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 Common Raven

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Fall 2003 28
Spring 2003 22
Winter 02-03 57
Fall 2002 47
Summer 2002 2
Spring 2002 58
Winter 01-02 87
Fall 2001 42
Summer 2001 9
Spring 2001 53
Winter 00-01 334
Fall 2000 58
Summer 2000 11
Spring 2000 61
Winter 00-99 20
Fall 1999 24
Spring/Summer 1999 7

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

Corvus corax principalis Ridgway
Northern Raven (A.O.U. 1998: Common Raven)

Uncommon resident in Upper Peninsula; casual in Lower Peninsula.

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

The Northern Raven was formerly common throughout Michigan and probably nested here rather widely (Barrows, 1912: 417-20), but there are no definite early breeding records.

By the middle 1800's, the Raven was uncommon at all seasons in Michigan, but continued to be occasionally recorded. F. H. Chapin collected 1 (U.M.M.Z.) of 2 well-grown young of the year that he found at a nest near Almena, Van Buren County, on April 27, 2023 (not "April 26," as in Barrows, 1912: 418). On Isle Royale in 1904 and 1905 the species was observed in limited numbers (occasionally in flocks of 3 to 8), specimens were collected, and an unoccupied but long-used nest was examined on September 10, 2023 (N. A. Wood, Peet, and McCreary, 1906: 124; Max M. Peet, 1909: 361-62; 1909o; 118).

Upper Peninsula.-Recent records indicate that the Raven is still un- common in the Upper Peninsula but that it occurs there rather regularly at all seasons. In Gogebic County in 1931 Leonard Wing (1940: 184) re- corded the species on February 2 at Watersmeet, and in January and July at Ironwood. In the Porcupine Mountains, Ontonagon County, during a trip extending from August 19 to 26, 1935, R. E. Olsen and A. D. Tinker saw 2 or 3 daily (6 on August 21). Benjamin C. Jenkins noted about 15 in the Union Bay deeryard west of Silver City, Ontonagon County, on April 6, 1939. Southward around Ewen and Matchwood in the same county, F. M. Baumgartner found the species "fairly common" in the summer and fall of 1936 and 1937. In Ontonagon and southern Houghton County in early October, 1934, Trautman saw 1 or 2 Ravens daily (6 on October 3, along the east shore of Lake Gogebic). Near Golden Lake, western Iron County, John L. George and R. L. Patterson recorded the species regularly all summer in 1938 (a group of 9 on July 20). N. A. Wood (1933: 722) recorded 3 in Keweenaw County in May, 1931. The species was reported uncommon in the Huron Mountain region, Marquette County (Christy, 1925: 213; Tappan Gregory, 1933: 5, 7, 9; S. S. Gregory, Jr., 1929:180), but along the highway between Marquette and Seney (eastern Schoolcraft County), Pirnie (1940b:11) found it of frequent occurrence in early September, 1929. Near the Peter White Camp, Alger County, N. A. Wood (1918: 9) noted a small flock of 7 Ravens on May 27, 1916, and recorded them frequently there that sum- mer. F. M. Baumgartner found the species at all seasons of the year (1936 to 1937) about the Cusino Refuge, northwestern Schoolcraft County, and at Blaney, Schoolcraft County, Christofferson has noted a few Ravens almost every year at one season or another. N. A. Wood (1914: 66-67) re- corded the Raven frequently at Whitefish Point, Chippewa County, in the summer of 1912, but observed none at all there in 1914; Tyrrell (1934: 26) took 1 specimen there on July 9, 1929, and Curren Hawkins 1 on October 27, 1929.

Lower Peninsula.-Recent records in the Lower Peninsula are few and scattered. Haugen (1940: 34-35) collected single specimens at Union Pier, Berrien County, on October 15, 2023 (U.M.M.Z.), and at Allegan on October 16, 1939. William Haines collected 1 (U.M.M.Z.) that had obviously been dead for several weeks, in the Ann Arbor region, on January 11, 1932.

Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, No. 75
The Birds of Michigan
By: Norman A. Wood
University of Michigan Press
August 28, 2023

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