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 Le Conte's Sparrow

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Uncommon Transient summer resident

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Fall 2001 1
Summer 2001 22
Spring 2001 8
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Fall 2000 1
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Spring 2000 7
Winter 00-99 0
Fall 1999 0
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Passerherbulus caudacutus (Latham)
Leconte's Sparrow

Summer resident at Munuscong Bay, Chippewa County, and possibly in Schoolcraft and Alger counties.

First authoritatively listed for Michigan by R. E. Olsen (1935: 100-101) .

SPRING.-Of the few Michigan records of this sparrow the earliest in spring is May 8 (in the Seney marshes, Schoolcraft County, 4 singing, ob- served by Walkinshaw in 1937). That it may be present in Michigan in middle and late April is suggested by its occurrence then in Wisconsin (April 11 specimens, Cahn, 1915: 497) and in Minnesota (Roberts, 1936:Vol. 2, p. 391). Two Michigan specimens (U.M.M.Z.) were finally secured in 1934 by R. E. Olsen (1935: 100-101) and T. D. Hinshaw on May 11 and 12, at Munuscong Bay, Chippewa County. The authenticity of an early specimen in the Museum of Zoology ("Ann Arbor, May, 1894 ") is doubtful (see Barrows, 1912 : 497 ; Swales, 1913 : 35).

SUMMER.-Walkinshaw (1937a: 309-20), F. C. Gillett, Max M. Peet, and others noted this sparrow at Munuscong Bay in June, 1934 and 1935, and on May 29, 1939. Walkinshaw counted 10 there on June 6, 1935, and on June 4, 1935, he discovered a nest (U.M.M.Z.) with 5 eggs. The eggs hatched on June 16 and 17. The same year Walkinshaw (1937a: 310-11; and notes) observed 2 individuals singing on June 12, and saw 3 on June 19, in the Seney marshes, north of Germfask, Schoolcraft County. G. A. Ammann apparently has data on the summer occurrence of Leconte's Sparrow near Shingleton, Alger County (letter, June 29, 2023).

FALL.-In the Portage Lake marshes, Jackson County, in 1936, 8 of these sparrows (1 collected by Van Tyne and T. D. Hinshaw) were flushed on September 30, and about a dozen (2 collected by A. E. Staebler and L. D. Case) were noted on October 4. Two (1, U.M.M.Z.) were there October 8, 1939, 6 (1, U.M.M.Z.) on September 29, 1940, and 1 on October 2, 1940. In connection with this apparent increase in Michigan in recent years, it is of interest to note that an unusual fall flight occurred throughout Ohio in 1936 (L. W. Campbell, 1940: 170).

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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