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 Cerulean Warbler

Status in Michigan
Uncommon Transient summer resident

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Winter 03-04
Fall 2003 4
Spring 2003 20
Winter 02-03 0
Fall 2002 0
Summer 2002 8
Spring 2002 41
Winter 01-02 0
Fall 2001 12
Summer 2001 14
Spring 2001 48
Winter 00-01 0
Fall 2000 0
Summer 2000 8
Spring 2000 51
Winter 00-99 0
Fall 1999 0
Spring/Summer 1999 2

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Historical Text

Dendroica cerulea (Wilson)
Cerulean Warbler

Summer resident north to Newaygo and Saginaw counties, probably locally common. Recorded once at Sand Point, Huron County.

First authoritatively listed for Michigan by Gibbs (1879: 484).

SPRING.-Arrival is reported during the first week of May. L. W. Campbell (1940: 207) has noted main flight in the Toledo-Erie marsh area about the middle of May. In the Detroit area Swales recorded 12 on May 4, and 10 on May 7 in 1912; J. Claire Wood (1911: 23) noted 46 on May 16. N. A. Wood (1922: 27) reported the species in Berrien County on May 12, and observers report it in the Ann Arbor area in the first and second weeks of May. Twenty Cerulean Warblers were seen by R. E. Olsen and A. D. Tinker in Hartland Township, Livingston County, on May 27, 1934; at the Prairie Farm, Alicia, Saginaw County, it was observed by G. A. Ammann on May 11, 1940. The northernmost record, apparently, is a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) collected by James H. Wood at Sand Point, Huron County, on May 4, 1932.

SUMMER.-Nests and eggs of the Cerulean Warbler have been found from the last week in May to early July. In the Detroit area Davidson (1897: 45) found 1 nest on May 26 that, on June 6, contained 4 eggs, and 1 nest (1892: 137) on June 19 with 4 eggs. J. Claire Wood discovered 2 nests in this area on June 20 with 3 and 4 eggs (1911: 23) and noted 14 other nests between May 30 and late June (1904o: 181-83; 1906c: 42-44;1907d: 10-11). Near Ann Arbor, N. A. Wood and J. J. Ricks found 2 nests under construction in 1903, 1 on May 20, and 1 on May 25. H. W. Hann reported a nest at Coldwater Lake, Branch County, on July 3, 1932, and E. R. Kalmbach and H. A. Moorman (Barrows, 1912: 607) noted adults with nearly full-grown young on July 13 and 14 at Grand Ledge, Eaton County. A nest with 2 warbler eggs and 2 Cowbird eggs (Friedmann, 1934: 104) was collected (U.S.N.M.) by R. A. Brown at Saginaw, June 23, 1900. G. A. Ammann also found the species in Saginaw County, observing it in late May and throughout June at the Prairie Farm, Alicia; E. R. Ford reported it from Brooks Township, Newaygo County, on June 21, 1935, and on July 6 and 14, 1938.

FALL.-The small amount of data on the fall migration indicates that the species moves southward in the latter part of August and early September. Brodkorb (1929: 397-98) observed 6 at Warren's Woods, Berrien County, on August 28; in Hartland Township, Livingston County, R. E. Olsen saw 10 on August 5, 1934, and collected 2 specimens (U.M.M.Z.) on September 1, 1935. J. Claire Wood (1906: 24) recorded 20 Cerulean Warblers on August 24 in the vicinity of Detroit, and Swales saw 1 there on September 7, 1908.

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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