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 Carolina Wren

Status in Michigan
Fairly Common

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Count totals in the NMB Databases for Carolina Wren.

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Active Database - Spring 2005
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Carolina Wren Archives Reports
Fall 2003 25
Spring 2003 48
Winter 02-03 36
Fall 2002 30
Summer 2002 8
Spring 2002 40
Winter 01-02 24
Fall 2001 20
Summer 2001 1
Spring 2001 48
Winter 00-01 38
Fall 2000 12
Summer 2000 1
Spring 2000 27
Winter 00-99 36
Fall 1999 14
Spring/Summer 1999 1

NMB Database
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For: Carolina Wren

Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
Active Database - Fall 2003
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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Official Seasonal Count Summaries for the Carolina Wren
Fall 1999-Spring 2002
Carolina Wren
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Search "The Birds of Michigan" text.

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Historical Text
The Birds of Michigan - by: Norman A. Wood
Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, No. 75

Thryothorus ludovicianus ludovicianus (Latham)
Carolina Wren

Rare resident north to Livingston and Barry counties; also reported from Huron, Roscommon, Muskegon, and Benzie counties.

First listed for Michigan by Fox (1853: 161).

L. W. Campbell (1940: 117) listed the species as a permanent resident in the Toledo-Erie marsh area, and information available indicates a similar status in the southeastern counties of the Lower Peninsula. Campbell saw an individual in Erie Township, Monroe County, on January 23, 1938, 6 on January 13, 1940, and several on February 4, 1940. Swales (1912:129) saw 1 at Detroit on January 16, 1911, and 1 on December 5, 1911; in the vicinity of Ann Arbor, Van Tyne (1926 : 117) observed 1 from January 6 to 9 and collected 1 (U.M.M.Z.) on January 16, 1926. Leonard Wing (1931: 133) noted 1 at Jackson on January 7, 1924, and Fargo and others (1928: 51) saw 2 there on December 24, 1927.

The Carolina Wren has been reported from other localities in the spring and fall: Jerome Trombley (Barrows, 1912: 669) observed 3 at Petersburg, Monroe County, on April 16, 1890. A. D. Tinker saw 1 near Hamburg, Livingston County, on March 24, 1928; Walkinshaw has found the species in Calhoun County on April 2,1932, April 27,1938, and September 1,1932; in Barry County on September 11, 1932. One of the northernmost records is that of Trautman, who reported seeing a Carolina Wren at Houghton Lake, Roscommon County, on October 10, 1938.

SUMMER.-Fledglings have been found in the latter part of May, and newly hatched young as late as mid-July. L. W. Campbell saw 2 adults and 3 young in Erie Township, Monroe County, on May 25, 1934, and mentioned (1940: 117-18) a nest found near North Cape, Monroe County, by J. J. Stophlet in late June that contained 5 small young on July 17; Swales and Taverner (1907: 147) collected an adult (U.M.M.Z.) near Detroit on August 11; A. D. Tinker (1909: 434) observed a Carolina Wren in full song near Ann Arbor on June 6, and on June 20 found a nest there with 5 small young and 1 egg. The nest (U.M.M.Z.) was later collected by N. A. Wood. On Sand Point, Huron County, N. A. Wood and Gaige (1911: 304) saw 5, including juveniles, during the latter part of August, 1908; Wood (1912o; 188) also secured 1 on July 25 and heard 1 on July 28, 1911, on Charity Island in the same county. Brodkorb (1926: 249-50) saw 1 on June 30, and 1 on July 25,1924, near Duck Lake, Muskegon County; D. E. Davis (1931: 276-77) observed 2 in the vicinity of Frankfort, Benzie County, on August 11, 1930.

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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