Sighting archives 2005-2009


December 2009

31 Dec: Several Common Mergansers and a Great Black-backed Gull were at the Ford Rouge Plant today.

29 Dec: A Swamp Sparrow and Yellow-rumped Warbler were found on the survey on campus today.

26 Dec: A Bald Eagle was seen near the oxbow pond at Greenfield Village and may be wintering along the Rouge River. A Pied-billed Grebe was in the boat slip at the Ford Rouge Plant, and the usual group of wintering Black-crowned Night-herons were also present there.

21 Dec: Two Golden-crowned Kinglets were found on the first Winter Bird Population Survey of the season today.

15 Dec: Two Cackling Geese were photographed at Dearborn’s Ford Field today.

13 Dec: A Fox Sparrow was visiting a feeder in east Dearborn today.

12 Dec: Another 7 Tundra Swans flying over campus today.

10 Dec: Tundra Swans are on the move, with 40 flying over campus today.

November 2009:

1 Nov: A Bufflehead on Fairlane Lake was the first for fall. A flock of 14 Tundra Swans flew over campus in the afternoon, while a Mute Swan, an increasingly familiar site in Dearborn, was found at the Beech and Oakwood Ford Pond.

October 2009:

29 Oct: A Rusty Blackbird was present in the banding area this morning (but not captured). A Slate-colored Junco banded here as a young (hatching year) bird on 24 Oct 2007 was recaptured today. A young Green Heron is still present on the lake.

27 Oct: Chipping Sparrows are still around.

25 Oct: An Eastern Phoebe was banded today, along with an Orange-crowned Warbler, a nice male Purple Finch, and a lingering Gray Catbird. A Chipping Sparrow was also seen.

22 Oct: A Blackpoll Warbler was banded today, a new late fall date for Dearborn.

21 Oct: Four lingering Chimney Swifts were seen in today. A dozen Northern Rough-winged Swallows are still hanging around near the Rouge River at Southfield and Rotunda.

20 Oct: A Common Nighthawk in west Dearborn is a new late date for the city.

19 Oct: The first Fox Sparrow of the season was banded today.

18 Oct: The first Purple Finch of the season was recorded today.

17 Oct: The first American Tree Sparrow was seen near Oakwood Hospital.

10 Oct: A Common Nighthawk was seen today in west Dearborn (our latest date is 16 October).

8 Oct: There is still a Ruby-throated Hummingbird in west Dearborn.

5 Oct: A Cape May Warbler was banded today, a new late fall departure date for the city.

September 2009:

27 Sep: Orange-crowned Warblers arrived today.

26 Sep: Multiple Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers were recorded in several locations in the city today. Golden-crowned Kinglets also arrived.

21 Sep: The first Lincoln’s Sparrow and Yellow-bellied Flycatcher of the season were banded today.

16 Sep: Breezy conditions precluded us from opening all our nets, but we did band the first White-throated Sparrow of the season today.

15 Sep: More migrants were apparent today, and two Philadelphia Vireos were banded.

13 Sep: Two more Philadelphia Vireos today in a flock of warblers that consisted of 8 species, but was dominated by Blackpoll Warblers.

12 Sep: The first Philadelphia Vireo was seen today, right on time. They have a very tight fall migration window, and I expect them right around the 15th. A dozen warbler species were in a mixed flock behind the EIC again as well.

5 Sep: The construction project next door at the community college was silenced for the holiday weekend, and sure enough a nice flock of a dozen species of warblers frequented the area behind the EIC. This included the first fall Northern Parula, Black-throated Green, and Bay-breasted Warblers. Most common were American Redstart and Blackburnian Warbler, but there were also at least three Cape May Warblers as well.

1 Sep: The first Ovenbird and Tennessee Warbler of the season were banded today.

August 2009:

31 Aug: The first Nashville and Wilson’s Warblers of the season were banded today, and Chestnut-sided Warbler was also observed.

30 Aug: Migrants are now being found in the area; today’s first fall observations included Cape May Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, and Blackburnian Warbler.

25 Aug: Our first boreal-nesting migrant was banded today, a Canada Warbler. A Red-eyed Vireo was recaptured today; it was first banded as an adult in fall 2003. This means that it is at least seven years old and has flown, conservatively, 36,000 miles on migration.

23 Aug: A calling Solitary Sandpiper flew over east Dearborn today; there haven’t been a lot of recent fall records.

18 Aug: Only a couple more vireos today, but we did get the first American Redstart of the season.

17 Aug: Fall banding started today. Most of the catches were locally breeding birds, although the Veery was likely a migrant, albeit from somewhere in the region. This is the earliest in the fall that species has shown up here. A dozen vireos was a good number — eight of them were Warbling Vireos. This is pretty substantial. Our best season was 2006 with 20 banded, and our fall average is 6!

15 Aug: The first fall Red-breasted Nuthatch was heard in east Dearborn today.

13 Aug: A Broad-winged Hawk was seen soaring over campus today.

July 2009:

2 Jul: A Bald Eagle was seen flying over west Dearborn today — an unusual summer record.

June 2009:

15 Jun: I’ve posted a summary of the spring 2009 survey season both here on the web site and at our blog, Net Results.

13 Jun: A Pine Siskin in east Dearborn is the first report since mid-May.

8 Jun: A silent Swainson’s Thrush was seen today. This is a new late spring date for Dearborn by one day.

6 Jun: A Broad-winged Hawk flew over campus today.

3 Jun: Lingering migrants today were Yellow-bellied Flycatcher and American Redstart on campus, along with a Swainson’s Thrush in east Dearborn.

2 Jun: An Olive-sided Flycatcher was singing in the swamp today.

May 2009:

31 May: We’re wrapping up the month with a small trickle of anticipated Empidonax flycatchers, with 4 singing Alders found today, along with 2 silent Alder or Willows. There are still warblers being recorded — American Redstart, three Mourning Warblers, and a Canada today — along with locally nesting Yellow Warblers and Common Yellowthroat. Swainson’s Thrushes are still being found daily.

30 May: An Acadian Flycatcher was heard singing in the floodplain today.

28 May: A female Hooded Warbler was found in the Rose Garden today. This is a record late spring date for this species in Dearborn.

27 May: The warm rain pushed in a few migrants today, with ten species of warblers recorded: Tennessee, Northern Parula, Yellow, Magnolia, Black-throated Green, Blackpoll, American Redstart, Ovenbird, Mourning, and Canada.

26 May: A female Connecticut Warbler was seen near Fairlane Drive in the brush dump this morning. Like the Summer Tanager from the 23rd, it could not be relocated.

23 May: A female Summer Tanager was found in the brush dump on campus near Evergreen Road today.

22 May: A Yellow-billed Cuckoo was found today.

21 May: Things have drastically quieted down the last couple of days. Today, the first Philadelphia Vireo of the season was seen.

20 May: Another Dunlin, the city’s fourth record, was found today at Southfield and Rotunda, along with three Least Sandpipers and three Semipalmated Plovers.

19 May: The first Common Nighthawks were seen over east Dearborn this evening.

18 May: It was an excellent morning today, with 86 species recorded, including 23 warbler species. Golden-winged Warbler was a new arrival, as was a silent Alder/Willow Flycatcher.

17 May: It was a little quieter today, with 17 warbler species. Two flycatchers made up the new arrival list: an Olive-sided Flycatcher in the old field, and a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher in the hickory meadow.

16 May: Today was the best day of the season so far, with 82 species recorded on campus, including 22 species of warblers. New spring arrivals were Black-billed Cuckoo, Blackpoll Warbler, and Mourning Warbler. Most species were present in decent numbers, with the three classic mid-season migrants leading the pack: Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, and American Redstart.

Meanwhile, Dearborn’s new shorebird “hotspot,” the large vacant lot at Southfield and Rotunda, had 8 to 10 Semipalmated Plovers, five Least Sandpipers, a Solitary Sandpiper, and lots of Killdeer and Spotted Sandpipers, as well as American Pipit and Horned Lark. A Peregrine Falcon was seen at Ford World Headquarters.

15 May: The first Lincoln’s Sparrows of spring were found today. A Northern Mockingbird was in the vacant field at Rotunda and Southfield. Canada Warbler was a new spring arrival at Greenfield Village.

14 May: The recent storms did not blow in a lot of songbird migrants, but the puddle in the vacant field at Rotunda and Southfield hosted a Dunlin (third city record, first for spring) and a Semipalmated Plover (also a third city record).

11 May: There was a distinct increase in diversity today, and included in the bunch were the first Orange-crowned Warblers of the season.

10 May: A Summer Tanager was located near the stone bridge on the west side of Fairlane Lake today. Bay-breasted Warbler was a new spring arrival. At the unplanted field at Southfield and Rotunda, there was a breeding plumaged American Pipit.

9 May: It was North American Migration Count day today, but the weather and birds were not especially cooperative. On campus, 76 species were recorded, with the highlights being a Red-headed Woodpecker in the swamp, and a Hooded Warbler on the floodplain. An Eastern Wood-Pewee was a new spring arrival. There were 83 species recorded in Dearborn overall.

8 May: It has remained quiet for several days. The only new arrival of late on campus was a Blackburnian Warbler today. However, a Magnolia Warbler was first of the season near Oakwood Hospital, along with a Cerulean Warbler. An Osprey was also recorded on Fairlane Lake on campus.

3 May: Surprisingly little influx today, with our only new arrivals being Wilson’s Warbler and Gray-cheeked Thrush. I received a very late report that an American Bittern was seen along the Rouge River near the estate today.

2 May: The only new arrivals today were Solitary Sandpiper and Chestnut-sided Warbler. The Prothonotary Warbler continues to be seen along the margins of Fairlane Lake.

1 May: A Ruby-throated Hummingbird near Oakwood Hospital was a new early spring arrival date by a day. In the same yard was the first Northern Parula of the year.

April 2009:

30 Apr: A Summer Tanager was briefly heard between the EIC and Fairlane Lake this morning, but could not be relocated. The Prothonotary Warbler was seen again today, this time at the south end of the lake. The Red-headed Woodpecker remains in the vicinity of the EIC. New arrivals today were Eastern Kingbird, Red-eyed Vireo, American Redstart (new early spring date), Black-throated Blue Warbler (ties early spring date), and Scarlet Tanager.

29 Apr: The first Veery and Tennessee Warbler of spring were recorded on the survey today; this ties the early date for the warbler. A Prothonotary Warbler was working the west edge of the north end of Fairlane Lake this morning, and appears to be a different bird than the one seen over the weekend. The Red-headed Woodpecker was again at the EIC feeders.

28 Apr: The first Indigo Bunting of the season was on campus today, beating the early spring date by a day. A Red-headed Woodpecker was at the EIC feeders. In east Dearborn, the first Cape May Warbler and Chimney Swifts were noted.

26 Apr: Seventy-six species were recorded on campus today, including 11 warblers. Highlights were a Prothonotary Warbler by the boathouse at Fair Lane Estate, and a Hooded Warbler between the Rose Garden and Hickory Meadow. New spring arrivals were Spotted Sandpiper, Least Flycatcher, Great Crested Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Vireo, Warbling Vireo, House Wren, Wood Thrush, Blue-winged Warbler, White-crowned Sparrow, and Rose-breasted Grosbeak. The first Common Yellowthroat was reported from Greenfield Village.

25 Apr: There were additional new arrivals present today: Swainson’s Thrush, Nashville Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Northern Waterthrush, and Baltimore Oriole.

24 Apr: As expected, there were a number of new spring arrivals today: Blue-headed Vireo, Gray Catbird, Pine Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, and Palm Warbler (including an eastern form “Yellow” Palm Warbler). Most represented by more than one individual, although numbers were not great. The only species that really increased in number was White-throated Sparrow. The best bird of the day, however, was a Grasshopper Sparrow found in the community organic garden on campus. This is an early spring date for Dearborn.

23 Apr: Today a male Rusty Blackbird was in a large puddle on campus near the Gabriel Richard Center. Another puddle in the wildflower fields at Ford and Mercury roads, along Executive Plaza, held a male Blue-winged Teal.

22 Apr: A Sandhill Crane flew over campus this afternoon. Ruby-crowned Kinglets are beginning to outnumber Golden-crowned Kinglets, and there are still some Pine Siskins around.

19 Apr: The first Green Heron of the season was seen on campus.

18 Apr: Broad-winged Hawk, Brown Thrasher and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher were new arrivals today. There were also two Blue-winged Teal on Fairlane Lake. A Field Sparrow was a new spring arrival on the Rouge River channel.

14 Apr: Today, despite the continued drab weather, there was a little influx of Golden-crowned Kinglets, Eastern Phoebes, and the first Yellow-rumped Warblers of the season. A Peregrine Falcon flew over campus in the afternoon.

13 Apr: A pair of White-winged Crossbills were seen and photographed in a spruce tree at Divine Child High School.

12 Apr: Two Vesper Sparrows and two Savannah Sparrows were the first of the season along the Rouge River channel. A Purple Finch was heard singing in east Dearborn, and American Tree Sparrows are still around.

11 Apr: The first Barn Swallows and Northern Rough-winged Swallow were seen along the Rouge River channel today, along with a Purple Martin. Martins are not too common in Dearborn, so this is an early date for the city. A Mute Swan was also found.

9 Apr: There are still a number of Pine Siskins in Dearborn. On campus, seven were counted on today’s survey, and one was performing a courtship flight.

8 Apr: An adult Bald Eagle was seen flying over campus today.

5 Apr: Four Tree Swallows were found along the concrete channel of the Rouge River today. Given the forecast for 4-6 inches of snow, they may regret having arrived.

2 Apr: The first Chipping Sparrow of the season was seen at the EIC feeders today.

March 2009:

26 Mar: Eastern Phoebes have shown up near the Rouge River bridges on campus.

20 Mar: A female Purple Finch was at the EIC feeders.

18 Mar: The first spring Winter Wren was in an east Dearborn yard today, along with a lingering Common Redpoll, at least four Pine Siskins, and a banded pair of Red-breasted Nuthatches (the latter having been present in this yard all winter). Three Bufflehead were on Fairlane Lake on campus today.

16 Mar: An Eastern Bluebird was seen at Greenfield Village, and a Fox Sparrow was singing near the EIC.

12 Mar: As was expected, Pine Siskins have stayed in southern Michigan to breed. A nest was discovered in a west Dearborn residential area.

10 Mar: The first spring Killdeer was seen today.

7 Mar: An adult Bald Eagle was seen near the Rouge River today.

February 2009:

25 Feb: The first singing Red-winged Blackbirds were around today.

17 Feb: The first Turkey Vulture of the season was seen today, a new early “spring” date for Dearborn.

14 Feb: A female Common Goldeneye on the Rouge River behind Fair Lane estate was a first record for campus and our Winter Bird Population Survey. The Common Grackle was again at the feeders on campus.

12 Feb: A Common Grackle showed up at the EIC feeders.

January 2009:

28 Jan: Today a Red-shouldered Hawk came in and sat near the EIC feeders on campus; this represents the first January (or December) record for this city. White-winged Crossbills continue to be most reliable at the Douglas firs at the Regency Court building near Ford Road and Mercury. Several dozen Common Redpolls are still working the alders along the lake on campus.

29 Jan: A Sharp-shinned Hawk took a pass at the EIC feeders on campus today.

18 Jan: Over at the fields at Southfield and Hubbard birds have become more concentrated. There are many hundreds of American Tree Sparrows, several dozen Snow Buntings and a few Horned Larks among the usual suspects. Ten White-winged Crossbills were found today at the spruces near the dark blue Ford building on Ford Road and Southfield. On campus, close to 50 Common Redpolls are still working the alders along the lake. Most are in a single flock but there are a smattering of smaller groups as well. Perhaps a dozen or so Pine Siskins are also mixed in; siskins seem to be more numerous at feeders around Dearborn. Many were at a feeder in Springwells Park this weekend, and good numbers of siskins and redpolls were in the sprucey neighborhood near Cherry Hill and Telegraph.

16 Jan: The Merlin was seen this morning at Southfield and Hubbard. About three dozen Snow Buntings were also in the south sunflower field there. At least 70 members of the blackbird flock (mostly Red-winged Blackbirds) were also present on both north and south sides of Hubbard, most huddled in trees facing the early morning sun.

15 Jan: The Common Redpolls were again seen along the lake on campus today. A Northern Flicker came to the bird feeders at the EIC.

13 Jan: A group of nearly three dozen Common Redpolls, and a handful of Pine Siskins, feeding on alder cones along the lake on campus today.

12 Jan: A Swamp Sparrow, a rare winter visitor, made an appearance in the front garden of the EIC today.

7 Jan: White-winged Crossbills are still being reported in Dearborn. At least four were in the spruces near the dark blue Ford building on Ford Road and Southfield, and at least one was heard flying over campus today. Pine Siskins were again among the American Goldfinches feeding on alder cones along the lake on campus.

3 Jan: White-winged Crossbills have finally made it to Dearborn. A flock of about 20 was seen in east Dearborn on 2 January, and 26 were counted in an east Dearborn yard on today. Also today, one was heard flying over campus on 3 Jan, making it the first campus record.

1 Jan: Notable birds found on the Dearborn portion of the Detroit River Christmas Bird Count include Wood Duck, American Black Duck, Merlin, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Hermit Thrush, Common Redpoll, and Pine Siskin.

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