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 Common Yellowthroat

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Common Transient summer resident

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Summer 2005
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Fall 2003 90
Spring 2003 104
Winter 02-03 0
Fall 2002 61
Summer 2002 53
Spring 2002 104
Winter 01-02 1
Fall 2001 42
Summer 2001 50
Spring 2001 75
Winter 00-01 0
Fall 2000 43
Summer 2000 59
Spring 2000 78
Winter 00-99 0
Fall 1999 18
Spring/Summer 1999 13

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Geothlypis trichas brachidactyla (Swainson)
Northern Yellow-throat

Common summer resident.

First listed for Michigan by Sager (1839: 414) : "Trichas personata."

SPRING.-The Northern Yellow-throat arrives in the southern counties in early May and reaches the Upper Peninsula by the middle of the month.

Lower Peninsula.-L. W. Campbell (1940:195, 208) reported arrival of individuals in the Toledo-Erie marsh area as early as April 18 in 1931, but usually reports the greater numbers after the first of May. Swales (1904: 40) noted arrival in the Detroit area between May 4 and 10. Ob- servers have commonly reported arrival in the Ann Arbor area in the first week of May but occasionally in late April; A. D. Tinker reported 1 there on April 21, 1916, and 1 on April 25, 1920. N. A. Wood (1922: 30) saw this warbler in May in Berrien County, and Walkinshaw noted its arrival in Calhoun County in late April and early May (1930 to 1940). G. A. Ammann saw a Yellow-throat at the Prairie Farm, Alicia, Saginaw County, on May 7, 1940. D. W. Douglass found the species at Sand Point, Huron County, about the middle of May (1931 to 1933), and R. E. Olsen and A. D. Tinker observed 20 there on May 30, 1937. William Brewster collected a specimen (M.C.Z.) at Oden, Emmet County, on May 19, 1888.

Upper Peninsula.-Christofferson has usually found the species at Blaney, Schoolcraft County, by the middle of May; he reported 1 on May 12, 1936; 2 on May 16, 1932; and 6 on May 30, 1938. Brodkorb noted 1 at Whitefish Point, Chippewa County, on May 17, 1936.

SUMMER.-Nests with eggs are found in late May and throughout June. Lower Peninsula.-Swales (1904: 40) listed the Northern Yellow-throat as an abundant summer resident in southeastern Michigan. N. A. "Wood found a nest with 4 eggs near Ann Arbor on May 23, 1903, and Max M. Peet discovered a nest with 5 fresh eggs near Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County, on June 27,1904. Gibbs (1885: 54) found the species breeding abundantly in Kalamazoo County and F. W. Rapp (1931: 30) listed 2 nests there, 1 with 2 eggs on May 30, 1904, and 1 with 3 young on July 24, 1928. Young birds of the year were seen in northwestern Huron County by N. A. "Wood and Gaige (1911: 303) after July 1. N. A. Wood and Frothingham (1905:52) observed Yellow-throats in Oscoda County in mid-June, and in Craw- ford County in early July; R. E. Olsen and T. D. Hinshaw also noted them in Crawford County, recording 30 on July 4,1936. Van Tyne (1925:626) found them numerous locally in Charlevoix County; Blanchard and Nelson (MS of 1937) found a nest with 3 young on July 28 at Douglas Lake, Cheboygan County.

Upper Peninsula.-Walkinshaw found a nest with 4 eggs on June 21, 1935, at Munuscong Bay, Chippewa County, and at Whitefish Point in the same county N. A. Wood (1914: 71) noted young of the year by mid-July. At Seney, Schoolcraft County, Brodkorb found Yellow-throats "plentiful" from June 2 to 11, 1938, and at Whitefish Lake, Alger County, N. A. Wood (1918: 14) noted a few individuals on June 1. Van Tyne found them common in the swamps of the Huron Montain region, Marquette County, in late June, 1936; F. M. Gaige (1914: 89) observed 4 young that could hardly fly on July 12 in Dickinson County, and John L. George and R. L. Patterson recorded 2 to 5 adults daily at Golden Lake, Iron County, in late June and in July, 1938.

FALL.-Southward migration occurs in late August and September. Upper Peninsula.-Ira N. Gabrielson observed a Yellow-throat in the Huron Mountains, Marquette County, on September 25, 1936; F. M. Gaige (1914: 89) noted 20 or more as early as August 5 in Dickinson County. Fargo saw 1 at Whitefish Point, Chippewa County, on August 21, and 1 on September 4 in 1925; A. D. Tinker recorded 8 there in late August, 1931. At McMillan, Luce County, Bryens has reported the species between middle and late September; he recorded 1 on September 10, 1937, and 2 on September 26, 1938.

Lower Peninsula.-A specimen (U.M.M.Z.) was collected at Burt Lake, Cheboygan County, on September 3, 1938, by A. E. Staebler; and several others (U.M.M.Z.) were taken on Charity Island, Huron County, between September 8 and 15, by N. A. Wood. L. D. Case secured 1 (U.M.M.Z.) near Homer, Calhoun County, on September 22, 1940; R. E. Olsen and A. D. Tinker saw 10 on September 23, 1934, at Portage Lake, Jackson County, and the same number in Hartland Township, Livingston County, on September 29, 1935. Swales (1904: 40) noted departure from the Detroit area in late September, although in 1904, J. Claire Wood (1905c: 21) saw 3 there on October 2, and 1 on October 23. Trautman saw 21 in the Erie Marsh, Monroe County, on September 13 and 14, 1932; L. W. Campbell (1940:195, 208) recorded main flight in this and the adjoining Toledo area in the last week of September, and stragglers as late as October 28.

Mueseum 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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