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 Blackpoll Warbler

Status in Michigan
Common Transient

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Active Database - Spring 2005
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Blackpoll Warbler Archives Reports
Fall 2003 24
Spring 2003 40
Winter 02-03 0
Fall 2002 19
Summer 2002 0
Spring 2002 33
Winter 01-02 0
Fall 2001 27
Summer 2001 1
Spring 2001 18
Winter 00-01 0
Fall 2000 16
Summer 2000 0
Spring 2000 16
Winter 00-99 0
Fall 1999 7
Spring/Summer 1999 2

NMB Database
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For: Blackpoll Warbler

Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Official Seasonal Count Summaries for the Blackpoll Warbler
Fall 1999-Spring 2002
Blackpoll Warbler
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Historical Text

Dendroica striata (Forster)
Black-poll Warbler

Regular transient, more numerous in fall than in spring.

First recorded for Michigan by Kneeland (1857: 234).

SPRING.-The Black-poll Warbler is one of the latest birds to appear in spring, the greater numbers arriving about mid-May (Barrows, 1912: 611).

Lower Peninsula.-L. W. Campbell (1940: 195, 208) recorded the species in the Toledo-Erie marsh area as early as May 2 in 1936, but he found it the most abundant, on the average, from May 19 to 26. Swales (1904: 39) reported it as uncommon in the spring in the Detroit area, and recorded its arrival between May 10 and 15; observers have usually reported it in the Ann Arbor region after mid-May, although Swales saw it there on May 8, 1916. N. A. Wood (1922: 28) listed the Black-poll Warbler as common in Berrien County in the last half of May; Gibbs (1885: 39) also noted it in late May in Kalamazoo County. R. E. Olsen saw 5 in Hartland Township, Livingston County, on May 24, 1931, and D. W. Douglass recorded 1 to 3 daily at Sand Point, Huron County, during the last 10 days of May (1931 to 1933). William Brewster and Jonathan Dwight collected 5 specimens (M.C.Z.) in the vicinity of Oden, Emmet County, between May 21 and 26, 1888.

Upper Peninsula.-Christofferson recorded 2 individuals on May 17, 1936, at Blaney, Schoolcraft County, and Bryens found 2 at McMillan, Luce County, as early as May 10 (1939), but he usually recorded its arrival after the middle of the month (6 on May 21, 2023). At Whitefish Point, Chippewa County, N. A. "Wood (1914: 71) saw 1 individual on May 22 and 1 the following day; Leonard Wing (1940: 191) observed 1 at Rapid River, Delta County, as late as June 6 in 1931. The species was seen on Isle Royale by N. A. Wood on May 17 and 22, 1930, and by Laurence Dayton on May 25, 1937.

FALL.-The fall migration, in contrast to the short spring migration, extends from early August to late September or early October.

Upper Peninsula.-Max M. Peet (1909: 376) listed the species almost daily from Isle Royale between August 25 and September 25, and in 1929 N. A. Wood saw it there from August 8 to late September. John L. George and R. L. Patterson saw 3 Black-poll Warblers at Golden Lake, Iron County, on August 14, 1938, and R. E. Olsen collected 2 specimens (U.M.M.Z.) near Deer Park, Luce County, 1 on September 2, 1938, 1 on September 4, 1936. At Blaney, Schoolcraft County, Christofferson has usually reported the species until late August or early September, but noted 4 on September 14, 1932. |

Lower Peninsula.-At Burt Lake, Cheboygan County, Max M. Peet collected 2 specimens on September 10, 1941, and 1 on September 18, 1940. Trautman saw an individual at Houghton Lake, Roscommon County, on October 9, 1937, and Chaney (1910: 277) listed the species as abundant in Mason County from late August to mid-September. In the Ann Arbor region this warbler was noted in considerable numbers between September 9 and October 7 in 1908 (N. A. Wood and Tinker, 1910: 136). J. Claire Wood (1907: 330-31) saw 75 near Detroit on September 3, and on September 28 (1905c: 21) he found more than 125. In the Detroit area Swales recorded 100 on September 22 and 23, 1912, and he saw several on October 23, 1916. L. W. Campbell (1940: 208) has found the period of greatest abundance in the Toledo-Erie marsh area to extend throughout the month 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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