Various, Various - UP Report from Skye Haas

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Various, Various - UP Report from Skye Haas

Postby mibirder » Wed Sep 16, 2009 12:52 pm


Greetings fellow Yooper birders,

Though it has been many months since I have been able to put together a compilation of Upper Peninsula bird sightings, all the recent bird (and birder!) activity on our fair peninsula has motivated me to reinvigorate the UP Rare Bird Report for the fall season. Migration has been good this fall, certainly when compared to last years lackluster fall season. Especially impressive has been the passerine flight so far with a major movement noted across the Superior basin on September 7th, with Manitou Island recording an heady 22500-45,000 migrants in a morning flight on that date. A decent flight of Downy Woodpeckers has been noted along most migration sites, the run of Black-backed Woodpecker sightings from along the coast may be connected. Other than Purple Finches, no northern finch species is being recorded in large numbers at this time. Observers are reporting small numbers of Red and White-winged Crossbills and Evening Grosbeaks.


Greater White-fronted Goose
Swainson's Hawk
Marbled Godwit
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Franklin's Gull
Parasitic Jaeger
Black-backed Woodpecker
Western Kingbird
Connecticut Warbler

Keweenaw County
Joe Kaplan recorded an amazing flight of passerine migrants, primarily warblers on September 7th. Joe estimates that 22,500-45,000 passerines flew off Lake Superior at the east end of Manitou Island in a morning flight. Laurie Binford and Zach Gayk found a juvenile LARK SPARROW* in Copper Harbor on the 8th. Zach Gayk also had an unidentified JAEGER SPECIES over Bete Gris on the 3rd.

Baraga County
Joe Youngman found a WESTERN KINGBIRD at Ojibwa Beach on September 8th. Also present was a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER and a FORSTER'S TERN at the head of the Keweenaw Bay.

Marquette County
Scott Jennix and Jeff Schultz reported a SWAINSON'S HAWK south of Ishpeming near the Black Falls burn on September 6th. At the Black Falls Burn, 16 BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS were recorded on the 5th. While much lower numbers than what was reported on Manitou Island, a couple of thousand passerine migrants were recorded at Presque Isle Park on the 7th. 1 WHIMBREL was seen at the NMU athletic fields on August 31st. Ryne Rutherford had a juvenile STILT SANDPIPER on the Black Rocks of Presque Isle Park also on the 31st.

Delta County
A juvenile LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was present on September 4th at Indian Point, west of Nahma. Scott Jennix and Jeff Schultz reported 3 MARBLED GODWITS at this location at dusk on the 5th. A WHIMBREL was present at Peninsula Point on the 9th.

Alger County
Scott Hickman reported 3 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE flying past the Grand Marias breakwall on September 6th. A WHIMBREL was at the mouth of the Sucker River on the 7th. Scott also found an adult FRANKLIN'S GULL at the mouth of the AuTrain River on September 4th that was present again on the 5th.

Schoolcraft County
Morton Harwood had a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER along the Seney NWR nature trail, behind the Visitor Center on September 6th.

Luce County
Tom Prestby reported a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER from the Sleeper Lake Burn on September 3rd.

Chippewa County
Recent reports from Whitefish Point Bird Observatory include 1 BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER on the 11th; 1 YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO on the 8-9th; 1 PARASITIC JAEGER, along with two unidentified JAEGER SPECIES, as well as 1 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER and a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER on the 7th; 1 adult FRANKLIN'S GULL on the 6th that was seen again on the 7th; 1 WHIMBREL and 1 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER on the 4th; 1 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER and a CONNECTICUT WARBLER on the 2nd; 1 unidentified JAEGER SPECIES and a CONNECTICUT WARBLER on the 1st; and 1 WHIMBREL on August 31st. Other notable sightings include RED-THROATED LOONS, AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS, an early SURF SCOTER and Chris Neri reports that excellent numbers of warblers and thrushes have been seen over the last week.
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