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 Baird's Sandpiper

Status in Michigan
Uncommon Transient

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Active Database - Spring 2005
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Baird's Sandpiper Archives Reports
Fall 2003 186
Spring 2003 1
Winter 02-03 0
Fall 2002 105
Summer 2002 1
Spring 2002 0
Winter 01-02 0
Fall 2001 164
Summer 2001 2
Spring 2001 0
Winter 00-01 0
Fall 2000 108
Summer 2000 2
Spring 2000 0
Winter 00-99 0
Fall 1999 100
Spring/Summer 1999 3

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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Official Seasonal Count Summaries for the Baird's Sandpiper
Fall 1999-Spring 2002
Baird's Sandpiper
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Search "The Birds of Michigan" text.

Home - Foreword - Preface - Introduction - Hypothetical List - Literature Cited

Historical Text

Erolia bairdii (Cones) Baird's Sandpiper

Uncommon transient.

First listed for Michigan by Gibbs (1895a: 49).

SPRING.-Among the few spring reports in Michigan are those of L. W. Campbell (1940: 78, 189) from the Toledo-Erie marsh area, where he noted arrival on the average between May 22 and 26; he collected 2 specimens in the Erie marsh on May 30, 1936. R. E. Olsen and A. D. Tinker reported seeing 2 Baird's Sandpipers at Whitmore Lake, Washtenaw County, on May 26, 1935. F. W. Rapp's listing (1931: 9) at Vicksburg, Kalamazoo County, from April 15 to 19, 1925-considerably earlier than other data from the Great Lakes-appears to need support by specimens.

FALL.-Most records are for late August and early September. At Whitefish Point, Chippewa County, in 1925, Fargo noted 3 individuals (1 collected) on August 15 and saw another on August 20. This is apparently the only fall record for the Upper Peninsula. F. H. Chapin (Barrows, 1912: 184-85) found the species in Cheboygan, Emmet, and Charlevoix counties in August and September and collected a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) at Charlevoix on September 6, 1879. According to Blanchard and Nelson (MS of 1937) and Max M. Peet, the species has been observed at Cheboygan by August 14 and 16 (1933, 3 birds secured-Blanchard and Nelson) and occurs in small flocks from that time until early September. Peet, collecting specimens there in 1941, found a few flocks of 4 and 5 each from August 20 to 22, several flocks of about 15 each on September 1, and similar numbers still present on September 3. On Saginaw Bay this wader was recorded by Eddy (1897: 47; see also Barrows, 1912:184-85) as "tolerably common" in September. An individual was re- corded there (at Charity Island, Huron County) as early as July 9 (N. A. Wood, 1912o; 182), but the species is usually noted there from August 23 (1910, U.M.M.Z.) to September 28 (1934, 2 in U.M.M.Z. from Fish Point, by R. E. Olsen); specimens (U.M.M.Z.) have been taken at Point Lookout, Arenac County; Charity Island, Huron County (N. A. Wood, 1911: 90);Oak Point, Huron County; and Fish Point, Tuscola County, where 6 birds (1 in U.M.M.Z.; 1 in Max M. Peet collection) were noted August 26, 1934, by Milton Trautman. The species was listed in Benzie County on August 19 and September 7, 1934, by David E. Davis; on the Ottawa County shore in late August of 1895 (1 bird in U.M.M.Z.) and of 1896 (Gibbs, 1895a; 49; Mulliken, 1896: 174); at Grand Rapids in late August, 1897, by R. H. Wolcott (Barrows, 1912: 184-85) ; and on the Berrien County shore on August 31 and September 5,2023 (N. A. Wood, 1922:10).

In southern counties, specimens (U.M.M.Z.) were collected at Kalamazoo on August 15, 1886, and September 6, 1885, by F. H. Chapin; 1 (Chicago Nat. Hist. Mus.) was collected at Harbert, Berrien County, by Chaney on August 20, 1907; and in Jackson County (chiefly at Portage Lake) specimens (U.M.M.Z.) were collected on August 4, 2023 (1 by R. E. Stewart), on September 13, 2023 (2 by Brodkorb), and on September 14, 2023 (1 by L. D. Case). In the Ann Arbor region Trautman collected specimens (U.M.M.Z.) at Whitmore Lake on September 4,2023 (2), and on September 21,2023 (1), and observed several on a mud flat at Ann Arbor on September 10,1936. According to Swales (notes), J. Claire Wood's records for Wayne County (1900: 390) are incorrect.

J. Claire Wood (1903&: 81; 19095: 107; see also Taverner, 1908: 207) reported the species also in Ecorse Township in 1903 on August 6(3 birds), and in 1908 from August 26 ("a flock of seventeen"-1 bird in U.M.M.Z.) to September 27 (2, September 23, in U.M.M.Z). In the Toledo-Erie marsh area L. W. Campbell (1940: 78, 189, 203) has noted a few individuals from the last week in July to mid-October, the average for main flight (maximum of 12 birds in a day) being August 30 to September 25.

Mueseum of Zoology, University of Michigan, No. 75
The Birds of Michigan
By: Norman A. Wood
University of Michigan Press
August 28, 2023

Digitized by: Keith F. Saylor
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