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 Blue-headed Vireo

Status in Michigan
Fairly Common Transient summer resident

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Active Database - Spring 2005
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Blue-headed Vireo Archives Reports
Fall 2003 17
Spring 2003 47
Winter 02-03 1
Fall 2002 20
Summer 2002 5
Spring 2002 39
Winter 01-02 0
Fall 2001 16
Summer 2001 2
Spring 2001 51
Winter 00-01 0
Fall 2000 13
Summer 2000 4
Spring 2000 18
Winter 00-99 0
Fall 1999 7
Spring/Summer 1999 5

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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Official Seasonal Count Summaries for the Blue-headed Vireo
Fall 1999-Spring 2002
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The Birds of Michigan - by: Norman A. Wood
Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, No. 75

Vireo solitarius solitarius (Wilson)
Blue-headed Vireo

Uncommon transient; very rare summer resident in the north. First authoritatively listed for Michigan by Gibbs (1879: 485). SPRING.-This vireo is found in southern counties in the first 2 weeks of May and in the Upper Peninsula by the third week.

Lower Peninsula.-Flight through the Toledo-Erie marsh area (L. "W. Campbell, 1940: 193) and the Detroit region (Swales, 1904: 38) has been recorded during the first 2 weeks of May, though Swales reported 1 shot by Taverner in Ecorse Township, Wayne County, as late as June 8 (1907). In the Ann Arbor region the earliest record is April 25 (1913); N. A. Wood (1922 : 25) noted this vireo infrequently in Berrien County and secured several specimens (U.M.M.Z.) there from May 3 to 25. Gibbs (1885: 69) listed the species as "not common" in Kalamazoo County, but F. W. Rapp (1931: 28) noted it as a "common spring migrant" there (in the vicinity of Vicksburg). D. W. Douglass observed it on Sand Point, Huron County, in the middle part of May (1931 to 1933) and secured a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) there on May 19, 1931.

Upper Peninsula.-Christofferson commonly records the species in the second week of May in the vicinity of Blaney, Schoolcraft County (2 on May 6,1940; 2 on May 9,2023). This vireo has been reported from White- fish Point, Chippewa County, by N. A. Wood (1914: 70) who saw 1 there on May 25, and by Brodkorb who found it "not rare" from May 8 to 23, 1936. S. S. Gregory, Jr., has a specimen he took in the Huron Mountains, Marquette County, on May 19, 1921, and N. A. Wood collected 1 (U.M.M.Z.) on Isle Royale, May 23,1930.

SUMMER.-The Blue-headed Vireo is occasionally seen in the north during summer, and there are 3 definite nest records.

Lower Peninsula.-E. M. Brigham, Jr. (1942: 67), found a nest with 4 Blue-headed Vireo eggs and 3 Cowbird eggs on June 13, 1942, near East Tawas, Iosco County. Frank J. Hinds saw an individual near Douglas Lake, Cheboygan County, on July 7, 1936. 0. S. Pettingill, Jr., and Theodora Nelson observed 2 adults feeding 3 nestlings near Indian River, Cheboygan County, on June 30,1941.

Upper Peninsula.-Leonard Wing (1940: 189) with N. A. "Wood found a nest in Luce County, 26 miles north of Newberry. The nest was under construction when first discovered, on June 26, and on July 3 both adults and the nest with 4 eggs were collected (U.M.M.Z.). N. A. Wood (1914:70) saw a Blue-headed Vireo on July 8 at Whitefish Point, Chippewa County, and F. M. Gaige (1914: 88) collected 1 (U.M.M.Z.) on July 28, 1909, in Dickinson County-the only one of the species he observed there. Barrows (1912: 573) said that 0. B. Warren saw the species all summer near Palmer, Marquette County. Walkinshaw noted 1 at Three Lakes, Baraga County, June 27, 1933; N. A. Wood, Peet, and McCreary (1906:118) saw this vireo occasionally in the Porcupine Mountains, Ontonagon County, and collected 2 (U.M.M.Z.) there on July 27.

FALL.-This vireo is found migrating in September and early October.

Upper Peninsula.-Max M. Peet (1909: 372) recorded the species from Isle Royale twice: he collected 1 (U.M.M.Z.) of 2 observed on August 30, and saw 1 on September 12. N. A. Wood saw 1 there on October 1, 1929. Christy observed this vireo in the Huron Mountains, Marquette County, as late as October 4 (1927), and N. A. Wood, Peet, and McCreary (1906: 118) reported 2 on August 5 in the Porcupine Mountains, Ontonagon County. In the eastern part of the peninsula, Christofferson has made a few scattered fall records in the vicinity of Blaney, Schoolcraft County: 1 bird on August 18,1938; 2 on September 9, 1934; 1 on October 17, 1937.

Lower Peninsula.-One or 2 Blue-headed Vireos were occasionally seen on the Charity Islands, Huron County, by N. A. Wood (1911: 105) from September 23 to October 2. Specimens (U.M.M.Z.) have been taken in southwestern Michigan by F. H. Chapin (1, October 10,1883, at Kalamazoo) and by Leonard Wing (1, September 18, 1931, at South Haven, Van Buren County). N. A. Wood secured 1 (U.M.M.Z.) at Portage Lake, Washtenaw County, on September 26, 1906, and in the Detroit area, Swales recorded the species in late September and frequently into October (6 seen October 1, 1913; 1, October 18, 2023). L. W. Campbell (1940: 193) gave September 22 as the average date of departure from the Toledo-Erie marsh area, but recorded 1 as late as October 27 in 1934.

Museum 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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