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 Black-throated Blue Warbler

Status in Michigan
Uncommon Transient summer resident

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Active Database - Spring 2005
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Black-throated Blue Warbler Archives Reports
Fall 2003 25
Spring 2003 44
Winter 02-03 0
Fall 2002 36
Summer 2002 3
Spring 2002 73
Winter 01-02 0
Fall 2001 45
Summer 2001 6
Spring 2001 27
Winter 00-01 0
Fall 2000 11
Summer 2000 1
Spring 2000 48
Winter 00-99 0
Fall 1999 7
Spring/Summer 1999 9

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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Official Seasonal Count Summaries for the Black-throated Blue Warbler
Fall 1999-Spring 2002
Black-throated Blue Warbler
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Dendroica caerulescens caerulescens (Gmelin)
Black-throated Blue Warbler

Common transient. Summer resident south to Kalamazoo County.

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

SPRING.-The relatively rapid spring migration occurs in the second and third weeks in May in the southern counties and about a week later in the Upper Peninsula.

Lower Peninsula.-L. W. Campbell (1940: 207) observed main flight in the Toledo-Erie marsh area between May 11 and 18. Swales recorded main flight in mid-May in the Detroit region (25 seen on May 19,2023), but noted individuals arriving in early May and sometimes remaining until the end of the third week. The species is reported in the Ann Arbor area usually in early May, rarely in the last few days of April; 2 were seen there by Max M. Peet on April 25, 1908. In Berrien County, N. A. Wood (1922: 26-27) listed this warbler in May, observing "dozens" on May 12; and in Calhoun County Walkinshaw recorded it in the second week of May (1930 to 1940). D. W. Douglass saw 1 to 8 individuals daily at Sand Point, Huron County, during the second and third weeks of May (1931 to 1933); in the northern part of the peninsula, William Brewster and Jonathan Dwight collected a series of specimens (M.C.Z.) in the vicinity of Cadillac, Wexford County, and Oden, Emmet County, between May 10 and May 28, 1888.

Upper Peninsula.-Christofferson noted 2 individuals at Blaney, School- craft County, as early as May 9, and 4 on May 11 (1939). But at McMillan, Luce County, Bryens has usually recorded arrival after the middle of May. N. A. Wood (1914: 70) found the species rather common on Whitefish Point, Chippewa County, for a few days after May 23, 1914. Although observers have been on Isle Royale throughout May, the earliest spring record is a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) collected by A. Murie on June 7, 1930.

SUMMER.- The relatively few nest records available indicate that nesting extends from mid-May to the latter half of July in the Lower Peninsula and over a somewhat later period in the Upper.

Lower Peninsula.-Barrows (1912: 599) lists several nesting records of the Black-throated Blue Warbler: nest with 4 eggs found by R. B. West-nedge in Kalamazoo County on May 29,1891; nest with 4 eggs discovered by C. W. Gunn in Ottawa County, June 6, 1878; nest and young noted in Charlevoix County by R. H. Wolcott; and a nest with 3 eggs taken by Bar- rows near Petoskey, Emmet County, on July 18, 1904. N. A. Wood and Frothingham (1905: 52) saw the species near "West Branch, Ogemaw County, on June 19, and Verne Dockham reported a nest with 3 eggs near Oscoda, Iosco County, on May 29, 1938. Blanchard and Nelson (MS of 1937) mention a nest with 3 eggs found at Wilderness Park, Emmet County, on July 20, 1924.

Upper Peninsula.-Bryens has noted this species at McMillan, Luce County, several times in the summer (June 28, 1938; June 25, 2023). It was believed to nest at Whitefish Point, Chippewa County (N. A. Wood, 1914: 70), and adults with young were seen on July 11 near Whitefish Lake, Alger County (N. A. Wood, 1918: 13). In the Porcupine Mountains, Ontonagon County, young were seen flying about after July 17, and nestlings (U.M.M.Z.) were taken on July 20 (N. A. Wood, Peet, and McCreary, 1906:118) . Max M. Peet (1909: 373-74) reported that although adult birds were taken on July 8 and later, no nests of this bird were found on Isle Royale.

FALL.-The southward movement apparently begins in mid-August, ex- tending in the Upper Peninsula to mid-September, and in the south to the end of September or to early October.

Upper Peninsula.-The species was noted as a migrant on Isle Royale from August 28 to September 12 (Peet, 1909: 373-74) and was observed in the Huron Mountains, Marquette County, until September 25 (S. S. Gregory, Jr., 1929:185). F. M. Gaige (1914: 88), recorded the species in Dickinson County from August 11, when he saw small flocks, to August 14. A. D. Tinker saw 2 individuals on Whitefish Point, Chippewa County, on August 25, 1931. Bryens has listed this warbler only until mid-September at McMillan, Luce County, but at Blaney, Schoolcraft County, Christofferson recorded 2 on September 30, 1934, and 1 as late as October 5 (1933).

Lower Peninsula.-N. A. Wood and Frothingham (1905: 52) reported the species at Grayling, Crawford County, on September 9. On Charity Island, Huron County, N. A. Wood (1911: 106) saw a few individuals between August 31 and September 25, 1910, and recorded them as common on September 26. Between September 27 and the night of October 5 he re- corded only a few; on October 6 he saw hundreds; but no others were noted after this last date. N. A. Wood (1922: 26-27) found the species in Berrien County on September 1, 1917; at South Haven in Van Buren County, Leonard Wing saw 10 on September 16 and 3 on September 17, 1931. Swales recorded it in the Detroit area in late August and September, and J. Claire Wood collected 3 late specimens (U.M.M.Z.) there: 1 on October 16,1909; 2 on October 17,1909. L. W. Campbell (1940: 207) gave September 5 to 25 as the average period for main flight in the Toledo-Erie marsh area.

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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