Date: 4/22/18 6:33 am
From: Michael Parow <mlparow...>
Subject: [birders] Re: Common Loon in Washtenaw County
Thanks for the confirmation, John. I suspected that might be the case, but
I only based it on personal experience. --mike

On Sunday, April 22, 2018, John Lowry <jlowry...> wrote:

> Michael and all,
>
> Based on reports I’ve seen throughout the Eastern Great Lakes region it
> appears that there was a major “grounding” of Common Loons during the past
> week. This fallout looks to have been the result of a large number of these
> migrants running into that most recent big weather event, forcing them to
> seek a landing spot other than what would be ideal. Many birds landed on
> roads (which, when wet look like rivers), small ponds and inland lakes.
> Here in Michigan we’ve had lots of reports supporting this, and the same
> goes across Ontario and into New York.
>
> The staggering total of 450 loons at Stony Creek Metropark last week was a
> good indication that this was a major fallout event. Any medium sized
> inland lake probably had (has) at least one or two loons on it during this
> period, and there are some smaller ponds with loons now “stuck” without
> enough water distance for their running takeoff.
>
> For the birds that can’t take off, they will eventually weaken and either
> be captured for rehab or succumb to a predator.
>
> Fallouts are cool for birders, but life-threatening for birds.
>
> John Lowry
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> On Apr 22, 2018, at 9:20 AM, Michael Parow <mlparow...> wrote:
>
> At 8:30am this morning, I saw a Common Loon on the pond at Golfside Lakes
> Apartments east of Golfside Road between Washtenaw and Clark. Seemed like a
> weird place to see one since that pond isn't that big. Are there a lot more
> loons migrating through this year or does it just seem that way?
>
> Also, for anyone on this list that pointed out the Snowy Egret on Huron
> River Drive in Ann Arbor last night and offered me looks through their
> optics, thank you. It was a life bird for me. --mike
>
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