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6/26/17 3:40 pm Dody <dody...> Re: [birders] Living Bird article on the Night Parrot is written by local young birder, Sarah Toner
6/26/17 12:54 pm Deaver Armstrong <ddarm...> [birders] Living Bird article on the Night Parrot is written by local young birder, Sarah Toner
6/26/17 9:18 am Larry Nooden <ldnum...> Re: [birders] Metroparks Director, Hudson Mills Planning, Macomb Audubon and Metroparks Mowing, etc.
6/25/17 6:50 pm Toni Spears (via birders Mailing List) <birders...> [birders] Woodcock family on the Hudson Mills to Dexter bike trail Sat. am
6/25/17 7:33 am Jerry Jourdan <jourdaj...> [birders] Henslow's Sparrows continue at Willow MP, Wayne Co.
6/25/17 5:31 am Jack Smiley <jackrsmiley...> [birders] Conservancy Farm - Clay-colored Sparrow
6/24/17 11:35 am Jack Smiley <jackrsmiley...> [birders] LeFurge Woods & Conservancy Farm
6/24/17 9:15 am Jerry Jourdan <jourdaj...> [birders] Henslow's Sparrows @ Willow MP, Wayne Co.
6/23/17 4:17 pm Neeser <neeser...> [birders] Flame Robin
6/23/17 11:05 am John Farmer <ajf-jlf...> RE: [birders] Why bird eggs are shaped the way they are
6/23/17 9:58 am Deaver Armstrong <ddarm...> [birders] Why bird eggs are shaped the way they are
6/23/17 9:20 am Jack Smiley <jackrsmiley...> [birders] Biding Hike at LeFurge Woods, Saturday at 9:00 a.m.
6/23/17 5:36 am Toni Spears (via birders Mailing List) <birders...> [birders] OT: Why Do Bird Eggs Have Different Shapes? Look to the Wings - The New York Times
6/23/17 2:41 am Phil Bugosh <peb729...> [birders] Reminder: OAS field trip June 24, Independence Oaks
6/21/17 10:23 am NAPBirds <NAPBirds...> RE: [birders] Night Creatures is free Washtenaw Audubon program, Weds., 21 June, 7:30pm, Ann Arbor, all invited
6/19/17 11:27 am Krause, Diane <cds51...> [birders] Michigan Wildlife Rehabilitators List
6/19/17 10:32 am Karen Markey <ylime...> [birders] Detroit Audubon Black Tern Cruise, Friday June 30, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
6/19/17 5:48 am Penny (via birders Mailing List) <birders...> Re: [birders] 2017 Kirtland's Warbler Census Diary (3 of 3)
6/19/17 4:51 am Phil Bugosh <peb729...> [birders] Oakland Audubon Society field trip June 24, Independence Oaks
6/18/17 8:19 pm Carl Drife (via birders Mailing List) <birders...> [birders] Dickcissels-Maybury State Park
6/18/17 7:56 pm Juliet Berger <juliet.berger...> Re: [birders] 2017 Kirtland's Warbler Census Diary (3 of 3)
6/18/17 11:17 am Jerry Jourdan <jourdaj...> [birders] Dickcissels and Bobolinks at Willow Run Airport, Wayne Co.
6/18/17 11:15 am Jerry Jourdan <jourdaj...> Re: [birders] Dickcissel, Henslow's Sparrow...now Sedge Wren at Conservancy Farm
6/18/17 9:08 am Karen Markey <ylime...> [birders] 2017 Kirtland's Warbler Census Diary (3 of 3)
6/18/17 5:41 am Mike Sefton (via birders Mailing List) <birders...> [birders] Night Creatures is free Washtenaw Audubon program, Weds., 21 June, 7:30pm, Ann Arbor, all invited
6/17/17 12:26 pm Srinika Jayaratne <sirijay...> [birders] Henslow's Sparrow
6/17/17 10:58 am Gordon Green <chipperatl10...> [birders] Dickcissels - Calhoun County
6/17/17 9:24 am Karen Markey <ylime...> [birders] 2017 Kirtland's Warbler Census Diary (2 of 3)
6/17/17 6:07 am Don Henise <kiskadee3...> [birders] Dickcissels - Jackson County at Mt Hope & Waterloo-Munith Rds
6/16/17 12:38 pm Eric Arnold <eba...> [birders] RHWP report
6/16/17 9:40 am Karen Markey <ylime...> [birders] 2017 Kirtland's Warbler Census Diary (1 of 3)
6/15/17 10:23 am Jack Smiley <jackrsmiley...> [birders] Dickcissel, Henslow's Sparrow...now Sedge Wren at Conservancy Farm
6/15/17 12:09 am Fred Kaluza <fkaluza...> [birders] Orange plastic "snow fence" on LSCMP beach.
6/14/17 1:35 pm Martin Bialecki <kilnfired...> Re: [birders] Red-headed woodpeckers in Dexter, MI.
6/14/17 6:27 am Steve Jerant (via birders Mailing List) <birders...> Re: [birders] Red-headed woodpeckers in Dexter, MI.
6/13/17 7:23 pm Juliet Berger <juliet.berger...> Re: [birders] Red-headed woodpeckers in Dexter, MI.
6/13/17 10:33 am Eric Arnold <eba...> [birders] Red-headed woodpeckers in Dexter, MI.
6/13/17 9:01 am pat j (via birders Mailing List) <birders...> Re: [birders] Upland Sandpiper Returns to Willow Run
6/13/17 8:33 am Melissa Pappas (via birders Mailing List) <birders...> [birders] Upland Sandpiper Returns to Willow Run
6/12/17 7:27 pm Beverly Wolf <Bev_Wolf...> [birders] Western Meadowlark
6/12/17 2:38 pm Phil Bugosh <peb729...> [birders] Reminder: OAS monthly meeting/program tomorrow night Tuesday June 13
6/12/17 11:31 am Sally K. Scheer <winerat...> RE: [birders] Yellow-breasted Chat and WEV at Petersburg SGA
6/12/17 6:14 am Jack Smiley <jackrsmiley...> [birders] Dickcissel and Henslow's Sparrow at Conservancy Farm
6/11/17 5:14 pm Roger Kuhlman <rkuhlman...> [birders] Yellow-breasted Chat and WEV at Petersburg SGA
6/11/17 10:10 am Lathe Claflin <lathe.claflin...> Re: [birders] Florida bird question
6/11/17 9:56 am Richard Neubig <Richard.Neubig...> Re: [birders] Florida bird question
6/11/17 9:13 am Johannes <jpst51...> Re: [birders] Florida bird question
6/11/17 6:27 am birds891357 (via birders Mailing List) <birders...> Re: [birders] Florida bird question
6/11/17 6:01 am Richard Neubig <Richard.Neubig...> [birders] Florida bird question
6/10/17 6:55 pm Phil Bugosh <peb729...> [birders] Oakland Audubon Society Events Tuesday June 13 and Saturday June 24
6/10/17 7:38 am Penny (via birders Mailing List) <birders...> [birders] common nighthawks
6/10/17 6:45 am Penny (via birders Mailing List) <birders...> Re: [birders] Trumpeter Swan deaths again at Scio Parker Ponds
6/10/17 2:18 am Phil Bugosh <peb729...> [birders] Reminder: OAS field trip Sunday June 11, Thumb Area
6/9/17 12:34 pm Jacques Mersereau <jacmer...> Re: [birders] Trumpeter Swan deaths again at Scio Parker Ponds
6/9/17 10:46 am Sally K. Scheer <winerat...> RE: [birders] Trumpeter Swan deaths again at Scio Parker Ponds
6/9/17 6:20 am \P. swanson\ (via birders Mailing List) <birders...> Re: [birders] Trumpeter Swan deaths again at Scio Parker Ponds
6/9/17 5:53 am Jacques Mersereau <jacmer...> Re: [birders] Trumpeter Swan deaths again at Scio Parker Ponds
6/8/17 7:08 pm Sally K. Scheer <winerat...> RE: [birders] Trumpeter Swan deaths again at Scio Parker Ponds
6/8/17 7:06 pm Sally K. Scheer <winerat...> RE: [birders] Trumpeter Swan deaths again at Scio Parker Ponds
6/8/17 7:04 pm Juliet Berger <juliet.berger...> Re: [birders] Trumpeter Swan deaths again at Scio Parker Ponds
6/8/17 6:19 pm Mary Wise <auntyem...> Re: [birders] Trumpeter Swan deaths again at Scio Parker Ponds
6/8/17 6:08 pm Jeff Schultz (via birders Mailing List) <birders...> Re: [birders] Trumpeter Swan deaths again at Scio Parker Ponds
6/8/17 6:04 pm Juliet Berger <juliet.berger...> [birders] Trumpeter Swan deaths again at Scio Parker Ponds
6/8/17 6:21 am Laurent Fournier <poecile.cinctus...> Re: [birders] Off-topic: mapping trails with a smartphone and boots on the ground
6/8/17 5:38 am Paul Poronto <pporonto...> [birders] HCMA meeting
6/8/17 5:22 am Alice Elliott <alelliot...> Re: [birders] Off-topic: mapping trails with a smartphone and boots on the ground
6/8/17 3:19 am Bob Bethune <bobbethune...> [birders] Off-topic: mapping trails with a smartphone and boots on the ground
6/7/17 2:13 pm Bob Bethune <bobbethune...> Re: [birders] MIs-identified sparrow
6/7/17 11:44 am NAPBirds <NAPBirds...> [birders] Birdwalk at Ann Arbor Landfill this Saturday, June 10
6/6/17 8:13 am Allen Chartier <amazilia3...> [birders] Lake St. Clair Metropark, Michigan - spring bird banding summary
6/6/17 6:26 am Scott Jennex (via birders Mailing List) <birders...> Re: [birders] MIs-identified sparrow
6/6/17 5:50 am Bob Bethune <bobbethune...> [birders] MIs-identified sparrow
6/6/17 5:16 am Bryn Martin <brynmartin...> [birders] Sunday Washtenaw Audubon Field Trip
6/6/17 3:39 am Phil Bugosh <peb729...> [birders] Reminder: OAS Field Trip Wednesday June 7, Orion Oaks Park
6/5/17 6:41 pm Phil Bugosh <peb729...> [birders] Oakland Audubon Society field trip June 11, Thumb Area
6/4/17 1:45 pm Ann Zinn <annczinn...> Re: [birders] Odd birds at jelly
6/4/17 12:22 pm Bob Bethune <bobbethune...> [birders] Bird sound ID: bluejays?
6/4/17 10:26 am Karen Markey <ylime...> [birders] Stinchfield Woods census report: A Second Record-Setting Year in a Row!
6/4/17 7:00 am Laurent Fournier <poecile.cinctus...> [birders] Unusual birds in Bird Hills this morning.
6/3/17 4:41 pm Tait, Mag <mtait...> Re: [birders] Odd birds at jelly
6/3/17 4:40 pm Gordon Green <chipperatl10...> [birders] Barn Swallow x Cliff Swallow Hybrid
6/3/17 3:45 pm John Gannon (via birders Mailing List) <birders...> Re: [birders] Odd birds at jelly
6/3/17 2:33 pm Paul Poronto <pporonto...> Re: [birders] Blog post regarding destruction of bird habitat at Huron Clinton Metropark Authority
6/3/17 1:51 pm Robert Tarte <tarte.robert...> Re: [birders] Odd birds at jelly
6/3/17 1:35 pm \P. swanson\ (via birders Mailing List) <birders...> Re: [birders] Odd birds at jelly
6/3/17 1:15 pm David Buxton (via birders Mailing List) <birders...> [birders] email change
6/3/17 11:02 am Martin Bialecki <kilnfired...> Re: [birders] Odd birds at jelly
6/3/17 7:11 am Paul Poronto <pporonto...> [birders] Blog post regarding destruction of bird habitat at Huron Clinton Metropark Authority
6/3/17 6:55 am \P. swanson\ (via birders Mailing List) <birders...> [birders] Odd birds at jelly
6/2/17 6:03 pm Allen Chartier <amazilia3...> [birders] Lake St. Clair Metropark, Michigan, bird banding report - May 19-28, 2017
6/2/17 4:29 am <juliet.berger...> Re: [birders] baby sandpiper
6/2/17 2:43 am Phil Bugosh <peb729...> [birders] Reminder: OAS field trips Saturday June 3 and Wednesday June 7
6/1/17 7:41 pm Sherri Smith <grackle...> [birders] baby sandpiper
6/1/17 11:26 am Bob Bethune <bobbethune...> Re: [birders] A twittering flock of - what?
6/1/17 11:21 am G M ARCHAMBAULT <gm72125...> Re: [birders] Backyard Hawk - Ann Arbor
6/1/17 11:20 am G M ARCHAMBAULT <gm72125...> Re: [birders] Backyard Hawk - Ann Arbor
6/1/17 10:52 am Thierry Lach <thierry.lach...> [birders] House finches at hummingbird feeder
6/1/17 10:44 am Andy Dettling <dendroica...> Re: [birders] Backyard Hawk - Ann Arbor
6/1/17 10:32 am Srinika Jayaratne <sirijay...> Re: [birders] Backyard Hawk - Ann Arbor
6/1/17 10:12 am Chipperatl10 <chipperatl10...> Re: [birders] Backyard Hawk - Ann Arbor
6/1/17 7:32 am Josh Haas <josh...> Re: [birders] Backyard Hawk - Ann Arbor
6/1/17 6:19 am Bob Bethune <bobbethune...> [birders] A twittering flock of - what?
6/1/17 6:09 am Daniel Blower <dfblower...> Re: [birders] Backyard Hawk - Ann Arbor
6/1/17 5:59 am Bob Bethune <bobbethune...> Re: [birders] Backyard Hawk - Ann Arbor
6/1/17 5:47 am Bob Bethune <bobbethune...> Re: [birders] Who sings purr-tweep ... pur-tweep ... pur-tweep?
6/1/17 4:39 am Scott Jennex (via birders Mailing List) <birders...> [birders] M52 & Lehman Fluddle Phalaropes today?
5/31/17 2:11 pm Srinika Jayaratne <sirijay...> [birders] Backyard Hawk - Ann Arbor
5/31/17 8:39 am Ray Stocking <rstocking...> [birders] Fwd: Join us June 10 - 11 for Cerulean Warbler Weekend in Beautiful Barry County
5/30/17 6:56 am Jessica Adamczyk <jessica.adamczyk13...> [birders] Reminder, tonight: final WAS 'Tuesday Evening Birders' field trip
5/30/17 5:08 am Krause, Diane <cds51...> [birders] Latest birds
5/29/17 6:13 pm Phil Bugosh <peb729...> [birders] Oakland Audubon Society field trip June 3
5/29/17 5:53 pm Roger Kuhlman <rkuhlman...> [birders] Common Moorhens in Washtenaw County
5/29/17 3:41 pm John Gannon (via birders Mailing List) <birders...> [birders] Fwd: OT: Michigan coastal dunes survey
5/29/17 1:42 pm Sally K. Scheer <winerat...> RE: [birders] Guinea Fowl
5/29/17 12:49 pm Allen Chartier <amazilia3...> [birders] Memorial Weekend Migrants
5/29/17 12:43 pm Karen Markey <ylime...> [birders] Reminder: RSVP for Annual Stinchfield Woods breeding birds survey, Sat, Jun 3, 7 to about 11:30 am
5/29/17 12:22 pm Bill Rapai (via birders Mailing List) <birders...> [birders] Harrier in Grosse Pointe -- Sunday
5/29/17 11:37 am Martin Bialecki <kilnfired...> [birders] Harrier at Watkins St. Pk.
5/29/17 9:27 am Bill Rapai (via birders Mailing List) <birders...> [birders] Off Topic: Kirtland's Warbler Weekend, June 2-3
5/29/17 8:52 am Collins Peter&Linda <peter.linda.collins...> Re: [birders] Guinea Fowl
5/29/17 7:17 am Janet Hinshaw <jhinshaw...> Re: [birders] Guinea Fowl
5/29/17 4:49 am \Suzanne (Moses/Vedder) Mason\ (via birders Mailing List) <birders...> Re: [birders] Guinea Fowl
5/29/17 4:43 am \Suzanne (Moses/Vedder) Mason\ (via birders Mailing List) <birders...> Re: [birders] Who sings purr-tweep ... pur-tweep ... pur-tweep?
5/29/17 4:23 am marys1000 <marys1000...> Re: [birders] Guinea Fowl
5/29/17 3:09 am Bob Bethune <bobbethune...> [birders] Who sings purr-tweep ... pur-tweep ... pur-tweep?
5/28/17 5:29 pm Beverly Wolf <Bev_Wolf...> RE: [birders] Guinea Fowl
5/28/17 12:58 pm Carole Dubritsky (via birders Mailing List) <birders...> Re: [birders] Song ID help?
5/28/17 12:56 pm Melissa Pappas (via birders Mailing List) <birders...> [birders] Guinea Fowl
5/28/17 8:10 am Carole Dubritsky (via birders Mailing List) <birders...> Re: [birders] Song ID help?
5/28/17 7:23 am Bob Bethune <bobbethune...> Re: [birders] Song ID help?
5/28/17 6:38 am Collins Peter&Linda <peter.linda.collins...> Re: [birders] Song ID help?
5/28/17 5:21 am Dan Ezekiel <dan.ezekiel24...> Re: [birders] Song ID help?
5/28/17 3:50 am Bob Bethune <bobbethune...> [birders] Song ID help?
5/28/17 3:43 am Jack Smiley <jackrsmiley...> [birders] Bobolinks at Conservancy Farm
5/28/17 3:36 am Don Henise <kiskadee3...> [birders] Fwd: Chuck-will's-widow - Sharonville Wildlife Management Area - Jackson County
5/28/17 3:34 am Don Henise <kiskadee3...> [birders] Chuck-will's-widow - Sharonville Wildlife Management Area - Jackson County
5/28/17 3:32 am Catherine Carroll <songsparrow...> Re: [birders] B/g nuthatch fledglings
5/27/17 2:26 pm Jennifer Jailey Munson <jjmunson535...> [birders] B/g nuthatch fledglings
5/27/17 2:22 pm Jennifer Jailey Munson <jjmunson535...> [birders] B/g nuthatch fledglings
5/27/17 6:16 am Jessica Adamczyk <jessica.adamczyk13...> [birders] May 30, Reminder: final WAS 'Tuesday Evening Birders' field trip
 
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Date: 6/26/17 3:40 pm
From: Dody <dody...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Living Bird article on the Night Parrot is written by local young birder, Sarah Toner
How super fantastic! When she was somewhere between 8 and 10 I think, she volunteered for me (River Raisin Raptor Center). It was absolutely amazing to talk with her back then - her knowledge was so extensive! Having gone to Cornell myself, I think she’s made the perfect choice. Such fun to follow her travels and career.

Dody Wyman

On Jun 26, 2017, at 3:53 PM, Deaver Armstrong <ddarm...> wrote:

Always fun to let folks know about the accomplishments of our young birders who have "fledged" and moved on to college.
Washtenaw Audubon's own Sarah Toner (was she 8 or younger when she started coming on WAS field trips?) has an article in Cornell's Living Bird called "A New Dawn for the Night Parrot". Sarah graduated from Community High School and is now a Biological Sciences major at Cornell.
Congratulations, Sarah!
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/a-new-dawn-for-the-night-parrot/ <https://www.allaboutbirds.org/a-new-dawn-for-the-night-parrot/>


Deaver D. Armstrong
<ddarm...> <mailto:<ddarm...>

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Date: 6/26/17 12:54 pm
From: Deaver Armstrong <ddarm...>
Subject: [birders] Living Bird article on the Night Parrot is written by local young birder, Sarah Toner
Always fun to let folks know about the accomplishments of our young birders who have "fledged" and moved on to college.
Washtenaw Audubon's own Sarah Toner (was she 8 or younger when she started coming on WAS field trips?) has an article in Cornell's Living Bird called "A New Dawn for the Night Parrot". Sarah graduated from Community High School and is now a Biological Sciences major at Cornell.
Congratulations, Sarah!
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/a-new-dawn-for-the-night-parrot/


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Date: 6/26/17 9:18 am
From: Larry Nooden <ldnum...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Metroparks Director, Hudson Mills Planning, Macomb Audubon and Metroparks Mowing, etc.
The HCMA park system is very important for recreation in our region and
their importance in helping to preserve our natural heritage is
increasingly recognized. In addition, the recreational and educational
value of the Parks' natural features are also recognized. I am sure that
most birders in SE Michigan know this well. The HCMA could do better in
supporting grassland birds and red-headed and pileated woodpeckers and
ironically save money at the same time.

It is important for members of our community to become informed,
participate and voice our interests which easily get overlooked. Toni
Spears needs help.

It is also important for the conservation community to know more about the
background of the current HCMA park problems, and this can also be
interesting.

We, the area conservation community, had made great progress from ca 1998
onward when we convinced the HCMA to shift emphasis from development,
especially golf courses, to restoring nature in more of the land they
already owned and acquiring valuable contiguous land. The Michigan
Botanical Club, the Audubon groups, Sierra Club groups and others payed
crucial roles, and it is colorful story.

A lot could be said about how the HCMA got into its current situation, and
much of this in the public record (including the minutres of the HCMA Board
Meetings). I think that it is fair to say the HCMA has had very serious
personnel problems and much of this can be attributed to Director George
Phifer as indicated in other news articles. Personally, I always liked
George Phifer and worked well with him, so I am sorry to see the situation
has developed. Much more could be said about how this came about and how
we, the interested Public, can prevent this from developing again by
participating in hearings and by attending HCMA Board Meetings.

It must be said that another factor behind the current problems is HCMA
Commissioner John Hertel, who recently was not reappointed to the HCMA
Board of Commissioners. Among many other things, Commissioner Hertel
(while he was was Chairman of the Board) was heaping praise Director Phifer
while there were obvious administrative problems and pushing for sale of
park land. Hopefully, the new HCMA Board will do better.

There is a need for more interested persons with a wide range backgrounds
to participate. You can make big difference here if you are interested.
Toni Spears <t_spears2000...> knows more about this than anyone.


On Fri, Jun 23, 2017 at 11:34 AM, Toni Spears <t_spears2000...>
wrote:

> All,
>
> *1. **Subject:* Metroparks' board places director on administrative
> leave
>
>
> http://www.livingstondaily.com/story/news/local/community/li
> vingston-county/2017/06/22/metroparks-board-places-director/420345001/
>
>
> Not many details in this article.
> Michael Reese, the Metroparks police chief is the acting director.
> Inquiries re Phifer’s administrative leave are to be directed to the new
> BOC chair, Tim McCarthy.
>
>
>
> *2. *A Metroparks master planning meeting regarding the Hudson Mills
> golf course is scheduled
> Wednesday July 5, 9:30AM at the golf starter building.
>
> http://www.metroparks.com/hudson-mills-metropark-master-plan
> -meeting-july-5th/
>
>
> *3. *The Macomb Audubon’s concern regarding the extensive mowing and
> tree removal at the Metroparks is covered in this article:
>
> http://www.macombdaily.com/environment-and-nature/20170621/m
> etroparks-management-accused-of-destroying-habitats-via-mowi
> ng-tree-removal
>
> Toni
>

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Date: 6/25/17 6:50 pm
From: Toni Spears (via birders Mailing List) <birders...>
Subject: [birders] Woodcock family on the Hudson Mills to Dexter bike trail Sat. am

> A rare treat, on the Hudson Mills to Dexter bike trail, bobbing safely across near the new prairie area between mile markers 3&4, and disappearing quickly into the dense cover.
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Date: 6/25/17 7:33 am
From: Jerry Jourdan <jourdaj...>
Subject: [birders] Henslow's Sparrows continue at Willow MP, Wayne Co.
Don Sherwood, Cathy Carroll and I saw the HENSLOW'S SPARROWS in the same
location as reported yesterday at Willow Metropark, Huron Twp., Wayne Co.
They are in the unmowed field just west of the far Washago Pond parking
lot. A male spent most of the time perched on the tallest milkweed plant
just 20' back of the mow-line while a second bird called from ~100' away
near the large willow. I suspect that they are nesting as they spend much
time down in the grass near the milkweed.

Paul, if you can do what you can to prevent any further mowing of the field
that'd be great.

Don and I also had a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER in the trees nearby while
watching the Henslow's Sparrow. This could be the same bird seen two weeks
ago in the same vicinity!

I will post photos/videos this evening.

Jerry
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Date: 6/25/17 5:31 am
From: Jack Smiley <jackrsmiley...>
Subject: [birders] Conservancy Farm - Clay-colored Sparrow
Yesterday, I neglected to mention that in addition to the Clay-colored
Sparrow at LeFurge Woods, a Clay-colored Sparrow was also heard at the
Conservancy Farm in the hay field north of the Community Organic Garden.

Again, the Conservancy Farm (the grounds only, of course) is open to the
public during daylight hours. You may park in the small parking lot behind
the farm house or park along the road. The garden area is north of the
farm house.

Jack Smiley

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Date: 6/24/17 11:35 am
From: Jack Smiley <jackrsmiley...>
Subject: [birders] LeFurge Woods & Conservancy Farm
We had a nice walk this morning at the LeFurge Woods Nature Preserve with
sixteen in attendance. The usual Tree Swallows, Yellow Warblers, Common
Yellowthroat, Marsh Wrens, Great Blue Herons and numerous other species
were both heard and observed. The most notable species was a Clay-colored
Sparrow, which was in the field between the camp site area and the woods.

We then headed over to the Conservancy Farm where we had our fill of
Bobolinks. Also present were Meadowlarks, Common Yellowthroat, Savannah
Sparrows, Barn Swallows, Henslow's Sparrows (heard only) a couple of
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. Unfortunately, we didn't notice any
Dickcissels today...but it sure was a great day to be outside!

Jack Smiley

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Date: 6/24/17 9:15 am
From: Jerry Jourdan <jourdaj...>
Subject: [birders] Henslow's Sparrows @ Willow MP, Wayne Co.
A pair was observed in the unmowed grass just west of the Washago Pond
parking lot. Look for the large willow tree near the farthest parking lot
next to sledding hill.

Jerry
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Date: 6/23/17 4:17 pm
From: Neeser <neeser...>
Subject: [birders] Flame Robin
Isn't this Flame Robin, Petroica phoenicea (photo sent to me from a
friend) beautiful?
Denise



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Date: 6/23/17 11:05 am
From: John Farmer <ajf-jlf...>
Subject: RE: [birders] Why bird eggs are shaped the way they are
Thanks much to Dea Armstrong and Toni Spears for posting links to this
interesting study that I first learned about from this story on NPR
yesterday:



http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/06/22/533840419/how-do-eggs-get-
their-shapes-scientists-think-theyve-cracked-it



I found the science visualization remarkable and assume that it will
eventually win an applicable award for excellence in visual summarization of
a scientific study.



JF



From: <birders-request...>
[mailto:<birders-request...>] On Behalf Of Deaver
Armstrong
Sent: Friday, June 23, 2017 12:57 PM
To: <birders...>
Subject: [birders] Why bird eggs are shaped the way they are



The paper's findings are quite interesting

AND

Former young birder Harold Eyster (who Washtenaw Audubon continues to
proudly claim) made it into the acknowledgements of this scientific paper
just published in Science. Needless to say this is not his first mention in
ornithological publications nor do I suspect it will be his last!

Harold is currently in graduate school in the Pacific Northwest.





Nytimes:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/22/science/bird-eggs-shapes-flight.html





Atlantic:
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/06/why-are-bird-eggs-egg-sh
aped/531261/





And the actual article:
http://science.sciencemag.org/content/356/6344/1249/tab-pdf





And the Science visualization: http://vis.sciencemag.org/eggs/







Deaver D. Armstrong

<ddarm...> <mailto:<ddarm...>



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A new Field Ornithology Class will run March through April, 2018!

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Date: 6/23/17 9:58 am
From: Deaver Armstrong <ddarm...>
Subject: [birders] Why bird eggs are shaped the way they are
The paper's findings are quite interesting
AND
Former young birder Harold Eyster (who Washtenaw Audubon continues to proudly claim) made it into the acknowledgements of this scientific paper just published in Science. Needless to say this is not his first mention in ornithological publications nor do I suspect it will be his last!
Harold is currently in graduate school in the Pacific Northwest.

Nytimes: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/22/science/bird-eggs-shapes-flight.html

Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/06/why-are-bird-eggs-egg-shaped/531261/

And the actual article: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/356/6344/1249/tab-pdf

And the Science visualization: http://vis.sciencemag.org/eggs/



Deaver D. Armstrong
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Date: 6/23/17 9:20 am
From: Jack Smiley <jackrsmiley...>
Subject: [birders] Biding Hike at LeFurge Woods, Saturday at 9:00 a.m.
Tomorrow morning, Jim Bull, President of Detroit Audubon, will be leading a
birding hike at the LeFurge Woods Nature Preserve. The hike starts at 9:00
a.m. and is being sponsored by the Superior Township Parks and Recreation
Department. The hike is free and open to all.

We'll be meeting at the LeFurge Woods parking lot. You can use this
address to pull up the location on Google maps or Mapquest: 2378 N.
Prospect Rd., Superior Twp., MI 48198.

Afterwards, we plan to go to the nearby Conservancy Farm to see if we can
view the Bobolinks, Dickcissels and Henslow's Sparrows which have been
observed in the hay fields.


Jack Smiley

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Date: 6/23/17 5:36 am
From: Toni Spears (via birders Mailing List) <birders...>
Subject: [birders] OT: Why Do Bird Eggs Have Different Shapes? Look to the Wings - The New York Times

> Subject: Why Do Bird Eggs Have Different Shapes? Look to the Wings - The New York Times
>
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> https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/22/science/bird-eggs-shapes-flight.html

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Date: 6/23/17 2:41 am
From: Phil Bugosh <peb729...>
Subject: [birders] Reminder: OAS field trip June 24, Independence Oaks
June 24, 2017 (Saturday) 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM. Birds & Butterflies at
Independence Oaks. Leader: Kathleen Dougherty. Email: <kad8186...>
Meet at the Camp Wilderness Parking Lot at Independence Oaks County Park
for a 2 mile birding hike to see bluebirds, swallows, vireos, woodpeckers,
sparrows and warblers. At 10 a.m. butterfly expert Dwayne Badgero will join
the group to search for butterflies. Bring water! County park entry fees
apply.

Please see our website for details about upcoming events. You do not have
to be a member to participate. Everyone is welcome.
http://www.oaklandaudubon.org/

Thank you,
Phil Bugosh
Oakland Audubon Society

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Date: 6/21/17 10:23 am
From: NAPBirds <NAPBirds...>
Subject: RE: [birders] Night Creatures is free Washtenaw Audubon program, Weds., 21 June, 7:30pm, Ann Arbor, all invited




Birders and friends,

Please join us for the free Washtenaw Audubon program below. You do not have to be a member to attend.

Wednesday, June 21, 7:30pm

Creatures of the Night

Join noted birder, photographer, and raconteur Don Chalfant for a program on the mysterious creatures that are active after dark. Owls, nightjars, woodcocks, and other birds, bugs, and mammals are out and about while most humans are asleep. Don Chalfant is a retired teacher who divides his time between Michigan and Florida, where he’s an active birder, field trip leader, and photographer.

This program is free and open to the public. Membership is not required, though we would welcome your membership to help with our environmental and educational activities. Washtenaw Audubon programs are held at the U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 North Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor. In addition to the program, hear news of the latest critter sightings and field trips, and enjoy tasty snacks following the program. For more information, go to www.washtenawaudubon.org<http://www.washtenawaudubon.org/>

Also, for those of you who have been waiting for WAS t-shirts and hats, they will (finally) be available at this meeting. Please check the Washtenaw Audubon Society Facebook Page for details.

Hope to see you there.

Juliet Berger
Washtenaw Audubon



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Date: 6/19/17 11:27 am
From: Krause, Diane <cds51...>
Subject: [birders] Michigan Wildlife Rehabilitators List

Michigan Audubon included a Wildlife Rehabilitator List in their June eNews communication.


Suggest:

www.michigan.gov/dnr<http://www.michigan.gov/dnr>

Select Wildlife and Habitat

Select Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator Directory and a full state list comes up.

Diane

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Date: 6/19/17 10:32 am
From: Karen Markey <ylime...>
Subject: [birders] Detroit Audubon Black Tern Cruise, Friday June 30, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Jim Bull, Detroit Audubon's President, asked me to post information about
this unique Black Tern Cruise to our Birders listserv.

Join the Detroit Audubon on Friday, June 30, 10 am to 2 pm, for a cruise
around St. Clair Flats to see and learn about the Black Tern which nests on
floating cattail mats in the area, one of the few places in Great Lakes
region where this declining bird is still breeding successfully.
Participants will be able to see Back Tern colonies from a distance that
Detroit and National Audubon researchers, and volunteers from the Detroit
Zoo are studying in a joint project that is in its fifth year. This year,
Detroit Audubon Research Coordinator, Erin Rowan hopes to bring chicks she
is banding close to the cruise boat in her small boat so all can see them
close up and personal. Caleb Putnam, National Audubon research scientist
will be along to offer commentary about the terns and the research project,
while participants partake of mocktails and refreshments with a Black Tern
theme like a BlackTernBerry Mocktail Mojito.

There is a limit of 25 participants so interested folks should reserve
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coordinated banding projects for the International Bird Populations
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bird research and banding in Yosemite National Park and on the island of
Saipan.
We are not sure why the Black Tern is in decline, so this research project
aims to get a better idea of their status and reason for their decline so
effective action strategies can be employed to recover the species.
Contributions will help fund this research which hopes to both find out why
this species is decline and then to use that knowledge to implement
strategies to reverse that trend. So you can have great time on a summer
cruise and help a good cause at the same time!

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on May 22, 2017 that makes Detroit an Urban Bird Treaty City!

Tickets available through our website (www.detroitaudubon.org) or by
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Date: 6/19/17 5:48 am
From: Penny (via birders Mailing List) <birders...>
Subject: Re: [birders] 2017 Kirtland's Warbler Census Diary (3 of 3)
Hi, Karen.  I really enjoyed your account of Kirtland Warbler's week.  Your descriptive writing enabled me to visualize your wonderful experience.  Thanks so much.Penny S.







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Date: 6/19/17 4:51 am
From: Phil Bugosh <peb729...>
Subject: [birders] Oakland Audubon Society field trip June 24, Independence Oaks
June 24, 2017 (Saturday) 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM. Birds & Butterflies at
Independence Oaks. Leader: Kathleen Dougherty. Email: <kad8186...>
Meet at the Camp Wilderness Parking Lot at Independence Oaks County Park
for a 2 mile birding hike to see bluebirds, swallows, vireos, woodpeckers,
sparrows and warblers. At 10 a.m. butterfly expert Dwayne Badgero will join
the group to search for butterflies. Bring water! County park entry fees
apply.

Please see our website for details about upcoming events. You do not have
to be a member to participate. Everyone is welcome.
http://www.oaklandaudubon.org/

Thank you,
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Oakland Audubon Society

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Date: 6/18/17 8:19 pm
From: Carl Drife (via birders Mailing List) <birders...>
Subject: [birders] Dickcissels-Maybury State Park
There were 2 Dicksissels singing at Maybury State Park today. They were in the treeline alongside the field west of the main parking lot (south of the farm). There was also a Yellow-billed Cuckoo there too. I posted a picture on ebird of the Dickcissel. 

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Date: 6/18/17 7:56 pm
From: Juliet Berger <juliet.berger...>
Subject: Re: [birders] 2017 Kirtland's Warbler Census Diary (3 of 3)
Thanks so much Karen, for sharing this adventure with all of us each year.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your experience!

Juliet Berger

On Sun, Jun 18, 2017 at 12:07 PM, Karen Markey <ylime...> wrote:

> Now for part 3, the conclusion of my experiences on the 2017 KW Census:
>
>
>
> Day 4 (Friday, June 9), MACK LAKE
>
>
>
> Biology tech Scot and I are assigned a one-mile transect through high,
> closely-planted jack pines. This is the thickest jack pine I’ve encountered
> this year, and we resort to the combination of GPS and compass to keep on
> our transect. Thankful when the transect transitions onto a sandy ATV
> trail, Scot motions to me that a bird is hopping on the ground at the
> forest margin. Coming into focus in my binoculars is a female KW -- she
> lacks the male’s distinctive black lores and his brilliant yellow breast.
> She’s hopping on downed timber that lies half buried on the ground,
> proceeding along the full length of the wood, leaning over and inspecting
> what seems to be its underside. Nearby a male KW parallels her movements by
> either singing in a nearby bush at a height of two to three feet off the
> ground or moving silently low in the bushes in sync with her movements on
> the ground. Scot and I follow the pair for about ten minutes, losing them
> from time to time, but relocating them repeatedly, and their behavior is
> the same, the female inspects the downed timber on the ground while the
> male remains nearby, either singing or following silently from bush to
> bush. The female is absolutely silent. Eventually the pair fly together
> farther into the forest. Scot and I look at each other, debrief, and marvel
> at such a magic moment, speculating that the female was looking for a
> suitable nesting location.
>
>
>
> Our second transect also features older jack pine but we use neighboring
> ATV trails to simplify our inspection. Walking to the truck on such a
> trail, we hear a KW singing loudly so we detour farther down the trail in
> search of him. Scot’s sharp eyes quickly focus on this bird perched in a
> tall oak, its branches making a protective arc where he nestles inside. We
> watch and enjoy, still high from the excitement of seeing male and female
> KWs an hour earlier. What a terrific morning, hearing 13 KWs of which we
> see 2 plus the extra special female KW bonus sighting!
>
>
>
> Scot and I are the first ones to arrive at the Paddle Inn. I gobble down a
> veggie omelet (is that really Cheese Whiz?). Since it’s still morning, I
> race back to the federal land in hopes of catching sight of a Golden-Winged
> Warbler. Trolling the road, I can’t help myself, stopping to enjoy the
> Mourning Warbler again, singing in the open exactly where he was two days
> ago. At the aspen-lined wetlands, I’m about to park the car, and two
> warbler-sized birds fly into a mature aspen. One perches, I focus my
> binoculars on it. Yes, it’s a Golden-winged warbler in view for a split
> second. I turn off the car, walk the aspens lining a nearby two-track, and
> pish lightly. A warbler-sized bird flies into the aspens hardly 12 feet
> away from me, just below eye level. This is a Golden-wing warbler --
> black throat and mask, full yellow crown and wing patches. He leans over to
> pluck an insect revealing his pale grey back. He turns directly toward me
> providing a breathtaking view of his yellow crown, black throat, and black
> mask. I can’t help but notice how he blends into this habitat – the trunks
> and branches of the young aspens, sunlit leaves, and ground echoing this
> bird’s features. Awesome!
>
>
>
> Jubilant, I walk along the aspens and catch sight of a second singing
> Mourning Warbler and hear two more farther in the aspen-bordered wetlands.
> My walk produces almost a carbon-copy list of my visit earlier in the week
> -- Yellow-rumps, Redstarts, Chestnut-sided, Ovenbirds. A Ruffed Grouse is
> parked in the middle of the road. It doesn’t get any better than this!
>
>
>
> On my way back to town, I tour the new Luzerne Boardwalk that the USFS
> rebuilt to replace an aging, dilapidated structure. There are few birds
> here due to the afternoon heat and sun. Afterwards, I join Tom, Terren, and
> Dave at the new Ma Deeter’s in Luzerne, rebuilt after a fire burned down
> the original almost 100-year old inn. The portions are huge here,
> all-you-can-eat fish fry, Mount-Everett-sized Stromboli, and a
> football-field-sized antipasto salad.
>
>
>
>
>
> Day 5 (Saturday, June 10), ELDORADO again
>
>
>
> Because this final day features clean-up and spot-checking, we are meeting
> at 5:30 am so I can sleep an extra 30 minutes. I am paired with Dave, and
> we are assigned one transect where we count KWs in a young jack pine
> plantation. It’s warm, sunny, and comfortable, in fact, I’m in shirt
> sleeves instead of multiple layers of clothing. I navigate while Dave
> listens, triangulates, and plots birds on the map. The footing is easy,
> trees are hardly four feet tall, and we navigate in a simple, U-shaped
> (or horseshoe) transect through the jack pine. In the middle of our
> transect, I pause high atop a hill and survey visually the jack pine forest
> that surrounds us and both pine and hardwood forests that loom in the
> distance. I linger, just being there and soaking it in where in all 8
> directions, I hear KWs singing near and far.
>
>
>
> Total KWs Seen and/or Heard:
>
>
>
> My personal subtotal A (male KWs heard only) = 82
>
> My personal subtotal B (male KWs seen) = 12
>
> My personal subtotal B (female KWs seen) = 1
>
>
>
> My personal KW TOTAL = 95
>
>
>
>
>
> Here is a complete list of the birds I saw or heard during my trip north.
>
> KEY:
> KW = birds that share the jack pine forests with KWs
> kw = birds on the wood or field margins of jack pine forests
> W = Wakeley Lake
> H = Hartwick Pines
> A = Aspen forest area in Huron National Forest
> L = Luzerne Boardwalk
> r = roadside
>
> Common loons W
> Trumpeter swans W
> Canada geese KW (flyover of 50 in an almost-perfect V)
> Ring-billed gulls KW
> Great blue herons r
> Sandhill cranes kw
> Killdeer kw
> Upland sandpipers KW
> Wild turkeys r
> Ruffed grouse KW, A, r
>
> Broad-winged hawks A
> Red-tailed hawks r
> Turkey vultures r,KW
> Mourning doves KW,r,H
> Yellow-billed cuckoo A
> Common nighthawk KW
> Ruby-throated hummingbird r,W
> Belted kingfisher W
> Red-bellied woodpeckers r
> Hairy woodpeckers r
>
> Downy woodpeckers r
> Yellow-bellied sapsuckers W
> Northern flickers A,KW,L
> Pileated woodpeckers r,W
> Eastern kingbirds kw
> Eastern phoebe r,H,W
> Eastern wood-pewee W,A
> Great-crested flycatcher kw,W,H
> Tree swallows W,r
> American crows r, kw
>
> Northern ravens r,KW,L
> Blue jays KW,H,W,L
> Black-capped chickadees r,H,W,KW,L
> Brown creeper H
> Red-breasted nuthatches kw,H,W,L
> White-breasted nuthatches r,L
> House wren r,A
> Winter wren H,W,L
> Brown thrashers (KW, very common in jack pines)
> Grey catbird r,H,A
>
> American robins r,H,W,L
> Hermit thrushes (KW, very common in jack pines, H,W,L)
> Veeries A
> Eastern bluebirds KW
> Cedar waxwings A
> Red-eyed vireos kw,W,H
> Blue-headed vireos H,W
> Black-throated green warblers H,W
> Yellow-rumped warblers kw, W
>
> KIRTLAND'S WARBLERS KW
>
> Chestnut-sided warblers A
> American redstarts A
> Pine warblers W,kw,H,A
> Nashville warblers W,A,KW,H,L (just about everywhere)
> Golden-winged warblers A
> Mourning warblers A Common yellowthroat kw, H
> Ovenbirds (r,W,A kw,H,L typical in older jack pines)
> Northern waterthrush H
> Red-winged blackbird kw,W
> Grackle r,kw
>
> European starling r,A
> Baltimore oriole W
> Scarlet tanagers kw,W,H
> Dark-eyed junco kw
> American goldfinches kw,W,H
> Indigo buntings kw,A
> Rose-breasted grosbeaks kw,W,H,L
> Eastern towhee kw
> Chipping sparrows W,kw,H
> Vesper sparrows kw
>
> Song sparrows kw,W
> Lincoln's sparrows KW
> Field sparrow KW
>
>
>
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Date: 6/18/17 11:17 am
From: Jerry Jourdan <jourdaj...>
Subject: [birders] Dickcissels and Bobolinks at Willow Run Airport, Wayne Co.
This morning I had 3 Dickcissels singing along the south end of the airport
on the way to Conservancy Farm in Superior Twp. Bobolinks and Eastern
Meadowlarks were abundant, as well. No Upland Sandpipers, but winds were a
bit strong this morning for any fence perching....

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Date: 6/18/17 11:15 am
From: Jerry Jourdan <jourdaj...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Dickcissel, Henslow's Sparrow...now Sedge Wren at Conservancy Farm
Thanks to Jack and Professor Siri for the information regarding the birds
at Conservancy Farm. A number of us this morning had Bobolinks, Dickcissel,
Sedge Wren and Henslow's Sparrow behind the farm in the fields. Bluebirds
and Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, along w/ flyover Sandhill Cranes were not
bad, either.

Jerry
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> Dickcissel and Henslow's Sparrow are still being seen at the Conservancy
> Farm in Superior Township. This morning a Sedge Wren was also reported.
> Meadowlarks and Bobolinks remain, too.
>
> The Conservancy Farm is at 8383 Vreeland Road, east of Prospect Road.
> It's open to the public during daylight hours.
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Date: 6/18/17 9:08 am
From: Karen Markey <ylime...>
Subject: [birders] 2017 Kirtland's Warbler Census Diary (3 of 3)
Now for part 3, the conclusion of my experiences on the 2017 KW Census:



Day 4 (Friday, June 9), MACK LAKE



Biology tech Scot and I are assigned a one-mile transect through high,
closely-planted jack pines. This is the thickest jack pine I’ve encountered
this year, and we resort to the combination of GPS and compass to keep on
our transect. Thankful when the transect transitions onto a sandy ATV
trail, Scot motions to me that a bird is hopping on the ground at the
forest margin. Coming into focus in my binoculars is a female KW -- she
lacks the male’s distinctive black lores and his brilliant yellow breast.
She’s hopping on downed timber that lies half buried on the ground,
proceeding along the full length of the wood, leaning over and inspecting
what seems to be its underside. Nearby a male KW parallels her movements by
either singing in a nearby bush at a height of two to three feet off the
ground or moving silently low in the bushes in sync with her movements on
the ground. Scot and I follow the pair for about ten minutes, losing them
from time to time, but relocating them repeatedly, and their behavior is
the same, the female inspects the downed timber on the ground while the
male remains nearby, either singing or following silently from bush to
bush. The female is absolutely silent. Eventually the pair fly together
farther into the forest. Scot and I look at each other, debrief, and marvel
at such a magic moment, speculating that the female was looking for a
suitable nesting location.



Our second transect also features older jack pine but we use neighboring
ATV trails to simplify our inspection. Walking to the truck on such a
trail, we hear a KW singing loudly so we detour farther down the trail in
search of him. Scot’s sharp eyes quickly focus on this bird perched in a
tall oak, its branches making a protective arc where he nestles inside. We
watch and enjoy, still high from the excitement of seeing male and female
KWs an hour earlier. What a terrific morning, hearing 13 KWs of which we
see 2 plus the extra special female KW bonus sighting!



Scot and I are the first ones to arrive at the Paddle Inn. I gobble down a
veggie omelet (is that really Cheese Whiz?). Since it’s still morning, I
race back to the federal land in hopes of catching sight of a Golden-Winged
Warbler. Trolling the road, I can’t help myself, stopping to enjoy the
Mourning Warbler again, singing in the open exactly where he was two days
ago. At the aspen-lined wetlands, I’m about to park the car, and two
warbler-sized birds fly into a mature aspen. One perches, I focus my
binoculars on it. Yes, it’s a Golden-winged warbler in view for a split
second. I turn off the car, walk the aspens lining a nearby two-track, and
pish lightly. A warbler-sized bird flies into the aspens hardly 12 feet
away from me, just below eye level. This is a Golden-wing warbler -- black
throat and mask, full yellow crown and wing patches. He leans over to pluck
an insect revealing his pale grey back. He turns directly toward me
providing a breathtaking view of his yellow crown, black throat, and black
mask. I can’t help but notice how he blends into this habitat – the trunks
and branches of the young aspens, sunlit leaves, and ground echoing this
bird’s features. Awesome!



Jubilant, I walk along the aspens and catch sight of a second singing
Mourning Warbler and hear two more farther in the aspen-bordered wetlands.
My walk produces almost a carbon-copy list of my visit earlier in the week
-- Yellow-rumps, Redstarts, Chestnut-sided, Ovenbirds. A Ruffed Grouse is
parked in the middle of the road. It doesn’t get any better than this!



On my way back to town, I tour the new Luzerne Boardwalk that the USFS
rebuilt to replace an aging, dilapidated structure. There are few birds
here due to the afternoon heat and sun. Afterwards, I join Tom, Terren, and
Dave at the new Ma Deeter’s in Luzerne, rebuilt after a fire burned down
the original almost 100-year old inn. The portions are huge here,
all-you-can-eat fish fry, Mount-Everett-sized Stromboli, and a
football-field-sized antipasto salad.





Day 5 (Saturday, June 10), ELDORADO again



Because this final day features clean-up and spot-checking, we are meeting
at 5:30 am so I can sleep an extra 30 minutes. I am paired with Dave, and
we are assigned one transect where we count KWs in a young jack pine
plantation. It’s warm, sunny, and comfortable, in fact, I’m in shirt
sleeves instead of multiple layers of clothing. I navigate while Dave
listens, triangulates, and plots birds on the map. The footing is easy,
trees are hardly four feet tall, and we navigate in a simple, U-shaped (or
horseshoe) transect through the jack pine. In the middle of our transect, I
pause high atop a hill and survey visually the jack pine forest that
surrounds us and both pine and hardwood forests that loom in the distance.
I linger, just being there and soaking it in where in all 8 directions, I
hear KWs singing near and far.



Total KWs Seen and/or Heard:



My personal subtotal A (male KWs heard only) = 82

My personal subtotal B (male KWs seen) = 12

My personal subtotal B (female KWs seen) = 1



My personal KW TOTAL = 95





Here is a complete list of the birds I saw or heard during my trip north.

KEY:
KW = birds that share the jack pine forests with KWs
kw = birds on the wood or field margins of jack pine forests
W = Wakeley Lake
H = Hartwick Pines
A = Aspen forest area in Huron National Forest
L = Luzerne Boardwalk
r = roadside

Common loons W
Trumpeter swans W
Canada geese KW (flyover of 50 in an almost-perfect V)
Ring-billed gulls KW
Great blue herons r
Sandhill cranes kw
Killdeer kw
Upland sandpipers KW
Wild turkeys r
Ruffed grouse KW, A, r

Broad-winged hawks A
Red-tailed hawks r
Turkey vultures r,KW
Mourning doves KW,r,H
Yellow-billed cuckoo A
Common nighthawk KW
Ruby-throated hummingbird r,W
Belted kingfisher W
Red-bellied woodpeckers r
Hairy woodpeckers r

Downy woodpeckers r
Yellow-bellied sapsuckers W
Northern flickers A,KW,L
Pileated woodpeckers r,W
Eastern kingbirds kw
Eastern phoebe r,H,W
Eastern wood-pewee W,A
Great-crested flycatcher kw,W,H
Tree swallows W,r
American crows r, kw

Northern ravens r,KW,L
Blue jays KW,H,W,L
Black-capped chickadees r,H,W,KW,L
Brown creeper H
Red-breasted nuthatches kw,H,W,L
White-breasted nuthatches r,L
House wren r,A
Winter wren H,W,L
Brown thrashers (KW, very common in jack pines)
Grey catbird r,H,A

American robins r,H,W,L
Hermit thrushes (KW, very common in jack pines, H,W,L)
Veeries A
Eastern bluebirds KW
Cedar waxwings A
Red-eyed vireos kw,W,H
Blue-headed vireos H,W
Black-throated green warblers H,W
Yellow-rumped warblers kw, W

KIRTLAND'S WARBLERS KW

Chestnut-sided warblers A
American redstarts A
Pine warblers W,kw,H,A
Nashville warblers W,A,KW,H,L (just about everywhere)
Golden-winged warblers A
Mourning warblers A Common yellowthroat kw, H
Ovenbirds (r,W,A kw,H,L typical in older jack pines)
Northern waterthrush H
Red-winged blackbird kw,W
Grackle r,kw

European starling r,A
Baltimore oriole W
Scarlet tanagers kw,W,H
Dark-eyed junco kw
American goldfinches kw,W,H
Indigo buntings kw,A
Rose-breasted grosbeaks kw,W,H,L
Eastern towhee kw
Chipping sparrows W,kw,H
Vesper sparrows kw

Song sparrows kw,W
Lincoln's sparrows KW
Field sparrow KW



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Date: 6/18/17 5:41 am
From: Mike Sefton (via birders Mailing List) <birders...>
Subject: [birders] Night Creatures is free Washtenaw Audubon program, Weds., 21 June, 7:30pm, Ann Arbor, all invited
Birdersand friends,

 

Pleasejoin us for the free Washtenaw Audubon program below. You do not have to be amember to attend.


 
Wednesday,June 21, 7:30pm


 
Creaturesof the Night


 
Joinnoted birder, photographer, and raconteur Don Chalfant for a program on the mysteriouscreatures that are active after dark. Owls, nightjars, woodcocks, and otherbirds, bugs, and mammals are out and about while most humans are asleep. DonChalfant is a retired teacher who divides his time between Michigan andFlorida, where he’s an active birder, field trip leader, and photographer.


 
Thisprogram is free and open to the public. Membership is not required, though wewould welcome your membership to help with our environmental and educationalactivities. Washtenaw Audubon programs are held at the U-M Matthaei BotanicalGardens, 1800 North Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor. In addition to the program, hearnews of the latest critter sightings and field trips, and enjoy tasty snacksfollowing the program. For more information, go to www.washtenawaudubon.org


 
Also, for those of you who have been waiting forWAS t-shirts and hats, they will (finally) be available at this meeting. Pleasecheck the Washtenaw Audubon Society Facebook Page for details.


 
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Date: 6/17/17 12:26 pm
From: Srinika Jayaratne <sirijay...>
Subject: [birders] Henslow's Sparrow
Thanks to Jack Smiley - saw this Henslow's this morning.


Siri Jayaratne
Professor Emeritus
School of Social Work
University of Michigan

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Date: 6/17/17 10:58 am
From: Gordon Green <chipperatl10...>
Subject: [birders] Dickcissels - Calhoun County
Calhoun County got in on the Dickcissel fun today. 23.5 Mile Road between J DR S and L DR S (first found by Dr. Dale Kennedy) I had 3 singing birds, minimum. I then had minimum 8 singing males at 23 Mile Road and O DR N, along with Bobolinks and Eastern Meadowlarks. First time I have had them there, despite the excellent habitat. I had 8 more as I drove further down O DR N heading West from the intersection field.

I’ll be processing some videos of Dickcissels and Sedge Wren I managed today. Hopefully get a blogpost up later today.

Good Birding,
Gordon Green

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Date: 6/17/17 9:24 am
From: Karen Markey <ylime...>
Subject: [birders] 2017 Kirtland's Warbler Census Diary (2 of 3)
Now for part 2, a daily account of my experiences on the 2017 KW Census:



Day 2 (Wednesday, June 7), ELDORADO



No long morning ride to Pine River means I get to sleep an extra 15 minutes
this morning! For the second day in a row, we have a cool start in the 30s
with warmer temperatures expected by late morning. Scott and I are
spot-checking various patches of new-growth jack pine today in an area that
was ravaged by wildfire a half decade ago. We drive down a long sloping
hill, and in the distance is a fog that lingers between sky and ground.
From afar, it looks like lakes have replaced the jack pine forest here.


At my first transect, I navigate alone through the jack pine hearing 3 KWs,
and Scott parallels me on a transect about 1/4 mile to the northwest.
Arriving at the truck, we compare results while a bird sings a lusty song
that sounds like “gimme-some-choo-choo.” We hesitate, then simultaneously
come to the realization that this is an alternate KW song. Into our
binoculars the songster comes into full view, perched high in a red pine
that shades us standing at the truck directly below him.



We spot-check several other natural-burn areas, driving gravel roads and
two-tracks and getting out to listen from time to time. No KWs, only the
songs of the first settlers in natural burns such as Bluebirds, Brown
Thrashers, Lincoln’s Sparrows, Towhees, and Flickers. Driving by our last
assigned area, we hear KWs so Scott and I stop and walk our respective
transects there. My pace is brisk because the jack pines are young and
short in this sandy lot. Suddenly I stop in mid-step as a bird flushes from
beneath my right foot. It’s an Upland Sandpiper! The nesting bird runs away
on the ground, doing the broken wing act. A second bird bursts into an
aerial display, fluttering in mid flight and making a rattling song. I
detour from my transect, not wanting to disturb the nest or bring these
birds to the attention of nearby predators. Next, I hear a Common
Nighthawk’s “peent” but fail to get a visual. On this easy transect, I hear
4 KWs, and I see 1 of them. He’s perched near the top of a jack pine
singing the typical song.



Scott and I motor back to Mio. I ask him to slow down because I see a bird
slowly crossing the road. It’s a Ruffed Grouse – oh no! Our truck separates
her from her eight chicks! They are so tiny, hardly a few days old, hard to
distinguish from the sand that Scott’s truck throws up. The truck finally
comes to a stop. Mom Grouse calls to her chicks, and they hustle across the
road to join her. Safely across, she scolds Scott and me in a display that
features her turning her back on us, leaning over, and exposing her
feathered butt.



Scott and I continue on, joining the rest of the census-takers at the
Paddle Inn. I chow down my favorite Monte Cristo sandwich.



Returning to the Mio Holiday Motor-In, I talk Dave into heading to federal
land south of Mack Lake in search of a Golden-Winged Warbler. I drive
slowly, stopping where there are stands of young aspens, listening for the
bird’s buzzy song. Where a mature aspen has fallen, I hear a singing
Mourning Warbler, and there he is, perched near the top of the fallen aspen
in full view. Like a KW, he throws his head back at the song’s start, but
unlike a KW, the sound seems to travel the length of his body and ends at
his tail that quivers in the rhythm of his upbeat song’s bubbly finish.
Wow! My sightings of Mourning Warblers are usually nanosecond peeks at
birds through a zillion branches of bushes, leaves, and fallen timber at
Magee, Dolph, or the Arb. This is a first-class treat to watch a Mourning
sing repeatedly and in full view!



Dave and I drag ourselves away from the Mourning Warbler, trolling the road
for Golden-wings. Walking the road alongside aspens that line a wetlands
reveals two more Mourning Warblers, several Redstarts, Chestnut-sided,
Ovenbirds, and Yellow-Rumped Warblers. We split up, Dave studying the
sounds near the wetland, and me checking aspen stands beyond the wetlands.
Rejoining Dave, I agree with him that the two-noted buzzy song he hears is
a Golden-wing but the bird does not come into view. Bummer! Yet we
thoroughly enjoy our visit, hearing or seeing Ruffed Grouse, Broad-Winged
Hawk, Yellow-Billed Cuckoo, Blue-Headed Vireo, and more. Back in Mio, Tom,
Terren, Dave, and I finally chow down a good dinner at the Sky Ranch.





Day 3 (Thursday, June 8), BIG CREEK (Meridian Boundary Fire in Crawford
County)



Today I am paired with fire chief Travis who is in charge of one of the
several firetrucks at the Mio Station. New to Mio, he’s curious about the
wildlife management in the forests he protects so he’s spending the entire
week on the KW Census. Our first transect cuts diagonally and in stair-step
fashion through a jack pine plantation. Travis navigates the two-mile
transect effortlessly and helps me listen for and triangulate KWs; I plot
them on the map. The pines are about six-feet high here but the wide berth
in between trees makes for easy walking. KWs sing in all directions from
the start to finish, and our count here yields 28 KWs of which we’ve seen
3. It takes a long time to plot so many KWs, and at one point, a KW sings
in plain sight, his tail wagging, looking at us from time to time, but
totally involved in his KW singing business while we transact census
business.



Our second transect is through natural burn where downed timber is sure to
make for hazardous footing. Surprisingly, such timber is not a problem, and
the large open areas make our job walking through the forest easy and
enjoyable. We hear 9 KWs including 1 perched high in a mature red pine,
singing full blast, our view of him occasionally blocked by branches
blowing in the light breeze. Our transect ends in a large stand of young
red pines, thus, the sound of singing KWs ends where the red pines begin.
Kim picks us up in her truck, slowly passing by more red pines on Hughes
Lake Road in the hopes of hearing KWs. Nope, no KWs in young red pines.



We eat at Ellie’s 12 Tables (formerly the Branch Café) in Mio. This is my
favorite up north diner because of the many healthy choices, and they don’t
use Cheese Whiz.



I always celebrate my final afternoon up north by a hike at Wakeley Lake on
MI-72, a few miles east of Grayling, but rain is forecast for tomorrow so I
head to Wakeley today. I seek out the usual suspects that I won’t see back
at home -- Nashville, Redstart, and Pine Warblers, Yellow-Bellied
Sapsuckers, Winter Wrens, Blue-Headed Vireos, Red-Breasted Nuthatches, and
Hermit Thrushes. At the northeast side of the lake, two Trumpeter Swans
come into view. It’s flooded here so I double back, surveying the lake from
its eastern shore. Happily, I catch sight of a lone Common Loon far in the
distance. No sign of a mate but this loon is quiet, perhaps not to bring
attention to mom loon nesting somewhere nearby.



In the evening, Tom, Terren, and I hitch a ride in Dave's luxurious truck
to Lewiston to meet forest biologist Phil for dinner. At the Lewiston
Lodge, we have a gorgeous lakeside view and a spectacular meal. Phil
suggests we watch the sunset on the lake in his boat but we are too tired
after a half-week of getting up at 4 am, plus we have another early start
tomorrow.



Tomorrow I conclude this 2017 Kirtland's Warbler Diary with days 4 and 5
and a bird list.


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Date: 6/17/17 6:07 am
From: Don Henise <kiskadee3...>
Subject: [birders] Dickcissels - Jackson County at Mt Hope & Waterloo-Munith Rds

At least 3 male Dickcissels were singing in the field on the northwest corner of Mt. Hope & Waterloo-Munith Roads in Waterloo Township at 8:45 this morning.
We had 3 Black-crowned Night-Herons fly over our house in Jackson at 8:00 as we were leaving. Heading south-southeast. 

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Date: 6/16/17 12:38 pm
From: Eric Arnold <eba...>
Subject: [birders] RHWP report
Lighting not so good today, but both birds are active:

[image: Inline image 1]



Eric

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Date: 6/16/17 9:40 am
From: Karen Markey <ylime...>
Subject: [birders] 2017 Kirtland's Warbler Census Diary (1 of 3)
I am reporting my participation in the Kirtland's Warbler (KW) Census. This
is my 15th year as a volunteer on the Mio team that is made up of United
States Forest Service (USFS) staff, Fish and Wildlife (USFW) staff, and
dedicated citizen volunteers. Every year in early June, the team surveys
federal and (sometimes) state jack pine forests. Some people volunteer for
a few days, others, like me, volunteer for the full work-week.



Now for part 1, a daily account of my experiences on the 2017 KW Census:



Day 0 (Monday, June 5), Drive to MIO



I leave a partly sunny Ann Arbor at 5:50 am for my usual visit to Hartwick
Pines State Park, northeast of Grayling. This year the census starts on
Tuesday morning, so the drive up north is busier than usual due to weekday
traffic. At 9 am, I arrive at the Park, the only car in an otherwise empty
parking lot. Hitting the Old Growth Forest Trail, I hear the din of machine
noise that grows louder and more distracting as I approach the museum.
Unable to hear much more than a party of Blue Jays, I retreat to the
parking lot where idling school buses cough up platoons of screaming
elementary school children. Fleeing in my car, I motor to the park’s nearby
Au Sable River and Mertz Grade Trails where there are so many mosquitos
that no one but the most intrepid hikers dare tread. The River Trail
features two singing Northern Waterthrushes and half dozen Blue-Headed
Vireos. Surprised by so many vireos, I respond to one’s song by pishing,
hoping to catch sight of the bird so that I can confirm my audible-only
identification. Not only does a Blue-Headed come into view, but he brushes
my raingear as he flies past me, my jacket quivering in his wake. Other
specialties on these trails are singing Winter Wrens, Hermit Thrushes, and
Brown Creepers.



I motor to Mio and pull into the Mio Holiday Motor-In where longtime
census-taker Dave is unpacking his luxurious Ford truck. On a Monday night,
restaurant selections are few. I suggest the nearby Ausable Valley Inn,
telling Dave that the census team hasn’t eaten there for a while. After
dinner, I know why we haven’t.





Day 1 (Tuesday, June 6), PINE RIVER



The alarm clock goes off at 3:25 am. Despite 15 years of the same
early-morning census routine, it still hurts to get up so early. At the Mio
Ranger Station, we pile into vehicles for the 50-minute drive, and as we
motor to Pine River, I watch the sun rise, and as it pokes its head into
the clear blue eastern horizon, framed by a blanket of thin white clouds in
all directions but the east, I muse that even the sun has gotten more sleep
than I have last night.



We meet at the Pine River campgrounds where Huron Stores Station staff
assign us to two-person teams. I am paired with Vayla, a USFS seasonal
staff member who works in timber. This is her first census so she navigates
our transect, and I triangulate singing KWs on the map.



Our first transect features trees between four and five feet high, and it’s
loaded with KWs, in fact, as we walk, singing KWs are pervasive and
nonstop. The first KW we see is the second bird of 29 that I plot on the
map. He sings his typical "choo-choo-chee-chee-wee-wee" song so close to us
but when we search for him, he’s moved. Kayla suggests that he’s flying in
a circle, flitting from tree to tree to check us out. Our second KW is just
a silhouette, backlit by the now risen sun, and we catch sight of him for a
nanosecond before he flies to the ground. Our third KW is perched near the
top branches of a jack pine, singing loudly and clearly, watching us but
content to stay put. It’s always hard to walk away from a singing KW but we
must continue with our work.



Our second transect is called “Rattle & Run.” It should be called “Rattle &
None” because there aren’t any KWs in this older jack pine that stands ten
feet or higher. We are told Mississauga Snakes are possible but there are
none of those either.



We meet the rest of the KW census crew at the Chat 'N Chew in Glennie,
where menu choices vary between unhealthy and more unhealthy. I order a ham
and cheese sandwich and gobble it down. Back at the Mio Station, wildlife
biologist Scott gives me a fifteen-minute crash course in GPS navigation
because I forget which GPS buttons and keys to press during the intervening
359 days I am not working the census.



Two regulars, Tom, a West Michigan zookeeper, and Terren, from the USFS
Cadillac station, have arrived for the census, and they join Dave and me at
the nearby Paddle Inn for dinner.



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For readers unfamiliar with the KW Census, I quickly review here how we
census the jack pine forests. The KW Census Coordinator assigns a KW
Section Leader maps through which are drawn 2 to 5 parallel transects
(transect = a line that cuts through the forest) separated by about a
quarter mile from other lines. Route Leaders take charge of two- to
three-person teams that walk these transects at the same time. When
adjacent teams are done, they compare the locations of singing KWs on their
maps to determine which birds are "duplicates." One of the Route Leaders
omits the "duplicate" bird from his/her map. The Section Leader then
consolidates bird locations onto one map and returns it to the Census
Coordinator.



A transect is not a road, trail, or two-track; it is just a line drawn on a
map through the jack pine forest. We stop at 200-meter (about 1/8 of a
mile) intervals to listen for singing male KWs. Hearing the same KW at
successive stops means that we are able to triangulate his exact location
on the map, and it's neat when it happens. Minus strong winds and
obstructions, singing KWs are audible a little beyond 3/16s of a mile.



When I joined the census 15 years ago, we used a compass and counted steps
to navigate our transect. Today we carry a GPS into which our coordinates
have been pre-programmed. On our maps, points are numbered along with their
GPS coordinates. In the field, we check the map for the numbered point,
recall it in the GPS, and maintain the GPS’ bearing while walking to the
point. A compass may be needed when jack pine impedes our forward view.
Referring to the compass enables us to maintain our bearing from point to
point and identify and walk to landmarks (such as tall red pines or oaks)
on our bearing.



If we catch glimpses of a singing KW, we look at its legs for bands. I
resist leaving the transect to search for a singing KW because KWs nest on
the ground, and I do not want to step on a nest.



Tomorrow, I will continue this 2017 Kirtland's Warbler Diary with days 2
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Date: 6/15/17 10:23 am
From: Jack Smiley <jackrsmiley...>
Subject: [birders] Dickcissel, Henslow's Sparrow...now Sedge Wren at Conservancy Farm
Dickcissel and Henslow's Sparrow are still being seen at the Conservancy
Farm in Superior Township. This morning a Sedge Wren was also reported.
Meadowlarks and Bobolinks remain, too.

The Conservancy Farm is at 8383 Vreeland Road, east of Prospect Road. It's
open to the public during daylight hours.

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Date: 6/15/17 12:09 am
From: Fred Kaluza <fkaluza...>
Subject: [birders] Orange plastic "snow fence" on LSCMP beach.
There are stretches of snow fence / safety barrier held up with T-Posts at Metro Beach. Their function is unmarked and one might believe they are arranged to serve the function of a corral. The materials all looked well used as if this were not their first "rodeo". As the Canada Geese are about to go into molt, one can only imagine what function these might serve as they go right down to nearly the waterline on the sides. Any ideas?

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Date: 6/14/17 1:35 pm
From: Martin Bialecki <kilnfired...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Red-headed woodpeckers in Dexter, MI.
I remember decades ago an old open woods in Manchester Twp (sec 29 just
north of ICMP) that had about ten pairs! Some even overwintered. There
were too many decades since when I thought I was witness to the demise of a
great bird. However there are more nad more new hotspots. For 3 years now
a pair along Ayres Rd at Wellwood. Also saw one just east of Watkins Lake
S.P. last week and another east of Manchester village near Eisman Rd.

On Tue, Jun 13, 2017 at 1:32 PM, Eric Arnold <eba...> wrote:

> Yesterday evening I happened to take a turn through the rather small
> Forest Lawn Cemetery in Dexter, MI and spotted a read-headed woodpecker
> near the southern end of the south-east boundary of the property. Although
> I lacked having binoculars or camera with me, I soon discovered that it
> there was a classic hole in a dead part of a fairly tall tree near the
> boundary, and a second adult RHWP and the one I first observed appeared to
> be quite busy bringing things to that site, so I figure they must have a
> nest full of hungry little woodpeckers there.
>
> I went back this morning with camera and binoculars and observed quite a
> bit of activity of bboth adults, One picture (unfortunately not very good)
> appears to show a pair of fresh, tender maple seeds in the beak of one ov
> the birds. I wasn't aware that this might be a food for them, but there is
> a very plentiful supply right now in the cemetery.
>
>
> While the bird activity continued while I was there, it was otherwise
> quiet. Most of the time the birds seemed to be aware of me and avoided
> being too close while foraging, but sometimes one might land in the grass
> or on the trunk or limb of a tree within 100' or so of my position, and
> then it didn't stay there very long if I moved uncautiously. But with
> care, I had quite a few wonderful views. Staying in one place patiently
> paid off well! There was a surprising amount of activity and some great
> viewing occasions.
>
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> birders observing usual caution, but at one point when I was photographing
> it and had an opportunity for several shots, a jogger came through without
> slowing to notice what I was looking at and the bird flew off.
>
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>
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Date: 6/14/17 6:27 am
From: Steve Jerant (via birders Mailing List) <birders...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Red-headed woodpeckers in Dexter, MI.
Eric
I just got one as first ever yard bird yesterday! I live NW of Chelsea near Waterloo.

Best regards,
Steve
Sent from my mobile

> On Jun 13, 2017, at 22:21, Juliet Berger <juliet.berger...> wrote:
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> Thanks for the great report, Eric! It is exciting to have them nesting so close to Ann Arbor.
>
> Juliet Berger
>
>> On Tue, Jun 13, 2017 at 1:32 PM, Eric Arnold <eba...> wrote:
>> Yesterday evening I happened to take a turn through the rather small Forest Lawn Cemetery in Dexter, MI and spotted a read-headed woodpecker near the southern end of the south-east boundary of the property. Although I lacked having binoculars or camera with me, I soon discovered that it there was a classic hole in a dead part of a fairly tall tree near the boundary, and a second adult RHWP and the one I first observed appeared to be quite busy bringing things to that site, so I figure they must have a nest full of hungry little woodpeckers there.
>>
>> I went back this morning with camera and binoculars and observed quite a bit of activity of bboth adults, One picture (unfortunately not very good) appears to show a pair of fresh, tender maple seeds in the beak of one ov the birds. I wasn't aware that this might be a food for them, but there is a very plentiful supply right now in the cemetery.
>>
>>
>>
>> While the bird activity continued while I was there, it was otherwise quiet. Most of the time the birds seemed to be aware of me and avoided being too close while foraging, but sometimes one might land in the grass or on the trunk or limb of a tree within 100' or so of my position, and then it didn't stay there very long if I moved uncautiously. But with care, I had quite a few wonderful views. Staying in one place patiently paid off well! There was a surprising amount of activity and some great viewing occasions.
>>
>> I don't have a sense for how well it might tolerate a small group of birders observing usual caution, but at one point when I was photographing it and had an opportunity for several shots, a jogger came through without slowing to notice what I was looking at and the bird flew off.
>>
>> Eric Arnold
>>
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Date: 6/13/17 7:23 pm
From: Juliet Berger <juliet.berger...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Red-headed woodpeckers in Dexter, MI.
Thanks for the great report, Eric! It is exciting to have them nesting so
close to Ann Arbor.

Juliet Berger

On Tue, Jun 13, 2017 at 1:32 PM, Eric Arnold <eba...> wrote:

> Yesterday evening I happened to take a turn through the rather small
> Forest Lawn Cemetery in Dexter, MI and spotted a read-headed woodpecker
> near the southern end of the south-east boundary of the property. Although
> I lacked having binoculars or camera with me, I soon discovered that it
> there was a classic hole in a dead part of a fairly tall tree near the
> boundary, and a second adult RHWP and the one I first observed appeared to
> be quite busy bringing things to that site, so I figure they must have a
> nest full of hungry little woodpeckers there.
>
> I went back this morning with camera and binoculars and observed quite a
> bit of activity of bboth adults, One picture (unfortunately not very good)
> appears to show a pair of fresh, tender maple seeds in the beak of one ov
> the birds. I wasn't aware that this might be a food for them, but there is
> a very plentiful supply right now in the cemetery.
>
>
> While the bird activity continued while I was there, it was otherwise
> quiet. Most of the time the birds seemed to be aware of me and avoided
> being too close while foraging, but sometimes one might land in the grass
> or on the trunk or limb of a tree within 100' or so of my position, and
> then it didn't stay there very long if I moved uncautiously. But with
> care, I had quite a few wonderful views. Staying in one place patiently
> paid off well! There was a surprising amount of activity and some great
> viewing occasions.
>
> I don't have a sense for how well it might tolerate a small group of
> birders observing usual caution, but at one point when I was photographing
> it and had an opportunity for several shots, a jogger came through without
> slowing to notice what I was looking at and the bird flew off.
>
> Eric Arnold
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Date: 6/13/17 10:33 am
From: Eric Arnold <eba...>
Subject: [birders] Red-headed woodpeckers in Dexter, MI.
Yesterday evening I happened to take a turn through the rather small Forest
Lawn Cemetery in Dexter, MI and spotted a read-headed woodpecker near the
southern end of the south-east boundary of the property. Although I lacked
having binoculars or camera with me, I soon discovered that it there was a
classic hole in a dead part of a fairly tall tree near the boundary, and a
second adult RHWP and the one I first observed appeared to be quite busy
bringing things to that site, so I figure they must have a nest full of
hungry little woodpeckers there.

I went back this morning with camera and binoculars and observed quite a
bit of activity of bboth adults, One picture (unfortunately not very good)
appears to show a pair of fresh, tender maple seeds in the beak of one ov
the birds. I wasn't aware that this might be a food for them, but there is
a very plentiful supply right now in the cemetery.


While the bird activity continued while I was there, it was otherwise
quiet. Most of the time the birds seemed to be aware of me and avoided
being too close while foraging, but sometimes one might land in the grass
or on the trunk or limb of a tree within 100' or so of my position, and
then it didn't stay there very long if I moved uncautiously. But with
care, I had quite a few wonderful views. Staying in one place patiently
paid off well! There was a surprising amount of activity and some great
viewing occasions.

I don't have a sense for how well it might tolerate a small group of
birders observing usual caution, but at one point when I was photographing
it and had an opportunity for several shots, a jogger came through without
slowing to notice what I was looking at and the bird flew off.

Eric Arnold



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Date: 6/13/17 9:01 am
From: pat j (via birders Mailing List) <birders...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Upland Sandpiper Returns to Willow Run
I've had good luck since 2013 with Upland Sandpipers at Willow Run.(4) in April 2017(2) in April 2016(2) in June 2015(1) in April 2014(5) in May 2014(2) in May 2013The last couple years the best location has been the south end of runway 5L.The habitat on the east side of the airport was altered a couple years ago and hasn't been as reliable lately.Patrick Jakel



From: Melissa Pappas <birders...>
To: Birders UM <birders...>
Sent: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 11:34 AM
Subject: [birders] Upland Sandpiper Returns to Willow Run

Haven't seen any Upland Sandpipers at Willow Run for the past few years, but just passed one sitting up on the fence.

Melissa Pappas
Hamburg Township, Livingston County, MI

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Date: 6/13/17 8:33 am
From: Melissa Pappas (via birders Mailing List) <birders...>
Subject: [birders] Upland Sandpiper Returns to Willow Run
Haven't seen any Upland Sandpipers at Willow Run for the past few years, but just passed one sitting up on the fence.

Melissa Pappas
Hamburg Township, Livingston County, MI

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Date: 6/12/17 7:27 pm
From: Beverly Wolf <Bev_Wolf...>
Subject: [birders] Western Meadowlark
Believe to have seen two Western Meadowlarks in the area of East Oakwood and
Housner Rds in northeast Oxford Twp this afternoon. They were far away and
chasing after each other. ID based more on the 'chit chit' sounds - didn't
hear the song and not close enough to look for finer points to differentiate
from the Eastern Meadowlark - so it's possible they were Eastern
Meadowlarks. My guess is still Western (but I'm not very good at this).



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Date: 6/12/17 2:38 pm
From: Phil Bugosh <peb729...>
Subject: [birders] Reminder: OAS monthly meeting/program tomorrow night Tuesday June 13
June 13, 2017 (Tuesday) 7:30 PM. Join us for the Oakland Audubon Society's
monthly meeting and a program titled “Wildflowers” presented by Caryle
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July. Meetings are held at the First United Methodist Church, Thomas Parlor
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the rear main entrance. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please note this
will be the last meeting until September.

Please see our website for details about upcoming events. You do not have
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http://www.oaklandaudubon.org/

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Date: 6/12/17 11:31 am
From: Sally K. Scheer <winerat...>
Subject: RE: [birders] Yellow-breasted Chat and WEV at Petersburg SGA
Lucky you, Roger!! Maybe if I ever get to retire, I'll be able to go
searching for this bird. Ever since I first heard its song on the Peterson
CD, I've wanted to see one and hear it in person. Thanks for letting us all
know they are around in such a close location.



Sally Scheer





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Subject: [birders] Yellow-breasted Chat and WEV at Petersburg SGA



I was down at Petersburg SGA (western Monroe County south of Dundee) Sunday
and found three Yellow-breasted Chats and a White-eyed Vireo. The first Chat
was in the large brushy field off of the easternmost parking area on Lulu
road. Two other Chats and the White-eyed Vireo were in the field west off of
Teal Road (southwestern parking area.) All birds were doing a lot of singing
and should be easy to track down their songs.



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Date: 6/12/17 6:14 am
From: Jack Smiley <jackrsmiley...>
Subject: [birders] Dickcissel and Henslow's Sparrow at Conservancy Farm
This morning, just north of the Community Organic Garden at the farm,
Dickcissel
and Henslow's Sparrow were observed...along with a number of Bobolinks and
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.

The Conservancy Farm is at 8383 Vreeland Road, east of Prospect Road.
People may park along Vreeland Road or in the small parking area behind the
farm house and walk to the garden area.

Jack Smiley

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Date: 6/11/17 5:14 pm
From: Roger Kuhlman <rkuhlman...>
Subject: [birders] Yellow-breasted Chat and WEV at Petersburg SGA
I was down at Petersburg SGA (western Monroe County south of Dundee) Sunday and found three Yellow-breasted Chats and a White-eyed Vireo. The first Chat was in the large brushy field off of the easternmost parking area on Lulu road. Two other Chats and the White-eyed Vireo were in the field west off of Teal Road (southwestern parking area.) All birds were doing a lot of singing and should be easy to track down their songs.


Roger Kuhlman

6/11/2017

Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Date: 6/11/17 10:10 am
From: Lathe Claflin <lathe.claflin...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Florida bird question
The first 2 songs on your recording match the second song for White-eyed
Vireo at the Cornell website, All About Birds. Lathe


On Sunday, June 11, 2017, Richard Neubig <Richard.Neubig...> wrote:

> Birders,
>
>
>
> I heard and briefly saw a vireo-like bird on the wildlife trail in Ding
> Darling NWR on Sanibel Island.
>
>
>
> It had definite white markings around the eye. It was singing repeatedly
> in dense brush and I got the sound recording enclosed. My best guess is
> thick-billed vireo but that would be very rare.
>
>
>
> Any other suggestions. Didn’t look like blue-headed and they should be
> gone north anyway.
>
>
>
> Thanks,
>
>
>
> Rick
>
>
>
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>
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>
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>
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>
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Date: 6/11/17 9:56 am
From: Richard Neubig <Richard.Neubig...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Florida bird question
Thanks. They aren't expected here in summer either but more likely than thick billed.

Sigh!!!!



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-------- Original message --------
From: Johannes <jpst51...>
Date: 6/11/17 12:12 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: Richard Neubig <Richard.Neubig...>
Cc: Birders UM <birders...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Florida bird question

Sounds like of White-eyed to me as well

Johannes

Sent from my iPhone

On Jun 11, 2017, at 09:00, Richard Neubig <Richard.Neubig...><mailto:<Richard.Neubig...>> wrote:

Birders,

I heard and briefly saw a vireo-like bird on the wildlife trail in Ding Darling NWR on Sanibel Island.

It had definite white markings around the eye. It was singing repeatedly in dense brush and I got the sound recording enclosed. My best guess is thick-billed vireo but that would be very rare.

Any other suggestions. Didnt look like blue-headed and they should be gone north anyway.

Thanks,

Rick

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Date: 6/11/17 9:13 am
From: Johannes <jpst51...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Florida bird question
Sounds like of White-eyed to me as well

Johannes

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jun 11, 2017, at 09:00, Richard Neubig <Richard.Neubig...> wrote:
>
> Birders,
>
> I heard and briefly saw a vireo-like bird on the wildlife trail in Ding Darling NWR on Sanibel Island.
>
> It had definite white markings around the eye. It was singing repeatedly in dense brush and I got the sound recording enclosed. My best guess is thick-billed vireo but that would be very rare.
>
> Any other suggestions. Didn’t look like blue-headed and they should be gone north anyway.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Rick
>
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Date: 6/11/17 6:27 am
From: birds891357 (via birders Mailing List) <birders...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Florida bird question
Sounds a lot like a white-eyed vireo.

Mark O’Keefe






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From: Richard Neubig
Sent: ‎Sunday‎, ‎June‎ ‎11‎, ‎2017 ‎9‎:‎00‎ ‎AM
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Birders,



I heard and briefly saw a vireo-like bird on the wildlife trail in Ding Darling NWR on Sanibel Island.



It had definite white markings around the eye. It was singing repeatedly in dense brush and I got the sound recording enclosed. My best guess is thick-billed vireo but that would be very rare.



Any other suggestions. Didn’t look like blue-headed and they should be gone north anyway.



Thanks,



Rick




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Date: 6/11/17 6:01 am
From: Richard Neubig <Richard.Neubig...>
Subject: [birders] Florida bird question
Birders,

I heard and briefly saw a vireo-like bird on the wildlife trail in Ding Darling NWR on Sanibel Island.

It had definite white markings around the eye. It was singing repeatedly in dense brush and I got the sound recording enclosed. My best guess is thick-billed vireo but that would be very rare.

Any other suggestions. Didn't look like blue-headed and they should be gone north anyway.

Thanks,

Rick

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Date: 6/10/17 6:55 pm
From: Phil Bugosh <peb729...>
Subject: [birders] Oakland Audubon Society Events Tuesday June 13 and Saturday June 24
June 13, 2017 (Tuesday) 7:30 PM. Join us for the Oakland Audubon Society's
monthly meeting and a program titled “Wildflowers” presented by Caryle
Spence.
Spring signals the beginning of wildflower season. OAS member Caryle Spence
gets us in the mood for the glorious explosion of nature’s wildflower
bounty, featuring native Michigan species from early spring into July.
Meetings are held at the First United Methodist Church, Thomas Parlor Room,
1589 West Maple Road, Birmingham, MI 48009. Enter the building from the
rear main entrance. Everyone is welcome to attend.

June 24, 2017 (Saturday) 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM. Birds & Butterflies at
Independence Oaks. Leader: Kathleen Dougherty. Email: <kad8186...>
Meet at the Camp Wilderness Parking Lot at Independence Oaks County Park
for a 2 mile birding hike to see bluebirds, swallows, vireos, woodpeckers,
sparrows and warblers. At 10 a.m. butterfly expert Dwayne Badgero will
join the group to search for butterflies. Bring water! County park entry
fees apply.

Please see our website for details about upcoming events. You do not have
to be a member to participate. Everyone is welcome.
http://www.oaklandaudubon.org/

Thank you,
Phil Bugosh
Oakland Audubon Society

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Date: 6/10/17 7:38 am
From: Penny (via birders Mailing List) <birders...>
Subject: [birders] common nighthawks
Common nighthawks have been heard regularly at night over Brownell School in Grosse Pointe Farms.
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Date: 6/10/17 6:45 am
From: Penny (via birders Mailing List) <birders...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Trumpeter Swan deaths again at Scio Parker Ponds
We have a "floating island" in our cove, made mostly of lake weeds and plant debris.  The swans enjoy spending time there and share it with the turtles, ducks and herons. I don't think the created island would necessarily have to be permanently anchored.  I have seen park-created floating wooden platforms in the pond at Lake St. Clair Metro Park, which those swans also enjoy. It could be the simplest and cheapest solution. I assume you would need the permission of the owners to put one in.
Penny S.

From: Sally K. Scheer <winerat...>
To: 'Mary Wise' <auntyem...>; <w8liftr40...>
Cc: 'Juliet Berger' <juliet.berger...>; <birders...>
Sent: Thursday, June 8, 2017 10:08 PM
Subject: RE: [birders] Trumpeter Swan deaths again at Scio Parker Ponds

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On Jun 8, 2017, at 9:02 PM, Juliet Berger <juliet.berger...> wrote:
Birders and Friends,I don't know why I didn't know this until yesterday, but the male Trumpeter Swan at Scio/Parker, was found dead in the pond in April, and two of the cygnets have apparently been recently run over in the road.&nb sp; The female is rearing the two remaining cygnets on her own.Here is a link to the article in M-live.  http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2017/06/trumpeter_swans_killed_in_area.html  This continuing saga is indeed sad and disturbing.  Juliet BergerWashtenaw Audubon Society




 










 



   




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Date: 6/10/17 2:18 am
From: Phil Bugosh <peb729...>
Subject: [birders] Reminder: OAS field trip Sunday June 11, Thumb Area
June 11, 2017 (Sunday) 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Thumb Area Wild Card. Leader: Ed
Lewandowski, Email: <ocbirdguy...>

The starting point will be Chippewa Landing Park, Caro, MI, just south of
the Cass River on M-24. The trip will include the best spots for birds
currently found in the area. Likely stops could be Deford SGA, Sanilac
Petroglyphs, Minden Bog, Forestville and Bad Axe Airport. We will stop for
lunch. Feel free to bring lunch and snacks if you prefer. Focus is on
breeding birds of the area.

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Date: 6/9/17 12:34 pm
From: Jacques Mersereau <jacmer...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Trumpeter Swan deaths again at Scio Parker Ponds
The names of the SE pond owners is known, but the house I believe is rented
out. If anyone *knows* the owners of that property, an introduction would
be appreciated. Cold calls have not yet worked.

Thanks in advance!

Jacques

On Fri, Jun 9, 2017 at 1:45 PM Sally K. Scheer <winerat...>
wrote:

> Thanks for the clear and informative update. It matches what we have
> observed in many details. The one we weren’t clear on was the Canada goose
> young ones killed in the road. There was misinformation about those bodies
> going around. With the nearly concurrent disappearance of two swan babies,
> it was impossible to tell how that happened.
>
>
>
> I know snapping turtles are a serious hazard for all young waterfowl. I
> would guess that was the agent of the two swans disappearing. Turtles gotta
> eat too, you know!
>
>
>
> I volunteer my dog to walk with me along the side of the road where the
> swans often loaf. She’s used to road walking and very controllable. She’s
> small (terrier/schnauzer mix and about 33 pounds) so she would be no threat
> to the swans size-wise. Her smell would be the most helpful part of her. We
> often have used her excrement as a natural defense against other unwanted
> wildlife. I didn’t think birds had a sense of smell, but if dog presence
> seems to be helpful, we’re willing to contribute her help.
>
>
>
> The ‘loafing’ island creation is the one solution I think has the best
> chance of success. It will need a base, probably of larger stones or even
> concrete blocks, to hold it in place and provide stability. FIRST we have
> to get landowner permission for anything beyond the dog-walking solution.
>
>
>
> Didn’t the folks who bought the house and barn to the east of the
> southeast pond also purchase the southeast pond? Has anyone checked the tax
> rolls to see who the owners are? Or the Register of Deeds for the county?
>
>
>
> Sally Scheer
>
> Bridgewater Township
>
>
>
>
>
> *From:* Jacques Mersereau [mailto:<jacmer...>]
> *Sent:* Friday, June 09, 2017 8:53 AM
> *To:* Sally Scheer
> *Cc:* Mary Wise; <w8liftr40...>; Juliet Berger; Birders
>
>
> *Subject:* Re: [birders] Trumpeter Swan deaths again at Scio Parker Ponds
>
>
>
> Hello,
>
>
>
> As some of you may know, I am one of those keeping tabs on the Trumpeter
> Swans inhabiting "Swan Corners" - the intersection of Parker and Scio
> Church Roads.
>
> Our facebook page is Swanfriends and was formed after the original family
> was hit by a car.
>
>
>
> Here is what has happened in the last few months.
>
> A new pair arrived to replace the *second* family killed deliberately run
> over by some moron with a vehicle with 13.5" wide tires.
>
> To my knowledge, even after putting up reward signs, no one has been
> brought to justice.
>
>
>
> The new family nested and had seven eggs. Shortly thereafter, one of our
> Swanfriends found the male - dead - floating in the SW pond.
>
> He appeared to have suffered a head injury. We do not know how.
>
>
>
> The female persisted and four cygnets hatched. TWO of them disappeared =
> nature. These cygnets were NOT run over.
>
> The two bodies killed by cars were Canadian Goose babies.
>
>
>
> When I drove by this AM (Friday, June 9th) Mama was in the SW pond with
> her two fuzzies.
>
>
>
> They were on the road's shoulder yesterday. After asking for, and
> receiving advice from the experts at the Trumpeter Swan Society,
>
> we have been asked to walk dogs along the road sides to deter the swans
> from 'loafing' there.
>
> However, this is a VERY dangerous and busy set of roads. Others have used
> umbrellas to shoo them back into the water.
>
> These swans are not scared by people!
>
>
>
> YES, we know that we are not supposed to harass the swans - but the other
> option, to let them remain roadside - has proved FATAL.
>
>
>
> Swanfriends have been speaking with many interests about making Swan
> Corners safer for nesting Trumpeters, including
>
> Washtenaw Country Road Commission, the MDNR, the MDEQ, the Legacy Land
> Conservancy, the Trumpeter Swan Society and the land owners.
>
> Options are *very* limited. We are moving forward with what can be done,
> but we hope that others will help keep these swans safe by getting them off
> the roads.
>
> Please DO NOT FEED THEM!!! If you see others feeding the birds, *kindly*
> as them not to as it attracts them to the roads.
>
>
>
> One idea is to create a new 'loafing' area away from the roads. There is
> no guarantee they will use it, but this is just about the only option.
>
> The other idea is to get the Road Commission to rig some sort of
> _temporary_ fence, but as the roads are really controlled by MDOT,
>
> this is unlikely to happen.
>
>
>
> Please go to Swanfriends on Facebook to see pictures and keep up with the
> latest.
>
>
>
> IF anyone knows the folks who own the SE pond, we would appreciate getting
> in touch with them.
>
>
>
> Aloha,
>
>
>
> Jacques
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
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Date: 6/9/17 10:46 am
From: Sally K. Scheer <winerat...>
Subject: RE: [birders] Trumpeter Swan deaths again at Scio Parker Ponds
Thanks for the clear and informative update. It matches what we have observed in many details. The one we weren’t clear on was the Canada goose young ones killed in the road. There was misinformation about those bodies going around. With the nearly concurrent disappearance of two swan babies, it was impossible to tell how that happened.



I know snapping turtles are a serious hazard for all young waterfowl. I would guess that was the agent of the two swans disappearing. Turtles gotta eat too, you know!



I volunteer my dog to walk with me along the side of the road where the swans often loaf. She’s used to road walking and very controllable. She’s small (terrier/schnauzer mix and about 33 pounds) so she would be no threat to the swans size-wise. Her smell would be the most helpful part of her. We often have used her excrement as a natural defense against other unwanted wildlife. I didn’t think birds had a sense of smell, but if dog presence seems to be helpful, we’re willing to contribute her help.



The ‘loafing’ island creation is the one solution I think has the best chance of success. It will need a base, probably of larger stones or even concrete blocks, to hold it in place and provide stability. FIRST we have to get landowner permission for anything beyond the dog-walking solution.



Didn’t the folks who bought the house and barn to the east of the southeast pond also purchase the southeast pond? Has anyone checked the tax rolls to see who the owners are? Or the Register of Deeds for the county?



Sally Scheer

Bridgewater Township





From: Jacques Mersereau [mailto:<jacmer...>]
Sent: Friday, June 09, 2017 8:53 AM
To: Sally Scheer
Cc: Mary Wise; <w8liftr40...>; Juliet Berger; Birders
Subject: Re: [birders] Trumpeter Swan deaths again at Scio Parker Ponds



Hello,



As some of you may know, I am one of those keeping tabs on the Trumpeter Swans inhabiting "Swan Corners" - the intersection of Parker and Scio Church Roads.

Our facebook page is Swanfriends and was formed after the original family was hit by a car.



Here is what has happened in the last few months.

A new pair arrived to replace the *second* family killed deliberately run over by some moron with a vehicle with 13.5" wide tires.

To my knowledge, even after putting up reward signs, no one has been brought to justice.



The new family nested and had seven eggs. Shortly thereafter, one of our Swanfriends found the male - dead - floating in the SW pond.

He appeared to have suffered a head injury. We do not know how.



The female persisted and four cygnets hatched. TWO of them disappeared = nature. These cygnets were NOT run over.

The two bodies killed by cars were Canadian Goose babies.



When I drove by this AM (Friday, June 9th) Mama was in the SW pond with her two fuzzies.



They were on the road's shoulder yesterday. After asking for, and receiving advice from the experts at the Trumpeter Swan Society,

we have been asked to walk dogs along the road sides to deter the swans from 'loafing' there.

However, this is a VERY dangerous and busy set of roads. Others have used umbrellas to shoo them back into the water.

These swans are not scared by people!



YES, we know that we are not supposed to harass the swans - but the other option, to let them remain roadside - has proved FATAL.



Swanfriends have been speaking with many interests about making Swan Corners safer for nesting Trumpeters, including

Washtenaw Country Road Commission, the MDNR, the MDEQ, the Legacy Land Conservancy, the Trumpeter Swan Society and the land owners.

Options are *very* limited. We are moving forward with what can be done, but we hope that others will help keep these swans safe by getting them off the roads.

Please DO NOT FEED THEM!!! If you see others feeding the birds, *kindly* as them not to as it attracts them to the roads.



One idea is to create a new 'loafing' area away from the roads. There is no guarantee they will use it, but this is just about the only option.

The other idea is to get the Road Commission to rig some sort of _temporary_ fence, but as the roads are really controlled by MDOT,

this is unlikely to happen.



Please go to Swanfriends on Facebook to see pictures and keep up with the latest.



IF anyone knows the folks who own the SE pond, we would appreciate getting in touch with them.



Aloha,



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Date: 6/9/17 6:20 am
From: \P. swanson\ (via birders Mailing List) <birders...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Trumpeter Swan deaths again at Scio Parker Ponds
I am afraid for the remaining swans but am not surprised. Awful.
Penny S.

> On Jun 8, 2017, at 9:07 PM, Jeff Schultz (via birders Mailing List) <birders...> wrote:
>
> Greetings,
>
> I did a drive by today during work. Saw the female and two cygnets alone. Was wondering what happened to the male.
>
> Unfortunately, I'm not surprised this happened yet again.
>
> Jeff Schultz
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Jun 8, 2017, at 9:02 PM, Juliet Berger <juliet.berger...> wrote:
>>
>> Birders and Friends,
>> I don't know why I didn't know this until yesterday, but the male Trumpeter Swan at Scio/Parker, was found dead in the pond in April, and two of the cygnets have apparently been recently run over in the road.&nb sp; The female is rearing the two remaining cygnets on her own.
>> Here is a link to the article in M-live. http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2017/06/trumpeter_swans_killed_in_area.html
>>
>> This continuing saga is indeed sad and disturbing.
>>
>> Juliet Berger
>> Washtenaw Audubon Society
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Date: 6/9/17 5:53 am
From: Jacques Mersereau <jacmer...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Trumpeter Swan deaths again at Scio Parker Ponds
Hello,

As some of you may know, I am one of those keeping tabs on the Trumpeter
Swans inhabiting "Swan Corners" - the intersection of Parker and Scio
Church Roads.
Our facebook page is Swanfriends and was formed after the original family
was hit by a car.

Here is what has happened in the last few months.
A new pair arrived to replace the *second* family killed deliberately run
over by some moron with a vehicle with 13.5" wide tires.
To my knowledge, even after putting up reward signs, no one has been
brought to justice.

The new family nested and had seven eggs. Shortly thereafter, one of our
Swanfriends found the male - dead - floating in the SW pond.
He appeared to have suffered a head injury. We do not know how.

The female persisted and four cygnets hatched. TWO of them disappeared =
nature. These cygnets were NOT run over.
The two bodies killed by cars were Canadian Goose babies.

When I drove by this AM (Friday, June 9th) Mama was in the SW pond with her
two fuzzies.

They were on the road's shoulder yesterday. After asking for, and
receiving advice from the experts at the Trumpeter Swan Society,
we have been asked to walk dogs along the road sides to deter the swans
from 'loafing' there.
However, this is a VERY dangerous and busy set of roads. Others have used
umbrellas to shoo them back into the water.
These swans are not scared by people!

YES, we know that we are not supposed to harass the swans - but the other
option, to let them remain roadside - has proved FATAL.

Swanfriends have been speaking with many interests about making Swan
Corners safer for nesting Trumpeters, including
Washtenaw Country Road Commission, the MDNR, the MDEQ, the Legacy Land
Conservancy, the Trumpeter Swan Society and the land owners.
Options are *very* limited. We are moving forward with what can be done,
but we hope that others will help keep these swans safe by getting them off
the roads.
Please DO NOT FEED THEM!!! If you see others feeding the birds, *kindly*
as them not to as it attracts them to the roads.

One idea is to create a new 'loafing' area away from the roads. There is no
guarantee they will use it, but this is just about the only option.
The other idea is to get the Road Commission to rig some sort of
_temporary_ fence, but as the roads are really controlled by MDOT,
this is unlikely to happen.

Please go to Swanfriends on Facebook to see pictures and keep up with the
latest.

IF anyone knows the folks who own the SE pond, we would appreciate getting
in touch with them.

Aloha,

Jacques

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Date: 6/8/17 7:08 pm
From: Sally K. Scheer <winerat...>
Subject: RE: [birders] Trumpeter Swan deaths again at Scio Parker Ponds
My husband made the same observation just tonight. There was talk of maybe making an island with copious gravel for them somewhere in the pond or on a less trafficked side of the pond. Wish we could do something like that. I’d help buy the gravel.



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From: <birders-request...> [mailto:<birders-request...>] On Behalf Of Mary Wise
Sent: Thursday, June 08, 2017 9:18 PM
To: <w8liftr40...>
Cc: Juliet Berger; <birders...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Trumpeter Swan deaths again at Scio Parker Ponds



I also noted an adult and two cygnets right on the edge of the road yesterday when I drove by. Unfortunately, even without people deliberately trying to harm them, it's a very dangerous place for them.



On Thu, Jun 8, 2017 at 9:07 PM, Jeff Schultz <birders...> wrote:

Greetings,



I did a drive by today during work. Saw the female and two cygnets alone. Was wondering what happened to the male.



Unfortunately, I'm not surprised this happened yet again.



Jeff Schultz

Sent from my iPhone


On Jun 8, 2017, at 9:02 PM, Juliet Berger <juliet.berger...> wrote:

Birders and Friends,

I don't know why I didn't know this until yesterday, but the male Trumpeter Swan at Scio/Parker, was found dead in the pond in April, and two of the cygnets have apparently been recently run over in the road.&nb sp; The female is rearing the two remaining cygnets on her own.

Here is a link to the article in M-live. http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2017/06/trumpeter_swans_killed_in_area.html



This continuing saga is indeed sad and disturbing.



Juliet Berger

Washtenaw Audubon Society


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Date: 6/8/17 7:06 pm
From: Sally K. Scheer <winerat...>
Subject: RE: [birders] Trumpeter Swan deaths again at Scio Parker Ponds
I have some input on the dead male swan found in the pond in April. My husband and I, one or both of us, drive past there almost every day on the way to work in Ann Arbor He calls me most days with a “wildlife report”. We had been following the sitting mother in the west pond and hoping for the best after the previous sad deaths there. We saw the male swimming near the female often. There was a second pair of swans (trumpeters too) in the east pond for many days but the never seemed to have anything to do with the other pair in the west pond.

One day in April he called to say he had seen the east pond swans chasing the male from the west pond. They flew right over the car as he drove up Parker from the south.



The report of finding the dead male in the pond didn’t come to my attention until much later. The report was that examination of the swan did not indicate injuries consistent with a vehicular mishap.



Is it possible that the other pair of swans injured the male from the west pond enough to kill him??



Sally Scheer

Bridgewater Township





From: <birders-request...> [mailto:<birders-request...>] On Behalf Of Juliet Berger
Sent: Thursday, June 08, 2017 9:03 PM
To: <birders...>
Subject: [birders] Trumpeter Swan deaths again at Scio Parker Ponds



Birders and Friends,

I don't know why I didn't know this until yesterday, but the male Trumpeter Swan at Scio/Parker, was found dead in the pond in April, and two of the cygnets have apparently been recently run over in the road. The female is rearing the two remaining cygnets on her own.

Here is a link to the article in M-live. http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2017/06/trumpeter_swans_killed_in_area.html



This continuing saga is indeed sad and disturbing.



Juliet Berger

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Date: 6/8/17 7:04 pm
From: Juliet Berger <juliet.berger...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Trumpeter Swan deaths again at Scio Parker Ponds
Merrily Hart made this correction below-- Juliet

On Thu, Jun 8, 2017 at 9:59 PM, Merrily Hart <merrilyhart...> wrote:

> Hi Juliet,
> The two cygnets were not run over -- that seems to have been "fake news."
> Goslings were run over -- the little swans seemed to have succumbed to
> predators in the area. I can't cite the correct thread but if you wade
> through swanfriends FB I think Kevin gave the information.
> The newspaper never made a correction.
>
> Those damn creatures seem to prefer the shoulder and the road to safer
> places though!!
>
> your friendly swan observer,
> Merrily
>
> On Thu, Jun 8, 2017 at 9:02 PM, Juliet Berger <juliet.berger...>
> wrote:
>
>> Birders and Friends,
>> I don't know why I didn't know this until yesterday, but the male
>> Trumpeter Swan at Scio/Parker, was found dead in the pond in April, and two
>> of the cygnets have apparently been recently run over in the road. The
>> female is rearing the two remaining cygnets on her own.
>> Here is a link to the article in M-live. http://www.mlive.com/news/ann
>> -arbor/index.ssf/2017/06/trumpeter_swans_killed_in_area.html
>>
>> This continuing saga is indeed sad and disturbing.
>>
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>> Washtenaw Audubon Society
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Date: 6/8/17 6:19 pm
From: Mary Wise <auntyem...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Trumpeter Swan deaths again at Scio Parker Ponds
I also noted an adult and two cygnets right on the edge of the road
yesterday when I drove by. Unfortunately, even without people deliberately
trying to harm them, it's a very dangerous place for them.

On Thu, Jun 8, 2017 at 9:07 PM, Jeff Schultz <
<birders...> wrote:

> Greetings,
>
> I did a drive by today during work. Saw the female and two cygnets alone.
> Was wondering what happened to the male.
>
> Unfortunately, I'm not surprised this happened yet again.
>
> Jeff Schultz
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Jun 8, 2017, at 9:02 PM, Juliet Berger <juliet.berger...> wrote:
>
> Birders and Friends,
> I don't know why I didn't know this until yesterday, but the male
> Trumpeter Swan at Scio/Parker, was found dead in the pond in April, and two
> of the cygnets have apparently been recently run over in the road.&nb sp;
> The female is rearing the two remaining cygnets on her own.
> Here is a link to the article in M-live. http://www.mlive.com/news/
> ann-arbor/index.ssf/2017/06/trumpeter_swans_killed_in_area.html
>
> This continuing saga is indeed sad and disturbing.
>
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Date: 6/8/17 6:08 pm
From: Jeff Schultz (via birders Mailing List) <birders...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Trumpeter Swan deaths again at Scio Parker Ponds
Greetings,

I did a drive by today during work. Saw the female and two cygnets alone. Was wondering what happened to the male.

Unfortunately, I'm not surprised this happened yet again.

Jeff Schultz

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jun 8, 2017, at 9:02 PM, Juliet Berger <juliet.berger...> wrote:
>
> Birders and Friends,
> I don't know why I didn't know this until yesterday, but the male Trumpeter Swan at Scio/Parker, was found dead in the pond in April, and two of the cygnets have apparently been recently run over in the road. The female is rearing the two remaining cygnets on her own.
> Here is a link to the article in M-live. http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2017/06/trumpeter_swans_killed_in_area.html
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> This continuing saga is indeed sad and disturbing.
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Date: 6/8/17 6:04 pm
From: Juliet Berger <juliet.berger...>
Subject: [birders] Trumpeter Swan deaths again at Scio Parker Ponds
Birders and Friends,
I don't know why I didn't know this until yesterday, but the male Trumpeter
Swan at Scio/Parker, was found dead in the pond in April, and two of the
cygnets have apparently been recently run over in the road. The female is
rearing the two remaining cygnets on her own.
Here is a link to the article in M-live.
http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2017/06/trumpeter_swans_killed_in_area.html

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Washtenaw Audubon Society

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Date: 6/8/17 6:21 am
From: Laurent Fournier <poecile.cinctus...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Off-topic: mapping trails with a smartphone and boots on the ground
Please note that there is an extremely detailed topo map of stinchfield
woods/peach mountain, produced and updated by the South Michigan
Orienteering Club.

https://smoc-runs.com/

Those maps are usually for sale for a a fee ($5 for members, $10 for non
members) at each race (once or twice a year at that location), I am quite
sure you could get one simply by contacting the club director (Igor), his
information is on the website (I don't know if he will be willing to send
you a pdf, or just a hard copy of it).

Those maps are regularly updated, that location hosted the US orienteering
championship a few years ago, and orienteers are insanely picky about their
maps (every single little boulder that is bigger than a foot is actually on
the map!).

I would definitely recommend contacting smoc if you need a very good map of
that area (other locations are also available, check out the website).

(and, if you like that area, you might want to do one of the SMOC races,
they are fun, and there is always a race for every skill/fitness level, I
have done some of them with my preschooler)


Let me know if you have a question!


Laurent





On Thu, Jun 8, 2017 at 8:20 AM, Alice Elliott <alelliot...> wrote:

> Someone can correct me if I'm wrong on this one, but I believe the
> original map was drawn by U of M students in the Environmental Spatial
> Analysis lab (which is a lab that works primarily with GPS/GIS and remote
> sensing). It would be fairly easy to re-create Bob's map in a GIS, or
> alternatively to import the KML file that Bob made into a GIS and then
> smooth out any errors using software or manual digitization.
>
> From there, we could do a couple things that could be useful for next
> year's count: 1. export it as a KML file so that the more technical among
> us could open it in Google Earth/Google Maps on a smartphone. 2. export it
> as an image file (e.g. .JPG, .PNG) and print it out on a piece of paper for
> the non-technical among us.
>
> If anyone thinks this would be useful, I would be happy to help out with
> that.
>
> On Thu, Jun 8, 2017 at 6:18 AM, Bob Bethune <bobbethune...> wrote:
>
>> During the Stinchfiled Woods count, I found myself a bit frustrated with
>> the map we were using. It occurred to me that with considerable time
>> putting boots on the ground, it might be possible to develop a map based on
>> digital GPS data that could be edited, improved over time, and shared on
>> portable devices to make counting birds in that area easier and more
>> granular.
>>
>> So I went back to Stinchfiled yesterday and spent about 2-1/2 hours
>> walking some of the trails I walked with my count team. The resulting
>> tracks can be seen here:
>>
>> https://goo.gl/s1TxIs
>>
>> An online map similar to what we used in the bird count can be seen here:
>>
>> http://stinchfieldwoods.blogspot.com/search/label/Maps%20and%20Trails
>>
>> At various points along my GPS track, there are stubs leading off to left
>> and right. Each time I cam to an intersecting trail, I followed that trail
>> each way for about 50 steps. That created those stubs, which can than be
>> matched to intersections on the map.
>>
>> If you zoom in on the map, yoiu'll see stretches along the track where
>> the track is doubled. Those are stretches I walked twice. The tracks don't
>> superimpose due to GPS error, which seems to average around 5-6 meters.
>>
>> The area I wlaked is in area F on the birdcount map, area 3 of the online
>> map linked above.
>>
>> The process to develop this into a finished map would be simple, but
>> laborious:
>>
>> - Walk the trails with a smartphone and a GPS tracking app running, such
>> as Map My HIke or My Tracks.
>>
>> - Store the resulting track as a GPX or KML file
>>
>> - Send the file to someone willing/able to consolidate it with other files
>>
>> - Edit the track as necessary
>>
>> - Add it to the online map in Google Maps.
>>
>> - Edit the resulting map to smooth out the GPS error in the tracks and
>> create a finished product by means I haven't identified yet.
>>
>> Stinchfield Woods would be a good area to use for such a project. I
>> suspect there are GIS tools that would be highly useful; perhaps there are
>> birders out there who know about such things? Anyway, I think this would be
>> a productive line of work if a group could be formed of interested people.
>>
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Date: 6/8/17 5:38 am
From: Paul Poronto <pporonto...>
Subject: [birders] HCMA meeting
There is a meeting in Brighton today at 10am at the Administrative building
for the HCMA board. Guests are welcome to speak and have 3 minutes to
comment on issues regarding parks in the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan
Authority. I am unable to go to this meeting but keep my fingers crossed
and applaud those who I know are going to talk to the board about
destruction of habitat that effects the birds, animals and reptiles in the
park system, funded partially by us taxpayers in the region. I have updated
my blog with some new information and contact information to share.. So
many great bird species breed and migrate thru our parks. We need to make
sure as a community that we hold the board and the director, George Phifer
accountable to any destruction of habitat that may hurt the Birds and
animals that we love.

http://porontosbirdingmacomb.com/?p=3976

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Date: 6/8/17 5:22 am
From: Alice Elliott <alelliot...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Off-topic: mapping trails with a smartphone and boots on the ground
Someone can correct me if I'm wrong on this one, but I believe the original
map was drawn by U of M students in the Environmental Spatial Analysis lab
(which is a lab that works primarily with GPS/GIS and remote sensing). It
would be fairly easy to re-create Bob's map in a GIS, or alternatively to
import the KML file that Bob made into a GIS and then smooth out any errors
using software or manual digitization.

From there, we could do a couple things that could be useful for next
year's count: 1. export it as a KML file so that the more technical among
us could open it in Google Earth/Google Maps on a smartphone. 2. export it
as an image file (e.g. .JPG, .PNG) and print it out on a piece of paper for
the non-technical among us.

If anyone thinks this would be useful, I would be happy to help out with
that.

On Thu, Jun 8, 2017 at 6:18 AM, Bob Bethune <bobbethune...> wrote:

> During the Stinchfiled Woods count, I found myself a bit frustrated with
> the map we were using. It occurred to me that with considerable time
> putting boots on the ground, it might be possible to develop a map based on
> digital GPS data that could be edited, improved over time, and shared on
> portable devices to make counting birds in that area easier and more
> granular.
>
> So I went back to Stinchfiled yesterday and spent about 2-1/2 hours
> walking some of the trails I walked with my count team. The resulting
> tracks can be seen here:
>
> https://goo.gl/s1TxIs
>
> An online map similar to what we used in the bird count can be seen here:
>
> http://stinchfieldwoods.blogspot.com/search/label/Maps%20and%20Trails
>
> At various points along my GPS track, there are stubs leading off to left
> and right. Each time I cam to an intersecting trail, I followed that trail
> each way for about 50 steps. That created those stubs, which can than be
> matched to intersections on the map.
>
> If you zoom in on the map, yoiu'll see stretches along the track where the
> track is doubled. Those are stretches I walked twice. The tracks don't
> superimpose due to GPS error, which seems to average around 5-6 meters.
>
> The area I wlaked is in area F on the birdcount map, area 3 of the online
> map linked above.
>
> The process to develop this into a finished map would be simple, but
> laborious:
>
> - Walk the trails with a smartphone and a GPS tracking app running, such
> as Map My HIke or My Tracks.
>
> - Store the resulting track as a GPX or KML file
>
> - Send the file to someone willing/able to consolidate it with other files
>
> - Edit the track as necessary
>
> - Add it to the online map in Google Maps.
>
> - Edit the resulting map to smooth out the GPS error in the tracks and
> create a finished product by means I haven't identified yet.
>
> Stinchfield Woods would be a good area to use for such a project. I
> suspect there are GIS tools that would be highly useful; perhaps there are
> birders out there who know about such things? Anyway, I think this would be
> a productive line of work if a group could be formed of interested people.
>
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Date: 6/8/17 3:19 am
From: Bob Bethune <bobbethune...>
Subject: [birders] Off-topic: mapping trails with a smartphone and boots on the ground
During the Stinchfiled Woods count, I found myself a bit frustrated with
the map we were using. It occurred to me that with considerable time
putting boots on the ground, it might be possible to develop a map based on
digital GPS data that could be edited, improved over time, and shared on
portable devices to make counting birds in that area easier and more
granular.

So I went back to Stinchfiled yesterday and spent about 2-1/2 hours walking
some of the trails I walked with my count team. The resulting tracks can be
seen here:

https://goo.gl/s1TxIs

An online map similar to what we used in the bird count can be seen here:

http://stinchfieldwoods.blogspot.com/search/label/Maps%20and%20Trails

At various points along my GPS track, there are stubs leading off to left
and right. Each time I cam to an intersecting trail, I followed that trail
each way for about 50 steps. That created those stubs, which can than be
matched to intersections on the map.

If you zoom in on the map, yoiu'll see stretches along the track where the
track is doubled. Those are stretches I walked twice. The tracks don't
superimpose due to GPS error, which seems to average around 5-6 meters.

The area I wlaked is in area F on the birdcount map, area 3 of the online
map linked above.

The process to develop this into a finished map would be simple, but
laborious:

- Walk the trails with a smartphone and a GPS tracking app running, such as
Map My HIke or My Tracks.

- Store the resulting track as a GPX or KML file

- Send the file to someone willing/able to consolidate it with other files

- Edit the track as necessary

- Add it to the online map in Google Maps.

- Edit the resulting map to smooth out the GPS error in the tracks and
create a finished product by means I haven't identified yet.

Stinchfield Woods would be a good area to use for such a project. I suspect
there are GIS tools that would be highly useful; perhaps there are birders
out there who know about such things? Anyway, I think this would be a
productive line of work if a group could be formed of interested people.

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Date: 6/7/17 2:13 pm
From: Bob Bethune <bobbethune...>
Subject: Re: [birders] MIs-identified sparrow
OK, rufous-COLLARED sparrow. I should have figured it was something really
basic like that. But searching for birds with rufous in the name was just
not working! Thanks to you all.

On Tue, Jun 6, 2017 at 9:25 AM, Scott Jennex <cccta...> wrote:

> Bob
>
> Looks like a Rufous-COLLARED Sparrow, which is very common in its tropical
> range
>
> https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/52800681#_ga=2.23219517.
> 626503801.1496755446-675960209.1465265227
>
> Scott Jennex
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bob Bethune <bobbethune...>
> To: Birders <birders...>
> Sent: Tue, Jun 6, 2017 8:52 am
> Subject: [birders] MIs-identified sparrow
>
> I ran across this image on a blog which identified it as a rufous-crowned
> sparrow. I can't seem to track it down. Anybody know it?
>
> What throws me is the rufous color on the nape.
>
> I think the bird is not North American.
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Date: 6/7/17 11:44 am
From: NAPBirds <NAPBirds...>
Subject: [birders] Birdwalk at Ann Arbor Landfill this Saturday, June 10
Dear birders and friends,
Please join me on a bird walk at the Ann Arbor Landfill/Wheeler Service Center this Saturday, June 10, from 7:30-9:30 a.m.
This field trip is a traditional favorite of the Natural Area Preservation Breeding Birds program, begun by Dea Armstrong.
We'll meet off the entrance on Platt Road, then park in the little pull off on the right (north). This is where the Fire Department training trailers are located. If we fill this area up, we can then park parallel to the road. We'll walk the capped portion of the Landfill in search of grassland specialist birds, including Bobolink and Eastern Meadowlark. Please be prepared for walking in fields with tall, wet grass. Bring your binoculars and spotting scopes if you have them. After we walk the grassland, we'll carpool for some birding on the landfill's forest edges. Finally, we'll all head over to the retention pond, by the recycling plant, and check out what's on the pond. Last week there were 3 Black Terns, that have since departed, and a pair of Bufflehead. Who knows what we'll find!

I hope to see many of you there,

Good birding,

Juliet


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City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation
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Date: 6/6/17 8:13 am
From: Allen Chartier <amazilia3...>
Subject: [birders] Lake St. Clair Metropark, Michigan - spring bird banding summary
Birders and Banders,

I have posted results of the last week of spring banding to my blog, as
well as totals for the entire spring season. It was a good one!

Go to: http://mihummingbirdguy.blogspot.com/

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Inkster, Michigan
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Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mihummingbirdguy/collections/
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Date: 6/6/17 6:26 am
From: Scott Jennex (via birders Mailing List) <birders...>
Subject: Re: [birders] MIs-identified sparrow

Bob


Looks like a Rufous-COLLARED Sparrow, which is very common in its tropical range


https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/52800681#_ga=2.23219517.626503801.1496755446-675960209.1465265227



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To: Birders <birders...>
Sent: Tue, Jun 6, 2017 8:52 am
Subject: [birders] MIs-identified sparrow



I ran across this image on a blog which identified it as a rufous-crowned sparrow. I can't seem to track it down. Anybody know it?


What throws me is the rufous color on the nape.


I think the bird is not North American.


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Date: 6/6/17 5:50 am
From: Bob Bethune <bobbethune...>
Subject: [birders] MIs-identified sparrow
I ran across this image on a blog which identified it as a rufous-crowned
sparrow. I can't seem to track it down. Anybody know it?

What throws me is the rufous color on the nape.

I think the bird is not North American.

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Date: 6/6/17 5:16 am
From: Bryn Martin <brynmartin...>
Subject: [birders] Sunday Washtenaw Audubon Field Trip
Please join us.  We should be seeing some really good things!

Dan’s No-holds-barred Nature Outing

Sunday, June 11, 2017
Meet/carpool at 6:30 AM at the first parking lot you come to at Waterloo State Recreation Area's Eddy Discovery Center off of Bush Road. Limit: 10 adults, middle school and older kids permitted in addition to the adults, but no more than 15 participants total. It will be early. There will be mosquitoes and quite possibly ticks. It might rain. We will be hiking some distance, and very possibly on wet and uneven ground. If we’re very lucky there might be rattlesnakes. We will start in Waterloo SRA and proceed as dictated by Dan’s scouting efforts, quite possibly venturing as far as Lenawee County. Bring your camera, your water bottle, a sack lunch, and wear some old clothes. We’re going to ooze into nature, seeking breeding birds, late migrants, interesting fragile habitats, and native orchids. Depending on opportunities, conditions, and interest level, we will likely be in the field until early afternoon. Whining strictly prohibited. RSVP with contact info: <sparksjackson...>

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Date: 6/6/17 3:39 am
From: Phil Bugosh <peb729...>
Subject: [birders] Reminder: OAS Field Trip Wednesday June 7, Orion Oaks Park
June 7, 2017 (Wednesday) 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Orion Oaks County Park -
Grassland Birds. Leader: Dave Frye, Email: <kestrel11dcf...>
We will meet at Orion Oaks County Park (the entrance parking lot is located
on Clarkston Road halfway between Baldwin and Joslyn Roads) and have a hike
through their large sector of grassland meadows. This has become an annual
trip for OAS and can yield sparrows, larks, finches, bluebirds, raptors,
turkeys, and other wood-margin birds. A County park pass is required.

Please see our website for details about this and other upcoming events.
You do not have to be a member to participate. Everyone is welcome.
http://www.oaklandaudubon.org/

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Oakland Audubon Society

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Date: 6/5/17 6:41 pm
From: Phil Bugosh <peb729...>
Subject: [birders] Oakland Audubon Society field trip June 11, Thumb Area
June 11, 2017 (Sunday) 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Thumb Area Wild Card. Leader: Ed
Lewandowski, Email: <ocbirdguy...>

The starting point will be Chippewa Landing Park, Caro, MI, just south of
the Cass River on M-24. The trip will include the best spots for birds
currently found in the area. Likely stops could be Deford SGA, Sanilac
Petroglyphs, Minden Bog, Forestville and Bad Axe Airport. We will stop for
lunch. Feel free to bring lunch and snacks if you prefer. Focus is on
breeding birds of the area.

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Date: 6/4/17 1:45 pm
From: Ann Zinn <annczinn...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Odd birds at jelly
I’ve been surprised this year, too, by the odd birds at the grape jelly: Red-bellied Woodpecker, House Finches, Orioles (of course), Rose Breasted Grosbeak, and a squirrel as well as the chipmonks! Maybe it’s the brand? :-) The Red-bellied Woodpeckers and Downeys have also been cleaning out the orange halves in a day or two.
A. :-)




> On Jun 3, 2017, at 4:50 PM, Robert Tarte <tarte.robert...> wrote:
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> Here in Kent County, I was very surprised a few years ago to find a Prothonotary Warbler perched on the orange that we had just set out for Baltimore Orioles.
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>> On Jun 3, 2017, at 4:34 PM, P. swanson (via birders Mailing List) <birders...> <mailto:<birders...>> wrote:
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>> I am really surprised by your birds, Martin, especially the woodpecker.
>> Penny S.
>>
>> On Jun 3, 2017, at 2:01 PM, Martin Bialecki <kilnfired...> <mailto:<kilnfired...>> wrote:
>>
>>> I halve an orange every other day and secure it to the deck railing near the humminbird feeder. One or two orioles stop by but are more interested in the hummer feeder. Meanwhile at least 3 finches and one red-bellied woodpecker are regulars at the orange. Really clean it out in a day or two.
>>>
>>> On Sat, Jun 3, 2017 at 9:54 AM, "P. swanson" <birders...> <mailto:<birders...>> wrote:
>>> To add to the list of odd birds at jelly feeders, yesterday evening I had a song sparrow. It (they) has been coming onto my deck to feed on fallen thistle under a stocking feeder. The jelly feeder is a flat, orange oriole feeder placed on the railing of my deck, not hanging. Food must still be scarce for finches.
>>> Penny S.
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Date: 6/4/17 12:22 pm
From: Bob Bethune <bobbethune...>
Subject: [birders] Bird sound ID: bluejays?
Is this a group of bluejays with fledges? I never did see the birds, I only
got the sound. We do have lots of breeding bluejays around here.

May 15, 2017, near Gregory State Game Area, mid-morning.

Your help is much appreciated!

Bob

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Date: 6/4/17 10:26 am
From: Karen Markey <ylime...>
Subject: [birders] Stinchfield Woods census report: A Second Record-Setting Year in a Row!
Year 2017's count took place on a perfectly cool, comfortable and partly
sunny Saturday, June 3, 2017, from 7 to 11:50 am. Special thanks go to our
big crew of 22 volunteer counters: Bob Be., Bob Bo., Bob M., Carmela, Dan
G., Dan S.-J., Dawn, Fred, George, Joan, Johannes, John, Juliet, Karen,
Ken, Kristy, Linda, Mary, Mike, Norka, Roger, and Toni.

For the second year in a row, we hit a *trifecta*: 1) a record number of
species at 62, (2) a record-breaking number of individuals at 878, and (3)
a very high number of volunteers at 22!

Here are 2017's headlines: a record number of Hooded Warblers at 35;
continuing reports of Pileated Woodpeckers, 4 total that includes the 1
sighted while we compiled the count; a Kingfisher family of 4 flying
overhead; and 1 Barred Owl adult and 2 owlets. Bank Swallows continue in a
sand quarry on Toma Road's east side, visible at a metal gate about mid-way
between N. Territorial and Stinchfield Woods Roads and keeping company with
a first-ever Rough-winged Swallow. This year's cameo appearances are Osprey
(seen previously in 2016 and 2014), Belted Kingfisher (2003 and 1998 only),
Veery (in 2016 and 1998 only), Kildeer (2002 and 2000 only), and
White-throated Sparrow (2001 only).

This year's high species counts are similar to previous years: Eastern
Wood-pewee (63), Blue Jay (59), Red-eyed Vireo (58), Northern Cardinal
(47), and Black-capped Chickadee (38).

On the plus side are numbers of:

- Eastern-wood Pewees ~ winner of the highest number of individuals at
63, remarkably higher than last year's 49
- Acadian Flycatchers ~ in the high teens and low 20s for 5 years in a
row
- Blue Jays ~ holding strong in the mid-50s (59)
- Cedar Waxwings ~ always hit or miss, this year mostly the former at 30
- Wood Thrushes ~ rebounding to 19 after last year's disappointing 9
- Red-bellied Woodpeckers ~ a 20-year high of 31 this year
- Red-eyed Vireos ~ on the rise in the upper 50s (58)
- Scarlet Tanagers ~ a respectable 17, on the heels of three years in
the 20s

On the minus side are numbers of:

- Cowbirds ~ after three years in a row of single digits (6, 9, and 7),
up to a whopping 25 this year
- Golden-crowned Kinglets ~ zero this year
- Red-breasted Nuthatches ~ only 10 this year after a rebound to 21 in
2016
- Chipping Sparrows ~ another humdrum year at 28 as Stinchfield's open
areas shrink
- Indigo Buntings ~ struggling to reach 10, also probably due to fewer
open areas
- Pine Warblers ~ plunging to 29 after last year's record high of 53

This year's results now make 25 years of Stinchfield data available online
at eBird and 20 years at the Stinchfield web page
<http://ylime.people.si.umich.edu/stinchfield.html>. (Please note that the
web page's tally is a draft due to limited time and resources -- I'll
eventually finalize it.)

Thanks again to big-time crew of 22 birders who took part in this year's
count. You achieved an amazing trifecta: one broken individuals record, one
broken species record, and many eyes and ears in search of Stinchfield's
avian gems. Special thanks to the SNR&E facilities coordinator who met us
bright and early and lingered as long as she could, giving us access to the
Woods and its facilities.

Please join us for next year's count, tentatively scheduled for Saturday,
June 2, 2018, same place and time.

Here is our list of birds seen and/or heard in 2017. Consult the Stinchfield
Woods web page <http://ylime.people.si.umich.edu/stinchfield.html> for
exact numbers (that is missing the lone Red-tailed Hawk that I failed to
enter).

Sandhill Crane

Osprey

Turkey Vulture

Cooper's Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Wild Turkey

Kildeer

Mourning Dove

Yellow-billed cuckoo

Barred Owl


Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Eastern Wood Pewee

Acadian Flycatcher

Great Crested Flycatcher

Tree Swallow


Barn Swallow

Bank Swallow

Rough-winged swallow

Belted Kingfisher

Blue Jay

American Crow

Black-capped Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

Red-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch


Brown Creeper

House Wren
Blue-grey gnatcatcher

Veery

Wood Thrush

American Robin

Grey Catbird

Cedar Waxwing

Blue-headed Vireo

Yellow-throated Vireo

Warbling Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Yellow Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Pine Warbler

Ovenbird

Common Yellowthroat

Hooded Warbler

Scarlet Tanager

Northern Cardinal



Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Indigo Bunting

Eastern Towhee

Chipping Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Red-winged Blackbird

Common Grackle

Brown-headed Cowbird

Baltimore Oriole

House Finch

American Goldfinch

White-throated Sparrow


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Date: 6/4/17 7:00 am
From: Laurent Fournier <poecile.cinctus...>
Subject: [birders] Unusual birds in Bird Hills this morning.
I crossed briefly Bird Hills this morning while running, and noted the
following singing birds (in addition to the usual summer residents):

- black throated green warbler (singing, small loop trail on the east side
of the park)

- pine siskin (singing, climbing tree)

- pilaeted woodpecker (close to huron river drive)

Good birding!

Laurent

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Date: 6/3/17 4:41 pm
From: Tait, Mag <mtait...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Odd birds at jelly
Add female Grosbeak just now!

Sent from my iPhone

On Jun 3, 2017, at 6:44 PM, John Gannon <birders...><mailto:<birders...>> wrote:

Just to add to this string...I have had red-bellied woodpeckers and house finches on grape jelly nearly every day this spring.
John
Dexter Twp.


-----Original Message-----
From: \\\\P. swanson\\\\ (via birders Mailing List) <birders...><mailto:<birders...>>
To: Martin Bialecki <kilnfired...><mailto:<kilnfired...>>
Cc: birders <birders...><mailto:<birders...>>
Sent: Sat, Jun 3, 2017 4:35 pm
Subject: Re: [birders] Odd birds at jelly

I am really surprised by your birds, Martin, especially the woodpecker.
Penny S.

On Jun 3, 2017, at 2:01 PM, Martin Bialecki <kilnfired...><mailto:<kilnfired...>> wrote:

I halve an orange every other day and secure it to the deck railing near the humminbird feeder. One or two orioles stop by but are more interested in the hummer feeder. Meanwhile at least 3 finches and one red-bellied woodpecker are regulars at the orange. Really clean it out in a day or two.

On Sat, Jun 3, 2017 at 9:54 AM, "P. swanson" <birders...><mailto:<birders...>> wrote:
To add to the list of odd birds at jelly feeders, yesterday evening I had a song sparrow. It (they) has been coming onto my deck to feed on fallen thistle under a stocking feeder. The jelly feeder is a flat, orange oriole feeder placed on the railing of my deck, not hanging. Food must still be scarce for finches.
Penny S.

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Date: 6/3/17 4:40 pm
From: Gordon Green <chipperatl10...>
Subject: [birders] Barn Swallow x Cliff Swallow Hybrid
I photographed what I think is a Barn Swallow x Cliff Swallow Hybrid on Lake Michigan shoreline (Emmett County) this past week. I initially passed it off as a Cliff Swallow due to the pale rump on it. I noticed when I looked at the preview on my camera I couldn’t see the white on the forehead. I dismissed that as just a matter of the angle or size of screen, but still found it curious.

I finally managed to look on a large screen and the forehead is clearly “chestnut” like the throat. I think “Dream Big, and compare to Cave”. Too much coloring on the head, and then I see the tail has a definite fork to it. Cave and Cliff would never show that. The blue is far too large of an area for Cliff also. Cliff swallows in the Southwest have dark foreheads, but that is just as likely as a Cave to be here, and the head still doesn’t match up exactly.

Now I start wondering if I have an aberrant Barn Swallow. I find nothing related to Barn Swallows at any plumage with pale rumps. Strictly a Cliff/Cave field mark.

The wings seem more Barn than Cliff also, so I start to dig for hybrids and find some pics on eBird  <https://ebird.org/media/catalog?date.beginMonth=1&searchField=species&date.beginYear=1900&date.endYear=2017&taxonCode=x00717&view=Gallery&action=show&date.yearRange=YALL&date.endMonth=12&onlyUnrated=false&date.monthRange=M1TO12&start=0&count=30&mediaType=Audio,Photo,Video&sort=upload_date_desc&q=Barn%20x%20Cliff%20Swallow%20(hybrid)%20-%20Hirundo%20rustica%20x%20Petrochelidon%20pyrrhonota&species=Barn%20x%20Cliff%20Swallow%20(hybrid)%20-%20Hirundo%20rustica%20x%20Petrochelidon%20pyrrhonota> and this website <http://birdhybrids.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/barn-swallow-x-cliff-swallow.html> that look very similar:
Longer pointed wings like Barn
Slightly chunkier body like Cliff
Small forked tail that is too small for Barn, too long and forked for Cliff
Dark forehead that is like Barn
Slight white collar like Cliff
Pale rump like Cliff
Larger blue crown and face than Cliff, but not as much as Barn
Primaries and secondaries underwing that look to be darker
Cleaner undertail coverts more like Barn
Has some orange wash along he flanks that would be more like Barn

I have a flickr album <https://flic.kr/s/aHskWkUdQN> with the pics that managed to turn out.

Interested in any other thoughts on this bird.

Good Birding,
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Date: 6/3/17 3:45 pm
From: John Gannon (via birders Mailing List) <birders...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Odd birds at jelly

Just to add to this string...I have had red-bellied woodpeckers and house finches on grape jelly nearly every day this spring.
John
Dexter Twp.





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To: Martin Bialecki <kilnfired...>
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Sent: Sat, Jun 3, 2017 4:35 pm
Subject: Re: [birders] Odd birds at jelly




I am really surprised by your birds, Martin, especially the woodpecker.
Penny S.

On Jun 3, 2017, at 2:01 PM, Martin Bialecki <kilnfired...> wrote:



I halve an orange every other day and secure it to the deck railing near the humminbird feeder. One or two orioles stop by but are more interested in the hummer feeder. Meanwhile at least 3 finches and one red-bellied woodpecker are regulars at the orange. Really clean it out in a day or two.


On Sat, Jun 3, 2017 at 9:54 AM, "P. swanson" <birders...> wrote:

To add to the list of odd birds at jelly feeders, yesterday evening I had a song sparrow. It (they) has been coming onto my deck to feed on fallen thistle under a stocking feeder. The jelly feeder is a flat, orange oriole feeder placed on the railing of my deck, not hanging. Food must still be scarce for finches.
Penny S.

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Date: 6/3/17 2:33 pm
From: Paul Poronto <pporonto...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Blog post regarding destruction of bird habitat at Huron Clinton Metropark Authority
In response to Andy:

I am asking the public who use these parks to please reach out to George
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The following is the contact info for commissioners representing the
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Kurt Heise – Governor Appointee – <supervisor...>

Timothy J. McCarthy – Governor Appointee – <tjmccarthy3rd...>

Robert W. Marans – Washtenaw County – <marans...>

Jaye Quadrozzi -Oakland County – <quadrozzi...>

Bernard Parker – Wayne County – <bpogd1949...>

Steven E. Williams – Livingston County – <willise79...>

John Paul Rea – Macomb County – <JohnPaul.Rea...>

East Region Park Manager is Mike Lyons <Mike.Lyons...> (covering
Stony Creek, Wolcott and LSCMP

Stony Creek Operations Manager Gary Hopp <Gary.Hopp...>

Head of Natural Resouces for the HCMA is Ryan Colliton.
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Date: 6/3/17 1:51 pm
From: Robert Tarte <tarte.robert...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Odd birds at jelly
Here in Kent County, I was very surprised a few years ago to find a Prothonotary Warbler perched on the orange that we had just set out for Baltimore Orioles.



> On Jun 3, 2017, at 4:34 PM, P. swanson (via birders Mailing List) <birders...> wrote:
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> Penny S.
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>> I halve an orange every other day and secure it to the deck railing near the humminbird feeder. One or two orioles stop by but are more interested in the hummer feeder. Meanwhile at least 3 finches and one red-bellied woodpecker are regulars at the orange. Really clean it out in a day or two.
>>
>> On Sat, Jun 3, 2017 at 9:54 AM, "P. swanson" <birders...> <mailto:<birders...>> wrote:
>> To add to the list of odd birds at jelly feeders, yesterday evening I had a song sparrow. It (they) has been coming onto my deck to feed on fallen thistle under a stocking feeder. The jelly feeder is a flat, orange oriole feeder placed on the railing of my deck, not hanging. Food must still be scarce for finches.
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Date: 6/3/17 1:35 pm
From: \P. swanson\ (via birders Mailing List) <birders...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Odd birds at jelly
I am really surprised by your birds, Martin, especially the woodpecker.
Penny S.

> On Jun 3, 2017, at 2:01 PM, Martin Bialecki <kilnfired...> wrote:
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Date: 6/3/17 1:15 pm
From: David Buxton (via birders Mailing List) <birders...>
Subject: [birders] email change
Please update my email to <dlbuxton50...>
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Date: 6/3/17 11:02 am
From: Martin Bialecki <kilnfired...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Odd birds at jelly
I halve an orange every other day and secure it to the deck railing near
the humminbird feeder. One or two orioles stop by but are more interested
in the hummer feeder. Meanwhile at least 3 finches and one red-bellied
woodpecker are regulars at the orange. Really clean it out in a day or two.

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> feeder placed on the railing of my deck, not hanging. Food must still be
> scarce for finches.
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Date: 6/3/17 7:11 am
From: Paul Poronto <pporonto...>
Subject: [birders] Blog post regarding destruction of bird habitat at Huron Clinton Metropark Authority
Please take some time to read and if you agree feel free to send an email
to the director. I have seen hundreds of acres destroyed over the last two
years with no regards to the birds and animals that use it... just for
making the park aesthetically pleasing to the patrons.

http://porontosbirdingmacomb.com/?p=3976

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Date: 6/3/17 6:55 am
From: \P. swanson\ (via birders Mailing List) <birders...>
Subject: [birders] Odd birds at jelly
To add to the list of odd birds at jelly feeders, yesterday evening I had a song sparrow. It (they) has been coming onto my deck to feed on fallen thistle under a stocking feeder. The jelly feeder is a flat, orange oriole feeder placed on the railing of my deck, not hanging. Food must still be scarce for finches.
Penny S.

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Date: 6/2/17 6:03 pm
From: Allen Chartier <amazilia3...>
Subject: [birders] Lake St. Clair Metropark, Michigan, bird banding report - May 19-28, 2017
Birders and Banders,

I have just posted a summary with lots of photos, and lots of highlights,
of bird banding efforts during the last half of May at Lake St. Clair
Metropark, Macomb County, Michigan. Quite a few species that we don't often
catch are highlighted, and some of them are just nice to look at in
close-up photos. Enjoy.

Go to: http://mihummingbirdguy.blogspot.com/

Allen T. Chartier
Inkster, Michigan
Email: <amazilia3...>
Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mihummingbirdguy/collections/
Website: www.amazilia.net
Blog: http://mihummingbirdguy.blogspot.com/

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Date: 6/2/17 4:29 am
From: <juliet.berger...>
Subject: Re: [birders] baby sandpiper
Hello Sherri,
Spotted Sandpiper breed in Ann Arbor at Mary Beth Doyle Park and at South Pond, among other places.
You might consider these parks when you are looking to release it.
Thanks so much for your work for the birds!
Juliet Berger

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> I have a two day old baby spotted sandpiper and will be looking for a suitable place here in Washtenaw county to release him when he is grown up. If you bird here, keep your eyes open for suitable habitat and let me know, please. Meanwhile he is a tiny fierce predator of mini mealworms.
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Date: 6/2/17 2:43 am
From: Phil Bugosh <peb729...>
Subject: [birders] Reminder: OAS field trips Saturday June 3 and Wednesday June 7
June 3, 2017 (Saturday) 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM, Nayanquing & Bay City SRA.
Leader: Jeff Stacey <jdstacey...>
Note: Change in meeting time. Meet in the parking lot of Bay City SRA. From
there we'll carpool up to Nayanquing Point State Wildlife Area. Our main
target will be Yellow-Headed Blackbirds, but there are plenty of other
interesting birds there as well. We'll return to Bay City and bird around
Tobico Marsh to finish the trip. A state park recreation passport is
required.

June 7, 2017 (Wednesday) 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Orion Oaks County Park -
Grassland Birds. Leader: Dave Frye (248)459-6783 <(248)%20459-6783>
We will meet at Orion Oaks County Park (the entrance parking lot is located
on Clarkston Road halfway between Baldwin and Joslyn Roads) and have a hike
through their large sector of grassland meadows. This has become an annual
trip for OAS and can yield sparrows, larks, finches, bluebirds, raptors,
turkeys, and other wood-margin birds. A County park pass is required.

Please see our website for details about these and other upcoming events.
You do not have to be a member to participate. Everyone is welcome.
http://www.oaklandaudubon.org/

Thank you,
Phil Bugosh
Oakland Audubon Society

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Date: 6/1/17 7:41 pm
From: Sherri Smith <grackle...>
Subject: [birders] baby sandpiper
I have a two day old baby spotted sandpiper and will be looking for a suitable place here in Washtenaw county to release him when he is grown up. If you bird here, keep your eyes open for suitable habitat and let me know, please. Meanwhile he is a tiny fierce predator of mini mealworms.
Sherri Smith <grackle...>

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Date: 6/1/17 11:26 am
From: Bob Bethune <bobbethune...>
Subject: Re: [birders] A twittering flock of - what?
So, goldfinches. Thanks to all who replied! Interesting that they do the
flock calling in the fall as well as in the spring.

On Thu, Jun 1, 2017 at 2:24 PM, Bob Bethune <bobbethune...> wrote:

> It's a flock, not an individual. Hard to tell unless you use headphones.
>
> On Thu, Jun 1, 2017 at 1:33 PM, Robert Tarte <tarte.robert...>
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>> That’s such a LONG call, I’m wondering if it isn’t an insect. What bird
>> would have such lung power?
>>
>> On Jun 1, 2017, at 9:17 AM, Bob Bethune <bobbethune...> wrote:
>>
>> You'll need headphones to hear this one well or possibly even at all.
>> Forewarned is stiff-armed.
>>
>> Recorded on a Moto X Android smartphone using the builtin-in video app.
>> Location is Gregory State Game Area. Timestamp is September 1, 2015 at
>> about 7:30. I would identify them as American Twitterbirds (Singayouheadoff
>> birdii!) but apparently the OAU doesn't that name yet.
>>
>> I'd like to think goldfinches but I have the impression goldfinches do
>> this sort of mass twittering in the spring rather than the fall. I'd try
>> for pine siskins but I'm not hearing the buzzy sounds I would look for from
>> them. Some sort of blackbirds perhaps? I'm really bad on my blackbirds and
>> relaives.
>>
>> Guidance much appreciated!
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Date: 6/1/17 11:21 am
From: G M ARCHAMBAULT <gm72125...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Backyard Hawk - Ann Arbor
Forgot to sign:  Ken Archambault, Birmingham, Alabama

On Thursday, June 1, 2017 1:15 PM, G M ARCHAMBAULT <gm72125...> wrote:


1.  Tail bands:  notice the pattern.  Several light bands support Red-shouldered (Broad-winged has 1 wide white band, with a second sometimes visible near base of tail).2.  Leg color:  I'd expect yellow for Broad-winged.3.  White face mask around the eye argues for Red-shouldered.
Cere color, breast streaking not as important to me, much overlap.This is fresh in my mind from a sub-adult Broad-winged that took a chipmunk in my back garden yesterday, which I videotaped and hit the books on, to be sure.  They're nesting in our yard, calling their creaky hinge call constantly right now.
I think the white barring in the wings looks good also for Red-shouldered.Those, too, used to nest one block over, until neighbors had the pine tree cut down.  :(
Hope you get a nest.    


On Thursday, June 1, 2017 12:44 PM, Andy Dettling <dendroica...> wrote:


Josh, we have breeding Broad-wing Hawks in Ann Arbor and would consider Red-shouldered to be more uncommon.  Having said that, I too think it's a Red-shoulder.  The white eye line and faint red color in the coverts look good.
Andy

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On May 31, 2017, at 5:10 PM, Srinika Jayaratne <sirijay...> wrote:


This hawk came to our backyard this morning.  It appears to be a Red-shouldered Hawk not sure.I was surprised to see it here.

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Date: 6/1/17 11:20 am
From: G M ARCHAMBAULT <gm72125...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Backyard Hawk - Ann Arbor
1.  Tail bands:  notice the pattern.  Several light bands support Red-shouldered (Broad-winged has 1 wide white band, with a second sometimes visible near base of tail).2.  Leg color:  I'd expect yellow for Broad-winged.3.  White face mask around the eye argues for Red-shouldered.
Cere color, breast streaking not as important to me, much overlap.This is fresh in my mind from a sub-adult Broad-winged that took a chipmunk in my back garden yesterday, which I videotaped and hit the books on, to be sure.  They're nesting in our yard, calling their creaky hinge call constantly right now.
I think the white barring in the wings looks good also for Red-shouldered.Those, too, used to nest one block over, until neighbors had the pine tree cut down.  :(
Hope you get a nest.    


On Thursday, June 1, 2017 12:44 PM, Andy Dettling <dendroica...> wrote:


Josh, we have breeding Broad-wing Hawks in Ann Arbor and would consider Red-shouldered to be more uncommon.  Having said that, I too think it's a Red-shoulder.  The white eye line and faint red color in the coverts look good.
Andy

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This hawk came to our backyard this morning.  It appears to be a Red-shouldered Hawk not sure.I was surprised to see it here.

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Date: 6/1/17 10:52 am
From: Thierry Lach <thierry.lach...>
Subject: [birders] House finches at hummingbird feeder
Last Saturday I was at my in-law's house near Lowell, and saw a pair of
House Finch (M&F) feeding at his hummingbird feeder. They were feeding at
the "flowers" which supply the sugar water, not picking at insects on it.

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Date: 6/1/17 10:44 am
From: Andy Dettling <dendroica...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Backyard Hawk - Ann Arbor
Josh, we have breeding Broad-wing Hawks in Ann Arbor and would consider Red-shouldered to be more uncommon. Having said that, I too think it's a Red-shoulder. The white eye line and faint red color in the coverts look good.

Andy

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> On May 31, 2017, at 5:10 PM, Srinika Jayaratne <sirijay...> wrote:
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> This hawk came to our backyard this morning. It appears to be a Red-shouldered Hawk not sure.
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Date: 6/1/17 10:32 am
From: Srinika Jayaratne <sirijay...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Backyard Hawk - Ann Arbor
I am learning a lot from the various observations - I am no expert!

I sent this photo to the Birdforum (http://www.birdforum.net/) which I have
found helpful in the past.

I got five replies, and they all ID's the bird as a juvenile red-shouldered.

Siri Jayaratne
Professor Emeritus
School of Social Work
University of Michigan

On Thu, Jun 1, 2017 at 10:31 AM, Josh Haas <josh...> wrote:

> My expertise is more with hawks in flight but the tail on this bird
> doesn't seem long enough for a coop or any Accipiter even though other
> features seem coop-esque. I actually agree with the initial ID and believe
> juvenile Red-shouldereds do have a faint tan/yellow iris. The faint
> banding in the tail also seems to match and the cere seems right as well.
> The barring on the chest is normally heavier on a juvenile Red-shouldered
> but it is variable and can be quite light sometimes. I would say the next
> closest species is a juvenile Broad-winged Hawk which would be less likely
> at our latitude right now for any that might have remained and started
> breeding.
>
> Again, my experience is more with hawks in flight so I would absolutely
> encourage others to chime in.
>
>
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> On Jun 1, 2017, at 09:10, Daniel Blower <dfblower...> wrote:
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> My guess is a juvenile Cooper's Hawk. Yellow eye, rounded tail. Juve red
> shouldered has a black eye, more yellow at the base of the beak. Also less
> common in the area. Nice bird to have around!
>
>
> Dan
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>> Red-shouldered Hawk not sure.
>> I was surprised to see it here.
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Date: 6/1/17 10:12 am
From: Chipperatl10 <chipperatl10...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Backyard Hawk - Ann Arbor
Red-shouldered Hawk based on checkered feathers on coverts.

Gordon Green

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> On Jun 1, 2017, at 9:08 AM, Daniel Blower <dfblower...> wrote:
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> My guess is a juvenile Cooper's Hawk. Yellow eye, rounded tail. Juve red shouldered has a black eye, more yellow at the base of the beak. Also less common in the area. Nice bird to have around!
>
>
> Dan
>
>
> From: <birders-request...> <birders-request...> on behalf of Bob Bethune <bobbethune...>
> Sent: Thursday, June 1, 2017 8:58 AM
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>
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Date: 6/1/17 7:32 am
From: Josh Haas <josh...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Backyard Hawk - Ann Arbor
My expertise is more with hawks in flight but the tail on this bird doesn't seem long enough for a coop or any Accipiter even though other features seem coop-esque. I actually agree with the initial ID and believe juvenile Red-shouldereds do have a faint tan/yellow iris. The faint banding in the tail also seems to match and the cere seems right as well. The barring on the chest is normally heavier on a juvenile Red-shouldered but it is variable and can be quite light sometimes. I would say the next closest species is a juvenile Broad-winged Hawk which would be less likely at our latitude right now for any that might have remained and started breeding.

Again, my experience is more with hawks in flight so I would absolutely encourage others to chime in.


-Josh Haas
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> On Jun 1, 2017, at 09:10, Daniel Blower <dfblower...> wrote:
>
> My guess is a juvenile Cooper's Hawk. Yellow eye, rounded tail. Juve red shouldered has a black eye, more yellow at the base of the beak. Also less common in the area. Nice bird to have around!
>
>
> Dan
>
>
> From: <birders-request...> <birders-request...> on behalf of Bob Bethune <bobbethune...>
> Sent: Thursday, June 1, 2017 8:58 AM
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> Subject: Re: [birders] Backyard Hawk - Ann Arbor
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>
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Date: 6/1/17 6:19 am
From: Bob Bethune <bobbethune...>
Subject: [birders] A twittering flock of - what?
You'll need headphones to hear this one well or possibly even at all.
Forewarned is stiff-armed.

Recorded on a Moto X Android smartphone using the builtin-in video app.
Location is Gregory State Game Area. Timestamp is September 1, 2015 at
about 7:30. I would identify them as American Twitterbirds (Singayouheadoff
birdii!) but apparently the OAU doesn't that name yet.

I'd like to think goldfinches but I have the impression goldfinches do this
sort of mass twittering in the spring rather than the fall. I'd try for
pine siskins but I'm not hearing the buzzy sounds I would look for from
them. Some sort of blackbirds perhaps? I'm really bad on my blackbirds and
relaives.

Guidance much appreciated!

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Date: 6/1/17 6:09 am
From: Daniel Blower <dfblower...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Backyard Hawk - Ann Arbor
My guess is a juvenile Cooper's Hawk. Yellow eye, rounded tail. Juve red shouldered has a black eye, more yellow at the base of the beak. Also less common in the area. Nice bird to have around!


Dan


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Subject: Re: [birders] Backyard Hawk - Ann Arbor

That's a nice shot! Has anyone made a positive ID?

On Wed, May 31, 2017 at 5:10 PM, Srinika Jayaratne <sirijay...><mailto:<sirijay...>> wrote:
This hawk came to our backyard this morning. It appears to be a Red-shouldered Hawk not sure.
I was surprised to see it here.


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Date: 6/1/17 5:59 am
From: Bob Bethune <bobbethune...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Backyard Hawk - Ann Arbor
That's a nice shot! Has anyone made a positive ID?

On Wed, May 31, 2017 at 5:10 PM, Srinika Jayaratne <sirijay...>
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Date: 6/1/17 5:47 am
From: Bob Bethune <bobbethune...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Who sings purr-tweep ... pur-tweep ... pur-tweep?
Thanks to all who replied! I"ve now learned something about towhee
vocalizations. I knew the classic drink-your-tea song but not what the
Audubon Field Guide calls the "nasal call." If you happen to visit the AFG
page for the towhee the third item on their list of "nasal calls" is the
one that convinced me.

Don't you just love bird sound mnemonics? To me, that "nasal call" sounds
about as much like "tow-hee" as a cement mixer sounds like a piccolo. Now,
I do admit that "drink-your-tea" works pretty well if somebody tells you
about it after you've heard the bird.

On Mon, May 29, 2017 at 8:44 PM, Patricia Burden <tallerpat526...>
wrote:

> I believe these are Towhee calls. Hard to hear on my laptop, but I
> think you are hearing the Tow-hee from which they get their name.
> Pat Burden
> Melvin & Yale, MI
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> On Mon, May 29, 2017 at 6:07 AM, Bob Bethune <bobbethune...> wrote:
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> > smartphone recording, so the level isn't very good; it's probably best
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> but
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Date: 6/1/17 4:39 am
From: Scott Jennex (via birders Mailing List) <birders...>
Subject: [birders] M52 & Lehman Fluddle Phalaropes today?
Has anyone checked the M52 & Lehman Fluddle for the Red-necked Phalaropes today?


thanks


Scott Jennex

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Date: 5/31/17 2:11 pm
From: Srinika Jayaratne <sirijay...>
Subject: [birders] Backyard Hawk - Ann Arbor
This hawk came to our backyard this morning. It appears to be a
Red-shouldered Hawk not sure.
I was surprised to see it here.

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Date: 5/31/17 8:39 am
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Subject: [birders] Fwd: Join us June 10 - 11 for Cerulean Warbler Weekend in Beautiful Barry County
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Date: 5/30/17 6:56 am
From: Jessica Adamczyk <jessica.adamczyk13...>
Subject: [birders] Reminder, tonight: final WAS 'Tuesday Evening Birders' field trip
May 30, 2017 (Tuesday) 6:00 PM - after sunset
Tuesday Evening Birders field trip
Leaders: Dan Sparks-Jackson

Please join Washtenaw Audubon Society on May 30th for our final iteration
of Tuesday Evening Birders. We will be seeking grassland species in western
Washtenaw County, including Clay-Colored Sparrows. We'll have a possible
extension -- for those interested -- in listening for nightjars in adjacent
Jackson County after dusk. Chuck-will's-widows have been reported in the
past weeks, so hopefully the birds will find us on Tuesday!

*Meeting location: Zeeb Road x Jackson** Road Park & Ride in Scio Township
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the parking site is at 6:15 PM so plan to arrive in plenty of time to form
up carpools.

Expect a moderate amount of walking, and dress for potential ticks.

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Date: 5/30/17 5:08 am
From: Krause, Diane <cds51...>
Subject: [birders] Latest birds

The last two Fridays I spent a little time at the Rouge River Trailhead on Morten Taylor off Michigan Avenue, Canton.

The first Friday 4 Wood Thrushes were singing which was a great delight.

Last Friday one was singing. Also saw a Phoebe, Indigo Bunting, 8 Rose Breasted Grosbeak, Yellow Warblers, House Wren, and Catbirds.

This weekend I had a Veery in my backyard...Lilley and Warren, Canton.

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Date: 5/29/17 6:13 pm
From: Phil Bugosh <peb729...>
Subject: [birders] Oakland Audubon Society field trip June 3
June 3, 2017 (Saturday) 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM, Nayanquing & Bay City SRA.
Leader: Jeff Stacey
Note: Change in meeting time. Meet in the parking lot of Bay City SRA. From
there we'll carpool up to Nayanquing Point State Wildlife Area. Our main
target will be Yellow-Headed Blackbirds, but there are plenty of other
interesting birds there as well. We'll return to Bay City and bird around
Tobico Marsh to finish the trip. A state park recreation passport is
required.

Please see our website for details about this and other upcoming events.
You do not have to be a member to participate. Everyone is welcome.
http://www.oaklandaudubon.org/

Thank you,
Phil Bugosh
Oakland Audubon Society

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Date: 5/29/17 5:53 pm
From: Roger Kuhlman <rkuhlman...>
Subject: [birders] Common Moorhens in Washtenaw County
Memorial day there were two Common Moorhens in the Trumpeter Swan wetland at the corner of Parker and Scio Church roads just west of Ann Arbor.

Roger Kuhlman

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Date: 5/29/17 3:41 pm
From: John Gannon (via birders Mailing List) <birders...>
Subject: [birders] Fwd: OT: Michigan coastal dunes survey


Hi All: Birders who use coastal dunes habitat and adjacent shorelines, etc. for birding may want to provide input to this survey.
John
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Date: 5/29/17 1:42 pm
From: Sally K. Scheer <winerat...>
Subject: RE: [birders] Guinea Fowl
And WONDERFUL watchbirds! They set up a real chorus if some strange person
or beast comes near.



Sally Scheer





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[mailto:<birders-request...>] On Behalf Of Beverly Wolf
Sent: Sunday, May 28, 2017 8:28 PM
To: <ftknoxfox53...>; 'Birders UM'
Subject: RE: [birders] Guinea Fowl



Guinea Fowl are often purchased for small farms and no one can contain them
- they love to wander. I had some near my home and discovered a neighbor
with an average suburban lot had about 6 of them and her fenced yard
couldn't keep them in. They're really a pretty bird!



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[mailto:<birders-request...>] On Behalf Of Melissa Pappas
(via birders Mailing List)
Sent: Sunday, May 28, 2017 3:55 PM
To: Birders UM <birders...>
Subject: [birders] Guinea Fowl



Surprising sight - about a half dozen Guinea Fowl along 11-mile, just east
of Wixom Road. Must be escapees.

Melissa Pappas
Hamburg Township, Livingston County, MI


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Date: 5/29/17 12:49 pm
From: Allen Chartier <amazilia3...>
Subject: [birders] Memorial Weekend Migrants
Birders,

As many of you know, migration isn't over yet. Good evidence for this is
the excellent selection of late migrants I banded this weekend at Lake St.
Clair Metropark (May 26, 27, & 28). I will be working on another blog entry
in the next couple of days, but surely some of these birds will linger into
the coming weekend as well since I have banded most of them almost annually
into early June there. These include Magnolia, Wilson's, Canada, and
Mourning Warblers, American Redstarts, Yellow-bellied and Willow/Alder
Flycatchers, Gray-cheeked and Swainson's Thrushes, and Lincoln's Sparrow.
Blackpoll and Bay-breasted Warblers were around, but not banded.

Ebird will probably trigger a rarity filter and ask for verification of any
of these species on and after June 1, but to one of these migrants, there
is no difference between May 31 and June 1... There could be another
Connecticut Warbler or two, and maybe an Olive-sided Flycatcher, this
coming week also. Don't stop your spring birding yet!


Allen T. Chartier
Inkster, Michigan
Email: <amazilia3...>
Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mihummingbirdguy/collections/
Website: www.amazilia.net
Blog: http://mihummingbirdguy.blogspot.com/

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Date: 5/29/17 12:43 pm
From: Karen Markey <ylime...>
Subject: [birders] Reminder: RSVP for Annual Stinchfield Woods breeding birds survey, Sat, Jun 3, 7 to about 11:30 am
The 2017 Stinchfield Woods breeding birds census takes place on Saturday,
June 3, from 7 am to about 11:30 am. The Woods are 777 acres of conifer
plantations and stands of native hardwoods, mostly oaks and hickories. The
count typically yields species such as Pine and Black-throated Green
Warblers, Blue-headed Vireos, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Brown Creepers,
Ovenbirds, and Acadian Flycatchers.

Stinchfield Woods is an event for ALL birders -- by-ear birders, new
birders, less-than-confident birders, first-timers, long-time birding
veterans, recorders, and scouts -- because I assign volunteers to census
groups made up of a mix of all birder types. This is a great venue for you
to getting started on learning bird songs and for you to explore the
confusing Stinchfield Woods site in a group.

The count starts at 7 am. We assemble in front of the classroom at the
Observatory, divide into groups that hike Stinchfield Woods trails, and
reassemble around 10:45 am to compile a list of all birds seen/heard by all
groups. We will have breakfast snacks at the start and finish when we
compile the list and talk about all the great birds. I will also post the
list to the Birders listserv and update the Stinchfield web page that has
over 15 years of count data (http://ylime.people.si.umich.edu/stinchfield
.html).

Please bring a CHAIR so you can sit comfortably during the final count.
Rain has been forecast but today's future forecast predicts a partly sunny
day. INSECT REPELLENT is a must, so are sensible shoes, hat, and water
bottles.

To drive to Stinchfield Woods from Ann Arbor, drive north on Whitmore Lake
Road (avoid US-23 due to road construction). Turn left (west) onto North
Territorial and drive about 8.5 miles to Dexter-Pinckney Road. Turn right
(north) onto Dexter-Pinckney Road and drive about 1.5 miles to Stinchfield
Woods Road. Turn left (west) onto Stinchfield Woods Road and drive about 1
mile to the north entrance (this entrance is on your left driving westbound
on Stinchfield Woods Road). The gate will be open. Turn left (south) into
Stinchfield Woods and drive up the hill and bear to your right toward the
top of the hill. Park your car at the Observatory near the classroom.

Please message me (<ylime...>) so I can get an estimate of the number
of people attending for snacks, maps, lists, etc. You can also decide to
come at the last moment and just show up at 7 am on Saturday, June 3. If
you have questions, please message me. See you there!

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Date: 5/29/17 12:22 pm
From: Bill Rapai (via birders Mailing List) <birders...>
Subject: [birders] Harrier in Grosse Pointe -- Sunday
Martin:


Thanks for your email about the Harrier at Watkins SP.


Strangely enough, I had an adult female fly over my house in Grosse Pointe on Sunday -- heading north. Late! Late! Late!


While working in the yard, I looked up to see this unusual bird flying over. I had no idea what it was for the first few seconds until it banked and I got a good look at that white rump.


In my vision for about 10 seconds. Didn't flap its wings once. Just floated along, banking back and forth.


Best wishes,


Bill Rapai


Author of Lake Invaders: Invasive Species and the Battle For the Future of the Great Lakes, named a Michigan Notable Book for 2017 by the Library of Michigan. http://www.wsupress.wayne.edu/books/detail/lake-invaders









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From: Martin Bialecki <kilnfired...>
To: Jax-birds <Jax-birds...>; Birders UM <birders...>; birders <birders...>
Sent: Mon, May 29, 2017 2:37 pm
Subject: [birders] Harrier at Watkins St. Pk.



This morning a female flying east in Washtenaw County.

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Date: 5/29/17 11:37 am
From: Martin Bialecki <kilnfired...>
Subject: [birders] Harrier at Watkins St. Pk.
This morning a female flying east in Washtenaw County.

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Date: 5/29/17 9:27 am
From: Bill Rapai (via birders Mailing List) <birders...>
Subject: [birders] Off Topic: Kirtland's Warbler Weekend, June 2-3

Birders:


If you have been considering going north to see a Kirtland's Warbler, this coming weekend would be a great time.


Friday night, the Kirtland's Warbler Alliance is hosting the Kirtland's Warbler Home Opener, a fun, social event to celebrate and support the conservation success of the Kirtland’s Warbler. The event includes a silent auction, Michigan beer and wine, and a program featuring David Dempsey, the well-known author and conservationist. The event is $25 per person. Register in advance at (989) 448-2293, ext. 21 or just walk in. 6-9 p.m. at the Forest Dunes Golf Club, 6376 Forest Dunes Drive, Roscommon.



On Saturday morning, you will have an excellent chance to see a Kirtland's Warbler through the Kirtland’s Warbler Festival in Roscommon proper. In addition to KW tours, there will be a Leather-leaf Bog nature hike, children’s activities, vendors, and educational programs. This year’s presenters include Ancilleno Davis, a former member of the Kirtland's Warbler research team in the Bahamas, who will talk about important work on the warbler’s wintering grounds.


There are motel rooms in Roscommon, Grayling and West Branch.


More information is available at https://huronpines.org/festival/ or https://www.facebook.com/kirtlandwarblerfestival/


I will be at both events. Seek me out and say hi. Just look for a guy with a perpetually confused look on his face.


Best wishes,


Bill Rapai


Author of Lake Invaders: Invasive Species and the Battle For the Future of the Great Lakes, named a Michigan Notable Book for 2017 by the Library of Michigan. http://www.wsupress.wayne.edu/books/detail/lake-invaders









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Date: 5/29/17 8:52 am
From: Collins Peter&Linda <peter.linda.collins...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Guinea Fowl
In which case, Janet, I should get a flock of G. fowl. Once upon a time, ticks in South Scio were never seen—or hardly, hardly ever seen—but now our 2 Schauzers get inspected every day. Indeed, we have ticks, lots of ticks.
Peter


> On May 29, 2017, at 10:16 AM, Janet Hinshaw <jhinshaw...> wrote:
>
> They are particularly good at finding and eating ticks, better than chickens.
>
> Janet Hinshaw Ph: 734-764-0457
> Bird Division Collection Manager Fax: 734-764-4080
> Univ. of Michigan Museum of Zoology
> 1109 Geddes Ave.
> Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1079 USA
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> On May 29, 2017, at 7:49 AM, Suzanne (Moses/Vedder) Mason <birders...> <mailto:<birders...>> wrote:
>
>> I live in the country in Newaygo County. Some people out here have GF. While beautiful, they are often obnoxious, and they tend to wander. But they are good pest control. Chickens are also great pest control, stay close to home, and are friendly. Chickens are reliable and easier to keep, even if they are free range birds.
>>
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>> On Mon, May 29, 2017 at 7:24 AM, marys1000
>> <marys1000...> <mailto:<marys1000...>> wrote:
>> Once when I lived in the country I was thinking of getting some GF. A neighbor told me a story of his neighbors GF,
>> who would for some reason come over and hang around on his porch. He really didn't like that
>> because he said they are not only noisy but a noisy that never stops and they constantly vocalize.
>> This was relayed to be as a warning story, as in you should rethink this:)
>>
>> No longer rural, if I ever am again I would still like to try some. They are reported to be kept mainly for bug control
>> and are recommended (no first hand accounts) to try to keep ticks down, something I would really be glad of and why
>> I wanted them in the first place. I wonder if people eat the eggs?
>>
>> Mary
>> Michigander temporarily in Ohio
>>
>> On 5/28/2017 8:27 PM, Beverly Wolf wrote:
>>
>> Guinea Fowl are often purchased for small farms and no one can contain them – they love to wander. I had some near my home and discovered a neighbor with an average suburban lot had about 6 of them and her fenced yard couldn’t keep them in. They’re really a pretty bird!
>>
>>   <>
>> From: <birders-request...> <mailto:<birders-request...> [mailto:<birders-request...> <mailto:<birders-request...>] On Behalf Of Melissa Pappas (via birders Mailing List)
>> Sent: Sunday, May 28, 2017 3:55 PM
>> To: Birders UM <birders...> <mailto:<birders...>
>> Subject: [birders] Guinea Fowl
>>
>>
>> Surprising sight - about a half dozen Guinea Fowl along 11-mile, just east of Wixom Road. Must be escapees.
>>
>> Melissa Pappas
>> Hamburg Township, Livingston County, MI
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Date: 5/29/17 7:17 am
From: Janet Hinshaw <jhinshaw...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Guinea Fowl
They are particularly good at finding and eating ticks, better than
chickens.

Janet Hinshaw Ph: 734-764-0457
Bird Division Collection Manager Fax: 734-764-4080
Univ. of Michigan Museum of Zoology
1109 Geddes Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1079 USA

On May 29, 2017, at 7:49 AM, Suzanne (Moses/Vedder) Mason <
<birders...> wrote:

I live in the country in Newaygo County. Some people out here have GF.
While beautiful, they are often obnoxious, and they tend to wander. But
they are good pest control. Chickens are also great pest control, stay
close to home, and are friendly. Chickens are reliable and easier to keep,
even if they are free range birds.

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On Mon, May 29, 2017 at 7:24 AM, marys1000
<marys1000...> wrote:
Once when I lived in the country I was thinking of getting some GF. A
neighbor told me a story of his neighbors GF,
who would for some reason come over and hang around on his porch. He
really didn't like that
because he said they are not only noisy but a noisy that never stops and
they constantly vocalize.
This was relayed to be as a warning story, as in you should rethink this:)

No longer rural, if I ever am again I would still like to try some. They
are reported to be kept mainly for bug control
and are recommended (no first hand accounts) to try to keep ticks down,
something I would really be glad of and why
I wanted them in the first place. I wonder if people eat the eggs?

Mary
Michigander temporarily in Ohio

On 5/28/2017 8:27 PM, Beverly Wolf wrote:

Guinea Fowl are often purchased for small farms and no one can contain them
– they love to wander. I had some near my home and discovered a neighbor
with an average suburban lot had about 6 of them and her fenced yard
couldn’t keep them in. They’re really a pretty bird!



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(via birders Mailing List)
*Sent:* Sunday, May 28, 2017 3:55 PM
*To:* Birders UM <birders...> <birders...>
*Subject:* [birders] Guinea Fowl



Surprising sight - about a half dozen Guinea Fowl along 11-mile, just east
of Wixom Road. Must be escapees.

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Date: 5/29/17 4:49 am
From: \Suzanne (Moses/Vedder) Mason\ (via birders Mailing List) <birders...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Guinea Fowl
I live in the country in Newaygo County. Some people out here have GF. While beautiful, they are often obnoxious, and they tend to wander. But they are good pest control. Chickens are also great pest control, stay close to home, and are friendly. Chickens are reliable and easier to keep, even if they are free range birds. 

Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

On Mon, May 29, 2017 at 7:24 AM, marys1000<marys1000...> wrote: Once when I lived in the country I was thinking of getting some GF.  A neighbor told me a story of  his neighbors GF,
who would for some reason come over and hang around on his porch.  He really didn't like that
because he said they are not only noisy but a noisy that never stops and they constantly vocalize. 
This was relayed to be as a warning story, as in you should rethink this:)

No longer rural, if I ever am again I would still like to try some.  They are reported to be kept mainly for bug control
and are recommended (no first hand accounts) to try to keep ticks down, something I would really be glad of and why
I wanted them in the first place.   I wonder if people eat the eggs?

Mary
Michigander temporarily in Ohio

On 5/28/2017 8:27 PM, Beverly Wolf wrote:


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Guinea Fowl are often purchased for small farms and no one can contain them – they love to wander.  I had some near my home and discovered a neighbor with an average suburban lot had about 6 of them and her fenced yard couldn’t keep them in.  They’re really a pretty bird! 

 

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Sent: Sunday, May 28, 2017 3:55 PM
To: Birders UM <birders...>
Subject: [birders] Guinea Fowl

 

Surprising sight - about a half dozen Guinea Fowl along 11-mile, just east of Wixom Road. Must be escapees.

Melissa Pappas
Hamburg Township, Livingston County, MI


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Date: 5/29/17 4:43 am
From: \Suzanne (Moses/Vedder) Mason\ (via birders Mailing List) <birders...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Who sings purr-tweep ... pur-tweep ... pur-tweep?
I didn't listen through earphones,  but it sounds like it could be a Towhee, if it is not a frog. 
Suzanne in Big Rapids 

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On Mon, May 29, 2017 at 6:08 AM, Bob Bethune<bobbethune...> wrote: This is from August 2015, recorded in Gregory State Game Area. It's a smartphone recording, so the level isn't very good; it's probably best listened to with earphones.
I have the impression that I hear this sound pretty regularly out here, but I haven't been able to figure it out. Any help much appreciated.
Bob
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Date: 5/29/17 4:23 am
From: marys1000 <marys1000...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Guinea Fowl
Once when I lived in the country I was thinking of getting some GF. A
neighbor told me a story of his neighbors GF,
who would for some reason come over and hang around on his porch. He
really didn't like that
because he said they are not only noisy but a noisy that never stops and
they constantly vocalize.
This was relayed to be as a warning story, as in you should rethink this:)

No longer rural, if I ever am again I would still like to try some.
They are reported to be kept mainly for bug control
and are recommended (no first hand accounts) to try to keep ticks down,
something I would really be glad of and why
I wanted them in the first place. I wonder if people eat the eggs?

Mary
Michigander temporarily in Ohio

On 5/28/2017 8:27 PM, Beverly Wolf wrote:
>
> Guinea Fowl are often purchased for small farms and no one can contain
> them they love to wander. I had some near my home and discovered a
> neighbor with an average suburban lot had about 6 of them and her
> fenced yard couldnt keep them in. Theyre really a pretty bird!
>
> *From:* <birders-request...>
> [mailto:<birders-request...>] *On Behalf Of
> *Melissa Pappas (via birders Mailing List)
> *Sent:* Sunday, May 28, 2017 3:55 PM
> *To:* Birders UM <birders...>
> *Subject:* [birders] Guinea Fowl
>
> Surprising sight - about a half dozen Guinea Fowl along 11-mile, just
> east of Wixom Road. Must be escapees.
>
> Melissa Pappas
> Hamburg Township, Livingston County, MI
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Date: 5/29/17 3:09 am
From: Bob Bethune <bobbethune...>
Subject: [birders] Who sings purr-tweep ... pur-tweep ... pur-tweep?
This is from August 2015, recorded in Gregory State Game Area. It's a
smartphone recording, so the level isn't very good; it's probably best
listened to with earphones.

I have the impression that I hear this sound pretty regularly out here, but
I haven't been able to figure it out. Any help much appreciated.

Bob

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Date: 5/28/17 5:29 pm
From: Beverly Wolf <Bev_Wolf...>
Subject: RE: [birders] Guinea Fowl
Guinea Fowl are often purchased for small farms and no one can contain them
- they love to wander. I had some near my home and discovered a neighbor
with an average suburban lot had about 6 of them and her fenced yard
couldn't keep them in. They're really a pretty bird!



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Sent: Sunday, May 28, 2017 3:55 PM
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Subject: [birders] Guinea Fowl



Surprising sight - about a half dozen Guinea Fowl along 11-mile, just east
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Date: 5/28/17 12:58 pm
From: Carole Dubritsky (via birders Mailing List) <birders...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Song ID help?
blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } I agree with Dan – to me it sounds like a common yellowthroat.


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On Sunday, May 28, 2017, 8:22 AM, Dan Ezekiel <dan.ezekiel24...> wrote:

Sounds like Common Yellowthroat.  Were you near water?
DE
On Sun, May 28, 2017 at 6:49 AM, Bob Bethune <bobbethune...> wrote:

I recorded this on my cell phone back in June 2015. There's three calls, one at the beginning, one in the middle, one at the end. There's three or four softer calls in between; I'm not sure if they are from the same species or not. Last but not least, there's a fair amount of tweeting in the background that I think is from goldfinches.
I'd appreciate feedback from the group on what species you hear.
Thanks!
https://drive.google.com/open? id=0B_ZIDvLV- ZcCcDBFbWlTSno2Q1E
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Date: 5/28/17 12:56 pm
From: Melissa Pappas (via birders Mailing List) <birders...>
Subject: [birders] Guinea Fowl
Surprising sight - about a half dozen Guinea Fowl along 11-mile, just east of Wixom Road. Must be escapees.

Melissa Pappas
Hamburg Township, Livingston County, MI

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Date: 5/28/17 8:10 am
From: Carole Dubritsky (via birders Mailing List) <birders...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Song ID help?
blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } #yiv8574590931 blockquote, #yiv8574590931 div.yiv8574590931yahoo_quoted {margin-left:0 !important;border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important;padding-left:1ex !important;background-color:white;}I agree with Dan – to me it sounds like a common yellowthroat.


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On Sunday, May 28, 2017, 8:22 AM, Dan Ezekiel <dan.ezekiel24...> wrote:

Sounds like Common Yellowthroat.  Were you near water?
DE
On Sun, May 28, 2017 at 6:49 AM, Bob Bethune <bobbethune...> wrote:

I recorded this on my cell phone back in June 2015. There's three calls, one at the beginning, one in the middle, one at the end. There's three or four softer calls in between; I'm not sure if they are from the same species or not. Last but not least, there's a fair amount of tweeting in the background that I think is from goldfinches.
I'd appreciate feedback from the group on what species you hear.
Thanks!
https://drive.google.com/open? id=0B_ZIDvLV- ZcCcDBFbWlTSno2Q1E
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Date: 5/28/17 7:23 am
From: Bob Bethune <bobbethune...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Song ID help?
Thanks to all! Yes, the birds were near water, a pond that's about 25 yards
on a side.

On Sun, May 28, 2017 at 9:37 AM, Collins Peter&Linda <
<peter.linda.collins...> wrote:

> Sounds very, very much like C Yellowthroat. Dan has it.
> P
>
> On May 28, 2017, at 8:20 AM, Dan Ezekiel <dan.ezekiel24...> wrote:
>
> Sounds like Common Yellowthroat. Were you near water?
>
> DE
>
> On Sun, May 28, 2017 at 6:49 AM, Bob Bethune <bobbethune...> wrote:
>
>> I recorded this on my cell phone back in June 2015. There's three calls,
>> one at the beginning, one in the middle, one at the end. There's three or
>> four softer calls in between; I'm not sure if they are from the same
>> species or not. Last but not least, there's a fair amount of tweeting in
>> the background that I think is from goldfinches.
>>
>> I'd appreciate feedback from the group on what species you hear.
>>
>> Thanks!
>>
>> https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_ZIDvLV-ZcCcDBFbWlTSno2Q1E
>>
>> Bob
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Date: 5/28/17 6:38 am
From: Collins Peter&Linda <peter.linda.collins...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Song ID help?
Sounds very, very much like C Yellowthroat. Dan has it.
P
> On May 28, 2017, at 8:20 AM, Dan Ezekiel <dan.ezekiel24...> wrote:
>
> Sounds like Common Yellowthroat. Were you near water?
>
> DE
>
> On Sun, May 28, 2017 at 6:49 AM, Bob Bethune <bobbethune...> <mailto:<bobbethune...>> wrote:
> I recorded this on my cell phone back in June 2015. There's three calls, one at the beginning, one in the middle, one at the end. There's three or four softer calls in between; I'm not sure if they are from the same species or not. Last but not least, there's a fair amount of tweeting in the background that I think is from goldfinches.
>
> I'd appreciate feedback from the group on what species you hear.
>
> Thanks!
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Date: 5/28/17 5:21 am
From: Dan Ezekiel <dan.ezekiel24...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Song ID help?
Sounds like Common Yellowthroat. Were you near water?

DE

On Sun, May 28, 2017 at 6:49 AM, Bob Bethune <bobbethune...> wrote:

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> https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_ZIDvLV-ZcCcDBFbWlTSno2Q1E
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Date: 5/28/17 3:50 am
From: Bob Bethune <bobbethune...>
Subject: [birders] Song ID help?
I recorded this on my cell phone back in June 2015. There's three calls,
one at the beginning, one in the middle, one at the end. There's three or
four softer calls in between; I'm not sure if they are from the same
species or not. Last but not least, there's a fair amount of tweeting in
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I'd appreciate feedback from the group on what species you hear.

Thanks!

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_ZIDvLV-ZcCcDBFbWlTSno2Q1E

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Date: 5/28/17 3:43 am
From: Jack Smiley <jackrsmiley...>
Subject: [birders] Bobolinks at Conservancy Farm
Yesterday morning, the Bobolinks seemed particularly active in the hay
field at the Conservancy Farm. They were calling and flying from several
spots behind the Community Organic Garden, which is north of the farm
house. Upwards of six were seen at one time (5 males) so we're hopeful for
a few broods this year.

The Conservancy Farm is at 8383 Vreeland Road in Superior Township, east of
Prospect Road. The Conservancy Farm is open to the public and you may park
in the small parking area behind the farm house, or along Vreeland Road.
(Please don't park on the grass if the small parking area is full.)

How sweet the song.
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Bobolink/sounds

Jack Smiley


P.S. If anyone is interested, we still have some plots available in the
Community Organic Garden. Please contact me if you would like to have a
garden at this wonderful spot! More info is available at
http://smlcland.org/garden.php

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Date: 5/28/17 3:36 am
From: Don Henise <kiskadee3...>
Subject: [birders] Fwd: Chuck-will's-widow - Sharonville Wildlife Management Area - Jackson County
A Chuck-will's-widow has returned for the seventh summer in the

Sharonville State Game Area in Norvell Township in southeastern Jackson
County.

It was first reported on eBird Monday evening, May 15th by David
Parsons. David found the bird a little north of where it has been found
over the past several years. The location is along Fishville Road just
south of westward bend in road about 0.7 miles north of
Fishville-Easudes intersection.

Coordinates: 42.195683, -84.152527

https://www.google.com/maps/place/42%C2%B011'44.5%22N+84%C2%B009'09.1%22W/@42.195683,-84.1534497,248m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d42.195683!4d-84.152527

Several birders were at the site last evening to listen to the bird.
Whip-poor-wills started calling around 9:20 from the east side of
Fishville. A few minutes later the Chuck-will's-widow was heard
competing with the Whips and the numerous tree frogs which were calling.
Initially the Chuck was calling from the east side of Fishville, but
Robyn spotted it flying directly over our position as it went to the
west side of Fishville. Over the next 10 to 15 minutes it was heard from
both sides as it moved back and forth. I will have audio embedded in my
eBird checklist later today. We drove around Easudes and Lamon Road, but
only heard one other Whip-poor-will. As we drove past the Chuck spot at
10:10 on our way home, the Chuck-wills-widow was calling loudly.

Earlier in the evening we relocated the Dickcissel that was reported by
Ross Green a few days ago at Watkins Lake State Park. The Dickcissel was
heard from the railbed trail that heads east from the parking lot north
of the lake. I was right on the boarder of Jackson/Washtenaw and was
seen moving between the counties.

Good birding,



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Jackson, MI
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Date: 5/28/17 3:34 am
From: Don Henise <kiskadee3...>
Subject: [birders] Chuck-will's-widow - Sharonville Wildlife Management Area - Jackson County
A Chuck-will's-widow has returned for the seventh summer in the

Sharonville State Game Area in Norvell Township in southeastern Jackson
County.

It was first reported on eBird Monday evening, May 15th by David
Parsons. David found the bird a little north of where it has been found
over the past several years. The location is along Fishville Road just
south of westward bend in road about 0.7 miles north of
Fishville-Easudes intersection.

Coordinates: 42.195683, -84.152527

https://www.google.com/maps/place/42%C2%B011'44.5%22N+84%C2%B009'09.1%22W/@42.195683,-84.1534497,248m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d42.195683!4d-84.152527

Several birders were at the site last evening to listen to the bird.
Whip-poor-wills started calling around 9:20 from the east side of
Fishville. A few minutes later the Chuck-will's-widow was heard
competing with the Whips and the numerous tree frogs which were calling.
Initially the Chuck was calling from the east side of Fishville, but
Robyn spotted it flying directly over our position as it went to the
west side of Fishville. Over the next 10 to 15 minutes it was heard from
both sides as it moved back and forth. I will have audio embedded in my
eBird checklist later today. We drove around Easudes and Lamon Road, but
only heard one other Whip-poor-will. As we drove past the Chuck spot at
10:10 on our way home, the Chuck-wills-widow was calling loudly.

Earlier in the evening we relocated the Dickcissel that was reported by
Ross Green a few days ago at Watkins Lake State Park. The Dickcissel was
heard from the railbed trail that heads east from the parking lot north
of the lake. I was right on the boarder of Jackson/Washtenaw and was
seen moving between the counties.

Good birding,


--
Don Henise

Jackson, MI
<kiskadee3...>
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Date: 5/28/17 3:32 am
From: Catherine Carroll <songsparrow...>
Subject: Re: [birders] B/g nuthatch fledglings
Oh my gosh. Leave them alone. The parents are caring for them.

----- Original Message -----

From: "Jennifer Jailey Munson" <jjmunson535...>
To: <birders...>
Sent: Saturday, May 27, 2017 5:25:23 PM
Subject: [birders] B/g nuthatch fledglings

We have two, very young, nuthatch fledglings in our backyard and I've been watching them while gardening for the past 4 hours. No parent has come to feed them at any point and I'm concerned, though they are in a shaded are, that they are getting dehydrated. Will transport them to the Washtenaw Bird Rehab Center if consensus is parents aren't coming back. Can I do anything to help hydrate/feed them in the meantime?


On May 27, 2017 5:21 PM, "Jennifer Jailey Munson" < <jjmunson535...> > wrote:



We have two, very young, nuthatch fledglings in our backyard and I've been watching them while gardening for the past 4 hours. No parent has come to feed them at any point and I'm concerned that, though they are in a shaded are, they are getting dehydrated. Will transport them to the Washtenaw Bird Rehab Center if consensus is parents aren't coming back. Can I do anything to help hydrate/feed them in the meantime?





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Date: 5/27/17 2:26 pm
From: Jennifer Jailey Munson <jjmunson535...>
Subject: [birders] B/g nuthatch fledglings
We have two, very young, nuthatch fledglings in our backyard and I've been
watching them while gardening for the past 4 hours. No parent has come to
feed them at any point and I'm concerned, though they are in a shaded are,
that they are getting dehydrated. Will transport them to the Washtenaw Bird
Rehab Center if consensus is parents aren't coming back. Can I do anything
to help hydrate/feed them in the meantime?


On May 27, 2017 5:21 PM, "Jennifer Jailey Munson" <jjmunson535...>
wrote:

> We have two, very young, nuthatch fledglings in our backyard and I've been
> watching them while gardening for the past 4 hours. No parent has come to
> feed them at any point and I'm concerned that, though they are in a shaded
> are, they are getting dehydrated. Will transport them to the Washtenaw Bird
> Rehab Center if consensus is parents aren't coming back. Can I do anything
> to help hydrate/feed them in the meantime?
>
>

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Date: 5/27/17 2:22 pm
From: Jennifer Jailey Munson <jjmunson535...>
Subject: [birders] B/g nuthatch fledglings
We have two, very young, nuthatch fledglings in our backyard and I've been
watching them while gardening for the past 4 hours. No parent has come to
feed them at any point and I'm concerned that, though they are in a shaded
are, they are getting dehydrated. Will transport them to the Washtenaw Bird
Rehab Center if consensus is parents aren't coming back. Can I do anything
to help hydrate/feed them in the meantime?

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Date: 5/27/17 6:16 am
From: Jessica Adamczyk <jessica.adamczyk13...>
Subject: [birders] May 30, Reminder: final WAS 'Tuesday Evening Birders' field trip
May 23, 2017 (Tuesday) 6:00 PM - after sunset
Tuesday Evening Birders field trip
Leaders: Dan Sparks-Jackson

Please join Washtenaw Audubon Society on May 30th for our final iteration
of Tuesday Evening Birders. We will be seeking grassland species in western
Washtenaw County, including Clay-Colored Sparrows. We'll have a possible
extension -- for those interested -- in listening for nightjars in adjacent
Jackson County after dusk.

*Meeting location: Zeeb Road x Jackson** Road Park & Ride in Scio Township
(located in the NE corner of the Meijer parking lot).* Group departure from
the parking site is at 6:15 PM so plan to arrive in plenty of time to form
up carpools.

Expect a moderate amount of walking, and dress for potential ticks.

Please see our website for details about this and other upcoming events.
You do not have to be a WAS member to participate.
http://washtenawaudubon.org/

Thank you,
Jessica Adamczyk
Washtenaw Audubon Society

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