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 Golden-crowned Kinglet

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Common Transient summer resident

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Golden-crowned Kinglet Archives Reports
Fall 2003 63
Spring 2003 107
Winter 02-03 85
Fall 2002 174
Summer 2002 3
Spring 2002 231
Winter 01-02 23
Fall 2001 36
Summer 2001 3
Spring 2001 71
Winter 00-01 55
Fall 2000 91
Summer 2000 13
Spring 2000 184
Winter 00-99 15
Fall 1999 89
Spring/Summer 1999 14

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Fall 1999-Spring 2002
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The Birds of Michigan - by: Norman A. Wood
Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, No. 75

Regulus satrapa satrapa Lichtenstein
Eastern Golden-crowned Kinglet (A.O.U. 1998: Golden-crowned Kinglet)

Common transient. Summer resident south to Charlevoix County, locally common in the Upper Peninsula. Irregular in winter.

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

SPRING.-Main flight is reported from mid-March through April.

Lower Peninsula.-L. W. Campbell (1940: 128) has found the species in the Toledo-Erie marsh area between April 2 and May 17. Swales (1904:42) recorded it somewhat earlier in the Detroit area (from early March to the first of May). Numerous winter records make it difficult to determine the beginning of migration in the Ann Arbor area; a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) was collected there as late as May 10 (1918) by Walter Koelz. N. A. Wood (1922: 34) listed the species as not very common in Berrien County; he recorded it there in late April (1920) and in May (1918). F. W. Rapp (1931: 32-33) found it common in the vicinity of Vicksburg, Kalamazoo County (extreme dates: April 7, April 21). The species was seen at Fish Point, Tuscola County, from the last of April to May 9, 1926, by N. A. Wood; D. W. Douglass noted migrants at Sand Point, Huron County, until April 25, May 12, and May 11 (1931 to 1933).

Upper Peninsula.-At McMillan, Luce County, Bryens has noted 1 to 5 Golden-crowned Kinglets daily from mid-March to late April or occasion- ally early May. "W. C. Beckman collected a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) near Marquette on April 14, 1938, and Laurence Dayton observed the species on Isle Royale between April 13 and 23, 1937.

SUMMER.-The few nest records available indicate that the species breeds in the latter half of June and in July.

Lower Peninsula.-Four or 5 Golden-crowned Kinglets were seen and 1 (U.M.M.Z.) collected on North Manitou Island, Leelanau County, on June 19, 1940, by A. E. Staebler; in Charlevoix County, Van Tyne (1925: 626) collected 1 (U.M.M.Z.) of 2 birds he observed behaving as if they had a nest nearby. The species has been seen on several occasions in the bog areas in the vicinity of Douglas Lake, Cheboygan County (N. A. Wood, Smith, and Gates, 1916: 20; Blanchard and Nelson, MS of 1937), and a recently fledged bird was collected by Max M. Peet near Cheboygan on August 20, 1941.

Upper Peninsula.-Several specimens (U.M.M.Z.) were collected on Drummond Island, Chippewa County, by R. A. MacMullan and T. D. Hinshaw in July and early August, 1938 ; at Whitefish Point in the same county fledglings were noted on July 10, and a nest with 7 eggs was found on July 13, 2023 (N. A. Wood, 1914: 73). Christy (1925: 216) listed the species as a common summer resident in the Huron Mountains, Marquette County, and Gaige (1914: 90) observed 2 birds at Brown Lake, Dickinson County, on July 23, 1909. Four Golden-crowned Kinglets were seen by John L. George and R. L. Patterson at Golden Lake, Iron County, on June 30 and 4 on July 21, 1938; nestlings were secured in the Porcupine Mountains, Ontonagon County, on July 2, and adults were seen there throughout the month of July and in early August (N. A. Wood, Peet, and McCreary, 1906: 120). On Isle Royale in 1905, Max M. Peet (1909: 382-83) recorded young birds in early July and a nest with 8 eggs on July 21; he regularly noted flocks of 15 to 20 Golden-crowned Kinglets there during the summer.

FALL.-The fall migration occurs mainly in late August and September in the Upper Peninsula and in September and October in the south.

Upper Peninsula.-Max M. Peet (1909a: 118) recorded the species al- most daily on Isle Royale from late August until September 21. Ira N. Gabrielson saw Golden-crowned Kinglets every day in the Huron Mountains, Marquette County, between September 22 and 27, 1936; R. E. Olsen and A. D. Tinker recorded 50 on August 28, 1934, and 100 on the following day at Deer Park, Luce County. Fargo saw 2 at "Whitefish Point, Chippewa County, on September 4, 1925; R. E. Olsen and A. D. Tinker listed the species as common in that locality on August 27, 1931. Bryens has noted the species at McMillan, Luce County, from the latter part of August to early November and occasionally later (November 9, 1938; November 25, 2023).

Lower Peninsula.-In Crawford County N. A. Wood and Frothingham (1905: 53) saw several of these kinglets on September 6, and R. A. MacMullan collected 3 specimens (U.M.M.Z.) near Lovells on November 4, 1939. Verne Dockham found the species in Oscoda County from September 18 to October 28, 1935. In Alcona County J. Claire Wood (1913: 20) observed 20 Golden-crowned Kinglets on October 7 at Lincoln, 20 on October 16, and 10 on October 19 at Hubbard Lake. Chaney (1910: 278) recorded the species at Hamlin Lake, Mason County, on September 23; on Charity Island, Huron County, N. A. Wood (1911: 111), first noted the species on September 20, and recorded hundreds on September 29. F. W. Rapp (1931:32-33) noted migrants in the vicinity of Vicksburg, Kalamazoo County, during October; Swales (1904: 42) also indicated that the species was the most abundant in the Detroit area in October; J. Claire Wood (1906: 23) observed more than 100 there on October 15. The species has been noted in the Toledo-Erie marsh area by L. W. Campbell (1940: 128) from the first of October to early November.

WINTER.-The Golden-crowned Kinglet winters occasionally in small numbers in the Upper Peninsula, frequently and rather numerously in southern counties.

Upper Peninsula.-Laurence Dayton observed several Golden-crowned Kinglets on Isle Royale, December 13 and 20,1936. A specimen (U.M.M.Z.) was taken by Leonard Wing (1940: 189) at Ironwood, Gogebic County, on January 22, 1932; 1 (U.M.M.Z.) was secured by F. F. Tubbs near Lake Gogebic, Ontonagon County, on January 29, 1935; and an individual was seen by Leonard Wing (1940: 189) at McMillan, Luce County, on January 18,1932.

Lower Peninsula.-W. H. Burt collected a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) near Lewiston, Montmorency County, on December 28, 1940; Walkinshaw has occasionally observed the species in Calhoun County in the winter (January 4,1931; January 17, 2023). In Kalamazoo County, where Gibbs (1885; 6) listed it as an occasional winter visitant, F. H. Chapin collected a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) on December 24, 1884. In the Ann Arbor area observers frequently report the species in winter: R. E. Morrill saw 10 Golden-crowned Kinglets on January 2, 1939, and John L. George observed 11 there on December 20, 1938. Swales recorded rather large numbers of these kinglets in the vicinity of Detroit in 1902: 12 on February 20; 20 on December 25; and 20 on December 30.

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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