late.
4 Oct: The first Orange-crowned Warblers of the season were seen today.
30 Sept: Banded the first Fox Sparrow of the year (tied for an early date), and two more Winter Wrens. A Northern Parula seen near the lake was a new late date for this species.
29 Sept: We banded our first Winter Wren of the season, and there were lots of kinglets around. We saw our first fall Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
28 Sept: The first Dark-eyed Juncos hit town.
27 Sept: Finally got to open the nets after all the rain, and had our first White-crowned and Lincoln’s Sparrows. Other interesting birds included another Purple Finch and an Indigo Bunting (hard to find this late in fall). Palm Warblers seem to be on the move.
26 Sept: The Osprey is still present as of this morning.
24 Sept: An Osprey was fishing in the drizzle on Fairlane Lake.
23 Sept: The only new migrant species banded today was Swamp Sparrow, but we netted 4 Philadelphia Vireos, bringing our fall total to 12 (fall average is 3, highest previous total 8). Gray-cheeked Thrushes also seem to be on the move. Hard to come by in the fall are Northern Parula warblers, but one and possibly two were seen today. The first Golden-crowned Kinglet of the season was also sighted.
22 Sept: Another Cape May Warbler is banded today…a nice looking one, along with another Purple Finch. The first fall Blue-headed Vireo was seen today.
20 Sept: A Northern Mockingbird is found in the brush dump on campus near Evergreen Road.
17 Sept: It really must be autumn: We sighted our first Yellow-rumped Warblers and banded our first Purple Finch for the season today.
16 Sept: Today we banded the first fall White-throated Sparrow, and also banded a young Sharp-shinned Hawk.
14 Sept: The first Ruby-crowned Kinglet sets a new early date for fall.
13 Sept: Today we banded a few more species that are unusual in fall: a Golden-winged Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler and our 3rd Connecticut Warbler of the fall.
12 Sept: We had quite a few Nashville Warblers and Swainson’s Thrushes today, and banded a Blue-winged Warbler, an uncommon fall species.
9 Sept: Our second Connecticut Warbler of the fall was banded today, and we had sightings of our first Black-throated Green Warblers.
5 Sept: The only new species for the season banded today was Palm Warbler.
4 Sept: A good movement of warblers today, with twelve species banded, including our first fall Connecticut and Bay-breasted Warblers, Common Yellowthroat, as well as Philadelphia Vireo.
31 August: Today we banded our first Gray-cheeked Thrush, a new early date for us by 5 days. We also had our first Black-throated Blue and Blackpoll Warblers, and Ovenbird. A Peregrine Falcon was spotted just south of campus this morning.
30 August: The first fall Least Flycatcher was banded today.
28 August: A Mourning Warbler was banded today, as were 3 Yellow-bellied Flycatchers. We typically catch 3 or 4 Yellow-bellies each fall, but have had none the last two years.
27 August: A Cape May Warbler was banded today, along with the first Tennesee Warblers of fall.
26 August: In the drizzle a few new migrants were recorded: Chestnut-sided and Black-and-white Warbler, and Ovenbird.
24 August: The season’s first Red-breasted Nuthatch was heard today. A Red-eyed Vireo was recaptured; it was originally banded as a hatching-year bird last year…on August 24!
23 August: More new migrants banded today: Canada Warbler, Northern Waterthrush, American Redstart, Wilson’s Warbler, and Magnolia Warbler.
22 August: Blackburnian Warbler was seen today, along with a Blue-winged Warbler. We have few fall records for Blue-wings, and this was an early date.
21 August: A Blue-gray Gnatcatcher was heard today. Migrants banded were Veery, Swaison’s Thrush, Nashville Warbler, Willow/Alder Flycatcher, and Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. The thrush and the warbler were ahead of most of their kind (although not early dates); they were heavily molting adults. This is typical of the earliest arrivals of these two species, as well as Tennesee Warbler.
We got a report of one of our American Robins being found dead, this one in Detroit. That’s not very unusual — I’ve had 14 reports of our robins being found elsewhere. What was interesting was that this bird was one of 21 robins banded last 16 October. Another one of those robins was also reported to us as being found dead in Mississippi last April! What are the odds of two robins banded the same day being recovered, out of the 1200+ we’ve banded?
19 August: An early Veery was in west Dearborn today.
11 August: A Caspian Tern has been hanging out around the ponds on Ford property off Village Road.
11 June: A Black-billed Cuckoo in east Dearborn is a bit tardy for this species.
7 June: A singing male Magnolia Warbler in east Dearborn is getting late.
22 May: A pair of Orchard Orioles are flirting at Greenfield Village.
20 May: Oops, migration collapsed again. By 19 May, numbers of migrants were extremely low, although the Northern Pintail was again found on the Rouge. A Common Loon flying over today was getting late for the area.
17 May: Finally, migration picks up. Twenty species of warbler were observed or banded today, including the first Mourning Warbler. Alder/Willow Flycatchers also arrived. We banded 14 Yellow Warblers today, a high number for this late in the month. We also recaptured a Red-eyed Vireo first banded in 1998.
16 May: The first Common Nighthawks arrive.
12 May: The spring migration count only tallies 75 species, including the season’s first Blackpoll Warbler and the Northern Pintail that’s still hanging around.
11 May: Another White-eyed Vireo is found on campus, and the first Canada Warbler.
7 May: Philadelphia and Yellow-throated Vireos were new arrivals, along with Wilson’s Warblers. An American Bittern was seen at Greenfield Village.
6 May: A Northern Pintail was on the Rouge at the campus, only Dearborn’s 5th record and the first outside of winter.
5 May: American Redstarts and Chestnut-sided Warblers arrived at Greenfield Village.
4 May: A Yellow-breasted Chat was found by the Estate today, and another Hooded Warbler was northeast of the lake. Scarlet Tanagers and Blackburnian Warblers have also arrived.
3 May: A Prothonotary Warbler was found at the north end of Fairlane Lake. Ovenbirds and Indigo Buntings have arrived.
2 May: A singing male Hooded Warbler was located near the stone gazebo andbetween the Rose Garden and Jensen’s Meadow. A silent White-eyed Vireo was northeast of the lake. We banded our first Orange-crowned and Magnolia Warblers of the year, and recorded the season’s first Black-throated Blue Warbler and Ruby-throated Hummingbird (new early record). At Greenfield Village, the first Northern Parula was seen, and in west Dearborn, the first Tennessee Warbler.
1 May: This morning we heard our first Wood Thrush of the season, and had reports of Black-billed Cuckoo and Bay-breasted Warbler — both early spring arrival records. We banded a gorgeous male Blue-winged Warbler and banded our first Lincoln’s Sparrow of the season. An Eastern Bluebird was by the Estate.
30 April: The Prairie Warbler was seen from morning until evening in the brush dump. We had our first Eastern Kingbirds, Least Flycatchers, and Red-eyed Vireo. A Red-breasted Nuthatch was also seen.
29 April: The Prairie Warbler continued today until at least 3 PM.
28 April: A Prairie Warbler was on campus today, as well as our first Baltimore Oriole (tying the early date). Two Blue-winged Warblers were also found. Along the Rouge channel was the first Cliff Swallow and Bank Swallow (an early arrival date).
26 April: The season’s first Gray Catbirds have arrived. The first was in the nets, a female that was originally banded in 1998 which has returned each year since. A Common Loon flying over and a singing male Blue-winged Warbler were nice observations.
25 April: Chimney Swift, White-crowned Sparrow, and Blue-headed Vireo are new arrivals on campus, while the first Green Heron and Warbling Vireo were found on the Rouge channel.
24 April: The first Common Yellowthroat is noted on campus, and Palm Warbler along the Rouge channel.
23 April: New arrivals are a small influx of Yellow Warblers, a couple Nashville Warblers (each species on campus and at Greenfield Village), and a Blue-winged Warbler at the Village. A Swainson’s Thrush in west Dearborn is a new early arrival date.
22 April: Our first House Wren, Brown Thrasher, and Northern Waterthrush were seen today. Many White-throated Sparrows are around, and we counted 7 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, a good number. A Rose-breasted Grosbeak in Springwells Park set a new early arrival record by 6 days.
20 April: A Louisiana Waterthrush is reported in the Springwells Park neighborhood and the first Black-and-white Warbler along the Rouge channel.
17 April: Two Common Terns on the Rouge River channel were early by a day. We had a report that a Dark-eyed Junco we banded on 10 Oct 2000 was captured and released by a bander in Wayne on 28 March 2001.
15 April: Another new spring record for an arrival today: Cape May Warbler (previous early date was 2 May. The first Northern Rough-winged Swallow was also reported.
13 April: Strong weather front produced a number of new arrivals today: Broad-winged Hawk (new early spring record), Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (4), Winter Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (new record), Black-throated Green Warbler (new record), Field Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, and Eastern Towhee. A Rusty Blackbird was along the Rouge River channel with our first several Eastern Meadowlarks.
11 April:A Barn Swallow along the Rouge River channel is early by a day.
10 April:A Spotted Sandpiper on the Rouge River channel set an early spring date. A Greater Yellowlegs in the same location is our only spring record. Yesterday we had our first Tree Swallow.
8 April: The first Chipping Sparrows arrive, but there are still American Tree Sparrows around.
6 April: A Hermit Thrush appears in the Craves yard.
3 April: A Northern Harrier flew over campus today, and the first Fox Sparrow was seen. At Greenfield Village hosted the first Pied-billed Grebe, and a Bufflehead was at the Ford Ponds.
31 Mar: The first Eastern Phoebe of the year was seen today, as was a Rusty Blackbird and Hooded Merganser.
28 Mar: Three male Blue-winged Teal on the lake, and a singing Brown Creeper.
18 Mar: Our first American Woodcock was reported.
15 Mar: Golden-crowned Kinglets have arrived.
13 Mar: Turkey Vultures are back, as well as Wood Ducks.
6 Mar: Killdeers in the snow!
14 Feb: A few Red-winged Blackbirds are back. If this indicates the advent of spring, then Brown Creepers, White-throated Sparrows, and Northern Flickers successfully overwintered in Dearborn this year.
7 Feb: A Snowy Owl was seen flying along Rotunda west of Greenfield, near the channelized portion of the Rouge River.
Jan 12: A Long-eared Owl hit a window and died at the Ford Research and Engineering complex; a bird fitting this description was seen there several days previous.
Jan 11: A few fruit-eating birds are still around, including a second Hermit Thrush, Yellow-shafted Flicker, and a handful of American Robins. Food for them is getting scarce. Song Sparrows seem to have departed, but a few White-throated Sparrows remain.
Jan 1: Bald Eagles, Brown Creepers, Green-winged Teal, Gadwall, Hermit Thrush, and lots of Yellow-rumped Warblers, but no Canada Geese were found on the Dearborn portion of the Detroit River CBC.
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