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 Chestnut-sided Warbler

Status in Michigan
Fairly Common Transient summer resident

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Active Database - Spring 2005
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Chestnut-sided Warbler Archives Reports
Fall 2003 26
Spring 2003 71
Winter 02-03 0
Fall 2002 21
Summer 2002 7
Spring 2002 129
Winter 01-02 0
Fall 2001 35
Summer 2001 9
Spring 2001 1040
Winter 00-01 0
Fall 2000 16
Summer 2000 8
Spring 2000 76
Winter 00-99 0
Fall 1999 7
Spring/Summer 1999 10

NMB Database
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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Official Seasonal Count Summaries for the Chestnut-sided Warbler
Fall 1999-Spring 2002
Chestnut-sided Warbler
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Dendroica pensylvanica (Linnaeus)
Chestnut-sided Warbler

Common transient. Local summer resident.

First recorded for Michigan by Sager (1839: 414) : "Sylvicola, icterocephala."

SPRING.-Northward migration occurs chiefly in the second and third weeks of May in the Lower Peninsula and a week later in the north.

Lower Peninsula.-L. W. Campbell (1940: 208) gave May 11 to May 20 as the average period for the main flight in the Toledo-Erie marsh area. In the Detroit area Swales (1904: 39) noted first arrivals in early May and recorded the greatest numbers in mid-May; 300 were seen there on May 16, 1909, by Swales and H. Spicer. The species is also reported in the first week of May in the Ann Arbor area; A. E. Staebler saw 1 there on May 1, 1940, and R. E. Morrill, 4 on May 7, 1936. N. A. Wood (1922: 27) ob- served the species in Berrien County between May 10 and 27. Gibbs (1885:39) reported arrival as early as April 25 in Kalamazoo County, but Walkinshaw reported it in Calhoun County in the second week of May' or later, in the years 1930 to 1940. D. W. Douglass recorded 3 to 4 of these warblers a day on Sand Point, Huron County, in the latter part of May, in the years 1931 to 1933. William Brewster collected a specimen (M.C.Z.) at Cadillac, Wexford County, on May 14, 1888.

Upper Peninsula.-Bryens, at McMillan, Luce County, and Christofferson, at Blaney, Schoolcraft County, usually recorded this warbler about the middle of May, rarely in the first week; Bryens saw 1 at McMillan on May 7, 1930, and Christofferson saw 6 at Blaney on May 16, 1937. Brodkorb saw the species at Whitefish Point, Chippewa County, on May 13 and 18, 1936, and N. A. Wood (1914: 70-71) also found it there on May 22, 1914. S. S. Gregory, Jr., collected a specimen in the Huron Mountains, Marquette County, on May 23, 1932. N. A. Wood saw several flocks and collected 2 specimens (U.M.M.Z.) on Isle Royale on May 22, 1930.

SUMMER.-Nesting records extend from the last week in May to the middle of July.

Lower Peninsula.-Swales (1891: 149) found a nest with 4 fresh eggs near Detroit on June 4; in 1934 R. E. Olsen and A. D. Tinker reported several nests from Hartland Township, Livingston County, 1 with 1 egg on May 27, 1 with 3 eggs on June 8, and they saw more than 20 Chestnut-sided Warblers there on June 3. Gibbs (18946; 332-33) reported this warbler as a common summer resident in Kent and Ottawa counties; he found 30 nests there in a 2-year period, 1 nest with 4 eggs as early as May 20 (1874). No such abundance has been reported in recent years. F. "W. Rapp (1931: 29) listed the species as rare in the vicinity of Vicksburg, Kalamazoo County. N. A. Wood and Gaige (1911: 299-300) saw a few in Huron County in July, and Chaney (1910: 277) believed it to breed in Mason County. N. A. Wood, Smith, and Gates (1916: 18) listed it as the most abundant warbler in the vicinity of Douglas Lake, Cheboygan County, but Blanchard and Nelson (MS of 1937) recorded it there only a few times each summer in the 1930's.

Upper Peninsula.-T. D. Hinshaw and R. A. MacMullan collected a series of specimens (U.M.M.Z.) on Drummond Island, Chippewa County, in June and July of 1938, taking a nest with 4 eggs (U.M.M.Z.) on June 21; N. A. Wood (1914: 70-71) believed the species nested in the same county at Whitefish Point. Bryens has seen fledglings by the middle of July at McMillan, Luce County, and N. A. Wood (1918: 13) observed a female feeding young on July 19 near Deerton, Alger County. Van Tyne found the species common in the Huron Mountains, Marquette County, in the latter part of June, 1936; John L. George and E. L. Patterson noted 30 or more a day at Golden Lake, Iron County, in the summer of 1938 and found a nest with 3 young on July 20.

FALL.- This warbler leaves the Upper Peninsula in late August or early September, and the southern counties usually by mid-September.

Upper Peninsula.-Fargo saw 2 individuals on Isle Royale on August 27, 1924; F. M. Gaige (1914: 88) found the species common in Dickinson County in August, and R. E. Olsen collected 1 (U.M.M.Z.) near Deer Park, Luce County, on September 1, 1938. At McMillan, Luce County, Bryens has recorded this warbler until late August or early September (September 4 in 1938 and September 10 in 1940 were the latest dates).

Lower Peninsula.-Chaney (1910: 277) noted the species as a fall migrant in Mason County in late August; and on Charity Island, Huron County, N. A. Wood (1911: 106) saw a few individuals on September 15 and 29. In Hartland Township, Livingston County, A. D. Tinker and R. E. Olsen saw 4 on September 15, 1935, and 1 on September 25, 1938. One of the latest records is a bird (U.M.M.Z.) found dead in Ann Arbor by T. Hast on October 18, 1909. Swales (1904: 39) noted the species remaining well into September in the Detroit area, where J. Claire Wood (1906: 24) saw 15 on September 3 and collected 1 (U.M.M.Z.) on September 23. L. W. Campbell (1940: 208) gave August 28 to September 12 as the period of greatest abundance 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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