Unusual Species

In this section, you’ll find information on some of the uncommon, rare, or out-of-season birds encountered by the Rouge River Bird Observatory. Details on these and others may be found in the book The Birds of Southeast Michigan: Dearborn.

Use the menu on the right or the links below for information on some of our unusual species.

  • Eastern “Yellow” Palm Warbler banded on 1 Nov 2003. Details here, link to PDF of paper here.
  • A Gyrfalcon found on the Dearborn Christmas Bird Count on 1 Jan 2005. Details here.
  • A Lark Sparrow overwintering in Dearborn in 2004 . Details here, link to PDF of paper here (pdf, 132KB).
  • Small Canada Geese in Dearborn, including small species and runts. Details here.
  • A European Goldfinch was found in Dearborn in 2003. Although it was an escaped cage bird, it spawned an entire research project on European cage birds in the Midwest. Read more about it here.

More pages will be added in the coming months.

Birds we have encountered that are unusual because of odd plumages have their very own section.

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