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 Little Blue Heron

Status in Michigan
Uncommon Transient summer resident

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Spring 2003 0
Winter 02-03 0
Fall 2002 1
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Spring 2002 8
Winter 01-02 0
Fall 2001 7
Summer 2001 7
Spring 2001 3
Winter 00-01 0
Fall 2000 3
Summer 2000 1
Spring 2000 5
Winter 00-99 0
Fall 1999 2
Spring/Summer 1999 2

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Historical Text
The Birds of Michigan - by: Norman A. Wood
Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, No. 75

Florida caerulea caerulea (Linnaeus)
Little Blue Heron

Uncommon postbreeding summer visitant north to Clinton County.

First authoritatively listed for Michigan by Taverner (1909 : 83).

The only unquestionable older record of the Little Blue Heron in Michigan concerns a "full plumaged bird in the normal dark [adult] phase," taken May 2,1882, by W. S. Smith in Wayne County, near Detroit, and examined by Taverner (1909:83). With 1 exception, an adult noted in Monroe County on May 1, 1927, by Louis Klewer, other Michigan records refer to immatures seen in July, August, or September. L. W. Campbell (1940: 34, 185) recorded these herons in the Toledo-Erie marsh area in 1924, 1930, and yearly from 1933 to 1939; as a rule he noted only 1 or 2 individuals a year, but in 1930, 1934, and 1939 he saw large numbers (85 in 1930) in the area. His records fall between July 4 ( 1935) and September 15 (1934). James H: Wood collected 2 specimens (U.M.M.Z.) in Erie Township, Monroe County, on July 25,1934.

The Little Blue Heron was recorded in other Michigan counties in 1924, 1930 (when this heron was comparatively common in several counties), 1933, 1934,1937,and 1938. 1924: Fargo saw 3 Little Blue Herons near Mud Lake, Henrietta Town- ship, Jackson County, on August 11; F. W. Rapp observed several from August 20 to 22 near Kalamazoo.

In 1930 N. A. Wood and Tinker (1934: 5, and Wood's notes) saw 2 near Ann Arbor on August 25. On August 23, James H. Wood saw more than 100 near the mouth of the Huron River (Wayne and Monroe counties) and collected 2 (U.M.M.Z.); he also took 2 (U.M.M.Z.) near Concord, Jackson County, on August 21. Fargo reported that there were "a dozen or so" Little Blue Herons on a number of Jackson County ponds in August. Van Tyne saw 3 at Big Portage Lake, Jackson County, on July 28 and 30. In Barry County, N. A. Wood saw 2 on August 23 (at Middleville), and Walkinshaw (1930: 556-57; and letter) saw 18 on August 24 and 2 on September 7 (at Delton). W. B. Tyrrell (1931o: 114) found 7 near Pontiac, Oak- land County, on August 26, and a group (5 on August 19; 14 on August 24) near Mt. Clemens, Macomb County. F. W. Rapp (1931: 7; and letter) noted 7 near Vicksburg, Kalamazoo County, on July 22.

In 1933 Walkinshaw saw 1 at Mud Lake, Convis Township, Calhoun County, on August 5, and Pirnie 1 on the Kalamazoo River in late July.

In 1934 Trautman noted 1 at Whitmore Lake, Washtenaw County, on August 12, and F. W. Rapp (1931: 7; and letter) saw 7 at Vicksburg, Kalamazoo County, on July 22. Walkinshaw recorded Little Blue Herons in Convis Township, Calhoun County, on July 24 (5), July 29 (8), August 12 (4) , and August 16 (2). In 1937 Frank Smith saw about 20 Little Blue Herons near Hillsdale on August 29.

In 1938 a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) was collected on August 4 at Ann Arbor by R. E. Stewart; 2 herons were seen August 7 to 12 near Jackson by Fargo; 3 seen August 18, in Convis Township, Calhoun County, by Walkinshaw; 1 seen in August near Bath, Clinton County, by D. F. Switzenberg.

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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