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 Bay-breasted Warbler

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Uncommon Transient summer resident

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Bay-breasted Warbler Archives Reports
Fall 2003 16
Spring 2003 24
Winter 02-03 0
Fall 2002 9
Summer 2002 0
Spring 2002 52
Winter 01-02 0
Fall 2001 25
Summer 2001 0
Spring 2001 19
Winter 00-01 0
Fall 2000 5
Summer 2000 0
Spring 2000 22
Winter 00-99 0
Fall 1999 14
Spring/Summer 1999 2

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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Official Seasonal Count Summaries for the Bay-breasted Warbler
Fall 1999-Spring 2002
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Dendroica castanea (Wilson) Bay-breasted Warbler

Common transient.

First listed for Michigan by Sager (1839: 414).

SPRING.-Arrival is reported in the Lower Peninsula in early May and in the north by mid-May.

Lower Peninsula.-L. W. Campbell (1940: 208) gave May 16 to 20 as the average period of main flight in the Toledo-Erie marsh area. Swales recorded the greatest numbers at Detroit after the middle of May: 20 on May 26, 1907; 50 on May 19, 1912. This warbler has been observed in the Ann Arbor area in the first week of May (3 on May 3, 1936, by R. E. Morrill), more commonly in the second week, and it has been seen occasionally in June (June 3 and June 6, 1907, by N. A. Wood). N. A. "Wood (1922: 27-28) listed the species as rather common in Berrien County between May 11 and 28. G. A. Ammann saw an individual at the Prairie Farm, Alicia, Saginaw County, on May 21, 1940, and D. W. Douglass noted up to 6 a day at Sand Point, Huron County, during mid-May (1931 to 1933) . William Brewster and Jonathan Dwight collected 5 specimens (M.C.Z.) at Oden, Emmet County, between May 21 and 26, 1888.

Upper Peninsula.-Christofferson reported 6 Bay-breasted Warblers at Munuscong Bay, Chippewa County, on May 15, 1927, and N. A. Wood (1914: 71) found the species at Whitefish Point in the same county on May 19 and 25. Bryens recorded an individual at McMillan, Luce County, on May 13, 1936; N. A. Wood (1918: 13) saw 2 near Whitefish Lake, Alger County, on May 27. S. S. Gregory, Jr., collected a specimen in the Huron Mountains, Marquette County, on May 22, 1921; at Copper Harbor, Keweenaw County, N. A. Wood (1933: 729) saw 1 on May 27. On Isle Royale, A. Murie collected a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) on May 16, 1930, and N. A. Wood another (U.M.M.Z.) on May 22 of the same year.

SUMMER.-There is apparently no definite breeding record for Michigan of this warbler, although the species has been reported twice during the summer months. Frank J. Hinds saw an adult and 2 fledglings near Douglas Lake, Cheboygan County, on August 1 in 1933, and he collected a male there 3 days later. Max M. Peet (1909: 375-76) reported an individual on Isle Royale on July 7 and one on July 14.

FALL.-The period of southward migration apparently extends from early August or mid-August to the second week in October.

Upper Peninsula.-This warbler was recorded on Isle Royale from August 28 to September 12 by Max M. Peet (1909: 375-76), and from August 8 to October 1, 1929, by N. A. Wood. In 1936 R. E. Olsen saw 1 on August 31, 1 on September 4, and 2 on September 5 in the vicinity of Deer Park, Luce County; at McMillan, in the southern part of the same county, Bryens found this warbler as late as September 10 (1933).

Lower Peninsula. - Trautman saw 10 of these warblers at Houghton Lake, Roscommon County, on October 9, 1937. Chaney (1910: 277) mentioned only 1 fall record from Mason County-a specimen taken on August 28. N. A. Wood (1911: 106-7) listed this warbler as the most abundant bird on Charity Island from August 27 to October 12, noting thousands on September 3. Gibbs (1885: 39) recorded it in Kalamazoo County from early September to October, and N. A. Wood (1922: 27-28) saw it in Berrien County on September 6. Leonard Wing found it "abundant" near South Haven, Van Buren County, on September 16, 1931, but saw none at all during the remaining 3 days of his visit. Swales recorded the largest numbers in the Detroit area in September: 10 to 15 each day on September 1 to 6, 1911; 30 on September 22, and 50 on September 23 in 1912. Swales occasionally saw the species in October, noting several on October 16, 1904, and J. Claire Wood collected 1 (U.M.M.Z.) in this area on October 17, 1909. The fall migration in the Toledo-Erie marsh area has been reported by L. W. Campbell (1940: 208) from the last week of August to the last few days of September.

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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