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 Grasshopper Sparrow

Status in Michigan
Uncommon Transient summer resident

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Active Database - Spring 2005
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Grasshopper Sparrow Archives Reports
Fall 2003 4
Spring 2003 21
Winter 02-03 0
Fall 2002 0
Summer 2002 10
Spring 2002 16
Winter 01-02 0
Fall 2001 3
Summer 2001 17
Spring 2001 6
Winter 00-01 0
Fall 2000 0
Summer 2000 27
Spring 2000 14
Winter 00-99 0
Fall 1999 0
Spring/Summer 1999 2

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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Official Seasonal Count Summaries for the Grasshopper Sparrow
Fall 1999-Spring 2002
Grasshopper Sparrow
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Ammodramus savannarum pratensis (Vieillot)
Eastern Grasshopper Sparrow (A.O.U 1998 - Grasshopper Sparrow)

Migrant and summer resident north to Leelanau and Cheboygan counties. Possibly nests in Luce County.

First listed for Michigan by Gibbs (1879: 486).

SPRING.-The Grasshopper Sparrow generally arrives in Michigan in late April, but is occasionally found by mid-April. In the Toledo-Erie marsh area, L. W. Campbell (1940: 196, 209) reported individuals as early as April 13 (1929), but gave May 1 as the average date for the main flight. C. J. Spiker saw 2 individuals in the Ann Arbor area on April 12 in 1933, and the species is usually reported there in numbers in late April -R. W. Alien reported 10 on April 29, 1938. Walkinshaw (1939: 108) gave April 28 as the average date of arrival in the Battle Creek area, his earliest record being April 15 (1938).

SUMMER.-The nest and eggs of the Grasshopper Sparrow have been found in Michigan from late May to mid-July.

Lower Peninsula.-Swales (1903: 38-39) listed the species as a rather rare summer resident in the Detroit area but suggested that it may only have seemed rare to observers because it is so inconspicuous. Near Detroit, J. Claire Wood (Swales, 1903: 38-39) found a nest with 4 eggs on May 28, 1902, and F. C. Hubel (1903ff: 75) found 1 with 4 fresh eggs (U.M.M.Z.) in Oakland County on June 6, 1896. Near Pinckney, Livingston County, A. S. Hyde discovered 2 nests in 1936,1 with 4 small young on May 30, and 1 with 5 small young on May 31. Gibbs (1885: 87) reported the Grasshopper Sparrow as an uncommon summer resident in Kalamazoo County. In the adjacent Battle Creek area, Walkinshaw photographed an adult at a nest with eggs on July 19, 1935, and found a fledgling in the same locality on August 24, 1941. An individual was seen at Caseville, Huron County, by N. A. Wood and Gaige (1911: 292) on July 29. R. E. Olsen observed a singing bird near Lovells, Crawford County, on June 17, 1931, and collected 2 immatures (U..M.Z.) there on July 22, 1934. A. E. Staebler collected a number of singing males (U.M.M.Z.) on the Manitou Islands, Leelanau County, in mid-June, 1940, and T. D. Hinshaw and R. E. Morrill collected several (U.M.M.Z.) on Beaver Island in 1937 between June 10 and July 12. At Douglas Lake, Cheboygan County, 3 immatures (2 in U.M.M.Z.) were collected in 1936, 2 by F. N. Blanchard on July 25, and 1 by Frank J. Hinds on July 29.

Upper Peninsula.-The recent records of Bryens indicate that the Grasshopper Sparrow may nest in the eastern part of Upper Michigan. Bryens (1939: 104-5) frequently observed 2 singing birds at McMillan, Luce County, from June 13 to July 30, 1939. In 1940 he saw single individuals there from May 20 to August 2.

FALL.-The meager data available indicate that the Grasshopper Sparrow leaves Michigan in the latter half of September. For the Battle Creek area, Walkinshaw (1939: 108) gave September 21 as the average date of departure, although he reported an individual as late as October 27 (1935}. A. S. Hyde collected 1 (U.M.M.Z.) near Anderson, Livingston County, on August 28, 1934, and N. A. Wood secured 1 (U.M.M.Z.) at Portage Lake, in the same county, on September 16, 1933. Swales saw an individual in the Detroit area on September 30, 1909. L. W. Campbell (1940: 196, 209) recorded the species in the Toledo-Erie marsh area as late as September 2 in 1935, but gave August 4 as the average date of main departure.

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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