Sighting archives 2010-2015


December 2011:

27 Dec: An adult Bald Eagle was reported today near Levagood Park.

26 Dec: Another new species for the Winter Bird Population Survey on campus: Pine Warbler. First campus winter record, second Dearborn winter record. Amazing to get 2 new species after 20 years of counts!

22 Dec: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Yellow-shafted Flicker were found on today’s survey.

21 Dec: One of the catbirds from yesterday was seen again today.

20 Dec: On the first day of our Winter Bird Population Survey period, not one, but two Gray Catbirds were found. This is the first winter record for campus and second winter record for Dearborn.

November 2011:

10 Nov: A Peregrine Falcon was seen from the Fairlane South Plaza building, eating a bird on the northwest corner of The Henry hotel.

7 Nov: Four Turkey Vultures over the Rouge River channel were late for migrants in Dearborn (we have a couple of winter dates).

1 Nov: The first American Tree Sparrow of the season was banded today.

October 2011:

26 Oct: A Clay-colored Sparrow was banded today.

25 Oct: Two Nashville Warblers were banded today, and two yesterday. While still not a late date for this species, the continuing steady stream this late in the season is a little unusual. There was an uptick in White-crowned Sparrows today, which have been scarce so far this year. Fox Sparrows have also been numerous the last day or so.

23 Oct: A Blackpoll Warbler was seen today in east Dearborn, now furnishing a new late fall date for this species. We also banded a Nashville Warbler and Orange-crowned Warbler today.

22 Oct: An American Redstart banded today represents a new late fall date. A Blackpoll Warbler was also banded, and ties the late fall date for that species. An Eastern Bluebird, a species we don’t see here too often, was recorded on today’s survey. Purple Finches have begun to show up in small numbers.

18 Oct: Some warblers and other late migrants banded today included another House Wren and Lincoln’s Sparrow, Tennessee Warbler, and Gray Catbird.

21 Oct: Something we don’t see in Dearborn too often: a large movement of Turkey Vultures. Three separate kettles were noted in late afternoon, each with over two dozen vultures in them. A Blue-headed Vireo was in east Dearborn.

17 Oct: Getting somewhat late the House Wren and Lincoln’s Sparrow found today.

16 Oct: The windy cold front brought in many Yellow-rumped Warblers, as well as some Palm Warblers, lots of Hermit Thrushes, and sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos.

10 Oct: The first record of Barred Owl for Dearborn in 35 years is one rescued from a church basement and banded by RRBO. Full story here.

9 Oct: A Ruby-throated Hummingbird in east Dearborn is getting late, but not a record.

6 Oct: The first fall Fox Sparrow is detected today.

3 Oct: The first Yellow-bellied Sapsucker of the season is reported from east Dearborn.

2 Oct: Hermit Thrushes, White-crowned Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos, and Golden-crowned Kinglets have arrived, along with more Yellow-rumped Warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and White-throated Sparrows. An American Pipit and several Pine Siskins flew over this morning; these were new early records for Dearborn.

September 2011:

28 Sep: The first Winter Wren of the season was observed today in east Dearborn.

27 Sep: Birds have only been moving through in small numbers. A larger movement occurred the last couple of days, with increased numbers of Nashville and Palm Warblers, and a few more Gray-cheeked and Swainson’s Thrushes. White-throated Sparrows, although present for nearly two weeks, are beginning to increase as well. Today we banded a Blue-winged Warbler, fairly rare here in fall, and a Connecticut Warbler. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are still being seen daily. This evening, two Common Nighthawks were seen in east Dearborn migrating with Chimney Swifts.

18 Sep: Things have been much quieter. The first Lincoln’s Sparrow and Orange-crowned Warbler of fall were banded today.

16 Sep: Yellow-rumped Warblers were seen today, and the first Gray-cheeked Thrush of fall was banded.

14 Sep: White-throated Sparrows have arrived for the season.

13 Sep: A Connecticut Warbler was seen along the Orchard Trail between the EIC and the lake this morning.

11 Sep: Things were quieter today, but Olive-sided Flycatcher and Yellow-throated Vireo were noted on the survey. A Connecticut Warbler was found dead after hitting a window, the first of this species found this fall.

10 Sep: A Golden-winged Warbler was found on the survey today, one of 18 species and hundreds of individual warblers recorded or banded today.

9 Sep: After several days of wind and rain, we were finally able to open the nets today. We were inundated with warblers, banding over 100 of 15 species. Most interesting were the 15 Bay-breasted Warblers; our record for a whole season is 6 and our average is 2. Six Black-throated Green Warblers also ties our season high. We also netted and released 12 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. The first Philadelphia Vireo of the season was banded. A Broad-winged Hawk hung around for part of the morning. The first fall Cape May Warbler was seen in east Dearborn.

6 Sep: The big change in weather over the holiday weekend brought in the birds.  An assortment of warblers is around, but the only new species recorded today were Mourning Warbler and Ovenbird, both banded.

1 Sep: The first Swainson’s Thrush of the fall season is noted.

August 2011:

31 Aug: A Black-throated Blue Warbler in east Dearborn was the first of the season.

30 Aug: American Robins have started flocking and moving, with several hundred taking off from campus roosts this morning. The first Tennessee Warbler of the season was banded today, and there were quite a few American Redstarts around.

29 Aug: The first big movement of Common Nighthawks and Chimney Swifts occurred this evening. A 45-minute count in east Dearborn tallied over 300 and 500, respectively.

28 Aug: A number of new species have turned up on the northerly winds, although not in great numbers. First fall reports of the following species were found on today’s survey: Olive-sided Flycatcher (a new early fall date for Dearborn), Nashville Warbler, American Redstart, Magnolia Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, and Black-throated Green Warbler.

25 Aug: The first Black-and-white Warbler of fall was banded today, and a Blackburnian Warbler was also observed. Otherwise, very few migrants present.

23 Aug: A Least Flycatcher was banded today.

22 Aug: The first Wilson’s Warbler of the season was banded today.

19 Aug: The first Canada Warbler and Northern Waterthrush of the fall season were seen today.

17 Aug: A Chestnut-sided Warbler was banded today.

15 Aug: The fall banding season began late last week. Today our first migrant was captured, a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. This was a new early fall date for this species.

14 Aug: A Yellow-throated Vireo, presumably one heard throughout the summer, was heard again today. This species is not known to nest on campus, but does nest in the region.

June 2011:

10 Jun: A Marsh Wren, only our 5th record, was along the lakeside trail near the north end of Fairlane Lake this morning.

8 Jun: Photos have confirmed that the Peregrine Falcon at Fairlane Plaza is indeed Ember, and she has been present nearly daily this past week.

1 Jun: An Acadian Flycatcher was singing in the floodplain below the stone bridge today. A Peregrine Falcon showed up at Fairlane Plaza South again today. “Ember” was last seen in late February, and we do not know yet if this is the same bird.

May 2011:

29 May: A singing Connecticut Warbler was present in the rose garden on campus this morning, and ten other warbler species were also recorded. A silent but cooperative Blue-headed Vireo was seen, a new late spring date for this species in Dearborn. Philadelphia Vireos are still present.

27 May: Although viewing conditions are more challenging, migration continues. Eleven species of warblers were found yesterday, and 13 today, including quite a few singing males. Flycatchers are increasing although on recent cool, rainy mornings they have not always been singing. A Broad-winged Hawk and Philadelphia Vireo were also among the highlights today.

24 May: Two Sandhill Cranes flew over, the 5th sighting over campus this year; there were only 6 records in the previous 5 years.

23 May: Many warblers have cleared out, but the first Yellow-bellied Flycatcher and Yellow-billed Cuckoos of spring were found today. An Osprey was seen flying south over campus.

22 May: A Hooded Warbler was singing near the Henry Ford Estate in the afternoon. The first Willow Flycatcher of the season was heard today.

21 May: An adult Bald Eagle flew over east Dearborn.

20 May: The first spring Philadelphia Vireo was found on today’s survey; otherwise very quiet.

19 May: The first Common Nighthawk was seen migrating over east Dearborn this evening.

18 May: A singing male Hooded Warbler was in the rose garden today.

17 May: The first Alder Flycatcher of the season was heard today.

14 May: The North American Migration Count was held today, and 83 species (19 of them warblers) were recorded on campus. The first Gray-cheeked Thrush of the season was also found. In Dearborn overall, 98 species (23 warblers) were recorded. A summary is at our blog Net Results.

13 May: Greatly diminished numbers today, with Wilson’s Warbler being the only new arrival. Two Red-headed Woodpeckers were being pursued by grackles in the swamp.

12 May: Numbers have been declining just a bit, but diversity is still high; today 21 warblers and 86 species were recorded. Notable were the first Olive-sided Flycatcher of the season, only a day off from the earliest arrival date for Dearborn, and a Black-billed Cuckoo. Both were in the Hickory Meadow area (there is a link to a trail map on this page).

10 May: A very memorable day on campus, with 95 species recorded, of which 25 were warblers. Highlights were a Kentucky Warbler near the stone bridge at the southwest corner of the lake, a Summer Tanager near the gate on the southeast corner of the lake, and a return appearance of yesterday’s Prothonotary Warbler, which was working the east side of the lake. First-of-the-year sightings included Blackpoll, Mourning, and Canada Warblers, and Eastern Wood-Pewee. An Osprey was the final addition, appearing at the lake just before 5 PM. Away from campus, a Clay-colored Sparrow was found near the Rouge River channel adjacent to the TPC of Michigan golf course.

9 May: 20 species of warblers were recorded today, including a Prothonotary Warbler working the edges of Fairlane Lake. The first Orange-crowned and Bay-breasted Warblers of the season were also seen, as was the “Brewster’s” Warbler.  A singing Bobolink flew over campus.

8 May: A Solitary Sandpiper was at the edge of Fairlane Lake on campus this morning. A male “Brewster’s” Warbler was seen at the south end of Fairlane Lake; this bird is singing a Blue-winged Warbler song, and there are other Blue-winged Warblers around as well. Ten male Bobolinks were found at the fallow field on the south side of Hubbard at Southfield.

7 May: Today a similar diversity of birds, with slightly diminished numbers. Seventeen warbler species were recorded on campus. Three Sandhill Cranes were seeing flying over. A singing Clay-colored Sparrow was found at the fallow sunflower field at the south side of Hubbard at Southfield. The first Cape May Warbler of spring was found in east Dearborn.

6 May: A nice influx of migrants this morning, with 16 species of warbler recorded. New arrivals included Red-eyed Vireo, Veery, Golden-winged Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Northern Parula, Black-throated Blue Warbler, and Common Yellowthroat. In east Dearborn, the first Tennessee Warbler was found, along with a Bobolink, which are uncommon in Dearborn. Two more Bobolinks were found at the fallow field on the south side of Hubbard at Southfield.

5 May: A Dark-eyed Junco at the EIC feeders is getting tardy. Two non-Mute Swans flying low and headed south represent either a late spring date for Tundra Swan or a first record for Trumpeter Swan for Dearborn.

4 May: An adult Bald Eagle and a Sandhill Crane were both flyovers on campus today.

3 May: Eastern Kingbird has arrived.

2 May: Several new spring arrivals were found this morning: Warbling Vireo, Magnolia Warbler, Swainson’s Thrush, Orchard Oriole, Least Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Vireo, Northern Waterthrush, and Scarlet Tanager. In east Dearborn, the first American Redstart was recorded, and another Orchard Oriole was present.

1 May: The first Lincoln’s Sparrow was found on campus today.

April 2011:

30 Apr: A Blue-winged Warbler was a new arrival today.

29 Apr: A Nashville Warbler was the victim of a window strike on campus, the first report of this species for spring.

27 Apr: Numbers were slightly diminished today, but with more variety. New arrivals were Blackburnian Warbler (tied for early arrival date), Great Crested Flycatcher, Wood Thrush, Ovenbird, Gray Catbird, and Yellow Warbler. In east Dearborn, Baltimore Oriole and White-crowned Sparrow were new arrivals. Near Oakwood Hospital, the first Indigo Bunting of the year made an appearance, a new early arrival date.

26 Apr: Many more birds around today, dominated by Yellow-rumped Warblers and Ruby-crowned Kinglets. New arrivals included Black-and-white Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Palm Warbler, Spotted Sandpiper, Blue-headed Vireo and Ruby-throated Hummingbird (a new early arrival date for Dearborn).  An immature Bald Eagle was seen flying north over campus. The first Cliff Swallow arrived along the Rouge River channel, and the first Rose-breasted Grosbeak arrived in east Dearborn.

24 Apr: The first House Wren of the year was found on campus today, as well as a Pine Warbler. It was also the first multiple-Eastern Towhee day. An Eastern Whip-poor-will was heard in west Dearborn in the early hours of the morning. A Broad-winged Hawk was seen over east Dearborn.

23 Apr: A Chimney Swift was a new spring arrival today. There were increased numbers of kinglets and Yellow-rumped Warblers, but no really big push of migrants yet.

16 Apr: A Northern Harrier flew over campus today. A pair of Common Goldeneye were on the Ford pond at Oakwood and Beech.

12 Apr: The first Blue-gray Gnatcatcher of spring was found today along the Rouge River channel.

11 Apr: An immature Bald Eagle was along the Rouge River behind Fair Lane Estate. The first Green Heron was along Fairlane Lake today, a new early date for Dearborn. Also on the lake, a male Common Goldeneye, only the second campus record. Brown Thrasher and Purple Finch were also new arrivals. Hermit Thrushes were found elsewhere in Dearborn.

10 Apr: Some new migrants showed up today. Along the Rouge River channel were several Barn Swallows and two Northern Rough-winged Swallows, and several Vesper Sparrows. Savannah Sparrows were seen on the channel, as well as at Ford Road and Mercury. Chipping Sparrows showed up in several locations. A pair of Pine Siskins in east Dearborn is in the process of building a nest. A Ruby-crowned Kinglet was at Greenfield Village.

8 Apr: The first Field Sparrow of spring was at Porath Park in Dearborn today.

7 Apr: An Eastern Towhee was singing on campus today.

4 Apr: The first Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers were recorded today — one on campus and two at Snow Woods. Nine Fox Sparrows were tallied on today’s survey on campus.

3 Apr: A Pine Siskin was seen at an east Dearborn feeder.

1 Apr: A pair of Eastern Bluebirds were in the vicinity of nest boxes at Greenfield Village today.

March 2011:

31 Mar: A Sandhill Crane flew over campus.

30 Mar: Despite the continued cold weather, a Tree Swallow showed up on the Rouge River channel today.

24 Mar: Golden-crowned Kinglets have arrived.

21 Mar: Today’s survey turned up American Woodcock, a single Rusty Blackbird, a Winter Wren, and two Fox Sparrows.

20 Mar: Two Common Loons were seen flying over east Dearborn, a new early spring date for this species.

19 Mar: 67 Tundra Swans flew over east Dearborn. Double-crested Cormorants were present at the Ford Rouge Plant today.

18 Mar: Eastern Phoebes were found in at least two Dearborn locations today.

17 Mar: At least three Eastern Meadowlarks were at Porath Park on Dearborn’s east side today.

14 Mar: A couple of Pine Siskins stopped at an east Dearborn feeder on their way north.

6 Mar: A Bald Eagle was seen high over the Ford Proving Grounds today.

2 Mar: A Turkey Vulture was seen today, along with several Sandhill Cranes flying over campus.

1 Mar: The flock of Snow Buntings is still present at Greenfield Village, but diminished in size.

February 2011:

27 Feb: The Peregrine Falcon was seen today at Ford World Headquarters.

20 Feb: The first Common Grackle of the year was at Greenfield Village, and several Common Redpolls visited an east Dearborn feeder today.

19 Feb: The Red-shouldered Hawk was seen again today, hanging out near the EIC feeders.

18 Feb: An immature Bald Eagle was seen flying over the Henry Ford Estate. The flock of Red-winged Blackbirds that winter at some of the local sunflower fields has not been evident for weeks, so today’s sightings of some flyovers are probably migrants on the move.

15 Feb: Five Common Redpolls were feeding in the alder trees around Fairlane Lake today, and there may be a few more around. The Red-shouldered Hawk was also seen, being pestered by a couple of American Crows (themselves a rare sighting these days).

13 Feb: An adult Bald Eagle was reported flying over Outer Drive and the Southfield Freeway today.

10 Feb: A Lapland Longspur was present again with Horned Larks and Snow Buntings a the horse paddocks at Greenfield Village on the corner of Village Road and the Southfield service drive.

4 Feb: The Red-shouldered Hawk was seen again today, hanging out near the EIC feeders.

1 Feb: A Red-shouldered Hawk was reported from campus today.

January 2011:

28 Jan: A total of nine Common Redpolls were tallied flying over campus during the survey today. American Goldfinches are feeding heavily on the alder cones, especially around Fairlane Lake, and in the past that’s where redpolls have been found as well. Hopefully, some will decide to settle in here for the rest of winter.

22 Jan: The flock of Snow Buntings noted below was seen again today, as was the Peregrine at Fairlane Plaza.

16 Jan: The flock of Snow Buntings being seen periodically flying between the Ford proving grounds to the horse paddocks at Greenfield Village on the corner of Village Road and the Southfield service drive numbered 135 today, and included 6 Horned Larks and a single Lapland Longspur. This is only the second record for Lapland Longspur in Dearborn; the first was also in the proving grounds, on 1 Jan 1987. Please note that these birds cannot be viewed when they fly over the wall to the proving grounds, and that pulling over along Village Road is strongly discouraged by Ford and Village security.

13 Jan: A flock of Snow Buntings is being seen periodically flying between the Ford proving grounds (where they cannot be viewed) to the horse paddocks at Greenfield Village on the corner of Village Road and the Southfield service drive.

11 Jan: The Peregrine Falcon was dining on a pigeon this morning at Fairlane Plaza.

1 Jan: The results from the Dearborn portion of the Detroit River Christmas Bird Count, held 1 January, have been posted here, and a narrative with photos is on our blog Net Results.

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