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 Hermit Thrush

Status in Michigan
Fairly Common Transient summer resident

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Active Database - Spring 2005
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Hermit Thrush Archives Reports
Fall 2003 73
Spring 2003 90
Winter 02-03 19
Fall 2002 57
Summer 2002 11
Spring 2002 106
Winter 01-02 3
Fall 2001 44
Summer 2001 16
Spring 2001 122
Winter 00-01 43
Fall 2000 13
Summer 2000 18
Spring 2000 60
Winter 00-99 13
Fall 1999 17
Spring/Summer 1999 27

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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Official Seasonal Count Summaries for the Hermit Thrush
Fall 1999-Spring 2002
Hermit Thrush
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The Birds of Michigan - by: Norman A. Wood
Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, No. 75

Hylocichia guttata faxoni Bangs and Penard
Eastern Hermit Thrush (A.O.U. 1998: Hermit Thrush)

Common transient. Summer resident south at least to Montcalm and Ottawa counties. Recorded in winter from Kalamazoo, Wayne, and Mon- roe counties.

First recorded for Michigan by Gibbs (1879: 482): "Turdus pallasii."

SPRING.-First arrivals are frequently reported in the latter part of March, main flight in April and early May.

Lower Peninsula.-L. W. Campbell (1940: 206), in the Toledo-Erie marsh area, and Swales, in the Detroit area, recorded the species most frequently during April and early May. Swales noted 10 Hermit Thrushes on April 6 (1909) ; 20 on April 9 (1908) ; 15 on April 23 (1909) ; and 1 as late as May 14 in 1907. In the vicinity of Ann Arbor, Trautman saw 1 on March 21, 1938; R. E. Morrill 1 on March 23, 1935. The species was recorded in Berrien County by N .A. Wood (1922: 35) until May 10 or 11, and by F. W. Rapp (1931: 34) at Vicksburg, Kalamazoo County, as late as May 20 in 1929. In the past decade Walkinshaw has usually found the species in Calhoun County in early April, but occasionally not until after the middle of the month. G. A. Ammann noted it at the Prairie Farm, Alicia, Saginaw County, on April 24, 1940. Van Tyne collected a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) at Sand Point, Huron County, on April 7, 1933, and D. W. Douglass recorded at least 100 there on April 30, 1933.

Upper Peninsula.-Bryens at McMillan, Luce County, has generally re- corded the Hermit Thrush in mid-April (April 15, 1932; April 14, 2023); Christofferson has also usually noted it in mid-April at Blaney, School- craft County, but recorded 1 there on April 3 in 1938. Brodkorb saw the species at Whitefish Point, Chippewa County, on May 11 and 17 in 1936, and W. C. Beckman collected a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) in the Huron Mountains, Marquette County, on April 15, 1938. The species was seen on Isle Royale between April 21 and 25, 1937, by Laurence Dayton, and 2 (U.M.M.Z.) were collected there by A. Murie on May 9, 1930.

SUMMER.-Nesting is reported from the middle of May to early August, but chiefly during June and July.

Lower Peninsula.-R. M. Gibbs and W. A. Gunn (Barrows, 1912: 718, 721) found a nest with 3 fresh eggs in Ottawa County on May 20, 1879. Gibbs (1885a; Vol. 24, p. 6; and Barrows, 1912: 721) found a nest near Howard City, Montcalm County, on June 10, 1882, and Mrs. N. T. Peterson found a nest near Rosebush, Isabella County, on May 28, 1937. R. E. Olsen recorded a nest with 4 young at Lovells, Crawford County, on June 17, 1931, and (with A. D. Tinker) found a nest with 4 eggs near Red Oak, Oscoda County, on May 30, 1934. Barrows (1904:81) listed the species as common on Beaver Island, Charlevoix County, during the second week of July, and Widmann (1902: 237) recorded it as common in Emmet County. In the vicinity of Douglas Lake, Cheboygan County, Blanchard and Nelson (MS of 1937) have found a number of nests between June 5 and August 5, the majority in late June and July.

Upper Peninsula.-T. D. Hinshaw and R. A. MacMullan observed 10 Hermit Thrushes in a day on Drummond Island, Chippewa County, during late June and July, 1938; at Munuscong Bay, in the same county, Christofferson found 2 nests, each with 3 eggs, on July 20, 1927. In the northern part of this county on Whitefish Point, N. A. Wood (1914: 73) listed the species as a rather rare summer resident; he noted a nest with 3 eggs there on July 28; W. B. Tyrrell also found a nest with 3 eggs at this locality on July 8, 1929. Bryens discovered a nest with 1 young at McMillan, Luce County, on July 6, 1937; Christofferson and Walkinshaw re- corded 2 nests, with 4 eggs each, at Blaney, Schoolcraft County, 1 on May 31, 1934, 1 on June 1, 1934. The species was frequently observed at Brown Lake, Dickinson County, by Gaige (1914: 91), who collected 2 specimens (U.M.M.Z.) there in early August. Van Tyne found it common in the Huron Mountains, Marquette County, in late June, 1936, and a nest with 4 eggs was found there by McClintock (1910: 409-18) on July 24. Walkinshaw photographed a nest with 4 eggs near Sidnaw, Houghton County, on June 28, 1933; N. A. Wood noted the species as a common summer resident at Copper Harbor, Keweenaw County (1933: 732), and collected a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) on Isle Royale, May 31, 1930.

FALL.-The southward movement is reported in the Upper Peninsula in late September and early October, chiefly during October in the south.

Upper Peninsula.-Max M. Peet (1909a; 117) observed the species on Isle Royale from August 22 to September 14, and N. A. Wood noted it there until October 2 in 1929. Trautman recorded 3 individuals at Sidnaw, Houghton County, on October 1, 1934, and 9 at Covington, Baraga County, on October 5, 1934. Ira N. Gabrielson recorded 10 in the Huron Mountains, Marquette County, between September 22 and 26, 1936. At McMillan, Luce County, Bryens has regularly noted the species until mid- October and sometimes later (October 25, 1934; October 27, 2023).

Lower Peninsula.-Three Hermit Thrushes were noted at Lincoln, Alcona County, by J. Claire Wood (1913: 20) on October 7, and 1 on October 19. At Houghton Lake, Roscommon County, 9 were seen by Trautman on October 18,1936, and 1 on October 24, 1937. N. A. Wood (1911:112) found hundreds on Charity Island, Huron County, between September 29 and October 5, none after October 7. F. W. Rapp (1931: 34) recorded the species at Vicksburg, Kalamazoo County, from September 14 (1923) to October 16 (1930) ; Swales (1904: 42; and notes) saw it in the Detroit area from late September to early November, observing the greater numbers in the first part of October (25 on October 8, 1911; 15 on October 15, 1912; 20 on October 15, 2023). L. W. Campbell (1940: 192, 206) reported Hermit Thrushes in the Toledo-Erie marsh area chiefly from September 29 to October 31, the greater numbers between October 3 and 24.

WINTER.-Pirnie (1940a; 18) recorded 1 at the W. K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, northeastern Kalamazoo County, on January 1, 1940, and Swales (19066; 26) saw 1 at Detroit on December 8, 1905. L. W. Campbell (1940: 124-25) has frequently observed the species at North Cape, Monroe County, in winter (5 on December 17, 1938, 1 on January 13, 2023) and collected 2 specimens (U.M.M.Z.) there, 1 on December 25, 1936, and 1 on January 10, 1937.

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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