Sighting archives 2010-2015


December 2012:

25 Dec: Six White-winged Crossbills were in west Dearborn today.

19 Dec: A Merlin was seen in the swamp on today’s winter bird survey.

5 Dec: A flock of 37 Sandhill Cranes flying over campus continues our outstanding barrage of crane sightings this fall.

November 2012:

27 Nov: Another flock of Sandhill Cranes, this one between 30-40 birds, flew over west Dearborn today.

24 Nov: A flock of about 20 Sandhill Cranes flew over west Dearborn today.

17 Nov: Jim Fowler had four White-winged Crossbills in the spruces in front of the Dearborn Inn (on Oakwood between Rotunda and Michigan Avenue) today.

11 Nov: A Long-eared Owl was in an east Dearborn neighborhood today, being harrassed by chickadees.

8 Nov: A report of three flyover Red Crossbills from the civic center area represents only the second Dearborn record.

6 Nov: Flocks of Pine Siskins are frequently the alders along the lake, and also visiting the EIC feeders. A handful of Fox Sparrows are still present, many at the south end of the lake. A single Rusty Blackbird was found today with some grackles.

1 Nov: A late male Black-throated Blue Warbler is seen along the Rouge River in west Dearborn.

September 2012:

26 Sep: A Blue-winged Warbler was recorded on campus.

25 Sep: A Snow Goose was seen in west Dearborn. Dark-eyed Juncos have arrived for the winter.

23 Sep: White-throated Sparrows, Hermit Thrushes, and Golden-crowned Kinglets have arrived for the season.

20 Sep: A stunning adult Connecticut Warbler was banded today. A photo is on our Facebook page.

12 Sep: A Winter Wren banded today was a new early fall date for Dearborn.

10 Sep: The first Palm Warbler and Gray-cheeked Thrush of fall were banded today, and the season’s first Purple Finches were observed as well.

6 Sep: The first Blackpoll Warblers arrived, along with a small push of Swainson’s Thrushes.

August 2012:

29 Aug: A small movement of warblers included the first Blackburnian and Tennessee of the season. The first Swainson’s Thrush was reported from east Dearborn.

21 Aug: Warbers banded today were Magnolia and American Redstart.

20 Aug: The first Red-breasted Nuthatch of the season was in east Dearborn today.

July 2012:

2 July: An American Redstart was singing outside the campus EIC today.

June 2012:

18 Jun: There are at least three Dickcissels (perhaps nesting) near the northeast portion of the wildflower fields at Ford Road and Mercury.  The last Dickcissel record in Dearborn was from somewhere near what is now Rotunda and Schaefer in July 1907!

17 Jun: A Blackpoll Warbler was singing in the Springwells Park neighborhood in east Dearborn today. This is the second summer record for this location, the first being one from 9 to 15 July 2007.

12 Jun: A very late Dark-eyed Junco was in east Dearborn today.

4 Jun: A Bald Eagle flew over the EIC this morning.

2 Jun: A Yellow-bellied Flycatcher was singing on campus today.

May 2012:

22 May: A Connecticut Warbler was heard at the south end of campus.

19 May: The first Alder Flycatcher of the year was heard today.

17 May: Yet another White-eyed Vireo on campus today, this one on the north side of the EIC.

15 May: Common Nighthawks have arrived in Dearborn.

14 May: A White-eyed Vireo was singing in the campus brush dump near Evergreen Road this morning.

13 May: First-of-season species were: Bay-breasted Warblers in east Dearborn; Blackpoll Warbler near Oakwood Hospital; Mourning Warbler and Yellow-billed Cuckoo on campus.

12 May: The first Gray-cheeked Thrush of the season was on campus. An Orchard Oriole was in Porath Park.

9 May: An adult Bald Eagle was found in Jensen’s Meadow on campus this morning, and flew north over Fairlane Lake. A Red-headed Woodpecker visited the feeders behind the EIC around lunchtime.

8 May: A Hooded Warbler was along the Orchard Trail near the EIC. A Bald Eagle was seen over campus.

7 May: A Clay-colored Sparrow was at the wildflower fields at Hubbard and Southfield, along with at least two dozen Bobolinks.

6 May: Eastern Wood-Pewees have arrived on campus for the season. An Orchard Oriole was seen in the old field area.

5 May: The first Orange-crowned Warblers of the season were found on today’s survey. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds arrived in east Dearborn.

4 May: New birds today were Cape May Warbler, Swainson’s Thrush, Veery, and Canada Warbler (new early spring arrival date by a day). A Hooded Warbler was also seen today on campus.

3 May: Many first arrivals on campus today: Scarlet Tanager, Least Flycatcher, Indigo Bunting, Red-eyed Vireo, Yellow-throated Vireo, American Redstart, Magnolia Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, and Northern Parula. A White-eyed Vireo was near the brush dump, as was a Clay-colored Sparrow.

2 May: Eastern Kingbird and Great Crested Flycatcher were new spring arrivals on campus. A Clay-colored Sparrow was found near the parking structure in the afternoon. Finally, the first Chestnut-sided Warbler of spring was seen in east Dearborn.

1 May: New arrivals today included Wood Thrush, Lincoln’s Sparrow (singing), Common Yellowthroat, and Baltimore Oriole. A female Eastern Bluebird was in Jensen’s Meadow, and an Orchard Oriole was near the old Pony Barn.

April 2012:

30 Apr: Lots of new arrivals today: Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Blue-winged Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Ovenbird, Blackburnian Warbler, and White-crowned Sparrow.

29 Apr: The first Yellow Warbler was on campus. A Solitary Sandpiper was on the Rouge River near the south end of campus. On the Rouge River channel, first of the year arrivals were Purple Martin, Cliff Swallow, and Spotted Sandpiper.

26 Apr: A first-of-season Warbling Vireo was in east Dearborn. A Wilson’s Snipe was found in the field at Mercury and Ford Road.

24 Apr: The first Chimney Swifts of the year have arrived.

23 Apr: First Black-throated Green Warbler found today.

22 Apr: The first Northern Waterthrush was found singing along Fairlane Lake this morning. The Marsh Wren is still present in the swamp.

20 Apr: A Blue-headed Vireo was found in west Dearborn, first of the spring. An American Coot was on Fairlane Lake this morning, and two Osprey were seen migrating over campus.

19 Apr: The first House Wren, Field Sparrow, and Palm Warbler of spring were found on this morning’s survey.

18 Apr: A Marsh Wren was heard singing briefly in the cattails in the swamp (west of HFCC).

17 Apr: The first Green Heron of the season was found on Fairlane Lake this morning. Four Eastern Towhees were also counted on the survey.

16 Apr: A singing White-eyed Vireo was near the north end of Fairlane Lake this morning. An early Nashville Warbler was found today. Many more Yellow-rumped Warblers are around.

15 Apr: Six Broad-winged Hawks near Oakwood Hospital were the first migrants of the year.  Savannah Sparrows are back at the Rouge River channel.

14 Apr: A Louisiana Waterthrush was in east Dearborn today.

12 Apr: An Eastern Bluebird was heard from the bike path at the south end of campus. A Pine Warbler has been singing on the north end of Fairlane Lake.

9 Apr: Spring’s first Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, and Hermit Thrush were recorded today.

8 Apr: Barn Swallows have returned to the Rouge River channel.

March 2012:

28 Mar: The first Brown Thrasher of the season was seen today. A couple of Yellow-rumped Warblers were also present. This species was not present over the winter this year.

26 Mar: A Chipping Sparrow at the feeders on campus is the first of the season and a new early arrival date for Dearborn. We are expecting temperatures below zero tonight after over a week of record-breaking warmth. A post at our blog Net Results explains what this might mean to migrant birds.

23 Mar: A Great Egret on the concrete channel of the Rouge River was the first of the season and a new early arrival date for Dearborn.

20 Mar: The first Eastern Towhee and Rusty Blackbird of the spring were found on the survey today.

19 Mar: Two Fox Sparrows were new arrivals today.

18 Mar: A Field Sparrow and Tree Swallow along the concrete channel of the Rouge River were both first arrivals and new early spring dates for Dearborn.

15 Mar: The first Eastern Phoebe and Golden-crowned Kinglets were found today.

11 Mar: The wetland at the TPC golf course adjacent to the Rouge River channel had some interesting waterfowl: 4 Ring-necked Ducks, 4 Hooded Mergansers, 2 Bufflehead, and 5 Northern Shovelers. There are only six previous records of shoveler for Dearborn, and these are the first since 1996. An adult Bald Eagle was also seen flying over the river.

February 2012:

22 Feb: The first Common Grackle of the season showed up at the EIC feeders today. We have had a large flock of Red-winged Blackbirds in Dearborn at Ford World Headquarters all winter that are beginning to move around, but it did not include any grackles, so this is probably a migrant.

5 Feb: A Common Redpoll briefly appeared at an east Dearborn feeder today.

January 2012:

29 Jan: A Pine Siskin briefly appeared at an east Dearborn feeder today.

27 Jan: A Gray Catbird was seen again today in the swamp. This bird was banded, confirming that two were indeed present this winter, as the last one seen on a survey was unbanded.

15 Jan: Two Common Redpolls were seen at a feeder in east Dearborn; there were several other reports in the region today, perhaps indicating a movement into the area. A Common Merganser was seen in the Rouge River channel.

14 Jan: A Winter Wren was found on the survey today.

9 Jan: The Gray Catbird was seen again, this time by the lake. The fruit crop is nearly depleted, so this bird will probably move on.

1 Jan: The results from the Dearborn portion of the Detroit River Christmas Bird Count, held 1 January, have been posted here. Highlights included a Gray Catbird on campus (first record for count day) as well as a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (second record on count day). A Peregrine Falcon was seen at Ford World Headquarters.

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