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 Golden-winged Warbler

Status in Michigan
Fairly Common Transient summer resident

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Active Database - Spring 2005
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Golden-winged Warbler Archives Reports
Fall 2003 2
Spring 2003 28
Winter 02-03 0
Fall 2002 3
Summer 2002 3
Spring 2002 36
Winter 01-02 0
Fall 2001 3
Summer 2001 9
Spring 2001 10
Winter 00-01 0
Fall 2000 2
Summer 2000 7
Spring 2000 18
Winter 00-99 0
Fall 1999 11
Spring/Summer 1999 6

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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Official Seasonal Count Summaries for the Golden-winged Warbler
Fall 1999-Spring 2002
Golden-winged Warbler
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Vermivora chrysoptera (Linnaeus)
Golden-winged Warbler

Summer resident north at least to Saginaw and Newaygo counties; specimens have been taken in summer in Cheboygan and Mackinac counties.

First recorded for Michigan by Sager (1839 : 414).

SPRING.-Arrival is recorded during the first week of May, or, rarely, in late April. L. W. Campbell (1940:193, 207) has reported the main flight in the Toledo-Erie marsh area about May 8; his earliest date for individuals is May 1 (1938). In the Detroit area (Swales, 1904: 38), as well as in the Ann Arbor region, arrival usually occurs during the first week of May; specimens (U.M.M.Z.) have been taken, however, near Ann Arbor in April; L. D. Case collected 2 there April 27, 1938. Considerable numbers have been reported during mid-May in southeastern Michigan: in Wayne County, 45 by J. Claire Wood (1911: 21) on May 16; in Hartland Township, Livingston County, 40 by R. E. Olsen and A. D. Tinker on May 16, 1937, and 50 by Olsen, Tinker, and T. D. Hinshaw on May 19, 1935. N. A. Wood (1922:25) recorded arrival in Berrien County from May 7 to May 20 (1919) and Walkinshaw noted arrival in Calhoun County in early May (1930 to 1940). One of the earlier Michigan records is a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) collected by B. F. Sykes in Kalamazoo County on April 26,1878.

SUMMER.-Nesting records extend from mid-May through early June.

Lower Peninsula.-J. P. Norris (1890: 21-22) described 7 nests taken by Jerome Trombley in Monroe County between May 17 (nest with 4 eggs) and June 8 (nest with 5 eggs). Swales and J. Claire Wood found several nests in Wayne County: June 2, 1901, 3 nests, each with 4 eggs; May 18, 1902, nest which then had? no eggs but on May 25 contained 4. N. A. Wood found a nest near Ann Arbor with 3 warbler eggs and 1 Cowbird egg on May 25, 1895. In Hartland Township, Livingston County, R. E. Olsen found a nest with 3 eggs on June 14, 1931, and collected 2 immatures (U.M.M.Z.) on July 4,1934. Fargo collected a nest with 1 egg (U.M.M.Z.) in Tompkins Township, Jackson County, on May 21, 1925, and in Kalamazoo County, Gibbs (1885: 38) reported the species as an abundant breeder. Walkinshaw has found several nests in Calhoun County, 1 with 5 young on June 10, 1937. In Cedar Creek Township, Muskegon County, G. A. Ammann observed a male carrying food on June 13, 1939. He also found the species (possibly breeding) from May 28 to June 14,1940, at the Prairie Farm, Alicia, Saginaw County. The most northern nest records for Michigan are those of E. R. Ford, who reported 2 nests from Brooks Township, Newaygo County: on June 4, 1922, a nest with 4 newly hatched young and 1 pipped egg; and on June 10, 1921, a nest with 6 eggs. A specimen (U.M.M.Z.) was collected at Douglas Lake, Cheboygan County, by 0. S. Pettingill, Jr., on August 20, 1942.

Upper Peninsula.-0. S. Pettingill, Jr., collected a specimen near Gar- net, Mackinac County, on August 30, 1943. Bryens saw 1 Golden-winged Warbler at McMillan, Luce County, on May 13, 2023 and 1 on May 22, 1924; M. J. Magee saw 1 at Neebish Island, Chippewa County, on September 4,1921.

FALL.-Main flight is recorded in late August, stragglers remaining into September. N. A. Wood and Gaige (1911: 297) observed the species at Sand Point, Huron County, between August 5 and 14 (1908); N. A. Wood (1911:105) saw an individual on Charity Island in the same county on September 16 (1910). Gibbs (1885: 38) reported departure from the Kalamazoo area usually in late August. Walkinshaw reported a straggler in Calhoun County as late as September 22 (1935). In Wayne County, J. Claire Wood (1911: 21) saw 12 on August 22, and Swales (1904: 38) noted the species until mid-September. L. W. Campbell (1940: 193, 207) in the Toledo-Erie marsh area, gave August 16 as the average date, taken over 12 years, for main flight, and has not recorded the species there later than September 6 (1926).

Verimvora dzrysoptera, x pinus

The so-called Brewster's (Vermivora leucobronchialis Brewster) and Lawrence's (Vermivora lawrencei Herrick) Warblers are now known to be hybrids between the Golden- and the Blue-winged Warblers. Brewster's Warbler has been taken (U.M.M.Z.) in Calhoun, Wayne, Washtenaw, Jack- son, and Livingston counties; the less abundant Lawrence's Warbler has been taken (U.M.M.Z.) only in Livingston County. N. A. Wood collected (1903: 81) one of the first Michigan specimens of Brewster's Warbler near Ann Arbor on May 18, 1902. On the Edwin S. George Reserve near Pinckney, Livingston County, G. M. Sutton collected 11 immatures (U.M.M.Z.), representing both hybrids, July 19 to August 8, 1940.

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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